"Mixing erotic vignettes with practical how-to advice and personal insight, Sensuous Magic is the author's guide to sadomasochism for couples. For readers who harbor fantasies of erotic dominance and submission, Sensuous Magic demystifies S/M, explaining terminology and technique. Experienced players will appreciate the author's knowledge of S/M safety and his insight into S/M psychology. Novices will be reassured by the book's honest, frank approach. This new edition discusses myths about S/M, the psychology of bondage, communication and negotiation, techniques of pleasure and sensation (including tickling, pressure, temperature, impact play, and whipping), and sex in S/M scenes. Also included are a glossary, updated bibliography, and resource guide."--
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-226) and index.
Introduction : An eclectic approach ; The necessity of wholeness -- In the beginning : Paradigms and BDSM ; The many ways of knowing -- It's all in your ... : The mind's place in all this ; Our bodies and BDSM ; Brain waves ; The mind-body connection ; Endorphins -- Spirit as the ancients knew it : Sumer ; India ; Ancient Greece ; China ; Israel ; The Romans ; Culture & BDSM -- The power exchange : A more eastern consideration ; The power exchange & BDSM ; Mind ; Surrender ; Induction ; Balance -- A pause to reflect : Reflecting on philosophy in the dungeon -- Unity : The experience of BDSM ; Oneness ; Polarity and duality ; Alienation -- Life as process : Finding ; Meeting ; Playing ; Education ; The role of trust -- Life in stages : Progressive dis-illusionment ; Initiation ; Stages in BDSM ; Awakening -- According to your faith : Belief & BDSM ; Belief ; Faith ; Manifestation -- True spirituality : Knowing oneself ; Motivation ; Mystical experience ; Topspace as a spiritual event ; Evaluation ; The correct course -- Practical spirituality : Spirituality and BDSM ; Prayer ; A life worth living ; Virtue ; Creativity ; Intuition ; Self-esteem ; Perception -- Sex magic : Bonewit's definition ; Intent ; Changing our focus ; Sacred spaces ; Form ; The basic methodology ; Raise energy level ; Intention ; A caution repeated ; Altered states ; Perception and sight ; Visualization or declaration ; Closing -- After words -- Appendix A. Brain waves ; B. Endorphins.