The Art of Sexual Magic
Imagine if you could direct your sexual energy to improve any, and every, aspect of your life. In addition to exploring a range of pivotal sexual topics, the ‘Art of Sexual Magic’ presents a series of erotic exercises intended to help you realize your goals and as a means of self-realization. Though this comes across as a lofty endeavor, but it's more realizable than you might think. The beauty of these lessons is that they can be done alone or with a sexual partner.
Though it is replete with sex rituals and techniques, the book teaches that sexuality can be a profound practice that is both rapturous and transcendental. Experienced alone, or with a companion, sexuality in its most sacred sense is a way to create "alchemical transformation within yourself", and changes, "the way you see life and respond to its challenges." In such a way, sex becomes a source of ‘magic’ – which is the theme of this deeply moving manual about self-awareness, all-encompassing eroticism and the divine nature of sex.
Full title: The Art of Sexual Magic: Cultivating Sexual Energy to Transform Your Life
Type: Hardcover. Pages: 383. Publisher: Tarcher. Year Published: 1996
Author: Margo Anand
Categories: sex instruction, new age, human sexuality, tantric sex
The Short Version
"You probably already know that sex can be a magical experience, but you may not be aware that magic can be a sexual experience." When a person learns to embrace their true sexual self, they tap into boundless amounts of personal and universal energy. Margot Anand shows how this energy can be harnessed to achieve whatever you desire - be it a better self-image, finding a fulfilling career, meeting the love of your life, or even quitting smoking.
This book has a series of unique sexual exercises which, simply put - though not so simply done - teach lovers to channel their feelings of sexuality into a thoughtfully envisioned goal; and as a result, "bring about meaningful changes in their lives." Each section builds upon the lessons of the previous one read, and the exercises prepare you to complete those in the next stage. Thus, it’s recommended that readers follow it sequentially, though it's tempting to skip parts.
Though the author states that the training is not difficult, in order to reap its full benefit it requires consistency and commitment. Because "energy often takes unexpected twists and turns, revealing aspects of yourself that you never knew existed", Anand recommends that the exercises be completed one per week, ideally over nine months. The author explains that the regular practice will help "discover personal qualities and attitudes you need", to make the so-called magic happen...
Magic, the central idea in this book, is a word with strong, pagan connotations. Elaborate symbology, complex visualizations: these are things that can distract many readers from the intent of the work, which truly is insightful. The use of the term magic isn't meant to create smoke and mirrors; it's a powerful metaphor, employed to help people understand the myriad possibilities when sexuality and self-realization are combined. Anand provides another way to look at it. "Tantric teachings tend[s] to be mystical rather than magical, but the same approach is used for both arts."
Spiritual healing, even though it's done via sexually oriented activities, isn't easy. In order to channel sexual energies, one must be prepared to confront what impedes the "free flow of energy". Letting our defenses down during this course of sexual healing will bring along some challenges, and may even stir up things hiding in the basements of our subconscious. However, it can be overcome by recognizing perceived limitations, learning what triggers resistance or fear, and allowing enough time in between exercises for self-reflection. Greater receptivity to positive influences, together with an “emerging sense of synchronicity in your life”, are just a couple of the possibilities.
The book is packed with a variety of illustrations, some of which are instructional, such as genital massage techniques, while others are inspirational. The margins contain quotes which suitably complement the magic Anand writes about. The format of the book is easy to follow; each section's exercises are preceded by an interesting introduction, diverse philosophies on the topic, and well researched techniques. The author includes a supplement with recommended musical selections to use during exercises, as well as information about seminars and training to take committed tantra seekers a step further.
Margot Anand has a graduate degree in psychology and has been researching sacred sexuality for decades. In her first book, The Art of Sexual Ecstasy (1989), considered the companion book to this one, transported sexual methods of the East into easy-to-understand language to the West. She is the creator of a Tantric Sex method called Skydancing Tantra and has multiple institutes located throughout the world.
If you're interested in evaluating areas of life that you may have never considered, The Art of Sexual Magic will stimulate a fascinating journey. If you're solely interested in physical pleasure, readers will learn expert sexual techniques like G-spot and Prostate Stimulation, plus a host of other erotic skills. A recommended read!
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