How To Be Less Sperm, More Egg: Martha Beck’s 4 Technologies of Magic – Part 4

In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this 5 part blog series about embracing a more feminine way of manifesting your dreams, I discussed how striving to make something happen is neither the most joyful way to “get ahead” nor the most effective. But if you want to be more “eggy,” but you’ve spent most of your life being “spermy”, you might wonder what you can do to facilitate your personal transformation so that, whether you’re male or female, you can learn to be more egg, less sperm.

Personally, I’ve been operating the way I so often do – trying to learn all this the hard way ever since Dr. Christiane Northrup told me to be less sperm, more egg over two years ago. I had a vague notion of what she meant. But there was no owner’s manual, no step-by-step guide describing how to manifest your dreams in a more feminine way.

Finding Your Way In A Wild New World

At least, it didn’t exist until Martha Beck wrote it in her latest book Finding Your Way In A Wild New World. It will be impossible to summarize an entire book of science and spiritually-based practices and exercises in one blog post, so please, if you’re a visionary longing to help heal the world, please, please, please buy a copy for yourself and buy three more to give to the visionaries in your life.

With that disclaimer, let me see if I can boil down what Martha teaches in this book into an appetizer you can digest.

The 4 Technologies of Magic

Martha breaks down the process of bringing into form that which you desire in order to be a force for healing the world into what she calls the “4 technologies of magic.”

WORDLESSNESS: The 1st Technology Of Magic

The first requires moving from your thinking, word-forming, “we’re all separate so every man for himself” left brain into your intuitive, feeling, “we’re all connected” healer’s right brain. In other words, you can’t think or plan or write or sperm your way to making magic happen. Essentially, the techniques Martha teaches in her book are forms, for lack of better language, with which to call something language-less – energy medicine.

She compares the 4 technologies of magic to our use of computers and the internet. If we’re all connected and we’re nothing more than interdependent vibrations of energy as scientists have proven, then essentially, we live in The Matrix (you saw the movie The Matrix, right? And What The Bleep Do We Know!? And neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor’s fabulous TED talk about what she learned from having a stroke? If not, go out and watch all three.)

If we can manipulate The Matrix to bring into form something that begins only as an idea, then dropping into Wordlessness is how we log onto the Energy Internet.  Most of the techniques for moving from your limited left to your unlimited right brain are forms of meditation practice.  For example, one of my favorites Martha calls “sense-drenching.”

Close your eyes and picture yourself looking at something beautiful without using words to describe it to yourself. Then add in your favorite taste, your favorite smell, your favorite soft thing to feel, your favorite sound. Try holding all five sensations in your mind without using words. If you’re able to do this, you’ll be operating from your right, not your left brain, and you’ll be automatically Wordless. 

ONENESS: The 2nd Technology Of Magic

My favorite of the three technologies, Oneness practices are built upon the idea that we are not independent, separate beings but part of a collective consciousness that vibrates together, that what affects one of us affects all of us, and therefore, that we can communicate with and influence each other without using words.

If dropping into Wordlessness allows you to access the Energy Internet, tapping into a sense of Oneness allows you to send emails. With the practices Martha teaches in this section, you can learn to “become one” with a fork and bend it, listen to messages from trees (she calls the “The Aunties”) or allow the veggies at the farmer’s market to tell you which ones your body craves, call in the animals (Martha called in 1000’s of whales and made international news), and send telepathic communication to other humans, leading them to take actions they don’t even realize they’re taking.

IMAGINATION: The 3rd Technology Of Magic

The 3rd and 4th technologies of magic require practicing and mastering the techniques Martha teaches for tapping into Wordlessness and Oneness. (This is not easy. I’ve been trying – with some success I’ll blog about soon. But start practicing now. It’s like going to the gym – the more you do it, the better the results.)

Once you’ve got Wordlessness and Oneness down pat, you can start Imagining what wants to happen in service to the world. For example, I’ve been Imagining for years what it would look like to heal our health care system. (You can read about my Vision To Heal Health Care here). But now that I’m clear what that could look like, it’s time to employ Martha’s techniques for Imagining – and bring in others who share my vision so we can all Imagine together.

To do this, I gather my team and we tap into what she calls the “Everywhen,” and we feel for what wants to happen – not just what we want to happen, but what yearns to happen. (There’s a subtle but important difference here that has less to do with me and my own ego and much more to do with planetary healing.)

When you Imagine your vision, The Matrix kicks into high gear trying to deliver on a silver platter anything you need to bring this vision into reality. 

FORMING: The 4th Technology Of Magic

The last technology of magic is about forming – not forcing – whatever you want (in other words, how to manifest your dreams by being less sperm, more egg.)

The secret Martha reveals in this section is not what you’ll expect to hear. In fact, it may sound downright maddening. But in my opinion, the 4th technology of magic is far easier than the 1st or 2nd. While it depends upon tapping into Wordlessness and Oneness, Forming requires following only three rules.

  1. Play until it’s time to rest.
  2. Rest until it’s time to play.
  3. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Then you get to act like a good little egg and just sit back and watch the sperm come to you bearing gifts and wearing little black hats and bow ties with roses between their teeth. (Yes, I did steal that vivid spermy image from Where Do Babies Come From?, the book my parents used to teach me about the birds and the bees. It’s awesome. Read it.) 

Does It Work?

I’m still in shock about how effective these techniques have proved to be in my own life. Money, passion, joyous life experiences, business opportunities, glorious new friends, and people committed to helping me bring my vision to life are literally falling at my feet. And the same blessings long to fall at yours.

