Throughout many ancient cultures, sex was part of ritual celebrations. In the west, the Puritans and the power of Queen Victoria, not to mention thousands of years of Vatican teaching, packed a huge amount of guilt into the act. Women, because they were considered property of men and under their man’s dominion, were usually not exactly equal partners in many areas of life. Growing up during the wild 1960’s, I feel lucky to have been able to witness an absolute revolution in all aspects of our western culture. Many historians believe the creation of birth control was a defining moment in liberating women sexually. The free love movement of the 60’s was the culmination of this liberation. However, besides bringing the word “swinger” into our vernacular, monogamy survived. Women had differently evened the playing field and we moved into the one-night-stand culture of Disco. Of course people were “looking for love, in all the wrong places” and becoming very frustrated in their endeavors. Luckily, I learned very early on, sex without love was empty, fun, but empty. During the late 70’s, as I delved into aspects of many Eastern cultures, I was impressed with the practice of yoga. As I studied Pantanjali’s yoga Sutra’s, it led me to learn about Tantric Yoga. One part of this ancient yoga practice teaches that making love is really a meditation between two people. The focal part of this practice is to activate our lowest Chakra to unleash energy that is called our “Kundalini”. This practice is also a part of the Japanese “Kama Surta” with their myriad positions. This information really inspired me. As I began practicing yoga, it was only natural to try these other techniques with my long-term partner. It was truly enlightening and healing to my being. So this was the icing. In this love story between Alec and Sarah, I would slip a bit of Tanta into the story. It would be the vehicle that would help heal the emotional past of my lovers. And I have to say the response from most women has been amazing. This is when the term “healing novel” crept into my head.

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One Response to KUNDALINI

  1. Patricia Addesso says:

    As I have mentioned before, I am impressed with the ways sex, love, and mysticism intersect in your book. In a recent class on developmental psychology, my students and I were discussing a similar issue. Here are the musings I sent them (it was an online class):
    “it is not an accident that some of the “matriarchal” societies (where women were the heads of the tribes and children drew their lineage from the maternal lines) were in societies where humans had not yet figured out the mechanics of sexual reproduction! Oftentimes, not coincidentally, their spirituality revolved around the worship of nature, godesses, fertility, etc.
    Once men figured out that they actually fathered children…that it was not some miraculous power women had, to bear young….human societies came up with all sorts of rules and regulations about marriage, adultery, virginity, etc. so that men could be sure their children were actually theirs. How else could they be sure that they left money, property, etc. to their “actual” sons and not someone else’s offspring?
    The patricarchal religions: The big three (Jewish, Christian, and Islam), are simply the ones that dominate today. If we take a step back, we can see there is nothing “natural” about a male supreme being, subsurvient women, premarital sex being punishable by death or dishonor, adultery being one of the deadly sins, etc.”
    It is astonishing to me, too, that I was fortunate enough to have been born in such a small sliver of time, and in such a place….not in China 50 years ago, where feet were still bound, not in parts of Africa today, where young girls’ genitals are still mutilated in the mistaken (and barbaric) idea that their sexual pleasure can be fended off so she will not bring shame on her family.

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