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How does Ecosexuality contribute to Sex and Happiness?

Dr. SerenaGaia and Lindsay Hagamen join Laurie Handlers on her weekly podcast Sex and Happiness for a lively exploration of the practical applications of ecosexuality in our every day lives.

Tune in to hear how Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia came to identify as ecosexuals, what it means to them to partner with the lands and waters they call home, and how nature can help heal the deep wounds of sexual shame.

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Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagmen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

Q #8

SM: Throughout your intro, you seamlessly point us to our next movement of consciousness. I’m in! I’m convinced! We’re claiming our sexuality and autonomy, taking better care of our bodies, expanding our notions of what love (and spirituality) can be. But we’ve left out much of community (other than us fighting for the rights of others for their sexual safety and expression) and ecology has stayed completely out of the picture as a bedfellow. Moving past fantasy, after having compiled these leaders’ works, can you map out our ecosexual terrain twenty years from now?

SerenaGaia: Twenty years from now many more people will be living lives organized around the principles of intentional families and intentional communities. handsPeople will be sharing resources, including resources of love, at a much higher rate than they do now. There will be fewer resources due to the degradations of the environment produced by the extractive industries and savage capitalism. But people will be more competent in the arts of sharing these resources, and sharing existing resources will make these resources more abundant.

It is important for the ecosexual movement to expand horizontally and rhizomtically, forming networks that are resilient because they are multicentered and multifunctional. It is important to focus on ecosexuality as a practice that is symbiotic with practices that come from indigenity, social and racial justice, environmental stewardship, renewable energy production, tantra, permaculture, polyamory, fluid sexuality, and spiritualities that recognize the plurality, embodiedness, multiplicity, and ubiquitousness of the divine. It is also important to avoid excessive emphasis on identity and on consumer products in relation to
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Lindsay: To continue with SerenaGaia’s train of thought, in twenty years from now, individuals in these chosen families and communities will be leading more emotionally, spiritually and physically fulfilling lives, lives filled with purpose and passion that grows from a close relationship to the Earth and each other. This handfasting2014-20emotional abundance will reduce the desire for consuming the commercial products that are destroying habitat and creating pollution.

There will be less “need” to buy this product or that product, and instead more time and energy will be spent in connection with the Earth, with each other, and our own creative and spiritual processes. There will be more awareness of the sacred instilled in Life itself and a desire to protect, with humble gratitude, this sacred Earth.

We will be seeing a significant shift away from being consumers towards being producers and creators: creators of our own food and energy, but also creators of our own entertainment, love and belonging. If the ecosexual movement is successful in its diverse and integrated efforts, love will be a renewable resource that flows freely through communities, inspiring care and attention for the lands that nourish us and for the many individuals who tend to those lands.

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Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

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Check out the whole interview series and read Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answers to Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.

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–Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagmen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

–Q # 7

Sensheant Magazine:  I’m assuming ecosexuals are pretty sexually expressive to join such a movement, but that may not be true across the board. What kind of sexual healings and transformations are occurring among people in this community?

 

Dr. SerenaGaia: The idea of ecosexuality alone can bring back the hope, the imagination of happiness and joy to a person who feels dejected, isolated, or left out. Ecosexuality is a trope of cultural transformation that brings people together, that gels communities around itself, and that sustains networks of interconnected communities.

Practicing ecosexuality puts someone in the position to generate the abundant love we all need in our lives. Generating such abundance so as to spill out to others nearby and across the waves of planetary consciousness.  In my case, ecosexuality empowered

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“Spice” on Playa Azul: A Plural Wedding of Ecosexual Love, PR 2014

me to recognize water as the one element (of the four including earth, air, and fire) I feel most affinity for. And with that, I recognized the tropical beach where I’ve lived for the past 18 year as my beloved and longtime spouse.  I recognized this bond with my community in an ecosexual wedding where the beach acquired 15 “spice.” Ecosexual weddings are transformative events, expanding the idea of marriage to include nature, its elements, forces, and ecosystems. They perform a bond between the human “spice” and the element of nature or ecosystem to whom the human community is becoming wedded. They engage the idea of “family” in relation to these natural entities and ecosystems, thus making them more real, more emotionally significant, and more alive in the imagination of the communities that organize and perform the ecosexual weddings.

