Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review to "Ocean of senses" (Maria Teresa De Donato, 2019) by Rosa Genovese

Review to "Ocean of senses" 
Rosa Genovese

By means of this book, Maria Teresa gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in an ocean of passion and eroticism. Eros triumphs as a boost to life and the union of free bodies to act in pure pleasure. Too often Western civilization has harnessed the body within strict behavioral rules and rigid theories to compress and contain it as much as possible. In this novel the author tells us that it is possible that the miracle of feeling alive in the physical exchange with the other sex in the name of Eros will occur and happen when we least expect it to make us fully experience the joy, trust, the maximum expressiveness and full freedom of being in our body.

Right from the start the author manages to get us into the story as if we were experiencing it first hand and we were there with the characters to personally live situations, environments and emotions. The reading intrigues and flows quickly. Once the book is started, you can only stop at the last line of the very last page. "Ocean of senses" is not only a novel of love and passion but it is also an indication to succeed, despite the painful experiences that sometimes one might face, in living life by asking ourselves the fundamental questions about our human existence. An ongoing questioning on love, sex, destiny, conscious or unconscious choices that are fulfilled in life and that the author through her protagonist, Claudia, confronts us with.

This novel in its deep essence revolves around the phrase of Oscar Wilde that Maria Teresa quoted: "For most of us the real life is the one we do not live"; but at the same time it is an exhortation to notice and fully experience the miracle of existence in its physical, psychic and spiritual expression as distinct aspects of a single indivisible whole.
Love and eroticism are the very essence of it in their most human and sublime aspects. We just need to read it!
Rosa Genovese (Actress, playwright, psychologist)

Recensione a “Oceano di sensi” (Maria Teresa De Donato, 2019) di Rosa Genovese

Recensione a “Oceano di sensi” 
Rosa Genovese

Maria Teresa con questo libro ci dona la possibilità di immergerci in un oceano vivo di passione ed erotismo. Eros trionfa come spinta alla vita e all’unione dei corpi liberi di agire nel puro piacere. Troppo spesso la civiltà occidentale ha imbrigliato il corpo dentro strette regole comportamentali e rigide teorie atte a comprimerlo e contenerlo il più possibile. In questo romanzo l’autrice ci dice che è possibile che il miracolo di sentirsi vivi nello scambio fisico con l’altro sesso in nome di Eros  si verifichi e accada quando meno ce lo aspettiamo per farci assaporare pienamente il sentirci corpo nella gioia, nella fiducia, nella massima espressività e nella piena libertà.

Fin dalle prime battute l’autrice riesce a farci entrare nel racconto come lo vivessimo in prima persona e fossimo lì con i personaggi a vivere situazioni, ambienti ed emozioni. La lettura intriga e scorre veloce. Iniziato il libro non si può che smettere all’ultima riga dell’ultima pagina. “Oceano di sensi” non è solo un romanzo di amore e passione, ma è anche una indicazione per riuscire, nonostante esperienze a volte dolorose, a vivere la vita ponendosi le domande fondamentali sull’esistenza umana.  Un interrogarsi continuo sull’amore, il sesso, il destino, le scelte consapevoli o inconsapevoli che nella vita si compiono e che l’autrice attraverso la sua protagonista, Claudia, ci pone di fronte.

Questo romanzo nella sua essenza profonda ruota intorno alla frase di Oscar Wilde citata da Maria Teresa: “Per la maggior parte di noi la vera vita è quella che non viviamo”; ma al contempo è un’esortazione ad accorgerci e vivere appieno il miracolo dell’esistenza nella sua espressione  fisica, psichica e spirituale come aspetti distinti di un unico indivisibile.

Di Amore e di erotismo si tratta nei suoi aspetti umani e sublimi. Non resta che leggerlo! Rosa Genovese (Attrice, drammaturga, psicologa)

Rezension zu "Ozean der Sinne" (Maria Teresa De Donato, 2019) von Rosa Genovese

Rezension zu "Ozean der Sinne" 
Rosa Genovese

Mit diesem Buch gibt Maria Teresa uns die Möglichkeit, in einem Meer der Leidenschaft und Erotik einzutauchen. Eros triumphiert als Lebenskurbel und die Vereinigung freier Körper, um in purem Vergnügen zu handeln. Zu oft hat die westliche Zivilisation den Körper innerhalb strenger Verhaltensregeln und strenger Theorien genutzt, um ihn so weit wie möglich zu komprimieren und einzudämmen. In diesem Roman sagt uns die Autorin, dass es möglich ist, dass das Wunder, sich im physischen Austausch mit dem anderen Geschlecht eitreten wird, im Namen des Eros lebendig zu fühlen, wenn wir am wenigsten erwarten, dass wir die Freude, das Vertrauen, das maximale Ausdruckskraft und volle Freiheit, durch unsere Körperlichkeit voll genießen können. 

