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on 3 March 2008
Elisabeth Haich clearly has a problem with her sexuality. When she got married as a very young woman she claims to immediately have found the perfect bodily fulfillment. I think that is rather unlikely at a time and age when it was still discussed if women are at all capable of having an orgasm. Not surprisingly, she developed psychosomatic blindness and anorexia. A few years later she renounces all sex. So far, so good. What disturbs me is that she is trying to sell her incapacity to enjoy sex as a spiritual act. Alas, I know she is not the only one to do so. Traditional yoga is just as sexually repressed as traditional Christianity.
I don't think this book really is an autobiography but a very very long parable about why sexuality is bad on the spiritual path. If you look for lots of explanations (and even death threats) to why you should suppress your sexuality - spiced up with with racist remarks about superior spiritual races with longish skulls opposed to body-obsessed inferior races with roundish heads (I feel sorry for Scottish people here) - then this book is for you. But if you believe that loving sexuality can actually be a means of sexual growth than you better look elsewhere - Tantric Buddhism or Taoism, for example.