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The Secret of the Golden Flower is a classic meditation manual with heavy Taoist influence:
Do not get the Wilhelm/Jung version, it's based on a very corrupted text.
The secret of the golden flower is about how to turn the light around . You can fins the pdf online so you can have a read before deciding weather to buy or not .
I've been finding Cleary's translation of the "Secret of the Golden Flower" really insightful for the Taoist approach to meditation.
There are contemporary folks who have books and videos, but I'm not in a position to recommend any. Hope you find what you're looking for. :)
This is a great translation if you're willing to pay for it: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Golden-Flower-Thomas-Cleary/dp/0062501933/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
> Forgive me for saying so, but the best way I could describe it was that every poem felt like an ejaculation.
No forgiveness needed, though I suspect the term you are looking for is orgasm rather then ejaculation. There is a lot of Taoist writing about inner orgasms (The Secret of the Golden Flower is a good starting point).
One of my more recent discoveries is how exactly to 'charge up' and then explode. Depending on how much charge I build up, the explosion can be very close to an actual orgasm but without the, uh, mess.
I'm not sure I can explain how to get to the starting point, but once I'm there then very gentle yet focused breathing will build up the "charge." I do that until I have an overall body-fuzziness, and then just kind of relax and accept that feeling as it washes over me. This is great for relieving all sorts of tension.
Probably the best thing to do if you want to learn to do this yourself is read the Cleary translation of Golden Flower.
I haven't been able to do this sober, but that probably just requires time and practice.
"The Secret of the Golden Flower" is a wonderful book. But the translation by Jung and Wilhelm is very limited, as neither of them really understood meditation, nor did they even have a meditation practice.
The Thomas Cleary translation and commentary is much more accurate and enlightening, as Clearly has a much deeper understanding of meditation, although I can't seem to find anywhere that he has a regular practice.
Thomas Cleary also translated this book, which has instructions from varous great masters:
IMHO I would not pay much attention to what Jung says about meditation, there is no evidence he practiced it, nor that he really knew much about it.