A Return to Eros: The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive (Paperback)

A Return to Eros: The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive By Marc Gafni, Kristina Kincaid, Barbara Max Hubbard (Foreword by) Cover Image
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Discover the secret relationship between erotic, the sexual, and the sacred

Sex is not negative or positive. Sex is not just neutral, nor is it merely sacred because it creates babies. None of these old sexual stories work for us anymore. We need a new sexual narrative. This book gives the new sexual narrative, what the authors call Sex Erotic.

Erotic Mystics from the hidden tradition of Solomon's temple taught a secret doctrine: sex is the source of all wisdom. It's an expression of the erotic impulse of existence itself alive in us–the yearning for contact, pleasure, and aliveness. The sexual, however, is not the sum total of the erotic. Rather, the sexual teaches us how to live an erotic life in all dimensions of our existence. That is Sex Erotic.

A Return to Eros: The Radical Experience of Being Fully Alive, from Drs. Marc Gafni and Kristina Kincaid, reveals the radical tenets of the relationships between the sexual, the erotic, and the holy. They share what Eros actually means and also the 12 core qualities of the erotic, which are modeled by the sexual. These include being on the inside, fullness of presence, yearning, allurement, fantasy, surrender, creativity, pleasure, and more.

A Return to Eros shows why these qualities of the erotic modeled by the sexual are actually the same core qualities of the sacred. The relationship between the sexual and the erotic becomes clear, teaching you how to live an erotically suffused existence charged with purpose, potency, and power. To be an empowered lover—not just in sex but also in all facets of your life—you must listen to the whisperings of the sexual. Transform your understanding and experience of love, sex, and Eros inside these pages.

About the Author

Dr. Marc Gafni is a thought leader, social innovator, passionate philosopher, wisdom teacher, and author of ten books, including the award-winning Your Unique Self. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University, and is the co-founder with Ken Wilber of The Center for Integral Wisdom, an activist think tank dedicated to evolving and articulating a shared global vision of ethics, eros and meaning. Together with entrepreneur Kate Maloney, Marc is the initiating visionary of the Success 3.0 Summit and RiseUp, which bring together key thought leaders and change-agents to collaboratively weave a bold new Integral vision of Success. A leading public intellectual and activist, Gafni is evolving a post-dogmatic shared language of meaning rooted in the entrepreneurial values of Wake Up, Grow Up, Show Up and Outrageous Love. Marc is the leading theorist and teacher of Unique Self Enlightenment and Evolutionary Love. He has been called a master of the heart and a trail-blazing visionary in opening up new possibilities for Conscious Evolution, Unique Self realization and a politics of Outrageous Love. Known for his rare combination of brilliant mind and overflowing heart, he teaches on the cutting edge of philosophy in the West--articulating a new 'dharma,' or meta-theory of meaning that is helping pave the way for the evolution of consciousness.

Dr. Kristina Kincaid is the Director of Integral of Evolutionary Tantra Institute in New York City. IET teaches, coaches and mentors individuals to take the next step in self-transformation. IET was created to develop cutting-edge Leaders, Projects and Initiatives of conscious collaboration in the world. IET understands that in order to respond to the challenges that face our planet today, it is imperative to create a WE space, where we as individuals and individual systems realize that enlightened consciousness is beyond ego, and is the essential next stage of self transformation.
Kristina is on faculty at The Institute of Core Energetics and holds an M.A. in Energy Medicine and a Doctorate in Theology from Holos University. A graduate of the Institute of Core Energetics and the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, she also holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin. She is also the Chairperson and creator, along with Dr. Gafni, of the Outrageous Love Projects which are an affiliate of the Center for Integral Wisdom. The Outrageous Love Projects are community writing and art initiatives birthed from Dr. Gafni's creation of a community practice of writing love letters. The movement's intention is to literally democratize enlightenment, empowering everyone to radically participate in the very evolution of love itself. Lastly, Kristina has traveled extensively, studying indigenous healers around the world and documenting her findings in a film series called In Search of Healing. Her passions include the deep mysteries of the body, genetics, and evolution. Her journey has taken her into deep explorations of the feminine and healing around sexuality. She has a Healing practice in New York City.

Praise For…

"Marc and Kristina are going where few dare to go. They are showing us what it means to live a fully erotic life."

—John Gray, bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus 

"A Return to Eros is the map for the new human. Read it and be forever enlivened and transformed! I believe this is the most compelling invitation ever written to live the Erotic Life. It changed my life."

—Kristen Ulmer, former professional extreme skier and author of The Art of Fear 

"Surrender to this book. Erudite, provocative, and filled with lively insights, there is much to be learned from it about the sexual confusion of our times."

—Adam Bellow, author of In Praise of Nepotism: A History of Family Enterprise from King David to George W. Bush 

"A Return to Eros is a book written with no hang-ups, no compromises, and no holds barred. It rocks!"

—Jonny Podell, iconic American rock 'n' roll music agent at the Podell Talent Agency 

"I've known Kristina for many decades . . . great to see she is sharing her life work with the world . . . Join the outrageous love train!"

—Shep Gordon, legendary rock 'n' roll manager and New York Times bestselling author of They Call Me Supermensch 

"A Return to Eros is a powerful and thought-provoking book—which has the potential to transform your life."

—Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti 

"A Return to Eros should be placed on the shelf next to the great works on emotional and sexual emancipation, including Marcuse's Eros and Civilization and O Brown's Life Against Death. Gafni and Kincaid remind us that eros and ethics are inseparable, that we must free the erotic from the ghetto of the merely sexual, and in so doing awaken our passion for truth and justice. There may be no more urgent lesson for our culture, which now stands on the brink of another descent into barbarism, that it is through and from love that true power flows."

—Zak Stein, EdD (Harvard), academic director of the Center for Integral Wisdom, faculty at Meridian University, scientific advisor for Neurohacker Collective, and cofounder of Lectica, Inc.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781944648183
ISBN-10: 1944648186
Publisher: BenBella Books
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Pages: 433
Language: English