A book in hand 200 years ago was like wearing a virtual reality headset. Reading fiction was man’s first foray into directed imagined experience.
There’s a new academic discipline called literary neuroscience. This new field of study uses brain scans to prove that the brain reacts to reading fiction as if it’s an actual experience.
With this in mind, couldn’t reading about sex make your brain think it’s actually engaging in sex?
Could triggering sexual mechanisms in our brain through reading help jumpstart your libido?
What about the old adage that the more you have sex the more you want sex. Reading about sex could be a double whammy. The more you have virtual sex thoughts, the more you are willing and even desiring to make love with your mister? I think it’s very feasible.
This could give new meaning to, ‘Reading Is Fundamental!’ Reading could be the newest sex trick in your libido arsenal!
In my own life, I’ve had positive correlation with this exact thing. Managing my weight is a battle. But, when I read motivating blog posts and articles on healthy, low calorie eating, I have an easier time with my will-power. When I read about fitness and the benefits of exercise, I’m heading to the jazzercise studio in a better frame of mind. When researching hard science and writing for OysterBed7 posts, I’ve found an increase in my sexual interest.
Even though the above study cited is in regards to fiction, non-fiction scientific offerings is where my testimony lies. I think scientific non-fiction can produce sexual thoughts just as easily as fiction.
Give reading a shot! When you are on the path of sexual awakening no avenue should be discounted. Your path to desire discovery may be filled with surprising avenues. Keep your hearts and mind open.
Now, of course, these avenues shouldn’t be contrary to the will of God. I am NOT suggesting any kind of pornography, erotica or even erotic romance.
what if science isn’t your cup of tea?
I don’t think all romance novels are pornographic or ungodly. But, sometimes, it’s hard to tell how far the descriptions go until you are into it. All Christian romance would be safe. Classics of Jane Austen or the Brontee sisters would be safe. (I even found a blog called Clean Romance Reviews which reviews romance novels and gives insight into whether they are free of explicit details.)
There are other considerations, too. It’s a disservice to your marriage to fantasize that your man is anyone other than who he is, especially if it brings you to the point you become frustrated with the man he truly is. However, dreaming that the two of you are the main characters in an adventure can be fun.
These cautions are not meant to dissuade you from reading!!! Just use your discernment.
There’s always the Song of Solomon which is perfect in that you have to use your own brain to imagine. I think this would be the perfect book to cuddle up with, because of the wonderful imagery that would flex the virtual reality of your brain.
So, choose your material wisely, but do read. A little bedtime reading may lead to a little bedtime action.
Are there any godly fictional romance novels you would suggest?
2 Peter 1:5-11, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ….…..for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.”
Positive Affirmation (action verb: unveil)
I unveil my sexual energy. I unveil my ability to ponder my growing sexual interest.
I know that sexual intimacy with my husband is God-ordained and a gift.
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YOUR BRAIN ON LITERATURE
The New York Times, March 18.2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain-on-fiction.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of American Speaks on literary neuroscience: http://blog.abaa.org/blog/?p=2353
From the Journal of Neuroscience