January 16, 2013

The Most Profound Quodoushka Letter I’ve Ever Recieved

submitted by Amara Charles Back

Quodoushka January Phoenix
*posted with permission, of course

Dear Amara, Mukee, John and Emily,

We are back in the (very) frigid Northland again. It’s 18 degrees F right now and is predicted to be in the below zero range over the weekend.

But we are warm within. We have taken your hot juiciness with us.

You are all so very talented! You are all funny. You are all sexy. You are all brilliant.

Hot, hot, hot and so very kind and wise – Each of you.

Amara – whose perfect understanding of group dynamics and perfectly paced delivery never failed –even when coughing. Your complete acceptance of the Sexual Being before you was a Welcome Home to everyone in the room. Mukee your lusty, sexy humor and goodwill to all and your fabulous freedom and body language took the material home. John (“Ryan Seacrest”) with your brilliant speaking style and connected embodiment of the material (can’t ever stop thinking about that Forest Fire Orgasm demo!) you taught us a depth of knowing that will stay with us for years. Can’t believe you aren’t a veteran of the course! And lovely, dear, Super-Hot Emily who made us all feel OK about being sexy
because you were always the sexiest. We will remember you moving with pure pleasure on the floor, (trying to) grab John’s leg, and of course your fantastically sexy outfits. What a great role model for all of us.

Somehow, you wonderful, sexy people managed to transform us. You carried us from our tight, frightened inner space to expansive places of fluidity, self-acceptance and grace. Thank you!

Thank you for moving us.

When we arrived in Phoenix Thursday early afternoon, we were unsure of whether or not we should stay for the course. We were scared.

Collectively, we decided, “If it’s terrible, we’ll just stay at the Sheraton for the weekend. No kids to take care of, room service, remote control porn on the TV, sexy sheets and plenty of time to sleep in. Sounds pretty good, right?”

Well, maybe…

We didn’t know anyone who had done the course. We’d only heard about it in an offhand way from our spin class instructor.

We worried that the Q is probably just a bunch of mumbo jumbo. No good. A waste of time and money. What were we thinking?

But, we were already in Phoenix so…

We decided we should just take a peek on Thursday evening. Find out about Amara Charles. Who is she? What does she do and why? We stepped inside on Thursday night.

It was more than we ever imagined.

There were SO many memorable and shattering exercises presented that it’s hard to choose just a couple to talk about. The pacing of the course really contributed to the effectiveness of the exercises (hey, have you guys done this before?) You fed and de-armed the mind before stretching the spirit along the same pathway. It really worked. Our minds were assimilating information and seemed not to notice the way the exercises opened our hearts. John, you told us not to believe anything. (We loved this!)

For Jane-

The Fire Breath Exercise was for me (Jane) the most powerful of the weekend. I went into the exercise with more than a bit of skepticism and anxiety. Somehow, my placement in the room near the wall and at Jim’s side released something in me. As Mukee gave us the instructions, I felt the energy climbing through my body. My voice was escalating, calling, screaming, my body was convulsing. Somewhere my mind registered concern about “having sore muscles tomorrow” as my torso writhed involuntarily. Then, both gradually and abruptly (how can that be?) I moved beyond (what does that mean?) in a way/to a
place that doesn’t have words. The tears came and didn’t go away. I was weeping, my body heaving uncontrollably. Emily (I later learned) came and touched me with a feather, guiding me/the energy to where I/it needed to go. She turned me onto my tummy while my Beloved looked on with tremendous concern. “Janie, Janie, are you OK?” he asked over and over. I didn’t answer. I was Somewhere Else and I was lying next to him. It was profound. I was weeping and resting – bathed in peace.

When I was a young girl, my father was a scary alcoholic drunk. One night he threatened us with a gun. I hid in the bathroom with my mother and my little sister. My mother was out of control. So was my sister. In that moment, I decided to turn off my tears and be strong. I guess I “armored.” It’s been 42 years since that happened and all this time, my tears have been (for the most part) locked away.

It’s not that I haven’t looked for them or tried to free them but it wasn’t until the Fire Breath Exercise that I really felt them break loose. Wow! Thank you for giving my tears back to me.

The Fire Breath Exercise was for me (Jane) the most powerful of the weekend. I went into the exercise with more than a bit of skepticism and anxiety. Somehow, my placement in the room near the wall and at Jim’s side released something in me. As Mukee gave us the instructions, I felt the energy climbing through my body. My voice was escalating, calling, screaming, my body was convulsing. Somewhere my mind registered concern about “having sore muscles tomorrow” as my torso writhed involuntarily. Then, both gradually and abruptly (how can that be?) I moved beyond (what does that mean?) in a way/to a
place that doesn’t have words. The tears came and didn’t go away. I was weeping, my body heaving uncontrollably. Emily (I later learned) came and touched me with a feather, guiding me/the energy to where I/it needed to go. She turned me onto my tummy while my Beloved looked on with tremendous concern. “Janie, Janie, are you OK?” he asked over and over. I didn’t answer. I was Somewhere Else and I was lying next to him. It was profound. I was weeping and resting – bathed in peace.

For Jim-

We decided to come to the Q1 in Phoenix several weeks ago. From the very beginning, Jim expressed apprehension about showing his body “in public.” His concerns led to many conversations between us. I told him how hot he is. But, my words didn’t seem to make him feel any better.

