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OVERCOMING SEXUAL FEAR, GUILT & SHAME

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In my last blog “Understanding Sexual Fear, Guilt and Shame” I spoke about where sexual fear, guilt and shame can come from including our influences from upbringing and the type of sexual education we received. In this week’s blog, I continue on this theme, teaching you how to overcome sexual fear, guilt and shame and open fully to pleasure and sexual liberation. Here’s how: 

1. Re-Wire your Beliefs about Sexuality

As we have seen, we are either conditioned to believe that sexuality is the opposite of purity, so having sex compromises our purity; or that our value is in our sexuality and without giving our bodies to someone and acting like a porn star, we are worthless.

Neuroplasticity
Our behaviours, environment, thoughts, and emotions can cause the brain to rewire itself, even in adulthood when neural pathways are well-developed, and the key to this is repetition. Repeating affirmations to ourselves on repeat, like “I am full of sexual energy, sexual desire is healthy and normal,I am a sensually alive, sexy woman, my sex life is healthy and nourishing, my body is beautiful” can actually change our brain so that we can experience radiant sexual energy flowing through us.

Sexual guilt is a learned emotion and the good news is, it can be unlearned.

Unlearning sexual guilt means dropping other people’s programming of your sexuality so you become free to express your desires whilst also free to say no;free to be sensual whilst also free to contain your sexual energy;free to share all your feelings whilst also free to wait till your heart opens before you open your sexual and emotional body; free to experience pleasure whilst also free to experience painful emotions.

It’s difficult to “unlearn” long-term habits, but it’s required for healthy growth and development as you work to overcome your sexual guilt. Developing a daily practice such as this “Following Bliss in Your Body – Being Your Own Lover,” will help you to unlearn sexual guilt.

2. Understand and Experience Healthy Sexuality

To learn about healthy sexuality we need to experience it and what better way to experience it than within the safe container of a circle of women.  Change happens most radically through the body, not through the mind and it can take time. Be patient with yourself.  Don’t expect to be suddenly sexually liberated overnight.  In spite of hearing how sacred and beautiful sex is, conditioned beliefs that it is dirty can get really stuck.  It’s almost like you need to build a collection of positive sexual experiences that gradually outweigh the negative associations.  

3. Create Safety – Ask About STI’s

You could start by saying something like, “I’m feeling open to connecting sexually. I want to be able to relax and enjoy it, and I won’t unless I know we’re protected against STIs. Do you have any STI’s?” Then you can go onto to say if you do or if you are clear.

You may trust whatever information they give you, you may want to see test results or you may like to go together to get tested. 

Listen to your partner’s point of view. Being a good listener shows respect and sets the tone for the conversation. Listening also gives you clues to what your partner thinks. What at first might seem like a resistance to getting tested for STIs could turn out to be a worry over.

It’s normal to be nervous when you first start talking about something like STIs, especially if you have an STI or your lover does. Even if you’re uncomfortable at first, you’ll get past your nerves the more you talk and listen and you will feel a lot less uncomfortable than discovering you have an STI after you have sex — or finding out that you gave one to your partner.

4. Accept Your Body

With constant messages in porn, magazines and movies telling women how they’re supposed to look, it is no wonder we feel ashamed of our bodies and worried about how we look naked. It’s a mindset that stops us from fully surrendering to pleasure and desperately needs shaking. Getting out of your head and feeling more comfortable in your skin means spending more time naked and looking at your whole body and the beautiful parts rather than just focusing on what you don’t like. Investing in sexy lingerie, creams and oils to make your skin feel even softer and more beautiful can also help.  The main things however is to focus on the pleasure instead of the negative thoughts about yourself.  The thing that turns men on more than anything else, is us being able to be fully receptive to pleasure.  When they hear us moaning authentically that is a much bigger turn on than a perfect magazine or porn body. 

