Turning the Moon into the Sun

by Joshua Tilghman on January 19, 2014

Solar_annular_eclipse_of_January_15,_2010_in_Jinan,Republic_of_ChinaAncient Alchemists taught that we must turn the moon into the sun. By moon, they meant our souls, and by sun, they meant the Christ. In other words, our souls must come to express the radiant Christ nature. This is what Paul meant when he said he travailed in birth until Christ be formed in you. We are to become a Christ, or anointed one, literally!

Thousands of years ago Christianity lost its way. It started outteaching the principles of the Christ, but quickly morphed from a dynamic philosophy with applicable teachings of the soul to an institution reinforced by doctrine and very little transformative power. It went from being esoteric to exoteric. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think this was some grand conspiracy in most cases; it had to happen this way because most of humanity isn’t ready for such a powerful transformation and renewing of the mind. That’s why Jesus stated that the path is narrow, and few there be that find it. Each generation yields few souls who gain the gnosis of the true self. All the great religions of the world have degenerated from esoteric to exoteric teachings simply because humanity must spiritually evolve through slow processes. Everything has its course in due time, and in the grand scheme of consciousness, this is okay. But the truth still remains that we can never achieve union with God as Jesus taught in John 17:11 until we develop a very high level of discipline.

Those who are serious about the spiritual path must ask, what’s at stake? Jesus stated that those who overcome will become a pillar in the house of his God. Here’s the real kicker: He also said they would “no more go out” (Rev. 3:12). What did he mean? To put it simply, reincarnation is no longer necessary for that soul.

This is a lofty goal, and it is not for the faint of heart. Some of us aren’t quite ready. Many of us may have many more incarnations to work out the karma necessary in order to be at the place of radical transformation. This doesn’t mean that all of us shouldn’t work where we are. We can and should because every effort yields positive results for the here and now and in future incarnations.

There are many ways to work from the place we are, and possibly some of us are ready to work with today’s topic: Transmuting sexual energy. I had a few blog readers ask me about this topic a while back, and that is the reason I decided to look into it. I am glad that I did, but I quickly discovered that it’s certainly not a topic for the faint of heart. It takes severe mental, emotional, and physical discipline, all of which I believe can yield some amazing results.

In part one of my article on transmuting sexual energy, I promised to go back to Genesis to discuss the topic in light of Adam and Eve. I’ll do that in this post, but first I want to add that there are many different teachings on transmuting sexual energy. I’m a bit of a skeptic with many of the concepts taught within the different schools of practice. I’m not saying there isn’t benefit in some of these practices; quite the contrary, but I believe it is more about bringing animalistic sexual-desire nature under control, and then utilizing the inherit power within sexual energy (through love not desire) to help transform the conscious experience. Anything that doesn’t focus on this route doesn’t appeal to me. There are many sects that teach how to transmute sexual energy in a way that seems to fortify the desire-nature (such as black tantra), and thus we have to be careful how, if at all, we choose to practice this ancient teaching.

To get a better handle on this subject, let’s start with a brief discussion on the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit

Holy SpiritIn Gnostic thought, it is the third aspect of the trinity, the Holy Spirit, which is responsible for bringing the creation to fruition. Instead of thinking of God as a person, we should think of Him as energy and consciousness, and the aspect of God that is the Holy Spirit flows from the higher worlds into the lower worlds to create. In the opening lines of Genesis it states that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, birthing the creation.

It is important not to just see the Holy Spirit as active in physical creation. We must also see the Holy Spirit as active in evolving consciousness (the reason for creation in the first place). In the Gospel stories, it was the Holy Spirit who impregnated the womb of Mary with Jesus. But we must also understand that you can’t have the Holy Spirit without Christ because the Holy Spirit comes from the Father (wisdom) and is operative through Christ (the heart).

