We had the good fortune of connecting with Ianne Celeste Rivera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ianne Celeste, what matters most to you?
Pleasure is our birthright is a principle that has been a way of life since the start of the pandemic. On my journey to becoming an Embodiment Composer, I’ve grown to recognize the personal, communal, political, and healing importance of body-acceptance and pleasure liberation. As part of my belief system and teaching philosophy, reclaiming pleasure as our birthright represents the fierceness of our conscious agency. In a time in which we’re being asked to heal on a communal and global level, I see this time as an opportunity to partner with the wisdom of our body’s sensuality to heal our relationship with pleasure.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an Embodiment Composer, using sound to hold space for the participant to engage with their sensuality for emotional exploration and pleasure liberation. I like to call myself a sound healer…with a twist. I create audio-journeys that I’ve called, Sonic Rituals. Inspired by hip-hop, classical music, nature, and the feeling of timelessness, a Sonic Ritual is a healing modality that awakens and activates the inner Self that has been dormant. I began creating Sonic Rituals one month after starting my podcast, “Pleasure Revolution” in January 2020, right at the beginning of quarantine. Like many of us, I was frightened and unsure how to hold myself together. I’m extremely proud that at a challenging time, I was able to, lean into my body, utilizing it to tether me to presence where pleasure is inherent. I had begun to realize that denying myself of feeling good in body, mind, and spirit was detrimental to my well-being. From this place, I channeled what was being revealed into a healing compilation called, “All of Me Vol. 1 – Sonic Rituals to Cultivate Self-Intimacy.
The journey to becoming an Embodiment Composer has been glorious and challenging. Creating a Sonic Ritual means that I’m curating the exploration space. In order to translate this into a sonic expedition, it requires me to personally embody the intention of each ritual. Because of this, the practice of creating becomes healing and of course, this can be both painful and freeing.
Throughout the process of crafting this healing art, I’ve learned so much about the multi-dimensionality of pleasure. Most recently I’ve begun to realize that I can be tender with myself. When fear or self-doubt arise in my thoughts, and I feel myself beginning to cling to those emotions, I breathe and hold myself. This practice reminds my body that I don’t need to reject these emotions. My body can be an open channel for this fear and doubt to flow through, and the experience I choose to have of them may remain grounded.
I created my business, One Thread, with the intention that I would be a pleasure coach, but it has become much more. I want the world to know, the evolution of One Thread is a testament to the power of sensuality and the insight of our pleasure. In the middle of a Pandemic, I founded the first ever World Pleasure Day on August 18th. This day was manifested to open the mind, celebrate the body, and elevate the spirt of pleasure. I believe that to truly heal the wounds of our collective pain, we must reclaim the body as the root of our healing and pleasure as a gentle guide. In its second year, we celebrate pleasure as L.I.G.H.T. – Liberation Insight Guidance Healing Technology. World Pleasure Day exists at the intersections of spirituality, sensuality, and technology, embracing both the sacred and everyday as reflections of the brilliance of our being.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is truly a gem of a city. It’s a lively place with a small town essence, all of which makes it prime for spectacular life experiences. For anyone coming into San Diego, my first thought is, “Where are we going to eat?!” There’s no shortage of delicious eateries and cocktail bars, but my go to is De Nada Kitchen in University Heights. The owner Oz feels like family and his dishes inspire and delight me every time. Of course anything from Consortium Holdings must be on the list. Lastly, if it’s an extra special night, dinner and drinks at Anime. Another thing I love about San Diego is the abundance of shows and art exhibits. For a day of arts and culture, I’d start with a picnic in Balboa Park, then make my way to Bread & Salt to check out what new exhibitions they’re housing, and finally, I’d end the evening at Coronado beach, taking in the feeling of cool ocean air on a warm summer night.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my partner, love, and inspiration, Kamaal Martin, founder of A.P.E. (Art Power Equity).
I want to recognize Di Bamford, my dearest friend and reiki healer. She’s a brilliant light in my life and the lives of her community.
Other: Pleasure Revolution Link: https://anchor.fm/pleasurerevolution