Unlimited [Self Help Book] ☆ The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings In The Ways Of Relationships - by Sobonfu E. Somé ↠

By Sobonfu E. Somé | Comments: ( 112 ) | Date: ( Mar 30, 2020 )

A renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Som is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West Som was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and meA renowned, respected teacher and mentor to thousands, Sobonfu Som is one of the first and foremost voices of African spirituality to come to the West Som was born in Dano, Burkina Faso, a remote West African village with a population of about two hundred people Dano has preserved the old ways of African village life, with family structures, spiritual practices, and methods of living that have been in place for than ten thousand years In The Spirit of Intimacy, Som distills the ancient teachings and wisdom of her native village to give insight into the nature of intimate relationships.Som generously applies the subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one Simply and beautifully, she reveals the role of spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community She shares ancient ways to make our intimate lives fulfilling and secure and offers powerful insights into the illusion of romance, divorce, and loss Her important and fascinating lessons from the heart include the sacred meaning of pleasure, preparing a ritual space for intimacy, and the connection between sex and spirituality Her ideas are intuitively persuasive, provocative, and healing and supported by sound practical advice, along with specific rituals and ceremonies based on those used for thousands of years With this book, the spiritual insights of indigenous Africa take their place alongside those of native America, ancient Europe, and Asia as important influences on Western readers.


  • Title: The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings In The Ways Of Relationships
  • Author: Sobonfu E. Somé
  • ISBN: 9780688175795
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient Teachings In The Ways Of Relationships

  • Lindsay

    Are your relationships guided by ego and control or are they guided by spirit? And what would that look like, a relationship guided by spirit? Allow Sobonfu to offer the wisdom from pre-colonial Bhurkino Faso — from the Dagara tribe…where remnants of whole relationships rooted in community and mutual trust and understanding still exist. This book is a beautiful and easy to read collection of thoughts, debunking the Western notions of ‘romance’ and ‘privacy.’


  • Rachel

    Very enlightening. This little book answered a lot of questions I had about commitment and about marriage in particular. I also noticed a correlation between the Dagara belief system and that of Christianity (we are all parts of the same body) or even New Age thought (marriage between two people is a gift to the community / world - Marianne Williamson comes to mind) at the end of the day there's only one truth : love is a verb, not a feeling.Intimacy is Sacred. Community is a Blessing for the co [...]


  • Kathryn

    I'm not usually a big fan of how-to books on the subjects of love and relationships, but I make exception with this book, because it really isn't one. Sobonfu (she will seem like a dear friend before you've read much!) has such a warm, gentle, caring voice--the wisdom she shares is of the best and most beautiful sort. She helps her readers become more AWARE of themselves, and their relationships (the book focuses primarily on love/partner relationships, but some elements could certainly be used [...]


  • Jenell

    This is a deceptively simple book about living in relationship--with one's self, community, world, and the spirit realm. Sobonfu Some portrays the indigenous rituals of the West African culture that she comes from. Her writing is beautiful and characterizes a people with little armor and masks. This book was a quick read--simple, straight-forward and heartfelt. I experienced an opening--that there is a precious jewel embedded in that simplicity. But it is difficult to translate indigenous wholen [...]


  • Jeannie Mancini

    Sobonfu Some, a member of the West African Dagara tribe, brings to the Western World wisdom uprooted from the ancient elders of her people. This small, concise little gem of a book is filled with practical advice and common sense practices to garner and enhance intimacy in all couple relationships. Although most of her teachings and suggestions are not practical for Westerners because of cultural differences and the negative influences Western society has on our lives today, there are still plen [...]


  • sureshi jayawardene

    Some is amazing. The distinctions she makes between the West's ways of intimate relationships and indigenous ways is a great eye-opener. The wisdom she offers is good for any reader looking for ways to grow in their intimate relationships. And if you don't agree with it, a the very least, it's a different perspective on relationships altogether.


