Fasting and Abstinence Raises Your Baseline and Purifies Your Subconscious

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The significant gains acquired through my 62 days No Fap and 44 days Keto/OMAD/Candida fasting journey have not come without significant challenges.

Old memories of former habits and feelings have started resurfacing, as if some old neurons are checking in to see if I still need those unused dopamine receptors.

One day I suddenly and vividly remembered the frozen pizzas I bought only a few times from when I worked at a supermarket back then, which was the height of my binge eating career.

I don’t miss the chocolates and chips anymore, but I reminisced on next door’s Pizza Hut bread sticks, and the steak sandwiches from the delis in the area.

But these ghost memories aren’t only occurring with food; It’s happening with my love life too.

You know the type. It’s those feelings you get about the girl you fell in love with but thought you were over her because she’s bad for you and you fell in love with someone else after her, but now it’s clear as day that you were never over her.

Yikes.

But this is what I mean by Purifying The Subconscious, because the prolonged abstaining from sensory pleasures will grant me a face-to-face with my deeply retained or repressed desires.

It is then up to me to observe and allow them to pass as I ask myself, by the time I complete my training reaching a year on my streaks from now, will I still desire these things? Would the feelings fall away?

Would I have raised my baseline?

Raising My Baseline

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I reflected in my last health update that I had always crumbled right before the Day 30 mark during my past bouts on the Keto diet, and I was only able to succeed so well this time because I had redirected my off-menu urges with the much safer dark chocolate and almond butter option.

By the way, Health Tip: almonds are very high in oxalates, so eating them over repeated days was probably the source of my digestion issues.

But on average I don’t stray too far from my calorie limit and one meal setting anymore. I go through the same four day rotation of assorted veggies, fish, meat, or egg protein, and healthy fats in seeds, oils, coconut, and butter.

And as I begin to deprogram from sugar, I am also starting to drift away from standard sex.

I’ve come across a new sexual lifestyle called Karezza.

Many of it’s practitioners may also be invested in more spiritual endeavors (AKA something you would call “new age” or “woo woo”), but allow me to not be so esoteric and simply break down the typical ways we have sex today.

Average sex is still procreation focused sex. It is only because of the illusions brought on with the use of contraception that we falsely believe we have engineered recreational sex.

But this isn’t true. Truly, it is still quite juvenile for a man to release what he could very well use to start a family into an unceremonious latex bag. Likewise it is even worse for women, as they actively manipulate their hormones to prevent inception.

I have personally not yet practiced Karezza, but it appeals to me because I am very interested in semen retention, but I also know that common sex and orgasm is more of a release of tension rather than long-lasting and sustainable satisfaction.

At it’s worst, I have heard average sex dubbed as “female assisted ejaculation”, and I wholeheartedly agree with that description.

In short, Karezza is a non-orgasm focused sexual practice in which Oxytocin and other pleasure chemicals are maintained and multiplied through sustained sensuality without any of the crashing resulting from orgasm. It has especially been used to revitalize dead bedrooms in marriages, with repeated orgasms being the culprit of declining interest in long-term relationships, as told in Marnia Robinson’s book Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow (I have not read it yet, though).

More on this in the future, but to return to our point, I realized this new paradigm has raised my baseline when I compared these two sex practices while reflecting on my feelings for my old flame.

Despite her red flags, I would still be interested in standard procreation sex, as a means for closure (or just a really good hate-f–k).

But because of her red flags, I would not be interested in Karezza recreational sex with her because it is far too intimate, and she has negative energies that I do not want her to share or combine with me from her.

See the difference?

With both food and sex, I have refrained and practiced self-control, and it has now come to a point where I require a higher quality source to indulge in those behaviors.

Even if I wanted sugar again, I would much rather find a gourmet or home-baked option rather than the average store bought junk.

And now, my future sexual partners require the right energy, and will not used as my one-way need to get-off.

I am truly curious to see how much more my body will reveal its inner cravings, and what my baseline appetite will be after a year of this training program as I embark on this quest to know myself and develop my character.

