From Chapter 2. of “Shake Your Soul-Song! A Woman’s Guide To Self-Empowerment Through The Art Of Self-Pleasure”
We are born into this world of sensory experience~ sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell.
Each of our 5 senses also relates to the 5 elements ~fire, space, earth, water, and air ~ which make up our relative or “experiential” environment.
As children we delight in our sensual experience.
We want to taste it, touch it, feel it, understand it, know it.
Those of us who have children, or have worked with small children, know that babies put almosteverything in their mouths, as if to truly perceive an object, they need to not only see it, touch it, and smell it, they must taste it as well.
We learn about ourselves, and our environment through our senses, through our sensual experiences, and initially there is great joy in this process of self-discovery.
Our modern lives are filled with an overabundance of sensory stimulation, mental activity, and emotional overwhelm.
In addition, many of us may have experienced painful childhood traumas such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
In order to cope with life, I believe we shut down a large degree of our sensual awareness, and disconnect from life itself.
In our world of suffering and injustice, violence and conflict, I we numb-out to protect ourselves from the pain of being present in life.
The human design is such that we are built to survive, but there is a vast difference between surviving and thriving.
In his book The Mindbody Prescription Dr. John Sarno (a physician who specializes in pain relief) defined a disorder he named Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) to describe a variety of symptoms caused by external and internal stress, tension, and emotional repression.
Interestingly during the course of his studies he found that “awareness, insight, knowledge, and information were the magic medicines that would cure this disorder”. 
It’s commonly accepted that our physical state of health is directly related to our emotional and mental disposition towards life. “Pain Disorder” is considered to be a valid medical diagnosis for experiencing physical symptoms of pain, due to psychological and emotional stress, tension, anxiety, and trauma.
If psychological stress and emotional repression can cause physical pain disorders, what would be the effect of consciously cultivating pleasure and the awareness of pleasure in our lives?
The Art of Self-Pleasure is a 4-part formula for doing just that. It is based upon action-oriented, do-able methods for reclaiming the pleasure, sensual bliss and emotional joy inherent within us.
This connection to life through sensual pleasure is our birthright and it is hardwired into the human design.
The Art of Self-Pleasure is about aligning ourselves with the ascending current of life within, and using that current to guide us to our personal passion, inner fulfillment, and soul satisfaction.
The Art of Self-Pleasure is a formula designed to support each and every woman in awakening to her true soul purpose and empower her to hear the whispered secret calling of her heart.
It is by recognizing the human vehicle as an “embodiment” of sensual awareness, and pleasure, that we can relax into our true nature, and trust the subtle impulse of life that arises within us.
We then reclaim what it means to be “woman”: a vessel and portal for Life itself.
“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
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