Kalani resident and tantric yogi, Paul Squassoni, recently published his first book "Sex and Quantum Physics Volume 1: Tantric Yogi Tells All".
We sat down with Paul to talk about his book, altering the body's energetic state, and creating new paradigms.
Aloha Paul, let's start by sharing what your book is about...
Sure! Sex and Quantum Physics is an attempt to put tools that we already have - science and tantra - together to help people make more sense out of the world and their own lives.
The tantra part of it gives you an incredible tool for pain management, and for getting in touch with your body. And for calming yourself down.
The more scientific parts of the book allow you to understand a little bit better how everything from your own life to the global internet culture is evolving.
Quantum Physics is a topic that tends to stagger people with its complexity. Were you nervous that the scientific content might make many readers avoid the book?
Not at all. Even though Quantum Physics and Tantra are both covered in mystery and craziness! (laughs) The lessons from both are easy to understand. And I wanted the book to be understood by anyone, even in another culture, with a basic modern education. That’s why the language is simple, and why there are 24 exercises and more than 300 illustrations. I tried to keep in mind the image of an Iranian housewife reading it!
I read on the book's blog www.sexandquantumphysics.com that through 'Sex and Quantum Physics' you have essentially created a new paradigm for people to use to navigate today's world. Is that true?
Yes, it’s a look at the world in terms of energy flow. Looking at how energy flows in our lives gives us a way of examining what we inherit, what the culture gives us, and what happens in our own personal experience.
Examining sex, energy, and science gives us an understanding of how very different things are related - it helps us to see why things occur in our life. Gradually we begin to see patterns emerging; we gain insight into what triggers us, what pleases us, and why we do what we do.
I have been very reluctant to bill this as a self-help book, but Tantra yoga is the best tool I can imagine for everything. Working with the tension in your own physical, mental and emotional patterns is more effective than any form of therapy I have encountered.
What do you hope readers will learn from this book?
If nothing else, I hope they will learn to breathe down!
That’s one of the exercises in your book. Can you share it with us?
Sure. It's a simple way to connect yourself to the ground and relax not just the base chakra, but your whole energy pattern.
Here's what to do:
• Seat yourself in a comfortable position.
• Take an easy, good breath.
• Focus the out-breath down through your hips and into the ground.
The air doesn’t travel down, but it may well feel as though it does as you move your awareness down your body. Explore a couple breaths. You will know when you have breathed down. Your sit bones will drop closer to the floor, your spine will begin to straighten of its own accord, your head will move up and back so that it is more directly over the spine.
If you let the top of your head relax a bit, at the end of the down-breath you may even feel a little energy rise through the neck and out the top of the head.
As you breathe down, you will notice that the rib cage relaxes, the heart settles to a gentler pace, the shoulders drop, the hips widen. Since tension in the body is everywhere counter-balanced, breathing down relaxes the entire system.
Try it sitting, standing, waiting for a bus or a train.
Hug someone and breathe down at the same time. You’ll be amazed at the difference! Better yet, get them to breathe down with you during the hug. Just tell them “Breathe in, and breathe down through your feet into the ground.” It will feel completely different from any hug you have ever encountered.
Is it really that simple?
Yes, it is! Many people use all kinds of complicated techniques to manage their energy. Simply breathing Down allows you to do the same thing - anchor yourself, calm yourself, and positively alter your energetic state with a few simple breaths!
Click here to visit the "Sex and Quantum Physics" website for further sample exercises, resources, and to read Chapters 1 & 2 of Sex and Quantum Physics.
Sex and Quantum Physics is available on Amazon for $4.99 (Kindle edition) or $14.95 (paperback edition).