Another great civilisation that brings us a wealth of knowledge on energetic
reality of sex is the Chinese. The Chinese Taoists have explored the human
bioenergy system perhaps better than anyone else. They have mapped the
exact routes of bio-energy in the human body and reached far into explaining
how our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing interact in that energy
and how the energy is affected by all external and internal factors. The
Taoists have reached such heights of knowledge on the subject that their
whole medicine is based on influencing the energy and the Chinese treatments
such as herbal remedies and accupuncture, based on pure bioenergetic foundations,
are now acknowledged by the Western medicine.
The Taoists believe in balance. They do not divide the world into good
and bad, they simply see it as a reality of opposing forces. When things
are out of balance, things go bad. The Taoists are not moralists, they
have simply explored what happens in objective reality and what we can
do to be well in this complex world where everything has consequences.
The human energy system, according to Taoists, is in constant flux and
interaction with external and internal factors, from emotional problems
to the food we eat and the air we breathe. The Taoists noticed early on
that sexual energy is a very different breed to our total energy field
and that it is a very powerful aspect, the one we really need to pay attention
to. So they explored it in detail.
The Taoist approach to sex was more pragmatic than the Tantric approach.
They simply acknowledged that sex plays an important part in our happiness
and wellbeing and they got to work exploring how exactly the sexual energy
works, what is good for it, what is bad for it, what we can do to keep
it healthy, what we normally do to harm it, how we can benefit from this
energy and, in the process, have great sex.
The Taoists just observed the objective reality of sexual energy without
any moral judgement. They saw some patterns, some laws that govern our
sexual energy in this universe, and they explored methods which let us
have a great sex life while feeding this energy in a healthy way and getting
fed by it to ensure health, creativity, longevity, happiness and satisfaction.
What they have discovered is just as true today and it is invaluable knowledge
for all of us.