Kundalini Serpent FireAs you may already know, kundalini is the Eastern term for what the West has considered the Holy Spirit. Kundalini is more specifically the “fire” of the Holy Spirit. As John the Baptist stated, it is Christ who baptizes with fire.  This is why the Holy Spirit is operative through the Christ.

Kundalini and the Holy Spirit exist within sexual energy. This should not be surprising because sexual energy exists in nature in many forms and degrees, and it truly is the power of creation. This force is a conscious electro-magnetic force that resides in all atoms. We could also say that the Holy Spirit and kundalini is primordial consciousness itself manifested through creation and duality. The difference between humans and animals is that humans have the ability to utilize this primordial force to raise consciousness. Learning to transmute sexual energy is a way to powerfully utilize kundalini, but not everyone should jump on board without understanding the process. There is much sacrifice involved.

Adam and Eve and Sexual Energy

We have already discussed many times on this blog that Adam and Eve represent the conscious and subconscious fractured mind. But this is more of the general picture. In Gnostic thought Adam is also the brain whereas Eve represents the reproductive organs. As such, we must not be tempted by Eve, the sexual desire-nature, but rather by the brain, which is to rule over our sexual desire by transmuting it for the purpose of healing and transformation of the soul (raising consciousness).

Our sexual impulses and desires are part of our subconscious. Adam, the brain and conduit for the waking conscious operating in the physical world, must “rule over,” or habitually imprint the subconscious with LOVE, effectively reprogramming the individual. In the light of sexual energy, we must consciously choose to rule over our sexual desires instead of acting upon them like animals (which is desire, the opposite of love). Sex with our spouse or partner is a sacred act, and when done from lust, it squanders the precious life-force within us. When the fire within our sexual energy is moved up the tree of life (spinal column and rod of Aaron), the great life force of primordial consciousness rises to the brain and has an effect on the endocrine system and nervous system, allowing for greater awareness and the healing of our psyche. But the sexual act is sacred because it’s all about loving one’s partner, not lusting after them.

In the beginning of Genesis Adam is presented as an androgynous being. This represents the state of consciousness before it fell into matter to evolve the soul through duality. The fall of consciousness into the physical world was necessary to gain a greater awareness of the self (part of which developing the soul is all about), which we will take back to former states of consciousness (with greater self-awareness) where physical, sexual procreation will no longer be necessary. Jesus said the angels of heaven neither marry nor are given in marriage (meaning having physical sex). I believe this is also the end of the reincarnation cycle. Remember, it is to fulfill unsatisfied desires of the ego that man reincarnates in the first place.

Part of our journey then in dissolving the ego lies within the transmutation of our sexual energy into what the Taoist call the “elixir of life,” which has the ability to powerfully transform consciousness with LOVE. It is part of turning the moon into the sun!

If you feel led to check out this practice, I do not recommend going to the internet. There are a lot of ideas about the practice, and if you are new to the subject, you may get lost in it. I recommend going straight to Mantak Chia’s book, Taoist Secrets of Love. He has a manual for both men and women, and by the end of his books you will realize why true love, unconditional and surrendered and received from your partner, truly is at the heart of transforming consciousness. Not to mention his book is very scientific and practical. You will learn more about the awesome creation of the human body than you dare ask for, and the read is very easy to comprehend. Another descent book is Samael Weor’s The Perfect Matrimony, although this book is riddled with archaic gnostic language that is at times hard to follow. Unless you dedicate yourself to a deep study of his terminology and concepts, you may get lost in his teachings as well.

Do not worry if you are single or choose to remain abstinent. Transmuting sexual energy can be practiced for you as well, and Mantak Chia intersperses information about this throughout his books.

I have only begun delving into this subject, but I am convinced that there is awesome truth and revelation in it.


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Paul January 20, 2014 at 1:14 am

Good article, Josh. A nice introduction into the subject of transmuting sexual energy. I’m sure this is a foreign concept for many, if not most, of your readers, and the Vedantic culture (Indian) has much to say on this subject, and how this transmutation does indeed uncoil the Kundalini and can expedite the experience of Samadhi.

