Month: June 2014

"Hacking" the Rubberist Experience

Before you read the rest of this message, please view the very short YouTube video from Jason Silva here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJlfwbS0BFY  Pay special attention to what he says about “hacking experience”.

For the last 7-8 years I have been a student of  Dr. Mihalyi Csíkszentmihályi’s concept of “Flow“, which is the state of completely focused attention that is one of the fundamental sources of human happiness.  “Happiness is absorption” (TE Lawrence).

Then, along comes Jason Silva with his idea of “Experience Design” (see the video link above). This is the idea that we can deliberately engineer our experience, through “attention” (i.e. Flow) to optimize and direct our perceptions and, thereby, add significantly to our own  happiness.

When we combine the principles of Flow with Experience Design, we may have the basis for a (teachable)  “Meta Skill” that could be applied to rubber fetish or anything that involves us deeply.

Imagine “scripting your own rubber movie”! What heights of sensuality and

depths of satisfactions could we achieve from our fetish as we applied this skill to it? Could we use it to directly and deliberately generate more than just pleasure but real, deeply seated happiness for us? Could it give our lives as Rubberists deeper meaning?

How could you “script your own movie”? Why doesn’t everyone do it? Why is it so difficult to do?

Part of the problem is probably something called Hedonic Adaptation. As Jason Silva puts it (in another video), “over-stimulation to the same kind of thing renders it invisible. Your brain has already mapped it and you are no longer engaged by it. We have eyes that see not, ears that hear not and hearts that neither feel nor understand.”

It’s why the deliciousness of your latex suit diminishes the longer you wear it. It loses its “wonder”.

The key to overcoming hedonic adaptation is the skill of attention.  The longer you can “attend” to something, the longer you can make the wonder last.

I’ll posit here that there may be skill sets, perhaps some sort of “rubber yoga”, which may help us renew and maintain a higher level of “catsuit wonder”. Perhaps we can “design our experience” to make it all better, more longlasting and more worthwhile. Maybe we can build wonder back it continuously?

OK, here’s a meta-skill which could directly impact your level of personal happiness. How would you “script your own rubber movie”?

Hope this gets you folks thinking!

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Rubbergating — Transmuting Fetishism into an Asset

One of the most important aspects of a “practice” is a profound sense of working towards mastery of something, an on-going development or acquisition of open-ended skills in which one gradually becomes more proficient at but for which there is always, always, always more room for further growth.

The quest for growth is hard-wired into the human soul and is what separates us from all other animals. Growth is one of the more fundamental ingredients of Flow, which ultimately contributes to a sense of happiness and, perhaps, some “ataraxia” (Greek philosophical term for “mind at peace”). A sense of growth gives us a reason to continue our work. It becomes an end in itself which never actually ends.

“Spirit” is energy that strives for growth. “Soul” is the path that it takes. (orig)

When we are growing we are alive — really alive. When we stop growing, we start dying. When we are not growing, we experience what shamans call “soul loss”, a sense of emptiness and purposelessness. It is the sense of Sartre’s “no exit”. Growing gives us a sense of direction and meaning to our lives. It’s an ongoing process.

It’s the path, Stupid!

Traditionally, fetish is not a skill. It is an activity which satisfies a biological urge and then is done until the next time that urge arises. There is no growth. One does not ”get better” or grow more skilful at fetish in the traditional sense. “Development” is not usually a dynamic. Traditional fetish is not a practice. It’s just an something through which (for whatever reason) is a somewhat stagnant enchantment. It grows some, sure, but it does not come close to the Zen-like journeys which those who seek higher worlds may eventually begin to see.

Our presumption is that our fetish is both a major source of drive and energy to our lives as well as one of our primary identities. It enchants us, for whatever reason, very powerfully. It’s not going to go away.

The main thrust of our work is to seek out and discover new methodologies with which fetish can be transformed into a practice — something through which one continually meets challenges and acquires new skills in doing. Fetish is an “engine”, a driving force but, for most people, it is not not a pathway for growth. We try to find ways to grow through our fetish. We try to transmute our fetish into a path.

