History of Sex Manuals Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Ecstasy

About the book Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Ecstasy, a tantric guide, history, overview and advice from the sexual manual.

The Development of the Sex Manual

SEXUAL SECRETS: THE ALCHEMY OF ECSTASY (1979)

Instructors: Nik Douglas (b. 1944) and Penny Slinger (b. 1947). To discover the inner secrets of Eastern thought about sex and philosophy, Nik Douglas learned Sanskrit and Tibetan and studied in the Himalayas for eight years with Indian physicians adept in the Tantras and with Tibetan lamas.

Penny Slinger, an artist of the erotic, worked from life studies and centuries-old sources to illustrate the book.

Overview: The main theme of Sexual Secrets is that "physical love can become the pathway to liberation." Based on 2,000 years of Oriental texts, the book presents the sexual practices of China, Japan, Nepal, Tibet, and India, which are often quite different from one another physically as well as spiritually. A guide to sex and mysticism, Sexual Secrets concentrates on the transcendental aspects of the human being as well as the technicalities of intercourse.

The book is divided into "Brahma the Creative," which discusses the "egg" of positive energy, yoga, and other traditional creative arts; "Shiva the Transcendental," a "heart talk" between a man and woman, who become exalted to god and goddess as they make love and discuss archetypical meanings, mystic forms, sexual fantasy and practices, fasting, and other things; and "Vishnu the Preserver," which contains a repertory of ways to make love, including homosexuality and group sex.

Much of the book is complex and detailed. Charts like "Fourfold Evolution of Ecstasy according to the Tantric Tradition" need study before they are useful to the uninitiated. If one wishes to follow Oriental practices for specific days during cycles of erotic passion--aligning the bed and pillows accordingly, using certain positions, making the proper sounds--one must master a wealth of details.

Positions are suggested for reasons other than the purely physical. For example, Tortoise Position--in which the woman sits on the man's lap with her mouth, arms, and legs touching his--circulates and exchanges energy, in addition to holding "the secret of longevity."

Advice:

1. The Great Moon Elixir recommends that the man meditate on the yoni (vulva) as he enters it, thinking to himself, "Just as I am now entering this Yoni, so, too, have I emerged numerous times. The Tantric Path which I am following is straight as an arrow, but if I travel along it without knowledge, it becomes the path to countless rebirths. When I enter it with knowledge, it becomes the success of the Chandamaharosana, the Great Moon Elixir."

2. Endow the yoni and lingam (penis) with your own personalities and communicate with them affectionately and firmly.

3. According to the Tantric view, every ejaculation should be a conscious act.

4. According to Master Tung, "Sex should be leisurely; smoothly inserting and languorously moving, rarely fast and vigorous."

5. While male homosexuality is frowned upon, female homosexuality is considered acceptable.

6. Anal sex is not a good practice.

7. The woman can learn to contract her urethral sphincter muscles and visualize energy flowing up, then swallow saliva, to achieve the "Diamond Seal," which reserves the energy flow.

8. "In the Temple of Love, there is no before or after, only the Eternal Now."

9. In the Union of Three (group sex), the third person invited should be "honored equally." This practice should not be engaged in carelessly.

10. "Try to develop a dynamic sense of expectancy, as well as an openness and awareness of both your own and your partner's sexuality."

11. The wisdom of the heart is accessible to those who can "recognize the interrelationship between sexuality and spirituality."

12. When masturbating, "offer the Bliss-waves of orgasm to feed the gods and goddesses within the body. . . . Let the sex energy ascend to the sublime."

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