Nuwanda's path to liberation

Discussion in 'Ages 20-24' started by Nuwanda, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. Nuwanda

    Nuwanda Member

    It is done.

    It’s time. Finally, it is my turn to do this. I’ve succeeded! Two weeks ago, I had sex for the first time. It lasted approximately 5 minutes, and ended with me going limp. Still, it is the biggest accomplishment of my life until now. One small trust for a man, but a giant leap for my manhood. After that, I have had sex about 5 times, each time improving. Becoming better. It’s been a six-year long fight since I disappointed my first girlfriend in high school, and since then I have been ashamed and felt guilty about my sexuality. It is like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders. There are no more excuses. Nothing more I feel ashamed about in my life. Nothing more to stop me. It is the most significant shift I have ever experienced in my life, and I know that once you will reach it too, you will wonder how you could ever even consider this something out of your reach.

    I promised to post this way earlier, but this has been incredibly difficult to write. It is so strange to complete a 6-year project of this magnitude. To not have to worry anymore about something that has been challenging me for as long as I can remember. Finally, I get to be the guy that has sex. I get to truly be the guy I have always wanted to be. Porn is like a faint memory already, and it feels weird to consider it any longer.

    There are so many people to thank for helping me along on the way. I especially want to thank @TheUnderdog, @CJJackson , @Wabi-sabi, @Bauldr and @Journey_to_freedom. This is an amazing forum, and I will never forget the help I have gotten from all the fantastic and strong people on here. I hope you everybody who reads this finds motivation and inspiration from this post, and can learn from my journey. This post is for all of you guys, thank you all for staying here with me and helping me. I would never have become ME without YOU. For this I am forever grateful.

    Not only have I finally become a guy that has a healthy sex life. I have become more of a man. I’m in University, studying something that I love, and the people around me respect me. Everyday I improve myself, and it is only because this addiction forced me to face my problems. I am truly happy to have had such a challenge in my life, because I am certain I would never reach my potential without it. The obstacle is the way. On this journey, the quality of girls I have met and talked to have only increased. It is not some hooker who I lost my virginity to. The girl who took my virginity truly is amazing. With this girl I feel like we are a team. And it is not even me and her against the world. It is US together WITH the world. Goddamn, what a difference that attitude makes.

    Thanks to this forum, every day I have focused on strengthening the pathways in my brain that make me more of the guy I want to be. Many days I have failed, and I have had many major setbacks. But I have never given up, and now I get to reap the rewards. However, my life did not change overnight. It changed gradually, and each step on this journey have made me love myself and my life more. On my journey I have done truly amazing things with my life. I have travelled to beautiful places I never even dared to believe I could go to. I have played many great concerts with my band. I have made new friends for life. I have improved my health and body beyond recognition. I have started my own company, and work at it on the side of university. I love my family, and feel grateful for them every day. I have fantastic friends that I get to do awesome things with. I have a girl I truly enjoy spending time with, and who I can be myself around.

    If you compared my life when I began this journey, and right now, it would hardly be the same person. Hardly the same thoughts, the same values, the same spirit. I still have so many things I want to improve, and so many places I want to go. But this time I get to do it with dignity. Self-respect. The journey is awesome, and I am never going to step of the path of self-improvement. I can promise you this, from the day you truly promise yourself to never give up, and constantly improve, you have already succeeded. Steady wins the race.

    An alternative to the conventional reboot

    So much great material has already been written on beating pornography addiction. The one post that set me on this journey is this one ( ) by the underdog, which I’m sure you have read if you have look around on YBR. However, there is some of the information there I completely disagree with, and I believe is destructive to success. I will cover that after I cover all the good stuff the post contains.

    I read the underdogs post 3 years ago, and shortly after bought the book “Slight Edge”, which has been essential on my road to liberation. This post has a lot of fantastic information, and is a great basis for rebooting. It alone won’t take you there, but it will set you on the path to never-ending self-improvement, which is why that book has been instrumental to my recovery. And no, this is not some book-plug. Alright, lets dive into it.

    The good stuff
    First of all, underdog start off covering how pornography addiction is being severely underestimated, and how abstinence is not recovery. I completely agree with this. Taking this addiction seriously, and realizing that it really is just a symptom of an overall larger problem is incredibly empowering.

