Tantra of Sound

 

Tantra of SoundHow to Enhance Intimacy, With Andi Goldman, Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2005.

Tantra of Sound was really a discovery for me!

On first sight, and compared to Jonathan Goldman’s earlier book Healing Sounds, this present book appears to be edited in a more professional way, and in fact, it’s from a different publisher. The choice of headers and font, all is perfect in the present publication, and I did not find one single typo, while in Healing Sounds, I found several.

And this present volume has one big advantage: it comes with an Audio CD that contains 20 tracks over 60.34 minutes of playing time, the first and last being Introduction and Conclusion and all the others being vocal intonations.

In addition, it is noteworthy that this volume has been authored by both Jonathan Goldman and his wife Andi Goldman, and this for good reason.  Continue reading

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Molecules of Emotion

 

Molecules of EmotionThe Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine, New York: Scribner, 2003.

I came to know about Candace B. Pert through the mind-boggling film What the Bleep Do We Know!?

I found her presence markedly impressive and right away ordered her book. Molecules of Emotion is not only an extraordinary scientific study, but it also comes with much autobiographic content. Candace Pert had the courage to reveal many details from her life as a female scientist.

Since the 1970s Candace Pert persisted in her vision of finding molecular evidence for the functionality of our emotions, and our sexuality, and more generally for mindbody medicine, within the boundaries of modern science.

The book, if all that additional information was taken out, would be a research paper, too thin to fill a book. And it would probably miss its goal entirely. It’s this holistic and empathic approach, and needless to add that it’s an artistic approach as well, that makes this book so unique. And it shows that this scientist was actually a great human. Continue reading

The Functions of the Orgasms

 

The Functions of the OrgasmsThe Highway to Transcendence, London: Pinter & Martin, 2009.

The Functions of the Orgasms by Michel Odent is a cutting-edge study on the human pleasure function in its largest contextual framework, and with a special regard upon female sexuality and the biological function of birthing and breastfeeding.

Odent’s [book] is a stylish polemic that mixes endocrinology, comparative anthropology, philology, anecdotes from the author’s own medical practice.

—Steven Poole, The Guardian

‘Fetus ejection reflex’, ‘milk ejection reflex’, ‘sperm ejection reflex’, ‘orgasmogenic cocktail’ . . . These are examples of terms used by Michel Odent in his study of the ecstatic/orgasmic states associated with different episodes of human sexual life. This book about male and female orgasms is an opportunity to convince anyone that humanity is at a turning point. Due to the improved technique of medically assisted conceptions and cesareans, the advances in anesthesiology and pharmacology, and the development of the food industry, women can now conceive a baby, give birth and feed their infant without relying on the release of ‘cocktails of love hormones’. Human intelligence and ingenuity have made love hormones redundant. Let us think long-term and let us raise questions in terms of civilization. The future of humanity is at stake.

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Sacred Pleasure

 

Sacred PleasureSex, Myth and the Politics of the Body, New Paths to Power and Love, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1996

Riane Eisler’s second book Sacred Pleasure is not less of a strike of genius than her first, The Chalice and the Blade. In fact, both books are complementary in a way, they should be edited as a two-volume reader, from a publisher’s point of view.

This book turns most of our opinions about sex upside down. I agree with the author when she says that most people are unaware of the fact that their sexuality represents a carefully conditioned habit:

In short, sex does not, as a once-popular song had it, ‘just come naturally.’ Rather, as illustrated by the jarring differences in the prehistoric and contemporary sexual symbols and images we have been comparing, sex is to a very large degree socially constructed./22

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