#112 | Eroticism as Activism: Sex Witchcraft, Power Games and Embracing Sexuality with Shaney Marie
About This Episode
“Shaney Marie is a transformational leader in the realm of erotic mysteries. With an extensive resume in erotic dance, contemporary tantra, and facilitation, Shaney teaches about the power of sexual majesty through alchemy, ritual, and creativity. She believes that every person has a magic portal into their unique erotic depth’s and that our sexualities hold great wisdom’s on our spiritual pathways to freedom. Shaney has an ability to shine the dark light onto anyone she works with to reveal their soul and bodies deep yearnings for something more.”
She dreams of a world not burdened by fear and sexual shame where people understand that sexual energy is one of the most powerful forces to integrate in themselves. Shaney believes that eroticism is a form of activism because people who are awake sexually and sacredly are more free, loving and liberated; and with a greater capacity to dance to their own beat in a world that demands conformity. Her ethos is to live a life of deep pleasure and authenticity, while also embracing a willingness to descend into the powers of the dark and its gifts.
“Women are not victims in strip clubs… Men are playing power games and women are playing power games. They are both equally playing out the game. To say it’s degrading really determines how you feel about that and what your relationship to the game of power in those places are.”
Join us for a discussion of the power of embracing our sexuality as a doorway to living a life free of shame and taboos, why it’s important to work with our shadows and darkness and how men and women are playing an equal power game at all times. Here are the details:
- How the degradation of the feminine negatively impacts all of us
- Why we need to normalize the taboos around sexuality
- Why true feminine empowerment is in owning the body
- Understanding that both men and women are playing an equal power game at all times
- The importance of working with our shadows and darkness
- The dangers of shutting down men and their animal desires
- The insidious nature of shame and how to work with it
- The virgin/whore complex
- Practical steps to embracing and embodying our sexuality
- Why consciousness hunts for truth in the body
- What is eroticism?
- And much more…
Tools & Resources Mentioned
People/Blogs to Follow
- Camilla Paglia – an American feminist academic and social critic. Paglia has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1984. She is critical of many aspects of modern culture, and is the author of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990) and other books. She is also a critic of contemporary American feminism and of post-structuralism as well as a commentator on multiple aspects of American culture such as its visual art, music, and film history.
- Michaela Boehm – Michaela Boehm is among the most gifted and in-demand teachers, speakers, and counselors to be found globally today. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela received degrees in Psychology and further extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis, and NLP. Upon moving to the United States in 1994, she quickly became a counselor to the stars in Hollywood, California, and her on-going clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, writers, multiple Grammy-winning musicians, CEO’s, and multi-billion dollar fund managers.
- Janine Ma-Ree from the Red Earth Temple – Red Earth Temple is a land of wild innocence…a place to delve into the feminine mysteries and learn how to connect more deeply with your wild self. The dreaming of this land is to support the descent into deeper embodiment of the womb and connection with the earth. A place to open into freeing more of your kundalini life force energy, accessing the power of your dragon, connected through the flame of an opened heart. A place to vibrate more fully with the divinity in matter.
- Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia – In this brilliantly original book, Camille Paglia identifies some of the major patterns that have endured in western culture from ancient Egypt and Greece to the present. According to Paglia, one source of continuity is paganism, which, undefeated by Judeo-Christianity, continues to flourish in art, eroticism, astrology, and pop culture. Others, she says, are androgyny, sadism, and the aggressive western eye, which has created our art and cinema. Paglia follows these and other themes from Nefertiti and the Venus of Willendorf to Apollo and Dionysus, from Botticelli and Michaelangelo to Shakespeare and Blake and finally to Emily Dickinson, who, along with other major nineteenth-century authors, becomes a remarkable example of Romanticism turned into Decadence.
- Buddhist Goddesses of India by Miranda Shaw – The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses―graceful nature divinities, maternal nurturers, potent healers, mighty protectors, transcendent wisdom figures, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. Despite their importance in Buddhist thought and practice, female deities have received relatively little scholarly attention, and no comprehensive study of the female pantheon has been available.