Dancing with the Beloved: Resurrecting Divine Sexuality through Profound Relatedness
- Author: Patrick Donovan
- Published: February 28, 2006
- Publisher: Lucky Press
- Number of pages: 112 pages
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This book is written to reintroduce and reintegrate the erotic and sensual into the spiritual experience of each individual who reads it. The patriarchal-dominant, Judeo-Christian culture from which most of us in the "Western" world have gotten our spiritual guidance, has exiled the erotic and sensual experience of profound relatedness from the spiritual realm to sex and the "sins of the flesh" leaving most of us impotent and passionless in our relationship with The Divine. Instead of passionately and sensually engaging The Divine as a lover engages his or her beloved, we are taught to engage God the Father as an obedient child, ever in fear of his divine retribution and stern reprimands. And what of God the Mother; where is she? She too has been exiled by the powerful patriarchy! Only she has been exiled to nature and, as we well know, nature is corrupt for its "desires of the flesh" were the cause of man’s fall from paradise and "original sin." Such guilt! Such repression! Such a sterile, spiritual emptiness this cultural doctrine has left us with. Where is the juiciness and sensuality of life; the warmed-womb security and soft, wet kiss of our beloved’s lips upon the pale, white skin of our desire? They are here with us in the sexual experience of profound relatedness if we are willing to be a lover and erotically engage the world as though it were our beloved and dance. This book will give its readers a template from which they can develop their own particular dance step and dance with their beloved - with The Divine.
About the author:
Patrick Donovan, ND, has over 30 years of patient care experience as a registered nurse (R.N.) and a naturopathic physician (N.D.) representing a wide range of settings from hospital-based surgical and intensive care to outpatient primary care. He received his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 1985, from Bastyr University where he has been a member of the clinical and academic faculty. He has had a number of articles published in various medical journals and has contributed chapters to the Textbook of Natural Medicine.