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Radical Ecstasy: SM Journeys to Transcendence

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  96 ratings  ·  9 reviews
For millennia, seekers have used physical and emotional extremes to achieve transcendence and exaltation. Today, many BDSM and leather practitioners are discovering the potential of these practices to reach personal, interpersonal, and spiritual goals.

With trademark frankness and humor, these popular BDSM/sexuality authors document their journey into the realm of transcend
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Paperback, First Edition, 223 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Greenery Press (first published October 1st 2004)
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okyrhoe
"It is with a considerable sense of risk that we decided to write this book on our own authority."
I expected more from this book.
The writing of Easton and Hardy fails to do the topic justice. I believe there is a connection between the 'blissful' states of tantra and those heightened states achieved by physical means, even those of the extreme methods of BDSM. I do not need to be convinced of it by this book. However, this book doesn't explain this sensitive and complex issue in a comprehensibl
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Tristy
May 11, 2012 Tristy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who are really comfortable with BDSM
I went into this book with high hopes. A discussion of "radical ecstasy" as it relates to sex and intimate connection? Yes please! And while authors Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy write with heartfelt authenticity and earnestness, this book was unfortunately, a bit of a mess. When two authors share co-authorship on one book, I am sure it can be tricky to both have individual voices as well as a unified message, but I know it's possible and have read many books where two authors pulled it off. ...more
Delvina Greig
It was a cool book to read with some things for me to think on. I can see this book having a great reread value as I'm sure I would pick things up at a later date when my head is in a different space. While the focus of the book is on sexual pleasure, there are lessons in here for living every day.
The story examples were great naughty fun to read as well as being explanatory.
~V.W.~
I liked this book in a bdsm, tantra, edge of woo woo sort of way. They walked the line without loosing me in deep spirituality. I can relate to a lot of what they say on energy and tantra and have hard time describing just the same as they state they do. By just stating their experiences, you can imagine or get a taste of what radical ecstasy is like for them. They also don't seem like they want to push it on anyone, but just state their experiences and you can take it or leave it. If you take n ...more
Laura
Jan 05, 2008 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: witches, kinky folk, the curious
Recommended to Laura by: HJ
A bit slow, taking half the book to describe what the hell they plan to talk about, but a good job for an attempt at a non-denominational stab at a complicated subject.

Definitely good for sparking discussion with lovers and friends.
Maryam
NOT an S/M 101 manual (it's mostly about the authors' own experiences) but there's juicy stuff in here!
Jenyb
Dossie always writes from a place that feels like she said what I was thinking.
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May 19, 2010 Kay Baird marked it as to-read
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