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The Backward-Flowing Method: The Secret of Life and Death (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

JJ Semple

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Want to live a longer, healthier life? This book proposes specific exercises on the subject, instructing readers in the backward-flowing method, a powerful meditation technique that can also be used to control addiction. This method not only prolongs life, it also provides tools for facing death without fear. Most people are scared to death of dying. They don’t have to be. Death is only a transition. The spirit lives on. For anyone wishing to connect the dots between the various aspects of the Secret Teachings, this book is a must. Semple looks at meditation techniques across cultures and throughout the ages, demonstrating decisively that the backward-flowing method holds the key to prolonging life and preparing for death.

For the first time ever, a book dares to reveal the secrets of the world's most influential meditation method, a series of techniques originally compiled in the 9th. Century masterpiece of Chinese alchemy, The Secret of the Golden Flower. Not even Richard Wilhelm, the translator, or Carl Gustav Jung, the famous psychologist, who wrote the original commentary to The Secret of the Golden Flower, were able to plumb the depths of this method. This book is an extraordinary statement about the inevitability of karma and the obstacles one must overcome in the quest for self-realization.

In his masterwork, Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man, Gopi Krishna summoned us to search for, “…knowledge of the safest methods for awakening Kundalini” that would, “…yield for humanity a periodic golden crop of towering spiritual and mental prodigies.” Since those words were written, how has the search for the “safest methods” progressed? In his world-renowned lecture, Activating the Life Force, JJ Semple presents his candidate for the safest method—Golden Flower Meditation. It’s a method he discovered over thirty years ago through trial and error experimentation with The Secret of the Golden Flower. A method he discussed with Gopi Krishna in 1977 and recently wrote about in his highly acclaimed first book, Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time.

JJ Semple traces the origins of the backward-flowing method to The Tibetan Book of the Dead and The Secret of the Golden Flower, detailing the effects it induces:
• Correcting physical defects, rebuilding and healing the body,
self-healing techniques;
• Rejuvenating the body while it ages;
• Reversing self-destructive and addictive behavior;
• Heightening and enhancing consciousness to the point of effecting
release from Karmic bondage;
• Providing the tools for facing death and facilitating the transition into
the next state of being.

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. 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 thirty years of investigating workable methods for activating the Kundalini. JJ Semple is one of the foremost authorities on the activation and application of 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 restorative 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. If you really think about it, success in anything comes from learning to rely on yourself."

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Amazon.com: 3.5 étoiles sur 5  11 commentaires
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 perhaps as a supplement to the excellent first book 24 mars 2009
Par AlchemistGeorge - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As much as I like the first book and like the author, I don't like this book very much. I heard the author speak and he is very impressive.

The information the author is presenting - the meditation techniques - the results he has obtained, and the results he believes the techniques will produce in others - this information is fascinating, and possibly of the highest value.

Unfortunately the book is written in the form of a persuasion, a sales pitch, an argument (?) to convince the reader that spirit and meditation can change the physical body and can change the character of the practitioner. And that there are positive implications beyond that. He also argues strongly that people should consider trying things to see if they work (empirical experimentation) instead of being completely limited by theory (or dogma)

Personally, I already think this is obvious. A large percentage of this small, 133 page book is filled with this dispute, this exhortation. Another large portion of the book is excerpts and reprints from his prior, excellent (IMHO) book. And then there are excerpts from other books. So there is actually not much book here.

The method itself is explained a little more clearly than in the first volume.

The author does not mention if anyone else who has tried his method has succeeded (yet). The method looks quite simple (not necessarily easy) and will take 100 days (or more) of regular practice to get to the point of no return. His personal experience and the experience of Gopi Krishna, [who he cites extensively] were both quite unpleasant, life changing, and temporarily debilitating. Since he has puzzled out important factors - type of diet for example - one wonders if the next wave are having an easier transition - since the author emphasizes that this is a `one way trip'.

Although the realization he has attained is one of my life goals, I have to say that this book and the previous book don't inspire me to follow.

I'm surprised the author hasn't read more of what is currently available in English on Taoist meditations. Having read extensively I would be surprised if many more of the intermediate steps now being published by (for example) Mantak Chia don't correspond to some of the still encoded portions of 'the golden flower', my limited experience with esoteric Taoism is that it is intended to be a 'step by step' process rather than the'leap off the cliff' experience the author had.

I'd agree with the other reviewer who thought this should be a second edition, not a second volume.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A much needed supplement to the previous book. 16 février 2009
Par Felix M - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've now read both of Semple's books and what sets them apart from most in the genre is their direct approach. Many authors with a major publisher would be persuaded to add much more repetition and fluff in order to expand the book. Semple prefers to keep it fairly simple, which is also how he sees the process he's describing. I felt, however, this book had a little too much quoting from other sources, but it's still more to-the-point than most other books you'll find.