Von Anfang an gelingt die Autorin, uns in die Geschichte hineinzubringen, als ob wir sie aus erster Hand erleben würden und wir mit den Charakteren dabei wären, um Situationen, Umgebungen und Emotionen persönlich zu erleben. Das Lesen fasziniert und fließt schnell. Sobald das Buch gestartet ist, können wir nur an der letzten Zeile der letzten Seite anhalten. "Ozean der Sinne" ist nicht nur ein Roman aus Liebe und Leidenschaft, sondern es ist auch ein Hinweis auf Erfolg, trotz der schmerzhaften Erfahrungen, denen man manchmal begegnet, indem man sich die grundlegenden Fragen unserer menschlichen Existenz stellt. Eine ständige Frage nach Liebe, Sex, Schicksal, bewussten oder unbewussten Entscheidungen, die im Leben erfüllt werden und die die Autorin durch ihren Protagonisten, Claudia, konfrontiert.Dieser Roman dreht sich in seinem tiefen Kern, um den Satz von Oscar Wilde, den Maria Teresa zitiert hat: "Für die meisten von uns ist das wahre Leben das, was wir nicht leben"; aber gleichzeitig ist es eine Ermahnung, das Wunder des Daseins in seinem physischen, psychischen und spirituellen Ausdruck als verschiedene Aspekte eines einzelnen Unteilbaren wahrzunehmen und vollständig zu erfahren. 

Liebe und Erotik sind in ihren menschlichsten und erhabensten Aspekten das Wesentliche. Wir müssen es nur lesen! 

Rosa Genovese (Schauspielerin, Dramatikerin, Psychologin) 

Monday, April 1, 2019

The gushing of a love: "Ocean of Senses" by Maria Teresa De Donato

The gushing of a love: "Ocean of Senses" 
Maria Teresa De Donato 

Review by

Sabrina Santamaria, Freelance Writer

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Dr. Sabrina Santamaria, Author, Poetess, Honorary Member of the World Union of Poets, for her wonderful review of my recently published Fiction novel that is already being read all over the world.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Dr. Sabrina Santamaria, Author, Poetess, Honorary Member of the World Union of Poets, for her wonderful review of my recently published Fiction novel that is already being read all over the world.

The gushing of a love: "Ocean of Senses" by Maria Teresa De Donato

Following the center of gravity of one's emotions and sensations means reaching a full and conscious maturity.  It is a goal that is not always easy and obvious.  Love as a feeling fully lived by the body and the soul is the complete syntagma of the psycho-physical well-being of the human being.  Sometimes, without love, a person can start down alone in a chaos of days without awareness and allow life to go by unnecessarily in a monotonous and apathetic way.  Claudia, the protagonist of the novel "Ocean of Senses", will end up for many years living a flat and unemotional life; a chance encounter will forever mark her existence, her love story with Eugenio.  Is living a love story and a love affair the same?  Does being completely involved in love happen to anyone?  What does love truly mean?  These and other questions asks our author, Maria Teresa De Donato, herself through her female character Claudia.  The latter is the woman every man would like to have, to marry: passionate, sweet, sensitive, sensual and cultured.  Our protagonist is very sociable, self-confident and intelligent; she has an excellent relationship with her parents, Rosaria and Franco, who love her dearly.  Some events, though, will destroy the serenity of our protagonist.
Maria Teresa De Donato has strong qualities in that she accompanies the reader with her narrating voice, involving him in the narrative setting through a fluid, fluent, but not rhetorical trend; the one who reads feels to be taken by the hand by the author who with feeble and colloquial voice accompanies her readers hand in hand through the pages of her novel.  "Ocean of Senses" is a subdued emotional river laid bare in the heart of a wounded woman who has only one need: to tell her story.  Teresa De Donato composes, in my opinion, her warp plot on two main narrative fabrics: the historical-sociological theme and the amorous theme.  With regard to the first thematic junction, the Author has framed her novel in a time of the story that goes from the early twentieth century to the seventies: fascism, the colonization campaigns of Mussolini, the Libyan submission to Italy are the frame of the story; the various historical references (which I particularly appreciated) of the Roman Empire that conquered Libya enrich and adorn the novel, as they give the work a wealth of content and act as literary expedients for a psychological characterization of the characters.  The other preponderant theme of the novel is love, an aspect described in detail as it exposes the need for the encounter with the other as fullness of soul and body; our author does not accept the idea, still widespread today, of a love detached from the body, aseptic and platonic.  Love is "something magical", she writes in the novel, still not entirely explainable in scientific terms, it is mysterious and, as such, makes the human beings who are able to experience it totally vital, if fully lived according to the needs that the sensuality of the body recalls; it brings a state of well-being to those who experience it and not a condition of slavery and banal emotional duties.  The Author likewise warns us against thinking that the feeling of love borders on spirituality and touches only the climax of orgasm.

