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« Reply #11: March 23, 2010, 10:42:30 am »

But it seems to me that dealing with what issues you already have is inherently different from seeking out additional problems.

Perspective yoink:  I don't consider "being alive" a problem, and doing so to the fullest of my capacity is certainly not seeking "additional problems".

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Of course, as I'm writing this, I'm realizing that my knitting frequently makes my arms ache, and I do it anyway, so maybe it's more of a cost-payoff thing than I realized .. we ALL do things that have side effects we might not like, but we do it because we value the reward more than the side effect.

Precisely.

... oh, hey, I don't have to wait until I'm not under the baby to poke through Dark Moon Rising for the list of things on use of pain in ritual context, I can just dig up my notes.  This book suggests seven uses for pain in ritual/magical/religious context:

* altered consciousness induction
* energy raising
* centering/regrounding in the body
* sacrifice/offering to an entity
* strength ordeal
* emotional catharsis
* pleasing a partner

While I'm cribbing my notes, I'll throw out a few more things for chewing on without commentary, from my review of the book and some other things:

* sensory deprivation as divination/trance practice
* bondage as ordeal work
* bondage as energy flow tool
* bondage and knot magic
* combining energetic enhangement with sadomasochistic practice
* use of sex magic as a tool for opening cosmic awareness
* catharsis and healing moderated through sexual psychodrama
* priest as servant; ordeal master as a type of priest
* wholeness through acceptance/assimilation/recognition of "inner demons"
* dominance as the spiritual obligation to be an honorable authority
* (fulltime) submission as a form of monastic practice
* animistic approaches to developing relationships with magical/ritual tools and their implications for spiritualised d/s relationships
* submissive as a poppet for magical workings
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