    I also completely agree with the foundation of a proper reboot. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to set yourself a vision, and work on your emotional life. Having a vision and working on it everyday will not only give you a better self-image, it will improve your life in ways you never even knew possible. If you do basic journaling it is incredibly rewarding to look back and see just how much your life has changed. This section of the underdogs post is gold, make it your bible.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. Do it for you, for your integrity. Living with integrity is about being congruent to your values, this is the basis of self-respect. Your focus should be on improving EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It should be to become more congruent with your values, to building the life you want to have. Most of us overestimate how much we can achieve in a month, and underestimate how much we can achieve in 5 years. It is all about baby-steps. It is absolutely essential to truly grasp this mindset of constant improvement.

    Managing your emotional life is also extremely important. You have to be honest with yourself, and realize the role pornography is playing in your life. For me, pornography served as a way to vent, as a tool where I could let out my violence in a way. I often found myself watching porn whenever I was overwhelmed, or felt humiliated and defeated in one way or another. Managing your emotions, and realizing how they influence your life is also essential for reaching your vision. This will completely redefine your confidence and esteem of yourself. I would also recommend diving into the book “six pillars of self-esteem” to help in this regard.

    Where I go a different path
    Where I disagree with underdog, however, is in how he chooses to not think about sex and abstaining from masturbation. There is a much easier, more achievable and more dignifying way to reboot. It has been talked about before, but I want to make a new and clearer case for this technique, the masturbation reboot. The focus of the masturbation reboot is to have surmountable, actionable, concrete goals and actions to constantly improve your sex-life to the point where porn is not interesting anymore.

    Our problems stem from pornography, not from masturbation and fantasizing in itself. Masturbation is completely congruent with a healthy, vibrant sex-life, just not the kind of masturbating we in this forum typically take part in. Masturbating once or twice a week, touching yourself, moaning and fantasizing about real, healthy sex is actually the one habit that truly liberated me. It made overcoming porn feel manageable, and made it didn’t make me feel ashamed of my sexuality. Looking back, the feelings of guilt and humiliation I had about my sexuality were the biggest enemies of recovery. Demonizing my sexual thoughts only worsened this. Thinking about it now, I have no idea how I thought I could recover any other way.

    There is a myth going on here that you have to completely abstain from sexual thought and imagery to be successful, and somehow try to suppress the arousal you feel when you watch girls in the real world. But you quickly find this extremely hard to do, and feel guilty for not being able to do this for a longer period of time. This again demotivates you, and even the thought of ditching sexual thoughts for a week or a month seem insurmountable. Your friends talk about porn and girls, and having so little control over this aspect of your life just makes you feel even more like a misfit. Even the most hardcore Christians who have never had problems with porn in their life find abstaining from sexual thoughts to be incredibly hard. So, for us addicts removing masturbation completely from our life is a truly hard challenge. Porn, of course, has no place in our lives. Neither has depraved fantasies and unhealthy sex. Healthy fantasizing, and healthy sexual thoughts however, should not be thought of as the enemy. They are your friend.

    The first you have to make yourself a concrete and actionable vision of where your sex life is going to be in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years. Create an image of who you will be when you have your optimal sex-life. Who will you have sex with, how often will you have sex, what kind of sex will you have, will you use your sexual energy for other things besides sex? How will you view women and how will you view yourself? Tony Robbins has written fantastic work on the subject of vision, and how to awaken your powers in “awaken the giant within”. I can promise you that this book will change your life as well.

    It is not important that you are able to fully answer these questions about sex right away, but you HAVE to make it a daily habit to search for the answer to these questions, and ACT towards becoming that person. Truly be honest with yourself about the sexual life you want to have. So, how did I go about this? Firstly, there are plenty of great books to teach you how to be great at sex and how to view women. I HIGHLY recommend “The sex god method” and “The way of the superior man” on these subjects. I can guarantee that they will completely change how you view sex for the better, and it WILL be an instrumental step on your journey. It will give you more dignity, and less feeling of shame and guilt about your sexuality. The most important thing the books will do for you is make you think more like a person that has sex. They will make you understand what a healthy sex-life even means, which in turn gives extreme confidence. “The natural” by RSDMax is also an extremely valuable resource I have learnt so much from. It is quite expensive to buy, but I know it is possible to get it other ways if you can’t afford it. He is one of the few of the RSD people I can agree with, and feel comfortable to get values and frames from. If he doesn’t suit you, try if you can find a pick up artist that has similar values to yourself outside of sex. Find someone who teaches you sex you feel dignifies girls, something that is congruent with your sense of morality.

