The Exquisite Lover: Technique.

Via on Sep 26, 2011

Part II.

A brief recap:

In The Exquisite Lover part 1 we established three key elements for great sex: passion, technique and resonance, and extolled passion as that elusive component that can be neither learned nor faked.

Sadly, in and of itself, passion is insufficient. There is no amount of passion that can absolve the sin of clumsy ineptitude. Technique is the mechanism by which passion finds expression. Without technical mastery there can be no artistry, as expertise transforms desire into ability.

Unlike passion, the great thing about technique is that anyone can learn it. Unfortunately there is no formal institute for Carnal Knowledge. How does one satisfy the search for sexual sapience?

You learn from the masters.

Sex has been around for a long time and many ancient cultures dedicated themselves to its study. Ancient Taoists saw coitus as a spiritual practice, believing the life of a body was in the fluids. This meant every time a man ejaculated he diminished his limited supply of “qi,” (氣) or life energy, thereby shortening his life, whereas creation and exchange of bodily fluids via orgasm greatly increased a woman’s vitality. Based on this, sexual techniques were developed to allow a man to separate his orgasm from ejaculation, postpone ejaculation indefinitely, significantly decrease (or eliminate entirely) his refractory period, have multiple orgasms and artfully give as many orgasms to his partner as she could stand. Having as much sex possible rejuvenated your jing (精) restored vitality and lengthened life.

Interestingly, the greatest periods of strife in Ancient China came when Confucianism (puritanical) replaced Taoism (sexually liberal) as the dominant system of belief. During the Han Dynasty when the sexual arts reached their peak (pun intended) China enjoyed a prolonged period of peace. When Confucianism became the dominant religious system during the Qing dynasty, public discussion of sex became taboo. Shortly thereafter they entered a period known as “The Warring States,” two-and-a-half centuries of continual warfare.

Has a better case ever been made for World Peace?

East Indian sexual compendiums such as the Ananga Ranga, Koka Shastra and the Perfumed Garden were written for aristocracy and focused on the physiological differences between men and women. Despite the well-meaning claims of our founding fathers, not all men are created equal, and despite the fervent working of modern medicine, there is still no cure for tiny penis. If (metaphysically speaking) you were a horse and your woman was a deer, there was a position that provided the most stimulation for both partners. Conversely, ideal positions if a woman was an “elephant” (an actual term from the Kama Sutra) and her partner was only a bull.

Let’s face it, size matters, but even a mack truck looks small driving through the Holland Tunnel.

The acquisition of knowledge however, is only meant to be the beginning. Mastery is the ability to put information into practice; the difference between knowing and doing, between capacity (quantitative) and ability (qualitative). Technical proficiency is meant to put as many arrows in your sexual quiver as possible but cannot teach you how to aim.

Once skills have been mastered it’s important to resist the temptation to become mechanistic. Dependence on technique denotes lack of imagination, and as Einstein said, “imagination is more important than knowledge.” Nowhere is this more important than in the boudoir.  The hardest part of mastery is making it appear effortless. In the words of Pablo Casals, “the most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.”

Passionate virtuosity achieved is still not without limits. Devoid of emotional content, even the best unconnected sex will ultimately leave you bereft. Why does resonance add so much depth and dimension to sex?

© j summers 2011

 

Part I:

The Exquisite Lover.

About Jackie Summers

Jackie Summers is an author and entrepreneur. His blog F*cking in Brooklyn chronicles his quest to become a person worthy of love. His company, Jack From Brooklyn Inc. houses his creative and entrepreneurial enterprises. Follow him on Twitter @jackfrombkln and friend him on Facebook.

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8 Responses to “The Exquisite Lover: Technique.”

  1. antoinette says:

    I so look forward to all your posts. Thanks for being who you are and sharing that in a way that I would find you. Your writing and spirit have enriched my life and I thank you.

  2. Tamara Star Tamara says:

    Hey Jackie, great article. Please give credit for that photo….I'm sure the photographer would appreciate it. I have it on my blog as well.

  3. Julian Walker yogijulian says:

    your prose is a pleasure to read.

  4. Ali says:

    Jack from Brooklyn! I love Jack! Awesome to see him here on ele. This is a great series. Elegant and real, as always.

  5. Tobye Hillier yogi tobye says:

    Great for a man to be writing like this. Eloquent and really hitting the nail on the head. Showing that more than one thing is involved in good lovin' Knowing all the ins and outs (pun intended) that this series provides would give confidence to every man.

    Your writing is the bees knees Jackie!

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  7. Amanda says:

    Only lucky enough to experience this exact technique for a relatively short three year period. Quite by mistake too (my lovers attempts to sustain an already well established and lengthy pace so he could keep pleasuring me led us to a great selection of books on multiple orgasm, prolonged lovemaking, Tao etc). What a completely mind blowing and revolutionary experience. Highly recommend further investigation if you're lucky enough to have a like minded partner :)

  8. schoonerhelm says:

    In your Chinese history lesson it's unclear but looks like you're attesting that Warring States Period post dates the Han Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty. This isn't the case. The Warring States Period ended around 221 BCE and the Han Dynasty didn't start until around 206 BCE. Which were both well before the Qing Dynasty which ended early last century.

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