The Magus of Strovolos by Kyriacos C. Markides. This book is about the authors exposure to a spiritual healer known in the book as Daskalos, who resides in Cyprus. It covers many different paranormal abilities, as well as tries to outline much of these supernatural realms that lie just outside of our perception. Delving into consciousness and it's inner workings, religion, and even touching on God himself. The book tries to answer as many questions as possible, as the author takes you through his experiences with this healer.
Opening the Dragon Gate by Chen Kaiguo and Zheng Shunchao and translated by Thomas Cleary. The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard was probably the part of the title that caught my attention with this book, so I gave it a look. Before I got the book, I read some of the reviews and got to peek inside a bit to see what I was in for, and from what I got a chance to sample, I thought it was going to be great. The book sounds like it's going to take you on an adventure into a whole other world, and do so from a very involved perspective. Allowing you to see the process in true detail.
Taoist Sexual Meditation by Bruce Frantzis. This was another book that was recommended to me, and I have to admit, the title threw me a bit. When it was recommended to me, it was for the information within, and the practices, and principles. It took me a while to work up the courage to buy this book, mostly because of the many people that would see it on it's way to my house, and I figured they'd get the wrong impression. But as it turns out, it was worth it.
Qigong Meditation Embryonic Breathing by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. This was a book that was recommended to me, and since I had nothing else at the time on my reading list, I gave this book a shot. The book is about 348 pages long, and is a sizable read. It tries to be very in-depth with it's information as well as it's principles, theories and practices. The primary concern in the book is health, how to recover it, manage it, and improve it. It sets out to give you practices to improve your health, as well as the information needed to understand what you're doing and why.
This book in particular, Kundalini Rising by Barbara Condron, caught my attention because of the title. Kundalini has been an interest of mine for some time now. So when I saw this book, I thought it may be one of those unassuming diamonds in the rough. I was in a bookstore searching for anything that might catch my attention, when this one did just that. Before I buy any book, I have to be able to read some of it in order to judge the contents for myself, which I did. As I thumbed through it, I thought this book may have it all, from meditation, to chakras, to energy work, to of course, kundalini.
This book is more or less the sequel to the Magus of Java, titled Nei Kung by Kosta Danaos. After reading the Magus of Java, I had to read more. And when I found out Kosta had written another book on the subject, I had to get it to see if there would be more information on the subject. Any and all information at that point was a must. I was effectively hooked on exploring more into this world and it's wonders. So what exactly does Nei Kung have to offer?
Put simply, this is probably my favorite book, ever! Out of all the books I've read, this book has several things going for it that others that I've read, just doesn't have. I'm not even sure where to begin. It's the story of the author, Kosta Danaos, and his journey and apprenticeship under an experienced master, John Chang, in the art of Nei Kung, or internal martial arts. His journey leads past conventional understanding of the world, and well into ancient wisdom, once thought long forgotten, and into potential, that most don't even believe they have!