She states, through Claudia's reflections, that love is the perfect and synchronized union of two spirits who become one through the union of the bodies.  The background of the work does not constitute a banal romance novel without logic: "Ocean of Senses" is a flood of sensations of the characters that wraps the attention of the reader in a light, yet captivating reading, attracting his curiosity.  It is a book written for those who still know how to hope for the profound feelings of the soul and for those who, perhaps, wish to rekindle their hope towards love so that the end of a story does not culminate in a complete fossilization of the being.  The message that Maria Teresa De Donato leaves us has a strong imprint: it suggests that after an end there is always a new beginning and we must always have reasons for living each moment of our existence, because it makes us aware of who we truly are; for embracing the still images of our history; for risking our experiences, in the difficult, unpredictable, timeless and measureless life match of our choices that could bring us much sorrow, and yet mark our identity without regrets.  Our Author leads her reader to an ocean full of purely human feelings that unfold with elegance and harmony between the pages of the text in which her characters, Claudia and Eugenio, run into the vortex of a deep passion, and choose to fully live their emotions without regretting having withheld the sinuous gushing of a spark that shoots very rarely in two hearts that learn how to really love one another.

Sabrina Santamaria

Lo sgorgare di un amore: “Oceano di sensi” di Maria Teresa De Donato

Lo sgorgare di un amore: “Oceano di sensi” 


Maria Teresa De Donato

Recensione di

Sabrina Santamaria, Scrittrice Freelance

Un GRAZIE di cuore alla Dr.ssa Sabrina Santamaria, Autrice, Poetessa, Membro Onorario dell’Unione Mondiale dei Poeti, per questa sua bellissima recensione al mio romanzo Fiction publicato di recente e che viene già letto il tutto il mondo.

Lo sgorgare di un amore: “Oceano di sensi” di  Maria Teresa De Donato

Percorrere il baricentro delle proprie emozioni e sensazioni significa giungere ad una maturità piena e consapevole.  È un traguardo non sempre facile ed ovvio.  L’amore come sentimento pienamente vissuto dal corpo e dall’anima è il sintagma completo del benessere psico-fisico dell’essere umano.   A volte, senza amore, una persona può incamminarsi in un marasma di giornate senza coscienza permettendo che la vita trascorra inutilmente in un percorso monotono ed apatico.  Claudia, la protagonista del romanzo “Oceano di sensi”, finirà per molti anni per imbattersi in un vivere piatto ed a-emozionale; un incontro casuale marcherà per sempre il suo esistere, la sua storia amorosa con Eugenio.  Vivere una storia sentimentale e una relazione amorosa è la stessa cosa?  Essere coinvolti interamente nell’amore succede a chiunque?  Cosa significa amore?  Questi ed altri interrogativi  si pone la nostra autrice, Maria Teresa De Donato, nei panni del suo personaggio femminile Claudia.  Quest’ultima è una donna che ogni uomo vorrebbe avere, sposare: passionale, dolce, sensibile, sensuale e colta.  La nostra protagonista è molto socievole, spigliata ed intelligente; ha un ottimo rapporto con i genitori, Rosaria e Franco, i quali la adorano.  Alcuni eventi distruggeranno la serenità della Nostra.  Maria Teresa De Donato ha qualità spiccate in quanto accompagna con la sua voce narrante il lettore coinvolgendolo nel setting narrativo attraverso un andamento fluido, scorrevole, ma non retorico; chi legge sente di essere preso per mano dall’autrice la quale con flebile e colloquiale voce accompagna mano per mano i suoi lettori tra le pagine del suo romanzo.  “Oceani di sensi” è un sommesso fiume emotivo messo a nudo nel cuore di una donna ferita che ha un’unica esigenza: l’essere raccontata.  Teresa De Donato compone, a mio giudizio, la sua  ordita trama su due principali tessuti narrativi: la tematica storico-sociologia e la tematica amorosa.  Per quanto riguarda il primo snodo tematico la Nostra ha inquadrato il suo romanzo in un tempo del racconto che va dai primi anni del novecento fino agli anni settanta; fanno da cornice della vicenda il fascismo, le campagne di colonizzazione di Mussolini, la sottomissione libica verso l’Italia; arricchiscono e fanno da ornamento al romanzo i diversi riferimenti storici (che ho particolarmente apprezzato) dell'impero romano che conquistò la Libia, in quanto hanno conferito all’opera ricchezza di contenuto e sono stati espedienti letterari per una caratterizzazione psicologica dei personaggi.  L’altro tema preponderante del romanzo è l’amore, aspetto reso particolareggiato in quanto si mette a nudo l’esigenza dell’incontro con l’altro  come pienezza di anima e corpo; la nostra autrice non accetta l’idea, ancora oggi diffusa, di un amore avulso dal corpo, asettico e platonico.  L’amore è “qualcosa di magico” scrive nel romanzo, ancora non del tutto spiegabile in termini scientifici, è inspiegabile e in quanto tale rende gli esseri umani che lo provano totalmente vitali, se vissuto pienamente nei bisogni che la sensualità del corpo richiama; porta benessere chi lo prova e non una condizione di schiavitù e di banali doveri affettivi.  La Nostra, altresì, ci mette in guardia dal pensare che il sentimento amoroso rasenti la spiritualità e tocchi solo l’apice dell’orgasmo.  Ella ci esprime, attraverso le riflessioni di Claudia, che l’amore è l’unione perfetta e sincronizzata di due spiriti che diventano uno solo mediante il contatto dei corpi.  Lo sfondo dell’opera non costituisce un banale alogico romanzo rosa: “Oceano di sensi” è uno straripare di sensazioni dei personaggi che avvolgono in una leggera e accattivante lettura l’attenzione di chi legge attirando del tutto la sua curiosità.  È un libro scritto per chi sa ancora sperare nei sentimenti profondi dell’anima e per chi, magari, vuole riaccendere la speranza verso l’amore perché  la fine di una storia non comporti una completa fossilizzazione dell’essere.  Il messaggio che  Maria Teresa De Donato ci lascia ha un’impronta forte: ci suggerisce che dopo una fine c’è pur sempre un inizio e dobbiamo sempre avere dei motivi per vivere ogni stralcio di attimo la nostra esistenza, perché ci rende consapevoli di chi siamo noi stessi, ed abbracciare i fermo immagini della nostra storia, rischiando i nostri vissuti, nella difficile quanto mai imprevedibile partita senza tempo e senza misure delle nostre scelte che potrebbero costarci lacrime, ma marcano la nostra identità senza rimpianti.  La nostra autrice conduce davanti al suo lettore un oceano denso di sentimenti puramente umani che si esplicano con eleganza ed armonia fra le pagine del testo in cui i suoi personaggi Claudia ed Eugenio si imbattono nel vortice di una passione profonda scegliendo di provare delle emozioni fino in fondo senza rimpiangere di aver trattenuto lo sgorgare sinuoso di una scintilla che scatta rarissime volte in due cuori che imparano ad amarsi davvero.

