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VITAL ENERGY CAN BE CONSERVED TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE & RELATIONSHIPS
Learn how Sexual Energy Can Be Used for Deeper Spiritual Experience and Fulfillment.
Benefits of Sexual Abstinence, Moderation and Tantric Joy
Wednesday, 4-19-2006, Article 34
Achieving REAL Sexual Wholeness: The Awesome Benefits of Conserving Sexual Energy
Why waste sexual energy when it can be transformed through yogic practices into ever-changing continuous joy and bliss? Nearly everyone I know has no idea how truly awesome transmutation of conserved vital energy can be. Related to tantra, this spiritual approach to sexuality is, under the right conditions, most incredibly fulfilling.
There is nothing more immensely satisfying than the transmutation of stored sexual energy. However, it is not an ordinary accomplishment to successfully conserve one's vital "sexual energy" fluids for indefinite periods of time and transmute that sexual energy. One needs to know the "big picture" as to what activities best transmute the sexual energy, how to maintain sexual health (essential) and have the wisdom and faith necessary to see it through. Another vital consideration is the diet needs to be high in raw food, superfood supplements and antioxidants, especially those foods, supplements, and herbs that support sexual health and wholeness.
Very few fully understand the whole process and how beneficial overcoming the addiction to conventional orgasm can be, let alone even have the slightest notion that the common craving for basic sex is in fact a built-in biochemical addiction involving mainly the neurohormones dopamine (the sexual excitation neurotransmitter) and prolactin (the sexual satiation hormone). Yes, I consider that the natural craving for conventional orgasm to be another one of countless addictions one can be subject to and certainly worth overcoming or transforming into a much wiser, more fulfilling level of being alive and even as a key to helping one overcome other addictions and emotional attachments.
Just as humankind has learned to master and control many natural forces in the world, a yogi (or yogini) is a very special (and unfortunately rare) individual who's inclination is to control and master the inner forces of nature, such as thoughts, emotions, cravings, and desires, especially the biological force of sexual energy. The yogi or yogini manages to successfully master his or her emotions and sexual energy not by force, but through purification of brain and body cells and then by absorption of vital prana. The transmutation of sex into inner peace, bliss, joy and love is the wonderful end result. One of the greatest mysteries of life is sex, sexual desire, and sexual energy. However, when sexual energy is lost in the process of reproductive activity, the spiritual life suffers.
When one thinks of celibacy, one usually visualizes an emotionally balanced and fulfilled, wise and peaceful aging ascetic monk, alone in a quiet cell contemplating God or chanting in a beautiful Latin chorus with hundreds of other monks. On the other extreme are the tantric lovers dancing in each other's arms thrilling each other through and through with profound ecstasy and love. In both of the above situations and everything in between, there is, hopefully a conservation of sexual fluid and a transmutation of sexual energy. However, the tantric lovers "celibacy" is much trickier and much more complicated than a monk's form of celibacy.
To remain celibate even during an intimate relationship requires tremendous self-control, self-discipline, self-understanding and years of experience with celibacy. Why even bother? Because the benefits and sheer power of conserved sexual energy, especially while in a relationship with the opposite sex, once mastered and fully transmuted is profound love, intimacy and joy on a whole new level, and I mean really intense, everlasting, love, pleasure, and a sense of wholeness like nothing else. With or without a relationship, one can live in complete joy and I mean live in complete joy forever.
Some yogis have tried celibacy for years and years but achieved very few if any of the benefits I am certain of. The reason: because there are so many tricky aspects to having fully transmuted celibacy and so much to understand and explain.
Most important of all, one's sexual organs and rest of endocrine gland system, and health in general must be whole. Not much meaningful benefit can ever come from the kind of celibacy that is a result of illness, impotence, frigidity, hormone imbalance, glandular problem(s), arterial sclerosis, extreme old age, or any kind of surgical removal. If there is no sexual energy to transmute, what then is the good of being celibate? It is only a symptom of an illness in that sense.
