Sexual transmutation is very much driven by our sex hormones. The whole spiritual journey could be said to be driven largely from sexual energies since they are a large proportion of our life force. The urge to unite with God and/or a beloved is run on the same biological “circuitry” but different levels of expression.
A basic understanding of sexual transmutation could be viewed at 3 main levels:
1. Our Genes
From a genetic point of view it is our genes that dictate to us how, when and where we have sex. It is the “job” of our genes to perpetuate the human race regardless of personal circumstances or what the reigning standard moral code at the time. This is the job of the basic self. From a genetic imperative sexual transmutation is not an option. Creating more humans is the only option. In this regard our genes have been highly successful. We cover every inch of the planet.
Sex or the thought of it creates the most powerful natural hormone and emotional cocktail in the body. Not having control of this mechanism leaves us at the mercy of today’s marketing systems. This can be viewed in a wide arena from plain old consumerism to sexual depravity. For many people they may have indulged in orgasmic genital sex and regretted it later. At the time it may have felt like the right thing to do as their dopamine and emotional levels soared.
In the Brian walker translations of Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu he writes:
“Although most people spend their entire lives following the biological impulse, it is only a tiny portion of our beings. If we remain obsessed with seeds and eggs, we are married to the fertile reproductive valley of the Mysterious Mother but not to her immeasurable heart and all-knowing mind”
2. Therapy and Bonding
Sex is an enormous therapeutic agent when used as a bonding mechanism on a regular basis. However this “therapy” will always turn sour if genital orgasm and male ejaculation are not separated. These are two different processes. The male ejaculation feels good and for most men it has been hot wired into the nervous system. It provides a short term relaxation response.
However it has some serious side effects that you may not be conscious of. Symptoms of sexual satiety for example include feeling drained, irritability, a growing aversion to ones partner and energy imbalances. At its extreme there are many men who are addicted to ejaculation and sexual satiety. They are actually addicted to the dopamine high. They have no idea the harm they are causing themselves. This can be measured in terms of future physical exhaustion, lack of spiritual development and in the success or failure of relationships themselves.
The addiction to pornography for many men is a good example of being completely stuck in the basic self and dopamine addiction. Sexual energies are a huge chunk of our life force and should be treated with reverence and respect. Therefore people should be aware of sexual transmutation of their energies. This is not suppression. This is just the realisation and raising of consciousness about regular genital orgasm/ejaculation.
In her book “Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow” Marnia Robinson writes about the “sexual hangover” after sexual satiety…..
“This hangover is subconscious for both men and woman, although men usually acknowledge it more readily because so many of them have experienced the urge to bolt after sex. In contrast, we woman sometimes feel unusually clingy, jealous, or determined to remodel our mates – emotions that certainly don’t feel like an urge to separate. Without realizing it, however, we are engaged in separation behavior that can drive a partner away. Either way, our powerful genes win the mating sweepstakes – if someone fools around.”
Sexual Transmutation and Tantra
A gradual process of sexual transmutation via spiritual initiation is a natural evolutionary process. This is of course the start of true tantra and not the perverse ideas that circulate worldwide today about tantra. Many men/woman of great achievement are people with highly developed sexual natures. Many very good sales people fall into this category. They are always the ones who allow the magnetic qualities of sexual energies to circulate throughout the body. This is usually done without a second thought. Their unblocked/wide open hearts allow us to see that we are being shaped/molded for a sale. Nothing is hidden. Indeed it is only as we allow sexual transmutation to take place and increasing amounts of life force energy to circulate do we develop high levels of motivation, creative imagination, and desire in our chosen direction.
The Mysterious Mother
In the Brian walker translations of Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu he writes:
“If you wish to unite with her heart and mind, you must integrate yin and yang within and refine their fire upward. Then you have the power to merge with the whole being of the Mysterious Mother. This is what is known as true evolution”
It is interesting to note that the Mysterious Mother is not the Holy Mother depicted by religion. She is in fact a highly charged sensual and sexual being whose shakti liberated energies actually devour the separated self. Anyone who is on the path of self realisation will eventually become much more interested in sexual transmutation as they transform their lower nature.
He explains further….
“The first integration of yin and yang is the union of seed and egg within the womb. The second integration of yin and yang is the sexual union of mature male and female. Both of these are concerned with flesh and blood, and all that is conceived in this realm must one day disintegrate and pass away.”
So let’s move onto the 3rd level of sexual transmutation. This is the level that many are either unaware of or confused about.
3. Sexual Transmutation
As sexual transmutation continues and we move towards the complete sublimation of our sexual energies we experience a letting go of the “separated self” or lower personality. This corresponds to the complete opening up of our energetic system. This is always a gradual process to allow the initiate time to adjust to the higher frequencies of light now integrating into their human electromagnetic field. Our genes are in fact now operating at a higher level. Eventually we will transcend our genes.