5. Go Slowly

Every body works differently. And everybody’s body works differently when entangled with someone else’s body. If you and your partner are operating at different speeds, there’s no shame in slowing things down or stretching things out so you both can take the time you need to enjoy yourself and each other. Women in particular, need time to get turned on and enjoy long, soft, sensual stroking.  We are most open sexually when our heart is open so don’t expect yourself to be immediately turned on like a porn star – it’s not real! Also, don’t feel guilty for needing sensual attention and a build up to openness especially if you do have a lot of fear, guilt and shame around sexual pleasure. Take your time.  Breathe.  If shame comes up, stay with it and work towards letting it go through your body and through your breath as you open more and more to love and pleasure.

6. Share Honestly

If guilt and shame is coming up, share, even though it’s uncomfortable. It’s quite common to feel like something is wrong with you if you are blocked sexually and the fact that you feel broken and alone is then compounded by your sense of shame. But talking about it with your lover or partner can make you realize that you’re not alone, even if the other person’s experience isn’t exactly the same as yours. If you are willing to share your body intimately with someone, you must also be willing to share  honestly what your fears and desires are. Being vulnerable about your intimate desires can be intimidating, especially for women. You can feel like you’re being selfish, when really, your pleasure, your ease, you’re need to feel safe and loved, are all important.  If your lover doesn’t want to please you, then you may need to wonder why. 

7. Your Sexuality is Your Power

Our society and arguably the world, sees women as sexual objects. Female bodies and feminine qualities are expected to be soft, appealing, yielding, accepting, disarming, and flexible. Sexuality is more than how we look and how we relate to sex; it’s how we relate to the world. It’s part of how we harness our power, how we style ourselves and how we flirt and play. It’s what drives our desires and our feelings of satisfaction when we fulfill them. To challenge our own sexuality is to become more adventurous and open. As sexual beings, women need to activate. When I activated sexually – when sex became not something I was available for, but something that happened organically from feeling my own genuine needs and desires – my relationship to sex improved yes, but also my relationship to creativity and to the world at large.

Sexual activation took away the belief I can only have sex with someone I would be partners with, and replaced it with curiosity, a willingness, and more ease in going after my pleasure. From there, I started to see possibilities where before had only been negative judgments about sex without commitment. This doesn’t mean that I just have sex with anyone now.  What it means is that I have felt where love can be present without commitment and that there is no shame in enjoying being lovers with someone if I can’t see myself marrying him.  Being more open has improved my ability to make real connections.

8. You are Worthy of Pleasure

Sexual shame can also be about feeling unlovable, unworthy of pleasure or being branded as abnormal if your desires are too much out of the box. “Good girls don’t desire sex”, “If I have sex with him, at least I’ll feel loved, even if it’s not that pleasurable”, “If I ask for what I really desire, my partner will think I’m weird, only perverts do that”, “If I act or dress sexy, people will think I’m a slut”, “I don’t have to enjoy sex, it is just my obligation as a partner or wife”, “This desire or action makes me bad and dirty in the eyes of God.”

Anytime you feel messages holding you back from being worthy of pleasure, ask yourself “am I worthy of being loved?”  Typically, women only feel authentic pleasure when they are feeling loved and their heart are open.  You are worthy of pleasure and you are worthy of feeling loved.

Think of it like flipping a switch in your brain to send your brain train down a different track. It may feel rusty and forced at first, but eventually it will become your natural response and you’ll feel shame loosening its grip.

Now, change the story.

When you decide to shed the shame, you have to start changing the story you tell yourself. Next time you’re confronted with shame, notice it and then tell yourself a more positive message. Instead of “It’s bad that I want to have sex” shift your internal monologue to “My body is beautiful and worthy of pleasure!”

Instead of “If I wear this dress people will think I’m a slut,” put on the dress and think, “I love the way this dress makes me feel and I’m going to go to the party feeling confident!” It will take repetition to rewire your thoughts but it will happen over time.

