An increasing number of guys, both single and in committed relationships, are experimenting with semen retention. For the uninitiated, semen retention is the practice of not ejaculating in order to conserve energy. Semen retention is tied to the concept of sexual transmutation. Sexual transmutation, for its part, is the redirection of sexual energy into non-sexual pursuits, be that a hobby, a discipline, school, work, or relationships. Sexual transmutation is a big motivation for a lot of guys who practice semen retention.
Today, I’ve transcribed a meaty clip in which YouTube bodybuilder and life coach Elliott Hulse gives his two cents on the theme. Hulse has been married for decades but has recently begun incorporating semen retention on a limited basis. Hulse says that since then, “I got more creativity. I have more ambition. There’s more going on in my life.”
Semen retention, for Elliott Hulse, can be part of a broader masculine lifestyle that dispenses with soft effeminate habits and pleasures that make men weak, ineffective, and unhappy.
Hulse’s audience is men, and I agree with a lot of what he says. The clip is very thought-provoking, and I’d be interested to get your thoughts in the comments.
Move away from slovenliness, slothfulness, and effeminacy and emotionality. Moving away from that and moving toward atonement with the father, which is all about mission and meaning and spirit and higher things.Elliott Hulse
What I think we need to do as men is to take away. I think that we suffer as men because of too much comfort, too much pleasure, too much good feeling stuff—ice cream and porn *cues intro music.*
“Yo Elliott, my question is what are small practical steps that we can take to become better men? What would be a good starting habit to implement daily?”
I don’t think there’s anything you need to do. What I think we need to do as men is to take away. I think that we suffer as men because of too much comfort, too much pleasure, too much good feeling stuff—ice cream and porn.
To be a man, you, listen. In traditional cultures, there was a specific process. Robert Moore calls it the archetype of initiation. Archetype means pattern. Pattern of initiation. Something that is seen throughout cultures, cross-culturally, by anthropologists, for years and years and years, hundreds of years, thousands of years—as long as we’ve been there. There has been an archetype. There has been a pattern of initiation.
And the pattern always looks like this. Movement away from the world of the mother and atonement with the world of the father. And there are so many implications that are associated with that, but plain and simple you can say, “Move away from pleasure. Move away from material comforts. Move away from addictions. Move away from slovenliness, slothfulness, and effeminacy and emotionality. Moving away from that and moving toward atonement with the father, which is all about mission and meaning and spirit and higher things.”
So the way that looks practically is give up junk food. Give up video games. Put your phone on its leash, like we were talking about before. Stop watching porn and jerking off. We can’t become men. There’s no atonement with the father. There’s no movement toward pattern, if there’s not a break from effeminacy, addiction, attachment. So that’s the first step. The first most practical step is to rid yourself, to wash yourself from all effeminate attachments. All the weak practices that we have that keep us trapped.
In our day and age, I would say that the biggest plague is around sexual degeneracy. Stop watching porn. I know how difficult that is because you got porn in your frickin’ pockets. Stop watching porn. Stop masturbating. We could take it just down that route. We could just use that as the example.
You want to transmute your sexual powers as a man, so there’s a way to move away form effeminacy, and there’s a movement toward atonement, toward rising your vibration. The way you do that, you stop jerking off, that’s fine. Stop blowing your seed, that’s fine. Good—you’re stopping one thing, but now you’re cultivating sexual energy by retaining your seed and turning that energy in on itself, so that you can create something great in the world.
Sexual transmutation is a real thing, and I didn’t know about it until I started practicing to the limited degree that I do. Semen retention. I recognize now that I used to be completely unconscious about blowing loads with my wife. I was like, hey, I would have sex 4, 5 times a week, if I could.
Then you guys, and my YouTube fans started waking me up to ‘You Elliott, you ever heard of semen retention.” So I started becoming conscious of it, and I started going longer in between. Not blowing my load every time we have sex, and I’m starting to recognize all of a sudden I got more energy. I got more focus. I got more creativity. I have more ambition. There’s more going on in my life. And when I do end up blowing that load, I take a little hit *coughs.* Like you’re in Street Fighter. You get hit, and the energy bar goes down a little bit. Boom, every time a load it’s like my energy bar takes a hit.
So that’s just one example, but the whole idea is there’s a pattern. There’s a movement away from comfort, and a movement towards challenge, austerity, things of that nature. I suppose you’re new here in the program, and you’re going to hear me talk a lot about this in the lessons that you study, and you’ll really start to get an idea of what’s required of us as men, especially in a world that doesn’t require anything of us, except to sit down, shut up and worship vagina.
Once you figure that out, you’ll be on the right path.
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