As a spiritual system, Tao means the way to achieving a true understanding of nature, our mind, and reality, to the way of living in harmony with the changes of nature.
Taoism is pronounced as ‘Dow-ism.’ It’s sometimes defined as religion, philosophy, alchemy, a system of magical wisdom, or as a series of health practices similar to yoga.
The Chinese have had a difficult time defining and agreeing on what Taoism is for millennia.
Over the centuries many branches of Taoist teachings grew, integrating the various activities to one's daily life.
These teachings include:
There has always been arts and sciences devoted to honoring the sacred and sexual self.
The Taoist sexual arts are known as sexual “Kung Fu.” The word kung fu literally means ‘practice.’
In the art of sexual kung fu, both male and female learn to amplify their sexual energy to extraordinary levels, resulting in healing, divinity, and astral projection.
Sexual kung fu is an expression of our own power and control. It gives us the ability to take control of our body, mind, and soul.
Taoism, unlike many other spiritual traditions, encourages us to acknowledge that we are embodied, and sexuality is a vital part of our humanity.
Chinese sexual arts and practices have been part of Taoism from its earliest records of over 4,600 years ago.
Sexual Energy - Creative and Life Force Energy
Taoist sexual masters believe that sexual energy is the most powerful human energy.
Each time we are sexually active we generate a lot of sexual energy. When we have a normal orgasms, our sexual energy pours out of us into the universe.
For Men they believe, his sexual energy is lost primarily through ejaculation.
They have developed methods for ejaculation control as the foundation for conserving, strengthening, circulating and transforming sexual energy.
Some of the sexual practices include:
For Women they believe her sexual energy is lost during menstruation and childbirth.
For women, these practices include ovarian breathing and Jade Egg exercises.
The jade egg exercises also strengthen the vaginal muscles and increase her orgasmic potential.
These teachings were written primarily for householders, and were called fang-chung ("bedchamber art") literature.
Like the Kama Sutra of India and the Pillow Books of Japan, they included variants of position and techniques for stimulating one's partner, genital reflexology, ejaculation control for men, and ways of enhancing arousal in women.
Taoists often use humorous and visionary metaphors to explain and illustrate their concepts about sexuality.
Men are seen as Yang - like fire, men are generally quickly heated and quickly cooled.
To achieve balance, men need to learn the art of maintaining their fire long enough to bring their women to boil.
Another example warns the male not to be aggressive by striving to throw away his spear (discharging his sperm), like a warrior wasting ammunition. Or else, he will find himself unarmed and will have to run away.
Women are seen as Yin - like water, women are slow to boil, but stay hot for a long time. Women need to learn how NOT to extinguish their men's fire too soon.
A further metaphor of battle says that a woman has a shield (her vaginal lips) and short sword (her clitoris).
To engage with his opponent, he must first use his short-range weapons (his hands, fingers, and tongue).
His long-range weapon (his penis) should be used to tempt his partner and then brought out only after he has won her, and she is prepared to surrender.
Finally, she surrenders because he has won her trust and respect by his demonstration of self-control. Now they are ready for an equal, intimate level of engagement.
This is the Taoist art of Yin and Yang balance.
Taoism doesn’t only teach exercises to enhance pleasure of partnership, but also encourages self-awareness and self-mastery for improved health and vitality.
These practices restore our organs to their natural state of love, joy, gentleness, and kindness.
Taoists also believe that energy generated during lovemaking is more vital to one’s well-being than the stimulation of the organs.
The primary purpose for Taoist lovemaking is to transform sexual energy into healing energy and vitality resulting in better health.
Practicing these techniques also promotes understanding, kindness, selflessness, pleasure and happiness for both partners.
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