It is so difficult to define intimacy, and yet so important to experience it. Each definition is valid, and it can change with time, depending on how much we open ourselves to it. Even we, the ones behind Museum of Intimacy, have different opinions about how we define, relate to and express intimacy. Whether we define it as a co-creation, a mutual connection, either as oneness, without any duality, but we all agree that is something nourishing and amazing that we want to explore more.

The museum started from the urge to tell our stories, one year and a half ago, with genuine curiosity about life and connections between people. From the beginning, we wanted people to feel that they had arrived in a safe space, where they can all be vulnerable, intimate, and without shame or fear of being judged.

But time passed, and the mission became bigger than us. We have realized intimacy must be addressed to everyone, and it shouldn’t be a privilege for any of us to be able to be intimate in such a vast emotional, physical, and spiritual experience.

During this time, the museum was filled with thoughts and stories about relationships, memories, and genuine emotional states of being. We know for sure there were lots of readings, late-night hours of discussions on subjects like intimacy, types of relationships, jealousy, fear, spirituality, self, trauma and we came to the conclusion we need to bring some clarity and find the truth.
This decision made us more aware and responsible to approach intimacy in all its complexity. And when we say this we include all kinds of feelings and stories. Positive, negative, and most importantly, the incapacity to open up or recognize intimacy. The problems we couldn’t see at first were actually the most important.

Everything we did until now was extremely helpful and encouraging to deepen this wonderful and powerful process. Collecting stories from everywhere around the world on intimacy during normal times and during a pandemic, being on-air at radio in Palestina and Beirut, opening discussions with high school students in a 6 weeks workshop, and organizing exhibitions both offline and online - in Cluj-Napoca and on our website. All these new challenges made us understand how important actually it is to unfold all these layers of intimacy and not remain just on the surface where things don’t get problematic.

We couldn’t remain silent noticing all the disrupting and violent things going on in the world right now. We all like to think we are in control of our lives but actually there are so many things we cannot define yet or express, so we want to go there in the turmoil and help people define or regain their own voice. It’s the only way we can heal, strengthen, and shape ourselves. Followed by essential things such as to be more present in all our relationships and closer to who we really are. We must observe as much as we act; we must stay quiet as much as we speak. When done consciously and mindfully, developing a sense of intimacy is bliss and a sort of synchronicity with everything around us. We need to pave our way for intimacy with a distinctive me, that has enough space to connect with another.

Instead of following the same old habits, we want to find new ways of discovering and getting more in touch with ourselves and with the world. An African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child, that’s why we are now looking to build the village, where we can raise each other without preaching or patronizing.

In the beginning, we were just two, Manuela and Raisa, a tiny island separated from everything else, but over time, we realized that it’s not about who is who, but it’s just about the community.

More important than ever, we want to team up with people willing to be part of this project and grow together with us. 
This is how we met Diana, a dedicated psychologist with a real interest in intimacy with whom we are now developing a module on intimacy, called “discovering intimacy”. Our idea is to be open to the possibility that perhaps what we believe about ourselves is not always what we really are, to let go of our clingings and to embrace only what we can discover here in ourselves and in the relationships with the others around us. 

Therefore, Museum of Intimacy aims to discover and distinguish in its next chapter all types of intimacy. Spiritual intimacy, sexual intimacy, experiential intimacy, social and intellectual intimacy, and all other possible kinds, which are crucial for growth, and actually determine the quality of our lives.

So save this note, be kind, share, spread the word and let us know if you want to team up with us. We are looking for professional opinions and advice, we want to grow a team and create together a living museum of intimacy.

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