What Is Sexual Transmutation? How To Transmute Sexual Energy
Our sexual energy is our creative, life-force energy. Through it, we give birth to new life. That life may be children, it may be intense soul connection, and it may even be new ideas and projects. The latter process is known as sexual transmutation.
What is sexual transmutation?
Sexual transmutation is the process of converting sexual energy into energy of another nature, usually for the purpose of creation or other life-affirming action. It's about channeling sexual energy into other areas of our lives.
We all have our own unique genetic blueprint. We come into this world with gifts and talents. Our purpose is to channel these through the one-of-a-kind vehicle that we are. Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich, wrote about the key to genius lying in the ability to tune into one’s sexual energy and transmute that sexual energy into one’s life.
But since we live in a culture that has a bipolar relationship to sex (i.e. it is everywhere—in advertising, film, pop songs—but we’re also told that we’re not allowed to have it and enjoy it), most people never make the connection that their sexual energy is key to their creativity. Or their vitality in general.
Our creative and sexual energies are deeply connected. For example, recently I was at a major crossroads and made a decision. I took a leap of faith and made a choice to more deeply honor my true self. After I committed, I could feel my sexual excitement building. I felt like I wanted to have sex. My libido was off-the-charts. My body was throbbing. I know that this feeling is a reflection of my desire to get moving, to take action. It is the mix of my sexual and creative juices flowing and looking for an outlet.
When you feel this sexual energy brimming inside you, you can either have sex or transmute your sexual energy. Or both.
How to transmute sexual energy.
1. Harness your sexual energy.
Before you can transmute sexual energy, you must be attuned to it so you can recognize it when it's building inside you. When you're tuned into your sexuality, you'll also be able to increase your sexual energy on command.
Some people are very aware of their sexuality and are brimming with sexual energy. Others have a more complicated relationship to sex and therefore can struggle with arousal. For sexual transmutation to work, you must embrace your sexuality fully. (Relatedly, sexual transmutation is not a practice for people who are ashamed of their sexuality; you cannot make use of sexual energy's great creative power if you are actively rejecting your sexual energy to the begin with. You must have a healthy relationship to sex.)
2. Use this visualization.
This short visualization will help you be aware of moving and channeling this potent energy into your work.
- Drop yourself into a meditative state. Use your own go-to meditation practice, or alternately, chant a sacred word like Aum or Hu to uplift you and bring your focus inward. Do that for a few minutes.
- Focus on elongating your breath to at least a four-count inhale and a four-count exhale. This is a way of redistributing our sexual energy throughout our body, making it stronger, denser, and more secured within our bodies. Do a few rounds of this.
- Clench and release your PC (pubococcygeal) muscle a few times. This is the muscle you use to stop the flow of urine. You ought to feel a stirring in your genitals. This is good. Keep clenching and releasing.
- Now see in your mind’s eye a project you are working on. Visualize your pelvis and genital area filled with radiant light and energy. Imagine shooting that substance out into your project, wrapping and infusing it. Enlivening it.
- Find another cause worthy of your procreative attention. Do the same thing.
You can do this anytime, anywhere (just like sex).
3. Alternatively, have sex first.
Sex can be a way to tap into your sexual energy's creative power. You can use your sexual encounter to essentially amplify the power of that energy and expand it in your body—so long as you are conscious of what you are doing.
This technique can be down with a partner or with yourself via tantric masturbation. Typically when we orgasm, we release all of our sexual energy out of our bodies at that point of climax. Instead, use your breath to retain that sexual energy as you ride through your orgasms.
Here's how it works: As you're building up to an orgasm, practice your Vinyasa flow breath: elongate your breath, counting to at least 4 counts as you inhale and at least 4 counts as you exhale. This is again redistributing that energy back throughout our bodies and will ensure that we don't lose it when we orgasm. This way, you expand past your orgasm: Instead of a huge, distinct burst of pleasure, you'll have a feeling that spreads throughout your whole body. (Hello, full-body orgasms!)
What you'll notice is that when you orgasm this way, the sexual energy stays with you. That orgasmic feeling simply goes on and on and on, even when physical contact stops. It can last all day or all night long. From this place of being filled with orgasmic energy, you can create something truly incredible. Dive into your projects headfirst post-sex, or use the visualization from #2 first.
You can use this technique whenever you need to get your creative flow going. Have a sex date with yourself or another. Then get to work.
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