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  1. how important is "semen retention" in your practice?

    yea it seems like everyone who succeeds with retention has a partner to work with. if one is single, retention can be almost detrimental it seems, as there is no physical sexual outlet other than masturbation. being "celibate" is kind of unnatural in my own experience...
  2. Porn addiction

    thanks observercenter. i'm not sure if i actually have POIS or if i've just psychologically created it by becoming too obsessed with ideas like retention and energy conservation. i've been putting less emphasis on those things and my post-orgasmic symptoms have improved quite a bit. I still generally don't enjoy the feeling after sexual acts though it's not as crushing as it was before.
  3. how important is "semen retention" in your practice?

    thank you for your response taoiseasy, it's practical and makes perfect sense. the "visual stimulation" has always been a problem of mine and i'm going to try and do away with it for good. as for your story christian, i suppose you posted it because it symbolizes how man has taken a naturally beautiful creature out of it's natural habitat and has domesticated it through techniques of control, confinement and order. are you saying forced retention is like taking a horse out of it's natural habitat?
  4. how important is "semen retention" in your practice?

    ahh, that's the catch. it's like my wishes are constantly changing. i'll take off down the path of "full out energetic and spiritual practice" but if i fail or don't feel enough progress i'll think "this is a waste of time, why not just be normal and healthy." Then it's like my worldview totally changes and my priorities shift once again. but at this point, i dunno. i'd say number 2 fits me best..."want to work with energetic practices, but not full out...still enjoy 'normal' life" if you will. i think spiritual practices are important, but sometimes they can just get in the way of living and enjoying life. I think "semen retention" is a prime example...there's so many conflicting views on it that it can just become confusing in the end. You just get lost in the theory and lose any potential magic from the practice.
  5. how important is "semen retention" in your practice?

    thanks, that post is very eye opening. what i take from it is that it's more important to cultivate love/bliss within oneself rather than simply "retaining" a sexual substance for the sake of "not releasing it" or whatever. since "everything is consciousness" as you say, the inner and outer are already one...both are composed of the same living, vibratory essence if you will. The division between release/retaining is resolved as there really is no difference between the outside and inside anyway. at least that's one way of seeing it.
  6. Zen And Masturbation...The Struggle!

    dude, stay away from that site and their "belief system" at all costs. i use to literally block it from my computer as that group is nothing more than a fear and guilt based cult which will literally make your life a living hell if you take anything they say even relatively seriously whatsoever. if you're even remotely "guilty" about masturbation now, i'm telling you, that site will make it 100x worse! source: my own experience
  7. Thoughts on thought.

    ever notice that when you do something effortlessly you aren't really "thinking" about it at all? same with feelings of elation and ecstatic states of bliss...they just happen in the flow and if you're "thinking" they probably won't happen. i think way too much. sometimes i need to get out of my head and into a more direct experience of reality a bit more. the more i think, the more lost i get in my own head.
  8. solo cultivation: self pleasure without climax

    should one bother with retention practices if they don't have a partner? i've retained for periods of time before (2 weeks) but i felt repressed without having a natural sexual outlet or whatever.
  9. solo cultivation: self pleasure without climax

    yea it seems like tantric sex with retention would be a lot more natural than these "masturbation with retention techniques," which just make my energy feel all weird and pent up in my lower body.
  10. There seems to be a lot of differing views on this. some people make retention the foundation of their practice, avoiding release altogether or trying to limit it as much as possible. Other people think it's important, but that it's ok to release at certain intervals. Others say it's not necessary at all, that one can release as much as they desire. How important is retention/sublimation in your own practice? I've varied between all of these, including the extremes of "never releasing" and "releasing as much as i want." I'm starting to think that moderation might be the most natural path (releasing 1-2x a week) but i'd like to hear what others think. This "retention" concept has so many different viewpoints, it's hard to figure out which practice is the most healthy. edit: i suppose whether or not one has a partner plays a factor in this as well. i currently do not, so retention feels almost like repression alot of times.
  11. solo cultivation: self pleasure without climax

    thanks for the tips, i've intuitively felt that these "masturbation without ejaculation" practices are unnatural and kind of ridiculous to begin with. i know mantak chia promotes this and i know a person who literally swears by this technique and has a whole book about it. every time i try it though it just feels weird. if you masturbate without releasing you just build up all this hot energy and have all these horny thoughts all day afterwards. it just doesn't feel right, not sure why i keep coming back to it thinking "oh it might work" i think it's because i don't enjoy the feeling after ejaculation but at the same time i can't practice long-term semen retention without feeling weird either. theoretically this practice is a middleground between chronic ejaculatory masturbation and "celibate" style semen retention...but like both of those extremes, it just doesn't feel right. finding some sort of sexual path that works for me is the hardest part of my spiritual life. nothing i do seems to "feel right." i either become unnaturally sexually repressed or wildly over-indulgent with sexual pleasure. neither path works for me! *sigh*
  12. solo cultivation: self pleasure without climax

    thanks for the tips, i appreciate it
  13. solo cultivation: self pleasure without climax

    if one does have a negative entity, hungry ghost, whatever you might call does one get rid of it? i have a particular sexual issue (porn addiction) that comes up time and time again in my life (against my will) and i'm thinking it might be due to some negative influence, perhaps subconscious... or maybe i'm just weak willed
  14. solo cultivation: self pleasure without climax

    Interesting, you seem to frame this as negative entity of sorts. i'm curious, what in my post made you think that something like this could be influencing me? you say i might be "ensared" by it, as if i'm not aware of its presence... for all i know you're right. i'm at a very chaotic period in my life with all sorts of struggles...occupational, interpersonal relationships, sexual, you name it. Everything in my life is chaos right mind. emotions and life perspectives are all over the place and i can't seem to find any stability. it's just weird you were able to pick up on that vibe from a forum post...
  15. solo cultivation: self pleasure without climax

    this is really interesting, as i have been researching the connection between the prostate and "dry orgasms" the past few days. it's an area of male sexuality i've never even considered (until this point) because it's so taboo for "straight" guys or whatever. "prostate stimulation" is basically anal massage/stimulation from what i've gathered...that's pretty taboo territory for most hetero males. nonetheless it's really interesting. i'm tired of my main sexual practice being a quick spurt of pleasure, followed by irritability and boredom