By Kendra Holliday | August 24, 2015
Lea Thau is obsessed with my IUD.
At least, that’s what I initially thought when I listened to our interview on her awesome national podcast, Strangers.
A few weeks ago, she was in St Louis teaching a storytelling workshop, and I invited her over to my cute little fairy cottage to learn more about what I do for a living. Or, as I like to say, a loving.
Here is the interview!
We chatted for over two hours. It was late, and we were both tired, so I was worried I’d sound like a zombie or something, but I think it turned out well! Lea has mad editing skills, that’s for sure.
One thing she mentioned more than once was my IUD. I gave her a tour of my house, which included a brief tour of the dollhouse I bought with stripper money when I was 19. I love it SO much. It’s full of treasures and memories.
See for yourself:
There’s a kitchen, living room, bedroom, study, and attic. As you can tell, Granny is a bit of a crazy cat lady, but notice how there are no animals in the study. That’s because it’s haunted.
If you take a closer look at the attic, you’ll see all kinds of oddities.
If you start with the cute silent shrieking spirit in the middle (my daughter drew that), and pan right, you’ll see my IUD – it’s propped up next to the Civil War portrait, underneath the red stocking. I used it for a year for birth control, and when I had it removed, I asked if I could keep it. They said sure! Right below it, you can see an old tooth – I think that’s one of my baby teeth. There’s also some shells from a beach in Florida, a nun lurking, and to the far right, you’ll see the dollhouse that’s in the dollhouse!
One thing that got cut out of the interview was a quote I shared with Lea from the book The Sacred Prostitute. Here it is:
The stranger who came to the temple to worship the goddess of love with the sacred prostitute was in ancient times viewed as an emissary of the gods, or even the god in disguise.
The archetype of the stranger functions in a similar manner in the psychological process. It is an image found often in myths, religion and fairy tales, as well as dreams, pointing to an aspect of the unconscious which breaks through into consciousness to instigate change.
I love what this says – not only am I channeling god in my work, but my clients are godlike themselves, as they bravely seek self-discovery.
I believe in worshiping our bodies and souls, as opposed to some mysterious deity. God is within us. I have a dream of creating The Church of The Beautiful Kind. There are so many controlling churches out there that instill fear and hold people back – why not have one that believes in people at their core and promotes sex-positivity? Too often in our society, sex is considered “bad” and religion is considered “good,” and they aren’t allowed to intersect. I say we merge them and embrace the sacred feminine. I feel most spiritual when I’m having sex – my bedroom is my sanctuary.
I’m grateful for the podcast – I’ve had SO much positive feedback from all over the country! People who applaud what I am doing, who wish our country wasn’t so fearful of sex, who want to see a sex surrogate, or BE a surrogate. Lots of curiosity, questions, seeking answers.
I mostly work with people in the St Louis area, but I’ve had people travel from as far as Hawaii to spend time with me. It’s truly an honor to share intimate space with others and act as their passion midwife – I help them give birth to their sexual creativity.
You can find out more about my work by visiting my professional website here. And if you want to learn more about my fabulously interesting personal life, keep reading this blog! I just put up my 500th post – lots of reasons to celebrate!
PS: OH and if you’re a client of mine and would like to contact Lea for some anonymous feedback on our work together, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