The Secret History of Western Sexual Mysticism: Sacred Practices and Spiritual Marriage by Michigan State University professor Arthur Versluis (2008) is a refreshing look at sacred sex in the West. Versluis bravely pulls a lot of sacred sex traditions out of the pigeonholes into which academics have placed them, and re-examines them. The book is short, which makes it an easy read, but it is not comprehensive.
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This essay is from a 1956 book of essays by Aldous Huxley entitled "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" (or in the UK, "Adonis and the Alphabet"). It appeared on this web page peculiarly formatted. To make it more legible, I have inserted paragraphs as I saw fit, with apologies to the late Mr. Huxley.
Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work. The domestication of sex presents a problem whose solution must be attempted on two distinct levels of human experience, the psycho-physiological and the social.
A site member shared an older text from India on the subject of Tantra: TANTRA: The Secret Power of Sex by Arvind and Shanta Kale.
The material is interesting, not only because it echoes a lot of the tips about karezza: attunement between lovers, effortlessness, and so forth, but also because it gives a description of some of the altered states that lovers encounter while "floating."
This excerpt is from Sexual Energy Ecstasy: A Practical Guide to Lovemaking Secrets of the East and West by David and Ellen Ramsdale (pp. 304-307)
This is an excerpt from The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margo Anand, p. 352.
"The Chambermaid's Second Song"
From pleasure of the bed,
Dull as a worm,
His rod and its butting head
Limp as a worm,
His spirit that has fled
Blind as a worm.
"Omne animal post coitum triste."
These instructions for the practice known as "Merging Meditation" were excerpted from Don Juan and the Art of Sexual Energy by Merilyn Tunneshende.1 Use it to move toward a feeling of oneness.
- This is a beautiful practice used by [energy workers], to become one with the object of their intent. It may be used by lovers or friends also, to become one with one another.
- 1. Bear & Company (2001), p. 177