The Backward-Flowing Method
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Want to live a longer, healthier life? This book proposes specific exercises on the subject, instructing readers in the backward-flowing method, a powerful meditation technique that can also be used to control addiction. This method not only prolongs life, it also provides tools for facing death without fear. Most people are scared to death of dying. They don’t have to be. Death is only a transition. The spirit lives on. For anyone wishing to connect the dots between the various aspects of the Secret Teachings, this book is a must. Semple looks at meditation techniques across cultures and throughout the ages, demonstrating decisively that the backward-flowing method holds the key to prolonging life and preparing for death.

For the first time ever, a book dares to reveal the secrets of the world's most influential meditation method, a series of techniques originally compiled in the 9th. Century masterpiece of Chinese alchemy, The Secret of the Golden Flower. Not even Richard Wilhelm, the translator, or Carl Gustav Jung, the famous psychologist, who wrote the original commentary to The Secret of the Golden Flower, were able to plumb the depths of this method. This book is an extraordinary statement about the inevitability of karma and the obstacles one must overcome in the quest for self-realization.

In his masterwork, Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man, Gopi Krishna summoned us to search for, “…knowledge of the safest methods for awakening Kundalini” that would, “…yield for humanity a periodic golden crop of towering spiritual and mental prodigies.” Since those words were written, how has the search for the “safest methods” progressed? In his world-renowned lecture, Activating the Life Force, JJ Semple presents his candidate for the safest method—Golden Flower Meditation. It’s a method he discovered over thirty years ago through trial and error experimentation with The Secret of the Golden Flower. A method he discussed with Gopi Krishna in 1977 and recently wrote about in his highly acclaimed first book, Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time.

JJ Semple traces the origins of the backward-flowing method to The Tibetan Book of the Dead and The Secret of the Golden Flower, detailing the effects it induces:
• Correcting physical defects, rebuilding and healing the body,
self-healing techniques;
• Rejuvenating the body while it ages;
• Reversing self-destructive and addictive behavior;
• Heightening and enhancing consciousness to the point of effecting
release from Karmic bondage;
• Providing the tools for facing death and facilitating the transition into
the next state of being.


JJ Semple has worked as a film editor for NBC with TV producers Stuart Schulberg and Ted Yates, and he edited "Assassin," an independent feature film, for Rod Bradley's Streetlight Productions. In the 1970s and 80s he lived in France, where he directed his own training school, Arazon, a company that prepared managers for negotiation and problem solving. After attending a French business school, he established a subsidiary of UNILOG, a leading French software company, in the US. He returned to Paris to work for Apple Computer Europe, designing multimedia programs. He also taught a multimedia course at the American University in Paris. It was during this period that he began writing feature screenplays. His screenplay, "Everyone Wants to Make Movies" (co-written with Mark Richardson) won the Telluride award in 1997, and their screenplay "Little Dan" won first place at the Telluride Independent Film Festival in 2000. Semple's formal education includes studying English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University, and a master's degree in marketing from Hauts Etudes de Commerce in Paris. His personal education involves yogic practices and spiritual exploration, inspired by a wide variety of teachers, writers and philosophers, including Gopi Krishna, Milarepa, and Lao Tse. However, his worldly accomplishments pale beside his thirty years of investigating workable methods for activating the Kundalini. JJ Semple is one of the foremost authorities on the activation and application of Kundalini. Says JJ Semple, "My work is inspired by a variety of teachers, writers and practitioners, including Gopi Krishna, Milarepa, and Lao Tse. "After many years of practicing Yoga and meditation on my own, I realized my self-reliance had provided me with the knowledge to create a method of my own-a method for self-learners. It's called restorative Golden Flower Meditation (GFM), a method I learned through extensive study of The Secret of the Golden Flower. I now use it with students all over the world. Every Yoga teacher and meditation instructor should know about GFM. Even if they don't use it, they should have the techniques in their toolkit. I'm talking about the ability to teach students to self-monitor and make necessary adjustments. If you really think about it, success in anything comes from learning to rely on yourself."