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SPIRITUALITY AND SEXUALITY ARE VITAL ISSUES|
Learn how Sexual
Energy Can Be Used
for Deeper Spiritual
Experience and Fulfullment.
Benefits of Sexual Abstinence, Moderation and Tantric Joy
Friday, 2-6-2004, Vol. 8: Article 17 (Updated Friday, 5-31-2006)|
Celibacy Benefits, Nutrition and Transmutation -- Steps Toward Ecstasy and Enlightenment
The benefits of celibacy (sexual abstinence) are obviously not widely understood nor fully appreciated. With all the erotic opportunities, sensual photos, sex oriented e-mails, and other media of the sort flashing over the internet, there seems to be a universal obsession with trying to use up as much sexual energy as soon as possible and as often as possible. It seems that everyone thinks we should all have an endless potpourri of sexual encounters and if not, plenty of pharmaceutical, natural remedies and pheromones to fix any lacks! Forget about unconditional love, wholesome affection, and sincere commitment, these ads seem to encourage a prodigious expenditure of only the most physical, basic urges while making one think that the size of that one part of the male anatomy is all that matters! What a hoax!
Even though sex may be a natural, essential part of life, so is being stuck in a physical body along with all its severe restrictions, miseries and complications lifetime after lifetime. Christians should especially be aware of this fact. For what reason was Adam and Eve cast out of the Garden of Eden in the first place? And humankind has ever since paid the terrible price of their "sin" by continuing with the sex act in the same old manner.
By "celibacy" I never mean exclusion of affectionate relationships with the opposite sex nor the permanent elimination of one's natural sensuality. This is rather a change in the direction of sex and sensuality, not its repression. I strongly encourage a strong emphasis on love, ecstasy (expanded or transmuted sensuality), and lasting commitment which actually becomes quite natural and rewarding when all nerve-draining conventional orgasms are avoided and replaced with uplifting, blissful methods of transmutation into deep, all fulfilling and everlasting excitement and love. Isn't it far better to always be "coming" than going anyway?
Even the majority of spiritual books I have read most recently don't seem to touch on the virtues, values and benefits of celibacy, completely ignoring it almost as if everyone is somehow miraculously capable of achieving great heights of spiritual awareness, perfect love, perfect relationships, bliss, inner joy and concentration, etc. without any sort of reduction in the loss of vital sexual fluids nor any help from advanced nutrition. How can anyone expect to make real and lasting spiritual progress under these conditions? In a similar sense, how in the world can one expect to get more and more power from a constantly drained battery?
In spite of the massive lack of popularity and understanding regarding celibacy, there is an obvious benefit to abstaining from sex for long periods of time that very few seem to understand or appreciate. Stored sexual energy properly transmuted gives one a definite psychological boost such as a greater sense of purpose, better memory, concentration, and more interest in doing what is needed or required while giving one a feeling of reward in accomplishment. One tends to look forward to getting things done in a creative way while enjoying much greater motivation, bliss, joy, resilience, determination, and love for one's duty.
As long as one prevents one's creative energy from getting diffused or drained into the endless quagmire of lust, it remains easier for the accomplishment of one's goals, and the expression of higher values such as unconditional love and affection, morality, purity, and spiritual marriage, to remain the main focus of one's life. Obviously, if it weren't so easy (unfortunate) to keep falling into this quagmire, there would be far wider acceptance and knowledge of the obvious ecological, economic, social, physical and mental health benefits of celibacy.
Much of one's basic vitality and nerve force is stored as sexual energy. One's vital emotional health energy and sexual energy are interdependent. Therefore, whenever one's sexual energy is used up, a large part of one's mental energy and healing physical vitality get lost, and fascinatingly enough, one cannot successfully or correctly increase one's sexual energy without the side effect of improving one's health! Even dreams tend to be more frequent, blissful, colorful and more spiritual, and the possibility of achieving astral projection, deep samadhi and cosmic consciousness in meditation is also greatly improved.
Whenever sexual (vital) fluids are lost (especially if too often) one's spiritual inspiration and enthusiasm for living, if any, tends to mysteriously fade into the background. One can't meditate as deeply or feel as excited about the benefits of higher consciousness, or even feel the same joy or enthusiasm for life, yoga, and meditation as one did before the loss of sexual energy during one's previous period of abstinence. Sex is a natural addiction that one easily gets stuck in over and over again. This effect is part of nature's plan or intent at fooling all of us into giving away a lifetime of subtle, spiritual joy, progress and accomplishment for a few moments of concentrated pleasure. When that excitement is over and completely used up, reality sets in, enthusiasm drains out, and one is left basically with nothing but a sense of regret. A mild laziness, lackluster, or tiredness takes over, while everything else in life immediately becomes boring or even depressing compared to the intense excitement once had. One may even start to feel a lot older than one did just five minutes ago! The diminishing effects of sex may not always be noticed, but the overall effect is still quite real to one extent or another and according to the degree of one's spiritual development and sensitivity. In other words, sex (especially if too much) can short circuit one's enthusiasm to stride life's challenges! This unfortunate fact of life seems to get even worse as one gets older especially if one forgets to take proper care of one's health. As time marches on, time also seems to wear one down.
However, while abstaining, as time marches on, one feels like time is building one up!
Even though sex is a perfectly natural and essential part of life, it has another, much more sinister purpose besides the creation of emotional addiction to the most beautiful or handsome members of the opposite sex and the creation of new physical lives: it also has the deliberate effect of keeping one rather fickle and spiritually grounded often with an overwhelming tendency to want to leave the relationship in search of other partners! This is the game that nature plays to spread one's genes around to as many different mates as possible while intensifying the process of competition and natural selection (evolution) through increased greed and anger. After all, how many mates does the average person have in a lifetime? Conventional sex causes serious changes in one's brain chemistry often leaving one more irritable, angry, spiritually dead, separated from wholeness, closed minded, attached, addicted, and competitive all for the purpose of increasing one's tendency to fight others or compete with others for food, mates, shelters, etc. as part of the means of speeding up the evolutionary process.
As previously mentioned, one function of regular sex is to keep the soul grounded, anchored or stuck in place so that it cannot escape or leave body-consciousness at will as the more advanced adepts at yoga can do. However, once one is fully established on the path of celibacy, transmutation and regular deep meditation, one eventually achieves complete, permanent freedom from all the suffering and limitations of the physical body and after death, freedom from the need to reincarnate into yet another physical body. In very advanced stages, a complete mastery over life, breath, and death is possible, and that one can enjoy not only blissful freedom from a physical body, but also fantastic physical health, indefinite cellular regeneration, and absolute memory recall of every moment in this lifetime and all past lifetimes.
Innocent children are naturally happy and this is because their life force energy has not yet been disrupted by the sheer blast of hormones that bring about all those strong sexual attachments and feelings suffered and enjoyed by young adults. They are naturally celibate, and therefore tend to be much more carefree, energetic, and much more resilient to stress than adults tend to be.
The popular practice of what some may call "tantra" could be for most people the best way toward holistic celibacy and enlightenment. It is in itself a very precarious balance between celibacy and non-celibacy requiring absolute self-control, however, since most people are in relationships tantra yoga is really the best way to conserve sexual fluid without having to give up sexual relations. It requires constant and careful management of very strong kundalini forces. How able are you at conserving sexual fluids and transforming basic sexual desires into pranic and kundalini energy? The key is one's level of purity or inner freedom from toxins, excellent circulation, water fasting, experience at transmutation and amount of prana taken in from natural sources such as gardens, parks, forests, and other open spaces, etc. The degree to which one conserves sexual energy, expands one's pranic sheaf, experiences, gives and receives pure (selfless) love, devotion and affection is the degree to which one becomes quite spiritual.
Complete or total enlightenment (everlasting joy) requires a long period of retainment of sexual fluid along with hours of daily meditation in a natural environment filled with pranic (orgone) energy. One's precious attainment of enlightenment (if any) will remain only as such for as long as one retains one's sexual fluids. This is the way nature intended it according to universal natural law (or God's law or plan if you want to call it that). It is cause and effect: the effect of enlightenment requires the cause: retention, cultivation and transmutation of sexual energy.
Along with many other requirements, celibacy (perfectly transmuted) is the main requirement for true enlightenment and true wholeness. There must be an enormous amount of transmuted sexual energy (refined desire) built up in one's self to create the effect of enlightenment. Similar to what I've said before: one cannot get light from a drained battery. Hope I make myself clear, because this entire principle is the philosopher's stone, Holy Grail or the way back to the Garden of Eden or whatever you like to call it.
A LIFE OF BLISSFUL TRANSMUTATION INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING PRACTICES:
Here is a long list of ideas that could be used to strengthen one's ability to transmute, while creating, cultivating and benefiting from much higher levels of sexual energy (bliss) without losing it.
# Purify your blood by fasting all day on ionized water. Fasting everyday on ionized water is incredibly easy to do, because the water is so alkaline, that the sense of hunger and digestive fluids are neutralized while providing cleansing, transmuting, and energizing effects. When you do eat, have as much raw food as possible. Include with meals: as many antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and beneficial herbal supplements as possible. For more information on diet and transmutation go here.
The latest info on diet can be found here.
# Remove all blockages from circulatory system using oral chelation therapy combined with an herbal circulation enhancer containing ginkgo biloba, prickly ash berry, butcher's broom, hawthorn, horse chestnut extract, niacin, etc. Also exercise on a regular basis. Jumprope is ideal for improving circulation, and building up strength without having to go to the gym. For more about the above two subjects, go here.
# Meditate! Learn how to focus your mind very carefully to the exclusion of all other thoughts. Imagine your sexual energy flowing up your spine like a white stream of light flowing up to a ball of white light above your head. Learn how to concentrate in your third eye or above your head, especially if you feel sensual. By redirecting the energy this way you learn control. The most powerful ecstatic effects result from concentrating in the third eye and crown chakra for two or more hours. Learn more about meditation and just how significant it is here.
# Learn how to sublimate basic urges into a higher expression and fulfillment through new channels and new avenues of expression such as meditation, bliss, vitality, enthusiasm, inspiration, love, compassion, recreation, and selfless service. Learn about ojas and how it is created and how to build it up. Learn how to expand unfulfilled sexual energy into all-fulfilling bliss throughout every cell of the body through carefully following the Science of Wholeness lifestyle. For regular daily deep meditation on the inner sounds and third eye to be successful, one needs the sexual energy (which is the same as vital nerve force energy). Transmutation is in turn dependent on meditation, wholeness, etc.
# Understand the anatomy of physical control! Train your muscles to "switch" on and off the flow of urine. Learn how this same ability can always be used to prevent the loss of sexual (vital) fluids either at the start of a wet dream or during periods of too much excitement. Just being able to do this could have priceless benefits and give one more options in a relationship. This may be one of the most vital tools for being able to remain celibate under otherwise impossible situations. Learn more about physical self-control here.
