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My encouragement for women to tune into their receptive sexual side is sometimes met with horror, as though I’m encouraging women to take a passive role sexually.
I’m not at all, ‘receptive’ does not mean ‘passive’. Passive is a state of doing nothing, not connecting, not feeling, being uninvolved. To be receptive is quite the opposite. You might not physically be doing much, but there’s certainly a lot happening.
To waken your body to subtlety and exquisite sensation, you need to have heightened sensitivity. This takes strong connection and deep feeling. There’s no way you’d get that level of connection and feeling through being passive.
For women in particular, as I wrote recently in the post on Awakening Your Vagina, so many of us have become so hardened vaginally through intense sexual encounters of a very physical kind, that we can’t feel. That means sex requires more intensity to produce feeling, which over time often means women lose interest in sex because they’re not really feeling it, or it takes so much effort to feel anything it’s not worth it. Well meaning partners might try harder and harder to create interest and response in their lover, but unfortunately they’re doing the opposite to what is required to waken their lover’s body and spirit to true feeling.
Our society’s focus on what is quite an asexual approach to sex doesn’t help, particularly since it’s limited to the Adolescent Male Masturbatory Model of Sex, which is all about strong libido, vigorous genital engagement and explosive orgasms. This approach is all about doing rather than feeling, so people, particularly women, try harder to ‘do’ something, rather than simply receiving. This is tiring and doesn’t allow the subtle feelings needed to enjoy sex to awaken.
The more a woman softens and receives, the more she feels, the more satisfying the sexual encounter for her and therefore the more satisfying it is for him. And paradoxically, the more ‘active’ she is likely to be as she’s enjoying herself so much!
It’s not just women though. Men too, even if they are more naturally drawn to the active role, have a lot to learn through the experience of being receptive (and no, that it is not a discrete way of referring to men receiving anal play!) For a man to be able to truly give, he needs to know how to receive. It will also slow him down and be less intense sexually, which is required for a woman to be able to relax and receive.
When lovers come together with the woman welcoming the man into her, and he is able to accept the invitation and enter with depth of feeling and connection, they’ll make sexual magic. It’s a feeling that will grow with time and age.
To learn more about becoming more fully into your feminine and being able to soften and open up in this way, I recommend you attend my Tantra Fusion workshops.
Or book in for private Tantra instruction and sex therapy and coaching.