As you go beyond your comfort limits and start embracing more authentic sexual expression, take a moment to check in and notice how your body feels. Get out of your head and into your hips. How does it feel to wear that flirty dress? What does it feel like to allow your lover’s hand glide along your sensitive thighs? Open to the pleasure of it.

Once you dare to ask your lover what you desire and what you lke, pay full attention to how it feels to receive your lover’s touch. Feel the pleasure available to you and let your physical sensations guide you toward what you enjoy and what you crave more of.

9. Don’t Shame Others

In order to free us all from shame, we must change our sexual culture as a whole. Participate in this shift by refusing to shame others. Anytime you notice yourself judging someone for being too sexual.  Also, call your friends out when they shame other people. Notice how often it happens: “Look at how she’s dressed,” or “She’s such a flirt,” or “The way she is dancing is so suggestive” You’ll be amazed at how often these thoughts and conversations happen once you start to notice. Visualize shame as a spider web: nearly invisible, but ready to trap everything in its path. Like a spider web, once you snip away one thread, it weakens. A few more snips and it dissolves completely.  Together, we can create a more sexually liberated culture that’s safer, happier and more pleasurable for us all.

10. Self -Pleasure

Self-pleasure is a wonderful way to overcome fear, guilt and shame around sexuality because the best way to heal anything is to engage with it directly!  During self-pleasure, your shame has a chance to be triggered and then released out of the body.  It’s also a beautiful practice to help us open up to loving ourselves and open up to becoming more confident in our sexuality. When we know what we need and want, pleasure and self-love replaces guilt and we form a much deeper connection between our bodies and hearts. Knowing what we are capable of experiencing, giving ourselves a chance to really drop in and FEEL physically and emotionally, exploring how our body receives pleasure has so many benefits.  We are giving ourselves the intimacy we need and essentially becoming our own lover. We are taking the time to learn about our body so that we know what our desires and boundaries are and we start to figure out our own truth about sexuality instead of relying on others to tell us what you are supposed to think and feel.

Another huge gift is that we become more receptive.  The more that we open to being touched, being seen, being held, the easier it will be to attract and receive this in your relationships.   Self-pleasure in Tantra does not meaning getting yourself off or “flicking your bean” till you have an explosive orgasm.  It is an integral part of becoming your own lover andgiving yourself the touch, presence, love and pleasure that you need and desire. 

For a step by step guide to becoming your own lover, see our Practice Newsletter “Practice: Following Bliss in Your Body – Being Your Own Lover”.

To learn more about overcoming guilt, fear and shame in your sexuality and opening fully to pleasure, check out our upcoming Sacred Sexuality – 8Wk Tantric Women’s Course, starting in Perth on the 30th of Jan.   Sacred Sexuality is a ground-breaking pathway to transform current paradigms of sexuality, relationships and pleasure, from suppression to liberation. 

With Love,

Xx Chantelle

Chantelle Raven

Chantelle Raven

Chantelle raven is a gifted healer and sought after international speaker on sacred relationship and sacred sexuality. Her mission is providing education in radical self-responsibility and the sacred dance of masculine and feminine within and without.

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It is the Owing Party’s responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient funds available in anticipation of each future charge. If they need to change their card details, it is their responsibility to contact the Embodied Awakening Academy at least seven (7) days before a payment is due.

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  • The results you experience will come from your own effort and motivation. We do not guarantee results or earnings as a result of doing this training … although we are quietly confident this will change your life and we wholehearted welcome people that are passionate and energised about doing this work.

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Student may find advertising or other content in our Academy that link to the websites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these websites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Academy. In addition, these websites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These websites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Student, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Changes to this Privacy Policy:

The Academy has the discretion to update this Privacy Policy at any time. We encourage Students to frequently check this page for any changes. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this Privacy Policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms:

By enrolling in the Academy, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not enrol in the Academy. Your continued enrolment in the Academy following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Tantra Practitioner Training Payment Plan Terms, Conditions & Schedule

By agreeing to the Payment Plan Terms, Conditions and Schedule, you are agreeing to pay the training fee in 4 equal instalments (your total fee amount divided by 4).

