The Art of Sexual Ecstasy
The Path of Sacred Sexuality for Western Lovers
(c) 2012 by Heidrun Beer
Margo Anand's best selling, market leading lovemaking manual brings the ancient Eastern traditions of Taoist and Tantric "sacred sexuality" to the modern reader in the Western hemisphere. At the time of its writing (1989), it was a groundbreaking work, so much so that it is quoted by many other authors. A lot of the new Tantric movement in the West is based on this book.
It is a very complete training manual, with excellent drawings (see Examples below), covering not only sexual techniques but also personal, energetic and spiritual aspects, as the difference between "sacred sexuality" and the Western approach to lovemaking is that these traditions include the spiritual being and the energy body with its functions into their view, while Western teachings focus on the physical body only.
At the first glance, the 450 page book appears to be rather broadly written, as the author is including a lot of autobiographic tales. A second glance reveals that this is the way she has chosen to illustrate the Western cultural timeline which has shaped most of us into who we are today, in contrast with the Tantric spirit that she is teaching in this book. From one chapter to the next, she is explaining the bridge across this really wide gap between cultures. It is a bridge that she personally walked, from the performance oriented, sometimes seriously pressured lifestyle we are familiar with, to a lifestyle and mindset that is paying high attention to issues of personal well-being, feeling good and creating pleasure - so much that the typical stressed-out Westerner can only shake his head in disbelief.
Training with this book is only for people who can afford to make a lot of time for many forms of sensual pleasures (not only sex). In a way this looks like total luxury - unreal for people who are struggling for survival, or feel driven by dire circumstances to spend most of their time on concentrated work for the greatest good. Of course such people might also appreciate an occasional luxurious reward, but it does take time to train up for this.
Presenting excerpts from Anand's book would not work, it really has to be read as a whole. But here are the back cover page, the Content Pages, and two Sample Drawings to show the character of the book.