The main thrust of the "backward flowing method" is a breathing exercise to slowly, and safely start a kundalini awakening. As the method is taken from a Chinese source, I don't believe many who've tried "kundalini yoga" will be familiar with it. A reader who is familiar with qi gong might find the backward flowing method similar to preparatory exercises for the microcosmic orbit.

In a perfect world, both of Semple's books would be combined into one work. But regardless, they're both available, affordable and inspiring.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Blink and you'll miss it 1 septembre 2011
Par A reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm sure most readers hope for a clear description and instructions for the backward flowing method. They will not find it here. The description of his interpretation of the method is just a little over one page. I thought that that one page was a teaser for more information to come later in the book, but the one page is all there is.

There is a rambling examination of various philosophical issues posed in the secret of the Golden Flower. If you purchase Semple's book, you would surely want to have a copy of the Golden Flower so you have an idea of what he is talking about. Then, you could read the instructions for the backward flowing method for yourself. Actually, there are two different methods described in The Secret of the Golden Flower. Semple only describes one of them.

I find The Secret of the Golden Flower very approachable, with no need for someone else to explain it. Yet it is still a interesting to read someone else's take on it. How many books are there on the Golden Flower, anyway? Not a lot. This one, for good measure, tosses in a method of prostrate massage through anal contractions, quotes P.D. Ouspenski a lot, and goes into the dangers of kundalini activation. I got the feeling the author was trying to fill up pages to justify publication of a book. I don't think it adds a lot, except for reassurance that someone else out there has tried these methods and is reporting on succesful results.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A precise method with lasting effect 3 août 2009
Par G. Borchgrevink - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Backward-Flowing Method: The Secret of Life and Death

A precise method with lasting effect is what the author JJ Semple offers in his book "The Backward-Flowing Method", a safe way to awaken dormant Life Force for all those who follow his precise instructions. Not only an instructional manual but a well written syncretic historical and scientific essay as well. The way he dechiffers and puts into practise "the old method of The Golden Flower" including diaphragmatic deep breathing which is a part of old chinese medicine qigong practise, the zen meditational method of "blocking out the ten thousand things", learning to control the heart rate and still the breath, perhaps reviving what may have been early gnostic and arian meditaion methods, referring to the bardos in the Tibetan Book of the Dead as well as the old religious tradition of abstaining from sexual activity for a specific amount of time...and reflecting on modern science and the possibility of an individual blueprint in our DNA science, JJ Semple deliveres a highly entertaining book. Leaving this reader curious to follow his example and start practising. But one should not mistake this easy to read for not being serious, because like he says.."once you have made up your mind there is no turning back, you'll be on autopilot for the rest of your life. It will change your life and it will demand sacrifices". In light of aformentioned connections I see no reason as to doubt his claims, when it comes to the power of youth generation, as for karmic intervention I abstain from commenting since the author does point out the importance of practical proof and await his further in depth publishing in this department. JJ Semple shares with us his personal experiences. It is worth mentioning though that he is not alone in this pursuit, references can be made to Glenn Morris and T.Cleary as well as many others including this reader. I see no reason to doubt that this book really shows how to trigger autonomic self-healing mechanisms capable of correcting defeats related to neural degeneration, still addictions, and rejuvenate your body. It makes sense; instead of escaping the imprisonment of the physical plane, would it not be better to improve the world by "knowing thy self"? It's a great contribution to the choir of pioneers attempting to bridge the gap between east and west, religious pracise and scienctific method in addition to being a simple and clear instructional manual for awakening dormant rejuvenating primal energy.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 The Backward-Flowing Method reviewed 18 mai 2014
Par Paul Bardua - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This is JJ Simple's second book on the subject. It is better than his first, but still cannot compare to the enlightening works offered by other authors. It is JJ Simple's personal journey and that has significant value to him. PB.
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The following two techniques constitute the first part of the GFM method and they require physical intervention on the part of the practitioner. In a moment, I will add a third technique (the backward-flowing method), but practitioners must understand that before attempting it, they must master systematic diaphragmatic deep breathing and the ability to control the heart ratetwo prerequisite Golden Flower Meditation techniques. &quote;
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Should you decide to go forward, all you have to do is command your breath to change directions. It will obey. Instead of moving down the back and up the front, you will command it to move down the front and up the backthe backward-flowing method! &quote;
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The purpose of the backward-flowing method is to divert the sexual energy (the seminal fluid or, in the case of a woman, the cervical fluid) to the brain. &quote;
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