Ecosexual weddings are a new invention, ritual, and activism.  But they are also

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Sensa: a traditional ceremony where the whole city of Venice marries the sea

ancient.  One example is the Sensa, a ceremony by which the super serene city of Venice celebrates it state of being wedded to the sea every year.  This wealthy maritime republic of the Renaissance recognizes that its prosperity is a gift of the sea, whereupon its commerce traveled.  Even today, people from Venice marry the sea every year. This example shows that human communities have long since been aware of our interdependence with nature and valued nature’s love for us.

Lindsay Hagamen: A fair number of people come to the ecosexual movement as relatively introverted individuals who have not had a grand sexual awakening but know they love the Earth. And it’s their love and passion for the Earth

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Photo: courtesy of Mina Bast

that motivates them to embark on a journey of healing their sexual selves to better align themselves with the natural world. It’s really beautiful to see people from different backgrounds come together to share resources: those from the sex positive movement are sharing tools and techniques for embracing sexuality, and those who come more from the environmental side of the equation are sharing knowledge and understanding about living closely with the Earth. This synergy and diversity is really powerful. It creates a kind of hybrid vigor that breathes new life into collaborations. Very few of us are as fully embodied and integrated as the Earth. So with the Earth as our inspiration, ecosexuals are guiding each other through personal transformations and in the process are creating more vibrant and resilient local communities.

 

Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

Post 10 of 11 in the The EcoSEXual RƎVO˩ution Series, to be continued . . . .

Stay tuned for the juicy details of this interview, when Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answer Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.  We will be back on Wednesday next week.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.

 

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–Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagmen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

–Q # 6

Sensheant Magazine: The folks who you work and play with — they’re finding vitality in solutions where most feel numb and jaded by the environmental, social and political shenanigans witnessed daily, glassy-eyed in front of our TVs. Can you speak to the connection between that numbness and sexual disempowerment that can occur as we witness our planet in crisis?

Dr. SerenaGaia: Yes. When the energy of love is feared, it runs. It leaves behind a trail of fear, pain, and suffering. The consequence is endangered life. The twentieth century, they say, was the age of anxiety. Because for the first time in recorded history, humankind was saddled with the power to destroy life. One species had become too powerful for its own good and for the good of life itself. What a bummer!

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Ceremony at Tamera, Portugal, courtesy of Sabine Lichtenfels

How do we overcome the consequences of this extreme power? As Bill McKibben asks, “is the big brain attached to a heart big enough to save life?”

With ecosexuality we can stop being afraid of love and refuse to criminalize it. We can allow nature to inspire us as we become students in the arts of love.

Lindsay Hagamen: There’s an ever-growing scientific understanding of the connection

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Oxytocin Group Hug on Playa Azul, Puerto Rico

between our sexuality and the rest of our lives. For example, the hormones released during orgasm, including oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine, support enhanced creativity and self-confidence. So when we are fully expressing our sexuality, when we are experiencing pleasure frequently and abundantly, we become more alive, more empowered and more capable versions of ourselves. Science is beginning to back up this ancient body wisdom.

    When the flow of life energy in our bodies is stifled, when our creative desires are

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dampened and when we feel disempowered sexually, it permeates through the rest of our lives. There is a lot of distress in our world that can create a sense of despair. Sexual empowerment is not going to magically change the political, economic or environmental    crisis, but it will enable us to respond to challenges in a more holistic manner. When the basic human needs for love and belonging, touch and pleasure are well met, we are better equipped to think expansively and abundantly towards win-win solutions rather than making critical decisions for humanity and life on this planet based on fear or from a place of scarcity.

Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

Post 9 of 11 in the The EcoSEXual RƎVO˩ution Series, to be continued . . . .

Stay tuned for the juicy details of this interview, when Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answer Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.  We will be back on Wednesday next week.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.

 

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Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagamen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

Q #5

SM: So, is this the most political sexual movement? The ultimate expression of interdependence?

SG: I would say it is. Sex, consciousness, choice, love, began with bacteria about four billion years ago­–as affirmed by late and major advocate of Gaia theory,Bast5-27-NatureInspiresAofL copy Lynn Margulis. The friendly bacteria living inside us are having sex with one another right now as we speak. When we become aware of this, we may as well agree that sexual energy is so pervasive that it is the very fabric of life.

