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Book Title: The Hunger for Ecstasy: Fulfilling the Soul's Need for Passion and Intimacy|
ISBN 13: 9781579541163
The author of the book: Jalaja Bonheim
Edition: Rodale Books
Date of issue: February 1st 2001
Format files: PDF
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Be here now. It sounds simplistic, like bumper sticker advice. But how come so many of us have such a difficult time being in the present, whether working, preparing a meal, or making love? Where are we and what are we yearning for?
In The Hunger for Ecstasy, Jalaja Bonheim explores what keeps us from living a spiritually fulfilling life. In our natural pursuit of ecstasy-that far-from-sinful state of rapture without which we cannot thrive-we often don't realize what it is we're chasing, and thus end up with shallow attainments: a new pair of shoes, a fast car, a meaningless one-time sexual encounter. In our materially abundant but spiritually starved culture, it's easy to be misguided. Jalaja provides the know-how and the discipline necessary to direct your desire toward that which will best nourish your soul: the divine.
Too often living a sacred life has meant checking your spiritual self at the door of the bedroom. Jalaja analyzes the traditional western understanding of the divine, sterile male and encourages you to dispense with conceptions of God that might cause you to feel shameful about your sexuality. In easy-to-understand terms, Jalaja shows how sex indeed is a yearning for the infinite, and she provides practical tips on how to experience beautiful, sacred sex in the context of an ecstatic life. Far from urging casual sex, Bonheim celebrates commitment and encourages you to nurture a long-time relationship, including marriage, while recognizing it doesn't have to last forever to be sacred-nor should you be wondering if it will.
With nuggets of wisdom from poets and mystics, and vivid, inspiring anecdotes of real-life spiritual quests, The Hunger for Ecstasy connects you with a legion of people on their own unique journeys to sensual nourishment for the soul. Like any spiritual practice, the practice of ecstasy benefits immeasurably from community support, and Jalaja explores various ways to create ecstatic communion, such as jubilant singing and dancing and gathering in sacred spaces.
So go ahead, join Jalaja and others on the path to real, lasting ecstasy. Rid yourself of shame. Embrace your desire. Achieve a mystical sexuality. Because the un-ecstatic life is not worth living, listen to your soul's yearning, then begin your own love affair with the divine, and with life itself.
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Read information about the authorJalaja is internationally known for her groundbreaking use of circle gatherings as a tool for empowering women, healing individuals and communities, and cultivating peace. For over 25 years, she has been leading circles, studying the dynamics of the circle, and developing a community of Circlework practitioners.
She is the founder and visionary director of the Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul is based on the stories of ordinary American women and explores the central role of sexuality in women's spiritual journey. Witty, wise, entertaining and compassionate, Aphrodite's Daughters quickly became an underground classic, and has changed the lives of thousands of women.
Jalaja's second great passion is peace. Growing up as a Jew in post-war Germany, the devastating impact of war led her on a life-long inquiry into the causes of human violence and the journey of healing and transformation.
Completely intimate with the spirit of the circle, she describes it as an archangel, and as an ally, guide, teacher and friend. She decodes its language for all of us, translates its messages of wholeness and homecoming, and explains its teachings. What she calls the spirit of the circle, others experience as a field of tremendous love and compassion, growth and learning, renewal and healing.
Jalaja has trained hundreds of Circlework leaders in America, Canada, and the Middle East, including ministers, teachers, social workers, psychotherapists, and corporate executives. She also serves as a consultant to groups and group leaders who want to create greater connection and intimacy between people, or need help in working through conflicts or other challenges. Since 2005, she has travelled regularly to Israel and Palestine, where she empowers Jewish and Palestinian women to serve as agents of peace and healing in their communities.