A new book by Candice Holdorf, which uses fiction, poetry and photography by Sequoia Emmanuelle to share the erotic awakening of six feminine archetypes.
"Living an erotic life is a courageous act. Presence, surrender, sitting in the unknown--these are not things we are taught to value. These are not what help us to survive in an action-based, goal-oriented society. To cast off the cloak of security for the naked rawness of vulnerability is an act of rebellion. A cultural taboo. The bravery we must call upon to access and embody our own eroticism is no small feat--but the rewards are more powerful than we can possibly imagine." ~ Candice Holdorf
My name is Candice Holdorf. I am a writer and teacher of sexuality and orgasm. I spent many years of my life in desperate fear of my sexuality. I used anorexia as a way to numb my hunger. I hid behind my ex-husband so I wouldn't have to confront my desire.
Until the day came when I could not go on living as the walking dead. I made a "fear list" and did everything on that list because I wanted to know what was beyond my terror limit.
What I discovered was a woman learning to live in agreement with her own eroticism--which is not always easy given that we live in a society where female sexuality is often reduced to an object to be won, bought, bartered or stolen.
Thanks to my own practice of connecting to my own innate eroticism, as well as teaching others to connect to their own, I now have access to a deeper truth: as a woman, it is my birthright to know my pleasure, speak my desire and celebrate my sexuality.
This book is more than just a project. It’s my prayer for the planet.
What is "From 6 to 9"?
From 6 to 9 and Beyond: Widening the Lens of Feminine Eroticism uses 6 fictional short stories, 9 poems and visionary photography by Sequoia Emmanuelle (http://sequoiaemmanuelle.com) to capture the erotic awakening of 6 feminine archetypes: The Virgin, The Whore, The Warrior, The Queen, The Nun, The Grandmother.
My mission to shift the way we view sexuality, from sex as commerce to sex as expression of deepest truth.
My book moves beyond the male-gazing pornographic and Harlequin romance novel perspectives of female sexuality and reintroduces the erotic back into sex.
The me, the erotic is a way of living that is infused with joy, wonder and reverence for life. Every moment is an opportunity to tap into that dynamic, pulsing life force we call orgasm.
Here is a link to the first page of the stories: http://www.from6to9andbeyond.com/the-stories.html
Here is a link to some of the poetry: http://www.from6to9andbeyond.com/the-poetry.html
Visit the book's website: http://www.from6to9andbeyond.com
Where will the money go?
Our goal of $15,000 for this project will go towards hiring a professional editor, graphic designer and purchasing a publishing package. If we can meet (or exceed!) our stretch goal of $20,000, we can then market the book, pay taxes and cover all the incidental costs that come with producing art.
I will also donate 10% of book sale profits to two organizations: All We Want Is Love, an organization that ends sex trafficking (http://www.allwewantislove.org) and The National Eating Disorders Association (http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org).
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute financially at this time, you can still join the movement! Share this campaign with your friends and post to social media.
As you can see there are lots of ways to participate. If you feel as passionately as I do about healing our relationship to sexuality, we need your help! Your voice, your contributions and your willingness to be a part of this movement are the only way we can make sustainable change.
As a coach, Candice is dedicated to helping people delve into the scary and taboo places in their lives so that they may discover the joy and freedom of The Orgasmic Life (view her coaching site here). Her style of coaching is boldly honest, yet compassionate and open-minded. She is a teacher of sexuality and orgasm, with a specialty in the practice of Orgasmic Meditation. As a writer, her work has been featured on The Good Men Project and Elephant Journal and she now maintains her own blog, The Orgasmic Life. She is also a performer, recovering anorexic and former yoga teacher.
Photography by Sequoia Emmanuelle.
From top to bottom: The Whore, The Virgin, The Nun, The Queen, The Warrior