© Master Mantak Chia
(Sexual health is one of three top secrets in Chinese longevity practices. Master Chia is an renowned expert in the Daoist practice of sexuality and health. This is Part 1 of 3 series on this subject)
In general, the ancients considered sexually desirable woman with a profusion of Yin and very little Yang. In modern terms, the sexually desirable woman had abundance of female hormones. Yang without Yin is joyless, and Yin without Yang is unexcited. The man wants to copulate but the woman is not happy the woman wants to copulate but the man has no desire. When two hearts are not in tune, the essences are not aroused….Love and pleasure are not elicited.
But if the man woos the woman and the woman woos the man, their sentiments and their minds will merge, and they will delight each other’s heart. The woman’s passion will be aroused, and she will fondle the man’s stalk. She will make it powerful, so it can rap at her jewel terrace, and bring an abundance of secretions for both partners. The jade stalk will be greatly enlarged and will move, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. The jade gate will open, easing the entry of the strong adversary and absorbing its essence to irrigate the scarlet chamber. When the woman responds to the man’s Yang she exhibits these symptoms: Her ears are hot, as if she has drunk rich wines. Her breasts protrude firmly and fill his hands. Her neck moves about; her legs shake agitatedly. She tries to restrain her lascivious motions, but suddenly she clasps his body.
Peng Tsu’s counsel here is especially intriguing. His words “press her body deeply and palpate it gently” accurately describe a basic technique in ancient Chinese massage aiming at acu-points. The erotic variety of this acupressure can be a most effective aphrodisiac. The tutor then explains to the emperor why the man must await the Four Attainments: “If the jade stalk is not angry, his harmonious essence has not arrived. If it is angry but not large, his muscle essence has not arrived. If it is large but not rigid, his bone essence has not arrived. If it is rigid but not hot, his spirit essence has not arrived.” Even if a man has an erection, he cannot perform the act with flying colors unless all four conditions are attained.
The emperor then asks about the woman’s Nine Essences: What are they, and how can he tell when they have been aroused? The Arcane Maid answers: “Wait for the Nine Essences in order to learn about them. When the woman sighs deeply and swallows her saliva, her lung essence has been aroused. When she utters little cries and sucks his mouth, her heart essence has been around. When she enfolds and clings to him, her spleen essence has been aroused. When her Yin gate is slippery and damp, her kidney essence has been aroused. When she obligingly gnaws him, her bone essence has been aroused. When she hooks her legs around him, her sinew essence has been aroused. When she caresses his jade stalk, her blood essence has been around.” (The link between a slippery Yin gate and kidney essence is due to the fact that in traditional Chinese medicine, the term for “kidney” denotes also “gonad.”
The Elemental Maid enumerates the Five Desires as follows: “If the woman bates her breath and restrains her energy, her mind wishes it (sexual union). If her nostrils and mouth are dilated, her vulva wants it. If she abruptly embraces the man, she wants to ejaculate. If her perspiration drenches her clothes, she wants her heart filled. If she straightens her body and closes her eyes, she is near ecstasy.”
Describes the Five Symptoms in the woman and prescribes the appropriate male responses. “When her face is flushed, gradually begin the intercourse. When her breasts are engorged and her nose perspires, slowly insert the jade stalk. When her throat is dry and she is swallowing her saliva, leisurely rock the jade stalk. When her grotto is slippery, slowly penetrate her to the depths. When her fluids flow to her buttocks, slowly pull out the jade stalk.” Although the Elemental Maid appears to be advising the male, her instructions apply only to the early stages of the encounter, before it becomes passionate.
The Elemental Maid also describes the Ten Movements of a woman in the throes of passion, and the urges that impel her: “If she clasps him with her arms, she wants to press their bodies together and have their genitals touch. If she extends her thighs, she wants to rub her upper vulva against him. If she constricts her belly, she wants to ejaculate. If she shakes her buttocks, she wants to be sliced deeply left and right. If she raises her body to press against his, her lascivious joy is extreme. If she stretches her body lengthwise, her limbs and torso are pleased. If her sexual fluids are slippery, she has ejaculated. Observe these movements and you will know how great her ecstasy is.”
