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Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

JJ Semple

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Curiosity and circumstance often propel individuals beyond the confines of their upbringing, dumping them into unfamiliar, unexpected life situations. Thus was JJ Semple transported into a trial-and-error process of self-discovery, a path that took him from the East Coast Brahman establishment, to France, to a meeting with Gopi Krishna in India, and back to the USA. What he found along the way was Kundalini, the biological basis of both science and religion.

How does Kundalini come into an ordinary person's life? Is it foreordained like a priestly calling or is it a Karmic inevitability? Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time describes the unlikely circumstances that foreshadowed, and ultimately shaped, JJ Semple's Kundalini experience!

Says the author, “Before Kundalini, I had not found anything substantial in life — nothing to believe in, nothing to work for. I had no clue that a biological phenomenon like Kundalini existed or that I could arouse it through the practice of meditation.

“I wrote this book as a memoir because I wanted to document the difficulties a Westerner faces in getting to the starting point of the self-actualization process. I have Indian and Chinese friends who grew up with meditation and Yoga practices all around them. I had never heard of these practices until I was in my late-twenties. When I finally did, there was very little information extant. That was forty years ago, before the current proliferation of books and videos on spiritual themes. As for Kundalini, I didn't hear the term until after I had activated it and a force field of energy within my own body — previously unknown to me — swept over me.

“In writing this book, I decided not to separate the journey from the destination. Yet, my choosing not to separate the journey from the destination has sparked a wholesale discussion. Some only want information on the method I used, effectively bypassing the frequently perilous, and often circuitous, route I took to get there, not to mention the years I dedicated to learning to live with this amazing biological subsystem. What a waste! — not to pass this knowledge on, especially when learning to live with Kundalini demands such a high degree of mindfulness and adaptability. Kundalini is an evolutionary breakthrough capable of modifying DNA in a single lifetime; every aspect of it needs to be documented. There are many methods for activating Kundalini. But there are few detailed accounts of successful arousals that highlight the before, during, and after of the process.

“Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time is more than a discussion of biology, evolution, or mindfulness; it's a street level account of finding oneself in the modern world, the definitive tell-all journal of obstacles met and overcome on the path to activating Kundalini. I don't leave anything out: A childhood accident that robs me of my talents and memory, my battle with drugs and alcohol, my slow deterioration and eventual disequilibrium. The young girl in Paris who gave me a copy of The Secret of the Golden Flower which led to my discovery of Kundalini meditation — the energy cultivation technique — that actually overhauled certain aspects of my anatomy and metabolism, a wholesale biological retrofitting that opened up a consciousness of unlimited dimension. Deciphering the Golden Flower is a full-circle account of self-actualization, involving a lot of detective work on my body and my psyche."

JJ Semple shares his many years of first-hand practice with The Secret of the Golden Flower’s meditation method. Not even Richard Wilhelm, the translator, or Carl Gustav Jung, the famous psychologist, who wrote the original commentary to the sacred book, were able to plumb the depths of this method. Deciphering the Golden Flower is an extraordinary statement about the inevitability of karma and the quest for self-realization.

Biographie de l'auteur

JJ Semple has worked as a film editor for NBC with TV producers Stuart Schulberg and Ted Yates, and he edited "Assassin," an independent feature film, for Rod Bradley's Streetlight Productions.

In the 1970s and 80s he lived in France, where he directed his own training school, Arazon, a company that prepared managers for negotiation and problem solving. After attending a French business school, he established a subsidiary of UNILOG, a leading French software company, in the US. He returned to Paris to work for Apple Computer Europe, designing multimedia programs. He also taught a multimedia course at the American University in Paris. It was during this period that he began writing feature screenplays.

His screenplay, "Everyone Wants to Make Movies" (co-written with Mark Richardson) won the Telluride award in 1997, and their screenplay "Little Dan" won first place at the Telluride Independent Film Festival in 2000.

Semple's formal education includes studying English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University, and a master's degree in marketing from Hauts Etudes de Commerce in Paris (HEC).

His personal education involves yogic practices and spiritual exploration, inspired by a wide variety of teachers, writers and philosophers, including Gopi Krishna, Milarepa, and Lao Tse. However, his worldly accomplishments pale beside his forty years of investigating workable methods for activating the Kundalini. JJ Semple is one of the foremost authorities on activating Kundalini.

Says JJ Semple, "My work is inspired by a variety of teachers, writers and practitioners, including Gopi Krishna, Milarepa, and Lao Tse.

"After many years of practicing Yoga and meditation on my own, I realized my self-reliance had provided me with the knowledge to create a method of my own — a method for self-learners. It's called Golden Flower Meditation (GFM), a method I learned through extensive study of The Secret of the Golden Flower. I now use it with students all over the world. Every Yoga teacher and meditation instructor should know about GFM. Even if they don't use it, they should have the techniques in their toolkit. I'm talking about the ability to teach students to self-monitor and make necessary adjustments as you progress in activating Kundalini safely and permanently. If you really think about it, success in anything comes from learning to rely on yourself."

