The Healing Power of Pleasure
Want to know a secret? Hidden beneath the surface of life is delight.
Reading this book will take you on a journey from mess to magic. You will travel through seven spiritual 'medicines' of slowing down, embodying, deepening, relating, pleasure, power and potential, to expand your inner confidence, instinctual power and innate joy.
A visionary call to action to inhabit our own universe of deliciousness, when we look inwards as well as relate outward with the world around us. This book combines ancient spirituality with scientific research, insight, humour, poetry, practices and a useful reflective log.Read an excerpt.
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“Julia Hollenbery has taken the journey and now she shares it in her own inimitable style. I had a teacher once who told me that learning through pleasure was the highest form of learning. As Julia shares in her own poetic and soul-deep style, she didn't begin there. She arrived there after a long journey. In The healing Power of Pleasure, she shares the fruit of her work. As anyone who has taken the journey knows, fruit is the result of years of digging and composting. The more real the journey, the sweeter the medicine. Go on, take a sweet apple from this Tree of Knowledge.’ - Ya’Acov Darling Khan. Shaman, Co-Founder of Movement Medicine and best selling author of 'Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart' and 'Shaman - Invoking Power, Presence and Purpose at the Core of Who You Are'.
"Julia guides us to connect more deeply with our natural selves and recognise the abundant joy that always resides there." - Dr David R Hamilton, Author of, 'I Heart Me: The Science of Self Love'.
“The Healing Power of Pleasure gives you the inside story of how to transform your moment-to-moment experience. To make your body hum, your mind unwind and your soul smile, read this book!” - Sarah Rozenthuler, Chartered Psychologist and Author of 'Powered by Purpose' and 'How to Have Meaningful Conversations'.
“I found Julia’s exploration of pleasure and deliciousness so powerful. She looks at our society’s present and past tendency to overlook the realities of life, to get lost in ego and need. As Julia writes, ‘The modern perspective on life is often divisive, emphasizing analysis, cause or effect, compare and contrast.’ She orients the reader to the ‘messiness’ of our life and explores how we can shift our orientation from conditioning and fear, to spontaneity and pleasure, to appreciate the ‘mess’ we are in and live life to the fullest. I so appreciated her writing and can highly recommend it!”- Franklyn Sills, Co-Founder of the Karuna Institute, Author of 'The Polarity Process: Energy as a Healing Art,' 'Being and Becoming: Psychodynamics, Buddhism and the origins of Selfhood,' and 'Foundations in Craniosacral Biodynamics', vol 1&2.
“What a pleasure to journey through Julia’s profound and healing book. She offers a rich and enjoyable feast of wisdom and practical suggestions. The depth and authenticity of her sharing is both moving and inspiring. Her understanding and articulation of pleasure interconnected to a such a wide range of different themes is deeply impressive. Her suggested practices are life changing. To the very end I felt captivated, challenged and liberated. I will be drawing on this remarkable book in my own Luminary teachings. This is without doubt a must-read book that could change your life and powerfully enhance your capacity to experience pleasure and embodiment in the world.“ - Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Founder of the Goddess Luminary Wheel teachings. Priestess of Avalon. Former Chief Executive of 157 Group, Centre for Excellence in Leadership UK. Debretts 500 list in 2015, 100 Women of Spirit in 2016. Author of 'Enlivenment,' 'Healing through the Goddess,' 'Leading through the Goddess' and 'Crone Times.'
“I spent many years rushing at a fast pace, fitting everything in, raising a family, working in a corporate environment. I felt I was in constant motion and yet unhappily struggling at the same time. Then I discovered spirituality in the early 90’s and a gorgeous doorway opened to my inner world. After stepping through a whole new Universe opened up and I never looked back. This book is such a doorway, allowing us to enter a new adventure whilst still very much being fully in the body and in the creative magical mystery of life.” - Steve Nobel, Author, Spiritual coach/mentor and Founder of Soul Matrix Healing, Author of 'The Enlightenment of Work: Revealing the path to happiness, contentment and purpose in your job.'
"This book is a much-needed remedy! I heartily recommend this powerful, lovely, fun, interesting, magical, comprehensive, practical guide to doing intimacy and life well. Enjoy the inspiring real spirituality, interesting grounded science and practical wellbeing exercises for your personal and our planetary happiness. We all need this embodied warm wisdom." - Jamie Catto, Musician, Filmmaker and Author of 'Insanely Gifted: Turn Your Demons into Creative Rocket Fuel'
“Julia Hollenbery is a unique voice: her call to inhabit our bodies fully, to become aware of and attend to the delight inherent in every moment, speaks to our deepest sense of ourselves. She shows us a way of being in the world that is nothing short of revolutionary.”- Alison Jones, Host of 'The Extraordinary Business Book Club'
“Too many of us have been brought up with a belief in the value of suffering, struggle and sacrifice now to buy us some future pleasures and rewards. We can distrust pleasure and feel guilty about experiencing it. Julia is inviting us home to the natural joy and pleasure that exist right now at the heart of our being, waiting to be allowed out.” - Nick Williams, Leadership Guide and Bestselling Author of 16 books
“The Healing Power of Pleasure connects us to Divine Life through the portal of interconnectedness, bringing us into relationship with our bodies and senses, and pointing the way to how we reclaim our darkness as well as our light. It honours life as profoundly relational and shows us how to access the innate sensuality of the place where body and soul meet. This is a glorious celebration of a book, and also an important book for our times - as living through this relational lens naturally gives us respect for Earth, for each other and for the oneness of all life - human and other than human, visible and invisible. It points towards a way of being, which is for both men and women, that includes a deep honouring of the feminine principle, which is the missing element in our culture and has the potential to lead us deeper into the new story we so urgently need.”- Dr Justine Huxley, Director of St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, and Editor of 'Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change.'
“Julia has created a meaningful and moving exploration of joy and pleasure, at a time when the world needs the upliftment of this wisdom. A courageous and stimulating book” - Malcolm Stern Co-Founder of 'Alternatives,' Psychotherapist and Author of 'Slay your dragons with compassion.'
“This personal journey of discovery provides a helpful Handbook towards a new birthing in our hearts which will encourage us to savour the delights to be found within a lifetime in the material world which has the benefits of a physical body and a range of experiential senses .it also serves as an introduction to discovering the deeper and less visible dimensions of life within the rapidly changing context for our lives today. This is a journey of our time.” - Janice Dolley, Author of 'Awakening to a New Reality: Conscious Conversations across the Horizon of Death', co-author 'The Quest: Exploring a Sense of Soul'
A visionary call to action to inhabit our universe of pleasure, this book presents an invitation to reconnect with your body, realize the depth and web of relationships within which we live, and embrace the pleasure, power, and potency that arise when we look inward as well as confidently relate outward with the world around us.