Month: February 2022

Rubber fetish as a “Practice”

Our culture is obsessively oriented to accomplish goals. So much so, that we miss the richness of the striving.

While important for base survival (food, clothing, shelter) an obsessively goal-oriented society is very prone to disenchantment because all their efforts are focused on the future rather than Being Here Now.
Being Here Now happens on the path, not at the destination.
A “practice” has a goal of continually becoming better at something without end. The goal is to be better now, not later, nor is it to reach some destination. A “practice” is ongoing.
If there is a goal to a practice, it must remain somewhere on the path.
Practicing implies growing. It implies exploration, experimentation, learning, and pioneering. It is a search for meaning that is ongoing.
A practice is not a means to an end; it IS the end.
A “spiritual practice” implies the exploration of consciousness to expand perceptions of reality on an unending basis.
“Practicing” our rubber fetish gives it meaning. It makes it a “spiritual practice”.
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Total Enclosure-ists are big fans of “living anaerobically”

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Anaerobic means “living, active, occurring, or existing in the absence of free oxygen”, as opposed to aerobic which means “living, active, or occurring only in the presence of oxygen.” (Wikipedia)

Total Enclosure-ists are big fans of “living anaerobically”.

Why?

What is a “Deep” Rubberist?

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In “Becoming Rubber”, protagonist Carlee Koster finds herself on a spiritual Quest in which she is delightfully compelled to “go so far into my fetish that I might even come out the other side.”

Well, thank you, Carlee. That sort of explains the whole “Deep Rubberist” enchilada.

A Deep Rubberist is a sort of “nunk” (nun + monk) focused on a path of deep inner exploration. They often dive so deeply into their fetish that they often become non-binary. They fly solo..

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Enchantment & Purpose

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IF I step back and try to describe the synthesis of what Moore, Csikszentmihalyi, Watts, and other authors have taught me, the words that first come to mind are “enchantment”, “attention” and “meaning”.

enchanted forestWhat is “enchantment? Why do we want it? This is a tough one to answer.  Moore refers to it as a feeling that comes over us which affects our hearts and perceptions. It is something that controls and, perhaps even guides, affects, and “pushes” our lives in a particular direction. It could be thought of as a “magic spell” right out of a fairy tale such as Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella. What is the magic that makes Rubberists so attracted to rubber?

 Fetish is a strong example of an enchantment.

Rubberists have been “enchanted” in the deepest sense of the word.

Meaning alludes to Purpose in the philosophical sense. The Greeks referred to this as “Entelechia” which means, roughly, “the drive from within to fulfill Purpose”. The Meaning we derive from fulfilling our Purpose is what gives value to our lives. Viktor Frankl and Csikszentmihalyi both suggest that the things we do which affect the course of history are what give the most Meaning to our lives. Of course, this is non-judgmental — if one negatively affects the future, there is still Meaning, but it is negative.

The pursuit of meaning is a primary source of enchantment. It engages us…it is Flow.

RubberNauting is an exploration in giving positive Meaning to our Rubber Fetish. It seeks to find ways to create value from this weird attraction we have for rubber. It seeks ways to do something positive, noteworthy, and honorable with our fetish– to somehow make the world a better place through it.

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