Total Enclosure as Archetypal Fantasy
While Total Enclosure may not be your forte, keep these two things in the mind of those who practice it: (1) It’s harmless. It won’t hurt or affect you. (2) the practitioners of it enjoy doing it very deeply.
While Total Enclosure may not be your forte, keep these two things in the mind of those who practice it: (1) It’s harmless. It won’t hurt or affect you. (2) the practitioners of it enjoy doing it very deeply.
All Rubberists are unique–no two are alike. However, one possible way to reasonably describe one aspect of Rubberism is where the person falls on a continuum between being totally “sexual” and totally “lifestyle”. I’ll posit that this is directly related to age or, more specifically, youthful virility. The younger we are, the more our sexual hormones rule our lives. As we grow older and those hormones begin to “relax” and our fetish evolves more into being a lifestyle attribute. Oh sure, we are all sexual in our fetish to some degree, even in our old age, and it never really goes away completely. But, increasingly as we grow older, (and sex becomes, as George Burns puts it, “like trying to play billiards with a rope”) the nature of our fetish expansively evolves to a broader view of our activities. These include enhancement of the sensual as opposed to the sexual, the development of a subculture, etc. It may become more of a social function in that sense.
“I was reading some rubberotica literature to help me understand you better, as you suggested.” Javin laid a piece of paper in front of me with this quote printed on it:
“Where someone is considering joining the Order of Latex Enlightenment, they have to go through a discernment process to see if a life in rubber is really for them. I've lost track of how many customers tell me it's their dream, but when I start to show them the path, soon decide that the reality is not for them. If you're already wearing a little rubber every day, the natural next step is a practice we call “the unbroken chain”. This is what makes the idea of 24:7 rubber possible. No-one could be in head to toe total enclosure latex 24:7. “The unbroken chain” means that at all times you are wearing at least one item of latex. So before taking off your latex bra, you'd put on some more rubber, like a latex swim cap before you take a shower.”
“That’s from the ‘Order of Latex Enlightenment’ by MissRubberE”, he said. “It was a really fascinating read. It gave me a sense of just how important the “24/7/365″ aspect of your thing is, Carlee. I can see that you It is an act of devotion, I think.”
Javin continued, “From what I can tell, there seems to be a small but fairly vocal group of Rubberists around the world who recognize the same urge to be in rubber all the time. MissRubberE’s ‘Life_In_Rubber’ concept is an example of what you might be what you call ‘deep rubber‘. It seems to be an “urge” that is common to many of them which could make it an archetypal term. One might even call it a form of ‘penance’ to Mistress_Hevea, a metaphorical personification of rubber fetish, itself, as a goddess.”
“Wow! That’s a cool idea. Do you think I ought to do that”, I asked?
The goal of full enclosure is to flood the mind with the presence of rubber by eliminating or reducing its awareness of the other senses as much as possible.
Perhaps terms something like “Sensory Focusing” or “Sensory Concentration” or even “Enhanced Tactile Consciousness” are more on target.
It is actually more akin to making ALL of one’s skin stimulated at the same instant.
The theory here is that by (temporarily) reducing as many sensations EXCEPT tactile contact with rubber as possible the feeling of being fully enclosed in rubber will be magnified much in the same sense that the blind person hears more.
The very interesting and intriguing part is that the hypothalamus or (the brains brain); is actually controlling and manipulating our sensual response to rubber as much as it is managing our heart or lungs.
The term – space – is used to refer to an altered sense of consciousness… I suspect… not unlike being high from alcohol or drugs which alter your perception of reality.
Obviously when completely enclosed and isolated from the world by a barrier of rubber it is easy to allow it to not only to filter out most the environmental stimuli… but also focus on whatever the qualities that the rubber enclosure offers.. such as overall compression, light restriction of movement, smell and so on. One might make an analogy to being completely underwater and how this “feels”…
I suspect this special state known as “rubberspace”is, essentially, a form of lucid dreaming which is affected (or triggered??) by the unusually strong focus on the feel of the warm, moist, mildly compressive rubber which lovingly encases you. It is a deeply meditative almost “womb-like” state that not seem possible to experience for any length of time if there are external interruptions of other kinds of sensory input.
What is “RubberSpace”? It is a timeless state of vacuous existence through short term t/e. It is a wonderful state of well-being safety and contentment – an escape if you like – (*ataraxia even*?) from the pressures of ‘normal’ existance.
