A correspondent asked what it takes "to successfully blend tantric
partnership and life partnership over a period of time."
Having had this ideal for years and enjoying a realistic
opportunity to explore and experience such a blending,
we humbly provide the following list of general suggestions:
In regard to the "rural /garden" environment noted above and the general layout of the physical area in which we create our sacred spece, the following extracts from a classic text on Chinese sex-alchemy may be of interest. The precise date of authorship is in dispute but the work is conceded to have been written during the 15th or 16th centuries C.E. It still seems to hold true today.
from "Summary of the Golden Elixir" by Chang San-feng
Choosing a LocationAccording to Chang San-feng, a couple engaged in sacred sexuality or sex-mystical practices requires three bed chambers: one for each alone and a third between them for the enactment of the sacred rites. Few of us can afford such an arrangement. but a man who wishes to worship a female goddess such as Kali or Mary would do well to place Her altar ("the chamber of the white tiger") in the West, while a woman who wishes to worship a male god such as Siva or Jesus would do well to place His altar ("the chamber of the green dragon") in the East.Some prefer to live in the countryside. The earth should be red or yellow and without ancient graves ... A place where the mountains and rivers are pure and beautiful is auspicious indeed. Otherwise I am afraid it will not be suitable for your work.Choosing Comrades to Assist in PracticeOne must choose like-minded comrades for a relationship of deep commitment. They should be by nature poised, loyal, filial, friendly, and fraternal.Setting Up the Elixir PlatformThe altar table should include pure water, incense, candles, flowers, and vases. Arrange the ancient ritual implements ... One should worship here both morning and evening .... [At the] east is "the chamber of the green dragon," [the man] and [at] the west is "the chamber of the white tiger" [the woman]. In the center is the altar for making offerings ... Due north and south should be precisely aligned ... The windows should be clear and the tables clean. Fences and barriers ensure peace and seclusion. Plant flowers and shrubs and raise cranes and deer to provide an area for the gentlewoman to relax.(Excerpted from "Art of the Bedchamber: The Chinese Sexual Yoga Classics Including Women's Solo Meditation Texts" an excellent book compiled, translated, and annotated by Douglas Wile, and published by the State University of New York Press, 1992.)
As each devotee symbolizes to the other the sexualized deity of choice, so each devotee might stand at the altar to Himself or Herself in deified form and turn in the direction of preferred worship -- he at the East turning to face Her in the West, she at the West turning to face Him in the East. Then each will see the other, flanked by deific imagery.
Their meeting place, the alchemical
crucible or bed ("the altar for making offerings"), might be in the
center of the room between the two wall-altars. Toward the North of this central space might be
an altar to the invariant pole-star around which the union of the two
sexualized forces entwines. To the South, where the beauty of the day
and night take form, might be placed a window onto the created
garden-world, the peaceful, flowery, and fenced area in which the
"gentlewoman" and her consort may relax,
perhaps laying together in a hammock, if the weather is warm.
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