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Author Topic: Kink and Spirituality - Special Topic Discussion  (Read 26913 times)
Aliceanna
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« Reply #4: March 22, 2010, 10:06:53 pm »

What role does various kink play in your religion?  Is pain something sometimes to be courted, or always a bad thing?  Do your gods approve of things that aren't necessarily mainstream?  Why/why not?


HI Everybody,
I think that pain can be a very valuable tool spiritually. (someone else said that they separated spirituality and religion and I would agree with that. Spirituality to me, defines personal practice). I think that there's something about physical pain that can cut through emotional blocks and open me up. It brings a certain vulnerablity and I know that my Gods seem to respond very well to that and I've used it consciously in the past both as an offering and to get to where I think they wanted me to be. I don't think this is anything new though. I know there are lots of religious practices throughout history that involved some use of pain and ecstatic states. Pain is a good key for some people, at least I've found it to be so for me.

I also know some people who utilize bdsm techniques as spiritual tools and while I haven't experimented so much with that, (mostly for lack of opportunity--it's not that I think anything is wwrong with it),  I can say from observation that it works for them and helps them be closer to their gods. Maybe it is just that nothing works for every single person. I know that sometimes carefully applied pain gets me where I need to go and meets with the approval of my  Gods (Norse). That took me a long time to really accept.

I read a book last year called "Dark Moon Rising" that made me think a lot more seriously about these things. I would recommend that. I'd never thought about how sexual techniques could also be spiritual techniques. That gave me a lot of food for thought. I had already had some experience with using pain as an offering.

For me, I've used different kinds of pain from flogging, to sensory deprivation, to blood drawing, to needles to get past my own bull. It leaves me so open and so vulnerable that I am able to be in a clear headspace for a little bit, beyond all the excuses and fears that my "monkey meat brain" so often puts up. That's a good thing and I work with Deities who themselves used pain as a tool to go places. I'm kind of following in their footsteps. I just think its important to be mindful and upfront about why and waht is hoped to be gained.

Thank you for this question. It has made me think about my own practices again.
Aliceanna
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