"It is an excellent resource for the novice or seasoned practitioner, providing numerous exercises for personal empowerment at the end of each chapter (dala). I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants an experience of authentic tantric practice."
"Together with their previous books, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment provides a dynamic and consciousness-expanding awareness of our sacred sexuality."
"...this book is a great study guide for those who want to learn the real practice and mentality of tantra."
"This book opened my mind to the realms of loving that even Western influences can't tarnish."
--Bad Girl’s Guide Journal
"This book is about enlightening, not frightening, and as such gives sex the good name it deserves."
“Unlike many books written about tantric practices—which can get really esoteric—this one provides a clear map for the beginner, as well as deeper insights for the tantric practitioner. Even if all the content is not for you, there are enough thought-provoking exercises to keep the book interesting long after the sun sets.”
“[A] clear-sighted, accessible, and...nonsalacious approach to Tantric practice and sexual consciousness-raising, aimed at couples and singles of all orientations.”
"[A] lively literary expression of the tantra…I found their writing style extremely accessible.”
--New Age Retailer, June/July 2008
“This adventure gives a refreshing and honest look at a much misunderstood theme."
--Mystic Living Today
"Folks interested in a holistic method of reevaluating their spiritual and sexual practices will enjoy the most benefit from this book.”
"Mark and Patricia have written a book on Tantra that deals with my favorite kind of sex- with oneself. Without having to wade through Eastern traditions, even a professional masturbator like me learned a few new tricks that furthered my own Erotic Empowerment."
Betty Dodson, PhD. author of Sex for One
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is a very authentic Tantra book, but perhaps more importantly, it's commonsensical and easy to understand. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson present Tantric principles and philosophy in clear, accessible ways. So even those with no background or interest in Eastern traditions can benefit from the great treasures Michaels and Johnson have to offer. Read it and be erotically empowered, because you're worth it."
Dr. Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex: Make Over Your Love Life
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment will show you how to be born again, erotically speaking. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson offer a Tantric practice that can transform all aspects of your life-beginning with sex and love. A profound and delightful book!
Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century
"If you are embodied enough to seek authentic teaching about your erotic potential, try out the wisdom, exercises, reflections and meditations that make up this book. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson are teachers whose intention is to guide and inspire you on your own exuberant journey. Their approach is astonishingly creative."
Joseph Kramer, Ph.D. The New School of Erotic Touch
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment combines traditional wisdom and insight with true sensitivity and compassion, to become a valuable guide for the modern Tantric seeker. Mark and Patricia weave classic teachings with the reality of living in the modern western world in a thorough and grounded way, accessible to students of all orientations."
Christopher Penczak, author of The Mystic Foundation and Gay Witchcraft
"With Tantra for Erotic Empowerment, Mark Michaels (Swami Umeshanand) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand) have risen to the challenege of writing a practical guide to Tantra. They have taken a tricky subject that could easily have been mishandled, and created a useful tool that could easily become a classic preparatory text in this genre."
Raven Kaldera author of Pagan Polyamory, The Urban Primitive: Paganism in the Concrete Jungle, Myth Astrology: Exploring Planets and Pantheons, Handfasting and Wedding Rituals: Welcoming Hera's Blessing, Hermaphrodeities: The Transgender Spirituality Workbook, and Dark Moon Rising: Pagan BDSM and the Ordeal Path
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment combines a clear-eyed overview of Tantra with multi-faceted Tantric insights in a rare method, allowing readers to pursue Tantra using traditional learning methods, but at their own pace and to the appropriate level of their current (and soon to be expanded) understanding.
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment achieves its ambition to inform the casual reader, challenge the student of Tantra and inspire diverse communities to spiritual growth." Bruce Anderson (Somananda) author of Tantra for Gay Men
"This is a fearless and brilliant work, at once scholarly, technically accurate, challenging, and immensely readable. The writing is economical and lucid. The exercises are absorbing and profoundly therapeutic in the 'human' sense. It is a genuine original, and I enjoyed it immensely."