The key to transmutation (this is important) is the expansion of a strong, healthy libido into bliss with adaptogenic herbs (often called "aphrodisiacs"), herbal antioxidants, vitamin antioxidants, super foods, daily water fasting, daily aerobic exercise outside in a garden or park, breathing exercises, and whatever else that will increase the level of prana (vitality) in the body and connection with nature. The whole Science of Wholeness website is all about every aspect of transmutation which is what one would do anyway to achieve perfect high-level wellness or wholeness. Diet is the most important factor and one can start reading about it right here. Every factor for wholeness must come together and the long term (months into years) conservation of sexual fluids is only one essential factor that would be very hard to achieve nor even make much sense without all the other essentials of the Science of Wholeness lifestyle.
I should refer to the ideal form of celibacy I am talking about as "holistic celibacy" or real sexual wholeness. When one, by providing the above mentioned essential Science of Wholeness lifestyle requirements, successfully practices "holistic celibacy" one enters into an awesome sexual renaissance in the form of a massive, and extremely blissful kundalini awakening. What I mean by the kundalini, is a powerful and transforming sexual bliss in every cell of the body that is fully outside, above and beyond the inferior level of regular, all physical sexual activity which only ends in loss of sexual fluid along with some natural but rather undesirable changes in brain chemistry that leave one more prone to depression, restlessness, attachment, dependency and addiction. In holistic celibacy, because no sexual fluid is ever lost, but only transmuted and conserved, the sexual organs become vastly more active, orgasmic, and alive than ever. One thrills ever more each day in infinite, everlasting sexual power, virility and super-sensual ecstasy. One wakes up every morning in an inner paradise of intense, perpetual, sexual bliss and goes to work and works all day in that same bliss. One is no longer swayed by the usual frustrating and limiting emotions, compulsions and desires. Could there ever be a greater, more fulfilling level of sexual wholeness than this? What could be a better way to live?
Think about the purity of children and what this means. Remember what Jesus said about children? Children are generally free of the real suffering, concerns and attachments of adulthood. Note the behavior of children verses adults. More often than not, they seem to have endless energy and take great, natural and genuine pleasure in the littlest things. And what do adults do? Nothing but worry, hurry and more worry! Their capacity for enjoyment is far more limited, stagnated and often forced or superficial. In your earliest years before you discovered the intense excitement of sexual release, wasn't life more carefree and simple? Not so harsh or devastating when things went wrong? Also wasn't there a constant and pleasurable voluptuousness and blissful bodily vitality that never went away?
The Science of Wholeness Part One
For a rediculoulsly low cost, this invaluable two-volume series starts off with the spiritual life story of Yogi Shaktivirya and how he struggled to achieve transmutation of sexual energy and wholeness. Then he covers several different but interdependent subjects including spiritual nutrition, celibacy, transmutation, meditation and enlightenment. This utterly wonderful and unique two-volume series contains what I believe to be all the knowledge needed to achieve a much more fulfilling, longer and joyful life, starting with the redirection of one's libido and eventually progressing more and more toward religious ecstasy, higher consciousness, and attunement with the innermost core of one's being: the eternal Self within. The first part will discuss mainly the importance of conserving, containing and transmuting sexual desires into a more expansive energy for a wonderful state of enlightenment. Transmutation can be achieved through special herbs, healthy diet, water, exercise, yoga postures, deep relaxation, vibration, concentration, and a certain form of breathing exercises.