# Energize your chakras! Fire up the kundalini using a special form of breathing exercise that I call the "Lama Yoga" breaths. The kundalini is the very transforming flame of raw sexual energy. When one feels the need to transmute one would do twelve to twenty to thirty of these at a time depending on individual need and capacity in conjunction with the meditation and vibration creating the all-important effect of expansive bliss and vitality. Energizing the chakras with the breathing exercises requires excellent physical and cardiovascular health. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. Learn more about the "Lama Yoga" breaths here.
# Use vibration to relax your body while meditating or doing deep relaxation. Vibrating mattresses are available commercially or you can build your own units from fan motors. Common sense and other precautions must be carefully followed of course. You are training the body to find new avenues of sexual tension, release and expression with kundalini energy in such a way that no significant amount of sexual fluids are lost. Learn more about transmuting with vibration here.
# Keep your body clean! Shower and/or bathe everyday. The body constantly needs to shed millions of skin cells. Clogged pores seem to block energy and/or create general discomfort in such a way that transmutation is slowed down.
# Go for long walks in nature while pondering God's endless beauty and profound possibilities of infinite love and joy. Learn how the joy of sex or enjoyment of the objects of sex can be expanded (universalized) or channeled into infinite, everlasting fulfillment and compare that infinite expansion of pleasure to how terribly limiting conventional expressions of sex can be. Remember that in reality you are a spiritual being fully immersed in the perfect joy of Brahman. The infinity of the sky, the bio-plasma in the air, plants, trees, forests, waterfalls, natural beauty, etc. all lead to the most perfect, spiritually uplifting states of transmutation ever.
# Finding ways to build up sexual energy through nutritional supplements is a solid part of the foundation of wholeness, yet taking substances just to stimulate sexual activity is not. Herbs that strengthen and build up one's sexual reserves and potency can lead to having more sexual energy to work with and transmute. The "aphrodisiacs" (adaptogenic herbs) most well-known for providing nourishment, better blood circulation, and better overall sexual rejuvenation and functioning are highly recommended by Science of Wholeness. This may seem at first a startling contradiction, but the rejuvenating herbs (rather than the more stimulating kind) and antioxidants are extremely good for creating much more abundant and plentiful sexual energy, greater self-control, and surprisingly even much easier and expansive transmutation resulting in more bliss, more energy, more excitement, more joy, more vitality and much more of that spiritual (kundalini) energy awakening essential for transmutation.
For those going through their 50's, 60's and 70's, and beyond, taking herbs for sexual rejuvenation (again NOT for stimulation but to increase the availability of sexual energy and increase the production of sexual fluids for spiritual purposes) is even more essential. Remember also that I said earlier that it is impossible to successfully correct sexual inadequacies without improving one's health. Having lots of sexual energy and having plenty of health, enthusiasm, and vitality are almost one and the same. As one ages, it becomes far easier to have longer and longer periods of celibacy. Great? Not necessarily if it is because of diminished sexual energy! If there is nothing to power the forces of bliss, meditation, kundalini and spiritual awareness, how is it then going to happen?
Sexual rejuvenating and circulation enhancement herbs include: rhodiola rosa, reishi mushroom, epimedium, green oats (avena sativa), saw palmetto (for men), dong quai (for women), ashwaganda, gotu kola, ginseng, damiana, maca, muira puama, black cohosh (for women), ceyenne pepper (circulation, capillaries), schisandra berries, kapi kacchu, bala, ginkgo leaf, and tribulus terrestris. By the way, a side effect of some of these herbs is in fact a gradual increase in the size of that certain part of the male anatomy along with a tendency toward greater muscular mass and physical strength, but the spiritual benefits are far more important. The latest info on adaptogenic herbs and other supplements for greater wholeness can be found here.
Some sexual rejuvenating foods and supplements include: pumpkin seed, beta sitosterol complex, saw palmetto, (mainly for men), rhodiola rosa, bee pollen, chlorella, raw oats, oat straw (avena sativa), flax seed oil, fresh whole raw pasture grazed butter, l-arginine, Co Q10, vitamin E, zinc, Microhydrin, chlorella, and Shilajit. Whatever is done to improve circulation such as taking oral chelation, any herbs that improve circulation (ginger, cayenne, butcher's broom, horse chestnut, prickly ash berry, hawthorn, and food supplements such as nattokinase or the soy bean ferment, natto), all help in their own unique way to conserve, cultivate and transmute sexual energy. Of course all precautions, etc. regarding food supplements, herbs, and vitamins must be followed.
ALL INFORMATION REGARDING HEALTH AND FOOD SUPPLEMENTS IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY
There are three states of sexual fluid:
1. Unreleased sexual fluid which can build up to very high levels of frustration if not released or properly transmuted through purification and vitalization of body cells.
2. Released sexual fluid which, of course is useless.
3. Unreleased sexual fluid on fire with the kundalini energy -- the most beneficial, joyful, useful, invigorating, ecstatic, enlightening, powerful, and all-fulfilling kind.
The idea is through raw food, antioxidants, herbal supplements, increased circulation, meditation & careful concentration, breathing exercises, regular showering/bathing, vibration and/or kundalini flow (electricity), and non-stimulation, etc. one ignites the precious sexual fluid in such a way that it is never consumed (rather like Moses' "burning bush") resulting in a gradual buildup of ecstasy that can lead one to endless days of ever increasing joy and love never before experienced.
Healthy sexual energy when properly transmuted can be an awesome pleasure, and a wonderful experience of incredible, everlasting sexual power and functioning. Liberation from the physical body can be attained this way, and finally one's real spiritual goals of self-realization and God-realization reached. Transmutation is the way to true manhood as an expression of the Lord of the Universe or true womanhood as an expression of the Divine Mother.
The effects of celibacy should be directed through daily 2-3 hour meditations (See STEPPING STONE #7) away from the body toward an everlasting freedom from physical consciousness to the point where actual soul travel can be achieved. It becomes possible to go far beyond the need for orgasm into absolutely thrilling levels of superior inner soul pleasure, bliss, joy, freedom and then love. Even while you are working, you get to enjoy more pleasure, and a greater sense of lightness. But never forget, the conditions all have to be perfect to be able to do this.
Forced celibacy on its own without any of the required conditions for transmutation can be frustrating. Be aware of the hazards and symptoms of not transmuting. It can become very frustrating if you try to be celibate without taking the time to apply all the aspects of transmutation and/or wholeness!
Symptoms of NOT transmuting as a result of just being celibate while NOT following any of the other "Science of Wholeness" lifestyle requirements which is the same as NOT having wholeness. Also some of these symptoms can occur when just starting out and the nervous system has not yet fully adjusted or gotten used to having so much more sexual energy:
# One may start getting angry, impatient, and abusive toward one's self and others and/or find things in general more and more frustrating.
# One may overeat, become obese and/or develop other bad habits in place of sex.
# One may develop a self-esteem crisis or lack of self love/acceptance.
# Strong sexual feelings constantly disrupt even the simplest of tasks or thoughts.
# One may feel unresolved conflicts between spiritual and physical desires.
# One may find oneself overly obsessed with anything to do with the opposite sex.
# Much physical tension, urges, frustrations, and other discomforts may start to drive one crazy.
# One may experience a large number of sensual and/or wet dreams.
Instead of simply releasing the tension, one REALLY needs to become super healthy, conserve sexual fluids and then TRANSMUTE! The whole idea here is to liberate and unclog the energy fields and blood circulation and keep one's entire being unblocked, light and expansive. Especially when young, excess sexual energy may still have to be released occasionally until one's nervous system can completely adjust or accustom itself to the new load of sexual energy and/or completely master all aspects of wholeness including pure lifestyle, water fasting, devotion, excellent digestion, acidophilus, etc. Age, wisdom, complete self-knowledge, understanding, will power, self-control and maturity are all required for long periods of uninterrupted, perfect retention of sexual fluid.
Symptoms of loss of sexual fluid from a lifestyle of regular conventional orgasms include the following:
# Right after sex, one may suddenly feel somewhat weak, tired, drained, wasted, bored and/or much, much older.
# One may feel a loss of focus and concentration in meditation or on one's work.
# One may experience a constant lack of spiritual progress and frustration over hitting some upper limit in one's meditation that is never passed, even after years of practice.
# One may experience a lack of enthusiasm and excitement in general... especially during the practice of yoga and meditation.
# Going into samadhi may become difficult and even if achieved not very long lasting and enjoyable.
# Nerves may overheat, kundalini energy may become bothersome instead of thrilling and blissful.
# One may become easily bored with spiritual subjects and feel rather stuck in the body or depressed about one's situation in life.
# Even the simplest of tasks could be harder to concentrate on and/or a meaningless punishment instead of an inspiring duty.
# Many projects may be harder to complete causing one to be more flaky, fickle, and unreliable.
# One may tend to forget one's higher purpose and natural sense of duty and fail to carry it through.
# One may encounter much less enthusiasm or courage to face a stressful or challenging situation.
# One may feel a lack of competitiveness, commitment, strength, resilience, gusto and zest.
# One may find one's self "missing something" or sense emptiness inside along with a feeling of loss or regret.
# One may try to fill in the void (or gaps between orgasms) with drugs, alcohol, overeating, or other addictive or compulsive activity.
# If alone, one may feel a lack of love or feel very unloved and suffer from a strong, addictive urge for companionship and love from a member of the opposite sex.
# If in a relationship, there is the strong tendency to become codependent and/or to expect more giving from the other person.
# Strong emotional dependency on or attachment to others.
# One's marriage or relationship may go through a period of withdrawal or disinterest until the sexual energy builds up again.
# In some cases, one may even start to look for another partner and/or suddenly feel very bored or even impatient with one's present mate.
It may take as long as two to three weeks to recover from a period of sexual overindulgence resulting in loss of sexual fluids. However, the Science of Wholeness diet, herbs, antioxidants, pure lifestyle, etc. is the best and fastest way I know of to recover from loss of sexual fluids or lack of sexual energy. Of course, there are many variables and exceptions to the above. For example, the more naturally prone to depression, anxiety, etc. the more likely and easily one could be adversely affected. And then on the other hand, I am sure there are always going to be some lucky, young and vital individuals who can enjoy a lot of conventional sex and yet hardly notice anything. There is always bound to be some contrary evidence and I have found some myself, but all in all, the conservation and transmutation of sexual energy seems to create the most reliable, and long term benefits and is the safest, most sure bet for those who are serious about achieving real, lasting spiritual progress, success and benefit.
The symptoms of having gone through several weeks of successful abstinence and transmutation while using the principles of the "wholeness" lifestyle are as follows:
# Increasing bliss, day after day!
# One's body feels lighter and lighter, and charged full of blissful energy!
# To one's astonishment, one discovers one can get by with less and less food yet enjoy more energy, strength and bliss.
# Addictions to food, love, relationships, drugs, etc. seem to drop away and are replaced by a sense of self-control and easier decision making.
