Transmuting Sexual Energy: Can this Teaching be found in the Bible?

by Joshua Tilghman on December 29, 2013

transmuting sexual energyWhen I began looking into the esoteric teachings of other religions, I found many of them taught it was possible to transmute sexual energy into something that could bring healing and even longer life. It’s was an intriguing idea that made a lot of sense once I understood the basics, so my next question quickly became, is the same teaching in the Bible?

Absolutely.

I eventually discovered writers such as Samael Aun Weor and Aunel Daath that illuminate the subject quite eloquently. If you really want to explore this subject in detail, I recommend looking into their work, but if you’re new to the subject, then this blog post will be a great place to start. I’ll be using some of their ideas along with my own to expound upon the subject in the way that I have come to understand it. I’ll do this in two posts, and by the end of the second I think you’ll agree that transmuting sexual energy is also an important Biblical concept.

Let’s start with a scripture that seems quite strange at first glance.

1)      “He that is wounded in the stones [testicles], or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter the congregation of the Lord” (Due. 23:1).

The Hebrew word translated as “congregation,” qahal, means assembly. The same word is translated Ekklesia in the Greek Septuagint, and then into “church” in English. On the surface, this verse seems to imply that any man who had his reproductive parts damaged could not be part of the church or assembly of Israelites in the Old Testament. Talk about a cruel form of discrimination!

Of course this isn’t the meaning in context. Biblical scholars tell us this really means that any male who had his reproductive organs damaged couldn’t hold a high office or place of honor in the congregation of Israel. I had an inclination that this was the meaning in context before checking around. But I also have the inclination to take it a step further; esoterically, this verse is one among many that indirectly applies to transmuting sexual energy. Let me explain.

In certain Jewish circles, men cannot study the inner teachings of the Torah (Kabbalah) unless they are of a certain age, well-versed in the oral teachings, and are married. The common reason for these requirements is that men who have fulfilled them are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually mature enough to correctly assimilate and disseminate such powerful knowledge. As a general rule, this is probably correct.

For the purposes of this post, one of the questions we may ask is why should one be married? One possible answer is that someone who has learned how to sacrifice the needs of self to meet another have the experience and knowledge to understand the greater principles of balance and spiritual unity. But I believe there is more. In order to practice transmuting sexual energy at the highest level, both male and female (yin and yang) energy is needed from two dedicated and spiritually mature partners. Although sex is involved in the act of transmuting sexual energy, it’s not about our lower desires and animalistic instincts; it’s about love and something shared within a consecrated union.

Through religion, we have the common belief that God only calls some to the priesthood or pastoral role. Spiritually, I believe this is an erroneous assumption. In some esoteric teachings, all men and women are symbolically to become high priests of God. It isn’t just a role that some people are meant to fulfill. The role of the high priest represents spiritual transformation on the upper mental plane through higher emotions. This is what the high priest Aaron represents in the Old Testament.

To truly serve God in spirit and truth, we all have to fulfill this higher spiritual role.

So how does transmuting sexual energy relate to developing spiritually on the upper mental (and emotional) planes? In order to truly understand this process, we need to discuss sexual desire.

The power and nature of sexual desire

Sexual energy is the most powerful desire known to man. Beginning in full force at puberty, once this drive kicks in, it takes up a lot of thought and emotion within the individual. This drive is completely normal and healthy. In fact it’s part of the life-force of the physical body. In the East this Life-force is called chi. Sexual chi is so powerful that it has the ability to create biological life, and once humans lose their sex drive through age, it is a known fact that energy levels begin to dwindle. But is this the way we were truly designed to be?

I grew up in Back Bay, Va. Beach. In the 80’s, this area was mostly farmland. Nestled in the midst of this farmland was my home of eleven acres. My grandparents ran a small horse farm. In fact, they owned a champion named Apollo. He came in 12th at the Arabian Nationals and his son went Reserve champion in English driving. Growing up on a horse farm I learned first-hand what happened to a stallion when they were castrated. Almost without exception it immediately changed their attitude and disposition. It was as if part of their life force was gone; once mighty stallions, castration made them something entirely different. They became docile and mild-mannered. The same thing happens when a bull is castrated. I am sure this is true to an extinct with all animals.

The next logical question is, what is this life force that contains so much energy and vitality?

Mantak Chia, author of Taoist Secrets of Love Making: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy, has stated:

“Scientific analysis has found it [seminal fluid] to contain a treasure house of vitamins, mineral, trace elements, hormones, proteins, ions, enzymes, and other vital nutritional substances. But there is an additional property…which present day science cannot analyze and is far more important than any vitamin. This may be called the Life-Force. Though it registers in no scientific instruments, it is far from imaginary since it separates the living from the dead. Ginseng root is an example of another natural substance which shows no special properties under chemical analysis, yet its life restoring powers are now widely acknowledged.”