The first payment acts as a deposit that secures your place in the training, and the following 3 payments occur every 3 months from the date of payment, for a total of 9 months.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Payment #1 (deposit payment): This payment will be charged immediately on purchase, any time prior to the program commencing to secure the client’s place in the program.  Program commences on 1st March.  
Payment #2: Three months days from initial payment date
Payment #3: Six months days from initial payment date
Payment #4: Nine months days from initial payment date

The following terms and conditions apply to this purchase:

‘The Owing Party’ refers to the client purchasing the training.

‘The Owed Party’ refers to Embodied Awakening Academy LLC.

1. Reasonable Belief

The Owing Party reasonably believes it can pay the Owed Party without further interruption.

2. Method of Payment

Payments shall be made to the Owed Party via automatic debit from the card that the Owing Party provides details for at the time of initial purchase via the Embodied Awakening Academy website.

It is the Owing Party’s responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient funds available in anticipation of each future charge. If they need to change their card details, it is their responsibility to contact the Embodied Awakening Academy at least seven (7) days before a payment is due.

3. No Refund Policy

This deposit and the payment plan is non-refundable. If you change your mind or withdraw for any reason, you are still obliged to continue to meet your payments, meaning you must complete your payment plan in full and you will not be given a refund of any kind.

4. Remaining Payments, Failures & Notifications

Remaining payments will be automatically deducted from the Owing Party’s credit card details, as entered at deposit purchase. Whilst the Owing Party cannot cancel or delete their credit card details as it is linked to their subscription, they can add an alternate payment method (i.e., update credit card details) in the payment system via their user dashboard.

In the event that the Owing Party fails to make any payments in accordance with the Payment Plan by the due date, the payment system will retry the payment five times, at the following intervals:

  • 12 hours after initial failure
  • 1 day after initial failure
  • 2 days after initial failure
  • 4 days after initial failure
  • 7 days after initial failure

After all attempts have been exhausted, the Order Status will change from pending to cancelled, and the Payment Plan/Subscription Status will change from pending to on-hold.  The Owing Parties’ access to the online training will then be paused indefinitely.

In the event that the Owing Party anticipates that they cannot make a payment by a payment due date, it is their responsibility to contact the Owed Party. These payment terms are absolute and final, however we also take a compassionate approach, so if there is a legitimate emergency requiring you to renegotiate a payment due date, please contact our team and this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis (training@embodiedawakeningacademy.com).

5. No Modification Unless in Writing

No modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless in writing and agreed upon by both Parties. 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

GENERAL WAIVER

This Event (workshop/course/retreat) is for educational purposes only. The Embodied Awakening Academy (EAA) and our subsidiaries, owners, principals, directors, executives, employees, staff, or agents are not mental health professionals, licensed medical practitioners, doctors, therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, or other professionally licensed health care providers or professionals. The material related to the Event will not treat or diagnose any disease, illness, or ailment and if you should experience any such issues you should seek the advice and examination of your registered physician or practitioner as determined by your own judgement.

You understand the educational materials related to the Event is not a substitute for health care or medical advice of any kind. You understand and agree that you are fully responsible for your mental well-being, including your mental and physical choices and decisions.

You agree to seek medical advice as determined by your own judgement before taking any action in connection to the information provided or discontinuing use of any medications as prescribed by your medical practitioner. We shall in no event be held liable to any party for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising directly or indirectly from any use of this material.

You acknowledge that during this Event you participate voluntarily in any and all activities arranged by the organisers, and insofar as legally permissible, surrender your right to any cause of action against Embodied Awakening Academy arising from any loss or damage to person, financial loss or property that occurs during the Event.