Revering, channeling and navigating this energetic flow and allowing it to organize our existence is the measure of our ability to be symbiotic with one another and interdependent with others. It is the ultimate political act.

LH: I agree. Humans are part of, not set apart from, nature. Sex is power and pleasure integrated into an evolutionary elixir that ensures Life will go on.

It is because of this revolutionary power that sexuality is feared and suppressed. We are taught to contain it, tame it, so that others can control us and sell back our sexuality as a means to drive the consumerism that is undermining the living canyon6 copyEarth.

We are drawn to come together, in union, not to fight each other in everlasting wars over resources once abundant but now scarce because of greed. Every person knows this in the marrow of their bones.

Ecosexuality says we choose to use the revolutionary power in a way that brings us pleasure and enhances Life itself, to bring people together in peace, to steward and protect wild lands, rivers and mountains. Ecosexuality offers a container for fundamentally shifting how we relate to ourselves, the Earth and each other in powerful and pleasurable ways. Ecosexuality empowers us into service and win­-win partnerships that support Life and this living Earth.

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Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

Post 8 of 11 in the The EcoSEXual RƎVO˩ution Series, to be continued . . . .

Stay tuned for the juicy details of this interview, when Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answer Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.  We will be back on Wednesday next week.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.

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Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagmen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

SM: Can you tell us a little about the Ecosex Manifesto? And what are the ecosexual vows for a wedding?
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Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle

SG: The Ecosex Manifesto 1.0 was put out by two avatars of the movement, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, as they embarked in the epic series of ecosexual weddings over a period of seven years (2005-2011). It is an artistic manifesto as well as a political, activist and theoretical one. Why? Because a practice of ecosexuality is recognizing the arts and humanities as sciences that help us invent the belief systems we need. We have too long relegated the arts and humanities to a realm of knowledge subordinate to “science.”

This is a major mistake that could cost our species its life. We are stuck with old belief systems and need to invent new ones. This is what philosophers call “epistemology.” We need to replace the belief that natural resources are there to serve us. We have enslaved nature, with many of its naturally free species reduced to captive ones, and we also continue to treat many human communities with the same disrespect.We need to accept that nature has a life of its own, that this collective life is much more powerful than any of the species or privileged groups that form the fabric of life. Intelligence is no good to us without the belief systems that operate from a love for life.

imagesLH: The work of Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle is truly remarkable. With their Ecosex Manifesto 1.0, they have been able to speak to and draw out an undercurrent that is flowing through many people in the U.S. and around the world. By declaring Earth as Lover, they started to shift a key metaphor that guides the cultural practices and perspectives of millions of people.

A good lover reciprocates pleasure and respects their partner. A good lover spends time learning the landscape of the body and what kind of touch brings pleasure. Embracing a new mythology that inspires attention, care and respect for the planet and its diverse ecosystems, including human ecosystems, is perhaps the most potent path we can choose in this great time of crisis. One of the many ways ecosexuality is manifesting is through individuals, couples, polyamorous networks, and communities declaring their love and commitment to specific ecosystems through ecosexual weddings.

 

Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

Post 7 of 11 in the The EcoSEXual RƎVO˩ution Series, to be continued . . . .

Stay tuned for the juicy details of this interview, when Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answer Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.  We will be back on Wednesday next week.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.

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–Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagmen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

–Q # 3 

Sensheant Magazine: Are you finding support in the mainstream since launching Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love?

SerenaLindsay-FaceToFace1Dr. SerenaGaia: One of the points of ecosexuality is observing nature with fresh eyes; eyes not blinded by mythologies of functionalism like Darwin’s idea that in nature, sexual expression is only functional to reproduction. As a result of belief systems that reduce life to inert matter and disregard its sacred character, the life of our own species has become disconnected from the metabolism of the Earth.

 

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Learning from other species in the arts of love is a simple way to understand what we’ve missed. For example, plants are very proud of their genitals. They display them like impeccable works of art.  We even like those genitals and give them to our lovers on Valentine’s.  We are often ashamed of our genitals though. We don’t see them as flowers: we don’t appreciate their aphrodisiac scents enough. What keeps us from learning from plants?  Think about this simple point next year at Valentines and you get the gist of ecosexuality!