# One becomes more and more "breathless" and all the highest states of samadhi obtainable.
# Nerves may feel great, while kundalini energy becomes thrilling and blissful.
# One becomes less sensitive or concerned about heat and cold, hunger, or other outside conditions.
# Ever deeper meditations, much more focused, clear thinking, deeper and deeper serenity and joy!
# One may experience an increase in enthusiasm and excitement in general... especially regarding the practice of yoga and meditation.
# Going into samadhi becomes easily achieved, very long lasting and enjoyable.
# One's daily tasks become more and more easy and exciting to fulfill and sensed as an inspiring duty.
# Many projects become easier and easier to complete, one seems to become more and more together, intent, and reliable every day.
# One may feel a daily increase in a sense of competitiveness, commitment, energy, strength, resilience, gusto and zest.
# One finds one's self deeply fulfilled, full of ever increasing joy along with a feeling of prosperity, success and contentment.
# One naturally becomes inspired by spiritual ideals and becomes ever more free from ego, attachment to the body, and ever more transcendent to one's situation in life.
# Most amazing of all, there is an ongoing accumulation of bliss (ojas) that lifts one up to ever deeper and deeper levels of ecstasy and fulfillment. One easily progresses through ever higher spiritual states of inner joy, peace and finally enlightenment!
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS: This article is about finding REAL sexual wholeness! You can now live in bliss during work, sleep, and recreation. It is now possible to "fly your kite" (your spirit!) whenever you wish, as high as you could ever dream for as long as you would like. All the conditions of the "Science of Wholeness" lifestyle must be met, and you must change the way you have and think of sex, while inspiring yourself with the goal of transmutation, liberation and total freedom. All your desires, consciousness, etc. must be redirected inward toward God or Spirit and away from the body, material senses, ego, mind, etc.
What you do to transmute is what you do to find wholeness and whatever you do to find wholeness is what you need for transmutation.
For more information on the subject of sex, nutrition, celibacy, and transmutation check out the following links to other parts of my website:
The Conspiracy of Nature
Achieving REAL Sexual Wholeness: The Awesome Benefits of Conserving Sexual Energy and Transmutation!
Celibacy, Sex and Anxiety Disorder
The Second Chakra by Kristy Kirkland
The Science of Wholeness: Part One
For more information outside of this website on the subject of celibacy (brahmacharya), please read following article by Bill Eilers and Susan Eilers: The Divine Life: An interview with Swami Chidananda
The Five (or Six?) Tibeten Rites: For a fascinating account (outside of this website) of the benefits of celibacy and a way to transmute the sexual urge, go here: The Sixth Rite from the book: Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth
Awesome Wisdom on Sexual Relationships -- Transmuting Lust into Love! (outside of this website): Reuniting -- Healing with Sexual Relationships
Scientific Support for the Wisdom of Avoiding Conventional Orgasm (outside of this website): Seeds of the Unwelcome Separation Between Man and Woman
White Tantra & Science, Scientific Support for Weor's Widom (outside of this website): Gnostic Forum: Practically Speaking: Alchemy & Tantrism
Advanced Yoga Practices Tantra Lessons: This great website is a complete series of lessons on how sexual energy can be cultivated and channeled into continuous bliss, joy and love. The Relationship of Brahmacharya, Tantric Sex, and Celibacy
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Sensual Celibacy: The Sexy Woman's Guide to Using Abstinence for Recharging Your Spirit, Discovering Your Passions, Achieving Greater Intimacy in Your Next Relationship by Donna Marie Williams - Product Description - "Donna Marie Williams, author of Sensual Celibacy, discusses the realms of self-discovery in abstinence." -- Black Elegance, February 1999
"If I were to copy Oprah and have a book club, I'd have to feature Sensual Celibacy." -- Arkansas Democrat Gazette, July 4, 1999
"Recommended reading for anyone who is considering putting away the black satin sheets ... for a period of erotic introspection." -- Salon.com, August 14, 1999
"Sexless and Satisfied." -- Essence, July 1999
Product Description - ABSTINENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW STRONGER - If you're single and in between relationships -- or just about to embark on a new one -- then you can't underestimate the importance of making the right choices when it comes to physical intimacy. When should it happen? If it's already a part of your relationship, is it meaningful to both of you? Is there a strong emotional foundation in place? Or did you jump right in -- and get hurt? And how can you preserve your self-respect the next time around?
Donna Marie Williams wrestled with these questions for years until she discovered the empowering nature of celibacy: abstaining from sex for a self-determined time while embracing new opportunities for self-discovery, personal growth, and heightened self-esteem. Now she shares her knowledge in a simple but effective 10-step program that will help you lead a happier, healthier, and even sexier life.
Sensual Celibacy reveals:
* Why charting your relationship history can be a real eye opener
* How celibacy can help you focus on what you really want out of life
* Ways to stay true to your celibacy commitment, even if you're in a relationship
* When to end your celibacy, with intelligence, confidence, and joy
If you're ready to rethink your approach to relationships and reconnect with yourself, then let Sensual Celibacy guide you to a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Demythologizing Celibacy: Practical Wisdom from Christian and Buddhist Monasticism by William Skudlarek - Editorial Review - He expands the terrain to benefit from the lived tradition of celibacy in centuries-old Buddhist monasticism. A major contribution is the encouraging of an awareness of the importance for healthy celibate living of paying attention to one's thought world and not just to the control of behavior." -- Rt. Rev. Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB, Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco, Arizona
Product Description - In light of the Christian understanding of marriage as an authentic--indeed, the ordinary--path to holiness, Skudlarek proposes a demythologized view of celibacy, presenting it as an alternate and equally valid spiritual practice for those who choose not to accept the demands of a committed sexual relationship. Drawing on the monastic interreligious dialogue, Skudlarek considers the Buddhist view of celibacy, their regard for it as simply--and profoundly--a path to freedom, peace, and happiness. As Christians become aware of the benefits of celibacy for monks who observe it without reference to the Gospel, they may be able to appreciate all the more its importance and value for those who wish to follow Christ as celibates, and in this way come to share in the freedom of the children of God.
Celebrating Celibacy by F.S. Mitchell - Customer Review - Celbrating Celebacy - A Great Read, October 13, 2008 - A great insight on celebacy by a gifted author. Mitchell's insights bring an entire new demension to educating and revealing the exciting life of living beyond the confines of sexual immorality. A great book in helping parents cope with the tough questions teens ask and the rememdy needed for convincing the youth that living in celebacy is not a bad thing. --By A. Brannon
A History of Celibacy by Elizabeth Abbott - Product Description - First time in paperback: "An ambitious and wide-ranging history" (The New Yorker) of 3000 years of celibacy, from the vestal virgins of Rome to contemporary athletes.
Celibacy is a worldwide practice that is often adopted, rarely discussed. Now, in Elizabeth Abbott's fascinating and wide-ranging history, it is examined in all its various forms: shaping religious lives, conditioning athletes and shamans, surfacing in classical poetry and camp literature, resonating in the voices of castrati, and perme-ating ancient mythology. Found in every society of the past, practiced by both the anonymous and the legendary (St. Catherine, Joan of Arc, Leonardo da Vinci, Elizabeth I, Gandhi), celibacy has as many stories as adherents, and Abbott weaves them into a provocative, seamless tapestry that brings history alive.
About the Author - Elizabeth Abbott has a Ph.D. in history and is Dean of Women at Trinity College, University of Toronto. She is the author of several books and lives in Toronto.
A Secret World: Sexuality And The Search For Celibacy by A.W. Richard Sipe - Product Description - Looks at the history and origins of celibacy, discusses its role in the priesthood, and considers the psychological aspects of celibacy.
Celibacy: A Way of Loving, Living, and Serving by A. W. Richard Sipe - Product Description - Celibacy explores the different questions about life, love and altruism through an insightful and revealing analysis of the essential elements of sexuality as they relate to celibacy. These include gender, orientation, degree of desire, object of excitation, developmental experiences, behaviors, relationships, patterns of integration, and identity.
The New Celibacy: Why more Men and Women are Abstaining from Sex--and Enjoying It by Gabrielle Brown - Editorial Reviews - No information available at this time.
Poverty Celibacy & Obedience : A Radical Option for Life by Diarmuid O'Murchu - Product Description - The author of "Quantum Theory and Reclaiming Spirituality" offers an original work that expands the meaning--and potential for good--of the three traditional religious vows.
Celebrating Celibacy by Kathern A. Thomas - Product Description - This book is encouragement for those who have chosen to live celibate for God. The book is filled with scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is very easy reading and gives a new perspective on living celibate.
Sex and Celibacy by Dwight Lee Wolter - Product Description - Establishing balance in intimate relationships through temporary abstinence.
Women, Passion & Celibacy by Sally Cline - Editorial Reviews - From Library Journal - Writing 20 years ago in The Total Woman , Marabel Morgan advocated that wives meet their husbands at the door draped in cellophane wrap, drink in hand. Morgan stands in stark contrast to Cline ( Just Desserts: Women and Food , Trafalgar, 1990), who counters that sex and coupledom no longer represent the yardstick by which women gauge their self-worth. Her battle cry is for passionate celibacy--a move of conscious choice away from the sexual and material roles imposed upon women. Celibacy is an issue of preference rather than an accident or something imposed by the "genital mythmakers" (read: dominant male society). Cline is remarkably dogmatic in her criticism of authoritative male culture. Yet her points are well taken as to the passion, productivity, and solitude of spirit that can be the fruits of such a decision. An extensive bibliography and good footnotes provide a solid foundation for this work. Cline contributes new information and insights for feminist, religious, and historical scholarship. --Sandra Collins, SLIS, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Booklist - Cline's interviews with women in Great Britain and North America reveal a variety of motivations for celibacy. She disputes the view that intimate interpersonal relations are the primary source of happiness, and she examines new, celibate styles of independence and the ways in which they change relations between men and women and contribute to women's creative enterprises and spiritual growth. "Passionate celibacy," she concludes, "is a form of female sexuality . . . which allows women to define themselves autonomously. .ō20.ō20. It is a form of sexual practice without the power struggles of a sexually active relationship." A good addition for women's issues collections. --Whitney Scott
IS CELIBACY OUTDATED? by Ida Friederike Gorres - Product Description - No information availible for this book.
