Gaia, Eros and the Sacred Workshop Series w/Serena Anderlini D'Onofrio
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# 1 - Gaia Theory
How does it work? What does it mean? What difference does it make to us? How can we contribute to Gaias joy, health, and well being?
Gaia is the scientific and spiritual principle based on which the Earth, and its biota in particular, is a living being, a web of interconnected ecosystems whose health is proportional to the health of each cell in them. All of us human and non-human animals, plants, microbes, and minerals, are little specks of life in this all-encompassing being. As humans, we are more complex than other Earthlings, and there fore more vulnerable. In this system, the health of Gaia is proportional to the health of each live element in it. An active knowledge of Gaia theory empowers todays humans to resolve the ecological crisis were in, just like an active knowledge of Heliocentrism empowered Renaissance people to resolve theirs.
Exercises for this class include meditations that connect us to other beings.
# 2 Sacred Erotic Energy
What is it? How can we perceive it, absorb it, channel it? What makes us part of an amorous community? How can we contribute to its joy, health, and well being, and why is this good for us?
Eros was the god of love in ancient Greece and is often perceived as a spiritual force that pervades the material, that blows health and vitality in it, similarly to the prana, ki, and universal energy of Eastern traditions. Erotic energy is sacred because it is part of a sacred tradition and because it denotes life, which is sacred in most belief systems. Eros is a vital force that manifests in infinite ways and takes the form of the energy field where its presence is felt. The ability to register this presence, to absorb and channel its energy that each of us have corresponds to the wealth we bring to our amorous and erotic communities. Eros is what keeps Gaia alive. The more we contribute, the more we receive.
Exercises for this class include giving and receiving sacred erotic energy in small groups and sharing about the experience and ones interpretations of it.
# 3 Sharing Amorous Resources
How can we safely share amorous resources? Why is the practice of safer sex important to an erotic community? What is fluid-bonding and why is it important to the health of an erotic community?
Safe sharing of amorous resources involves practices of love that empower all participants in an amorous community. It is based on the Gaian principle that sharing resources creates abundance. Gaia is gay in the sense that, as a live being it is by nature happy and cheerful, and in the sense that it is capable of as many forms of love as there are Earthlings to experience them. Gaia is alive because its vital principle Eros is in her. Therefore, it is in everyones best interest to radiate as much health, love, vitality, and well being as possible. The more a participant contributes to his/her amorous and erotic communities in the ways of health, love, and vitality, the more each community will radiate these forces back, and so protect and enhance its participants vitality and health.
Exercises for this class include conversations about emotional and erotic safety, practicing healing and sensual touch, cuddling, spooning, as well as other forms of consensual amorous bonding, including three-way kissing.
About the Author:
Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio gave the keynote address at the 2007 Loving More and World Polyamory Association conferences. She has been interviewed on Italian public TV about her books on practices of love that include bisexuality and polyamory. She is an academic, an activist, a writer and a healer. Her numerous books include Eros, Plural Loves, Women and Bisexuality, The "Weak" Subject, and a forthcoming collection on bisexuality and queer theory. She leads workshops and lectures on topics related to her work, including why bisexual and polyamorous love are good for the planet; how health, love, and the emotions are related, and more. She blogs at SexGenderBody.blog. She has been published in and peer-reviews for several journals. She is a professor of humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and lives in Cabo Rojo, Western Puerto Rico. Visit WebSite www.serenagaia.com
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