Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul

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Join Jalaja Bonheim on a fascinating journey of exploration as she invites dozens of women from a wide range of spiritual traditions and backgrounds to tell the stories of their sexual experiences. By sharing our stories, and by contemplating them in the context of the spiritual journey, we begin to heal centuries of repression and shame and rediscover the innocence and beauty of sexual pleasure. The stories gathered in this extraordinary book open our eyes to the rarely acknowledged power of sexual experience to...
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Overview

Join Jalaja Bonheim on a fascinating journey of exploration as she invites dozens of women from a wide range of spiritual traditions and backgrounds to tell the stories of their sexual experiences. By sharing our stories, and by contemplating them in the context of the spiritual journey, we begin to heal centuries of repression and shame and rediscover the innocence and beauty of sexual pleasure. The stories gathered in this extraordinary book open our eyes to the rarely acknowledged power of sexual experience to serve as spiritual teacher and guide.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bonheim claims to be karmically linked to a lineage of ancient Hindu sexual priestesses, and she offers a four-page invocation to Aphrodite as part of her introduction, but even readers skeptical of the New Age should appreciate her presentation of accounts by 30 mature women about their sexual experiences. From the first chapter, in which a Mormon-born woman, a survivor of a rigid, patriarchal marriage, describes life at 59 with a new partner and lovemaking as a sacred ritual, Bonheim (The Serpent and the Wave) proves herself a gifted commentator. She gracefully interweaves informal psychological analysis and testimony culled from workshops into her interviews with single, married, heterosexual, bisexual and lesbian women. Many of these women have suffered from abuse, addiction or terrible relationships, and, while the narratives explore and celebrate sensuality, they also discuss sexual obsession, rage and betrayal. Yet their stories are not only compelling but upbeat and uplifting, and are free of gratuitous male-bashing. The ability to tap into the power of Aphrodite, as Bonheim and these women demonstrate, depends upon the daring to meld spirituality and eros. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684830803
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 6/4/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 373,199
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D. (www.jalajabonheim.com) is an inspiring teacher, public speaker, counselor, author and circle leader. Fresh, clear, and compassionate, her message is heart-centered and hopeful yet also down-to-earth and practical.

Raised in Austria and Germany, Jalaja studied classical temple dance in India before coming to the United States in 1982. She is the author of four books, which were inspired by her passion for integrating sexuality and spirituality, empowering women, and celebrating the feminine spirit.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Invocation of the Twofold Goddess 27
1 Mother, Lover, Priestess 31
2 Mother, Help! 46
3 Elder Sister's Story 60
4 The Refiner's Fire 71
5 Aphrodite's Rebellion 90
6 The Demon Lover 102
7 The Sacred Masculine 116
8 Sex and Ritual 125
9 Lingam, Yoni, and Serpent 136
10 The Journey of a Tantrica 144
11 The Story of a Nun 162
12 The Sacred Marriage 176
13 The Royal Path 189
14 Joanne's Marriage 205
15 Halfness 221
16 The Descent of the Goddess 231
17 Pamina's Descent 241
18 A Healing Marriage 254
19 Remembering the Cross 268
20 Healing the Motherwound 279
21 The Making of a Priestess 290
22 Sexuality and Evil 305
23 The Tiger Mother: Guardian of Boundaries 318
24 Cunt Healing 330
25 Spitting Nickels and Breaking Free 339
26 Initiations of the Female Body 349
27 The Final Initiation 366
28 The Story of a Wisewoman 375
Epilogue 391
Notes 394
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