Sabrina Santamaria

Das Sprudeln einer Liebe: "Ozean der Sinne" von Maria Teresa De Donato

Das Sprudeln einer Liebe: "Ozean der Sinne" 
Maria Teresa De Donato

Buchbesprechung von

Sabrina Santamaria, freie Schriftstellerin

Ein herzliches Dankeschön an Dr. Sabrina Santamaria, Autorin, Dichterin, Ehrenmitglied der 
Weltvereinigung der Dichter, für diese wundervolle Rezension meines kürzlich veröffentlichten 
Romanes, der bereits auf der ganzen Welt gelesen ist.

Das Sprudeln einer Liebe: "Ozean der Sinne" von Maria Teresa De Donato

Durch das Zentrum der Emotionen und Empfindungen gehen, bedeutet eine volle und bewusste Reife 
zu erreichen.  Es ist ein Ziel, das nicht immer leicht und offensichtlich ist.  Liebe als ein Gefühl, das 
vom Körper und der Seele erfüllt wird, ist das vollständige Syntagma des psycho-physischen 
Wohlbefindens des Menschen. Manchmal kann ein Mensch ohne Liebe alleine in einem chaotischen
Leben ohne Bewusstsein anfangen und das Leben unnötig monoton und apathisch durchgehen lassen.  
Claudia, die Protagonistin des Romans "Ozean der Sinne", wird viele Jahre lang ein flaches und 
nüchternes Leben führen.  Eine zufällige Begegnung wird für immer ihre Existenz prägen, ihre 
Liebesgeschichte mit Eugenio.  Ist das Leben einer Liebesgeschichte und einer Liebesaffäre gleich?  
Kommt es vor, dass jemand völlig in die Liebe verwickelt ist?  Was bedeutet Liebe wirklich? Diese
und andere Fragen stellt unsere Autorin Maria Teresa De Donato durch ihre weibliche Figur Claudia. 
Letzteres ist die Frau, die jeder Mann haben und heiraten möchte: leidenschaftlich, süß, sensibel, 
sinnlich und kultiviert.  Unsere Protagonistin ist sehr gesellig, selbstbewusst und intelligent.  Sie hat 
eine ausgezeichnete Beziehung zu ihren Eltern, Rosaria und Franco, die sie sehr lieben.  Einige 
Ereignisse zerstören jedoch die Gelassenheit unserer Protagonistin.
Maria Teresa De Donato hat starke Eigenschaften, indem sie den Leser mit ihrer erzählenden Stimme begleitet und ihn durch einen fließenden, glatten, aber nicht rhetorischen Trend in die erzählerische Umgebung einbezieht.  Derjenige, der liest, fühlt sich von der Autorin an der Hand, die ihre Leser mit schwacher und umgangssprachlicher Stimme durch die Seiten ihres Romans Hand in Hand begleitet. "Ozean der Sinne" ist ein gedämpfter, emotionaler Fluss, der entblößt wird, von einer verletzten Frau, die nur ein Bedürfnis hat: ihre Geschichte zu erzählen.  Teresa De Donato komponiert meiner Meinung nach ihren Warp-Plot auf zwei wesentlichen Erzählstoffen: dem historisch-soziologischen Thema und dem verliebten Thema.  In Bezug auf den ersten thematischen Knotenpunkt hat die Autorin ihren Roman in einer Zeit gestaltet, die vom frühen zwanzigsten Jahrhundert bis in die siebziger Jahre reicht: Faschismus, die Kolonisationskampagnen von Mussolini, die libysche Unterwerfung unter Italien sind der Rahmen der Geschichte; Die verschiedenen historischen Bezüge (die ich besonders schätzte) des Römischen Reiches, die Libyen erobert haben, bereichern und schmücken den Roman, da sie dem Werk eine Fülle an Inhalten verleihen und als literarische Hilfsmittel für eine psychologische Charakterisierung der Figuren dienen.  Das andere übergeordnete Thema des Romans ist die Liebe, ein Aspekt, der ausführlich beschrieben wird, da er die Notwendigkeit der Begegnung mit dem anderen als Fülle von Seele und Körper aufdeckt; unsere Autorin akzeptiert die heute noch weit verbreitete Vorstellung von einer vom Körper losgelösten, aseptischen und platonischen Liebe nicht.  Liebe ist "etwas Magisches", schreibt sie in dem Roman, ist noch nicht wissenschaftlich, vollständig erklärbar, sie ist geheimnisvoll und macht die Menschen, die sie völlig erleben können, ganz lebensnotwendig, wenn sie auf die entsprechende Bedürfnisse leben, an die sich die Sinnlichkeit des Körpers erinnert; Es bringt denjenigen, die es erfahren, einen Zustand des Wohlbefindens, und nicht einen Zustand der Sklaverei und der banalen emotionalen Pflichten. Die Autorin warnt uns auch davor, zu denken, dass das Gefühl der Liebe an die Spiritualität grenzt und nur den Höhepunkt des Orgasmus berührt.