Obviously this wonderful achievement of holistic celibacy is not simple and easy for adolescents and adults, otherwise everyone would simply stay celibate and just float away into bliss. Nature cannot allow that to happen otherwise all worldly interest and activity would stop. Nature has placed a built-in "anti-escape" mechanism to prevent everyone in the world from having too much fun and to keep the soul deeply entrenched and grounded in the body, otherwise everyone could get too intensely high to care enough about the essential game of survival. And of course, if all or most people stopped sexual fluids it could mean an end to most forms of human reproduction and therefore the emancipation of the environment from the destructive forces of overpopulation. All physical bodies are naturally genetically programed to reproduce themselves with as many mates as possible and as often as possible. After too long a period of sexual abstinence and sexual energy build-up, the soul would be much more likely to escape from the physical body and be able to find refuge in an inner paradise free of all the terrible limitations and afflictions of the physical world. Competition, natural selection and other developmental evolutionary forces would no longer have enough influence. The "centrifugal" pull of Mother Nature (Maya) is a "necessary evil" used by nature as a strong, overwhelming compulsion to relieve one's self of sexual fluids either with a partner or without in order to keep one quite materialistic, competitive, possessive, addicted, stuck and grounded to the physical world throughout one's lifetime.
However, once one learns how to redirect one's sexual energy instead of losing vital sexual fluids, one discovers a much better way to live, and all those limiting natural laws and wasteful materialistic addictions can be transcended into a vastly superior, even God-like (centripetal) way of thriving. The sex force in a healthy person is so strong, that to redirect that force so that no vital fluids are ever lost again, would be as involved as changing the course of a massive river so that instead of it uselessly flowing into the sea, it is dammed up, stored in a huge lake, and then channeled through an immense hydroelectric generator. Massive energy can come from it in the form of tremendous, everlasting fulfillment instead of the usual temporary and inferior "fulfillment" of the common "procreation" style of sex or masturbation followed by days of emptiness and boredom. What is really more practical? Certainly not regular sex after experiencing all the awesome and magical benefits of holistic celibacy!
Allow me to list some of the benefits of holistic celibacy:
1) Ever increasing, everlasting joy, fulfillment and bliss
2) Much greater spiritual and material success
3) Really beautiful meditations
4) More concentration and energy
5) Real, permanent sexual fulfillment
6) Absolutely awesome sexual renaissance at any age
7) Massive improvement in one's love life or relationships
8) Much more virility, strength and respect
9) Enlightenment, moksha and liberation from physical existence
10) Astral projection and free access to higher planes of consciousness
11) Development of all sorts of psychic powers
12) Emotional independence
13) Better memory and greater mind power
14) After 9 years of celibacy one develops the ability of absolute recall (memory of past lives, and of every moment in this lifetime)
15) There seems to be some claims that celibacy lengthens one's lifespan and even stops the aging process. I think this effect depends on many other factors as well.
These benefits may all sound too good to be true, but they are not, these benefits are real and yogis have benefited from them for millenniums. The only drawback is that, at first, especially without the Science of Wholeness lifestyle, it is not very easy to be celibate, and at the same time one has to have constant very strong sexual desires to transmute or results would be inconsistent. In other words redirecting a stream would barely generate enough electricity for one house, but redirecting a massive, raging river, could easily power a whole city of light. Time is the main value factor of celibacy; i.e., anyone can be celibate for 5 minutes, an hour or several days and such short lengths of time create little benefit. For any of the above benefits to develop, it could take several weeks to several months, even years of strict conservation and build-up of sexual fluids. Another important thing to know: the longer one has been celibate, the easier it becomes to remain celibate. The experience of conventional orgasm is naturally addicting, in fact it has the same effect on the brain as a shot of heroin. The more addictions one is free of, the better!
The Science of Wholeness Part Two
In this second volume, which is just as essential as the first volume, if not, more so, "The Science of Wholeness Part Two" we will cover in detail the foods needed for maximum metabolic efficiency which in turn is essential for advanced meditation and higher states of consciousness. We will also cover food cravings, weight control, importance of raw foods, lactobacillus acidophilus, and how it helps to create ideal physical, mental and spiritual health. I also list some herbs and amino acids that can be used to alleviate depression and other nervous problems that could interfere with achieving samadhi. It is important to know how all the factors I'll be covering combine with one another synergistically. We will discuss meditation, dying, resurrection and the nature of God. Because it is available for such a ridiculously low cost, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from buying this invaluable and highly unique ebook! ONLY 99 CENTS!
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"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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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.
...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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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!
"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.
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.