There is an abundance of pleasure possible for us all, a great deal more than we currently live. It is freely available to everyone without discrimination or expense. It is constantly accessible in each moment and with every interaction...
The Universe of Deliciousness is a reality hidden in plain sight. It is an essential state of pleasure, satisfaction and connection that has been experienced and described by many throughout history. Ancient Indian poet-saints referred to ‘this body of bliss’. Tukaram Maharaj, a sixteenth- century poet-saint from southern India, wrote in ‘Anandatse Dohe’: ‘in the great flood of bliss waves are surging and they too are nothing but bliss, for bliss is the nature of every particle of this body of bliss.’ Ancient Tibetans chanted the word ‘Mahāsukha’ to invoke the great bliss:
Om Amrita Bindu, Java, Maha Sukha, Swaha, meaning, ‘the sacred sound of creation with the nectar sweetness of being, within the human container of nerves, creates the great bliss, so be it.’
I am inviting you to make a journey without moving, from the surface of life to the depths, where delicious, satisfying pleasure awaits. We will travel by way of paying attention to ourselves and to others, and by choosing awareness of our perception and experiences, exploring our physical body with all of its sensations, feelings, imaginations and knowings, and opening ourselves up to the multi-dimensional richness...
This is an adventure that may change your life, allowing you to enter into a dynamic stillness of full-bodied being. It is about sexuality and healing, sustainability and the Earth, love, creativity and mystery. It shows how pleasure is nourishment, transforming us from an existence as competing individuals to collaboration as a cooperative community.
Life itself wants to evolve through us. We, just like the rest of the natural world, yearn to be fully alive, full of passion and pleasure, humility and sensuality, purpose, dynamism and peace.
Life is uncertain. We need the nourishment of the Universe of Deliciousness – so we can feel our fears and pains, our despairs and failures – and can then create something new and beautiful. When our hearts break, instead of violence can we be curious? Despite disaster, can we also find delight? Can we co-create together with Life, each of us a sensual intelligence within the multi-dimensional sensual intelligence of Life?
The global requirement now is compassion, consideration and coop- eration. For this to easily happen, we each need to be sustained by a subtle experience of pleasurable abundance.
This book is a guide to a new way of being, rooted in body and relational heart, exploring how to follow the spontaneous insight of our instinctual intelligence. It begins with where we find ourselves, in a MESS, and goes on to explore the possibility of MAGIC, which we can rediscover through the MEDICINE: seven simple steps that will allow us to enter the Universe of Deliciousness.
From Me to You
The pages you are reading were born from my discovery of the pleasure of sharing my pleasure with others... I naturally perceive life through my bodily sensations and feelings rather than my head. I ‘translate upwards’, turning my direct felt experience into words, ideas and actions. Through my body, I perceive things about people and objects, a connection I call ‘knowing-without-knowing’.
As a child my real home was out in the garden. There I could be in
contact with it all. I loved the huge willow tree and the fragrant pine trees,
the golden wheat fields at the bottom of the garden stretching all the way
up to the horizon. I loved the dark earth and the big blue sky, the small
insects and colourful flowers, and my freedom to exist in the invisible and
imaginal spiritual world. I was living in the Mystery, the huge boundless whole.
One day, I danced and changed the weather. It was probably spring, and in England that means changeable rain and sunshine. But nonetheless, I danced and the sun came out. And I danced again and the rain fell. I did this several times, and nobody could tell me it wasn’t true. It was for me the most vibrant and satisfying experience.
My challenge was being in the ordinary material world. I felt alone with all my deeply felt connectivity. I didn’t see other people living or talk- ing about the things that I was experiencing, so I thought I was wrong and had to hide my truth... I was unable to communicate my experiences with those around me. As a result, my childhood was full of hyper-alertness and tension when I pretended to be something other than what I was, trying to fit in. But I didn’t lose touch with my essential innocence.
A teenage breakdown was followed by young adulthood breakdowns... and then several intense decades exploring a great variety of therapies, healing and spirituality. I was determined to realize the bigness that I felt inside.
Over many years I trained professionally as a bodyworker, therapist and facilitator. Over decades of working with hundreds of people, in individual sessions and group workshops, I have become a highly skilled and experienced practitioner. I bring people back to their essence.
My unique capacity is to really see people in a way they have probably never been seen before, profoundly with acceptance and love. I guide people to inner confidence so they can create satisfying relationships, meaningful work and a passionate life.
At last, I am truly able to embody my soul, in this body in this lifetime. This book is the articulation of my lifelong inner ‘knowing’. It is a kind-of reverse engineering of the way I live, in order to share with others the bounty of this unusual and hard-won way of life.
There is something my heart knows that it wants to share. This isn’t acquired knowledge. It is that we all have the potential for an infinitely pleasurable, wise and precious life. I am delighted to share with you this sacred entry into the Universe of Deliciousness, to restore your soul to the pleasure it is made for.
I hope you enjoy your experiences.