For long periods of time we will move between allowing the energies to circulate around the body and keeping them locked in the lower triangle. Genital orgasm as per our hard wired nervous system dictates is not an easy habit to kick. We will however move towards the realisation that our bodies can be containers for our limited and lower frequency egos or our Higher God Selves. It’s a choice between limitation and corresponding symptomology in the body or living lightly and on higher purpose. When kundalini rises and the heart opens it feels like a lover. For those carrying a predominant female energy it feels like a male energy or lover. For those carrying a predominant male energy it feels like a female energy or lover.
In Brian Walker’s translated words of Lao Tzu he writes:
“It is only the third integration which gives birth to something immortal….The new life created by the final integration is self-aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole and virtuous, it can never die.”
This mystical union of yin and yang can be achieved without a partner. It can also be achieved through sexual intercourse.
Lao Tzu according to Brian Walker goes on to say:
“Because higher and higher unions of yin and yang are necessary for the conception of higher life, some students may be instructed in the art of dual cultivation, in which yin and yang are directly integrated in the tai chi [disciplined practice] of sexual intercourse….If genuine virtue and true mastery come together…the practice can bring about a profound balancing of the student’s gross and subtle energies [otherwise it can have a destructive effect]
“The result of this improved health, harmonized emotions, the cessation of cravings and impulses, and, at the highest level, the transcendent integration of the entire energy body.”
A Basic Understanding
Sexual energy is non other than life force energy expressed for the purpose of creation. In the case of a man his semen is extremely potent. To use it unconsciously in the long term will eventually lead to his demise emotionally, physically and spiritually. Men have the choice of creating another life, ejaculating for egoic and personal advantage or using it for a higher purpose. It’s also important that a man’s partner is on the same wavelength in regard to sexual transmutation. Having a partner who doesn’t understand the importance of non ejaculation for higher spiritual work is an issue. A woman who wants her man to regularly ejaculate because it “turns her on” doesn’t produce the best conditions for sexual transmutation.
Sexual transmutation of energies does require regular will power. Especially if your nervous system has been hard wired to automatically move towards genital orgasm and ejaculation (most men). The long term rewards of semen retention far out way the effort in terms of creating expressions which enrich the body, mind and spirit.
Suppression or Middle Road
Its also important to understand that suppressing genital orgasm/ejaculation is not healthy. If you have spent a lifetime ejaculating on a regular basis suppression can have a detrimental affect on the body and mind. In this regards it is important to have a regular practice of recirculating sexual energies. Holding them in the genital area for long periods of time is not recommended.
In one study prostrate cancer amongst Catholic priests was as much as 30% because they did not recirculate sexual energies. With Taoist monks who recirculate energies around the microcosmic orbit the incidence of prostrate cancer was zero. Also, many Taoist monks practice diaphragmatic breathing and breath retention which I highly recommend in conjunction with any sexual urges you may experience. However when the urge becomes too great the middle road is often the best recommendation. So in my experience it’s best to ween oneself off ejaculation gradually whilst performing various circulatory techniques. This also involves not being too disciplined with oneself at the beginning.
Path of Initiation
At some point during spiritual initiation and sexual transmutation we understand that our lower nature will be sacrificed to our higher. The higher spiritual frequencies will integrate and purify the body/mind complex of lower frequency energies. This is the lower or separated self. These spiritual initiations are basically the same in all traditions. In the Christian tradition the 4th initiation of Matrimony is the first initiation into the collective way of life. It is the higher octave of the first initiation of birth. It is the birth into a higher dimension or higher frequencies of energy.
In Christian traditions it represents the marriage of the seeker to Christ. It is the beginning of the higher life in which the primary focus is to incarnate or integrate the causal or soul body fully into the physical body. Our life’s work is then offered in service to the whole. Rather than our work being about money and surviving it becomes our worship to the divine “until death us do part” Our true beloved is in fact the higher self or divine consciousness. During this period our lower nature increasingly becomes more “organised” by the soul body. In other words, polarities or yin/yang are resolved. Our sexual energies are transmuted and routed into creative work of a higher nature.
The 5th initiation of Annunciation flows naturally from the 4th. It is one in which we become “pregnant” with the “Christ” energies. In Taoist philosophies this is the “immortal fetus”. Like Taoist teachings the energies surrounding this initiation are very feminine. We can see why the “controllers” of this world have abused and raped the feminine aspect through out history. It was to keep humanity “stuck” in the lower or separated self where our consciousness can be easily manipulated.
The 5th initiation is about allowing the exquisite and refined energies of the buddhic body – which is the higher octave of the emotional body – to pour into the body/mind complex. This is a highly tantric experience and represents the sublimation of our sexuality into pure spiritual essence. We become aware that our bodies are being purified and cleansed in preparation for a great inner event – the birth of Christ Consciousness. Collectively we have already entered a time of great spiritual cleansing. Annunciation however, may take a few decades for individuals to register their own personal initiation.