- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: LIfe Force Books (December 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979533112
- ISBN-13: 978-0979533112
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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About the Author
JJ Semple has worked as a film editor for NBC with TV producers Stuart Schulberg and Ted Yates, and he edited "Assassin," an independent feature film, for Rod Bradley's Streetlight Productions.
In the 1970s and 80s he lived in France, where he directed his own training school, Arazon, a company that prepared managers for negotiation and problem solving. After attending a French business school, he established a subsidiary of UNILOG, a leading French software company, in the US. He returned to Paris to work for Apple Computer Europe, designing multimedia programs. He also taught a multimedia course at the American University in Paris. It was during this period that he began writing feature screenplays.
His screenplay, "Everyone Wants to Make Movies" (co-written with Mark Richardson) won the Telluride award in 1997, and their screenplay "Little Dan" won first place at the Telluride Independent Film Festival in 2000.
Semple's formal education includes studying English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University, and a master's degree in marketing from Hauts Etudes de Commerce in Paris (HEC).
His personal education involves yogic practices and spiritual exploration, inspired by a wide variety of teachers, writers and philosophers, including Gopi Krishna, Milarepa, and Lao Tse. However, his worldly accomplishments pale beside his forty years of investigating workable methods for activating the Kundalini. JJ Semple is one of the foremost authorities on activating Kundalini.
Says JJ Semple, "My work is inspired by a variety of teachers, writers and practitioners, including Gopi Krishna, Milarepa, and Lao Tse.
"After many years of practicing Yoga and meditation on my own, I realized my self-reliance had provided me with the knowledge to create a method of my own — a method for self-learners. It's called Golden Flower Meditation (GFM), a method I learned through extensive study of The Secret of the Golden Flower. I now use it with students all over the world. Every Yoga teacher and meditation instructor should know about GFM. Even if they don't use it, they should have the techniques in their toolkit. I'm talking about the ability to teach students to self-monitor and make necessary adjustments as you progress in activating Kundalini safely and permanently. If you really think about it, success in anything comes from learning to rely on yourself."
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In a literary genre filled with non-science and charlatanism, J.J. Semple stands alone in relating his authentic and revolutionary Kundalini account. The tremendous service he has done here is in tying together two critical pieces of the Kundalini puzzle together, namely: Kundalini / Gopi Krishna, and The Secret of the Golden Flower.
Until this book was published, these two were not at all understood to be related--even the great Carl Jung wasn't able to crack this code. Yet Semple has done so, and lays it all out in an engaging writing style which leaves no doubt as to the authenticity and importance of the experience he has undergone. An incredibly inspirational account; required reading for any meditator, beginners and experts alike.
This is not the 'end all-be all' of Kundalini books. So while being an interesting and inspiring personal story, Semple never had a teacher and his method isn't fully complete. (TIP: Keep the tongue up!) For a more complete method, and an interesting awakening story as well, check out Path Notes of an American Ninja Master by Glenn Morris, who also uses Chi Gung to awaken Kundalini but actually knows what he is doing. All in all though, a worthwhile read.
One reader complained that Semple should have "deciphered" the Golden Flower in this book. I did not expect him to decipher it for me. To decipher it for others would go against the entire empirical aspect of the technique. My understanding is that it is a highly personal transformation. In several places in the book he talks about the struggle he faced about sharing his experience with others. He did touch on the backward flowing method, but the strength of the book is the telling of his remarkable journey. I am about to read his second book entitled "The Backward Flowing Method" and hope to work on the technique.
If you are interested in reading a fascinating account of one man's transformation through the primal power of meditation, "Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time" will not disappoint.
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After reading, I have started the the practice of GFM meditation.