A History of Celibacy : From Athena to Elizabeth I, Leornardo Da Vinci, Florence Nightingale, Gandhi and Cher by Elizabeth Abbott - Editorial Review - "And you thought celibacy could only be dull, unimpassioned stuff. Elizabeth Abbott has written the definitive history of a subject most of us want nothing to do with, and it's a fascinating, lively and moving tome indeed ... Abbott takes us into the lives of celibates, both willing and forced, noble and deluded, throughout history and across continent and cultures. A stimulating book." McGill News "A juicy insightful survey, as readable as it is intellectually sophisticated, alternately witty and moving. Abbott documents a thousand shades of motive for saying no to sex. She manages to describe extreme behavior without sinking into either anachronistic psychologizing or valueless relativism. It's a remarkably effective approach to a topic that might easily inspire jokes or judgement." Village Voice Literary Supplement "Celibacy seems an odd topic for a witty and compelling book, but Elizabeth Abbott manages to make her subject fascinating." Bookpage.com "A History of Celibacy explores the full length of that fascinating shadow, tracing the history of self-containment from the mythical virgins of the Greeks and Romans to a new celibacy in the age of AIDS, with stops along the way to examine such strange fauna as Leonardo da Vinci and Mahatma Gandhi, John Ruskin and Joan of Arc." Elle "Based on a great deal of knowledge but told with grace, wit and a wry sense of the conditions under which women live. Abbott seems to have read just about everything ever written on her chosen subject. This is a bulky book but not difficult to read and its pleasures are many. Elizabeth Abbott appends an astute select bibliography that runs to 22 pages, providing a further reason for buying her book." The Globe and Mail (Canada) "Elegantly chronicles expressions of celibacy through the ages." Elm Street (Canada) "A History of Celibacy is a fresh take on the history of sex which is perhaps why this juicy tome was a surprise best seller in Canada." Entertainment Weekly "Ambitious and wide-ranging ... she make a convincing case that throughout much of history celibacy, was an attractive option for women." --The New Yorker
Product Description - Joan of Arc was one. So was Sir Isaac Newton. A monk vows to be one. A prisoner has no choice. History tells of many avowed celibates, and today's society reflects a renewed interest in celibacy. But what causes people to give up sex, the very activity that drives, fascinates, troubles, and delights so many of the rest of us? Elizabeth Abbott's exploration of celibacy debunks the traditionally held notion that celibacy is a predominantly religious concept of little concern to the secular world. Chosen or imposed for myriad reasons, celibacy actually is a practice that reveals a host of telling insights about our sexual desires and drives, as well as our changing attitudes toward religion, gender, and physical health. "A History of Celibacy" humanises celibacy through the ages, from the vestal virgins of ancient Rome who were entombed alive if they broke their vows, to contemporary athletes who 'conserve semen' to enhance their game. While most people associate institutional celibacy with Catholicism, Abbott shows how virtually every culture and religion through history has incorporated it in some form. Her examples range from Judaism's rules regarding abstinence during menstruation to Hinduism's forced celibacy for widows. Written from a feminist perspective, the book paints a dual portrait of celibacy as both emancipator and enslaver of women and the poor. Yet the book's focus is not solely on women. It recounts for instance the forced castration of Italy's young male sopranos, and tells why impoverished Chinese boys and men became eunuchs for the Emperor. The extremes to which people will go to abstain from sexual activity or to prevent others from having sex is an intriguing thread through a serious book.
Experience of Celibacy by Keith Clark - Product Description - A creative reflection on intimacy, loneliness, sexuality and commitment.
Celibacy Equals=Life by Carla Bagnerise - Product Description - Is an "adventuresome" walk with the author, Carla Bagnerise, for the reader into her heart, life and mind, who became the Gospel Diva (divinely, inspired, virtuous, anointed). It may sound some what boastful to adopt such a title, but her creative, autobiographical flair in this book, embodies "confident and candid words that describe this, ultimate personal relationship with a man named "Jesus Christ", with whom she has developed intimacy, almost beyond description and who has motivated her to be celibate (abstaining from sex, only before marriage) for about fifteen years. She expounds in a conversational and very personal manner, her life before her relationship with God and after to encourage, protect, inspire and strengthen the reader, she explains why this lifestyle has been so important and gives suggestions about how to. There's no easy steps. Seriously, sincere, empathy expresses that Jesus is the way, the truth and the "life", conveying, "celibacy = life," in the right context, via her life story and several interviews.
About the Author - Carla Stephanie Bagnerise, was born, bred and raised in Los Angeles, California. Then she was born again on January 12, 1980, thereafter, toddling around with no knowledge of God, (meaning not hearing a word) until 1986, when she arrived back home to Los Angeles from New York City, where she lived for two years (1984 and 1985). She arrived in Los Angeles on a Monday, started attending Crenshaw Christian Center on that following Sunday, became filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, "got wrapped up, tied up tangled up", in the word of God. She began to zealously, "oops" spread the gospel, actually leading some to Christ, laying hands on the sick, yes to see some recover, and developing her music ministry, and with that has come even more people, getting physically, emotionally, and mentally healed. Miss Bagnerise has attended "Zoe Christian Fellowship Leadership Training Program" (phase one and phase two) to clarify her God given purpose. She continued her preparation at "Crenshaw Christian Center, Ministry Training Institute" to complete the two year program in June. After becoming active with "God In Our Midst" Ministries, ministering in music and teaching/preaching, was now qualified and did become licensed, by Crenshaw Christian Center, effective, March of 2000. Shortly after her graduation, she wrote this book Celibacy =Life and Spirit Lead Shopping. She says the Lord gave her the title of "songtrepeneur" (meaning, singer, entrepeneur), which is encompassing of all that God has called her to do. Carla heard that still small voice, one day say, your purpose is to "disciple, mentor and groom female leaders." Miss Bagnerise is presently unmarried, with the expectation, of embarking upon a "beautiful marriage in the Lord, that is full of life . . . Zoe (the most high God kind of life)!
From Sexual Energy to Love: A Journey of Passion, Desire, Oneness & Healing by Dr. KayVonne Cason - Product Description - This alluring, provocative and sizzling new book bridges the gap between sexuality and spirituality. It's a uniquely powerful literary work that draws deep into creative expression, blending art, science, and the mystical idiom of spirituality. Using poetry as a language of emotion, Dr. Cason unifies "love, passion and desire," unveiling the enigma of "oneness" and demonstrating the healing unity of the heart, mind and soul. With an uncensored portrayal of passion as a concentrated emotion directed toward something that is desired intensely, Dr. Cason uses meter, verse and prose respectfully to illustrate the full cycle of passion and love. The book not only offers poetry, it also glides into the realm of scientific explanation of the impact of sexual energy. It also teaches about sexual subpersonalities, and provides healing exercises to help you understand and embrace your sexual persona. Sexual Energy offers valuable insights. It can help you to discover and unleash your power to create what you want in love and relationships.
New dynamics in sexual love;: A revolutionary approach to marriage and celibacy, by Mary Rosera Joyce - Product Description - No information available on this book.
Wait for Me: Rediscovering the Joy of Purity in Romance by Rebecca St. James - Product Description - A call to young people to remain sexually pure until marriage. - Everyone longs to be loved deeply by someone, and Rebecca St. James is no different, as demonstrated by her hit song "Wait for Me." In this revised and updated version of the 2002 release, Rebecca shares the same desires as other young people as her resolve to remain sexually pure until marriage is not common in our society.
Using Scripture, pop culture, and her own experience as a point of reference, Rebecca paints a relevant and appealing picture of the value of waiting. But Rebecca also reaches out with compassion to those who have already made mistakes and reveals the mercy and healing that God brings.
The new editon of this bestseller includes: a fresh design (inside and out) with eye-catching graphics; a new introduction from Rebecca; journaling sections throughout the book; and a study guide for personal or group use
Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World by Joshua Harris - Product Description - Lust isn't just a guy problem — it's a human problem. And unless we honestly confront it, lust will destroy our relationships and our lives. Joshua Harris, author of the runaway bestseller I Kissed Dating Goodbye, calls a generation bombarded with images of sexual sin back to the freedom and joy of holiness. This "PG-rated" book — straightforward without being graphic — speaks to those entrenched in lust or just flirting with temptation. Honestly sharing his own struggles, Harris exposes lust's tactics and helps readers create a personal plan for fighting back. Men and women will find hope in God's grace and learn the secrets to lasting change.
The Cult of the Born-Again Virgin: The New Sexual Revolution by Wendy Keller - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - The concept is not a new one: Eve practiced celibacy until the snake tempted her into trading the Garden of Eden for sexual delights; Queen Elizabeth I held on to her virginity as if her kingdom depended on it. All well and good in more repressed times, but is celibacy a reasonable lifestyle choice for women of the sexually liberated 21st century? It may seem like a hard sell, but Keller, a former newspaper and magazine journalist, offers compelling reasons for women to take a break from sexual relations. Calling upon her own experiences and those of women across the country who have not found contentment or joy in their relationships, she details how both short-term and permanent abstinence commonly lead to new confidence and self-esteem. Contending that "tak[ing] sex off one's activity list and put[ting] it on the list of what is revered" enhances one's sense of personal power, control over one's sexuality and the ability to focus on goals (including attracting a better mate)--and also allows more time for nurturing oneself, developing one's spirituality and improving one's health and finances--Keller may overstate the potential benefits. Still, most people experience times when concentrating on these areas while putting sex aside would be a smart move. Although becoming a BAV may not appeal to most women at first, reading this apparently radical but well-argued book may spur many to rethink their initial response. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Product Description - This groundbreaking book recounts a phenomenon that is sweeping the nation among single women: choosing abstinence or celibacy. The reasons for this choice varies from woman to woman--from abandoning the treadmill of dating and relationships, to focusing on a career or lifelong dream, to returning to core values, to exploring spirituality more deeply, to achieving a sense of inner balance. Whatever the reason, the choice inevitably results in her taking better care of herself and reclaiming her innate personal power.
The author interviewed a number of single women, all under the age of forty-five, attractive and intelligent, and, for the most part, highly educated and particularly successful in their individual careers. Instead of expressing bitterness, loneliness or despair, these "Born-Again Virgins" (as the author has termed them) embody and exude personal power, confidence, fulfillment, contentment and joy. While this book is not about not having sex, it is about showing readers that they have the right to choose whether or not to have sex, that they have the right to choose to abstain for a day, a week, a month, a year or a lifetime--and that they are not alone in exercising this right.
This book will show readers why becoming "Born-Again Virgins" is the right choice for so many single women. Whether they initially choose abstinence in response to STDs and AIDS or to the low value often placed on marriage and monogamy, as a result of the choice, these women find themselves healing the residual pain of past issues and discovering what brings them true fulfillment and inner peace.
The Cult of the Born-Again Virgin will provide countless readers with the support and encouragement to make a life-affirming choice that will permanently transform their lives and themselves--for the better. Through firsthand accounts of real-life "Born-Again Virgins," readers will learn the events that acted as catalysts for choosing abstinence, the repercussions of the choice, the effects on self-esteem, various ways to actually deal with abstinence or celibacy on a daily basis, the effects on relationships and how to handle resuming sexual activity.