Somersaulting Dragons: The woman lies on her back with the man prostrate on top of her, pressing her thighs into the bed. She pulls at her vulva to receive his jade stalk. He thrusts at her grain seed and attacks also the upper part with leisurely, deliberate strokes. Eight shallow, two deep. The jade stalk goes in dead and returns alive, so that he grows vigorous and powerful. She is agitated and pleased, joyous like a singsong girl. He refrains from ejaculating. A hundred illnesses will vanish.
Stepping Tigers: The woman lies in a crawling position with her buttocks up and her head down. The man kneels behind her, clasping her belly. He inserts his jade stalk and pierces her innermost part as deeply and intimately as he can. They advance and retreat in mutual attacks. Eight thrusts, five times. This should be sufficient. Her jade gate closes and opens. Her fluids seep out. They rest when this happens. A hundred illnesses will not appear, and the man becomes more virile.(This is the rear-entry position natural to all mammals. The Arcane Maid calls it Stepping Tigers because the participants advance and retreat like a pair of tigers. In this position the jade stalk does not stimulate the clitoris, but it can penetrate to the flower heart. “Eight thrusts, five times” means a total of forty thrusts, with a brief pause after every eight.
Wrestling Apes: The woman lies on her back. The man supports her thighs, pushes her knees past her bosom, and raises her buttocks and back. He inserts his jade stalk, stabbing her scented mouse. She quivers and rocks. Her fluids are like the rain. He presses into their deeply, without moving, as his stalk grows strong and angry. He ceases when she rejoices. A hundred illnesses will cure themselves.
Cleaving Cicadas: The woman lies face down and extends her body. The man lies on her back and inserts his jade stalk deeply. He raises her buttocks slightly so that he can rap at her scarlet pearls. Nine thrusts, six times. She is excited, and her fluids flow. The inside of her Yin throbs rapidly; the outside spreads and opens. He stops when she rejoices. The seven injuries will eliminate themselves.
(This rear-entry position permits only relatively shallow penetration and limited mobility. “Scarlet pearls” are the labia minora, and “Yin” is the vagina.)
Mounting Tortoises: The woman lies on her back and bends her knees. The man pushes her feet until her knees reach her breasts. He inserts his jade stalk deeply, at times poking at her infant girl. With measured deep and shallow thrusts he reaches her grain seed. She is moved to great joy, and shakes and raises her torso. When her fluids overflow, he pierces deeper. He stops when she rejoices. If he does this without loss of semen, his vigor will increase a hundredfold. (This position, similar to Wrestling Apes except that the man holds the woman’s legs instead of her buttocks, was another favorite ancient Chinese position for deep penetration and high mobility. “Infant girl” refers to the vestibular glands between the labia minora.)
Soaring Phoenix: The woman lies down and raises her legs. The man kneels between her thighs, his hands on the mat. He inserts his jade stalk deeply, piercing her mixed rock. When he guides it in rigid and hot, he asks her to begin moving. Eight thrusts, three times. With their buttocks swiftly attacking each other, her Yin opens and expands, pouring out its fluids. He stops when she rejoices. A hundred illnesses will disappear.
(Note that the coital movements here are carried out mainly by the woman. The “phoenix” in the name refers to the Chinese mythical feng huang bird. “Mixed rock” means four inches deep.)
Bunny Licking Its Fur: The man lies on his back and stretches his legs straight. The woman, above him, straddles his body, her knees to the sides. Her back faces his head, while she herself faces his feet. She holds on to the mat and lowers her head. He inserts his jade stalk and pierces her lute strings. She rejoices, and her fluids flow like a fountain. Joyous delight and harmonious pleasure move her spirit and her body. He stops when she rejoices. A hundred illnesses will not arise.