Lindsay Hagamen: As a social movement and as a lifestyle, ecosexuality integrates and weaves a   cohesive whole, a vision for a love-based, sustainable culture. And it is arising in response to a collective desire for a life that is authentic; to create a path forward simultaneously abundant and harmonious with the living Earth. Ecosexuality is unabashedly sex-positive, shamelessly embracing a part of human nature, and nature, that so many fear and suppress. Mockery is a common response to discomfort, a way of releasing the tension created by being confronted with something that pushes edges and boundaries, that not only questions the status-quo but is actively shifting it.

 

Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

 

Post 6 of 11 in the The EcoSEXual RƎVO˩ution Series, to be continued . . . .

Stay tuned for the juicy details of this interview, when Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answer Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.  We will be back on Wednesday next week.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.

 

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–Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagmen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

–Q # 2 

Sensheant Magazine: You start us off with ‘Eros holding the hope for the future of humankind.” If our earth is usually seen as inert,  something for humans to exploit,  eros is associated with ‘the obscene’, and the spiritual points to something ‘out there’  (above) as opposed to beneath us – how do we  ground eros ‘to earth’ and into the bedroom? What would a starter kit look like for a budding ecosexual?

Lindsay Hagamen: An important first step is experiencing eros, life energy, as arising from within our very own bodies, arising from each of our own cells.

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Cosmos, courtesy of KamalaDevi

Eros is our generative capacity, a capacity we share with all Life on Earth. When we feel this erotic life energy moving freely through us and connecting us to our environment, life becomes a sensual prayer. When we know in our flesh and bones that erotic energy – sexual energy – is healthy and life-giving, we are able to let go of the many layers of shame shrouding sexuality, and step into a life that is abundant, free and whole. Ecosexuals know the body to be sacred and know orgasms as an abundant pleasure that can enhance creativity, strengthen loving bonds, and create peace.

Dr. SerenaGaia: The making of Eros as “the obscene” of culture is only a comment on culture and those who control its paradigms. Eros is the vital energy of life and as such precedes culture, or is, at least, simultaneous to it, if we consider that culture begins with bacteria, our first ancestors, who have sex with their neighbors and live symbiotic lives.

Eros is the name given to this energy in classical cultures. The same entity has other names, including universal energy, Prana and Chi. Eros is a cosmic energy. We cannot control it more than any other form of life can.  However, we can perceive it, let it run through us, and channel it in ways that are very loving, just, and productive. Eros is the force that proves that love is the ecology of life.

The force of love stGaiaAtlanticays where it feels loved. It flees when it doesn’t. When we treat life as a pure resource, we disregard the vital energy that animates it. Then Eros flees and life becomes unanimated matter. The presence of Eros is what makes the difference between the green and blue third planet Gaia teeming with life, and the brownish rock known as Mars. We better love Eros if we want to stay alive!

 

Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

Post 5 of 11 in the The EcoSEXual RƎVO˩ution Series, to be continued . . . .

Stay tuned for the juicy details of this interview, when Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answer Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.  We will be back on Wednesday next week.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.

 

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Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagmen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

 

SM: You start us off with ‘Eros holding the hope for the future of humankind.” If our earth is usually seen as inert, something for humans to exploit, eros is associated with ‘the obscene’, and the spiritual points to something ‘out there’ (above) as opposed to beneath us – how do we ground eros ‘to earth’ and into the bedroom? What would a starter kit look like budding ecosexual?

LH: An important first step is experiencing eros, life energy, as arising from within our very own bodies, arising from each of our own cells. Eros is our apricot1generative capacity, a capacity we share with all Life on Earth. When we feel this erotic life energy moving freely through us and connecting us to our environment, life becomes a sensual prayer. When we know in our flesh and bones that erotic energy – sexual energy – is healthy and life-giving, we are able to let go of the many layers of shame shrouding sexuality, and step into a life that is abundant, free and whole. Ecosexuals know the body to be sacred and know orgasms as an abundant pleasure that can enhance creativity, strengthen loving bonds, and create peace.

SG: The making of Eros as “the obscene” of culture is only a comment on culture and those who control its paradigms. Eros is the vital energy of life and as such precedes culture, or is, at least, simultaneous to it, if we consider that culture begins with bacteria, our first ancestors, who have sex with their neighbors and live symbiotic lives.

Eros is the name given to this energy in classical cultures. The same entity has other names, including universal energy, Prana and Chi. Eros is a cosmic energy. We cannot control it more than any other form of life can. However, we can perceive it, let it run through us, and channel it in ways that are very loving, just, and productive. Eros is the force that proves that love is the ecology of life.