This candid, intimate, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant book will teach all readers how to reclaim their souls by reclaiming their bodies. It is a book for all single-women readers and it will become a treasured source of validation, support, encouragement and comfort to them along their journeys of self-awareness, discovery and transformation.
Peace Between the Sheets: Healing with Sexual Relationships by Marnia Robinson - Editorial Reviews - "I experienced one 'Aha' after another as I read Peace Between the Sheets. Marnia Robinson's book is entertaining, enlightening, and timely. The hypothesis that orgasm fosters separation fascinated me both personally and professionally. The Ecstatic Exchanges would seem to benefit most relationships, and be particularly helpful for those recovering from sexual addiction and the trauma of sexual abuse."
--A.J. Reid Finlayson, M.D., Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
"As a matchmaker who runs several dating agencies I only wish I could make Peace Between the Sheets compulsory reading for all people seeking a new relationship." --Mary Balfour, author of Smart Dating
Product Description - Based on the author's twelve-year inquiry into why relationships fail, Peace Between the Sheets offers a simple but revolutionary analysis: modern relationships often founder because of dysfunctional sexual habits. But when couples shift away from "heat-centered" toward "heart-centered" sexual interactions, they gain a mutual satisfaction that transcends physical gratification. Robinson advocates teaching the body a different response to sexual arousal that is driven by love over biology. The benefits include reducing stress, rejuvenating the body, helping overcome addictions, and developing a positive outlook. Over two parts, "Why" and "How," the book devotes twelve chapters to topics like "Why do We Fall Out of Love?," "Outwitting Biology," "Want to Try It?," and "The Ecstatic Exchanges." Peace Between the Sheets tackles a delicate issue with sound reasoning, solid research, and a healthy dose of humor.
Peace Between the Sheets: Sexual Relationships That Heal by Liz Estrata - Product Description - This book is about relationships, sexuality and healing. It explains how our current sexual habits split couples apart by creating disharmony or stagnation. It contains a step-by-step program for avoiding this problem by learning to make love differently.
Transcendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens the Veil by Jenny Wade - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Claiming that lovemaking can be a path to soulful realization, developmental psychologist Wade explores "one of the best-kept secrets in human history" in this study of ordinary people's spontaneous spiritual awakenings through transcendent sex. Drawing heavily from the well-articulated, first-hand accounts of nearly 100 respondents (specifically chosen for their lack of any spiritual framework or ideology to explain the episodes), the author repeatedly offers historical, religious and cultural traditions as a background, and context for readers' understanding of her arguments. Though not a how-to book per se, Wade's volume broaches the myriad shapes mystical sex may take, including animal possession, time travel, out-of-body experiences, past life regression and even enlightenment, and it provides warnings on the down side of altered state sex (dangerous liaisons and overwhelming intimacy) and suggestions for facilitating transcendent sex. Despite the fact most of those interviewed had only a one-time experience, the long-term effects on their lives often proved profound and healing. Wade's unique subject matter, and her openness with the research data, should make this a welcome addition to the spirituality/self-help genre. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Review - "... absolutely enthralling and completely captivating... Wade has written an essential guide to understanding the spiritual component of sexuality." -- Caroline M. Myss, author
"TRANSCENDENT SEX is a glimpse into the nature of your immortal divine being. Read, enjoy and be liberated." -- Deepak Chopra, author
"What Raymond Moody did for our understanding of death, Jenny Wade has done for sex...A heaven-breaking book." -- Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., author
The subject of transcendent sex "is an understudied and unknown area...Highly recommended to collections in religion, spirituality, and sexuality." -- Library Journal, March 15, 2004
Will Our Love Last?: A Couple's Road Map by Sam R. Hamburg and Sam R. Hamburg PH.D. - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Quietly disputing the "men are from Mars" theory, psychologist Hamburg argues that the key to a satisfying marriage lies in choosing the right partner based on compatibility in three areas: on a practical level, sexually and in "wavelength." His thoughtful explanation of why he believes mutual understanding is more important in marriage than communication or hard work is illustrated with examples from his own practice and peppered with questions aimed at helping readers assess their compatibility with their partners. Among the practical considerations he discusses are attitudes about earning and spending money, maintaining a household, managing leisure time and dealing with family members. The section on sexuality surveys sexual style, interest and comfort level, while the "wavelength dimension" covers values, aspirations and spiritual orientation. Hamburg does not suggest that each person find a clone; he simply emphasizes the importance of assessing the ways in which a potential partner conforms with or differs from oneself. While his notion of "optimizing" a relationship has a slightly academic ring, he also recommends some offbeat exercises, such as a series of hand-rotations designed to help partners define compatibility. He also offers straight-up traditional wisdom that's often overlooked in the throes of attraction: get to know a potential partner in a variety of circumstances, get rid of partners who project bad vibes or present unpleasant situations. Writing in an amiably paternal, workmanlike style, Hamburg proffers realistic and sensible advice. Agent, Candice Fuhrman. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal - Hamburg knows all about keeping couples together. He's a marital therapist, lecturer at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, and adjunct professor at Northwestern University's Family Institute. Here he explains how to figure out in advance whether love will endure.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margot Anand - Product Description - This landmark book on human sexuality makes the sacred lovemaking techniques of the East fully comprehensible to Western readers. Elegantly illustrated, it helps the reader acquire new attitudes and broaden his or her range of experience, to revitalize and strengthen relationships.
The Art of Sexual Magic by Margot Anand - Editorial Review - The Art Of Sexual Magic explores the truly magical power of human sexuality, showing readers how the practice of sexual magic enables couples to focus on their personal vision during sex, and create changes in their daily relationships and circumstances through the energy they produce. The Art Of Sexual Magic helps couples discover that sexuality can be a way to satisfy both their physical instincts and their spiritual needs. Margo Anand guides the reader through a nine-week series of unique exercises, many based on ancient Tantric rituals. These exercises are designed to bring the student of sexual magic to actually experience the transformative powers available to every man and woman through this practice. Beautifully illustrated, The Art Of Sexual Magic takes Tantric teaching to a new level by showing how focused sexual energy can transform anyone's personal world. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Product Description - An advanced course in erotic enchantment and the magic of extended orgasm from the bestselling author of The Art of Sexual Ecstasy. The Art of Sexual Magic takes the power of sexuality beyond mere lovemaking by showing readers how to generate and focus intense sexual energy and to use it as fuel for realizing personal and spiritual goals.
Tantra - Discovering the Power of Pre-Orgasmic Sex by Yogani - Product Description - "Tantra - Discovering the Power of Pre-Orgasmic Sex" is a common-sense guide on how to utilize sexuality to complement a full-scope system of yoga practices.
Practical techniques are provided which enable both couples and solo practitioners to utilize the sexual response to cultivate ecstatic energy to its highest levels of spiritual manifestation.
Finally, here is a no-nonsense book that takes the mystery out of sexuality and its relationship to yoga and the spiritual path.
Yogani is the author of two landmark books on the world's most effective spiritual practices: "Advanced Yoga Practices – Easy Lessons for Ecstatic Living," a comprehensive user-friendly textbook, and "The Secrets of Wilder," a powerful spiritual novel.
The "AYP Enlightenment Series" makes these profound practices available for the first time in a series of concise instruction books. "Tantra" is the third book in the series. The second in the series is "Spinal Breathing Pranayama – Journey to inner Space." The first is "Deep Meditation – Pathway to Personal Freedom."
Introduction to Tantra : The Transformation of Desire by Lama Yeshe (Author), Jonathan Landaw (Author), Philip Glass - Editorial Reviews - "...the best introductory work for undergraduate teaching on Tibetan Buddhist tantra available today...readily accessible to Western students." -- Janet Gyatso, Amherst College
"No one has summarized the essence of tantra as well as Thubten Yeshe does here." -- Religious Studies Review
"[A] lucid explanation of Buddhist tantra...a classic." -- Phillip Glass, composer
No one has ever talked about tantra with such clarity, coherence and simplicity. -- Religious Studies Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Product Description - According to Buddhism, every human being has the potential to achieve profound and lasting happiness. And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energy, especially the energy of our desires. Introduction to Tantra is the best available clarification of a subject that is often misunderstood. This new edition of the classic text includes a new foreword by Philip Glass and new cover art, but leaves untouched Lama Yeshe's excellent original text, edited by Jonathan Landaw. Tantra recognizes that the powerful energy aroused by our desire is an indispensable resource for the spiritual path. It is precisely because our lives are so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy not just for pleasure, but to transform our lives. Lama Yeshe presents tantra as a practice leading to joy and self-discovery, with a vision of reality that is simple, clear, and extremely relevant to 21st-century life.
Highest Yoga Tantra by Daniel Cozort - Editorial Reviews - . . . captures both the essence and detail that bring these esoteric topics to life. -- Jeffrey Hopkins
...the best introduction to the subject, well written and authoritative. -- John Powers
This book is an extremely lucid overview of the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. -- The Middle Way
Product Description - Exciting in its detail, this extraordinary book clearly outlines and discusses the methods for transforming both bosy and mind through the highest forms of trantric practice. Highest Yoga Tantra is the pinnacle of the Tibetan Buddhist tantric system
Tantra: Path of Ecstasy by Georg Feuerstein - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review
Consider for a moment that the Dalai Lama is a tantric adept, and those visions of sexual bliss that the word "tantra" conjures up quickly dissolve. Tantra is more than the sex play of popular articles and books. Georg Feuerstein, authority of the yogic traditions, conjures up a much richer world of Hindu cosmology, philosophy, and theology. Tantra is a form of devotionalism, in which ritual sounds, gestures, and actions figure prominently. Reverence of the guru as god also plays a part, but Feuerstein tempers our suspicion by repeating the admonitions of tantric texts down through the ages to choose carefully. As much prudence must also go into reflection on the disciple's own person, who engages in strict yogic discipline designed to conquer the six enemies: desire, anger, greed, delusion, pride, and envy. Feuerstein draws on the ancient texts to describe the tantric path in great detail, including realization of the subtle body, directing energy through the chakras, and, yes, sex. Taken together, tantra becomes a vivid, multifaceted path to self-realization. --Brian Bruya
From Publishers Weekly - Feuerstein has attempted a daunting task, defining Tantric Yoga drawn from Hindu and not Tibetan Buddhist sources. To do this, he has assembled a wide-ranging compendium of Hindu, Tantric and Shaivite texts almost impossible to find in one place elsewhere. To plunge into this book is to find yourself rushing down the sacred River Ganges through the heart of India. Like a sophisticated travelogue, it brings into sharp focus the rich tapestry of the Indian ecstatic life and the exotic practices of Tantric Yoga that take place, metaphorically, on the banks of this Queen of rivers. The inner eye is challenged with mystical beasts bathing in the waters; holy men daubed in ashes undertaking bizarre and often previously never-before-seen Tantric rituals; the inner ear is filled with the rhythmic, pulsating chant of Om, and all its associated Sanskrit sounds; the senses are awash with meditative visions. It is a passage through Indian spiritual life that may be too sophisticated for the casual tourist, although for those who have passed this way before, it is a comprehensive and provocative commentary on the basic and advanced precepts of Tantric yoga. Written with literate modesty and erudition, this book is an invaluable resource. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Transmutation and Sublimation of Sexual Energies by Roberto Assagioli - Product Description - No information available for this book.