Mantak Chia isn’t the only person who has taught that the vital life-force contained within the seed has the power to add years to our life and even raise consciousness. There is a long-standing tradition of emperors who knew the secrets of transmuting sexual energy.

The High Cost of Using Sexual Energy Improperly

We have already stated that a strong sex drive is healthy, but it is in how we use this drive that determines whether it becomes a negative or positive spiritual manifestation. Every time a man or women directs their sexual energy through lust and desire, precious life force is lost. Sexual energy should be channeled to regenerate the body and organs which helps bring physical, emotional, and mental healing. In other words, the use of our sexual energy should prolong life, not shorten it.

Mantak Chia further states:

“Real sexual fulfillment lies not in feeling the life go out of you, but in increasing awareness of the vital current that flows through the loins. The body is further replenished by a method of “steaming” the vital energy up from the sexual centers to the brain and higher organs such as the heart and crown of head. The life-enhancing energy process is completed by exchanging energy with one’s lover during a relaxed meditation following the creation of this supercharged sexual energy.”

So what does this all have to do with the Deuteronomy 23:1? The answer is simple:

A man who wasn’t able to practice raising kundalini through transmuting sexual energy could not be an example of a high priest. Remember, we are required to love God with ALL the heart, soul, and mind. Learning to channel our sexual energy is part of this process. How we direct our sexual energy is one of the highest forms of spirituality. Our sexual urges and impulses are some of the strongest instincts we have. Why would God demand anything less than to use this powerful Life-force (chi) to help us raise consciousness?

To put it another way, learning to properly channel sexual energy is to journey back to God, or Source. It is our physical impulses and desires which keep consciousness grounded in the physical. Animals have no choice but to follow their instinctual desires, but humans are capable of reversing this instinctual trend and becoming higher spiritual beings through them.

Jesus’ statement about transmuting sexual energy

When the disciples made a statement to Jesus about adultery and marriage, Jesus responded with an esoteric teaching about sexual union.

The first thing I want to you to notice about Jesus’ reply is that it is a hard saying that not many men can receive.

“His disciples say unto him, if the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry” (Matt.19:10).

“But he said unto them, all men cannot receive this saying, except to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there were some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be some eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake” (Matt. 19:11-12).

The bolded portion of Jesus’ statement above is not referring to men who have castrated themselves or practice abstinence. It’s about spiritual masters who know the secret to retaining their sexual chi within the body during sexual union. According to Mantak Chia and many others throughout history, it is possible to orgasm without ejaculation. I know this sounds strange at first, but I would read his work before you consider it hogwash. The basic idea is that instead of having this life-force leave the body just for pleasure, the same pleasure can be reached with your spouse (and even greater pleasure) without continuing to lose chi. Instead this chi can be rechanneled in the body to gain superior health and raise consciousness.

I’m not going to go more into how to accomplish this since it isn’t the focus of this blog, but all your questions can be answered in his work.

I’ll talk a little more about transmuting sexual energy in my next post. We’ll look at how other scriptures apply. We’ll also discuss one of the greater symbolic meanings of Adam and Eve and how their story relates to transmuting sexual energy.

Side note: I was hesitant to publish this post because I run Google Adsense Ads on this blog. The ads are displayed based on the content of the post, and I didn’t want Google to start displaying inappropriate image ads in the sidebar based on today’s content. I decided to post it anyway, very carefully choosing my words. Hopefully no inappropriate image ads will be shown. If so, please know that I didn’t choose these ads.

Blessings.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

sparks December 31, 2013 at 9:02 am

Hi Josh,
Once again, another profound post! and one which many will shy away from responding to, although I believe that the transmuting of sexual energy is around us every millisecond of our lives in some form or another, an example would be in nature, silently, it goes on as it does within our very souls.
Universally, with the planets and especially Venus, as she dances with the Sun between our home Earth. Another example would be our exchange of energy as males and females w/o a sexual encounter, this is invisible energy, happening all of the time, helping the maturation of the masculine and feminine forces unite in harmony.
LOL, I have held the door for men who had their hands full, carrying children, or too many packages many times! So guys, relax, its not just for you to open the door for us females. It is you who have helped make us stronger so we can reciprocate and be “true helpmates”, sometimes with the exception of an uncooperative jar we may need some assistance, and we are always good at holding the ladder while you are fixing the roof or trimming a tree!

