24 chapters, 133 pages, 35 full color illustrations of positions:
Swallows with Hearts United or Flying Dragon, White Tiger Pounces, Monkey’s Attack or Roc Soars over Sea, Clinging Crickets, Turtle Rising or Twisting Dragon, Phoenix Soaring, Rabbit Licking Fur, Fishes Touching, Silkworms Entwined, Fishes Eye-to-Eye, Barbarian Squat, Soaring Seagulls, Goat faces Tree, Donkeys in Spring, Dogs in Autumn, Beating the Bamboo, Strumming the Lute Strings, and secrets of the Jade Egg Holistic Practice. Sex, spirituality, exercise, meditation, enlightenment, daily life, work, play and relationships together form that glorious piece of work, the Human. We are always striving to make sense of things, to learn, to teach, to share, but most of all to understand. Why are we here? Are we here, really? And, if we are, why should we not be? And now that we are here, where do we go next? We separate life into compartments, but life has its own way of catching us having sex at the office, or thinking about the game in church, or what’s for lunch during a boring lecture, or answering work emails at home or textual intercourse at work. Research shows how very much the human brain needs both distraction and focus. We all bring our own issues to the tantric table. The Taoist Canon, a still largely untranslated body of work said to number between 4,000 and 10,000 volumes, by a multitude of authors, originating between 4,000 and 1200 BCE, interfered with over the millennia by governments and guardians censoring here and repeating there, can be either a minefield or a goldfield for research: a minefield if you seek consistency. Since the mid-1980s, training with everyone from High Masters to Tantric Frauds, Chinese teachers in Mercedes, Indian gurus in Rolls Royces, Westerners in robes and beads, from those who know to those who say they know, from the genuine to the fake, reading everything from ancient texts to scientific studies, often tempted to dismiss it all as BS, I have learned that when you mine for gold you have to go through a load of dross before getting the nugget. In my research I developed a fascination for Su Nu, the Plain Girl advisor to the Yellow Emperor. You meet her in the first and last chapters. How could an innocent Chinese girl from an ordinary family gather the knowledge and experience to gain the ear, and more, of the Son of Heaven, the Emperor of China, in the days when one false step could bring death. For now, her knowledge, experience and wisdom, her blend of humanity and sensuality, are the inspiration for me writing this book, in the hope that I can make sense of these ancient esoteric practices that even today can so enhance our life, love, and relationships. And, who knows, find a way to return to the source, Union with the Divine.