I first came to understand that sexual energy could be harnessed for other purposes many years ago through the wildly popular book, Think and Grow Rich.
Published in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, the book became an instant hit and is one of the best-selling personal development books of all time with over 20 million copies sold.
For the book, Hill interviewed 500 of the wealthiest men of his time over 20 years and distilled 13 principles responsible for their extraordinary success and wealth.
One of the principles was sexual transmutation, to which he devoted a whole chapter in the book, describing how many of these men channelled their sexual energy to achieve success and accumulate riches.
In the book he says,
“Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires. When driven by this desire, men develop keenness of imagination, courage, will-power, persistence, and creative ability unknown to them at other times. So strong and impelling is the desire for sexual contact, that men freely run the risk of life and reputation to indulge it. When harnessed, and redirected along other lines, this motivating force maintains all of its attributes of keenness of imagination, courage, etc., which may be used as powerful creative forces in literature, art, or in any other profession or calling, including, of course, the accumulation of riches”
However, funnily enough, the chapter perhaps aptly titled “The Mystery of Sex Transmutation”, made absolutely no mention of how to channel sexual energy into other areas of one’s life and left it as a mystery.
Fortunately, a couple of years ago, while I was on a three-month solo trip around India, I came to experience the power of sexual transmutation quite by accident and unbeknownst to me at the time.
I started to experience some significant changes in my life halfway through the trip, and even later once the trip was over. I knew some of these changes had nothing to do with my experiences while travelling. However, I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was the cause of these changes either. But more on that later.
In this blog post, I’d like to share with you ancient knowledge known for thousands of years, yet ironically remains unknown to most of the population in the information age.
What happens when you transmute your sexual energy? Who are the famous figures in history who practiced sexual transmuation? What is the process of injaculation? To find the answers to all these and more, I encourage you to stick till the end of this article.
Note: This article is written primarily with the male reader in mind. But make no mistake, sexual transmutation works for women just as it does for men.
How To Transmute Your Sexual Energy
The word transmute simply means to convert from one form to another.
Transmuting your sexual energy, at its most potent form, involves abstaining from all sexual activity or content, whether it is sex, masturbation or pornography and harnessing this energy for other endeavours.
You must understand that transmuting sexual energy has nothing to do with repressing or fighting this energy, which is unwise and not advisable. Trying to repress this energy will only lead to frustration.
As Napoleon Hill says in the book,
“A river may be dammed, and its water controlled for a time, but eventually it will force an outlet. The same is true of the emotion of sex. If it is not transmuted into some creative effort, it will find a less positive, less productive outlet.”
Channelling this potent energy towards your goals and creative pursuits is the key.
Energy cannot be destroyed. In the case of men, when semen is retained, it is absorbed back into the body to nourish the higher energy centres (chakras), nervous system, and the brain.
While undertaking the process of sublimating your sexual energy, it is highly recommended to complement it with the practice of daily meditation and physical exercise/yoga.
Doing this will ensure that the sexual energy circulates upwards, and does not remain concentrated on the sex chakra/ genitals in which case sexual urges can get stronger.
Some other practices for raising and circulating the sexual energy upwards include,
Deep breathing exercises / Pranayama
Yogic techniques (such as Ashwini Mudra, Root Lock, Mula bandha to circulate the sexual energy)
Microcosmic Orbit (an ancient Taoist technique for circulating energy)
Why Sexual Energy Is So Powerful And Precious
“The vital essence, or sexual fluid, contains a high concentration of prana. If not dissipated, the power therein can be used to enhance physical health, mental vitality, creativity, and spiritual development”. - Paramahansa Yogananda
To understand what makes sexual energy powerful, it requires one to understand Prana.
The ancient cultures of the East recognised a subtle invisible form of energy that permeates all things in nature. It was referred to as Prana in India, Chi by the Chinese culture and Ki by the Japanese. In English, this energy is translated as life-force energy.
Prana provides us with energy and nourishment and is present in the water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe. In our body it is present in its most concentrated form in men’s semen and women’s menstrual blood.
In Ayurveda, one drop of semen is said to be made from 40 drops of blood. It is considered as the end of the food digestion cycle. Similarly, Tibetan medicine says that it takes one cup of the vital essence of blood to produce one drop of the vital essence of semen.”
Western medicine says that Semen has over 200 different proteins, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It’s a treasure chest of nutrients that the body and mind need to perform at its best.
By this measure, semen is even more precious than blood!
The No-Fap Movement
Today, thanks to the NoFap community on the internet, an increasing number of people are becoming aware of the power of their sexual energy.
