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Author Topic: The intersection of religion, magic, and well-being  (Read 2304 times)
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« Reply #2: March 24, 2011, 05:33:49 pm »


First let me say that I found myself nodding in agreement as I read your post, that said, here's what I would do in the sort of situation you describe:

1. Read, read, read: read everything you can find on the subject, borrow books from the library if your budget doesn't allow you to make purchases. If you're interested in shamanic journeying, read up on that. Thinking about BDSM? There are many books available. Accept that there are authors who disagree with each other. Many books list bibliographies and recommended reading at the back, so they're great resources for readers who might like to know more.

2. I would definitely ask myself: "If I do this, what are the potential dangers of this practice?" It's important that you (generic you) and anyone else involved know the risks involved in something that is potentially harmful. Another good question is: "What training do I need to do this as safely as possible?" Speaking for myself, I have absolutely no idea how to wield a flogger beyond common sense things like "don't strike twice" and "for the love of the gods, stay away from the spine!" Related to that question is: "Do I know what to do in case something goes wrong?" Ideally, everything should go smoothly, but as you've said, sometimes humans make mistakes. Some things are just common sense, but it probably wouldn't hurt to take classes in CPR, first aid, that sort of thing if there's a chance those skills might be needed.

3. Know the laws in your area: This isn't so much for spiritual practice, but before I'd set out to do any kinky stuff I'd want to have a basic knowledge of the law and how it applies to kink. No, I'm not suggesting someone should read the entire Criminal Code of Canada (or equivalent in your country) but if a neighbour calls the cops for whatever reason, it helps to know your rights. To my knowledge, many places don't recognize that someone can consent to bodily harm, for instance (which is why kink is still very much underground).

4. Talk to people: Get in touch with the community that is involved with the practice you're interested in. If you're looking for a teacher, check out what others have to say about them. Research their credentials. Did this teacher get their Ph. D. from a degree mill? So far, my only contact with the kink community has been online, chatting with friends who aren't as shy as I am about seeking out practitioners, but from what I've heard, the community is generally very good at helping newbies find good play partners.

Okay, I think I've touched on the major issues. This is just what I'd do, mind. I'm not suggesting everyone should do this. I just think it's to my advantage to be as well-informed as possible, and I might be a little paranoid regarding my personal safety, but I think a little paranoia can be a good thing in this case.
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