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Aphrodite and the art of rallying toward exalted moments

Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and the glory of all knowing. And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad thing is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exalted moments.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

The more embodied we become, the more the healing force of our erotic energy can flow through and with it bring vitality and health to our vital organs.

In all cultures, at all times, people have recognized the immense power of feminine sexuality and to many it has been threatening, especially to patriarchal structures and religions. There are many stories about cultures, from the past and in the present, which suppress and/or try to manipulate or capitalize on this aspect of the feminine, but there are also many cultures that honor this part of the feminine as divine.

In our western society, we did at one point recognize this energy and force as the goddess Aphrodite. We often think of her as this sweet harmless goddess, but the truth is that Aphrodite is one of the most powerful goddesses of them all. She can get the toughest soldier to shake in his pants. She can have anyone crumble at her feet just by her certain way of throwing her hair back. They say that her laughter is divine, it will melt any heart. She is so beautiful, so radiant and attractive that everybody, who faces her, falls in love.

If you have ever read any of the stories from the Greek mythologies you know that they are the most sizzling, dramatic soap operas imaginable, and in the midst of the most complicated romance you can be sure to find Aphrodite. She just loves the drama. By her side she has her son Eros, a chubby little fellow carrying a bow and some arrows. Together they shoot those arrows into hearts of people to have them fall in love, more often than not, with the completely inappropriate person.

Aphrodite loves being in her body. She loves fragrant flowers, freshly picked fruits, beautiful clothes, perfumes and lovemaking; she lives erotically. She mirrors to us a divine aspect of feminine sexuality which is still part of all women today. Aphrodite will tickle you and seduce you until you relax and open your body.

Here is an Aphrodite practice for you:

Making Love with Life

Begin by noticing the breath coming in through your mouth or nose and going deeper inside of you.
Rest your awareness in the sensation of the breath.

With each breath you relax your body a little bit more and allow the breath to enter you a little bit deeper.
Relax your solar plexus. Relax your belly, allowing the breath to go deeper.
Let your breath go all the way down to your pelvis, filling you, massaging you from the inside.

Feel the breath as you would feel a lover. Feel how the breath is taking care of you, how the breath is nourishing you, how the breath is touching you, how the breath is giving you pleasure.

Make love with the breath. The breath is your most loyal lover, always there and ever present. As you adjust to this love making with your breath expand your awareness to include your other sense.

Receive the colors, shapes, shadows, sounds, and smells through your skin. Begin to make love with your awareness of everything.

Feel how this process rejuvenates you, how it allows you to communicate with all the life around you.

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