All Posts for October 2006

Sex and Happiness: The Ten Tantric Laws of Intimacy

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Note: Before or after reading these excerpts, please read about the author in the Profiles section of my website.

Laurie Handlers’ book, Sex and Happiness: The Ten Tantric Laws of Intimacy
is full of information related in a conversational style. Rather than give you a paragraph-by-paragraph review, I just want to reprint some of the phrases, paragraphs, and ideas she has written. This should whet your appetites to purchase an advanced copy. (Go to for ordering information.)

“In Tantra we say it’s the mind that gets you stuck and the body that gets you unstuck….Your memories are stored inside the cells of your body. There is wisdom in your gut reactions. There is pleasure and pain and real knowledge all there in your own wonderful body, waiting to be tapped by you. Lucky you!”

“Giving yourself the right to choose what you want and what you don’t want in your life is a very powerful and self-loving place to be. This is the place where intimacy thrives…..Boundaries soften when there is true heart and soul connection, with mutual respect for each other’s boundaries.”

“…In Tantra, the reason behind every situation is that the universe wants you to evolve and to live fully, embracing it all.”

“In the cosmic sense, you come together (in a relationship) to confront your darkest fears and deepest secrets, both psychologically and spiritually….You form deep and powerful connections with certain attractive human beings because they are the medium through which you confront your true fears and most shameful secrets.”

“Tantra offers a different paradigm for life than most of us were taught, and moving into that paradigm requires courage.”

I hope that these few excerpts will give you the courage to attend a butterfly workshop and purchase Laurie’s book as an introduction or follow-up to Tantra.
Below is a reprint of what Laurie is offering when you purchase her book for $14.99 (plus S&H) hardcopy, $9.99 downloadable version. You can order by clicking

Special Bonus Offer

Laurie Handlers’ One-Day Tantra & Bliss Seminar 2 for 1!

As a thank-you for purchasing Sex and Happiness: The Ten Tantric Laws of Intimacy, Laurie Handlers is offering a scholarship for you and a family member to attend the one-day Tantra & Bliss Intensive seminar as her two-for-one guests. That is a total value of $220!

The guest spots are available to purchasers of Laurie Handlers’ Sex and Happiness: Ten Tantric Laws of Intimacy published by Butterfly Publishing. The two-for-one course must be completed by December 31, 2007, and this offer is made on a space-available basis. All spots in the courses are first come, first served. To assure your spot please register immediately at

At the Tantra & Bliss Intensive, you will expand on the insights provided in this book. Here are the benefits you can expect:

ß You’ll feel great about yourself – more attractive and self-confident
ß You’ll feel safe and whole
ß You’ll be more focused
ß You’ll feel your relationships as uplifted
ß You’ll feel rapture, love, passion and beyond!

By the end of this course, you will have the inner capacity to create a life of peace and harmony. The practices offered will enable you to create inner happiness as well. You will experience transformation through pleasure!

Whether you are currently in a relationship, or not, or even if you are never in a relationship, you know you have more potential for happiness than your current level now so register for the Tantra & Bliss Intensive today. This course will change your life! Register now at

Betty Kamen’s Take on Chocolate & Magnesium

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

I receive Betty Kamen’s daily Nutrition Hints. (And so can you. Go to for more information.) While I was away on a trip and away from my computer, one of the daily hints was about magnesium. Here it is:

Hint 2283: “Higher consumption of whole grains should be promoted based on research that indicates that whole grains lower the risk of type 2 diabetes as well as other chronic diseases.

The FDA permits foods containing at least 51 percent whole grains by weight — and also low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol — to carry a health claim that links them to a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Whole grains are a rich source of magnesium. Higher consumption of magnesium-rich foods, particularly whole grain products, is associated with a lower risk of type-2 diabetes.”

After reading this hint I sent Betty the following question:
“Betty, Raw chocolate is high in magnesium, so would you say it is good for lowering the risk (of diabetes) so long as it has little or no sugar added?”

This was Betty’s answer:
“No, I would not say that the same is true for raw chocolate. Magnesium requires other nutrients that help with its absorption. Do you really mean raw chocolate? That’s usually far too bitter for consumption. (Note that when you buy a bar of chocolate, it will say: 50% cocoa, or 70% cocoa, or 80% cocoa, but never 100% cocoa.) Surely you would agree that a bowl of whole-grain cereal is healthier than chocolate, even raw chocolate. And an apple picked from a tree is healthier than the whole-grain cereal that sits in a box on a shelf, and then requires cooking — which of course destroys more nutrients.”

Well, folks, you heard it straight from a well-known nutritionist, so I am putting chocolate, except totally raw chocolate, on my list of “treat” foods, but now with less guilt than I did before I researched the value of (raw) chocolate. Thanks, Betty!