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Two Questions To End Old Habits and Re-Organize Your Life

There is little use in structuring your life on definitive statements.

“I’m going to lose weight this year.”

“I’m going to save more money.”

“I wont relapse again.”

We command ourselves as if we know and have full control of our behavior. We feel empowered in that moment to make these statements, and our resolve feels real, but how great are we really at predicting the future?

“A question opens the mind. A statement closes the mind.” -Robert Kiyosaki

Let’s stop acting like we know. At the very best, let’s commit to making an educated guess, or defer to the data we already have, and lead ourselves down a better path of self-knowledge and curiosity.

Here are the questions:

What is the end goal of this action?

and how does it develop my character? (Or alternatively, what does this teach me about myself?)


What Is The End Goal?

This question helped me to quit video-games (or at least put them on pause for a while), because I realized there was no end-game for the habit.

There are so many new games being released every month. And yet, there are also so many old games that I have yet to play. After I finish one game, I will just have to pull another one off of the backlog and finish that one too, while my wish list simultaneously builds up.

Never ending consumption.

So I’ve given away my Nintendo Switch. In my two decades of playing video games, I have surely accumulated enough data to at least extract a meaningful 20% of video-games that will encompass 80% of my total playing time now.

I have a Nintendo Wii with most of my favorite games on it already, and a CRT TV to reproduce the aesthetic feel. Why do I need anything more?

We may not be able to predict the future, but asking yourself what is the end goal? will most certainly stop you from an endless road of unceasing consumption. You may have already arrived. You may have all that you need for the right now.

How Does This Develop My Character/ What Does This Teach Me About Myself?

This is another great question to ask when you are faced with repeating your old habits.

Suppose you are committed to a new healthy diet, and suddenly you are craving something off the menu. Why should you indulge this craving?

You already know that you want this particular thing, how would indulging in it provide you with additional self-knowledge?

I love donuts. In my life I’ve eaten 1,000 donuts. What new pathway will be opened up if I go up to 1,001?

And there’s no need to commit or to promise never again to eat donuts, but simply ask what is the end goal of this donut? How will this donut develop my character?

It may not serve you now, but it could be relevant in another season. Don’t cry. Don’t run. Don’t have such strong beliefs for yourself.

Let’s just be open and try and ask more meaningful questions which lead to more meaningful resolutions.


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Finding The Wall: Plateaued Productivity and Leaving Monk Mode

I was afraid when I first started Monk Mode.

I was afraid that I would find toiling away in solitude more preferable to socializing in mainstream society, and that I would find some knowledge, whether about myself or about the world, that would never allow me to return to normal everyday relationships with friends, family, and lovers.

I still have that fear. But I’ve at least discovered now that there can be some limits to my productivity.


I have a stay-at-home job, which is quite conducive to my current status within Monk Mode.

I make my own schedule, and my quota is anywhere between 20-40 hours a week.

At first I tried the standard Mon-Fri, eight-hours-a-day system, but then I realized that no one actually works eight hours straight, because of the lunch breaks.

I also recalled that average workers usually spend their off-time recovering from the expense of drawn-out work days, so I decided to make every day identical but sustainable, and break up the 40 hours across the week.

This was a solid plan, until I hit the wall.

You see, my job actually has a physical limiter on it, as repetitive clicking while reviewing over 135+ items per hour, for several hours a day, will slowly chew away at the tendons between your fingers.

Surprisingly, I was quite relieved when this happened, because my conscientiousness previously would not allow me to dip under the maximum hours available without feeling guilty.

As for now, I can comfortably reach 25 hours a week, with breaks to prevent finger fatigue.


Of course, the other silver lining is that a space has opened up to work on my own personal projects: this blog! The Moon Base MGTOW Project!

However, I realize that suffering from a lack of work only led me to finding more work.

And so, my fear still remains.

Will there ever be a space where my work is not so highly prioritized, and I may potentially establish a stronger social life instead?