Warning, Sex May Be Hazardous to Your Health by Edwin. Flatto - Editorial Reviews - No information available for this book.
The Potency Principles: Transforming Sexual Energy into Spiritual Power by Victor Gold - Product Description - The Potency Principles demystifies Tantric sex for anyone interested in heightening pleasure in—and out of—the bedroom. The guidance within will help you master the art of lovemaking to feel both relaxed and energized, as well as to expand your consciousness and broaden your spiritual perspective. By simply rewiring your thinking, you can achieve the best, most rapturous and blissfully uplifting sex possible.
Seasoned educator and sexual healer Victor Gold reveals ancient secrets of the Far East for using sexual pleasure as a gateway to spiritual enlightenment. Gold challenges the many Western misconceptions that hinder gratification for men and women. And he shows you how intercourse, when correctly understood and practiced, can transform sexual energy into spiritual power that brings tremendous creativity, productivity, vigor, and purpose to your life.
Along with philosophical inspiration and motivation, Gold delivers practical advice and tools, including "sexercises," conscious breathing, muscle strengthening, and other techniques for honing your lovemaking skills. Soon, you will be well on your way to achieving the extraordinary state of oneness, the higher consciousness, and the true spiritual mastery that's made possible by the blessing of transcendent sex.
About the Author - Victor Gold is a holistic health educator specializing in erotic spirituality. He has a private practice offering Tantric instruction and sexual healing in San Rafael, California. Gold has been featured in several instructional videos including Deborah Sundahl's Tantric Journey to Female Orgasm and Joseph Kramer's The Best of Vulva Massage.
Anytime...for as Long as You Want: Strength, Genius, Libido & Erection by Integrative Sex Transmutation by Charles Runels - Product Description - From once every 2 weeks to every day. Thank you very much! -- Jerry S., Mobile, AL
I gave the CD to my husband. One week later, our intimacy went from a speed bump to Mount Siani. -- June K., Pensacola, Florida
Product Description - This 3-part course (including workbook and 72-minute audio CD) teaches the male student how to have an erection anytime for as long as wanted.
In a simple and workable format, Dr. Runels draws from his experience as physician (having coached hundreds of men in these techniques) and researcher in endocrinology to teach the reader how to not only improve sex but also improve health.
The method taught represents a synergistic mixture of techniques (Integrative Sex Transmutation) drawn from ancient texts (like the Tao of Sexology), philosophers and scientists (like Thoreau and Leonardo da VInci), as well as from modern endocrinology, nutrition, exercise physiology, herbology, and pharmacology.
The CD offers an introduction to the 15-week course, but also gives the woman a tool to gracefully and without offense encourage the man to study this course.
If you follow the workbook as recommended, here's what you'll learn:
Part I gives you a better understanding of what sex transmutation is and how it's been used by great men of the past. You'll hear from Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, and others. You'll hear how these men used sex transmutation to improve health, increase intelligence, and find God. You'll hear from Dr. Freud about how Leonardo da Vinci "transmuted sex energy" into genius and inspiration.
You'll also investigate the male sexual response zones. First, the usual diagram is presented. Then, you'll see an expanded diagram that demonstrates new zones which allow you to enjoy orgasm and stimulation for hours at a time. Here's where you'll be introduced to the concept of "sex surfing" in and around the orgasmic zone.
Most men go through their youth and if they discover sex transmutation at all, it's in the latter years after much of the energy of youth has been spent. This book will help you capture that energy.
Practicing "safe sex," (not the focus of this book) like cooking an egg to prevent salmonella, simply means enjoying sex in a way that prevents the development of infectious disease. Practicing sex transmutation is like eating for health and strength with the proper number of calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates--eating (or having sex) in a way that strengthens the whole organism.
Part 2 of the course describes how to increase sexual desire--how to build the sex energy wave and achieve erection anytime at any age. Here you learn step-by-step how to make your body ever ready to respond.
First, you learn the 2000-year-old technique taught in the Chinese Tao of Sexology: the man's cycle (not the same as refractory period). Next, you learn a basic plan for improving health that specifically increases energy and sexual function and creativity. Eating practices, herbs, and supplements that will supercharge your sex drive are all explained. Not a burden of in-depth science to bore you, just the necessary facts and a workable basic plan that you can use for the rest of your life.
Next, Dr. Runels covers the sex hormones and how to know if your doctor's done an adequate job of measuring yours. Then he explores the prescription drugs (like Viagra, Livitra, and Cialis) and how to get the most result with the least trouble and cost. Next, you get a list of libido killers and a discussion of synergy and sex.
Finally, in part 2, you'll learn practical tips (taken from the writings of the inspired and ingenious of the past) about how to transmute sexual energy into intelligence and inspiration. Here's where you'll hear from Leonardo and from Benjamin Franklin.
Part 3 tells how to ride the wave of sexual desire for as long as you want by having sex and maintaining an erection for as long as you want. This section does more than cure premature ejaculation, it allow you to control ejaculation almost like a light in your house where you can turn it on or off at will.
First, in part 3, Dr. Runels reviews why you would want to have sex for a long time. This review includes an introduction to the nine levels of a woman's orgasm. Most women, when they experience orgasm, really only experience the fourth level. Only by patience, prolonged love making, and a deeper understanding of your partner will you help her to the ninth level of orgasm. Next, you learn how most men teach themselves premature ejaculatation when they practice masturbation and how to use masturbation instead to improve your lovemaking endurance and control.
Finally, you're introduced to the Magic 9 formula for maintaining an erection for as long as you or your mate should desire. While exploring the Magic 9, you can also help your mate explore the nine levels of female orgasm.
Holding Yin, Embracing Yang: Three Taoist Classics on Meditation, Breath Regulation, Sexual Yoga, and the Circulation of Internal Energy by Eva Wong - Product Description - In Holding Yin, Embracing Yang, Eva Wong presents translations of three key texts containing the highest teachings of the Eastern and Western schools of Taoist internal alchemy—the discipline of cultivating health, longevity, and immortality by transforming the energetic structures of body and mind. The texts are primarily concerned with meditation, breathing practices, and sexual yoga with a partner—all as means for developing within ourselves the same life-giving energy that sustains and nourishes the universe. The texts in this collection offer a clear view of the physical, mental, and spiritual methods of Taoist practice, showing why they are important and how these methods all can work together in the cultivation of mental peace, radiant health, and longevity. This collection will provide inspiration and the essential foundation necessary to begin Taoist practice under the guidance of a teacher. The three classics translated here are: Treatise on the Mysterious Orifice by Xuanweilun (sixteenth century), Discussion on the Cavity of the Tao by Daojiaotan (nineteenth century), and Secret Teachings on the Three Wheels by Sanjubizhi (nineteenth century). Included is an introduction in which Wong discusses the various schools of internal alchemy, as well as their main practices.
About the Author - Eva Wong is an independent scholar and a practitioner of the Taoist arts of the Pre-Celestial Way and Complete Reality lineages. She has written and translated many books on Taoism and related topics, including A Master Course in Feng-Shui; Tales of the Taoist Immortals; The Tao of Health, Longevity, and Immortality; and The Shambhala Guide to Taoism.
Life Energy: Using the Meridians to Unlock the Hidden Power of Your Emotions by John Diamond - Product Description - This ground breaking material focuses on the psychological aspects of Life Energy. Learn how to assess the level of your Life Energy and determine the specific psychological factors which are interfering with its activation and expression. Here for the first time is a comprehensive explanation of our positive and negative emotions and how they specifically affect us mentally and physically. A complete study of the meridians and the emotions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author - Dr. John Diamond graduated from Sydney University Medical School in 1957 and obtained his Diploma in Psychological Medicine in 1962. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry and a Foundation Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of Great Britain.
After practicing psychiatry in Australia, he came to the United States where he expanded into Complementary Medicine, becoming President of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine. As he became more involved with the concept of Life Energy, he increasingly concentrated on the enhancement of the sufferers Life Energy so as to actuate his own innate Healing Power.
Dr. Diamond, as the Founder of The Institute for Music and Health, has investigated, researched and applied many factors in the musician and his instruments in an attempt to maximize musics therapeutic power. A healer, author, photographer, poet, composer and musician, playing drums, percussion and the didjeridu, he has taught countless musicians and artists, and his knowledge extends to all genres of music, especially classical and jazz.
He now devotes himself to employing music as the therapeutic modality, to achieve overall life enhancement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Perfect Matrimony: The Door to Enter into Initiation / Tantra and Sexual Alchemy Unveiled by Samael Aun Weor - Product Description - "Love is the highest religion..." (Samael Aun Weor)
The first of sixty books written by the founder of the modern Gnostic Movement, The Perfect Matrimony contains a complete introduction to the profound and beautiful mystical knowledge from which all the world s great religions have blossomed. First published in 1950, this book contains the first public revelation of the esoteric teachings of Alchemy, Tantrism, Kabbalah, and the Mysteries of the Mayans, Aztecs, Egyptians, Tibetans, Eleusians, Essenes, and hundreds more. Herein one discovers the Doctrine of the Synthesis: the universal Laws and steps of the Path to Absolute Self-knowledge. Anyone who longs to know the Mysteries of Life and Death through their own experience, to taste and touch the superior worlds, to know the truth directly, personally, will find the keys to those experiences here.
