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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890878757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890878750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

This book was delightful to write - and the many interviews I conducted were both extraordinary and very educational for me!  A million thanks to all my interviewees. I am very pleased that the book is being reprinted this year, and I think the new version will make it even more accessible. In the thirteen years since I first wrote this book, my apprecation of the power of sex and how it can teach us to allow energy to flow through our bodies freely has really grown. In the coming months, I will be teaching workshops all over the world on tapping into flows of energy to help us in our daily lives. This utilization of energy is often labelled shamanic work -- and we could consider sex to be a deeply shamanic practice.

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Mikaya Heart (www.mikayaheart.org) grew up in a rural part of Scotland. She developed a deep love of nature from an early age, which sustained her through a difficult childhood. At York University, long before the environmental movement had started, she studied ecology. Unable to accept how disrespectfully our planet is being treated, she dropped out, finding herself most at home in the radical hippie culture of the seventies. In 1978, she came out as a lesbian, and in the same year, trained as an agricultural mechanic. Disillusioned with the homophobia and sexism in the UK, she immigrated to Northern California, where she ran an organic market garden, raised pigs, and built her own house out of recycled lumber in the backwoods.

She is a keen writer and has always worked hard at her personal healing, often using shamanic methods. Since she was sexually abused as a child, this led to a book on women's sexuality - When the Earth Moves: Women and Orgasm, published in 1998. Sex, at its best, is a profoundly shamanic activity, so this fitted well with the belief systems she was developing. Several of her short stories, and one other book - The Straight Woman's Guide to Lesbianism - have also been published. She has two books coming out this year - one on the Art of Being Human, and the other on her travels in Indonesia and Thailand.

Mikaya started studying earth-based spiritual practices with a variety of teachers in the eighties. The concepts of shamanism came to her easily as a result of her personal growth work and her ease with the rhythms of nature. She has always had an obsession with truth, and over the years, that crystallized into existential questions, such as, what or who am I? Who put me here on this planet, and why? She found answers to those questions through AMAG, a number of non-physical beings who speak through Dayana Jon.

A horse riding accident at the age of 48 turned out to be the first step in a "shamanic break" which led to profound changes. She sold all her property, in order to be absolutely free, and took off traveling on her own, visiting Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, North America, the Caribbean, and Brazil. She finds it essential to spend time alone in nature, feeling the being-ness of a place, and consequently her traveling is usually about camping in the wilderness. One of her most memorable experiences was an eight day solo kayak trip in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Her favorite pastimes are dancing, singing, horse-riding, and kitesurfing, all of which she experiences as deeply spiritual. She now identifies most strongly as a marveling mystic, since she has a very powerful awareness of herself as a being of spirit, and is constantly amazed at the extraordinary beauty of this world. Kitesurfing is her greatest passion. She has become the woman who follows the wind, intent on experiencing the delight of dancing with water and air whenever she can.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
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My wife and I 're-discovered' ourselves earlier this year after 36 years of marriage, and as a part of that rediscovery, our sexuality took center stage. Mikaya Heart approaches women's orgasms from many different angles, making it extremely easy for me to understand what love means, what devotion means, what passion means, what it ALL means! I now KNOW what my wife really needs to feel sexually satisfied. I have NEVER been so taken by a book in my entire life. Where was Mikaya Heart 35 years ago, when we REALLY needed her. A fantastic, fabulous book. Everyone in a relationship should read it! Men, if you are truly interested in understanding the woman or women in your life and what it takes to give them divine pleasure, this is the ONLY book you need to read!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
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I am amazed at what this book has done for me. Due to this book, I am learning to communicate my needs and desires, and my husband and I are having the best sex ever! I realized that it is not only ok, but good for me to be sexually satisfied. There are so many aspects of the book that have helped me. Mikaya Heart writes from a very personal level, which really showed me she understands what women like me struggle with every day. She examines so many angles of orgasm, from emotional, to technical, to spiritual. She also includes the words and experiences of many women with different experiences. I could finally see that there are other women out there like me. It was so empowering! I feel supported and encouraged to finally make changes in my sexual satisfaction. This book has been a life saver for both my husband and myself. I am finally learning how to have the orgasms I've only dreamed about!Every woman should read it!!!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P.J.G. on January 14, 2000
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Though this book had lots of good information. I found it particularly biased toward lesbian woman. It did give some good anatomical and emotional support, but for the basic heterosexual, you may want to choose some additional research material for this topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy D. Evans on August 22, 1999
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This is the first book that I have read that is about women sharing their experiences of orgasm. I've often wondered what other women and their partner's do in bed. Mikaya Heart gives us a very candid and honest look into the lives of other women. After reading her book, I felt like I could talk more openly about what I wanted and didn't want from my partner. I also found out that there are more fun ways to explore each others bodies!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lindquist on February 24, 2001
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Finally, a sexual empowering book for woman! I just loved this book and have told numerous friends about it. (Who enjoyed it also) In a time where it still seems taboo to talk about womans orgasms, I found it refreshing to read a book on the subject. It had great information, stories and openess. A definite MUST read!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on July 23, 2007
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Mikaya Heart really did her homework. In addition to research, she interviewed a number of women of varying ages, experience levels, and sexual preferences. Therefore, I think any woman could learn things she didn't know about her own potential for sexual response. But the best part is, men can also learn much about women's sexuality, presented in a surprisingly open and forthright manner. Thanks for writing this book!
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