Intimacy is to the soul as food is to the body. We are nurtured and enriched at the core of our being in the experience of deep connection. When the longing for intimacy is satisfied, we experience wholeness and sufficiency; we are at one with ourselves and the world. In conjunction with a sexual connection, the experience of intimacy can be exhilarating, inspiring, even transcendent. The shadow side of this connection is the fear of intimacy, which is actually the fear of loss, rejection, shame, or humiliation. These fears are common, even universal, yet their presence need not prevent us from experiencing the joys of intimate contact. It is not so much a matter of getting over these fears or concerns, but of skillfully responding to them.
How do we maintain an open heart in the face of powerful emotions? How can we redirect and intensify the energy contained within these feelings toward states of heightened awareness? How can we open to the full range of feeling that enters into our experience during these times?
Confront these and other questions that directly relate to our ability to dive fully into the bottomless pool of our heart's truth, and feel love in all its physical, sexual, and spiritual splendor. This course presents ways of understanding and neutralizing patterns that limit intimacy and offer practices to deepen and enhance it. Participants also explore the inner landscape that exists beyond intimacy, that territory of the heart where the deep connection of "two" becomes the transcendent "one."
Recommended reading: Bloom and Bloom, 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married and Secrets of a Great Marriage.