    Change doesn’t happen in an instant. Change happens trough actions, baby-steps. You won’t go from virgin to Casanova in a night. You have to daily picture yourself as someone who has sex, and know deep within that it is within your reach to have sex. Look girls in the eyes when you talk to them. Flirt with girls, and don’t fear rejection. Don’t think of yourself as a burden when you talk to girls. Take girls home without having sex, just spooning and watching movies. Masturbate to REAL sexual fantasies. Don’t be afraid of your dick, or your thoughts. Touch yourself, explore your body without being ashamed. Pursue your dreams, overcome completely different obstacles. Read about sex, understand how you have to think to get the sexuality you want. Take classes with more girls. Listen to girls and hang out with them. Learn how to pick up girls. Read up, and internalize the frames of people with the kind of sex-life you want. All of these are great steps towards your liberation.

    The real difference in this approach is that it gives you more and more dignity and self-respect on every step of your journey. It is not about counters, or days of PMO. It is not about erection quality or superpowers. It is about giving you back your feeling of self, and making your sexuality a natural part of who you are. I can promise you this, girls can smell your sexual confidence on you. And you can never truly be sexually confident if your sexuality doesn’t match your values and who you are as a person. This is not a place you will come to just by abstaining from porn for 90 days. It is a place you will come to if you take small steps towards improving your sexuality, every single day. Yes, this is congruent with masturbation. You don’t have to become a Buddhist monk to quit porn. You will get to sex sooner than you know.

    Writing this right now, I just finished reading “the slight edge” the book that set me on this path 6 years ago. Poetically, my journey both started and ended with this book. I hope to start a discussion with this post, and the masturbation reboot. I want to hear your opinions and possible improvements. We are all in this together, it is all about becoming who we truly are. Together we are strong. Godspeed brothers, let’s kick some ass.
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  2. Mickeymouse

    Mickeymouse Well-Known Member

    Great work!
    But when I masturbate I feel tired. So can I get better in terms of sexual performance ( i m a virgin) withou doing masturbation. I was very good at masturbation and used to feel relaxed until 2 years back. Now I am an insomniac, tired and constantly worrying about my erections.
  3. CJJackson

    CJJackson Active Member

    Wow man that was awesome. I’m really happy for you. I can relate to a lot of what you said. I still haven’t managed to have successful sex yet but I know with the attitude and path I’m on I’ll get there sooner than later. This really made my day reading this post thinking where we both were when we first connected like a year and a half ago. I wish you the best my friend and that we both continue to stay in touch!
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  4. Nuwanda

    Nuwanda Member

    Thank you so much Jackson, it has been great to be on this journey and grow together. You are really determined to do this, and I know you will get there before you know!
  5. Nuwanda

    Nuwanda Member

    That sucks man. I hope you get better! Still, there are many active habits towards sex you can use besides masturbation. You just have to figure out which ones works the best for you;)
  6. Nuwanda

    Nuwanda Member

    TRIGGER WARNING (to some):
    So to update you guys.

    Since I first have sex I haven't managed to be completely porn-free. The last 5 months I've relapsed a total of 11 times. That is fucking incredible stats for me. Thats about the same as I averaged every month last year. I have way less urges, and I don't fear porn anymore. I don't fear my sexual thoughts, and I don't fear urges or erections.

    Even though I have had relapses I've also had sex. Plenty of sex. It is so crazy to look back and see the how different I am now. Since the beginning of april I had steady sex with my then girlfriend. We broke up roughly a month ago, since I am moving far far away to USA to study there in august. I guess she didn't manage to handle it well, and we drifted apart. It was tough, but I didn't resort to porn once. Instead, a week after the breakup I hooked up with a friend of mine (girl) and we have had a kinda "fwb" relationship since. The sex with her has been incredible. Im talking having sex 10 times in one day at the most (orgasming one or two times usually). In total I've had sex over 40 times the last couple weeks. And just hanging out with her, massaging her, getting incredible dirty snapchats from her, watching brooklyn 99 while spooning, cooking together, everything about it has been amazing. Kind of kinky sex, passionate sex, everything really. I am her 9th lay, and she is my second. Still, she thought I was the best sex she ever had. Even though our sex usually lasted 10 minutes and ended with me going limp. But the passion, the emotion, touching, the trust, dirty talking, everything made it incredible. The first night we didn't even have sex. We had been drinking and I couldnt get it up. And it wasn't a problem.

    I believe most girls are like that. They don't really care that you don't get an erection the first time if you just tell them that you need to be more comfortable with them first. They just don't want to feel like they are not "boner worthy". As long as you can convince them that it is a problem you have with your sexuality, and has nothing to do with them, then they will be likely to wait for you to be ready. The reason I have such incredible sex with this girl is because she can trust me, be "naked" around me and everything. She even told me im the first person she dared to let go down on her and shower with her naked while sober. The trust you give, the compliments are much MORE important than if you penetrate her or not. If you can provide on other fronts she will be likely to wait.