Paul Skye (Swami Ajnananda Saraswati), author of
The Mastery of Stress, award-winning poet and short story writer.
"With illumination should come empowerment and the exercise of illuminated power. Mark and Patricia have once again given generously of themselves to all seekers fortunate enough to read this marvelous and enlightened work. Profound, practical, and precisely what the western psyche is ready for!"
Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley
"Informative, challenging, inspiring and readily accessible to the serious student of tantric practice, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is unquestionably one of the best books on tantric sexuality to be recently published in English. The exercises and specific instructions it offers are powerful, enjoyable and enlightening. Although it is provocative and even controversial in certain respects, this is an outstanding source of teaching and required reading for anyone open to tantric ways of growing and becoming more empowered in our lived bodily experiences."
Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS, author, What is Tantric Practice? Director, Center for Tantric Spirituality, Past President, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
"Michaels & Johnson are a Masters & Johnson for the 21st Century. Written with clarity and a passion for mystical experience and rigorous logic, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is grounded in ancient spiritual truth, practice, wisdom, and personal experience. Radical, practical, and open-hearted, this book is a straight-forward transformative guide to self-knowledge. Michaels &Johnson's vision of Divine pleasure as a spiritual and sensual path of liberation is a gift to all seekers--for the curious, the novice and initiate alike." Donna Gaines, Ph.D., Sociologist, Author Teenage Wasteland and Misfit's Manifesto, and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher.
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is packed full of useful exercises that can help individuals and couples discover their best erotic selves and find a holistic way of making sexuality a positive force in their lives and in their relationships." Helen Boyd, author, She's Not the Man I Married and My Husband Betty.
"If you are seeking a more meditative or esoteric approach to sexual awareness, this is the best resource I know of. It is thoughtful, intelligent, and free from much of the hype and self-congratulation that often goes with 'Tantra.'"
Paul Joannides, author of The Guide to Getting It On
"This book speaks of sexuality with ease, delight and appreciation.
Refreshing, crisp and engaging,Tantra for Erotic Empowerment does not focus on techniques and gratification. This is sexuality as a way of being in the world. Good sex requires that we be open, present , and knowledgeable of our bodies. Michaels and Johnson bring us a step closer, and make us a bit wiser in expanding our erotic pursuits."
Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
"This book delivers the possibility of profound pleasure. Most books on Tantra are either impenetrably obtuse or annoyingly simplistic. Mark and Patricia, with honesty and integrity, present a clear map that is accessible for the beginner, and has enough depth for years of fruitful ecstatic exploration. Bravo!"
Tyr Throne, founder of Tantric Fire Yoga
"In a culture where sex and sexuality are so often shunned and scandalized, it's refreshing to see a book focused on this sacred aspect of our human nature. As one of our greatest gifts as humans, sex can empower and spiritually connect us. With wisdom and maturity, the authors present a concise guide to the magickal, powerful force that dwells within us-one that we often fear or take for granted. Michaels and Johnson clarify that the practices and beliefs of Tantra are not solely focused on sex - contrary to popular misunderstanding. Tantra for Erotic Empowerment goes well beyond the realm of sexual energy and covers significant elements of sensual mysticism, including proper techniques for consciousness expansion, meditation, gender exploration, cultivating balance, and how to evolve in one's loving relationship with another, others, or oneself. Gorgeously written and practical, this book is a must for anyone seeking to strengthen their connection with the Divine and incorporate expanded bliss into their spiritual path."
Raven Digitalis, author of Goth Craft: The Magickal Side of Dark
Culture & Shadow Magick Compendium: Exploring Darker Aspects of Magickal Spirituality
"If you've ever wanted to explore Tantra, but didn't know where to begin, you'll want to start with a copy of this book."
--Many Hands New England's Magazine for Holistic Health