I’ve also found that in wearing rubber for long periods my libido is subject to great “mood swings” ranging from the very erotic to something decidedly more sensual. The latter becomes increasingly apparent the longer I am in my rubber. Most of the time the rubber simply feels marvelous and comforting but not always in a sexual kind of way. (This is not to say that there are not times when my sexual libido is aroused but it is not a predominant factor. There have been many 24 hr sessions in the suit where I have had no sexual activity or inclinations at all.)
There have been many 24 hr sessions in the rubber suit where I have had no sexual activity or inclinations at all. I might describe this experience as “tipping over” from “sex in rubber” (i.e. short term, hi-stim sessions) to “living in rubber” (LIR) where it becomes part of my every day life, going well beyond the sexual dimensions. In this way it becomes kind of a sort of “Zen” thing.
The word zen itself is Japanese and means “meditation” or “absorption.” Traditional zen practice emphasizes sustained meditative breathing but in the largest sense, zen is simply an absorption in life-the essence of life. Quietude and meditation may be aspects of zen but zen itself is vibrantly alive. Its way is the way of nature changing like the seasons. A “zen of rubber” could, then, be construed as a conscious life-style decision to become fully absorbed in the fetish.
*what I found is that is that it did NOT become “largely invisible to my senses”. (hedonic Adaptation) What happened was that the rubber sensation became part of the everyday things I do such as being at my computer, washing the dishes, reading while in bed etc. Basically anything I did that in particular involved bodily movement had a (pleasureable) “rubber dimension” added to it. As the days went by the sensation of rubber seemed to become part of my activities rather than something separate and distinct.I just wondered if anyone had considered that there is a certain |RubberSpace| inner tranquility achieved when one is totally encased in latex
Latex can for me block out the world momentarily but this doesn’t mean that I relax and get “high”. It means that I become centered and focused on myself (perhaps a moment of intense narcissism if you will :)) by which I gain self control and pleasure. There is nothing religious in it nor does it have a metaphysical element. In my abstract point of view: I never leave my body I trap myself in it to go deeper inside
Why is rubber so magickal in nature why do some of us few become energized when wearing it? Because |Chi| one of the most powerful forms of spiritual energy is that derived from physiological sensations be it sex or just sensual. Again this is all tools to help focus ourselves on our “truth” not reality. It keeps us in the mindset of being “not mundane” but magickal in nature.
Anything that brings you pleasure, excites or comforts you is spiritual because you put emphasis on it and it helps connect you to another level of yourself, be it sexual sensual or spiritual they are all connected.
Zen is a way of life and not solely a state of consciousness. Zen is both a practice and a philosophy.
“Life Art” — a creative endeavor in which sensual awareness and a lifestyle itself are endlessly practiced as an art.
This “isolation of Rubberists” has two aspects.
One refers to the seclusion and lack of community of some Rubberists resulting from geographical isolation — the distance from each other. To socially interact with each other Rubberists must travel long distances or interact through online venues such as Rubberist.net or 2nd Life which tend to result in only fleeting, superficial human contact.
The other aspect relates to social rejection of Rubberists by vanillas — usually the result of the notion that some people regard those who like to wear rubber (or latex) clothing as somehow “perverted”, “disgusting” or “dangerous” and thereby seemingly pose a threat to them personally or society in general. Rubberists are “alien” or “other” to their worldview and, therefore, to be feared or rejected.
There is a broad spectrum of social acceptability of rubber fetish ranging from those who fully accept it in others and are not intimidated by it to those who see the fetish as a real threat to themselves and society. There are many reasons for this. At one end of the scale they embrace Rubberists as lawful, decent people who may be a bit odd or eccentric but are otherwise completely harmless and pose no threat to anyone. At the other end of this scale there are those who attach unfavourable stigmas to Rubberists, viewing them as socially unfit and even dangerous. These stigmas are more prevalent in the more puritanical countries such as the U.S. and are usually based in ignorance and misunderstanding, such as erroneously equating Rubberists with predatory sex criminals such as pedophiles. People fear what they do not understand.
How one thinks of the scope and depth of the social rejection of Rubberists is often largely a cultural function of the population density of the area he or she has been a resident of. A logical corollary to this is might be that the more people there are in a region, the more Rubberists there are likely to be and, therefore, the greater the opportunities for social interaction. Note that this is not a value judgement –it’s just a statement of logic based on numbers.
