This week, Life Training Online is reviewing Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, the ninth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

The Mystery of Sex Transmutation (the tenth Principle of Success)

Transmutation, in the simplest sense, is the transferring or the changing of one form of energy, into another. Hill refers to sex as an emotion which, according to him, can be channeled into productive outlets such as accumulating wealth. Ok, now that I’ve got your attention let’s try to discover exactly what Napoleon Hill is talking about here.

Sex has three constructive potentialities. They are:

  1. The perpetuation of the species,
  2. The maintenance of health, and the least known being…
  3. The transformation of mediocrity into genius through transmutation.

Has Hill completely gone off his rocker here? I don’t think so.

We all know that sexual desire is one of the most powerful of all human desires. So strong is it, that many risk their life and reputation just to indulge in it. Too many people — especially in our day and age — lower themselves, through misunderstanding and misuse of this great power, to the status of the lower beasts. By learning to properly channel this energy, it can become a great force for good in your life.

To understand this a little better, let me give you an example that Hill uses. Observe what happens to any animal after it’s been castrated. A bull becomes as docile as a cow after it has been altered sexually. It takes all the fight that was in him, and removes it completely. This same effect can be seen with man as well (as we historically have seen with the eunuchs). Destroy the sex glands of a man, woman, or beast and you remove a major source of action.

The sexual hormones (like testosterone in men) are what I think Hill is referring to as sexual energy. When you can learn to channel these hormones into constructive outlets which benefit others and yourself, you will have understood what this mystery is.

The Subconscious Mind and the Brain (the eleventh and twelfth Principle of Success)

Hill proposes that the connecting link between our finite human mind to that of Infinite Intelligence is our subconscious mind. A very brief two chapters, besides explaining how the brain functions, Hill repeats many of the concepts he previously laid out in earlier chapters. For example, the importance of actively planting your desires into your subconscious through emotion mixed with autoassociation.

The Sixth Sense (the thirteenth Principle of Success)

This final principle can only be understood and assimilated by first mastering the other twelve. Hill refers to the sixth sense as one’s creative (right brained) imagination. Most importantly it acts as a “receiving set” through which plans, thoughts and ideas flash into the mind — sometimes referred to as hunches or inspiration.

The author doesn’t go into details on how to develop this sense, but assures you that if you truly understand and master the other principles, then this one will make perfect sense.

Think and Grow Rich is the ninth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.

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