In 2011, Alexander Rhodes, a young programmer in U.S.A, came across a study on the website Reddit which revealed that men who refrained from masturbation for seven days experienced a 145.7% spike in testosterone levels on the seventh day.
He decided to abstain from all sexual activity for a period and started noticing considerable changes in his life. He founded the NoFap community to encourage others to do the same.
Today the NoFap has around 450,000 members, with 5% of its members being women.
Some of the benefits most commonly reported by its members and ones I’ve experienced myself include:
The Benefits of Sexual Transmutation
Increase in motivation
Boost in confidence and courage
More focus and mental clarity
Increase in testosterone (for men)
Better self-control and discipline
Better singing voice (not kidding about this one)
During this time, I also began to hear from people that they could feel a powerful positive energy in my presence. Some said they noticed a glow in my face and a sparkle in my eyes (I had never received such comments before).
On a personal level, the practice of sexual transmutation changed many things for me. For a long time, I had difficulty in accepting myself for who I was. I also had the habit of seeking my sense of respect from those outside of me.
After a few months of sexual transmutation, these things began to change, and I started loving myself more deeply than ever, and it bought about a feeling of completeness within myself.
I also began to drastically reduce my concern about what others thought of me and my actions, something which held me back and limited me in the past.
It was only months after my solo trip ended, when I stumbled upon the NoFap community and its benefits, that I finally made sense of the changes I began to experience in myself.
Now what’s interesting was that these changes weren’t unique to me, but were common among the members of NoFap community who practised sexual transmutation.
How Long Does It Take to See The Benefits ?
A couple of people to whom I’d suggested taking up the practice of sexual transmutation said they began experiencing some of the benefits like increased motivation and more energy in less than ten days. There was an other who abstained for a month but didn’t feel any significant difference.
The timeline of when some of these benefits start to appear will differ from people to people. However, if you choose to abstain for a period upwards of two months, you will undoubtedly start to see and experience the positive effects of this practice.
Famous Figures Who Practiced Sexual Transmutation
Some of the people who practised sexual transmutation are some of the most famous figures throughout history. The list includes some of the greatest philosophers, athletes, businessmen, politicians, writers, artists, musicians, inventors and scientists of all-time.
Well aware of the power of conserving one’s vital energies, Gandhi took a vow of Brahmacharya/celibacy in 1906, when he was 38 years old.
Incredibly candid in his books and writings on the subject of transforming sexual energy, he opined that "One who conserves his vital fluid acquires unfailing power.”
Steve Jobs’ former girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan revealed in her book The Bite in the Apple, that Jobs’ would channel his sexual energy towards his work and didn’t want to climax to “build power and wealth by conserving [his] vital energies.”
Ali would go up to 2 months without climaxing in preparation for a fight. In his autobiography, he narrates a quote from Olympic boxing coach Harry Wiley.
There’s a kid just come down here named Cassius Clay.(Ali’s name before he converted to Islam). If you bet on him every time he fights, you’ll be a rich man, ‘cause he won’t lose a single fight. I believe his thing is sexual control. And he’s got it. . . Any kid who can control [it] can win the title. I believe it.
Sir Issac Newton
Widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all-time, Newton willingly remained celibate his entire life.
He said “The way to chastity is not to struggle directly with incontinent thoughts, but to avert your thoughts with some other employment, by reading or meditating on other things, or by converse, for he who is always thinking of chastity will always be thinking of women.”
The ancient Greek philosopher was credited with many mathematical and scientific discoveries and was the man behind Pythagorean theorem.
Pythagoras established a community that set a premium on study, vegetarianism, and sexual restraint or abstinence. He said “the loss of semen was dangerous, hard to control and both physically and spiritually exhausting…”
The other famous Greek philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, also shared similar views on sexuality.
Sir Winston Churchill
Britain’s most famous Prime Minister and acclaimed writer (winner of Nobel Prize in Literature) exclaimed that “The reason that I can write so much is that I don't waste my essence(semen) in the bedroom."
The 7-time Grammy Award winner and one of the best-selling music artists of all time (sold over 130 million records), was a practitioner of sexual transmutation. This is what he said in an interview regarding the subject,
"Yeah, I'm celibate. Well, it's all physical; all of that then turns into other things. Libido is energy. I go back and forth. It's like fasting: it's a practice and you get better at it over time, you know, but no one is perfect … With fasting, after four days, you don't want food anymore. You've got this thing that says ‘feed me, feed me,’ and then when it realizes it's not going to get fed, it goes away."
