In support of a beautiful, co-created relational world, I am offering a cornucopia of free resources to play with. This is a body of work I have have been developing over the last dozen years, which I am calling “Elements of Intimacy”.
As a teacher and practitioner of sacred intimacy, I have discovered that whenever people feel safe-enough within themselves, or with others, they tune into an unstoppable longing. We want love endlessly and enormously, and we know our capacity for endless and enormous love. I have met and felt this boundless desire in every human soul I have ever touched. In the limited, partial and imperfect ways I have found to uncover and live within this spring of longing, I have seen love flourish and make magic in my own and others lives, and in communities.
How can we truly live into our capacity for love? When we feel afraid and under-resourced, autonomic nervous system responses of fight, flight, appease and freeze play out in patterns of relationship based on threat management. We can learn to use our reactive energies as portals to more spacious places in ourselves and our relationships, where we feel empowered to interact in courageous, generous, kind and loving ways.
When relationships are unloving or unwell, we are liable to bounce around in a pin-ball machine of reactive energies. We become hypervigilant, seeing danger everywhere, or dissociative, failing to track real danger, or we alternate between these states – and so we are liable to keep on experiencing more danger, dysfunction, neglect and violence in our lives. Relational well-being produces its own positive feedback loop. When we feel resourced, safe-enough, and challenged in manageable ways, we experience a cascade of beneficial physiological effects. We gradually let go of chronic fascial contraction, emotional turmoil and anxious thoughts. Our nervous systems suppress stress chemistry, and activate feel-good neurochemistry, including oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and endocannabanoids. In relationships where we can be brave, curious, excited, supported – and experience embodied pleasure – we can heal and grow our traumatized nervous systems, and build more and more capacity for joy.
We can learn to interact in ways that foster intimacy, and empower a dance of loving connection based on goodwill and welcome. We can practice gratitude and generosity, and attune our energy with the biosphere of belonging. As we learn to create a neurological feedback loop that supports a wonderful world within and around us, we find ourselves welcoming more and more joy and intimacy into our lives.
I hope you enjoy these free resources – please use and distribute, adapt for your own purposes, and let me know how it all lands. I have no answers – only invitations – to play, to love more deeply, and to dance.
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