"We have written this book with broad clarity; we have unveiled what was veiled. Now, whosoever wants to Self-realize in depth can rightly do so. Behold, here is the guide, here is the complete teaching. In this book we have lifted the veil of the Christic Mysteries. We have explained what the Christ-principle is. We have invited all human beings to follow the Path of the Perfect Matrimony in order to attain Christification." (Samael Aun Weor)
Topics include: Love; The Son of Man; The Great Battle; The Abyss; The Sphere of Lilith; The Sphere of Nahemah; Normal Sexuality; Suprasexuality; The Seven Churches; Happiness, Music, Dance & the Kiss; GAIO; Direct Knowledge; The Education of Children; Sexual Forces and Ritual; The Gnostic Church; The Two Marys; The Seven Fundamental Centers of Man; Sex; The Absolute Death of Satan; Adultery; The Root of Pain; Celibacy; The Awakening of Consciousness; Fascination; Remembering Oneself; The Four States of Consciousness; Dreams and Visions; Consciousness, Subconsciousness, Supraconsciousness, Clairvoyant Consciousness; Memory; Objective Clairvoyance; Consciousness, Subconsciousness and Supraconsciousness; The Six Fundamental Dimensions; Initiation; The Guardian of the Threshold; The Ordeals of Fire, Air, Water and Earth; The Initiations of Minor Mysteries; The Initiations of Major Mysteries; The Laboratory of the Third Logos; Chac Mool; Serpentine Civilizations; The Exoteric and Esoteric Circles; The Chakras and the Plexuses; The Problem of Internal Illumination; The Vehicles of Fire; Patience and Tenacity; Conscious Faith; Religions and Schools; Charity; Psychic Development; Resurrection and Reincarnation; Recurrence; The Question of Personality; The Ninth Sphere; The Ascent and Descent of the Kundalini; The Sexual Spasm; Sexual Yoga; Psychology and Endocrinology; Infrasexuality; Evolution and Devolution; Yoga Exercises; The Serpent Bird; The Caduceus of Mercury; The Jinn State; The Temple of the Serpent Bird; Secret Egypt; Love: the Only Path of Salvation; Sufism; Infrasex in Yoga; Aztec Magic; Totemism; The Totem Gods; Elementals; Sacred Phallicism; Sex and Serpent; Infrasexual Schools; Initiation and the Serpent; The Cult of Fire; The Whirling Dervishes; Javhe; The Ages of the World; The Four Gospels; The Mother Kundalini; The Edda; Human Salvation; The Five Pointed Star; The Word; The Eskimos of the North; The Divine Trinity; The Christ
Conscious Love: Insights from Mystical Christianity by Richard Smoley - Editorial Review - "Smoley, former editor of the journal Gnosis and author of Inner Christianity and Forbidden Faith, is adept at unknotting the paradoxes of spiritual traditions and making new connections across centuries and languages. In his newest book, he tackles the vexed question of love, which he avers has a unique place at the center of Christian spirituality yet eludes precise classification-as most know, there are at least four words translated as "love" in New Testament Greek alone. Smoley has written that rare book that should exert a strong appeal for Christian and non-Christian readers alike. Highly recommended." - (Library Journal, July 2008)
Product Description - Though love is a perennial topic for writers of all kinds, much of what is written aboutlove is simplistic and unsatisfying. In Conscious Love, Richard Smoley—an expert on the esoteric traditions of mystical Christianity—incorporates insights and wisdom about love from noted thinkers in literature, art, philosophy, sociology, cultural criticism, and even neurology. This remarkable book offers a blueprint for infusing conscious love into human relationships.
A Hard Choice: Sexual Abstinence in an Out-Of-Control World by Jesus Cruz Correa and Doris Colon Santiago - Product Description - No information available for this book.
If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path by Charlotte Kasl - Product Description - In this practical, playful, yet spiritual guide, Charlotte Kasl, author of the highly successful Finding Joy: 101 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Dance with Life, shows you what it would be like to have the ancient wisdom of the Buddha to guide you through the dating process.
Kasl brings a compassionate understanding to the anxiety and uneasiness of new love, and helps readers discover their potential for vibrant human connection based on awareness, kindness, and honesty. She approaches the dating process as a means for awakening, reminding us that when we live by spiritual rules, we bring curiosity and a light heart to the romantic journey.
Filled with quotations from Zen, Sufi, and other wisdom traditions, and informed by the experiences of people from all walks of life, here is a relationship book that will appeal to readers looking for more than a Venus-meets-Mars solution to the complex affairs of the heart.
Soul Mates & Twin Flames: The Spiritual Dimension of Love & Relationships (Pocket Guide to Practical Spirituality) (Pocket Guides to Practical Spirituality) by Elizabeth Clare Prophet - Editorial Reviews - "Candidly explores why we attract certain loves, and why the most difficult relationship may be the key to perfect love." -- Bodhi Tree Book Review
After thirty-five years as a relationship counselor, I find "Soul Mates and Twin Flames" to be extremely powerful in revealing the inner mysteries of the soul and the true essence of love through its insightful analysis of real-life experiences and classical love stories. -- Marilyn Barrick, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of Sacred Psychology of Love
Product Description - With warmth and wisdom, Soul Mates And Twin Flames helps men and women explore the spiritual dimensions of relationships and find new keys to wholeness and true love.
Twin Flames: A True Story of Soul Reunion by Antera - Product Description - This is a remarkable, compelling story of True Love, a love that most people only dream about--and it happened to Antera and Omaran. When they met and discovered that they are not only soulmates, but twin flames separated thousands of years ago, they embarked on a journey of profound spiritual experiences as well as emotional healing. Anyone who has dreamed of meeting their most perfect spiritual mate will love this book, and discover the deeper implications of this kind of cherished partership.
About the Author - Antera has lived in close contact with her spirit guidance since she was a small child, and for many years has published channeled messages and inspirational stories. She and her husband, Omaran, teach spiritual-growth classes and are singer-songwriters. They founded the spiritual organization Center for Soul Evolution.
Together Again - Twin Souls Reunite in Love and Life by Dennis Jackson and Alice Best-Jackson - Editorial Reviews - "An illuminating story of twin souls reunited...two hearts beating as one." -- James Redfield, author of "The Celestine Prophecy"
Larry King wrote in his December 13, 1999 USAToday column: A wonderful tale about two soul mates meeting and their lives together. --USAToday December 13, 1999
Product Description - This is a true story of twin souls meeting and recognizing each other from past lives. Dennis' journey to discovering his psychic ability is detailed in Section One; Alice's life experiences as a young divorced mother and divorce attorney are emotionally told by her in Section Two; and together Dennis & Alice write about their meeting at the age of 46, and their mutual instant recognition of each other's energy and soul connection. Their honestly told stories deal with relationship issues, twin soul connections, and is a guide-book on recognizing your own twin soul. Dennis & Alice write from their hearts and it shows on each page. You will feel you know them personally and consider them friends by the time you get to their combined section, aptly titled Love. The book you receive from Amazon.com may be personally signed by both authors. Readers often call them upon finishing the book, and are pleasantly surprised to be able to speak with the authors personally. Enjoy their journey, and your own.
Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates: Unlocking the Dynamics of Soul Attraction (Paperback)
by Kevin J. Todeschi - Product Description - Is there really such a thing as soul mates? According to Edgar Cayce, yes. But his definition of "soul mates," "twin souls," and "perfect partners" may differ from what you're expecting. For decades, Cayce provided thousands of individuals with insights into the nature of their personal relationships. What is unique about Todeschi's book is that it explores the development of relationships over time, played out within the framework of reincarnation. In addition to discussing soul mate relationships, their connection to the cyclic pattern of reincarnation, and the nature of loneliness, this books looks at the fundamentals of soul attraction and provides contemporary examples of the same principles discussed by Cayce.
From the Back Cover - Twin souls, soul mates, perfect partners -- are these images of the ideal relationship just fantasy, or do they have some basis in truth? Does everyone have one perfect relationship that is waiting to be found, or is a "perfect" relationship something that grows and develops over time? Questions like these were posed to Edgar Cayce, who gave some surprising answers. For decades, Cayce provided thousands of individuals with insights into the nature of their personal relationships and the dynamics of soul attraction. Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates explores case histories from the Cayce files on soul mates, friendships, and family relationships and examines what universal laws are at work to draw individuals together.
Only Love Is Real: A Story of Soulmates Reunited by Brian Weiss - Editorial Reviews - From Booklist Weiss is the psychiatrist whose best-seller, Many Lives, Many Masters (1988), chronicled the life (and past lives) of one of his patients. Since his breakthrough with Catherine, the hypnotized patient who was able to transmit messages from the beyond as well as recall former lifetimes, Weiss has continued his past-life therapies. Here he threads bits and pieces of what he has learned into the story of Elizabeth and Pedro, two patients who, unbeknownst to Weiss, have lost each other across lifetimes and now have another chance to reconnect. Although the stories of Elizabeth and Pedro form the book's centerpiece, they will probably be the least interesting, at least to the New Age audience, who has heard it all before. Weiss is better when he's explaining the philosophy that incorporates past lives into a therapeutic setting. This isn't the best book on the subject, but Many Lives, Many Masters sold more than a million copies, and Weiss' name, as well as an extensive marketing campaign, is likely to generate demand. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Review - 'A gripping love story that transcends time... this book makes you truly believe that we all really do have soulmates, and that "only love is real".' (Raymond Moody MD, Author of Life After Death) 'A fascinating story that will open your mind. Explore the mystery, wisdom and wonder of life and love.' (Bernie Siegel MD, Author of Life, Medicine and Miracles) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas - Product Description - Starting with the discovery that the goal of marriage goes beyond personal happiness, writer and speaker Gary Thomas invites readers to see how God can use marriage as a discipline and a motivation to love him more and reflect more of the character of his Son.
From the Back Cover - Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply.
Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy . . . but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?
Everything about your marriage--everything--is filled with prophetic potential, with the capacity for discovering and revealing Christ's character. The respect you accord your partner; the forgiveness you humbly seek and graciously extend; the ecstasy, awe, and sheer fun of lovemaking; the history you and your spouse build with one another--in these and other facets of your marriage, Sacred Marriage uncovers the mystery of God's overarching purpose.
This book may very well alter profoundly the contours of your marriage. It will most certainly change you. Because whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to a spiritual integrity that, like salt, seasons the world around you with the savor of Christ.
Spiritual Marriage by Dyan Elliot - Editorial Reviews - A penetrating study for a wide scholarly audience on the place of women, marriage, and sexuality in Christianity from Augustine to the Renaissance. . . . Using spiritual marriage as a prism, Elliott is able to examine the themes of sacramental theology, female spirituality, sin, sexuality, and gender relations. -- Review
Elliot masterfully examines why female spirituality was perceived as a threat to the church and society at large. Choice
Review - [Dyan Elliott] reveals the deep tensions and ambiguities about sexuality and marriage in the Christian church as attitudes evolved from apostolic times to the sixteenth century. . . . I loved this book for its magnificent scholarship, clarity of expression, provocative ideas, and scholarly modesty.
(Penelope D. Johnson American Historical Review)
This is a singular accomplishment. I am not only rapt with admiration at Dyan Elliott's achievement but greatly in her debt for the contribution she makes to our understanding of the Christian sexual tradition.
(n Boswell, Yale University)
A penetrating study for a wide scholarly audience on the place of women, marriage, and sexuality in Christianity from Augustine to the Renaissance. . . . Using spiritual marriage as a prism, Elliott is able to examine the themes of sacramental theology, female spirituality, sin, sexuality, and gender relations.