LIMIT OF LIABILITY

Embodied Awakening Academy does not accept any liability of whatever nature, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, for the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of third-party providers over whom Embodied Awakening Academy has no direct control. Under circumstances where liability cannot be excluded, such liability is limited to the value of the purchased travel arrangements. Embodied Awakening Academy does not accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise for any injury, damage, loss (including consequential loss), delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or any other event which is beyond our control and which is not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part.

CANCELLATION POLICY

1) COVID-19

With regards to Covid-19, if you are unable to travel due to government enforced travel restrictions, border closures or quarantine enforcement, we will happily allow you to transfer your ticket to another of our events (within a year) or use the credit for online courses, which will incur a $120 USD administration fee. If you choose to cancel your ticket, then you forfeit your deposit amount.

  1.  10 days or more prior to event start date: full transfer of ticket price to another EAA event within 12 months of retreat start date
  2.  under 10 days out from event start date: you will forfeit your deposit and the rest of your ticket amount paid will be transferred to another event of your choosing, within 12 months of retreat start date

2) IF EMBODIED AWAKENING ACADEMY (EAA) CANCELS AN EVENT:

While we will endeavour to never cancel an event, if Embodied Awakening Academy cancels an event, or changes a scheduled event date, due to circumstances within our direct control, then you are entitled to:

  • A transfer of your full event payment amount, as credit towards either a scheduled or a future event within three (3) years of the original event date, subject to availability of tickets. Or,
  • You may request a full refund of the ticket amount received into our account, minus any transfer fees.  While we will try to minimize transfers fees to the best of our ability, refund transfer fees will be borne by the customer where applicable

3) IF EAA IS FORCED TO CANCEL AN EVENT DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL:

While we will endeavour to never cancel an event, if Embodied Awakening Academy is forced to cancel or change a scheduled event date due, for any reasons or circumstance outside of our control, including but not limited to: acts of God (e.g. volcanic eruption, extreme weather events, viral pandemic), war, terrorism, change of laws and regulations, political and/or social unrest, then you are entitled to:
  • A transfer of your full event payment amount (minus a $80 USD administration fee) will be transferred as credit towards either a scheduled or a future event within three (3) years of the original event date, subject to availability of tickets. Or,
  • You may request a refund of your applicable payment/s, minus the non-refundable deposit, without exception. Full price tickets include the non-refundable deposit as outlined in the event description.  The non-refundable deposit is retained to pay for non-retrievable costs to which Embodied Awakening Academy has committed in anticipation of your event.

In all cases, Embodied Awakening Academy is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled event such as other accommodation, airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with your attendance.

The responsibility to recover the non-refundable deposit from your insurance company is entirely yours, and we strongly suggest obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that includes event cancellation upon purchasing tickets to this event.

Tickets that are transferred to a future event are subject to the Terms & Conditions outlined in the new event that is being attended, once registration is complete.  Until then, the current event terms and conditions remain applicable.

4) If a participant decides to cancel their attendance at an EAA event, for any reason whatsoever

RESIDENTIAL RETREAT: Deposits are strictly non-refundable.  Full price tickets include the non-refundable deposit as outlined in the retreat description.

If forty-five (45) days or more prior to the event start date you are unable to attend the event, for whatever reason, you may receive a refund of the amount paid to date, minus the non-refundable deposit, provided you notify the Embodied Awakening Academy (info@embodiedawakeningacademy.com) at least forty-five (45) days prior to the start of the event date.

If under forty-five (45) days out from the event start date you are unable to attend the event, for whatever reason, you will forfeit your deposit and any funds already paid and are NOT eligible for a transfer of enrolment to another event or product.  Non-arrival will also incur the full amount of the booking.

We are financially responsible for our events, so we ask you to respect that we cannot make any exceptions to this agreement.

