The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings In The Ways Of Relationships
A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Somé is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West. Somé was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people. Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and me...more
Intimacy is Sacred. Community is a Blessing for the co ...more
This book was a quick read--simple, straight-forward and heartfelt. I experienced an opening--that there is a precious jewel embedded in that simplicity. But it is difficult to translate indigenous wholen ...more
No matter your background, spiritual, religious belief something can be pickup from reading this book.
Reading this book was quite different than that, but was beautiful in its insight into the culture! Spirit, community and ancestry were all explored with a depth severely lacking here in "the West." I would love to personally do better with what Some' says: "is to look at the relationship as spirit ...more
Amongst the Dagara people of Burkina Faso, people who are not called to be in marriage (male/female), ones folks in the West may call gay, lesbian, and ...more
Her (Sobonfu) worldview is in many ways vastly different from the one that is familiar to us in the West. Notions of intimacy and sexuality are frequently turned completely around from what we assume to be true. Our belief in the primacy of the individual, for example, gives rise to relationships that are "privatized", owned by us and cut off from community and from spirit.
Intimacy in general ...more
I also really appreciated how, though many people only reference this book in regards to cishet romantic relationships, there a ...more
May I apply these teachings in my life as I understand better and better my purpose as a guardian and rejoice together with our ancestors the joy and experiences in this physical life.
Thank you with all my heart for writing this book and blessing our lives with this wisdom!
Interesting exploration of the role of ritual and marriage and community. That it comes from such a different orientation from US culture makes the teachings especially useful. The book is well-written and relatively short so not a significant investment to read. Her discussion of homosexuality in traditional society attempts to be humanistic but leaves a lot to be desired.