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The Healing Power of Pleasure: Seven Medicines for Rediscovering the Innate Joy of Being


Loved it! 😍

It is a scream to put an end to demonizing physical and emotional pleasure.

 The Healing Power of Pleasure by Julia Paulette Hollenbery is a text that aims to break deep cultural barriers that hinder authentic passionate and pleasurable living. It focuses on the God within that is interconnected with our human relationship and our relationship with animate and inanimate objects. It is a scream to put an end to demonizing physical and emotional pleasure. The text celebrates the masculine and feminine principles of life as well as the intersection of the sacred and the profane while tapping into some of life’s scientific and intuitive principles for good health.


Hollenbery’s book is a thought-provoking mouthful to be savored slowly to process and access the potency she hopes that it will unleash in the lives of readers. Her prosaic writing is interspersed with poetic utterances that vary from a line to sometimes three to five stanzas of poetic language that compactly convey her spirited observations and philosophies. 


A reader of this book will find many quotes he or she may wish to highlight and muse upon. One of my favorites is; “The magical is right here in the middle of our Monday mundane messiness” Another I highlighted, “Collectively we have yet to understand how the instinctual world is spiritual.” (p.94.)  


This book will be best enjoyed by readers open to embracing pleasure as a way of life and as a right of each person and gender. The book features adult content, thus it is not suitable for children. The book focuses on building self-confidence in individuals to live a deeper, happier, and more conscious life. 


Hollenbery’s promise to guide her reader to accomplish satisfying relationships, meaningful work, and passionate life is a task with which her text is firmly anchored. She scribes “When we bring our curiosity, authenticity, and embodiment, life becomes deeply enjoyable, pleasure becomes quietly, deeply, satisfyingly delicious, in our intimacy and ordinary daily life.” (p.138.) The Healing Power of Pleasure is a refreshing and vital tome arising from an increasingly bleak and desperate human landscape.

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About the author

Julia Paulette Hollenbery is an author and therapist. For more than 25 years she's guided countless clients into deep confidence and self-authority. She is passionate about sharing her life-long love of the mystery, real sensual relationship, and the life of the body. Julia lives in London. view profile

Published on September 07, 2021

Published by Inner Traditions

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Self-Help & Self-Improvement

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