I am Victoria Lee, a clinical psychologist who has been deeply touched by the wisdom of Rumi. My academic training–my doctorate and two masters degrees–taught me a great deal, but also left me spiritually hungry. I learned at my mother’s knee that the spiritual part of life is by far the most important. It’s in that arena that I’ve found the most joy, the most meaning, and the mandate to find ways to serve.
Being a psychologist and psychotherapist has given me the opportunity to share the journey of many treasured patients. I’ve worked primarily in individual and couple counseling, sex therapy, and group therapy, as well as in individual counseling with children and teens. My first book, Ecstatic Lovemaking (originally called Soulful Sex), was an effort to show that understanding sex as a sacred enterprise takes nothing away and can greatly enhance the quality of experience and passion people enjoy. After that book, I focused on my practice again, and on meeting certain personal challenges, such as the death of my mother, and my own illness with Graves’ Disease (now cured, I’m blessed to say).
Once I started reading Rumi and writing about him everyday, I was “burnt and then I as cooked,” as he once said. His words, his tenderness, and his teachings pierced my soul to its depths. I felt his truths in my core: We are here on this planet for our own and others’ soul-growth. Forgiveness, compassion, and love for all of the human famlly must be our goal; identifying and committing to the contribution we’re here to make is our greatest privilege.
“Love is the religion, and the universe is the book.”