  • Andrew

    "The Spirit of Intimacy" provides a very refreshing prospective of relationships and intimacy in the traditional African setting. There is much to think about in this book and it did have me looking at the relationships I maintain with those around me. Indeed there may be valuable relationship lessons to be found in its pages even for us living in Western Society. Recommended reading!


  • Shaina

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who tries to lead a very spiritual life but is unsure how to translate their beliefs into their everyday relationships. Somé also teaches other very important lessons relating to the difficulties that simply being from the West can impose on attempting to connect and attain intimacy with the people that are important to us. Even if you do not believe in indigenous spirituality, if you are willing to suspend disbelief and listen to the core of the text, you [...]


  • Cassandra Hawkins

    Given to me by a coworker at the beginning of my divorce, The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships by Sobonfu Some was a very interesting book. Dealing with various aspects of relationships, Some introduces rituals from her village, as well as the theories and methodology surrounding these rituals. Many of the rituals I could not see myself actually practicing, but the symbolic nature of these rituals I could actually see myself incorporating into my life.


  • Viva

    Understanding the multiple definition of intimacy. How it is express in various relationship within a community. And understanding the importance of creating that supportive community for yourself and others. No matter your background, spiritual, religious belief something can be pickup from reading this book.


  • Alexandrea Ward

    This author shares insights and lessons she's learned while living in the US. Being from a country in Africa, she remembers certain lessons that are seriously lacking in this country. I loved reading it and found so many gems to apply to my own life for balance and bringing spirit into all that you do.


  • K

    One of my favorite non-fiction books. This book is like a bunch of thoughts written by an amazing woman, Sobonfu! She is from the Dagra tribe in Ghana and writes little pieces about Dagra culture and values. It is rich, stocked full of culture, and I loved reading it while preparing for my trip to East Africa.


  • Marissa Orchard

    Sobonfu was a teacher of mine when I was on a retreat a few years ago, and I love her books almost as much as I love her! This book is amazing. I love how she explains many of the cultural differences between her people in the Dagara tribe and us in the U.S.


  • jewelthinks

    Simple yet profound. I'll read it again and definitely refer to it regularly.


  • Ramona

    Great book. Highly recommended for alternative ways to consider relationships!


  • Vicci Divine

    I would definitely refer to this book often as I strive to connect with spirit and experience intimacy.


  • Lee Harrington

    Last night I finished "The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships" by Sobonfu Somé. I was turned onto it by an article Cazembe Abena had written. I'm still having some mixed feelings, as J do with most hyper-gendered and one standardized relationship style approaches but a tidbit near the end way interesting.Amongst the Dagara people of Burkina Faso, people who are not called to be in marriage (male/female), ones folks in the West may call gay, lesbian, and/o [...]


  • Lanee Mecca

    This was a short yet delightful read. Sobonfu does a great job of sharing her opinions on traditional African relationships vs. relationships in the West. She gives great insight on how to let spirit into your relationship/intimate spaces, in my opinion it was too short. I also wish she would've shared more specific rituals that could be applicable to western couples.


  • Keisha

    Sister Sobonfu Somé started closing many gaps of the connections that we miss being in the West. If you are looking for intimacy in your relationship, you must first understand Spirit. I'm looking for more. Great work!


  • Erica Alex

    I took my time with this. It's a small book but dense with knowledge. I feel full after reading this. Literal soul food.


  • Deirdre

    I enjoyed reading this book which felt both familiar and foreign and times. Sobonfu Somé does a lovely job of writing for an American or Western Audience and uses a lot of comparison and contrast to make the teachings as plain as possible. I really enjoyed learning about West African practices and am reminded of the myriad of effects caused by the forced migration of different African peoples.


  • Levette

    Awesome read


  • Balogun

    Best book on relationships in my opinion


  • James

    wonderful


  • Shirley Reid

    Brilliant, insightful and well written.


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