Sie sagt durch Claudias Überlegungen, dass Liebe die perfekte und synchronisierte Vereinigung zweier Geister ist, die durch die Vereinigung der Körper eins werden.  Der Hintergrund der Arbeit ist kein banaler Romantikroman ohne Logik: "Ocean of Senses" ist eine Flut von Sensationen der Charaktere, die die Aufmerksamkeit des Lesers in ein Licht hüllt und gleichzeitig eine faszinierende Lektüre mit sich bringt, die seine Neugier weckt. Es ist ein Buch, das für diejenigen geschrieben wurde, die noch auf die tiefen Gefühle der Seele hoffen können, und für diejenigen, die vielleicht ihre Hoffnung auf die Liebe neu entfacht haben möchten, damit das Ende einer Geschichte nicht zu einer vollständigen Versteinerung der Seele führt.  Die Botschaft, die Maria Teresa De Donato uns hinterlässt, hat einen starken Eindruck: Sie legt nahe, dass es nach einem Ende immer einen Neuanfang gibt und wir immer Gründe haben müssen, um jeden Moment unseres Daseins zu leben, weil es uns dadurch bewusst wird, wer wir wirklich sind; um die Standbilder unserer Geschichte zu umarmen; um unsere Erfahrungen zu riskieren, in einem schwierigen, unvorhersehbaren, zeitlosen und messlosen Lebenskampf unserer Entscheidungen, der uns viel Leid bringen könnte und dennoch unsere Identität ohne Reue kennzeichnet.  Unsere Autorin führt ihren Leser zu einem Meer voll rein menschlicher Gefühle, das sich mit Eleganz und Harmonie zwischen den Textseiten entfaltet, in denen ihre Figuren Claudia und Eugenio in den Strudel einer tiefen Leidenschaft geraten und sich dafür entscheiden, ihre Emotionen voll zu leben ohne zu bedauern, dass sie das gewundene Sprudeln eines Funken zurückgehalten hat, der sehr selten in zwei Herzen schießt, die lernen, einander wirklich zu lieben.

Sabrina Santamaria

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Ocean of Senses (Abstract) by Maria Teresa De Donato, Ph.D.

Ocean of Senses

by Author Maria Teresa De Donato, Ph.D.


Life is a journey, a journey we make simultaneously in two directions: forwards, through the experience of our everyday routine, but also backwards through our memories.  It is precisely during a journey by car that Claudia, the protagonist of this novel, a woman of Sicilian origins born in Libya in the 1940s at the time of the Italian colonization, lives again her past.  All of a sudden fifty years of life whizz at the speed of the light before her very eyes just like images imprinted on a film.

Her memories project her in the past, to a time long gone where Claudia sees herself back as a child collecting stones on the beach of the ancient town of Leptis Magna founded in Roman times; she enjoys once more and fully the intense and fiery Libyan blue sky and the Mediterranean waters, while walking again through the street of her beloved Tripoli.  She lives again the sudden and completely unexpected end of her marriage, the birth of her son, her escape from Libya following the coup d’état and the coming to power of Colonel Gaddafi, and her consequent permanent relocation to Italy as a refugee: a life that ends up being broken several times and that it is yet characterized by her strong will and determination to start over and from scratch in the attempt to finally find her own place in this world, a place to call “home”.

