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Creativity Is Ultimately Sexual

The title comes from an article by entrepreneur and coach (and sometime performer) Suzanne Falter-Barns, who quotes what Deepak Chopra said in a lecture she attended:

“Creativity is ultimately sexual – I’m sorry — but it is!”

Other people agree.

Writer Eve Ensler has commented that she believes “sexuality is the greatest gift we’ve been given.

“Its energy is the basis of creativity, love, ambition, desire, life. Sexuality has gotten all these bad raps because it’s so powerful.”

[Quote from the book Positive Energy by Judith Orloff.]

Falter-Barns says that when she spent a few months involved in a production of ‘Chicago’ – “a show that was all about the bump and grind” she “really began to see the deep connection.”

[Photo: Renée Zellweger in the 2002 movie Chicago]

She continues, “When I am performing or writing, and things are really going well, I find myself slipping into a wonderful, surging sea of release. The pure stream of expression coming out of me is so unscripted, free and authentic, that I could stay right there for hours, doing only that. I feel brilliant and strong, and wonderfully alive – as if I’m just exactly what I should be.

“And, of course, the same is true about sex. Communication happens at high, peak levels. It’s all perfectly sacred and profound, yet – at the same time – the most normal thing in the world. I am happy and complete.”

She lists some parallels she has found between sex and creativity:

“It’s all about surrender. The more you can get out of your head, and simply let go, the further into your process you will go. And the grander the result will be.

“The real communication is entirely beyond words. When an actor gets up to deliver a monologue, or a poet composes a sonnet, the words take you only half the way there. The rest happens between the lines, in the emotional truth with which it’s delivered. Same with sex. And without that emotional truth… well, it’s all a lot of hooey.

“The spiritual usually comes into play. My belief is that all of this gets handed to us on that big Universal platter. And your choice is to accept or decline. So truly authentic creative or sexual endeavors can’t help having a mystical or divine underlayer.

“You can’t do it unless you really, truly want to. OK, sure. You can fake your way into bed with a relative stranger, or stumble along writing a book you don’t care about. But you’re not going to sustain it. The sex will be cheap and easy; the manuscript will sputter and die.

“Why? Because you don’t really, truly want to be there.”

Continued in her article Creative Juice.

Painter Cecily Brown has described her work: “I’m reluctant to say I want to capture the sensation of sex, but in a way, I want to transcribe the feeling of heat inside your body, inside your mouth, the feeling of skin on skin, and flesh and graspings.

“The subject is perfect for painting; painting is a metaphor for sex. So I want it caressing; I want it brutal and tender and everything at once.” [ profile]

[See Cecily Brown books with her artwork.]

Virginia Woolf once commented, “The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.”

Maybe we could use more indecency and the power sex in our creative work.

Creativity Is Ultimately Sexual

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2010). Creativity Is Ultimately Sexual. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2020, from


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