To many eastern, Taoist and tantric traditions and schools of thought, sexual energy and your raw, powerful and creative life force are intrinsically connected. Sexual energy is the driving force of nature, it is primal, instinctual and raw. Yet it is also spiritual, emotional, mental and intuitive.
We have a Lower Self (a lower mind) and a Higher Self (a higher mind). It is in the Higher Self and Minds where tantric traditions and practices link and arise. Instead of being guided by pure “animal” emotions and instincts, we can engage consciously in our sexuality with our intuition and Higher Mind intact.
How does this link into creative self- expression, you may be wondering? Well, very closely!
Creative power is also known as Shakti. Shakti is the divine feminine creative and sexual energy to Shiva- its masculine counterpart. Those of us who are spiritually aware and have studied or integrated the teachings of ancient systems like Tantra, understand that Shiva and Shakti are two dual, yet complementary forces to consciousness and energy. They are essentially the divine union of consciousness and energy.
But Shakti is not exclusive to women and Shiva is not solely related to men. Men and women can both embody Shiva and Shakti simultaneously. (Although, it is the norm that females predominantly embody Shakti and males Shiva.) The key to remember regarding the universal principles of Shiva and Shakti is that Shakti is feminine and pure creative power and potential, and energy; whilst Shiva is consciousness.
So we have established that Shakti is the term used to describe the feminine energy associated with creative energy. What we have not yet explored, is how Shakti is intrinsically linked with Kundalini; our serpent power.
Kundalini is located at the base of the spine, also known as the Muladhara in Hindu and Tantric traditions, and travels up the spine to the top of the head; the Crown chakra. The Crown chakra is a portal of energy responsible for cosmic and universal consciousness, spiritual illumination and awakening, and the ability to perceive subtle energy or connect to the divine. And this is where the connection between sexual energy and creative power comes in.
When kundalini- also known as kundalini life force and/or Shakti energy- is activated and “free-flowing,” i.e. there is a free flow of energy from the Muladhara to the Crown chakra and vice versa, your creative life force is healthy, inflow and charged. When this same flow of kundalini or Shakti energy is activated and open, your sexuality is also open and healthy.
Now, this doesn’t mean that having an activated kundalini and subsequent sexual life force will leave us all being horny or promiscuous 24- 7; it does mean, however, that we have a sexual vitality to us which positively influences our creative potential. Well, it can positively impact our creative force if we know how to connect to it!
Throughout man and womankind’s history, sex has been referenced. The Kabbalah views sexual desire as a deep state of spiritual expression. It is a connection to the divine, to Spirit, or to God or the Great Goddess. The innate human desire for sex and intimacy is seen as the ultimate expression of love. The same, or similar, is true for tantric and Taoistic philosophy traditions.
In yogic and Taoist philosophy, sexual energy is viewed as dormant and inactive until we awaken our kundalini. It is only when kundalini is awakened and activated, and our desires for sexual play and expression are harmonized with the higher mind- the highest version of ourselves rooted in divine love, spiritual awareness and Godly or cosmic consciousness- that true sexual play and union can be achieved.
In Christianity, the most believed in religion on this planet, the original story of creation and story of Adam and Eve is based around the concept (and potential misconception) of sexual energy. OK, whomever originally transcribed the Bible got it wrong- Eve was not evil, nor was the snake leading humans out of the Garden of Eden specifically “wrong” or negative; the snake was simply a symbol for kundalini energy, the divine serpent power within, and hence this “original sin” has been completely distorted. BUT the fundamental point remains the same. Sex as an act of creation and sexual energy holistically has always been central to our evolution and development.
Many shamanic, spiritual and tantric groups practice something known as “sex magic.” This is often referred to as shamanic sex magic, and this is because sex is treated as an act of spiritual and shamanic union. The partners who engage in this type of sexual and intimate union use divinatory and spiritual healing techniques and intentions, to raise each other’s vibrations; simultaneously leading to great growth and elements of enlightenment on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual planes. It may sound complex, but like the breathing exercises used in tantric meditation, and tantric sex, during shamanic sex magic the energy bodies intertwine to assist in healing on a subtle and soul level. Sex is essential seen as a form of spiritual healing.
It is these exact beliefs and practices which lead us onto the next point and area for self- discovery, how sexual energy can be transformed, alchemized and transcended to aid in advanced and profound levels of creative self- expression.
Channeling Sexual Energy into Creativity/ Creative Self- Expression
We have now established that sexual energy can be transmuted and transformed to achieve higher states of consciousness, spiritual understanding and perspective, and reach new and evolved levels of love. This also signifies that sexual energy can be controlled and channeled for advanced creativity.
The key ingredients for this to be achieved are being conscious, and being connected to your Higher Self.
Let’s explore the main ways you can use your sexual energy in a conscious and self- empowering way, to tune into your creative self and creative life force.
Raising your inner vibrations through raising your kundalini energy can charge you up creatively, and profoundly. Conscious breathwork allows chi, the universal life force responsible for vitality, health, and longevity, to fill you up- energizing your cells and positively affecting your inner spirit. Through raising your kundalini energy, you can access your Higher Self and all related qualities.
Empathy, compassion, intuition, a connection to something above and beyond- to the divine or God- and psychic gifts and abilities all come under the scope of the Higher Self. It is in these realms where your creative forces thrive! It is also through these qualities where new channels for creative thinking and new frequencies of creative genius can arise.
Another important thing to know about kundalini and shakti energy is that they are both intrinsically linked to psychic and intuitive ability. In other words, you can work to alchemize and transform sexual energy into psychic sight, which in turn fuels your creative power and force. A lot of the greatest artists, poets, creatives, and philosophers have begun their journey through an open Third Eye, and connecting to the divine.
Quite simply, turning your focus and attention to other matters can enhance your creative power tenfold! When you abstain from sexual release, your energy goes elsewhere. Your attention and inner currents transition, shifting any “lower” or primal urges and impulses into higher perception, thought and awareness; the place creative inspiration is birthed. Furthermore, many Yogis and Tantric or Spiritual Masters have mastered their ability to transform sexual urges, and therefore sexual energy into higher states of awareness.
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