Man has known about the link between sex and creativity for a long time.
In his bestselling book, Think and Grow Rich, first published in 1937, Napoleon Hill said:
“When harnessed and redirected along other lines, this motivating force [sex] 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.”
What I sense is that many of us are unaware of the potency of our sexual energy, and how we can channel it into our craft to create masterful work.
I have interviewed many of my esteemed colleagues on the link between sex and creativity, and these are their thoughts (as well as mine, too):
1. Myisha Battle, Sex Coach of Sex for Life, LLC.
“Sexual energy can be seen as the most powerful kind of creative energy because, in lots of cases, the act of sex can lead to the creation of life. Even if you choose not to procreate or if you engage in sex that would never lead to conception, you are co-creating an experience with another human being. In my work with clients who are sexually blocked, I often recommend a creative assignment so that they can establish a connection to that energy without the pressure of having to jump back into sex right away. It’s a way of ‘priming the pump’ for sexual desire.”
2. Dr. Stephen de Wit, Toronto-based Sexologist.
“Embracing your sexuality and your sexual energy is a powerful access point to you accepting yourself and your most authentic self-expression. This often translates into one being able to create and express themselves how they choose.”
3. Cindy Gallop, Founder & CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn.
“Having great sex makes you feel great about your sexuality, makes you free great about yourself, makes you more creative, more productive, more happy—more everything. What’s depressing is that we’re so narrow-minded as a society. It doesn’t work the other way round: we’re not creative enough about sex. If you’re a writer, nobody encourages you to write innovatively, creatively, explicitly about sex—if you do, you can’t get published. If you’re an artist, nobody encourages you to explore sexual themes in your art—if you do, you can’t find a gallery or an agent, can’t show your work, can’t sell it. It’s a virtuous circle—the more open-minded we all are, the more we rejoice in our sexuality, have great sex, feel comfortable expressing ourselves, the more creative we are, the more we bring that creativity to bear on the universal human experience, the more happiness we bring to everyone.”
“Sex is absolutely linked to creativity and imagination. Through the breath, sound, and movement of our intimate activities, the body increases vitality, which amplifies our ability to gather and visualize psychic information. By staying present and embodied, we energetically interpret information that is flowing to us, which regularly would go undetected. My most creative ideas have emerged during or after an amazing lovemaking session, when I surrender to the body’s vibration. They come to me as obvious and clear revelations!”
5. Matt Schwenteck, Sexual Educator and Faculty Member of International Schools of Temple Arts.
“That part of the brain where we are capable of making choices and able to get and follow spontaneous impulses from, that part needs to be active to be able to have fulfilling sex. Furthermore, the possibility of realising DMT through no goal-orientated tantric sex increases creativity. The cellular vibration of a sexually-charged body allows a deeper, more powerful, energised, present, and mindful action. What is play for children is art for adults.”
6. Jay Wiseman, Sexuality Educator, Author, and Publisher of Greenery Press.
“Sex and creativity are linked in that both can involve innovation. In the case of sex, one creates a new and innovative experience for one’s partner.”
7. (…and me!) Martha Tara Lee, Clinical Sexologist and Relationship Coach of Eros Coaching.
“If the sexually inhibited people I have met know how to suppress their sexual energy by distracting themselves and doing something else rather than address and express their sexuality, then imagine what could happen if each of us honed our sexual energy consciously and directed it toward what matters to us. Where intention is, energy flows. We need to try it, and then we will know for ourselves the differences when we channel our energy, and when we don’t.”
What are your thoughts about the link between sex and creativity? We’d love to hear from you!
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