We talked about his upbringing and discussed a familiar story. Right before Jim’s 11 th birthday, his father Jack had a massive heart attack in the living room and died. It was horrible. His mother was left alone to raise 6 hungry children. It was a very dark time for everyone.

Because of the death, Jim had to move to the rival school down the road. The boys in the locker room of that school had a pattern of humiliating and demeaning boys who were smaller or less mature than the others. Jim was new to the school. He was smaller and less physically mature than they were.

It was during that terrible time that the bullies picked on him without mercy. They made him feel bad about who he was as a young man.

Fast-forward 49 years. Jim has a fabulous body. He was a competitive college boxer. He has run marathons. He stays in great shape. But inside, there is a little boy who was savagely bullied. That little boy didn’t want to show his body in public.

Jim’s an incredibly confident, highly successful man. He hasn’t let any of his story get in his way. But it was amazing to see how the body sharing exercise freed him from his prior trauma. It transformed his sense of self-acceptance and self-love.

Amara,

We could go on and on with specific examples and how the Q1 affected us as a couple. Suffice it to say that we loved being in your presence and in the safe, loving space which you created. Your humor, intelligence and sexiness (yes, even with a cold) shown upon us and bathed us in light. You, John, Mukee and Emily cared for us with a tenderness that soothed our frightened hearts, calmed our busy minds and excited our spirits. We will hold every memory most dear and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

And thank you to the entire teaching and logistics team for a wonderful weekend.

With love and light,

Jane and Jim

Other things we loved— dancing in costume, releasing energy and inhibition, the body imprint removal exercise, chakra merging (wow), chakra balancing and reading, co-empowerment catalyst exercise, great food, cold garage? Well maybe not the garage…..

And finally, learning that I am an (exhibitionistic) cat woman. prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr yes

From Amara

Thank you Jane and Jim.

Wow. YOU are the reason we love sharing Quodoushka.
May you walk in beauty

Quehestemehah
You Dance in My Heart
In beauty
Amara

Ready to experience the power of Quodoushka?

Quodoushka

You may become aware after this breathing exercise that the thoughts that normally run through your mind, ceased. You were able to suspend normal consciousness for a short period. This is what you are working toward achieving during meditation for longer periods. If you find that thoughts do intrude, think of them as doves flying around a belfry. Some fly on through, some stop for a while then move on. Notice them but don’t dwell on them. When you become aware of thoughts, return to focusing on the oxygen flowing in and out of your body or resume counting to yourself as you inhale and exhale. Most people need practice shutting off their customary stream of consciousness. If you need it, take a month or more of just doing the breathing exercise before moving to the next step, but just work on the breathing for at least two weeks. A way to remind yourself to tune in to your breathing during your day is to set a time, like on the hour or at 15 after. Most people are constantly looking at their watch or looking for a clock, so it can be used as a reminder. If you happen to look at the time and notice it’s 15 after an hour, that’s your cue to pay attention to your breathing. Notice if your breathing is shallow or if you’re so tense, you’re not breathing at all, then find a place to sit quietly to do a few minutes of abdominal breathing. Notice the difference in how you feel afterwards.

Amara says

Hello Mable,
Thanks so much for you comment, and yes, the states of awareness you mention are indeed possible. There are wonderful benefits that come through this practice and I’m glad you’ve had such awakening experiences.

But I am cautious with explaining this in more detail, and here’s why;
Although I know there are similar techniques, and I am cautious with how I present and teach this practice. I only teach the Fire Breath in person. Like similar practices, it is quite powerful, and should only be taught by trained teachers who can carefully explain and guide students one on one. This is why I do not post instructions. There are certain things that are too nuanced, and students are at very different levels of ability. In my view, to convey via written instructions is irresponsible and this is why I do not simply post instructions for practices like these.. When I published the ‘Sexual Practices of Quodoushka’ my editors agreed with my point of view. When I researched similar practices, I found that reputable teachers also taught this type of practice in person as well. So, it’s not that the Fire Breath is secret, or the only practice of it’s kind; it’s a profoundly powerful practice when it is presented with proper care for students.

You can experience this type of breathing in a modified cobra pose. Lying on the stomach, the hands are clasped behind the back and pulled taut. You arch up to the sky while keeping the lower extremities tightly engaged. Breathe deeply. You’ll notice that it is difficult to breathe in either the upper chest or the stomach. With each breath, the upper body lifts up and down a little and the base of the rib cage spreads. This is, in general, a good exercise to strengthen the diaphragm to breathe in this way. This is true diaphragmatic breathing!

Amara says

Hello Gale,
Thanks so much for you comment. Although I know there are similar techniques which are wonderful, I only teach the Fire Breath in person. Like similar practices, it is quite powerful, and should only be taught by trained teachers who can carefully explain and guide students. This is why I do not post instructions. There are certain things that are too nuanced, in my view, to convey via written instructions. When I published the ‘Sexual Practices of Quodoushka’ my editors agreed with my point of view. When I researched similar practices, I found that reputable teachers also taught this type of practice in person as well. So, it’s not that the Fire Breath is secret, or the only practice of it’s kind; it’s a profoundly powerful practice when it is presented with proper care for students.
In beauty
Amara

Anonymous says

This book by Mantak Chia [Daoist] has numerous exercises for rechanneling sexual energy throughout the body. It helps to practice his exercises in a non-orgasmic, non-ejaculatory manner. Keys: Moderation, Relaxation, and Spirit of Gratitude.

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