So, why don’t we find ways to use our fetish to further enchant and enrich our lives? Why don’t we find ways to transform it into a deeply satisfying flow activity? Why not try to use it as a catalyst or conduit to transcending ourselves, to go beyond what we are now?

I have referred to this as “RubberGating” |®| — to use our fetish to transport us through the “gateway” to transcendent modes of being. To transform us into becoming more or bigger than we already are. …to deliberately and consciously choose to explore and pioneer ways to use our fetish as a means to making us happier.

We attempt to “engineer” our subjective experience.

It is important to understand that using a rubber fetish as a gateway to transcendental exploration is certainly not the only path, nor is it even especially well suited to it. And it is probably somewhat limited to those few thousand or so people on this planet who are the sort of deep Rubberist which has the right spirit for this. However, it is already a very strong force in our lives, and RubberGating may simply be good way to harness that force to our advantage. We’ve already got the fetish– why not use it for something good.

Rubbergating is the act of choosing to regard one’s fetish as an asset rather than a liability. Our fetish becomes our path.

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Our fetish affects our entire life.

For many Rubberists, the fetish permeates all levels of our lives. It is always with us in one way or another. Obviously, it affects our sexuality rather blatantly. But it also affects other things we do  in much more subtle ways. For example, it may profoundly affect how we see ourselves–our self-esteem–how we deal with human relationships, etc.



Those who have trouble accepting their fetish–either from their own perspective or as the result of how others treat and feel about them. This may make them feel “dirty” or “perverted” or otherwise unworthy. These all may greatly affect the general demeanor one’s life. It can be an influence in our lives of such magnitude that it may be a major source of happiness–or sadness– in our lives.


I wonder if fetish may also contribute to introversion and as a personality trait. Fetish is inherently “solo” so it may influence whether we look outward or inward.



Carpe Rubber Diem!

Carpe Rubber Diem!Seize the Rubber Day!

 

Your fetish is a gift. Celebrate it!

One way to do this is by wearing rubber mind fully and with a sense of purpose and devotion to yourself. Let it add new levels of richness, passion and depth to your life well beyond the sexual side of it. Make it “sacred” in your mind. Ritualize it. Wear your rubber as a “symbolic action with style” which speaks to your mind and heart but does not need to make sense in a literal context. Cultivate a sensitivity to symbolism and metaphors. Use your rubber rituals to provoke your imagination and creativity in the mundane acts of everyday life. In a life animated by rituals there are no insignificant things. Think of your garments as a “shrine” to your inner being. Try doing simple rubber acts every day, solely and deliberately, for the purpose of doing those acts as an end in themselves. They do not need to be grandiose or lengthy or involved. Doing them with regularity is much more important. Focus your attention on the “now” of the rubber on your body. Practice rubber mindfulness. Keep in mind that rituals are symbolic acts. Wear rubber for the sake of wearing rubber.
(Note that a “ritual” is an act or symbolic gesture deliberately intended to mark an event as special or sacred. It need not be logically connected to nature of the event itself. Shaking hands when you meet someone is a classic example of a ritual to symbolically mark the occasion as being special. It can be totally spontaneous, unrehearsed, unscripted and it need not be repeated. It is the intent of the ritual that matters. It is very different from a “habit” which is mindless repetition of a mundane act. A “habit” lacks the deliberate intent of a ritual.)
This does NOT mean that you have to wear several layers of rubber for hours and hours, totally enclosed, etc. Certainly, these more demanding, intense activities can be rituals, but there are also many, many much simpler, much less demanding rituals as well. For example, you might keep a box of disposable latex gloves in your car and create a daily ritual of deliberately wearing a rubber glove only on your left hand during your commute to work. This simple act, done regularly and with a sense of purpose and ritual symbolism, becomes an act of devotion. It is a way to “seize the rubber day” and express your life more creatively as an “art”, which makes it more worth living.