Many are the memories as well as the questions, profound and introspective, that Claudia asks herself while looking for an honest answer in the hope of having learned the lessons that Life might have tried to give her, but above all, in the hope of having understood them as to avoid to repeat mistakes she might have made – assuming that ‘mistakes’ have really been made…

Drastic and completely unexpected changes disrupt her existence, therefore, making the protagonist ponder on them and leading her to proceed as an automaton, expecting absolutely nothing exciting to happen.  However, Life, or God, Fate, the Universe or however we wish to call It/Him/Her – Claudia is no longer sure about it – seems to have different plans for her and that apparent flower that appeared to have lost its lifeblood will flourish, bloom and explode in such a way as she would have never imagined.  An ocean of senses, where true love, intense passion, sensuality and sexuality, lived in the most uninhibited, spontaneous, honest and healthiest possible way, will manifest impetuously taking by storm Claudia’s life as well as that of the person she loves the most.  A tsunami of feelings and emotions will fall upon them in the least expected moment.

Ocean of Senses is, therefore, an introspective fiction novel that was supposed to be anything but erotic and that, on the contrary, it is as such in the highest and purest sense of the word.  

Oceano di Sensi (Sinossi) - di Maria Teresa De Donato

Oceano di Sensi

dell’Autrice Dr.ssa Maria Teresa De Donato


La Vita  è un viaggio, un viaggio che si percorre contemporaneamente a doppio senso: in avanti, attraverso l’esperienza quotidiana, ma anche, e soprattutto, a ritroso grazie ai ricordi.  Ed è proprio durante un viaggio in macchina che Claudia, la protagonista del romanzo, una donna di origini siciliane nata nella Libia degli anni ’40 al tempo della colonizzazione italiana, rivive il suo passato.  Improvvisamente cinquant’anni di vita le sfrecciano alla velocità della luce davanti agli occhi proprio come immagini impresse sulla pellicola di un film.

La memoria la proietta in un tempo ormai lontano e così Claudia si ritrova bambina a raccogliere i sassi lungo la spiaggia dell’antica cittadina di epoca romana Leptis Magna; torna a godere appieno dell’azzurro intenso ed infuocato del cielo libico e delle acque del Mediterraneo mentre passeggia di nuovo per le strade della sua amata Tripoli.  Rivive la fine a sorpresa del suo matrimonio, la nascita di suo figlio, la fuga dalla Libia in seguito al colpo di stato e all’avvento al potere del Colonnello Gaddafi ed il suo definitivo trasferimento in Italia come profuga: una vita più volte spezzata, ma seguita sempre da una forte volontà e determinazione a ricominciare da zero nel tentativo di trovare finalmente il proprio posto nel mondo, un luogo che possa essere chiamato “casa”.

Tanti i ricordi, ma tante anche le domande, profonde ed introspettive, che Claudia si pone e a cui cerca di dare delle risposte oneste nella speranza di aver imparato le lezioni che la Vita sembra abbia voluto darle, ma soprattutto, la speranza di averle capite al fine di evitare di ripetere eventuali errori – ammesso che di ‘errori’ si sia trattato…

Drastici ed inaspettati cambiamenti sconvolgono la sua esistenza, dunque, facendo riflettere la protagonista e spingendola ad andare avanti quasi come un automa, senza che si aspetti più nulla di eclatante.  La Vita, però, o Dio, il Cieco Caso, l’Universo o come lo si voglia intendere – Claudia non ne è certa – ha altri progetti per lei e quell’apparente fiore che sembrava aver perso la sua linfa vitale fiorirà, sboccerà, esploderà in un modo in cui lei mai avrebbe potuto immaginare.  Un oceano di sensi, dove vero amore, intensa passione, sensualità e sessualità vissute nel modo più disinibito, sano, onesto e spontaneo possibile si manifesteranno in maniera impetuosa, travolgendo la vita di Claudia e quella della persona amata.  Uno tsunami di sentimenti e di emozioni si abbatterà su di loro proprio nel momento meno atteso.

Oceano di Sensi è, dunque, un romanzo introspettivo che tutto doveva essere tranne erotico, ma che, al contrario, è tale nel senso più elevato e puro del termine. 

Ozean der Sinne (Auszug aus Buch) von Autorjn Maria Teresa De Donato

Ozean der Sinne

von Autorin Dr. Maria Teresa De Donato

(Auszug aus Buch)

Das Leben ist eine Reise, eine Reise, die wir gleichzeitig in zwei Richtungen unternehmen: Vorwärts, durch die Erfahrung unseres Alltags, aber auch rückwärts durch unsere Erinnerungen. Gerade während einer Autofahrt lebt Claudia, die Protagonistin dieses Romans, eine Frau sizilianischen Ursprungs, die in den 1940er Jahren zur Zeit der italienischen Kolonisation in Libyen geboren wurde, ihre Vergangenheit wieder. Plötzlich flattern fünfzig Jahre des Lebens mit der Geschwindigkeit des Lichts vor ihren Augen wie Bilder, die in einen Film eingraviert sind.