Will there ever be a point where I can just “settle down”?

I don’t know.

But I suppose the most moral and logical thing to do with my gifts is to fulfill them until I do reach that wall again: That point when the body goes tired. When the business stops growing. When the well runs dry.

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I now look to the man of former potential. How talented he was before his intensified pursuit of women.

Even after his out-of-wedlock child, his art still could have been salvaged.

After work, he could have come home to a single apartment, put his headphones on, and toiled away in his laboratory, only resting on the weekends to raise his child (his version of hitting the wall).

Instead, but still noble, he tried to build a studio at his church, but a flood destroyed his equipment.

Then, as he laid there purposeless and distracted, a woman entered the fray.

Marriage.

Every day now, she will occupy what could have been his great work space. And he will not mourn the lost art he never produced, fore the sensations of his body would validate to him that nothing more of worth can be accomplished now.

And this will last.

But only until he hits that wall.

Until he realizes that he has nothing to show for his life’s work except for what remains of his once youthful woman, and the hope that his child may live to outdo him.


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Is There More To Life? (Than Just Food and Sex)

“Is there more to life?” Is exactly what I asked myself, turning away from a very physically beautiful woman walking by me down the street.

What prompted this question was simply the sheer distraction I suffered from observing her, as my hormones locked in and generated the idea that being with a woman like her is the epitome of life.

And those hormones are 100% right.

After all, the end goal of such an interaction would literally result in more “life” (a baby).

But as a practitioner of fasting and meditation exercises, I’m not one to casually submit to my carnal desires on a whim. I should at least question them.

So, “Is there more to life?

I ask again.


A great few notable men have become quite famous for living their lives either in celibacy or with a keen control of their sexuality.

Various Monk Societies. Isaac Newton. Immanuel Kant. Nikola Tesla. Leonardo Da Vinci. Beethoven. Michelangelo. Aristotle. Freud...

Excelling in their respective fields of Spirituality, Philosophy, Science and Art.

Truthfully though, we do not have to be so esoteric.

The average human being is not living in a constant lower Id state prioritizing only the minimum sustenance required to persist in uninterrupted sexual and sensual activity.

Although those functions may have the strongest biological drives, as humans, we have still managed to develop more creative interests and pursuits that separate us further from the animals.

But if there is no biological drive to pursue those interests, why are we driven towards them?

What parts of our brain are being rewarded when we observe a satisfying piece of art? What drives us to study numbers? To study values? To look at the stars?

What happens to a man when he chooses to take a pause before his food, before his sex, and asks

“Is there more to life?”

What happens to the world?

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“The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions.”Leonardo Da Vinci

“If humans would control their sex desires and transmute them into a driving force with which to carry on their occupation—that is, if they spent on their work one half the time they dissipate in pursuit of sex, they would never know poverty”.Napoleon Hill, 1938.

Creativity Is Leisure: Why You Should Consume Only What You Intend To Create

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The average individual’s definition of “relaxing” after a long day at work is coming home and watching TV. I see a problem with this, because the first thing you look forward to after spending the whole day producing for someone else, is to now consume from someone else.

Retreating to entertainment media for leisure is actually increasing the total length of time you are passive throughout the day.

What parts of the day are you experiencing something solely derived from you?

If you truly wanted to relax, you could work out, stretch, meditate, or just go to sleep.

But if you can still keep your eyes open, then you can still work.


I know someone who claimed they wanted to get back into their old artistic passion, and decided to wake up at 5 AM in an effort to create space for this new habit.

They never once woke up to do this. The weekend passed and it was back to the same old eat-dinner-and-TV routine right after work.

Why did this person fail? Because they saw the time spent “unwinding” with entertainment media as a necessity, and didn’t register at all that this was the exact old habit that had to be sacrificed to create space for the new habit they desired.

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I don’t think entertainment media is all bad. I am a fiction writer and would love to contribute to the industry one day. But lately I haven’t felt the juice for that type of creative work, and it’s most likely because I’m not immersing myself in that type of environment right now.

