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Sex and Energy and Creativity

Tracey Emin

“If I was in denial about my sexuality, I’d be in denial about aspects of my work, which deals with personal revelations.” Artist Tracey Emin

“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.” Writer Eve Ensler

That is a quote from the book “Positive Energy” by psychiatrist and empath Judith Orloff MD, who writes: “If you want to surrender to creativity, surrender to creation.”

Many writers and artists note the powerful interaction of sexuality and creative expression.

Author Suzanne Falter quotes Deepak Chopra: “Creativity is ultimately sexual…”

Falter adds, “I couldn’t agree more. I’d always had this sense that self-expression, passion and the stirrings of your soul were intertwined…

“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.”

From her article Creative Juice: A Dozen Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers.

Her site ( notes she is a “self-help author, speaker, and singer who helps men and women find true joy and fulfillment.”

One of her books: Surrendering to Joy: My Year of Love, Letting Go and Forgiveness.


In one of her posts, Judith Orloff writes about cultivating sensuality – mostly in the context of sexuality, but her suggestions can also apply to developing this side of our creative personality. She writes:

“To fully step into your personal power it is important to awaken your sensual self. Doing this can offer you a primal connection, a satisfaction you can never get from your intellect alone. As you open to both sex and spirit, whether you’re single or part of a couple, you’ll be a vessel for an erotic flow, enjoying pleasure without insecurities or inhibitions…

“To ignite your senses, try these techniques from my book, The Ecstasy of Surrender either by yourself or with a partner to arouse your sexuality and let go to pleasure.

7 Ways to Surrender to Your Sensual Self

“Set aside uninterrupted time to playfully experiment. Begin to relax by breathing deep and slow. We habitually breathe shallowly to temper sexual and other feelings. I want you to sense, not think, to be fully in your body.

Awaken Touch – Take a fresh flower or a feather and gently stroke each other’s bodies…Let go. Revel in the sensations…

Awaken Taste – Select a few foods, herbs, or spices that have zing. Arrange them on a plate. My favorites are papaya, peppermint, and honey. I have an accountant-patient with a non-stop mind who perks up her sensuality by savoring a succulent piece of watermelon…”

Awaken Smell – It is an intimate and important part of sexuality which can turn you off or on. Let a blindfold accentuate your exploration of this sense. One patient, a full time mom, gets a sensual lift from a few whiffs of lavender or gardenia oil during the day…

From post: Awaken Your Sensual Self.

Judith Orloff

In another post Dr. Orloff writes more about the value of surrender:

“We live in a culture that encourages type-A personalities who engage in multitasking, getting ahead, competing, and growing profits.

“The problem is, behaviors such as trying to control the outcome, working overtime, and pushing ourselves to the limit leaves us exhausted, stressed out, depressed, and depleted.

“There’s a better way, and it involves learning how to surrender or let go of control…”

Why let go? Dr. Orloff says that “surrender expands creativity” and explains how this may shift our energy and attention:

“Being rigid and single-minded in the pursuit of success is like walking on a railroad. You may miss great things that don’t fall within your view.

“Letting go of our addiction to stress and struggle allows us to change our relationship to time and organization. We may find, for example, that looking up at the sky in the middle of a particularly jam-packed day lets the mind wander to the shape of the clouds, which leads to another thought.

“When we go back to our work, we have a new idea about how to tackle the task.”

From her post: 4 Ways Surrendering Control Makes Us More Successful.

Both of these posts are excerpts from her book The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life.

The photo of Orloff is from my resource page How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety When You’re Highly Sensitive. Being highly sensitive (as most creative people are), we may experience many positive qualities of the trait, but we can also be more reactive and vulnerable to stress and anxiety, which can interfere with creative flow.


Quote by Tracey Emin from article: The Artist Is a Glamour Puss by Elizabeth Hayt, NY Times.

Photo at top from article:  Tracey Emin: ‘Where does that girl go? Where does that youth go?’ [The Guardian UK] – “At 51, and on the eve of a major new exhibition, Tracey Emin talks to Rachel Cooke about mortality, motherhood and why she is so driven.”

Positive Energy & Emotional Freedom Package by Judith Orloff [on her site, along with other products].
6 audio and video downloads to “awaken positive energy and emotional freedom” including:
The Emotional Freedom Self-Quiz to learn your emotional type
Introduction to Emotional Freedom video and audio
5 Steps to Intuitive Healing video and audio
The Healing Power of Positive Energy audio of live workshop
Awaken Intuition for Health and Creativity a live video at UCLA of Judith and John Densmore, drummer of “The Doors”

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How do these ideas on sensuality, sexuality and energy resonate for you and your own creative work?

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Sex and Energy and Creativity

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. (2015). Sex and Energy and Creativity. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from


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