Ihre Erinnerungen projizieren sie in die Vergangenheit, in einer Zeit, in der Claudia als Kind am Strand der antiken Stadt Leptis Magna sich ansieht, die in der Römerzeit gegründet wurde; sie genießt erneut den intensiven und feurigen libyschen blauen Himmel und die mediterranen Gewässer, während sie erneut durch die Straße ihres geliebten Tripolis spaziert. Sie lebt wieder am plötzlichen und völlig unerwarteten Ende ihrer Ehe, der Geburt ihres Sohnes, ihrer Flucht aus Libyen nach dem Staatsstreich und der Machtübernahme von Colonel Gaddafi und ihrer daraus folgenden dauerhaften Übersiedlung nach Italien als Flüchtlingin: ein Leben, das am Ende mehrere Male zerbrochen ist und das noch durch ihren starken Willen und die Entschlossenheit gekennzeichnet ist, von vorne zu beginnen, um endlich einen eigenen Platz in dieser Welt zu finden, einen Ort, der als "Zuhause" bezeichnet wird.

Viele sind die Erinnerungen sowie die tiefgründigen und nachdenklichen Fragen, die Claudia sich selbst fragt, während sie nach einer ehrlichen Antwort sucht, in der Hoffnung, die Lektionen gelernt zu haben, die das Leben ihr zu geben versucht hatte, um zu vermeiden, Fehler zu wiederholen, die sie gemacht haben könnte - vorausgesetzt, es wurden tatsächlich Fehler gemacht…

Drastische und völlig unerwartete Veränderungen stören ihr Dasein, weshalb die Protagonistin darüber nachdenkt und sie dazu bringt, als Automat zu agieren und absolut nichts Aufregendes zu erwarten. Das Leben oder Gott, Schicksal, das Universum oder wie auch immer wir es nennen wollen - Claudia ist sich nicht mehr sicher -, scheint andere Pläne für sie zu haben und diese scheinbare Blume, die scheinbar ihren Lebensblut verloren hat gedeihen, blühen und explodieren auf eine Weise, wie sie es sich niemals hätte vorstellen können. Ein Ozean der Sinne, in dem wahre Liebe, intensive Leidenschaft, Sinnlichkeit und Sexualität auf ungehemmteste, spontanste, ehrlichste und gesündeste Weise gelebt haben, wird sich ungestüm manifestieren und Claudia und sein Leben am stärksten im Sturm erobern. Ein Tsunami von Gefühlen und Emotionen wird in dem am wenigsten erwarteten Moment auf sie einfallen.

Ozean der Sinne ist daher ein introspektiver Roman, der alles andere als erotisch sein soll und im Gegenteil als solcher im höchsten und reinsten Sinne des Wortes gilt. 

Dieses Buch ist auf Italienisch und Englisch in den Ausgaben Taschenbuch und Kindle erhältlich

Monday, February 4, 2019

Healing the Earth - Interview with Andrea Kormann, Feng Shui Certified Advisor

Maria Teresa De Donato, Ph.D.

Traditional Naturopath, Homeopath, Life Strategist, Author

Healing the Earth

Interview with Andrea Kormann
Feng Shui Certified Advisor

Previously on this blog I published numerous articles that, in one way or another, are all related to Health and Wellness and the way to maintain them. A healthy and balanced diet, an adequate choice and preparation of foods to be consumed, a balanced and healthy lifestyle, regular physical movement, the maintenance of a clean indoor and outdoor environment while avoiding the use of toxic or even highly toxic chemicals, capable of damaging human health, were, therefore, among the topics I wrote about.

To these articles others followed which are related to Feng Shui ( as well as some reports that I published on the activities of the Swiss Group of Geomancy that meets periodically. The voluntary members of this group participate in an activity that I personally consider extraordinary and which consists of procedures aimed at healing the Earth from the damage that the man himself has caused.

These procedures aimed at "healing the Earth" are carried out through ancient rituals  many ancient cultures used and that today primitive and native cultures, which have always had a holistic view of the world and of life, still practice.

It is with great pleasure, therefore, that today I shall introduce you Andrea Kormann, Feng Shui Certified Advisor, member of the Swiss Group of Geomancy. Andrea is the person who actually prepares herbal remedies that are used in rituals.

But let's let her explain the details of her activity and rituals herself.

MTDD: Hi, Andrea. Happy to have you here with us today.

AK: Hello Maria Teresa, thank you very much for your invitation to the interview.

MTDD: Andrea, let's start by introducing ourselves. Who are you, what did you study and how and why you got involved with Feng Shui and made a career out of it...

AK: My name is Andrea Christina Kormann, I live in Berne with my husband and my 8 year old son and I work as a Feng Shui consultant, therapist and system manager. At the beginning I studied herbalism. At that time, my main goal was counseling in complementary medicine, namely herbal medicine, homeopathy, Bach flower remedies, orthomolecular medicine. It was while I was studying TCM that I came across Feng Shui. Together with my husband, I attended courses in 2001 as a Feng Shui consultant. Since 2006 I am an independent worker and have been developing habitat concepts according to energy criteria.

MTDD: In some of my previous articles on Feng Shui, I have already mentioned the concepts of Yin and Yang as well as the energy flows that regulate the activity of Qi / Chi both inside and outside the environments in which we live. Despite these explanations, however, many people when they hear about Feng Shui continue to associate this term only with the design of the environments - home, office, garden – rather than to all the rest.
Could you elaborate by explaining what Feng Shui is for you and why, in your opinion, it goes far beyond the design and arrangement of environments, furniture and so on?