The force of love stays where it feels loved. It flees when it doesn’t. When we treat life as a pure resource, we disregard the vital energy that animates it. Then Eros flees and life becomes unanimated matter. We better love Eros if we want to stay alive!

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Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

Post 4 of 11 in the The EcoSEXual RƎVO˩ution Series, to be continued . . . .

Stay tuned for the juicy details of this interview, when Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answer Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.  We will be back on Wednesday next week.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.

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–Sensheant Magazine Interviews Lindsay Hagmen and Dr. SerenaGaia, Cont’d . . .

 

SM: There’s this enormous movement under foot that most people don’t know about, but the overarching theme is that we each have a sensual relationship to our natural environment. An innate connection that few would describe as anything close to ‘erotic.’ Do you think we have been conditioned to keep this aspect of eros quiet?

LH: Our connection to sexuality and to our natural environment are intimately interwoven. Eros is life energy, the animating energy that flows through you and me, the energy that flows through all life. As we go through life, however, all too many of us have experiences that implicitly or explicitly shame our connection to the body, to the physical, and to the animal within us. And with it, shame our connection to the Earth, to the natural, and to the wild.

Since our sexuality and our experience of nature are so intimately connected, we are able to approach healing this erotic crisis from either side. For some, IMG_352embracing their erotic nature, the pleasure of their body, and their sexuality is what opens them up to a greater sense of connection with, and reverence for, the natural world. For others, a deep connection to nature–often, a specific place or ecosystem–is what helps them to embrace their erotic nature, their pleasure and their sexuality. For me, it was the latter. The natural world, and its shameless and abundant expression of sexuality, was the only thing capable of permeating my shame deep enough to open me up to a life where I could embrace my body, my desires and my erotic self as much as I could embrace the intellectual and creative aspects of who I am.

SG: It’s hard for me to relate to sexual repression as a child because I was raised in a very sexually expressive era (the 1960s) by a very sex­positive family, a nudist and polytheistic slash atheist family where we learned about Greek mythologies rather than Biblical ones. My mother taught me all I needed to know about sexuality when I reached puberty. I also was raised before any significant awareness of global warming and other environmental challenges due to the extractive industries that treat lover Earth or Gaia as a victim to pillage, rape, and plunder. I feel sorry for younger people who did not have these privileges, who grew up in more repressive times. I also feel a need for solidarity across generations since life is one.

I do feel that ecosexuality is a movement that brings back nature as a teacher and inspirer in the arts of love. In the era of Romanticism, the French Revolution inspired people to take nature as a teacher in the arts of love. In the 1960s a similar movement was observed. In subsequent decades, there was a shift toward more cautious, artificial, contained and structured ways to express the arts of love. A fear of love prevailed in the culture at large, and the result was that many spontaneous ways to express the arts of love became criminalized. This had the good side effect of producing a whole new generation of educators and initiators in the arts of love that valued a diversity of practices, styles, and talents and therefore empowered a whole bouquet of expressions that were not, before, considered “natural.”

So when we return to the arts of love as part of a practice of ecosexuality, we come to this with an enhanced awareness of how diverse nature is. Of how, in nature itself, sexual expression is mainly a function of pleasure, connectivity, symbiosis, sustainability, diversity, and commonality, and only marginally, as a side effect, a function of reproduction.

 

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Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love.

Edited with an Introduction by SerenaGaia Anderlini-D’Onofrio and Lindsay Hagamen. Puerto Rico: 3WayKiss through CreateSpace, June 2015. www.ecosexbook.org

Post 3 of 11 in the The EcoSEXual RƎVO˩ution Series, to be continued . . . .

Stay tuned for the juicy details of this interview, when Lindsay and Dr. SerenaGaia answer Sensheant’s salacious and deep probing questions.  We will be back on Wednesday next week.

Enchanted with pictures like the one above?  Find them in Ecosexuality, Kindle edition, with Photo Gallery, find it here.

We gratefully acknowledge Rebecca Church and her team at Sensheant Magazine.  This interview will appear in a forthcoming issue.  We send our warm thanks to our interviewer, Cynthia Spence, and congratulate the team on their beautiful and brave initiative.  Connect with Sensheant here.