Posts Tagged ‘power’

Control and Power……

October 24, 2008

In the context of the current discussion about Pain and Pleasure, many other issues have been revealed.

A lot of my friends and some of the blog readers know a while back I left a relationship that had some of these characteristics. At that time, I really didn’t know what or where I was heading. It wasn’t a sexual, love or any kind of this stuff-relationship. It was more of a Domination and submission relationship, but I didn’t really recognize even that. I didn’t know much about the sadist, or what propelled him in his thoughts or behavior, and I certainly didn’t know much about why I would have any interest in all of this. What started a pure curiosity became something very different. I was hooked intellectually, and probably emotionally to the whole issue.

But I sure fought all of the above because I was sure that it didn’t apply to me. I think I was in more than denial.

Only after leaving this particular relationship…months later…. did I start to be able to sum it up from the outside. That removal of myself allowed me to think in a more detached method. That was good.

I missed many things, many markers in that previous relationship that would have given me some sense of where I was and where I was going, but I was too raw and obtuse to understand it all. I rejected this stuff as ‘non-applicable’.

One of the issues most obscure to me was the issue of ‘why do sadists do what they do?’ Is it just a matter of delivering pain and them sitting back and enjoying the agony of the masochist? Or was it probably something deeper?

I think what I missed was the whole issue of control. I am beginning to understand (duh)…is what is paramount for most sadists is this issue of control. They thrive off this, they feed their egos, they feel powerful when they have the ability to control what is opposite themselves.

This control is power and it comes probably down physically and emotionally.

What I missed here also was something deeper in my own responses, or something so hidden that I couldn’t at that time tap into it. The giving OVER of control…that peaceful, floating feeling where you (for a limited time) can rest within the control of the Dominant. That of course is something that demands trust from both sides, I believe.

I only became aware of all this, as a compelling ‘need’, most recently, and my friends are laughing at me. Especially my male, Sadist friends, but they are suspect anyway because they probably smell fresh blood.

In any case, we collectively will continue to explore these issues on the blog, and I would like to extend an invitation to more sadists to write me in particular about issues of control and power.

It’s good that others have long and fine experience on these things, because I am just opening up both eyes.

Lady Nyo

I have been a wild woman for a while,

September 21, 2008

and it’s been for months. I dropped into a specific kind of mentoring relationship a while ago, and never really settled in. I was a rounded object trying to fit into a rigid, square space and mindset. I was impatient and had little discipline. Worked for others, why not me?

But the problems were large, and it wasn’t working. As my friends know, I left that relationship and started to look around. There were other ‘invites’ but I was chary, having learned at least that I was in flux, and to reconsider what I was doing at this point. I didn’t need to jump into anything else, having still to sum up what I had just come out of.

At least I had realized power and control from the outside does not answer to the power and self-control needed from the inside first. When you listen to something outside, sometimes… abdicate what is needed to do inside. I needed to do some serious self-work.

My loving friends told me that everything I needed right now was inside me already. Fine. How to access that when I was a ball of confusion and anxiety? Well, slow down, enter the silence and still my mind. Clarify things through the practice of mediation.

I was a Quaker for 12 years, until 2001. I was used to the practice of sitting in silence, listening, hopefully for the voice of my particular God who rarely showed up. But it was a practice that at least I was familiar with. I forgot a lot of those lessons over the past few years, and especially when I started to write two years ago. Images, words, concepts, all these things whirled around my head and distracted me. Recently I have tried to go back to a particular form of meditation, and I am making a little progress.

I find that I settle into meditation, and my mind instead of stilling it’s thoughts, either throws me back into the recent past, or hurries me up to the future. It is very hard to stay in the present.  All I do is seem to argue with myself when I try to meditate.

But I know now what is happening. My ego is fighting to keep itself in power, it’s trying to direct the workings of my present state…and it’s fighting a hard battle. I was faced with someones powerful ego, and my own rose to do battle just about all the time. It got used to putting on it’s armor and going to war, whether it was openly or covertly. I was always tense and finally got too weary to make good decisions for myself. And my ego got nasty and hurtful, lashing out with abandon. A number of people suffered, and probably didn’t deserve it. Or maybe they did. I shouldn’t say, right?

Ego doesn’t serve you. Its job, I am told, and I am finding out, is to remain in power. It blocks growth and ultimately knowledge that would free you from its tyranny and allow the heart to come in and look around, decide things that are much healthier.

Yep, it’s all inside….the issue is how to unlock it. That was the rub.

I was struggling with the not so simple “Om namah shivaya” mantra , meaning “I honor the divine within me”. I didn’t know how to breathe and internalize the words, get lost of deep within. Then I lay out on my bed, with cats to the left of me, right of me, and sitting on my pelvis. Their warmth and combined comfort seems to propel me into some natural rhythm and it all fell into place.

Om-inhale/namah-exhale/shiva-inhale/yaaaa-exhale. I found myself slowing down, breathing gently and deeply, floating upon the words.

The Sanskrit was nice, but the English is what makes the point. Then I found that my mind split into two parts, and though my voice (or my mind) was saying the Sanskrit, another part of my mind was understanding it in English: “I honor the divine within me.” At the same time.

These all sound like the mechanics of something and not the essence of it all. But it’s coming, it’s developing fruit on the limb and that takes time. I am becoming, finally, more mindful of being mindful. That’s a buzz word with many, this ‘mindfulness’, but it’s something that can be obtained. It goes beyond discipline and straight to the heart.

All these things are brand new and still rather stilted within me. But it beats beating myself up for failure and disobedience to those outside voices.

It has come time to still the mind and listen to that heart, and hopefully the divine someday inside.

Lady Nyo.

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