AK: This is why I like to go to the root of the original term Kan yu, which can be translated as "connecting man to heaven and earth". I assume that we human beings are bound by the laws of the nature of heaven and earth. Our health, our whole being, can be influenced by the material forces of the earth and the spiritual powers of the heavens. When we are aware of these natural influences, we can also consider them for ourselves and our environment.
The law of the nature of yin and yang, the law of polarity, which you have already mentioned, affirms that in addition to the visible there is also the invisible, in addition to the material, there is also the spiritual world. For me, designing a healthy living space does not just mean having a powerful place to sleep or work, but also integrating the spiritual world, such as:
- Smoothly regulate workplace and living space to clean up energy from stored information and emotions.
- a center of the heart activated to strengthen the inner center, the love and the supply of life force.
- The development of personality, which is shown with the help of one's life task, life cycles and soul plane.
- respect for our ancestors to recognize and feel the best support even from the spiritual world.

MTDD: For those who might not have a thorough knowledge of Feng Shui and wish to start by applying its basic principles to their home, their office, their garden, but also and above all to benefit in every area of ​​their lives, including health, what advice would you give? Can you give some examples?

AK: For me, after reading some books that, as you stated before, may transmit only partially what Feng Shui is really about, it was crucial to take the path of Feng Shui starting with finding a Master. I advise anyone, as soon as they realize the potential for development in one or more areas of life, to welcome a competent Feng Shui consultant and teacher in their lives. Learn from him these laws of nature for a healthy environment. The real solutions according to energy criteria are all individually adapted to each person.

MTDD: From the health of the environments and people, you then ended up practicing healing to the Earth. Can you explain how, why, but above all, what motivated you to take care of it?

AK: Geomancy belongs to the education of a Feng Shui consultant. We want to integrate what we have learned in our life. Instead of waiting for planners and official authorities to consider aspects of landscape healing in their work, we want to share, share and work with knowledge and experience. During each project in the landscape, it is mainly about activating one's own processes of consciousness and integrating the results. The question is always: What shows us nature, what does it represent? What can we learn from living and vital organisms to translate these patterns into projects for our human environment? For example: our body is centered on the heart that generates a perpetual impulse. Projecting this analogy from the inner body to the external body means that even a living space, a house, a village, a city, a country need a heart, a powerful center for the flow of energy cycles. Just as in our bodies the heart tirelessly pulses the blood, our vitality pulsates in our veins.

MTDD: In the three articles published on this blog related to the excursions and the consequent rituals that the Geomancy Group practiced in the various places you all visited, we read that every time Älggi Alp minced stones were used, sometimes together with the water coming always from that area, but that the dilutions and the consequent dynamizations/potentizations were different each time. In the Binntal, you used the remedy D21, in the Morobbia Valley (TI) the remedy D28 and at the Alberson (VD) the remedy D52.  Many readers - regardless of whether they know or do not know the processes of dilution and potentization/dynamization applied for the preparation of both herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies - they might be wondering what is the criterion you choose the dilution ... Could you explain it?

AK: The perceptions and the common exchange on the Älggi-Alp in every sector of the eight celestial directions made us feel the need and the desire to place the material and the spiritual form of the stones from the center with a ritual. This is in harmony with the fact that, in our journey towards the borders of the country, as the process progresses, the level of dynamization also increases. During the preparation of the remedy, I always associate the center on the Älggi Alp with the place. I visualize in my mind the qualities then perceived and I ask support to the spiritual world. So I enjoy the moment and shake/dynamize the remedy in this meditative state by following as many steps as necessary to get to the center of the place of the rite. So the power levels D17 / D21 / D28 ect. they are actually generated by the spiritual world.

MTDD: For those who had not read the previous articles on excursions made by the Swiss Group of Geomancy, could you, please, explain which is the criteria you use each time for choosing the exact place to stop and practice your ritual? What exactly drives you to stop in one area rather than another? Is it a speech of intuition, of inspiration, of a call that you hear or something else?

AK: Again, it is the connection between heaven and earth, the spiritual world and the material world. The locations, the points of the landscape in the eight directions of the sky at the border have been calculated and measured on a map by our group surveyor.
Locally we connect as a group and with all our spiritual leaders. Thus, the harmonious places for the ritual spontaneously manifest themselves on the excursion through the landscape. The course is chosen if it is suitable for the group.

MTDD: Andrea, what if our readers would like to contact you and learn more about your activities, how can they do so?

AK: Your readers are invited to email me  or visit our website
MTDD: Thanks, again Andrea for participating in this interview and for the fascinating and equally interesting explanations you provided with your answers.

AK: Thank you, Maria Teresa for the invitation. I hope that the work of the Group of Geomancy might inspire others to consciously perceive their environment, landscapes and to connect with other people to create their own projects.

Geomancy Open Group Report 20th - 21st October 2017 Binntal

Open Geomancy Group Morobbia Valley (TI) 27-28.04.2017 Report - The Adventure Goes On…

Geomancy Open Group L’Auberson (VD) 25.08.2018