So read Martha’s book and try these techniques yourself. And stay tuned. Because the magic resulting from my daily practice of these techniques is still unfolding in my own life, and I’ll certainly be sharing the details with you here. (Be sure you’re on my newsletter list so you don’t miss anything super juicy).

And because, in the words of my friend Mama Gena, “Unexpressed blessings turn to shit,” I have to say thank you to Martha Beck for uplifting my life in countless ways. Bless you Martha. I love you to pieces! 

Will You Try It?

Are you on board? Will you give the 4 technologies of magic a try? Are you ready to finally try being less sperm, more egg? Share your thoughts.


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  1. Jen Granneman

    Why, yes! Yes, I am, ready! I’ve already started, in fact! I love learning of more and better ways to do this! So, THANK YOU, Lissa. You are amazing! I am so grateful for your presence in my life. I love you so much! Blessings to you, dear. So many!

  2. Tanya

    I love this book! I started reading it a while ago and then put it down because I was determined to do each exercise as it was presented and got stuck on the fork bending – couldn’t do it, still can’t, trying to just let that go. And in the spirit of letting go I resumed reading last month and am now about three quarters of the way through. I love it so much I’ve started buying copies for everyone I know, thank you so much Lissa for this great summary I will share it widely.

    And I have to know, did you bend the fork? I know it’s not the point and not at all the spirit of the thing but I am just baffled and I guess just fishing for a little company or if not, a little inspiration 🙂

    • Lissa Rankin, MD

      I bent a flimsy fork we usually send in Siena’s lunchbox (probably simply through brute force) but failed to bend the hefty dinnerware we usually use. It’s on my altar and I’ve been meaning to work on it! I’m going to Martha’s ranch next maybe I can get some one-on-one guidance. Don’t let it discourage you. I was able to do the other exercises much more successfully even though I couldn’t do that one…

      You are not alone!

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  4. Marie-Josée

    I love the idea of the eggy way. I shared it with some friends and it is bringing a lot of thinking about our condition way of responding to our life challenge. I am in a kind of inner turmoil, and the concept of eggy was a really good medecine in my situation. A situation where it is absolutely not the time to have thoughts, it’s time to stay still and become more an observer. Not easy. But since I was washed out, so much fatigue, the eggy way concept was more easily integrated. The eggs are in incubator mode. It’s not the time yet for action, i guess… I will know when it’s the time. Let’s stay alert and just lay back a little bit more. Your so lucky to go to the ranch. This is a dream to become. I wish I could go and bring all the one I love to this great experience. Enjoy. All. I don’t know you for so long but I really appreciate your way of sharing your world, your vision. Thank you for all the help this is providing.

  5. Jane Lee Logan

    I love, love, love that you and others are bringing these conversations out of the corner and into spot light! I’ve had many, many experiences in the wordless/oneness zone over the last couple of decades, from watching broken bones and severe burns heal instantaneously, to experiencing the healing of relationships that would be considered beyond hope, to just a deep sense of connectedness and peace. You name it!

    I love that we’re all taking the “oh so spiritual” and “it’s too mysterious to consider” mind set out and are beginning to actually entertain the idea that these things are actually natural–what’s “unnatural” is when we AREN’T experiencing amazing and wondrous things!

    Thank Lissa for your insights and the unique and glorious way you share them!

  6. Midge

    Hi, Lissa!

    Sense-drenching wordlessness comes so effortlessly when it’s simply a sensual (all senses) experience, something like a “first bliss”, during which we feel the experience via our senses instead of describing it via language—it’s easy when we don’t already have the language that surrounds it, and it’s a wondrous challenge, especially as we experience the everyday blissful moments we know so well that the words just start flowing, sometimes interrupting our senses.

    Oneness (one love) is my fave too! Separateness is an illusion—it’s of and from the ego. Oneness is experienced spiritually and proven cosmically (we’re made of the same stuff as the Universe!).

    Yes, mindfulness, simple awareness, takes a lot of practice—and I am but a beginner, a naive novice (best way to learn sometimes—maybe even eggy). But I continue to practice. And when I discover I’ve stumbled upon [what IS the word for this wondrous state?], I usually get all excited, and think in joyful shouts, “I’m doing it! I’m doing it!” and then, well, I’ve lost it. Gently, now—practice, again. And again. And, yep, here I practice again!

    Forming, not forcing. Play—rest. Create—envision. Give—receive. I think I’m still forming, always. How will I be of highest service? I believe I am in little ways each day, but that big vision thingy (highest service) is a little elusive for me, still. I think I’m a forming egg, just hanging out waiting to ovulate. Still eggy, though, right?

    Slathering myself in the ooze of all this eggy-ness,

  7. Sarah

    You are tremendous, Lissa. I have been hearing about Martha’s new book for a while, but finally just decided to purchase it today. This essay has been sitting in my inbox for a few days, but it clearly came at exactly the time I needed it, as a clear reminder that the goal is to struggle less, rather than worrying about every little bit of my newly developing business. When I let things happen, the ones that happen are the right ones. More play, quietness, breathing and rest… less freaking out. 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me to finally purchase the book!

  8. Ellen M. Gregg

    This is so timely, I could cry. Your most recent post guided me to this series, and I’m binge-reading them. After that, I’ll be investing in Martha’s book. (My Guidance is high-fiving me in a big way.) Thank you! 🙂


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