“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha
Emotional Transmutation is possibly the most powerful force of change or motivation one can consciously control. Simply stated, emotional, or sexual transmutation is the conversion of latent or dominant emotional / sexual energy into useful productive energies for self growth, reaching goals, personal change, or other purposes.
Think about it, what urges drive and shape a hugely profitable fashion industry? What thoughts have risen up onto a pillar the massive pornographic industry? What desires assist you to stay in shape, look your best, or drink a low fat latte instead of a regular?
The Power of Desire
When you are attracted to a member of the opposite sex, what happens? Something in your brain is triggered; It is something you cannot explain. It borders obsession, hinges on lust, and craves the adventure of the chase. Love may be a factor but the core human response to these initial interactions is simple – raw desire.
Occasionally love gets in the way and often times heartache can play a factor in the achievement of desire. Thankfully, heartache and sexual desire are the two biggest known factors of motivation aside from self-preservation.
We humans will go through many phases of development but a primary developmental factor evident in all stages is the drive to procreate – to connect – to give life to someone or something that will exceed beyond our own legacy.
Intense feelings of longing or need can accompany desire in its nonsexual capacity as well. Just think about the last time you saw something that you wanted to badly that it became a need. If you continued to think about this object, person, or substance that need would begin to transform into a strong, burning desire.
Whenever an experience, idea, or substance engages us and moves us toward this need to “feel good” we tend to gravitate towards it. We tend to crave it. We tend to circumvent all odds just in order to get it.
So, how can we learn to consciously channel our desires for things less exciting than sex, drugs, and rock and roll? How can we assimilate this type of motivation into tasks such as living our dreams or actively pursuing our most wild fantasies?
For many of us, simply channeling a bit of extra juice in the workplace would be a huge benefit.
The Power of Passion
Passion is easily confused with desire. In fact, the difference between the two is more or less a simple application of logic. Where they differ lies within the fact that passion pertains to something understood to be in possession. In order to have a “passion” for something, you must first obtain it or have a good working knowledge of it.
Passion is more closely related to the emotional response caused by desire (lust) and can extend the psychological imprint of desire.
The reason for this is that passion is an emotional, or chemical, release by the brain in response to the ego-driven and primarily intellectual causes of desire. If you desire something so deeply that it triggers emotion, passion will release feelings similar to or equaling love in order to act as an emotional reinforcement.
This chemical response of “feeling good” is then used by the brain to categorize the pattern as desirable and a new neural imprint is then stored in our subconscious.
Any repetitive thought or action steeped in emotion will likely become a self fulfilling prophecy. Because you are consciously aware of your thoughts, actions, intentions, and the role they play in your success or failure you can begin using visualization to complete the triangle. Are you ready to hit the triple play?
Using Visualization, the Final Step
Visualization is the activity of mentally altering your thought process to “escape” reality. Visualization is an integral part of many meditative practices, success workshops, and coaching strategies. Psychologists use visualization to assist their patients. Prayer is also a form of visualization. If you have ever daydreamed, you have practiced visualization.
To do this activity, you will need a colorful photo of something that holds some emotional significance. You could use a photo of your home, your new car, your spouse, or a vacation spot which you have visited or would like to visit.
For best effect, the photo should contain vibrant colors.
Find a quiet, comfortable location either sitting or lying down. Take care to remove any tight fitting clothing or objects which could alter your experience, such as a wallet in your back pocket. If you are sitting, you should sit erect with your feet touching the ground. If you are lying down, lie on your back with your legs comfortably stretched.
Now, look at the photo for a few moments, focus on the details, the colors, and the environment. After focusing on the photo for a few moments, shut your eyes. As your eyes adjust to the darkness and your surroundings fade, begin to recall the photograph. Do you feel a breeze? Are there any smells? Perhaps a garden is nearby? Can you feel the sun on your skin? If the photo was of a person, interact with them, hug them, be in the moment.
Use your imagination to put yourself into the photo and the environment to the best of your ability. This is a right hemisphere function of the brain, therefore some may find it easier to do than others. Do not worry, simply practice and take your time.
The key here is to learn to trick your mind into believing it’s own illusion. When you are able to clearly visualize something you desire, and desire it so heavily that emotions and passion run parallel, you are ready to actively begin reprogramming your brain using visualization, passion, and desire.