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The Heart and Soul of Sex: Exploring the Sexual Mysteries Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 11, 2006
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“Dr. Ogden’s work guides you to become that person you have always wanted to be in relation to your body, your soul, and your entire life. Part guidebook, part group therapy, and—best of all—part girlfriend-support for those who want more out of their lives. As a sex educator I can assure you many are looking for a tool to help themselves and Gina Ogden has delivered just that.”—L. Lou Paget, author of How to Be a Great Lover and The Great Lover Playbook
“Gina Ogden redefines female sexuality, letting us discover and design our own brand of sexual pleasure. Her research pronounces a holistic, non-performance-based model for women, cracking open old beliefs, unearthing fresh emotions, and carving out the paths for healing and awakening our sexual spirits.”—Patti Britton, Ph.D., President of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and author of The Art of Sex Coaching
“This affirming, well-written, and useful book invites us to free ourselves from a performance-focus in sex by exploring powerful and empowering connections of body, mind, heart, and spirit. Here are fresh understandings, helpful tools and resources, compassionate insights, and, throughout, the voices of women.”—Judy Norsigian and Wendy Sanford, cofounders of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and coauthors of Our Bodies, Ourselves
“Gina Ogden demolishes the notion that sexuality and spirituality are polar opposites. She also shows how we can move beyond the degradation of women and sex in popular culture to meet our deep human yearning for caring connection."—Riane Eisler, author of Sacred Pleasure, The Chalice and the Blade, and The Power of Partnership
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.
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Gina Ogden, in her years of work around this topic, is forging a new conversation for women as it relates to how they think about their... Read more
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