    She even told me her friends had fought over being the one who "got me". If this had been two years ago, nobody would have fought over me. If it had been a year ago I might have been fought over, but I would be to scared to act on it, and destroyed the girls "wanting" on purpose. At the stage I am on now though, acting on it was fucking amazing. Much better than I could ever think. Even when I was with this girl in public she commented on how many other girls were checking me out. At a party we went to 3/4 girls were into me and tried to get laid with me. And 2 of those 4 had boyfriends (which I would never had acted on, having sex with someone in a relationship is not what healthy sex is like). I'm not saying this to brag, although it feels extremely good. Im saying it because this reality I am living in is so incredibly great, and I remember feeling totally helpless, ashamed, guilty and sad, thinking I was gonna die a virgin. Like I would never be good enough to be with a girl, let alone have sex.

    I have come so far to where looking back at who I used to be is almost unbelieveable. If I didnt have my journal entries I am not sure I would believe how past me used to be.

    So my advice is: Don't let beating porn be a passive thing by purely abstainging. You have to ACT. Visualize what your dream sex-life looks like, and act it out. Which habits does future you have? Does he work out, eat well, sleep well, respect himself? Does he go to school, work, travel volunteer? Is he a master at pickup? Does he go on dates with women? What ACTIONS did he do to get there? The choice is yours. But you have to go out there, man. Flirt with girls. Act like you would if you had your dream sexuality. Masturbate to fantasies of normal sex. Don't fear your wet dreams, erections or underwear ads. The power they have over you is shame. As long as you are not ashamed of your sexuality, porn looses much of its powers. Getting erections to shady shit in itself is no problem. But becoming ashamed because of it, and acting on it will cripple your self esteem.

    Porn is not part of a healthy sex life. Real sex, sexual thoughts, orgasms, hitting on girls and masturbation are all aspects of a healthy sex life. Find out how you can turn them into something great, and act it out. I encourage you guys to masturbate more, just do it to your fantasy of truly good sex and not to porn. Live your life, and never underestimate how much you can grow in the long run. I can promise you this: In 1 year, everything will be different for you. Godspeed mates.
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    Your "IT IS DONE" post, man, your first paragraph in that is EXACTLY how I felt about 4 weeks ago. It feels like a barrier has fallen and we can now simply walk forward. Glad to see your still going well and the fact that you don't fear porn anymore is HUGE.

    Btw, a couple months ago I watched Dead Poet Society after figuring out what your display picture was.. It was a very good film, speaks to a part of all of us I think.

    Visualize and Act, hell yeah.. I've been practicing affirmations lately, based on the following video. I always associated affirmations with hippies but really it's simply subconcious programming.

    In regards to your PM, I will get around to sending you a proper message but I'm very busy this coming week.

    Keep it up man!
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  8. Nuwanda

    Nuwanda Member

    Thank you so much!

    So good to hear you've come to that point as well. I've never felt as liberated before! Biggest paradigm shift in my life, no doubt.

    I read your recent posts, and it seems we have some what different approaches to deal with porn. I would like to hear how you deal with it, and what your solutions are! Im sure so many people on here would love hearing about it.

    Cool you watched the movie man! Im thinking of rewatching it soon as a "conclusion" to my porn-struggle.

    And no worries, take your time and reply when you can!
  9. Deleted User

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    It's a huge paradigm shift and as you stated really is about fear imo. For me, after I actually had proper sex it was like "okay, now I know I can have sex if I want to - I don't need to continually seek to fill this sexual void in my life with porn. If I'm feeling lonely or horny I can simply go find a girl to talk to and make a connection without fear of utter failure".

    Here's my overall philosophy/strategy on my personal recovery at the moment:

    - No porn by any means necessary. Some days this may require brute forcing it and going for a run, other days the solution is to go socialize and some days I simply need to observe the urges as they come and remind myself "that was then, this is now - I don't actually NEED this". That 'NEED' part of the equation was really cemented when I had sex. So far in the past 5.5 weeks I have seen hardcore porn static images online maybe 2-3 times in the form of popup ads, and I do admit I did 'stare into the abyss' intentionally for perhaps 5 seconds maximum and it felt almost the vacuum-like pull of it, in those 5 seconds I was playing with fire and I knew it. I did experience a part of me saying "IT'S THERE, GO GET IT" but I also had a very passive part of myself saying "no, you don't need that" and so I realized that internally, without force, and turned it off.

