Bringing Sexuality Back into the Sphere of Community Life
Like wind, water or any other force of nature, erotic energy moves through our communities, organizations and landscapes. It can be empowering and invigorating, and it can be destructive and debilitating. Yet, rather than acknowledge sexuality as a force of nature that greatly influences every social endeavor, it is often cast aside as a private matter – as being of little relevancy to efforts to live communally, share power, deepen knowledge, develop alternative economies, pass wisdom down through the generations, and create a culture that respects all of nature and all those who call Earth home.
Isolating sexuality is foolish at best. Wendell Berry offers far more condemning words,
“the failure to imagine sex in all its power and sanctity is to prepare the ruin of family and community life.”
For sexual love lies at the heart of a community and ecological life, “it brings us into the dance that holds community together and joins it to its place.”
In embracing sexuality and erotic energy as an inherent part of our communities, and responding to the deep hunger we carry for intimacy in this time of such profound disconnection, ecosexuality offers a proactive approach that can heal and transform.
Imagine the World We Will Co-Create Together When We…
- Meet our needs through deep intimacy with Earth, self and community, instead of goods and services;
- Design our relationship networks with as much care and intention as we design our permaculture gardens and community governance systems;
- Allow our love for this Earth to transform all aspects of our lives, including our intimate relationships;
- Channel erotic energy to benefit the ecosystems we love just as we might channel wind, water and other energies of nature;
- Engage with the Earth as a lover and partner who we tend to, care for, and respect in a mutual relationship where we give more than we take;
- Be as intentional about sex as we are about what kind of foods we eat, which products we buy, and what plants we sow in the garden;
- Allow pleasure to be a guiding principle as we engage whole systems thinking within our communities;
- Allow ourselves to experience the sensual in nature and the nature in our sensuality;
- Give ourselves in service to the lands that feed us, the ecosystems that keep us healthy and the communities that support us;
- Love our bodies as ecosystems and our ecosystems as bodies.
Part 3 in a 4 part mini series written by Lindsay Hagamen. Stay tuned for more next week.
You can read Part 1 here.
And Part 2 here.