You know the routine: lifting heavy weights, eating red meat, getting into fistfights, sex with fertile women…
But there is another very effective practice to surge your testosterone that is less often considered. Not so spectacular as wrestling alligators, but having the same effect of pumping your masculine energy.
I remember vividly the first time I experienced a primal scream.
It was mid-summer and I was out hiking a forgotten trail in the Northern Rockies. I got to the trail head ‘round 6am and there were no other cars in the lot.
At 5am, I had taken two tabs of LSD. Needle-point. Or was it dancing bear? Who can remember these silly names.
About a mile up the trail, just as the sun was peaking over the ridge, the first wave of the drug hit me.
At the second mile, I had the impulse to take off all my clothes and hike naked.
Now, sober or stoned, if you haven’t swung your cock in the open air of a virgin wilderness before… you are missing out.
Climbing up a mountain bare-ass puts a man in a peculiar state of mind that is at the same time base-animalistic and supremely enlightened.
Nature wraps its own blanket around his body and pulls him close, like a babe to his mother’s bosom.
Eventually I got up to a high cliff overlooking the valley. The sunshine poured over the ridge and soaked the pines with golden light. I could see for miles along the range of peaks, fading away into a royal blue sky.
Feeling so… primal… free… strong… alive… distant… inspired… happy.
I could hardly remember the cartoon existence that I’d left back at civilization; a complete disassociation from the ego.
At that moment of epiphany, butterflies swarmed my guts and I started to tremble. Tears began to swell under my eyelids.
It was like the feeling you get just moments before an orgasm, or a vomit… that of helplessness; no turning back. You are committed now to the inevitable purge.
But the release was rather a bellowing scream; exploding from the depths of my testicular tubes, up through my guts, and out from my lungs.
Every muscle, every cell of my organism stirred in the vibration.
The whole valley was filled with my voice, like thunder from the heavens.
Again and again, I drew painfully deep breath and let it all out… purging all the rage of a lifetime. Purge. Purge. Purge. Purge. Purge.
A trumpeting of power and freedom and the ecstasy of consciousness.
After a few minutes of screaming, I got severely lightheaded and almost fainted, heaving my bare body to the cold dirt.
Laying there was bliss.
The Power of Vibration
Through the sound of your voice, you express your internal state of being.
Your voice gives your self away.
Without even considering the meaning of your language, the tone of your voice reveals you as authoritative, confident, gentle, enthused, unsure, nervous, mean, timid, angry etc.
A ‘man’ with a squeaky, tense, stunted voice shows that his internal state is of frustration, weakness and insecurity.
A strong man has a deep, clear, bold voice that commands attention.
But the state-voice relationship is cyclical – by tuning your voice to a more powerful tone, you will also empower your state.
Monks began chanting for this reason, though their thinking on it was a bit more profound.
With heightened awareness, they perceived everything in the universe as vibrating with its own unique frequency… thus in a sense, alive. The rock no different than the man.
This truth has since been demonstrated by science, though the definition of ‘life’ is different than that of simply ‘putting off an energy vibration’.
Further, the earth itself emits its own macro-vibration, and it was believed that GOD himself has a cosmic vibration which is the vehicle of both the creation and inevitable destruction of the universe.
Religious chanting is done with the intent of resonating with these vibrations and thus uniting the individual with nature, god, the macrocosm or whatever the order.
A greater deconstruction of this concept is beyond the scope of this article, but what the chanting (or vibrating) accomplishes on practical grounds is an energizing of one’s whole system at a cellular level.
Vibration ‘wakes up’ dormant areas of your mind and body, generating a higher-consciousness.
Spirituality aside, you can do this practice with the very practical intention of engaging your masculine energy to increase your self-confidence and presence.
Your voice is an expression of your power.
1. Primal Screaming
The experience I shared above was dramatized a bit for effect… and it was my first time really letting it all go.
But I’ve done this countless times since, sober, while hiking or camping in lonely places.
Once you get it right, it is a release on par with orgasm, no doubt. And like your first sexual encounter, your first primal scream will be short and strange.
Your vocal chords are not conditioned to handle the volume of sound that your body is capable of producing.
Don’t thrash your vocal chords, like I did my first time. Warm them up slow and gradually make the sound bigger once you have some control over the vibration. Feel it.
A good way of controlling this is to focus on keeping your tone as low as possible, while simultaneously projecting the sound as much as possible.
After some practice, you’ll find the right place in your chest and throat that this balance is optimized.
I typically do an empty scream, but if some words bubble to the surface… don’t be shy to let it all out. Whatever words come to your head, just let them fly.
Maybe you have a mantra or affirmation that you can shout at the top of your lungs.
For city dwellers, you can make a sound trap with high-density fiberglass, but there is a good chance that your neighbors will phone the police if you are screaming in your apartment.
This is something that I do with near every session of meditation, at the beginning or the end.
Keep your focus on holding a slow, steady tone… getting as much air into and out of your lungs as possible on each cycle.
Treat it like a game: How long can you hold the tone while you exhale?
‘OM’ is a great mantra because it is easy to chant and really locks in a nice vibration.
3. Reading poetry
Good poetry is written to be read aloud.
That’s why the words are structured with rhythm and rhyme.
You don’t really feel the power of the words on the page until you’ve vocalized them with some enthusiasm put behind it.
If you have a taste for drama, put some emotion into the reading and boom the words loud as if you were an actor on the stage.
Focus on your articulation and the meaning of the words themselves.
You may be surprised at what chords the words strike within you.
I suggest classic poetry like Shakespear, as most modern poetry sucks in comparison and the words don’t have the same power.