PAYMENT PLANS

Once a payment plan is entered into, the amount owing is to be paid in full by the date specified by the Event Manger (via email and ticket invoice).  If part way through your payment plan, or at the end of the payment plan, you cannot make the event, the EMBODIED AWAKENING ACADEMY CANCELLATION POLICY is applicable.

REFUSAL OF ENTRY

Embodied Awakening Academy reserve the right to refuse a ticket holder admission to the event or to evict that person from the event if the person is intoxicated, disruptive, aggressive, offensive, harassing and/or threatening any staff or other participants.

PASSPORT & VISA

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities is your sole responsibility.

All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return.

TRANSPORT TO AND FROM EVENT

Transport to and from the event is your responsibility to organise and pay, and to ensure that you arrive before the event starts, and that you have sufficient time to get to the airport after the event closes.  Event start and finish times are given in the event description.

INSURANCE

Personal Travel and Health Insurance is advised and is your responsibility to ensure that you purchase suitable comprehensive travel/holiday and protection insurance with a reputable insurance company, that is suitable to your needs to cover any unforeseen circumstances of your non-travel to or attendance of the event in case interstate or overseas travel is required.

THIRD PARTIES

Embodied Awakening Academy holds no responsibility for the actions or omissions of third parties or independent contractors, including in the event that they modify the nature of a service on an Event as compared with the advertised nature of the service.

PRIOR MEDICAL CONDITION RESPONSIBILITY AND WAIVER

Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and event support staff are there to support you and provide you with a premium event experience. Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff are not to be relied on in place of your current health care professional or medical doctor while attending the event.

On choosing to attend an event you assume personal responsibility to manage your current physical or mental health condition while attending the event. Full disclosure of your current medical situation including but not limited to all relevant treatments and medications to Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff prior to the event and any changes occurring during the event period must be communicated. While during the event, if you require emergency medical attention in relation to your current medical condition Embodied Awakening Academy, its trainers and support staff will work with you to facilitate and locate a suitable health care professional.

If you’re situation requires consistent medical or health care support, please arrange this prior to arrival with a local health care professional to support you while attending the event, or choose to attend the event with your chosen health care professional from country of origin.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Note: If you do not wish to be personally filmed or photographed during the event you must communicate this to the trainers on arrival and we will refrain from using any identifiable images or videos of your person on our media platforms and digital content.

I hereby grant to Embodied Awakening Academy the absolute and irrevocable right and unrestricted permission to use photographic portraits / images / videos in which I feature that are taken during the course of the Event to use / republish / copyright, etc. for commercial use in association with Embodied Awakening Academy business.  I hereby release and discharge Embodied Awakening Academy from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the photographs and video footage, including without limitation any and all claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

EVENT CONDITIONS

  • I understand that this Event is about exploring and expanding my consciousness. I understand that my participation is voluntary, and I am able to not partake in any exercises that are contrary to my values and beliefs. It is my responsibility to choose not to participate.
  • I agree that any of the teachers, session givers, organisers, support team and fellow participants are not responsible for any physical or mental issues that may arise from my participation
  • I will wholly and truthfully declare all of my current and previous health conditions before arriving to the event and am registering into this event as someone who is mentally, emotionally & physically fit to participate (all this information will be held in utmost privacy and will not be disclosed to anybody outside of Embodied Awakening Academy Support Staff as required)
  • I understand that if I purchase an Under 21’s ticket (if applicable), I may be asked to provide evidence of my age such as a driver’s licence or passport
  • I understand that throughout this Event I may undergo activities that impact me emotionally, mentally and physically and it is my responsibility to seek adequate care and support should I need it
  • I understand if I need support beyond the Facilitators and Support Team to contact a Crisis Care Centre such as Lifeline on 13 11 14 and seek adequate help and support from a trained professional.
  • I will not take drugs during this event (prescription okay)
  • I understand the Event Outline, as described in the Event Description, may differ depending on what Participants need, as a whole, as Embodied Awakening Academy values intuition above all modalities.