Elements of sadomasochism and female domination have intertwined with the
worship of the Goddess
throughout herstory. In Sparta, young men used to be whipped in front of the
temple of Artemis until they
ejaculated in order to fertilize the Earth. F1 In other
cultures, men cross-dressed in order to invoke the spirit
Exploration of the Dark Goddess
My spiritual process has also emphasized the exploration of the Dark Goddess aspect of the human psyche, which I think has been ignored and vilified, rather than regarded as merely part of various death and rebirth cycles. One way to deal with one's fears on a magical as well as psychological level is to make parody of one's fears, which is exactly what I do when it is not practical to confront them directly.
The power of the BD/SM scene is to mock and desensitize the tools that
various governments have used to
terrorize the populace throughout history. For instance, I use spiritual drama
and parody as political protest to
mock the torture and the legal processes of the Witch hunts and inquisition.
Likewise, the Marquis de Sade
Re-evaluation of Pain
Many shudder in horror at the thought of pain when thinking of sadomasochism. Not all S/M involves pain; the exchange of power is more essential to S/M. But S/M offers an individual the opportunity to re-evaluate her/his relationship with pain, emotion and especially ironic humor. Pain is a subjective experience involving greater or lesser amounts of sensation. Our culture and deepest personal beliefs shade our experience of pain. Pain can reorder priorities in a hurry. It can show us what truly matters.
Enjoyment of Pain and Subversion of Authority
When victims enjoy punishment, they also enjoy the ultimate subversion of authority. Pain and pleasure underpin our notions of religion, law and morality. When pleasure and pain dissolve as one, our current notions of religion, law and morality collapse. Therefore, strict moralists in medieval Europe favored flagellation as punishment, while they simultaneously objected to the ancient folk-rites of flagellation used during magical fertility rituals. The current power structure is undermined when people inconsistently accord value to what the dominant culture deems as pleasurable, important or powerful. Many people feel uncomfortable when confronted with proof that our social conventions are rather flimsy.
Mysticism and Pain
Mystics throughout history have used physical and sexual stress to raise
endorphins and engender a visionary
experience. Mystics ability to endure pain while in trance serves as proof of
their spirituality. In the Voodoo
religious culture, the Ogoun, a deity of power, often infuses devotees with
strength and power by slapping
Pain and Ritual Initiation
A top in a B&D relationship may manifest spiritual practices by creating elaborate rituals that may or may not incorporate various religious traditions. "Pain almost everywhere still continues to serve as a ritualized initiation." The fact that our society disapproves of masochism while it lauds stressful athletic activity and religious martyrdom is an interesting demonstration of how sensuality has been made a special case. So, please allow me to capture you away in my chariot, so that I may take you to my castle in the sky where we may have the pleasure of meeting the Dark Goddess at the cross roads and subverting the dominant paradigm.
The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and three
hundred sixty-two admonishments to
All suspects are innocent until proven Discordian in a Court of
Chaos. Principia Discordia. The Book of Chaos (C)opycat
1995 by No One in Particular. All rights reversed.
I've given up the search for reality; now I'm just looking for a good fantasy. Unknown.
This is precisely the sort of thing that people who like this sort of thing will like.
Surrealism aims at the total transformation of the mind and all
that resembles it. Breton
Common sense is what tells you that the world is flat. Unknown.
Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.
I came, I saw, she conquered. Unknown.
What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Reminiscences
All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.
Art is dangerous. Duke Ellington
The important thing is not to stop questioning. [Albert Einstein]
I... have become... comfortably numb Pink Floyd
Reality is the temporary resultant of the struggle between rival gangs of programmers. Anon
I've come a long way since I've believed in anything. Unknown.
Those students who have become one with the universe will be
allowed to go on
A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless
interaction to a
The fine line between pleasure and pain is as sacred as a shadow in twilight. Empress Jina
So you think you can tell difference between heaven and hell? Unknown.
That is where the truth lies! Empress Jina
Or there lies truth? Empress Jina
Paradox. Empress Jina
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