Thanks, Josh.


Joshua Tilghman January 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Thanks, Paul. I have read some of the Vedic literature on this subject, and you’re absolutely correct – there is much about the human body and the powers that lie therein that western medicine and science are lacking so far behind with. All will be reveal in good time. I am convinced that the more we study the quantum world the more we will learn about this subject. Thanks for your comment.


michael5313 January 21, 2014 at 12:24 am

Very interesting.

“A seed must first die before it can bear fruit.”

John 2 and the wedding parable

“The best wine is saved for last.”

Why? Without first drinking the crappy wine, you could never notice the glory of the great wine.

“Last” cannot = 2,000 years ago

“A falling away must fist happen”

The crappy wine fuels the glory of the great wine.

The false prophet fuels the glory of the true.

When a chemist drops acid on gold to test for purity, he’s not observing the acid. He’s only interested in the reaction of the gold to the acid.

Acid has a glorious purpose


Joshua Tilghman January 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm


A very interesting and deep concept when pondered correctly. The fact that Jesus’ first miracle transmuted water to wine has lots to say about the subject of transmuting sexual energy, but that is a topic for another blog post. I have wrote about this scene before with a lighter interpretation, which of course is a prelude to the encompassing whole.



Sue January 21, 2014 at 1:46 am

Thank you. That explains it.


Joshua Tilghman January 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm


My pleasure. It was a Very basic overview. There is so much more to this subject, but I leave that to my readers to discover, and I leave it to their discretion. I will write more on this subject in the future.



Robert January 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm


Thanks. This spurred my curiosity, so I peaked inside the Montak Chia books by using the “Look Inside” features on Amazon, which include the (1) male version, and (2) female version with direct links below”:

(1) http://www.amazon.com/Taoist-Secrets-Love-Cultivating-Sexual/dp/0943358191/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390335137&sr=8-1&keywords=taoist+secrets+of+love#reader_B00AZP62C0

(2) http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Love-through-Tao-Cultivating-ebook/dp/B003N3U3GC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390333622&sr=8-2&keywords=taoist+secrets+of+love+by+mantak+chia#reader_B003N3U3GC

I know as much about Tao as I know about raising Emu’s.

So far, I see a lot of value in integrating the ancient Taoist wisdom of awareness and mastery of energies (Chi, Jing, and Chen) into this blog (without going into all the physical details of Jing on this blog). Young people who practice martial arts and yoga already have an appreciation for Chi and maybe Chen. Some of us older souls who are slowing down or becoming stiff will appreciate the not-so-athletic but rejuvenating process of transmutation energies described by Mantak. I already gifted my wife the Kindle female version.

So, Josh, when will we get to the topic of raising Emu’s 🙂


Joshua Tilghman January 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm


The books are very good. I own both of them. Many times one orders a book and is disappointed with the overall content, but I can firmly state that I learned more than I bargained for. I researched a little after getting the books, and they hold true to a long line of esoteric tradition. I was more than impressed. As far as the emus are concerned, I recommend one of the local emu farmers. They seem knowledgeable.

Blessings, my friend.


Robert January 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm


Guess what? The Emu is a part of ancient Australian Aboriginal mythology which may date back more then 40,000 years. Until the British landed in Australia in the late 19th century, there were no foreign influences on Aboriginal spiritual life. Before the British arrived, there were close to 1 million Aboriginal people living in 1000’s of separate tribes spread across the continent, each tribe speaking its own language, and rarely fighting among each other. They respected each other’s territories and their spirituality was closely linked to revering the land. They have an Emu constellation in the night sky. The British who arrived felt insecure in defending themselves and resorted to germ warfare (purposely spreading small pox from cultivated virus sources). They wiped out 90% of the native population. Onward Christian soldier.


Joshua January 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm


I had no knowledge of this. Very interesting!


