Book Review: Dancing with The Beloved- Resurrecting Divine Sexuality through Profound Relatedness
Stacie Deyglio, ND
In Dr. Donavan’s second book, Dancing with The Beloved, he expands on his perspective of profound relatedness to The Divine God or Oneness as it correlates to sexual nature: “Everything is relationship and all relationship is sexual in nature because it is dependent on the exchange of word as seed or seed as word” (p. 3).
The book provides a template that readers may use to create their own “dance with The Beloved” or to dance with their own beloved. Donovan draws upon traditional Western, Judeo-Christian influences that have created the culture of anything sexual or erotic as being perceived by the majority of the social mind as taboo, sinful or dirty. This historically social imposition has left much of the Western culture “impotent or passionless in our relationship with The Divine” (p. vii). As per Donovan, “There is so much more to sex than just copulating! There is a dance of profound relatedness which is the dance of The Lover and The Beloved; the dance of life and continuous creation” (p. 97).
Throughout the six chapters of the book, Donovan elucidates his rational for the historical conditioning of Western society and provides key solutions for the lack of union and lack of awareness in how powerful all human interaction actually is. Donovan draws on the conceptions of mystical faiths to illustrate links to the spiritual nature of sex and the relationship with The Divine God.
In a subtle and powerful way Dancing with The Beloved best speaks of the naturopathic principle of Praevenire, or prevention. In his loving and open discussion of the fallacy of Western fears and anxiety over sex, Donovan expounds on the spiritual beauty that exists in all facets of life. The fears and anxieties conditioned upon us in the West create mental and emotional pathologies that exist as barriers to pleasure and satisfaction not only with sexual acts but also in the daily ritual of relationships. This book seeks to improve the conditions of conscious awareness via preventive measures so as to encourage the reader to live a healthier life.
Stacie Deyglio, ND received her baccalaureate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in NY. Personal health issues paved her way to discover naturopathic medicine in 1999. Resonating with the philosophy and principles of naturopathic medicine, Deyglio graduated from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. As a medical student, she was actively involved in student government, fundraising and the generation of two successful student run health fairs. Currently residing in Ariz., Deyglio is an avid bookworm who is actively creating her practice after a 3-year sabbatical taken to raise her son.