Practical tools: the four attainments
Foreplay, the Four Attainments, the Five signs, the Five
Desires, the Ten Indications and the Five Virtues.
The Yellow Emperor's chief advisors on sexual affairs were
all good Taoists, so they did not rely entirely on clever words and philosophical
arguments to illustrate the Way. They peppered their dialogs with all sorts of practical
guidelines and concrete instructions They taught the Yellow Emperor how to observe his
partner's responses, how to approach the 'flowery battlefield' and how to engage in the
'combat' of sexual intercourse.
The Plain Girl and the rest of the Emperors Taoist retinue
introduced their most important practical instructions under the headings of
Foreplay, the Four Attainments, the Five Signs, the Five Desires, the Ten Indications and
the Five Virtues. These serve as signposts along the winding road to woman's orgasm, and
every man should learn to read them.
Foreplay is a primary preventative measure against the
common problems of insufficient female lubrication and insufficient male erection prior to
intercourse. The Plain Girl explains the lubrication of the vagina and engorgement of the
penis before the two organs meet directly is the first fundamental sign of the interplay
of Ying and Yang. Foreplay also primes the body's energy system for the intense
stimulation of sexual intercourse. In Taoist parlance, foreplay helps to bring the 'water'
to a boil while keeping the 'fire' burning slowly.
Foreplay should commence a the body extremities, not at the
genitals. Start by massaging the hands and wrists, feet and ankles, and working your way
up the arms and shoulders to the chest and up the legs and thighs to the abdomen and
waist. Learn the routs of the major energy meridians and the locations of their most
sensitive vital points. Massaging these points is highly stimulating and generates a lot
of energy. Under the influence of sexual excitement, this energy travels along the
meridian network to the sexual organs. For a woman, deep finger pressure on the point
called 'Triple Yin Intersection' (San-yin-jiao), located just behind the shin bone about
three inches up from the inner ankle bone is particularly effective in arousing sexual
energy. The lower back, spine and inside the surfaces of arms and legs are sensitive
erogenous energy zones on both men and women.
The Four Attainments
The Four Attainments refer to the four fundamental
conditions that the male organ must attain during foreplay before it is 'qualified' to
enter the Jade Gate for intercourse. On this subject, the Mysterious Girl dispenses some
of her frankest and most useful advice to men;
Mysterious Girl: A male who desires intercourse must first
pass through four stages of attainment: elongation, swelling, hardness, and heat.
Yellow Emperor: What do these attainments mean?
Mysterious Girl: If the stalk does not attain sufficient
elongation, the man's vital energy is too depleted for the act. If he attains elongation
but little swelling, this means that his muscular energy is insufficient for the task. If
he achieves swelling but not hardness, it means that his joints and tendons are too weak
for the act. If the organ gets hard but not hot, then his spirit is insufficient for the
In order to prepare properly for sexual intercourse, you
must first harmonize your muscles and bones with your energy and your spirit.
You must exercise self-discipline, follow the basic
principles of Tao, and never waste your semen carelessly.
In a further guideline to male arousal, the Mysterious Girl
informs us that 'The feet and toes can influence male sexual potency.' In other words,
vigorous massage of a man's feet and toes will assist him in attaining the four conditions
of erection by stimulating energy to travel to the associated organs through the meridian
network. The liver, which controls and releases the extra supplies of blood require to
engorge the penis, is directly stimulated by foot massage.
Therefore regular stretching, massaging, flexing and
acupressure of the feet and toes, when adopted as a daily exercise, help promote and
maintain overall male sexual vitality.
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