“Lute strings” means one inch inside the Yin. As the penetration is shallow, the woman needs a bit of practice to forestall the dislocation of their organs. The “licking bunny” here is the male organ.)
Fish Linking Scales: The man lies straight on his back. The woman, above him and facing his head, straddles his body with her things. She securely and slowly inserts him, stopping when he is only slightly in. He does not penetrate deeply, but instead imitates a baby sucking at the breast. The woman rocks by herself for a long period. He withdraws when she rejoices. This cures all clogging illnesses
Cranes Entwining Necks: The man squats. The woman rides astride his thighs, her hands holding his neck. She inserts his jade stalk, letting it pierce her wheat bud and stab her seed. He clasps her buttocks to help her rocking and rising. She feels great joy, and her fluids flow and bubble. He stops when she rejoices. The seven injuries will be cured naturally. “Wheat bud” means two inches deep, and “seed” is the clitoris.
The Mystic Master intended that his thirty positions amplify the Arcane Maid’s original nine under the name of each position; he offered a very brief and at times cryptic description. His positions are strictly tableaux vivants-still pictures, devoid of motion. Immediately after the positions, however, he set forth separately the dynamic aspects of sexual intercourse in fifteen coital movements.
Silkworms Entangling: The woman lies on her back, her hands hugging the man’s neck and her feet crossing above his back. He knees between her spread thighs while clasping her neck. He inserts his jade stalk.
Dragons Twisting: The woman lies on her back, bending her legs. The man kneels within her things, his left hand pushing her feet forward until they are past her breasts. His right hand inserts the jade stalk into the jade gate. (This is a variation on the Arcane Maid’s Wrestling Apes and Mounting Tortoises.)
Fish Eye-to-Eye: The man and woman lie down facing each other and suck at each other’s lips and tongues. She raises one leg above his body while he spreads his legs slightly. With one hand supporting her upraised leg, he inserts his jade stalk into her cinnabar grotto. (As the partners both lie on their sides, this position frees each of the other’s body weight.)
Swifts Sharing a Heart: The woman lies on her back, her legs extended. The man crouches on her abdomen, his hands embracing her neck. She hugs his waist with her hands. He inserts his jade stalk into her cinnabar grotto.
Kingfishers Uniting: The woman lies on her back with her knees raised. The man positions himself between her thighs in a Tartar squat. He embraces her waist with his hands and inserts his jade stalk into her lute strings.
The Tartar squat, a customary position of that northern people, here involves the man’s putting his knees on the ground while sitting on his left heel.
Mandarin Ducks joining: The woman lies on her side, crooking her legs, with her upper leg on the man’s buttocks. He faces her back and rides on her lower thigh, raising one knee against her upper thigh. He inserts his jade stalk.
Butterflies Fluttering: The man lies on his back, his legs extended. The woman sits astride him, facing his head, her two feet on the bed. She uses her hand to insert his Yang peak into her jade gate.
Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The man lies on his back, his legs extended. The woman sits on him with her back to his face, her feet holding on to the bed. She lowers her head and holds the jade stalk to insert it into the cinnabar grotto.
Sheltering the Reclining Pine: The woman lies on her back and crosses her feet (behind the man’s waist). The man holds her waist with his hands, and she holds his with hers. He inserts his jade stalk into her jade gate.
Bamboos by the Altar: The man and the woman stand facing each other; they embrace and kiss. He pierces her cinnabar grotto deeply with his Yang peak, all the way to her Yang terrace.
Twin Phoenixes Dancing: Two women lie one on top of the other, face to face. The one facing up-crooks her legs and the other rides on her, their jade gates facing each other. The man sits cross-legged, exposing his jade object, and attacks both above and below.
Phoenix Holding Fledglings: If the woman is big and fat, she can add a diminutive man to join in her intercourse. This is great excellence!
