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Tantra for Erotic Empowerment: The Key to Enriching Your Sexual Life Paperback – March 8, 2008
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Betty Dodson, PhD. author of Sex for One
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is a very authentic Tantra book, but perhaps more importantly, it's commonsensical and easy to understand. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson present Tantric principles and philosophy in clear, accessible ways. So even those with no background or interest in Eastern traditions can benefit from the great treasures Michaels and Johnson have to offer. Read it and be erotically empowered, because you're worth it."
Dr. Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex: Make Over Your Love Life
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is a sublime and subversive treat. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson show us how expanded awareness and respect for pleasure can free us from the restraints of religious, social, and political conformity. A totally liberating book!"
Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century
"If you are embodied enough to seek authentic teaching about your erotic potential, try out the wisdom, exercises, reflections and meditations that make up this book. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson are teachers whose intention is to guide and inspire you on your own exuberant journey. Their approach is astonishingly creative."
Joseph Kramer, Ph.D. The New School of Erotic Touch
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment combines traditional wisdom and insight with true sensitivity and compassion, to become a valuable guide for the modern Tantric seeker. Mark and Patricia weave classic teachings with the reality of living in the modern western world in a thorough and grounded way, accessible to students of all orientations."
Christopher Penczak, author of The Mystic Foundation and Gay Witchcraft
"With Erotic Empowerment, Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson have risen to the challenge of writing a practical guide to Tantra. They have taken a tricky subject that could easily have been mishandled, and created a useful tool that could easily become a classic preparatory text in this genre."
Raven Kaldera author of Pagan Polyamory
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment combines a clear-eyed overview of Tantra with multi-faceted Tantric insights in a rare method, allowing readers to pursue Tantra using traditional learning methods, but at their own pace and to the appropriate level of their current (and soon to be expanded) understanding.
This book achieves its ambition to inform the casual reader, challenge the student of Tantra and inspire diverse communities to spiritual growth."
Bruce Anderson (Somananda) author of Tantra for Gay Men
"This is a fearless and brilliant work, at once scholarly, technically accurate, challenging, and immensely readable. The writing is economical and lucid. The exercises are absorbing and profoundly therapeutic in the 'human' sense. It is a genuine original, and I enjoyed it immensely."
Paul Skye (Swami Ajnananda Saraswati), author of The Mastery of Stress, award-winning poet and short story writer
"Informative, challenging, inspiring and readily accessible to the serious student of tantric practice, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is unquestionably one of the best books on tantric sexuality to be recently published in English. The exercises and specific instructions it offers are powerful, enjoyable and enlightening. Although it is provocative and even controversial in certain respects, this is an outstanding source of teaching and required reading for anyone open to tantric ways of growing and becoming more empowered in our lived bodily experiences."
Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS, author, What is Tantric Practice? Director, Center for Tantric Spirituality, Past President, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
"Michaels & Johnson are a Masters & Johnson for the 21st Century. Written with clarity and a passion for mystical experience and rigorous logic, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is grounded in ancient spiritual truth, practice, wisdom, and personal experience. Radical, practical, and open-hearted, this book is a straight-forward transformative guide to self-knowledge. Michaels &Johnson's vision of Divine pleasure as a spiritual and sensual path of liberation is a gift to all seekers--for the curious, the novice and initiate alike.
Donna Gaines, Ph.D., Sociologist, author of Teenage Wasteland and Misfit's Manifesto, and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is packed full of useful exercises that can help individuals and couples discover their best erotic selves and find a holistic way of making sexuality a positive force in their lives and in their relationships."
Helen Boyd, author, She's Not the Man I Married and My Husband Betty
"With illumination should come empowerment and the exercise of illuminated power. Mark and Patricia have once again given generously of themselves to all seekers fortunate enough to read this marvelous and enlightened work. Profound, practical, and precisely what the western psyche is ready for!"
Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley
Top Customer Reviews
The authors do make an effort to present their ideas in a way that is "gender inclusive" so if you are gay, straight, queer, of have a different relationship style, you will find that this info is helpful too.
I like the fact that the authors are willing to share more of their own personal opinions of their work, (and the work of other "tantrikas")in an open and honest matter.
Make no mistake if you are looking for a fluffy new-agey book, you'd better look elsewhere. If you are ready to do work for your own spiritual growth and enlightenment, not to mention cultivating a new sexy intimate relationship with yourself and the divine spark that resides within you, this is the book for you
Replete with fifty-two exercises, dozens of examples, explanations, and experiences, there's a cornucopia of material with which Tantric practitioners or novices can use in order to enhance and enrich their sexual life, focusing on "consciousness, an experimental attitude, and, above all, pleasure".
The authors suggests approaching the material slowly but steadily, studying and experimental with one chapter per week. All of the exercises can be explored by persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.
The book begins with an examination of Tantra itself, then moves on to sexuality, both physical and spiritual, and how the two can be integrated.
This study is followed by chapters that examine pleasure and desire, with exercises that focus on helping readers to discover various aspects of their own sexuality, what turns them on and off; what forms of foreplays and love-making they enjoy; what their sexual history was like; what does or doesn't happen when they yield to sexual desires; and how they breathe during orgasm, all to help them understand more about their sexual selves.
"From the Tantric perspective, everything that exists is imbued with energy, or Shakti". So follows an explanation of sexual energy: why it happens, how to recognize it, and how to create and manage it.
Following these are informative and enlightening chapters on such things as meditation, reverence, bliss, imagination and other concepts vital to a working knowledge of Tantric sex.
Together with their previous books, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment provides a dynamic and consciousness-expanding awareness of our sacred sexuality.
The chapters of the book are sequentially designed to bring us closer into gaining a deeper level of understanding of our own consciousness and sexuality. We are encouraged to write a journal as we work through the book, answering questions designed to lead us further into this understanding.
The meditations in the book are not wishy washy having their roots in genuine Indian metaphysical lineages; we find the likes of Shavasana and Yoga (Ananda) Nidra, rubbng shoulders with healthy techniques of worshipping ourselves and our partners.
What I particularily liked was the healthy attitude towards sex and spirituality that runs throughout. A book like this could hopefully go a long way in introducing a sane view of sex.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really want to like this book but I just don't. I have two full bookshelves of Tantra books and I've been doing Tantra for ten years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caring citizen
Tantra is not sex & it is certainly not "erotic empowerment". In fact most tantra today is practiced by celibate monastics. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Girish Yogiraj
I bought this for all the great recommendations. But as a student of Tantra I found it very, very basic. Too basic to be interesting, I was hoping for a lot more depth of practice.Published 23 months ago by Kiran
I like this book very much for the authors no nonsense approach towards Tantra. If you want to take on the journey of Tantra this is the guide to start with. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Einar Einarsson
This is a very well written book and it is refreshing in many ways. No hype, well balanced fusion of the old tradition with modern Western "neo-Tantra", useful practical exercises... Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by Alex G.
I was impressed that though written to accommodate the novice, the Sanskrit origins of the concepts are discussed and honored.
It is a useful book.
The authors have taken great measure to respect both the material and their audience. The exercises present real opportunities to develop a greater understanding of yourself and... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Charlie SanDiego
IMO the most important, powerful, and rewarding aspects of tantra are its PRACTICES.
It's theories, while quite beautiful, are beside the point--especially for someone... Read more