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The Heart and Soul of Sex: Exploring the Sexual Mysteries Paperback – July 11, 2006
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“Gina Ogden is a master therapist and teacher. Her research redefines ways we can discuss sexual issues with our clients and patients. She offers a holistic, non-performance-based model that cracks open old beliefs, unearths fresh emotions, and carves out paths for healing and awakening sexual spirits.”—Patti Britton, Ph.D., cofounder of Sex Coach University and former president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
“This is a glorious book. Gina Ogden speaks directly to the heart of sexuality in a way that women all over the world will recognize. To read this book is to remember and reawaken to the melody of the life force that both created and sustains our bodies and lives. May this book soar—and take us all with it!”—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom
“Gina Ogden has a keen sense of the complexities of our sexuality, and she knows how to take you there and back. The Heart and Soul of Sex offers insights, tools, and resources to help therapists bypass the tempting surface issues and get to the core.”
—Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
Top Customer Reviews
One idea that seemed to answer a question that comes up continuously in my conversations about the question of desire is that when feelings of anger and fear are repressed, desire goes right along with it. It is not hard to see the connection and yet I never really understood so clearly how our repressed feelings cut us off from all our feelings. She quotes "you can't heal, what you can't feel."
And it seems that all the places we block, keep us from ourselves.
Particularly refreshing is a new formulation which the author terms ISIS - Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality which shifts the focus from classic definitions of healthy sexuality which is dominated by physical performance and ability to orgasm with specific stimulation to a newly and woman defined space of pleasure and satisfaction derived from a whole experience. In this process she explore a variety of energetic sexual models as well as tools for emotional and mental healing from sexual fears and abuses.
What I loved was the discussion about how our culture focuses and emphasizes the trauma of our sexuality and its lifelong events, but still offers little or no language to allow for the pleasure of our sexuality which is a primary source of our power, beauty and sense of belonging.Read more ›
Ogden expands our notion of sex far beyond the physical and into the emotional, mental, and spiritual domains. She does this with candor, humor, compassion and imagination. She frames sex within a much broader context than we usually understand it and gives women (and couples!) concrete strategies to move their sex lives into the realm of cosmic sex, a path to oneness with self, partner, and the Divine.
You don't have to be a religious person or even think of yourself as exceptionally "spiritual" to benefit from Ogden's expertise and heart in this book. It is truly a gift to the soul.
Much research into women's sexuality has focused in some physiological way on their dysfunction, often with the assumption that women lust after "it" less than men. In the cultural background are the messages that sex is dirty and so are the women who are gagging for it. In fact, Dr. Ogden's review of the previous scientific cannon on sexuality makes you welcome her counter-approach. For example, she sites the University of Chicago's 1994 survey in which 1,500 women were asked to own up to any of seven sexual problems and when 43% checked even one, they were characterized as "dysfunctional." The researchers might have concluded that there are gobs of awkward lovers out there, but instead the 43% figure of sexually "dysfunctional" women has become ubiquitous, even used in ads to sell "solutions."
In contrast, Ogden demonstrates that girls want to talk about sex not in terms of how many pulses there are in an orgasm or the length of our clit hoods, but in terms of where sex takes us and what that journey feels like.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book for any woman of any age, and for any man who wants to learn more about "his" woman.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is written by a 78 yr old hot ticket. She is honest, transparent and clearly passionate about having her fellow women live fully integrated, rich lives. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by PMY
This author writes from a different perspective than the techniques of sex. Her survey explains it all. Worth your read.Published on May 17, 2013 by Ann Hardman
Finally a book speaking to the truth I have always sensed. A worthwhile read for women, and the men they love.Published on January 24, 2013 by Deborah L Fish
As a health care provider in Women's Health and Sexuality, this book brought such insight and wisdom in understanding what women really want in their sexuality. Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by Sherri Aikin
There are many books for women "to get in touch with themselves." There are more books for women on how to love themselves, and scads of books on relationships. Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by Art Noble
As a therapist who works with both individuals and couples, I am often asked for book recommendations about sexuality. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by Chelsea M. Wakefield
In 1997 Gina Ogden, a sex therapist and sexologist, created a survey of women's attitudes and feelings about their sexuality entitled "Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality". Read morePublished on August 16, 2009 by David Yarian
How refreshing is this! Instead of the usual opinions about how sex "should" be, we get first hand reports and explorations on how sex is and can be. Read morePublished on July 31, 2009 by Prue Berry