From the Publisher
“In this provocative, important book, Ogden functions as a gentle, persistent guide in mapping out paths that women can take to locate their sexual ‘center,’ where healing, ecstasy, and transformation occur.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“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
This book was shaped by the results of a landmark sex survey called Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality (ISIS) that researcher and sex therapist Ogden undertook in 1997. Instead of focusing on the mechanics of sex, the ISIS survey asked the mostly female respondents how they experienced sex and what sex meant in their lives. Ogden (Women Who Love Sex) writes, "In some ways, the language of spiritual experience comes closest to expressing the fullness of our sexual response, for it is the language of connection and ecstasy." In Ogden's view, sex is (or should be) about more than physical sensation. She cites recent laboratory findings that show multiple areas of women's brains lighting up when they bring themselves to orgasm, including the areas connected with religious ecstasy and spiritual experience. The results of the survey bear Ogden out, as 47% of women say "they've experienced God during sexual ecstasy"; 67% say "sex needs to be spiritual to be satisfying." In this provocative, important book, Ogden functions as a gentle, persistent guide in mapping out pathsphysical, mental, emotional and spiritualthat women can take to locate their sexual "center," where healing, ecstasy and transformation occur. There are also chapters on the chakras, tantric sex and creating ceremony for sacred lovemaking.