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 186 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0979533112
  • Editeur : LIfe Force Books; Édition : Second (25 mai 2008)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Amazon.com: 4.2 étoiles sur 5  26 commentaires
22 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a memoir...no secrets deciphered at any time... 14 septembre 2009
Par AJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a memoir...no secrets were deciphered at any time...granted it is a fast and easy reading the title is completely misleading. Only when you reach the epilogue that you find a hasty 6 point list, which ultimately recommends you "For reference, buy a copy of The Secret of the Golden Flower". Mr. JJ we read that book and were hoping for you to DECIPHERE...
20 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Henry Miller meets Gopi Krishna 6 mai 2008
Par Dennis Littrell - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'm not familiar with The Secret of the Golden Flower, which is the book that initiates Semple into meditation, but I did read one of Gopi Krishna's books some years ago. It was either Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man originally published in 1971 or Kundalini: The Secret of Yoga published in 1972.

Gopi Krishna wrote about the awakening of Kundalini as a powerful force that almost killed him. Semple's experience is in some ways similar. Indeed in some ways it seems patterned after Gopi Krishna's experience, especially in how powerful and scary the awakening was and how long it went on.

I have practiced yoga for 34 years and have spent many hours in kundalini meditation. I have never had anything but agreeable experiences during that time. But that is not surprising. Gopi Krishna's and Semple's experiences are highly unusual. I would not give up kundalini meditation for fear that something untoward might happened to me.

But putting kundalini aside, and some of the other things that Semple concerns himself with in this narrative, such as Intelligent Design versus biological evolution or the nature of prana or the distinction he makes between what he calls material science and empirical science, let me say that this is a superbly written memoir. Semple's narrative command might invoke the envy of a best-selling novelist. And his facility with the language, his ability to effortlessly (or so it seems, without effort) to find just the right word or expression to make his story vivid and engaging for the reader is highly admirable. Furthermore the prose is polished and very nicely edited. The book is pleasure to read and it reads fast.

Even though the book is obviously a memoir or an autobiography with some names changed I felt very strongly that this was an excellent work of fiction. I am not disputing Semple's story in any way; rather I am in admiration of the way he develops the first-person, present-tense narrative, the way he picks and selects details, adventures, and significant others so that the tension is maintained throughout the story. He begins with himself as a child who is accidentally impaled with a three inch long and somewhat thick splinter in his foot. For a reason that remains inexplicable to the very end of the book, Semple does not tell his parents or the doctors about the splinter still in his foot. He suffers a lot of pain. He goes on to believe that the splinter destroyed the symmetry of his body and caused him to lose his math and musical ability. It is only with the beginning of his meditative practice and the awakening of kundalini that Semple starts to regain his symmetry and his sense of body wholeness. The reader however may come to believe that Semple's problems had nothing to do with the splinter, rather more to do with his propensity for self-indulgence, particularly as he enters his twenties. As a teen he is an indifferent student in private boarding schools, a privileged child who doesn't even bother to get "gentleman's B's" while blaming his lack of academic achievement on what the splinter did to him. As a young adult he is given to sex, jazz, alcohol and drugs. The crucial moment in his life comes when he gives up all his bad habits, rents a house in a small French town and alone reaches a climax with what he sees as the life force (or kundalini: he uses both terms interchangeably). However while kundalini seems to be racking his body and mind, the reader may suspect that it is the 15 days of fasting, ten of which contained sleepless nights, that brought about his anguish.

The glimpses we get of the women in his life are very interesting. I especially liked Margo and Martine. Semple has the novelist's gift for dialogue and quick description through which these women come to life. Curiously the last two women, Gloria and Donna, are not characterized at all. Well, Gloria is a waitress who is apparently very good in bed, but that's it. Donna, he tells us in passing, he married; and then later in passing, he mentions that he has a son. Nothing more is said about them.

This inconsistency of focus is necessary in a book that covers so many years of a man's life. However Semple maintained what I thought was a beautiful and perfectly balanced pace up until Chapter "14--Relapse." Suddenly the temporal pace becomes inconsistent. Some indefinite time has gone by, and on page 125 he says he has a wife (apparently Martine and not Donna, who comes later) and a successful business. The reader wonders when all this happened.

One other curious thing I must note. Semple includes two charts showing a "Comparison between Interrupted and Uninterrupted Growth" by age from his birth to age 63. The "interruption" occurs at age seven when he gets the splinter. The interrupted growth continues lagging behind a hypothesized normal growth until age 63 when he goes on a raw food diet and becomes "the being" he was "destined to become."

In today's book marketplace it is not easy to say whether a certain story should be told as a memoir or as a work of fiction. This is an excellent memoir, but I think, strangely enough, that it might have been more powerful as a work of fiction. Many readers will be skeptical (as Gopi Krishna learned!) to the idea of a prolonged and anguished "kundalini rising" taken as objective fact. However if presented as a fiction the possible distraction caused by the reader's skepticism disappears and the story gains in psychological power. Fiction is a way of conveying human psychological truths that sometimes cannot be expressed in a nonfictional way. As I used to say to my students, "What could be truer than fiction?"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best in a market cluttered by pseudo master-writers 26 février 2010
Par Long Chek Juan - Publié sur Amazon.com
As I read the book, I told myself - okay, the experiences the author described are all interesting, and believable; but this book is after all about his PROCESS of realization, and ultimately consummation of an esoteric, largely secret method of meditation. The question is - can his achievement be replicated? I told myself, I will write a fair review once this happens. And the other day, it did.