Here are some interesting numbers which may help you understand this. (All numbers here indicate people per square kilometer)
In the entire world there are an average of 53 people per square kilometer.
England is very near the top of the list at 406. (England has 84% of the people in the United Kingdom, which, as a whole, has a density of 262. Scotland is at 67.)
New York City has an astounding 11,642 people per square kilometer.
Germany has 226
Japan has 336
The US (all 50 states) has 32.
Canada has 3.57
Australia has a bit over 3 people per square kilometer! (It has, roughly, the same land area as the continental U.S.)
My point is that what you think of “social isolation” is probably based on where you have lived. For example, people who have lived in densely populated England or New York City for most of their lives cannot possibly have the same understanding of it as a (rural) Australian or Canadian would. However, someone who has lived in both places might have a better sense of the possible ranges.
Of course, there is a lot of variation within these countries relative to large cities. They all have both rural and urban areas in varying degrees. For example, while the US has only 32 people per square mile, the density of New York City is well over 11,000. Also, the vast majority of Australia’s people reside in the southeast corner of their continent in Sydney, Melbourne, etc. I could not find a density figure for London, but we can assume that is is also very high, perhaps similar to NYC.
In addition to population density, another factor in Rubberist social isolation is the cultural acceptance of “alternative sexuality”. Generally speaking, people who live in high density population areas tend to be a bit more liberal in their thinking, probably because they are continually exposed to more diverse ideas and subcultures with which they must coexist. In contrast, those who live in rural areas tend to be more conservative and less accepting of divergent attitudes.
So, if you live in a large city, you are, logically, in a place which is more likely to exhibit degrees of cultural and social receptivity to your fetish and may, possibly, spawn some sort of Rubberist community. Conversely, the more rural your location, the more likely you may encounter more hostility toward your fetish and the less likely you will find others like you or any sort of localized community of Rubberists.
If you are one of the more isolated Rubberists, what can you do to overcome this? What are your ideas?
Here, again, these are not judgements of “good” or “bad” but merely observations.
It seems rather obvious. The one thing that all “Deep” Rubberists share in common is that we are enchanted by rubber. Deeply enchanted.
This is not a lightweight enchantment. It’s not like being attracted to the way someone looks or the taste of a particular food or the sound of your favorite piece of music.
Our fetish is a seriously heavyweight enchantment. There is a “magnetism” here that profoundly affects us.
This is deep magic spell stuff.
Rubber (or latex, PVC, etc.) is a primary motivator for us. It is driven by our sexuality which is the most powerful instinct in any living thing. In most Deep Rubberists, our almost magical attraction to rubber is so active and energized that it tends to occupy a major part of our personal identity. Rubber rules much of lives, our thinking, our desires and what we do from day to day.
Most of us were probably born with our fetish or mysteriously acquired it later on. Bam! We wake one day with a full-blown rubber fetish. Somehow rubber casts it’s spell on us. Bam! We’re hooked!
There was no choice involved. We are Rubberists and that’s a fact. It’s an integral part of us and is not going to go away. For better or for worse, we’re stuck with it.
But we do have a choice on how we react to this “spell”. We can see it as a negative thing and try to repress it, but most of us older Rubberists have found that not only does repression not work, all that repression does in the end is simply make us miserable. Many of us have burned or discarded all of our (expensive) rubber clothing in a fit of anger or grief to purge ourselves of their enchantment over us. It never works for very long. Eventually we start to build a new wardrobe of rubber garments.
The other choice we have is to view our fetish as a gift that we can use to make our lives happier and richer. This may involve a 180 degree change in our attitudes toward ourselves and how society views us, but that is a matter of choice that belongs to us.
The choice is yours. Either you can be miserable as a Rubberist or you can search for ways to make it the most amazing, wonderful experience possible. We can decide to make it a source of happiness, rather than grief and misery, for us.
Which way do you choose?
Consciousness can be described as “awareness with focus”.
Western culture has always been deeply suspicious of alternate states of consciousness (ASC) and has, in fact, often demonized anyone whose focus on reality has fallen outside the cultural norm.
