Why Eroticize?

The basic idea of Tantra is to channel energies created in the genital chakras to other places in the body to revitalize the whole organism.
If we wear rubber and otherwise sexually stimulate ourselves while doing other tasks, does it not follow that some of the sexual energy generated will be focused on that task?
Isn’t this what Napoleon Hill was talking about in Think and Grow Rich?
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Fetish as an Ecstatic Practice

     Perhaps the most foundational principle of fetishamanism is the idea that fetish can be used to “drive” an ecstatic practice.
     Ecstatic Practice is a total involvement with an object of interest to deliberately produce an altered state of consciousness. It is characterized as diminished awareness of other objects or total lack of the awareness of surroundings and everything around the object.  Subjective perception of time, space and/or self may strongly change or disappear during ecstasy. The word is often used in mild sense, to refer to any heightened state of consciousness or intense pleasant experience. It is also used more specifically to denote states of awareness of non-ordinary mental spaces, which may be perceived as spiritual (the latter type of ecstasy often takes the form of religious ecstasy). (from Wikipedia: Ecstasy (Emotional))
     Ecstatic practice is often equated with “spiritual practice”, but that word carries a lot of baggage with it– it is usually construed to mean something like “reaching for God” and, therefore, often has religious overtones. “Spiritual” scares a lot of people away while it may attract the very people who are most likely to consider fetish as evil or unsavory. In constrast, “ecstacy” has a more generic foundation and, if anything, is more likely to be equated with extreme happiness, rapture or exalted states of mind without religious baggage.
     Many regard “spirituality” as the quest for oneself. It is the act of trying to transcend oneself toward all that he can be.
This, above all,
To thine own self be true,
and, as the day follows the night,
thou canst not be false to any man.
     Sexuality is behind almost everything we do. It is one of the most powerful and pervasive forces evident in all living things. Sex makes the world go round! Why not harness the sexual energy of fetishism to “push” us into ecstacy? How can we integrate fetish into an ecstatic practice?
     There are two aspects of fetish which play here.
     The first part is that fetish is an expression of who you are. It’s part of your identity and, probably, a fairly significant part, as well.   To strive to be all of the Rubberist that you can be is a big part of self-actualizing yourself in the Maslowian sense.
     The second part is that fetish can be a motive force behind spirituality.  The drive to survive as both individual and as a species is one of the strongest forces in any living thing on this planet.  There is enormous energy there and it tends to be at the root of almost anything we do.  If the sexual energy that underlies fetish can somehow be applied to the spiritual quest — possibly by eroticizing it’s activities, then there will be a strong force toward accomplishing that quest. It’s the kind of thing that can get you out of bed at 3a.m. to meditate if you know that it is also connected to sexual activity. (Although, it would seem that there is no end to it.  The quest is all about climbing the mountain, not reaching it’s summit.)

“Embryonic” State of Mind

SPIRITUALITY: the deliberate, ongoing practice of seeking expanded consciousness.
PRACTICE: is an important aspect as it denotes activity and striving rather than passive receptivity. It is proactive rather than reactive.
While TE (“Total Enclosure”) may address much of the probable physical sensation of returning to home, we forget about the mental side of it. What does an embryo experience mentally? Surely, there are all the sensory impulses. But embryos have no experience with the outside world. They do not see daylight or have language or any kind of cultural experience.
They are just here, now. They are simply aware.
Perhaps attaining an “embryonic mind state” is the actual goal of mindfulness meditation–it becomes simply aware of the Now–to return to the mental womb. Perhaps one should focus on  techniques for being simply aware.
Those who spend time in flotation/isolation tanks, a similar environment, report heightened creativity and, especially, profoundly deep peace.
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Here is one possible technique for doing this:
Imagine being in TE and equipped with studio grade isolation earphones. Mount microphones your abdomen, heart and nostrils. Pipe those sounds into the earphones so the you can hear your various noises but nothing else. Climb into an inflatable latex sack similar to a womb. After a few hours what you experience? Once your mind settles down, what would your mental stream be like? If you did this for a few hours each night for a week or two, how would this affect you in the longer term? With this tend to be beneficial or would it cause you to become neurotic?
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Fetish as Sacred

In DUNE (by Frank Herbert  -the 1980’s version of the movie) there is a scene where the mentat, who worked for the Baron Harkonan, recites a special mantra as he drinks his sapho:
“It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.”
This small ritual is clearly intended to mark his action of drinking this Safu juice as a sacred, important thing. It reminds him that what he is doing is rather special–enough so that it is ceremonialized.
It also emphasizes to himself that he is a mentat–a very special person with a very special title, and very special capabilities.
What similar mantra should a  RubberNunk repeat as he or she puts on her  more sacred rubber garments, such as a ceremonial glove. The glove, itself, is a symbol of his fetish which he intends to make special or sacred.
(orig) “rubber fetish is a gift to those who will regard it as so.”
Possible mantra:
“with this glove I reinforce my choice to regard my fetish as a gift rather than a curse. Through my fetish I choose to become stronger. Through my fetish I choose to seek out the meaning of my life to continually transcend today what I was yesterday.”
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Rubber fetish as a “Practice”

Our culture is obsessively oriented to accomplish goals. So much so, in fact, 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 of all their efforts are focused on the future rather than Being Here Now.
Being here now is on the path, not arriving 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 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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RubberSpacing (verb) the act of inducing, focusing on and enriching a womb-like environment, sensation and mindset. The inducement of  a dreamy state of profound comfort and reverie, not unlike what we probably experienced while in the womb. It is often experienced in T/E (“Total Enclosure”).
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Sensory deprivation and immobilization are environments which may help induce RubberSpace.
The ability to meditate conventionally may also be a foundational skill which may help one deepen and enrich the RubberSpace experience. E.g., counted breathing coupled with scanning may help meld the two as an aspect of RubberSpace
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“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.