Raymond Phelan January 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Hi Josh,

A brilliant article, as usual! You got right to the nub of what needs addressing from the human perspective: transmutation, through Self Awareness discipline, of basic animal desires.

So many have insufficient awakened consciousness from which to cope with desire, addiction, discipline. As you say: many aren’t ready yet to take the inevitable leap to soul freedom.

Bliss consciousness is key to transmuting “lusting” sex energy into nobler expressions of creativity and, regular meditation a portal of awakening “asleep” discipline. Sooner or later the inner alarm bell rings: “Time to be about my Father’s business”!

Thanks again, Josh, for all your amazing articles!




Joshua Tilghman January 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm


You hit it right on the head when you mention animalistic desires. I have been on a lot of websites that tout the subconscious is the supra or Christ consciousness, but this isn’t the case. Of course we are talking terms here that might mean different things to different people, but to me the subconscious has a lot buried in it from our past that is negative (and positive). It is the divine marriage between the subconscious and conscious that forms the Christ consciousness that truly heals. I understand that many different backgrounds and studies contribute to conflicting ideas, but I think it would beneficial if we could all establish some kind of common denominator. It is difficult to pull all this together with modern psychological terminology and esoteric teaching. Everyone seems to have a different idea. What is your take? Or do you see a remedy?


Robert January 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Josh, Raymond,

I think one remedy would be a psycho-spiritual “theory of everything”. Not an easy task. No one has figured out the theory of everything in physics yet. How to figure how gravity works in with other forces eluded Einstein and eludes us still. but I think we are getting closer in metaphysics. The thought crossed my mind that “a theory of everything” would make a good PHD dissertation in a new age seminary, but the glossary would fill an entire library. I think a clue to the the remedy appeared in 1 Corinthians 13 and has reappeared in a song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNO72aCnVr0


Joshua January 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Lol! I think metaphysics is probably the best area to explore in order to come up with the theory for everything. I think the answer will one day lie with consciousness being the only “real” essence of the universe. I think Buddha was correct – all is mind.


anny January 22, 2014 at 8:25 am

Hello Joshua,

During the last few days I have read this article through a couple of times as I do not really know anything about this subject of transmuting sexual energy, other than what I already commented on your previous article on the subject.

The more I read it though the more I am convinced though that this is really the same process as we discussed again in my last article about the hidden symbols. I see the sexual energy as (part of) the Life Force which we identied as the ‘nachasj’/kundalini which turned into the messiah after having been anointed. This led to ascension and the rising of the Kundalini/Holy Spirit. The process that is needed for this anointment proved to be that of Gethsemane and Golgotha.

I see this transmutation of sexual energy as just another approach and maybe another side of the same process. You did not give any details yet but you implied it is not for the faint of heart (neither is Gethsemane or Golgotha) and you mentioned the importance of Love.

And just imagine what dawned on me today: the numerical value of the root of the verb sleep, the characters sjin-nun, 300-50, is 350, just like that of the halfway point in the process, and the number of coils (3½) in which the kundalini sleeps. The 300 and 50 point to the nature of the process and what it leads to in this case.




Joshua January 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Anny, exactly! It really does boil down to the same process. When the lower ego is overcome, everything comes into alignment, even the powerful sexual energy contained in the body.


Paul January 25, 2014 at 5:38 am

Joshua, I told you this woman is a stone cold GENIUS!!!

As I am sure you are aware, the Vedic literature describes the sexual energy as just that — the Life Force. Anny came to this conclusion without ever hearing about it. Absolutely amazing!!!


anny January 25, 2014 at 7:07 am

Joshua and Paul,

I just recognized the pattern which can be found both in the Bible and the Vedic literature, I guess.

It proves two things: we are on the right track and in essence all religions are about the same thing, which I figured out a long time ago already.

Just shows you what a bad memory is good for, it forces you to go straight to the essence of things.

I love this exploring together with all the people on the blog!


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