I'm a Catholic and studying Taoist forms of sexual transmutation. Is it a sin to research and or practice the methods taught? I don't really consider it diving into the occult as I am only trying to improve my semen retention and avoid masturbation, which is a sin, by studying the knowledge of ancient cultures and looking at it through a purely scientific and practical lens. I'm not planning on converting or anything like that to Taoism. However you could argue it is occult and I'm trying to use Taoist methods as a cheat code to beat temptation. I literally just don't want to go to hell.