In contrast, other cultures, such as the Hindu, Japanese and Chinese have venerated, honored and widely promoted the exploration of ASC’s. It’s built right into their culture and the way they view life and the universe.
For example, Sanskrit has about 20 nouns for “consciousness” or “mind” compared to only a few in western languages. How many English words can you think of for it? What does that tell you about the importance of consciousness in our culture?
Our consciousness — our focus of awareness– has been defined and “installed” in us by our parents, mentors and culture since our earliest infancy. What we focus our awareness on — what we perceive as “reality” — is taught to us by the consensus of our culture. It is not inherently the “real” reality of the world. Other possibilities are inherently excluded.
Consensus reality — a kind of “democracy of reality” based on what the majority thinks we should perceive — is a sort of “truth designed by a committee”. (The Council of Nicaea in 325AD is a blatant example.)
Most of us are trapped in this and are not even aware of it. Our egos are inherently designed to “protect” us from wandering into other states of consciousness outside of our cultural norm. We are unable to even consider the existence of other possible focuses for our awareness.
We are asleep…
Once in a while, however, a few of us wake up, even for just a moment or two, and get a glimpse of something way beyond our current “focus of awareness”. We “transcend” the consensus reality to a whole new level of being. Something very exciting and profound happens to us – we realize that our world can be much, much richer than we thought. A door is opened…
We may also discover that the languages of consensus reality are wholly inadequate to describe the new realms of mind we have found. It’s like trying to describe the taste of orange juice to someone who has never eaten an orange.
Exploring alternate states of consciousness is one of the highest “calls to adventure” known to mankind. It greatly transcends the quest for power and wealth and may give our lives a whole new meaning and Purpose.
Fewer than 1% of us will hear that calling. The remaining 99% of us will be the critics, the nay-sayers, the ones who role their eyes and ignore… the “sleepers”.
Are you listening? Or will you remain asleep?
Fetish as a field of practice
A practice is a field of knowledge, experience and activity that one continually works at to expand and improve. It grows. It is always becoming bigger, better, deeper yet it is never finished..
Perhaps fetish makes a good field of practice specifically because it is a very obvious phenomena in the Rubberist’s life that is infused with an enormous amount of energy as it is directly related to sexuality.
If the goal of life is to climb “Maslow’s Mountain“, i.e to become all that one can be – to “self-actualize“, it would seem that “becoming all of the fetishist that we can be” is something we (fetishers) are destined to do, anyways, even if the reasons for having the fetish are not apparent or discernible . It’s who we are, so it follows that we should explore and develop it as much as we can.
In a sense, our fetish practice _is_ our path up Maslow’s Mountain.
The Greeks had a word describing the rather difficult concept of RubberSoul that I am trying to convey here:
A particular type of motivation, need for self-determination, and inner strength directing life and growth to become all one is capable of being. It is the need to actualize one’s beliefs. It is having a personal vision and being able to actualize that vision from within. [Aristotelian philosophy.]
Basically, it means “the drive from within to fulfill Purpose”
Entelechia is the foundation of RubberSoul. It is about striving to express your rubber-self to the fullest through the way you live your life. It is “the drive from within to fulfill Function or Purpose through rubber”. It’s the practice of taking an otherwise mundane fetish, based in mere sexuality and turning it into a creative art form as a means to expressing yourself.
It’s about engaging in the practice of being pro-active rather than re-active in wearing rubber.
Steffy, RubberJohn, Sealed and LatexLadyII are some of the more spectacular examples of how people have turned their lives into a kind of truly Rubberist art form. The moderators of the IAR, including myself, have adopted the building and maintaining of this community as one means to practicing our RubberSoul. Most people who have discovered an appetite for designing and creating rubber garments are practicing another aspect of RubberSoul.
People engaged in a DOM/sub relationship practice a kind of “personal theater” which is an example of the striving for deep, personal expression for an “audience” of two.
Recognize that expressing your RubberSoul does NOT need to be “public” or something you do 24 hours a day. It can be a very private, personal thing that you do only now and then.
It is also important to understand and accept that not only does every Rubberist have a different mix and degree of desires to seek personal fulfillment through rubber but their means and abilities will also vary widely as well.
When you begin to regard what you do in rubber as practicing a kind of “personal” artform, you are on your way to RubberSoul!
The problem now becomes, where is the “line” between mundane, reactive rubbering and the proactive, practice of RubberEntelechia?