Seagulls Soaring: The man stands near the edge of the bed and lifts the woman’s legs high. He inserts his jade stalk into her baby palace.
Wide Horses Leaping: The woman lies on her back. The man lifts her feet and puts them over his shoulders. He inserts the jade stalk deeply into the jade gate.
Steeds Galloping: The woman lies on her back. The man crouches, one hand holding her neck, the other lifting her leg. He inserts his jade stalk into her baby palace.
Horse Shaking Its Hoof: The man lifts one of the woman’s legs and places it on his shoulder. The woman lifts her other let herself. The man inserts the jade stalk deeply into the cinnabar grotto. Highly stimulating!
White Tiger Jumping: The woman kneels and lowers her face. The man kneels behind her, his hands holding her waist. He inserts his jade stalk into her baby palace.
Dusky Cicadas Cleaving: The woman lies on her abdomen, her legs extended. The man positions himself between her thighs with his legs bent. He holds her neck with his hands. He inserts the jade stalk into her jade gate from behind.
Goat Hugging the Tree: The man sits with legs extended. The woman sits on his lap, her back to his face. She lowers her head to look at the insertion of the jade stalk. He suddenly hugs her waist, bridling and thrusting.
Jungle Fowl Approaching the Arena: The man squats on the bed. A young maid servant holds his jade stalk and inserts it into the jade gate of his partner. Then the maid stands at his back, tugging the hems of the other woman’s skirts to enliven her legs. Highly exciting!
Phoenix Sporting in the Cinnabar Grotto: The woman lies on her back and lifts her feet with her hands. The man kneels next to her, his hands holding on to the bed. He inserts his jade stalk into her cinnabar grotto. Very elegant!
Roc Soaring over Dark Sea: The woman lies on her back. The man puts her feet on his upper arms. He stretches his hands down to clasp her waist, then inserts his jade stalk.
Humming Ape Embracing the Tree: The man sits with his legs extended. The woman straddles his thighs, embracing him. He uses one hand to hold her buttocks, and the other to hold on the bed. He inserts his jade stalk
Cat and Mouse Sharing a Hole: The man lies on his back, his legs extended. The woman crouches on top of him, thighs spread, with his jade stalk deep inside her. Another man lies on her back, also inserting his jade stalk into her jade gate.
Donkeys of Spring: The woman holds on to the bed with her hands and feet. The man stands behind her, embracing her waist with his hands. He inserts the jade stalk into the jade gate. Very elegant!
Dog of Autumn: The man and the woman both hold on to the bed with their hands and feet, back to back, their haunches pressing against each other. He lowers his head and uses one hand to push his jade object into the jade gate.
Spider Trapped in Its Own Web: in which the woman dangles from a set of ropes that hang from the ceiling, as if on a swing, or rides on a horizontal bar, with her thighs spread; and Feast of Peonies, in which the man lies on his back with one woman riding him and another sitting on his face. The trio position, it should be pointed out, was in those days a respectable family union in traditionally polygamous China.
(To be continued)Master Mantak Chia, the creator of the Universal Healing Tao system, and is the director of the Universal Healing Tao Center and Tao Garden Health Resort and Training Center in the beautiful northern countryside of Thailand, http://www.universal-tao.com. Since childhood, he has studied the Taoist approach to life. His mastery of this ancient knowledge, enhanced by his study of other disciplines, has resulted in the development of the Universal Healing Tao System, which is now being taught throughout the world. Throughout decades of teaching, he has written a series of instruction books and published a number of workshop videos. Mr. Chia is known as an author, a teacher and a healer, but he views himself primarily as a teacher who, “helps his students empower themselves through cultivation of their chi energy.” His students include many well-known people from the “west”, such as Michael Winn, Eric Yudelove and Dennis Lewis. His books include, Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy (1984); Fusion of the Five Elements: Basic and Advanced Meditations for Transforming Negative Emotions (1991); and Cosmic Healing: Cosmic Chi Kung (2001).