Curiosity and circumstance often propel individuals beyond the confines of their upbringing, dumping them into unfamiliar, unexpected life situations. Thus was JJ Semple transported into a trial-and-error process of self-discovery, a path that took him from the East Coast Brahman establishment to France, to a meeting with Gopi Krishna in India. What he found along the way was Kundalini, the biological basis of both science and religion.
How does Kundalini come into an ordinary person’s life? Is it foreordained or is it a Karmic inevitability? Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time describes the unlikely circumstances that foreshadowed, and ultimately shaped, JJ Semple’s Kundalini experience and his life!
Says the author, “Before Kundalini, I had not found anything substantial in life — nothing to believe in, nothing to work for. I had no clue that a biological phenomenon like Kundalini existed or that I could arouse it through the practice of meditation.
“I wrote this book as a memoir because I wanted to document the difficulties a Westerner faces in getting to the starting point of the self-actualization process. I have Indian and Chinese friends who grew up with meditation and Yoga practices. I had never heard of these practices until I was in my late-twenties. When I finally did, there was very little information extant. That was over forty years ago, before the current proliferation of books and videos on spiritual themes. As for Kundalini, I didn’t hear the term until well after I had activated it and a force field of energy within my own body — previously unknown to me — swept over me.
“Choosing to focus on my journey from birth to maturity has sparked a wholesale discussion on genres — How-To books vs. memoirs. This is not a How-To book; it’s an autobiographical narrative of my journey. If you’re looking for more How-To information on the Secret of the Golden Flower meditation method, check out its long-awaited sequel, The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Kundalini Meditation Method(2018). ASIN: B07D9XTGWB.
“Some readers only want information on the method, effectively bypassing the frequently perilous, and often circuitous, the route I took to get there, not to mention the years I dedicated to learning to live with this amazing biological subsystem. What a waste! — not to pass this knowledge on, especially when learning to live with Kundalini demands such a high degree of mindfulness and adaptability. Kundalini is an evolutionary energy capable of modifying DNA in a single lifetime; every aspect of it needs to be documented.
“Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time is not only an eye-opening exploration of biology, evolution, and mindfulness; it’s a street-level account of finding oneself in the modern world, the definitive tell-all journal of obstacles met and overcome on the path to activating Kundalini.
“I don’t leave anything out: A childhood accident that robs me of my talents and memory, my battle with drugs and alcohol, my relationships, my slow deterioration, and eventual disequilibrium. The young girl in Paris who gave me a copy of The Secret of the Golden Flower which led to my practicing Kundalini meditation — the energy cultivation technique — that actually overhauled certain aspects of my anatomy and metabolism, a wholesale biological retrofitting that opened up a consciousness of unlimited dimension. Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time is a full-circle account of the inevitability of karma and the self-actualization process.”
JJ Semple shares his many years of first-hand practice with The Secret of the Golden Flower’s meditation method. Not even Richard Wilhelm, the translator, or Carl Gustav Jung, the famous psychologist, who wrote the original commentary to the sacred book, was able to plumb the depths of these teachings.
“A Physical Metaphysical Adventure”
I read it in one sitting. Very enjoyable, engrossing read. Having an interest in yoga/wellness, i found a lot of tantalizing substance. Doing several months of yoga has physically rehabilitated me, so I relish reading these kinds of stories of others experiences.