This is why I said Consume Only What You Intend To Create; If you want to make movies, by all means, watch movies! But if you’re not going to work on your script, or at least write a movie review about it afterwards, then seriously, you’re just masturbating.

“Energy Flows Where Attention Goes” – Tony Robbins

We need to stop putting our energy towards things that are going to result in dead-ends.

You have to be even more mindful about what you consume especially if you are an artist or entrepreneur, because of your easily stimulated imagination. Hardly anything is a true dead-end because you can extract some artistic value or a business idea from almost anything. But this sort of behavior can spread yourself thin.

And you know the exact type of people I’m talking about; the ones that always have a brilliant new idea and plans, but never actually produce anything in the long run.

It’s because they have not allowed that space for themselves to create, and are most likely filling up their time with passive, unfruitful garbage.

I could even extend this idea to MGTOW. If a man has already identified that he will not extend any long-term commitments to any woman, then there is truly nothing of lasting value that can be created through your relationships with women. Short-term dating thus becomes another form of cheap entertainment.

So, finally, Creativity Is Leisure.

After I’m done working, heck, even between breaks, I’m at my blog site and drafting a new article to publish. And now, editing videos! (Here’s my first one). It’s only when my laptop finally dies and is recharging that I can turn on YouTube or read some articles on mobile to enjoy other creatives that have common interests.

I think I just began to realize that with all the media I consumed over the years I have very little to actually show for it. But by becoming a content creator myself, I can develop my own personal media library, and have something to contribute alongside the other creatives I’m inspired by.

I’m always thinking about what skill or content I can offer to a community.

There’s no reason why we have to always sit on the sidelines and be spectators; Always the worker and never the boss. We should all have an opportunity to express ourselves and have our own voice.

Creativity is Leisure simply because working for yourself, and expressing yourself, should always be the most fun. Even in your passive state, your antennas should always be up looking for the next point of inspiration.

If you want to relax, go to sleep, so you can have more energy to do the important work the next day.

But if your eyes are still open, see yourself through greatness, and not through the reflection of a screen.

And I’ll SEE YOU on the Far Side, my friend — Monk Moon Base


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You Are What You Produce And Consume: Not A Product Of Your Environment

I can recall a lecture from Sadhguru where a student had asked for advice on maintaining his spiritual practice while back home with his distracting family members.

Sadhguru answered, in short, that your spirituality should never be so fragile.

“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” – Seneca

I started to come to this knowledge during my own health journey, as I’m approaching three weeks of my Anti-Candida version of the Keto Diet, and also eating only one-meal-a-day to set the difficulty rating on Hardcore mode.

I have failed many times in the past, and I had considered quitting entirely on several occasions, stating that until I moved away into my own place, I would never be able to avoid giving in to the off-menu items my other housemates regularly consume.

I was giving myself an excuse to be mediocre until I was handed the opportunity to be great.

What nonsense. You can’t blame people or your environment for your failures.

When I finally reach my goal weight, I would have been the only person to have done it for myself. Likewise, I was the only person responsible for gaining all the weight to begin with. No one else ate the food for me, and no one else could lose it for me either.

Seeing yourself as separate from your environment is a tool for Self-Mastery, as where you are and who you are with will never become a reason to compromise on your principles.

Your environment slowly becomes only yourself, and your abilities, focusing only on the things within your control. And the most immediate thing you can change, in any environment, is yourself and your opinions on the matter.

The bag of chips on the counter; the fresh brewed coffee in the kitchen; the donuts out on the table; if none of them align with your own personal values, then they do not become part of your ecosystem; They simply belong to someone else.

You don’t just pull clothes off mannequins and electronics off shelves at stores; there are boundaries in place that we respect. In turn, you must build your own personal boundaries out of self-respect for yourself.

It takes too much effort to change your environment anyway, as it is far too rigid with too many authors attached to it. Conversely, relying on your environment to help you produce results is also unwise as it can prove unpredictable with the amount of variables that are able to run through it.

