- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Greenery Press (February 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 189015962X
- ISBN-13: 978-1890159627
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RADICAL ECSTASY Paperback – February 25, 2015
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Such is the power of orgasmic bliss these two women explore in Radical Ecstasy. Theirs is a serious and athletic climb mixed in with heart-felt compassion and friendship and an intense desire for more that goes for both pleasure and healing at the same time. If you're like me, knowing for certain somebody dropped you off at this party broken and you'd like to leave whole, maybe this book is for you.
Both words in the title hooked me. Ecstasy? Radical? Give me both. And what of that Kundalini snake running up and down the spine of that naked lady on the cover? What's not to like here for the spiritual traveler? For the many neophyte kinkster voyeurs just tuning in around us, those who have ventured as far perhaps as having spanked a lover but once or twice as an experiment, this book will shock and awe perhaps. Yet so many are exploring now various doors into the realm dark eros, braving entrance into the leather world. Maybe this spiritual book is for those with a churchy past? And why not? Like many of us, my experience with dark side sex and kink has been the last ten awful years of a formerly good marriage. And many do come to the party as watchers rather than doers, the intrigue for many may well be the spiritual part as much as the edgy sex. And what could be more fun than coming to the game looking for steamy sex and finding God, too?
I've long identifying as a sensual person seeking a soul connection. Shadow work has kept my interest through the years as a bookophile starting back when I encountered Plato in his Republic in college. Indeed, shadow, shadow on the wall, which is the real and which is the illusion? Hardy and Easton explore this question cover to cover.
If you liked the extreme honesty and passion of Ethical Slut, you'll see Radical Ecstasy is equally honest. Both of them reference an erotic pursuit that is almost monastic in its severity. I've toured and retreated at many a monastery from California to the Middle East and find it not all that much of a stretch to see an Easton/Hardy connection with the intensity of fasting and asceticism found there. And also, oddly, in BDSM in general, not unlike for me are the severe activities of say, kneeling on a rock for a thousand days as saints have done. And why do spiritual folk do such severe things with their bodies, be they these authors or saints? Because they want at any price to be close, near to their Beloved, be he or she as lover human or Divine. Powerful for me was the devotion, friendship and spiritual pursuit found here in the deep relationship between these two women: it's the main pith of their tale.
If tears and sweat and howls and pain and naked skin mixed in with scare-the-crap-out-of-you fear of embracing the Divine makes you queasy, stay far from this book. These are two dangerous ladies. But let's say you've a wound or two that is painful and runs soul deep and you want real bad to reach that wound and find healing. And let's say you've got an open mind to what tools are permissible to add to your toolbox. Then read this book. But you've got to want to go deep. And you've got to be willing to not even care if you look good going there. Risk this book. It will give you some new religion to mix in with your old perhaps. I'd also read their excellent When Somebody You Love Is Kinky. If you've a serious spiritual side, you might just find that the particular someone in your quest is yourself.
This book is different.
In this, the authors are exploring the state of mind called "ecstasy." They look into the Whats and the Hows and the Whys. The methods they use to achieve it are often kinky, but they make that seem inconsequential. The erotic parts in this book are just that--erotica, not porn. They're tasteful, not tacky. This book is the opposite of the others I've read on the topic. In this, the adult bits are more of a footnote to the rest of the book. The book is solemn and dignified, but also joyful.
I would highly recommend this book to people who are seeking ecstatic spiritual experiences, and are open-minded as to how they might achieve them. I would also recommend this book to people who have experienced something spiritual while doing something kinky, and want to find out more about what it was they felt. That's how I stumbled onto it, myself.
I would NOT recommend this book to people who are looking for an excuse to work kink into their religion or religion into their kink.