Research the concept of “mindfulness”. This is a very simple meditative technique that anyone can do virtually any time, any where and for very short bursts of time — even just a few seconds at a time.. It can be readily adapted to your rubber rituals and will add significant depth to them and, ultimately, richness to your life.
Be an explorer of your soul — a pioneer. Look for possible pathways to spirituality through your fetish. Think of yourself as a kind of “Priest/ess” of your own temple. Seek value, virtue and substance well beyond mere sexuality in your fetish. Use your fetish energy to create a personal culture to improve the quality of your life and, perhaps, enhancing it’s spirituality whilst not disturbing or conflicting with your real “religion”. Think of it more like an “art of living” concept much like Yoga or meditation.
For whatever reason, your fetish is part of you — it runs deeply within you. It’s a fundamental part of your identity. Do something positive with it! Make it a creative expression of your soul.
Make your fetish your “art”! Celebrate rubber!

Seize the Rubber Day! Carpe Rubber Diem!

 

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What is Fetishamanism?

A fetishaman is someone who uses the energy of his/her fetish as a catalyst or conduit – a “gateway” – to altered states of consciousness as a means to exploring the full depth and breadth of reality.

According to anthropologist Dr. Michael Harner, widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on shamanism, traditional shamanism has roots that go back 30-40,000 years to the very dawn of humanity.  It is often described as the “oldest religion” although it may not actually be a religion in the modern sense of the term. When stripped of it’s more localized cultural baggage, what is left is a “technology” for attaining alternate states of consciousness or “ASC’s”. These include chanting, drumming, sensory deprivation, sensory overload, use of hallucinogenic or entheogenic drugs and gases, sweat lodges, fasting, dancing, lucid dream inducement, hypnotic trances, meditation, orgasm stimulation/denial and many other esoteric techniques which induce an ASC, usually by orchestrating subtle changes in neurochemistry and physiology. Harner refers to this stripped down version as “core shamanism”.

Mircea Eliade, another well-known expert on shamanism, refers to it as a “technology of ecstasy”, which he defines as a “slipping out of ordinary reality”.

“Slipping out” of ordinary reality is probably one of the most significant ways to explore who you really are and to expand your understanding of the universe. This quest to transcend yourself is a function of mysticism that is hard wired into your being and is one of the primary characteristics of humanity that separates us from all other animals.

It is all about waking up to who you really are. Most people are asleep in this respect. You are special… Something has stirred you to the quest!

It’s important to note that while many shaman use their abilities to promote healing in some way, this aspect is not specific to all cultures. Many shaman are not healers, such as Casteneda’s Don Juan Matus. Healing is not integral to the definition of shamanism.

If you integrate fetishism into shamanism you get a technology of alternate consciousness that is driven by the energy of sexuality. It is similar to neo-tantra in some ways.  It becomes a technology of alternate consciousness that includes a very strong motivational force pushing you to practice it. For example, if you develop a practice of meditating in total Rubber Enclosure, the thought of putting on your catsuit to go meditate at 3:00a.m. will suck you out of bed and onto your meditation cushion at an ungodly time when little else will. It motivates you to meditate! What other driving force will get you out of bed at the hour of the morning?

Fetishamanism is the practice of core shamanism utilizing a fetish as a catalyst and the primary focusing principle .  You might say that Fetishamanism is modern shamanism with fetish added as it’s cultural baggage.

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We all love to smell good stuff, taste good stuff, feel-good stuff, etc.

Humans are, by nature, hedonistic.

The real secret to happiness through hedonism, however is to practice the “art” of sensuality.

When applied to the art of sensuality,  the skill of focus  is something that may improve with time but you will never really reach absolute perfection in. It is a practice that can last a whole lifetime.

A big part of leaning hedonistic art is the ability to concentrate — to focus the mind — on the sensory apparatus engaged in perceiving the smell, flavor, feel, etc. of some targeted experience.

Focusing the mind is a skill. It takes practice to develop it. it takes a great deal of personal discipline and zeal to master it. Zen monks spend years developing the skill of mental focus, of attention. This is a passion.

When applied to the art of sensuality, the skill of focus is something that may improve with time but you will never quite reach absolute perfection. It is a practice that can last a lifetime.

 
Hint: let your cat teach you!They grok sensuality!