The Golden Flower meditation is another name for the Microcosmic Orbit meditation. It is where you run energies along the meridian that circumnavigate the front and back of your body. As you do this, blockages at various points along the ren mai and du mai open up, allowing even more qi to flow into and around your body. This starts a process of restoring the physical and energetic bodies back to a pristine state, and thereby initiating an actual, internal, alchemical process of healing and cultivation of the self. Injuries are healed, the mind becomes clear, optimum health is realized.

The reverse breathing method was a well kept secret of Taoist masters for thousands of years, and one needs only to troll the internet to read countless stories of miracles and superhuman feat that such practitioners have achieved in their lifetimes.

With these aims in mind, I try, as best I could, to squeeze in some serious meditation time into my daily life. I am fairly sensitive to energies, having studied Qigong and Reiki for a number of years, BUT the one thing I had never been able to feel is the fabled rise of energy up the spine. That is, until a few days ago.

Picture a long balloon, and imagine air being suddenly blown into it. That was how it felt like. At last! And then a few breaths later, I felt a strong pressure on my forehead, like someone pressing his thumb and rubbing it downwards from my hairline to my nose. That's perceptible energy flowing along the orbit - up the spine, and down the front of the body. At long last!

JJ Semple's book reads like an Old World romance movie. I am surprised by how good a writer he is. The book brings to mind images of smoky Parisian cafes, beautiful yet mysterious women, countryside charms that are remote and of another world. Somerset Maugham himself could have been sipping tea with the author at some point, debating the finer points of writing and breathing, with Anais Nin listening in from the next table.

Read this book together with the other one the author wrote. In his second book, he goes into detail about the meditation itself, and so both books are companion reading. These are really two of some of the best books on energy meditations that I've read. The market is flooded with meditation and energy practice manuals, but most are so cluttered with confusing and complicated methodology, that one gets the impression the authors wrote them that way just to impress upon readers how good they are. I find these books a turn off; I don't have any patience for them.

Keep the meditation simple, and direct. JJ Semple's books are refreshing, and honest, and he doesn't hold back. I got his books back in 2008. It has taken me the better part of a year and a half to do what I did, not inclusive of course of all the other energyworks I had done. That's not very long at all, considering the scope of such a practice. What JJ Semple did can be replicated. And that is the truest test of a teacher; when you can coach a student to be as good as you are. What's more, as a bonus, he is a great writer, and the books are a delightful read by themselves. Five stars.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 J. Krishnmaurti meets Henry Miller 23 avril 2008
Par Neil Sinclair - Publié sur Amazon.com
JJ Semple captures his life as a jazz musician in Paris and his experiences with the powerful life force, kundalini. Semple interpretes an accident as a child that distorted his growth as the catalytic event that brought him to the life changing occurrence as one with an aroused kundalini. I like the very honest way in which Semple retells his life with such openness and candor.

His time with the spiritual/physical altering force of kundalini is well documented and gives much food for those looking for more detail on this esoteric but increasingly revealed phenomenon. Semple writes in an informal and highly readable manner, so the book is an enjoyable read.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 amazing tale, well told, and surprisingly simple method 25 mars 2009
Par AlchemistGeorge - Publié sur Amazon.com
First, I've read both "Deciphering the Golden Flower" and "The Backward Flowing Method". While I think that the best thing would have been a second edition rather than a second book, I think the first book is the better of the two. You can read my review of the second book here at Amazon.

From reading the gloss I thought I would skim through the tale of his life to get to the meditation techniques, but it was such an interesting tale and well told that I read it all. The description of the changes he went through is described very viscerally. Its a short book and an easy read, I didn't read it all at one sitting but I read it as fast as my 50 hour work week allows, and then jump right into the second book.

Why not five stars?

If you want to use the book as a practical guide - which you can - it begs the question - has anyone else done this and succeeded? Neither the first nor the second book answers this question. Second, the transformation that both he and Gopi Krishna describe is quite unpleasant, though ultimately rewarding, and the notion of a one way trip through "that" is not a decision to be taken lightly.

As someone who has studied a lot of Taoist meditations, I'm left with the belief that there are a lot of other techniques in the Golden Flower method (which I've only examined briefly online). FYI, only a few lines of the the text of the Golden Flower method are in this book.

I've read enough medieval Chinese texts in translation to know they can be completely opaque and confusing. However, I think that there are intermediate steps - and that what the author has done is 'skipped forward' to the end, which is why he had such a rough ride. There is no doubt that he has found a very important piece of the puzzle, but I'm left doubting that the whole puzzle is solved even if the last step is known.
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