Miles Davis One of the biggest names in Jazz history and voted as the greatest Jazz artist of all time, Miles Davis was vocal about the importance of conserving one’s sexual energy.
“You can't come [cum], then fight or play. You can't do it. When I get ready to come, I come. But I do not come and play (jazz). You give up all your energy when you come. I mean, you give up all of it!”
Special Mentions: It is rumoured that Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo were both single and remained celibates their entire life and channelled their sexual energy into their spectacular artistic creations.
The Problem With Pornography
One of the main factors responsible for massively depleting sexual energy on the planet today is undoubtedly pornography.
Three of the top 20 sites in the world are porn sites. Porn sites even receive more regular traffic than Netflix, Amazon, & Twitter combined each month.
Contrary to popular perception, porn is not something consumed by men alone. The most visited porn site released data, revealing that close to 30% of its viewers are women.
Now, most people may believe that as long as you are not addicted, occasionally watching porn may be a completely harmless activity or even something completely natural.
But countless studies and research on the effects of watching pornography on the brain tell a different story.
Studies indicate that pornography rewires the brain, making it less connected and less active.
It has been correlated with erosion of the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain responsible for functions like willpower and impulse control.
Porn use also leads to unnaturally high levels of dopamine secretion (neurotransmitter linked to motivation): rising to around 200% of what is normal. This can damage the brain's reward system and lead to lack of motivation.
Don’t Be Fooled By These Myths And Waste Your Sexual Energy
#Myth 1 : Frequent ejaculation reduces the risk of prostate cancer
Monks, Yogis and Kung Fu masters have practised sexual sublimation for thousands of years without any ill-effects
However, many men may consider the idea of ejaculating completely healthy since they may have heard that it reduces the chance of prostate cancer.
This is what the medical website WebMD says on the subject,
“There’s no proof that ejaculating more actually causes lower chances of prostate cancer. It may be that men who do it more tend to have other healthy habits that are lowering their odds"......Not all studies have found a benefit. A 2016 study got attention because of its size. But some smaller studies have found that some men, specifically younger men, who masturbated more had slightly higher chances of prostate cancer.
#Myth 2 : Orgasm and ejaculation occurs simultaneously
Though they happen very close together in time, orgasm and ejaculation are two separate processes.
You can conserve your sexual energy during sex by teaching yourself to orgasm without ejaculating, and directing the sexual energy upward to the higher chakra centres in the body instead of letting your semen flow out.
This is an ancient technique known as injaculation, practised by Taoists and Tantric sex practitioners for millenniums, which allows men to experience multiple orgasms. For more information on this technique I recommend checking out the book Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy by Mantak Chia.
Mere knowledge of the art of sexual transmutation will remain useless until it is applied.
You don’t need to take my word on the benefits of the practice of sexual transmutation. Instead, my challenge to you is to put it to the test yourself and let your own experience be the truth. Some may find the benefits in just 10 days while others may take more than a month.
Now I know for most men, this will be not be easy, which is why I cannot stress enough the importance of daily meditation while you undertake this practice. Practising meditation will give you greater control over your thoughts and hence your urges.
Patience and persistence will be necessary on the path of sexual transmutation. You may stumble many times but as long as you are willing to be patient and persistent there is no reason why this should be beyond you.
I am not suggesting you give up pleasure, but rather, what I am suggesting is to direct your most potent energy into something more fulfilling than momentary pleasure. To quote Hill once again,
“Transmutation of sex energy calls for more willpower than the average person cares to use for this purpose. Though this requires willpower, the reward for the practice is more than worth the effect.”
Applying this knowledge has changed my life, and if you are to stick with this practice for more than three months, I guarantee you it will change yours as well.
Initially, I had my apprehensions about writing on this topic because of the taboo and shame surrounding sexual matters and also since my parents are readers of my blog.
But I felt it was necessary to put my self-concern aside and share this because I genuinely believe this has incredible power to transform people’s lives.
I want to ask for your help to spread this knowledge by sharing this post and passing on this life-changing information to others in your interactions with them. I'd really appreciate it.
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For More on Sexual transmutation
For Women : To hear a female perspective on the matter of sexual transmutation, I recommend checking the YouTube channel of Kristel, who talks in detail about the significant impact NoFap/Sexual transmutation has had on her life. Here is one of her videos.
For Men : I'd recommend checking the NoFap Community which lists the experiences of thousands of others who are enjoying the benefits of practicing sex transmutation.