You should treat everything around you in this life as a total accident, but what you choose to create and consume are complete deliberate actions.

Where you are right now is exactly where you need to be, because you’re not actually here anyway.

You’re always here. Right here. In your mind!

“Remember that the ruling faculty is invincible, when self-collected it is satisfied with itself, if it does nothing which it does not choose to do, even if it resist from mere obstinacy. What then will it be when it forms a judgment about anything aided by reason and deliberately? Therefore the mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and for the future be inexpugnable. He then who has not seen this is an ignorant man; but he who has seen it and does not fly to this refuge is unhappy.”

Marcus Aurelius

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30 Days of No-Fap – Road to Self-Mastery

This isn’t my first time around the block. Before now, the longest streak I’ve ever had was 163 days.

But even though I’m less than a 1/5th of my highest streak, hitting this milestone seems different this time.

It’s as if the efforts of my previous streaks have compounded into a habitual memory and has allowed me to easily pick up where I left off, and maybe reach even higher levels of insight than before.

“A Saiyan gets stronger after every battle.” – Prince Vegeta

I suppose the greatest difference now is starting this streak after finally losing my virginity. Sex was still the goal for me during the previous streaks, with sexual transmutation a tool for reaching some personal confidence standards to finally pursue sex seriously.

No Fap and Sex Transmutation was just a means to an end.

But now that I’ve had sex, I’ve also been able to clearly see what kind of person I am before, during, and after engaging my sexual urges, whether it’s with a partner or with porn.

“Know Thyself”

I think there is very little to be learned about yourself in the pursuit of sex. After all it is just a sensual pleasure.

The desire for sex is just an intelligent expression of our genes, with its ultimate goal to reproduce, and it is only our ego that rationalizes these pursuits for us in a communicable way that has us speak to ourselves about it in our minds to make it appear as if it’s something we truly want. As if it was the rational direction we should take.

After 30 days of No-Fap, I do not see the rationality of pursuing and completing sex in the traditional ways we currently accomplish it. I’ve even had to question eating food, another sensual pleasure that can explode into addiction.

Food just passes through you, in the same way sex passes through you. It’s just a biological drive. However, the difference is that food is more of a necessity than sex. Without food you may die. But you can survive just fine without ever orgasming. In fact, some philosophies believe that a man should preserve his semen as it is his life force.

Claiming that sex is a “need” as we do in conventional society is just rationalization.

My argument is not to abandon sex forever, but to simply curb it, to fast from it, only to recognize it has no true dominion over you.

Many of us take the Red Pill but we stop after knowing the horrific truths about the media, politicians, and every day women are manipulating us. So we go our own way. But what is the purpose of outdoing those that want to control us if we cannot control ourselves?

These men vow to never spend a dime on marriage, child support, and a date with a domestic woman, and turn around only to risk their lives in red light districts spending thousands of dollars at home and abroad.

How is it rational to determine that there is no future to be made with the modern woman, yet you’ll still engage with her, even if it’s for a one night lay?

No matter if a woman is a sinner or a saint, when you lay with her you become her equal. So no matter what you feel about them, it’s also a reflection of yourself” – Anonymous

Think of the men who spend hours in the street and in clubs pursuing women, sometimes with less than a 5% success rate, rationalizing that “rejection builds character.”

No. You want to get laid, because your genes want to reproduce. All the time and resources your body uses to build semen just for it to end up in a latex bag. Or even worse, a tissue in your hand. Pathetic.

And you’ll go back and do it all over again, never questioning why the ride doesn’t stop.

Imagine the businesses and skills these men could acquire if only they knew they were slaves. You ended your slavery with the media, with corporate society, and with women, but you have not recognized the blind spot you hold for yourself.

What I want to achieve through No-Fap and MGTOW is Self-mastery.

Are you willing to take on the challenge to no longer being a slave to your own biology?

See you on the far side. – Monk Moon Base

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