The kundalini or chi experience is not for the faint of heart, it is a very spiritually powerful sexual force, and one must be fully prepared to receive…hence our lessons of sexual enlightenment which begin at puberty.
Once a human being has reached this stage of evolution, the word sex becomes the word or world of SACRED.

Jesus, was he not saying/teaching, we are creators? In thought, action and deed, every millisecond of our lives here. Your choice or many choices are shown to you, I call it the crossroads, no dilly dallying here, make a decision, say a prayer of good intent, cross your fingers and toes and carry the load.
Believe me, you will always get the help you need, just ask…
BTW, for any stargazers, Jupiter, is now visible to the naked eye directly to the left of Orion, the eye of Jupiter can be seen with a good set of binoculars, will be visible for another month. (Joseph Campbell can fill you in on the “myth” of Jupiter.)
Be Blessed Always,
Sparks

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Joshua Tilghman January 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Thanks Sparks. It is a subject which will be quite new to a lot of people, so I think I’ll have to address it in some more post before people can begin to see it really is part of the scriptures.

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anny December 31, 2013 at 10:09 am

Hi Josh,

I had to read this post a couple of times very carefully as it is something I have never delved into yet, though I have thought about the symbolical meaning of sexuality before, which of course you can see in all opposites that come together and create new life through it, be it in material sense or in the sense of producing new ideas when two people who come from different sides agree to contemplate the other one’s vision and so reach deeper levels of understanding together.

Transmuting sexual energy is something else though, I think and I am not sure about what it is really because I believe that it also applies to e.g. celibacy in the right sense of the word. There it might be the male and the female side of one person coming into complete balance and as such also create new life in the form of higher awareness and maybe even the Kundalini experience. I have read somewhere – it might be in Elisabeth Haich’s book Initiation, but I am not sure – that there are (or were) Ayurvedic doctors in India who abstain from sexual intercourse and somehow transmute their sexual energy in such a way that they become healers with special powers. They are mostly people who have completed their family before.

As to your article:

You wrote: “Through religion, we have the common belief that God only calls some to the priesthood or pastoral role. Spiritually, I believe this is an erroneous assumption. In some esoteric teachings, all men and women are symbolically to become high priests of God. It isn’t just a role that some people are meant to fulfill. The role of the high priest represents spiritual transformation on the upper mental plane through higher emotions. This is what the high priest Aaron represents in the Old Testament.”

I believe this is the only logical conclusion if what you wrote in your article about the seven chakras and the sacraments in the Roman Catholic church is true, which I think it is.

As to another quote: “Sexual energy is the most powerful desire known to man. Beginning in full force at puberty, once this drive kicks in, it takes up a lot of thought and emotion within the individual. This drive is completely normal and healthy. In fact it’s part of the life-force of the physical body. In the East this Life-force is called chi. Sexual chi is so powerful that it has the ability to create biological life, and once humans lose their sex drive through age, it is a known fact that energy levels begin to dwindle. But is this the way we were truly designed to be?”

You call the sexual energy part of the life-force of the body which is called chi. I believe God = Love is also this Life Force. It has to be, since God is All That Is. It says something about how sacred it really is.

Anny

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Joshua Tilghman January 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Great points, Anny!

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Joshua January 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Nice reply, Leo!

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Sue January 7, 2014 at 12:28 am

Hi, Josh,

I’m confused …I thought sex is lust. Sex lust is the father of death. James, in the 1st chapter of his epistle, “Then the lust, which it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is full-grown, bringeth forth death.” Literally. Or are you saying something all together different? Are you saying transmuting sex within ourself with no partner but drawn up our kundalini up? Please help me clear up this matter.

Thank you!

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Joshua Tilghman January 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Sue,

Sexual energy is the power of creation. When used properly, this energy can be used to transform consciousness. Transmuting sexual energy can be done with or without a partner, but I believe at its highest level it is accomplished with a committed partner. Shoot me an e-mail through the contact form and I’ll answer any specific questions you have.

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CJ January 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

How do we transmute this sexual energy to transform consciousness and heal myself. Is there any books I can read on this subject.

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Joshua Tilghman January 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

CJ,

Read Mantak Chia’s works on transmuting sexual energy. All your answers will be found there.

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cj August 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I found this article http://www.anandaclaritymagazine.com/2005/09/yogananda-sex-yoga-meditation/ I do the breathing part to get rid of impulse but I wasn’t meditating after to transmute sexual energy. Is focusing on breath meditation good for transmuting.

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cj August 25, 2014 at 1:17 pm

After getting rid of the impulse

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