    - No masturbation. This is something I believe that varies from person to person a fair amount. Whenever I've M'd, even without fantasy it still triggers the same pathway simply because the first time I M'd and 90% of my M's have been done with porn for the past 12 years. If I M it hits something in my brain, you know when you watch porn after awhile away from it and you experience a strange type of 'heat' in your head? I get the same sensation when Ming.. In-fact even when the girl I've been seeing uses her hand on me I can feel subtle hints of that same brain feeling. But if I'm having sex or getting a BJ I don't feel that all. Also everytime I've tried to M while rebooting in the past it has made my cravings for porn come very much alive - I find staying away from porn easier without Ming.

    - No/limited orgasm for some time has been ideal. There is a very different quality between Oing with a partner and Oing with P or M. When I O with a partner I experience very few of the same symptoms as to when I O by myself. It relates to that heat sensation, I can simply feel a qualitative difference that a particular chemical trigger is being flipped.

    So yeah I'm a pretty standard rebooter that aims for 'hard mode'. I've been trying to recover since 2013 basically.. I've always felt the best/fastest progress when I go hard mode and have someone to rewire with. The only reboot-specific skill I've developed is to think to myself "okay, whatever, I relapsed - I still have life to do and I need to rebound as fast as possible.. Instead of brooding on it for a few days." I've also applied this to general life, I'm a very 'all or nothing' type person - eg. If I woke up after my alarm my thought process was always "well, my entire day is fucked now" but now I'm able to think more along the lines of "Okay, I slept in, I'm still going to make hay while the sun shines". This relates to time 4:10 of the video at the bottom.

    Interestingly my methods since 2013 haven't really changed. I attribute my new found success to developing maturity in life and having someone to properly rewire with. Myself now vs. myself 2013: I'm far more mature, I have a decent vision of my future, I take more ownership for my actions, I've taken stock of how I ended up where I am in life and I've overcome a lot in other areas of my life that has accelerated my growth.

    This is a video that I always used to listened to and I really feel like I've reached 6:38, "the addiction will fall away when it will fall away":

    Carpe Diem, friend.
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  10. Nuwanda

    Nuwanda Member

    Thanks for your post, great to have you back my friend:cool:

    Totally agree with the quote above. One of my great shifts in recovery was aquiring similar beliefs myself. "No matter what happens, I will be fine", "I am worth just as much as the next person, even if I can have sex or not", "sex is one of the most normal things in the world, and nothing to be ashamed of" etc. I think we both pressure ourselves to perform on many fronts, porn/sex being just one of them. Taking this pressure off, and knowing that we will be fine regardless, is such a big step in the right direction.

    I'm happy you have found what works for you. I wouldn't have expected us to take so different paths to recovery tho! Luckily for everybody needing inspiration here, that just means more options to explore what works for them and what doesn't.

    Haha yeah! This is me as well.

    Thanks for the video. I remember after the worst relapses I would try to change everything, to finally make the big change that was going to make it all fall into place. It took me long to realise that it is a gradual process, with small victories on the way. Trusting that it will work out with time, and putting in the constant effort is the true key to recovery in my opinion. I mean, here we are!:cool:

    Carpe diem buddy!
  11. Deleted User

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    "No matter what happens, I will be fine". Man that's 100% on point, that's true confidence and a real ability to deal with anxiety.

    Definitely, I think it's up to each individual to find what works for them. The method changes for each person but as long as the goal is the same: get away from porn and get with women.

    So, from memory you were moving to America? Have you moved? What will you be studying?
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    Hey man, hope all is well
  13. Nuwanda

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    Thanks for checking in! Totally forgot about YBR. Yes, I have moved to America to attend UC Berkeley. I will be studying mechanical engineering and entrepreneurship. Being here is so cool, I get to live my purpose every day around the smartest people I have ever met. Never have I grown so fast as a person before.

    When it comes to porn, it is no longer part of my life. Not something I think about, not something I want, not something I consider. I feel blessed to be at this point, and reading your journal and seeing how well you are doing makes me really happy @Universal . You have found your path, and you are staying true to it. I have huge respect for that. All the best.
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    Damn, that's awesome man! Sounds like we have similar interests, I'm studying Computer Science and I've just joined Toastmasters because it will help with my Entreprenurial goals. How did you find the transition, moving from your old home to your new home?

    I know you'll stay clean, you're on a good path.

    We are changed from this process, forever. We are very lucky to have discovered this so young. We just need to be all we can with our second chance at life.
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  15. Nuwanda

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    Thats awesome, great way to go. It went really well, although the culture is different at times.

    It is so interesting how now our biggest challenge is not becomming complacent, but to continue giving from our highest point of contribution. Now is the time we truly get to shine.

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