Why is the feminine erotic soul important for men and women today? Feminine and masculine are beyond gender. We all have some balance of masculine and feminine qualities no matter what our sexual orientation.
The modern world is heavily skewed towards the masculine in an unhealthy way that leaves us feeling empty, alone, and destroys our planet. Feminine erotic energy is used, abused, and maligned in the name of power and control. We confuse sensuality with pornography.
Before Patriarchy, was Matriarchy which was supreme. In that ancient world, the surrender to sensual and sexual energy was vital to healing, creativity, and spirituality. While matriarchal culture was also one-sided, the rape and domination of that culture left us with little healthy connection to this vital instinctual source. We all yearn for it.
In sexuality, without the feminine erotic soul there is no intimacy, no passionate tenderness, no sensuality, and no communion with the other. Sex becomes the momentary satisfaction of a physical urge but leaves us disquieted, disconnected, and hungry to be fed again. It does not touch us deeply and make our body glow and our soul sing with praise and completion. I was fortunate at the naïve and tender age of 18 to find a lover who turned me onto the sensual delights of feminine erotic soul. I am grateful to him for that.
Originally, spirituality included the earth elements of the body and the senses. Many religions malign the body and urge us to leave the fullness of life to ascend to a realm that suppresses the divine spark in matter/our body. We become disconnected from the World Soul. The alchemists worked to find union with this divine spark. Mystics have an erotic experience of the divine. Kundalini yoga was developed for this purpose.
Soulful sensuality grounds us in the sacred divinity of nature. My most powerful spiritual experiences came through my body and brought me into an inner peace that purified and harmonized my own emotional truth.
Rilke writes, “Artistic creation lies so incredibly close to sex, it’s pain and it’s ecstasy.” In creativity, such as writing this blog, I am most fulfilled and close to the sacred when the sentences flow out onto the page from an emotionally embodied experience. The passion comes from my heart and instinct and from the desire to share with others.
When our creativity emerges from this grounding in our body, we are most on fire with the work and others are drawn to this power emanating from us. Michelangelo, Arvo Part, Arethra Franklin, Rumi, Lady Ga Ga, Klimt, Yo yo Ma, Isabele Allende, Janelle Monae, Linda Rondstat, Shiele, etc. all tap into a passion full of pathos and love. Great chefs specifically use taste and smell to create masterpieces.
In healing, energy flows through the energy channels in our body and dissolves the constriction and imbalance that can cause illness and pain. When we are immersed in this sensual source, there is a release in the body, and healing can follow.
One such experience I had was when I had walking pneumonia. In an authentic movement retreat for five days, I lay curled up on the floor. Movers with eyes closed were moving all around me. In my imaginal world, I slipped into a burrow under the floor, and went into a profound meditative rest. When I emerged, I knew that I had turned a corner in my healing. Shamans, Chinese medicine, and all healers work with this truth.
All of these aspects of healing, creativity, sexuality, and spirituality are integrated in the feminine erotic soul. In this course, we will trace back 30,000 years to early matriarchal history where this erotic soul was at the core of the culture. As we move through history to modern times, we will witness how the threads wove through the centuries into the present. Many traditions speak to this revitalization.
We contemplate all of these questions in The Power of the Feminine Erotic Soul. What is the feminine erotic soul and how do we recover it? How would the erotic soul make us feel more alive and vibrant? In Modern culture, where does this instinct still live and shine through? How does rebalancing the masculine and feminine elements in each of us bring harmony to our relationships?
To address these questions, we must understand what we have lost and why the erotic soul is so important.
Erica Lorentz, M.Ed., L.P.C. is a Jungian Analyst (IAAP) with forty years of clinical experience. Erica’s training and personal experience with verbal and non-verbal/embodied processes enable her to facilitate access to and understanding of the conversation between our conscious and unconscious, and between our body/mind/soul.More Posts by Erica Lorentz