From Procreation to Pleasure

Aphrodite Pursued by Pan"Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and glory of all knowing.  And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad things is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exulting moments." (Rainer Maria Rilke. Letter of July 16, 1903, published in Letters to a Young Poet. 1934.)

                 Caravaggio - Eros as a Warrior (Amor Victorioso)

"I commend enjoyment, for there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat, and drink, and enjoy themselves." (Eccles. 8:15)

"Orgasm feels like water shooting up through the top of a fountain, tickling all the way, then shooting out of the top in electric vibrations through my body."

"Some are just a quick hard rush that shoots through my body like a bolt of lightning.  Others feel like a slow burn, they build up over time, they tease me, floating up and down my body--spreading out like concentric circles, and then there will be a burst of release."

"Orgasm leaves me feeling energized, refreshed and beautiful.  Sometimes it's a very quick experience, and other times the build-up is so great that it becomes almost like an orgasm itself."

"I like reveling in the last moment or to before I surrender to orgasm.  Often I will tense up all over my body, rise up and let my partner know how good I feel."

(Personal accounts in The New Good Vibrations Guide to Sex, 1997.)