A heuristic inquiry into the transformative potential of optimal sexuality within a relational context


  • Jacqueline Hellyer




transpersonal, sexuality, relationships, transformation, heuristic inquiry, transpersonal development, spiritual development, phenomenological study


This study aimed to explore transpersonal dimensions of sexuality, in particular the transformative potential of sexuality. Heuristic inquiry (Moustakas, 1990) was chosen as the research methodology. Six couples who self-identified as having an optimal sexuality were interviewed to discover their individual and joint experiences of sexuality and their sense of transformation. The data was examined and developed into individual, exemplary and composite depictions, the latter of which is presented here as the results. The results show two general themes of transformation: (1) a sense of sexual evolution, and (2) a sense of before and after transformation. In addition, there were a range of transformations in the three areas of (1) personal, (2) relational and (3) sexual transformation. While they interrelate and it was not possible to clearly differentiate them, all co-researchers felt that the sexual area contributed to the personal and relational. The discussion in this report interprets the results through a transpersonal lens in three ways: (1) How this type of sexuality is experienced as a dyadic, movement-based, embodied, mindfulness practice, (2) how it cultivates vital energy, and (3) how it forms part of a participatory spirituality. Scope for further research into transpersonal sexology is also identified.




How to Cite

Hellyer, J. (2022). A heuristic inquiry into the transformative potential of optimal sexuality within a relational context. Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal Psychology, 3, 51–65. https://doi.org/10.53074/cstp.2022.30