(Philip F. Riley History)
Elliot masterfully examines why female spirituality was perceived as a threat to the church and society at large, challenging the boundaries of sanctity and heresy. . . . By tracing the downward trajectory of holy women through medieval society's progressive reliance on inquisitional procedure, Elliot argues that inquisitional mechanisms for assessing female spirituality created confusion between the saintly and the heretical; these efforts to constrain female spirituality were part of a larger program of constraining women.
The 7 Spiritual Practices of Marriage: Your Guide to Creating a Deep And Lasting Love by Kevin Anderson - Product Description - This book offers an entirely new model for marriage. Most couples live in the "default model" of marriage characterized by busyness, lack of connection, and a settling for good enough. By deciding to intentionally create the marriage they envision by giving attention to seven practices, couples can discover the extraordinary potential for marriage to be more intimate and soulful than they ever imagined it could be.
From the Publisher - Dr. Anderson is receiving speaking requests from all over the country to present this exciting new model of marriage. Couples are hungry for new ideas about how to make their marriages the best they can be. This book delivers a mix of the best of modern knowledge about marriage with a spiritual model that sees daily married life as sacred and rich with potential for personal and spiritual growth.
The Soul-Mate Marriage: The Spiritual Journey of Becoming One by David Frisbie and Lisa Frisbie - Product Description - Can couples realistically hope to become soul mates? Can they learn to create deeply intimate relationships? David and Lisa Frisbie review up–to–date studies showing that marriage is still the best environment for couples to enjoy health, happiness, and more. This informative and entertaining guide reveals practical steps for developing spiritual intimacy through practices like these:
* tapping into the unifying power of prayer
* creating a safe haven by removing masks and living transparently
* admitting mistakes and extending forgiveness
* facing sorrow, disappointment, and loss as a team
* growing together through many seasons and years
Readers will be inspired by the Frisbies' interviews with several couples who have developed long–term, highly successful relationships. Husbands and wives will find new motivation and resources to lead them on their spiritual journey of becoming one.
Marriage on the Spiritual Path by Shakti Parwha Kaur Khalsa - Editorial Reviews - Lots of valuable information in one place, September 4, 2008 - Once again Shakti Parwha has given a comprehensive look at the teachings Yogi Bhajan -- this time on the subject of men, women and marriage. She includes insightful recommendations from married couples too. Very interesting read. I use this book in Relationships workshops that I teach. --By alternative MD
The Book of Secrets: Keys to Love and Meditation by Osho - Editorial Reviews - "These techniques will not mention any religious ritual. No temple is needed, you are quite enough of a temple yourself. You are the lab; the whole experiment is to go on within you. This is not religion, this is science. No belief is needed. Only a daringness to experiment is enough; courage to experiment is enough.
These 112 methods are for the whole of humanity-for all the ages that have passed, and for all the ages that have yet to come. I will go on describing each method from as many angles as possible. If you feel any affinity with it, play with it for three days. If you feel that it fits, that something clicks in you, continue it for three months.
Life is a miracle. If you have not known its mystery, that only shows that you do not know the technique for how to approach it." --Osho
Review - "These techniques will not mention any religious ritual. No temple is needed, you are quite enough of a temple yourself. You are the lab; the whole experiment is to go on within you. This is not religion, this is science. No belief is needed. Only a daringness to experiment is enough; courage to experiment is enough.These 112 methods are for the whole of humanity-for all the ages that have passed, and for all the ages that have yet to come. I will go on describing each method from as many angles as possible. If you feel any affinity with it, play with it for three days. If you feel that it fits, that something clicks in you, continue it for three months.Life is a miracle. If you have not known its mystery, that only shows that you do not know the technique for how to approach it." --Osho
The Tao of Sexology: The Book of Infinite Wisdom by Stephen Thomas Chang - Customer Review - An eye-opening book about the spirituality of sex, December 4, 1998 - It's an incredible book about human sexuality - not mere sex. It talks about the OTHER 95% of our sexual energy - the life force, the creative power we have within us. It is easy to read and a delight doing so. I finished it in one eye-opening night! --By A Customer
Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy by Mantak Chia - Product Description - Hidden for centuries, the esoteric techniques and principles presented here make the process of linking sexual energy and transcendent states of consciousness accessible to the reader.
Taoist Yoga and Sexual Energy; Internal Alchemy and Chi Kung by Eric Yudelove and Eric Steven Yudelove - Product Description - When most people think of the term yoga, they think of the body-stretching techniques from India. But there are many different forms of yoga, including techniques practiced in secret by the Taoist masters in the Far East. Some of the most important, yet previously secret techniques of Taoist Alchemy and Sexual Kung Fu are revealed for the first time by Taoist Master Eric Steven Yudelove in Taoist Yoga and Sexual Energy.
This is not just a book, it is an entire, fourteen-week course in alchemy, healing, and magick. Perhaps the most important part of this is learning how to manipulate the body's mysterious energies. In order to do this you will learn many breathing techniques, including hair breathing, reverse breathing, bone marrow breathing, and several more. You'll learn the amazing secrets of Chi Gung, including standing, sitting, lying, and moving forms.
In the West, most people think of sounds as merely being music or, when put together in words, a way to communicate. But here you will learn that there are six special healing sounds. Each is associated with a body organ (or, more accurately, the functioning of that organ which may involve other part of the body) and five of them are associated with a color and element. If you don't know, the Taoist elements are different from the Western elements and consist of earth, fire, water, wood, and metal.
These healing sounds are very simple. They are: S-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s, Ch-u-w-a-a-y, Sh-h-h-h-h-h, H-a-w-w-w-w, Wh-o-o-o-o and H-e-e-e-e. The proper way to use them for healing yourself is clearly explained in Taoist Yoga and Sexual Energy.
As the title of the book shows, this book is also about working with the sexual energy. You will learn breathing techniques, visualizations, and massage methods that will allow you and your partner to experience bliss beyond your wildest imagination!
Now is the time for you to investigate improving your life. This book can lead the way.
From the Publisher - For decades, Llewellyn has been one of the leading publishers of books on Western Spirituality. But as phones get cheaper to use, as fax machines and e-mail proliferate, the world becomes smaller and smaller. In the past, some occultists have suggested that you might best evolve within the major spiritual paradigm of the area of your birth. I think it is time to move beyond that, don't you? As Marshall McLuhan suggested, we now live in a "global village." I believe it is time to start thinking in terms of universal spirituality instead of limiting ourselves.
Even the Golden Dawn used ideas taken from the East. You can follow their example far more easily thanks to books such as Eric Steven Yudelove's Taoist Yoga and Sexual Energy. This is one of the clearest and most explicit descriptions of Taoist magical practices I've ever seen. The author, recognized as a Taoist Master by his teacher of 20 years, Mantak Chia, presents an entire system of working with the body's natural energies so that you can accomplish just about anything.
Perhaps learning how to move the energy is the most important aspect of this book. Here it is clearly explained, using over 130 illustrations so that you can more easily learn the specialized methods of breath, visualization, and physical positions. You will also learn healing techniques that you can use on yourself or share with others.
And working with a particular partner is where this book really shines. For the secrets of Taoist Sexual Kung Fu are very comparable to the innermost secrets of Tantra. You will learn how to arouse the sexual energy; direct it in yourself and your partner; spiritualize it; and then bathe yourself in it. This leads to states of mystical and sexual bliss that will take you far beyond anything you have done before.
If you have not looked at Eastern spirituality before, this book can introduce it to you. If you are familiar with Taoism, this book is a must!
Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Chi Gung for Lifelong Health (Tao of Energy Enhancement) (Paperback)
by Bruce Frantzis - Product Description - "This extraordinary book, written by one of the West's greatest living masters, offers nothing less than a course in the miracle of our own energy field. Bruce Frantzis has translated ancient Taoist practices into a modern program that manages to be both highly accessible and transformational, affording us all the opportunity to experience the wonder of the Tao firsthand." --Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field and What Doctors Don't Tell You
"A must for those who are new to chi gung, those who are already practitioners, and anyone interested in complementary medicine or self-help." --Angela Hicks, Co-founder of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, England, and author of The Acupuncture Handbook
"This remarkable book has become a classic. Mr. Frantzis' biography alone is worth the price of admission." --Stephen E. Langer M.D., Berkeley, California, President of the American Nutritional Medical Association and author of Solved: The Riddle of Illness
Product Description - Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body introduces the key concepts of chi gung in a manner both accessible and understandable to Westerners. With fascinating insights gained from years of training in Asia as a warrior, healer, and priest, Bruce Frantzis demystifies the concept of "chi," the body's vital energy life force, and shows why this 3000-year-old system of self-healing works. The book provides a set of enjoyable, low impact exercises that readers can learn on their own, including standing chi gung, a core exercise that effectively boosts performance for martial artists, athletes, business people, and others. Body alignments and Taoist breathing, fundamentals that are the foundation of all Taoist energy practices, are also taught, with special alignments that benefit those who must sit for long periods of time. The book also reveals how chi gung can enhance other forms of exercise, from yoga and Pilates to golf and basketball.
The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi by Roger Jahnke - Editorial Review - "... an outstanding discussion of subtle energies as Qi. His explanations are interesting and his style easy reading." -- IJHC/WHR Newsletter, January 2003
Product Description - Unlocks the secrets of one of the most powerful of Chinese healing arts - Developed over millennia in China, qigong (literally, life force + mastery, or refinement) is a set of techniques used to increase your vitality, longevity, and sexual potency as well as achieve and maintain optimal health and inner peace. In the groundbreaking The Healing Promise of Qi, Dr. Roger Jahnke, internationally respected doctor of Chinese medicine and author of the bestselling The Healer Within, clearly and simply explains the concepts of qigong in practical terms.
With the help of 125 superbly rendered illustrations, he describes a multitude of simple qigong tools, practices, and techniques for accessing and utilizing the incredible power of qi. Rather than focus on a particular form of qigong, Dr. Jahnke presents concise, easy-to-follow techniques from among the more than 25 traditional and modern forms that he has mastered and taught to thousands of people across the United States and Canada.
Twenty-Five Doors to Meditation: A Handbook for Entering Samadhi by William Bodri and Lee Shu-Mei - Product Description - Twenty-Five Doors to Meditation is the first guide to provide extensive, comprehensive, and detailed information about a variety of meditation methods. Together, William Bodri and Lee Shu-Mei make sense of that seemingly conflicting information that exists today regarding the path to spiritual enlightenment. Eacch meditation technique is fully described as is the interrelationship between the different paths to enlightenment. The authors show how Buddhist techniques can be explained through Taoist principles, Christian techniques through Hindu principles, and so on. Each meditation technique is designed to help you attain samadhi, the crux of spiritual development. The Authors explore the scientific basis behind each technique, developmental stages of accomplishment, and each path's effectiveness for entering samadhi. Especially useful is an extensive list of recommended references for the further study of individual techniques. An indespensable book for individuals searching to find the meditation technique that is best for them.
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