You will rarely hear the words, “Sex Positive” and “Religious” in the same sentence
I blame it on St. Paul and St. Augustine, but the fact is, all of the main religions are pretty sex negative. There seems to be nothing religions like better than policing who we go to bed with, and what we get up to there.
Like many people, I was brought up in a religious household. The United Kingdom where I live, is like most other countries in the world that has a heavily religious past, that still seeps into our culture to this day. I grew up being very active in the Church, and most of my family are still regular and enthusiastic believers.
My religious background wasn’t all bad: It gave me a great community, an introduction to spirituality and in social action. The church I grew up going to was lively, inclusive and multi ethnic. (Although not at all LGBT friendly). The vicar, and all the people who worked there, genuinely cared and strived to be the best people they could be.
However, when I started my Tantra education, and then sex coach training I realized how much I’d been taught about sex that was actually blocking my healing and happiness as a woman
I was carrying bucket loads of shame and conditioning that took 5 years of mentally re-programming to get me to the sex positive place I am now.