Leather and Kink folks are some of the most authentic folks I know… it is a value inherent in so much of what we do in our BDSM world…what an honor to be among you.
What goes on behind closed doors is private… it speaks of trust, honesty and intimate sharing.
I recently presented at the “Behind Closed Doors” conference in Tucson AZ… The weather was fabulous, the hotel and staff were magnificent, and the people… The kinksters that gathered at the conference were beautiful, honest and authentic.
Now, you might wonder why I write about this… Our value and practice of honesty and authenticity is a value spoken of in our larger culture, yet covertly and overtly suppressed and NOT practiced… at least not to the level and degree that W/we do.
1. The Vanilla Networking Meeting: Images are up, personas are on. We are taught to reveal only so much of ourselves…rather, to reveal what we think others will be impressed with. Lots of handshaking, talk about business… authenticity is often left somewhere else. Jockeying for position, business and ego-supporting scripts in support of stories we learned as children.
2. The Vanilla Marriage: Often overtly monogamous and often covertly semi-monogamous; things like sex, physical pleasures, unusual interests are often ‘closeted’. A mutually agreed upon co-dependence that supports the images we hope to be as husband/wife-man/woman.
3. The Kinksters Relationships… vis-a-vis Behind Closed Doors: An open sharing of who we are with each other; a dropping of images, of competition in lieu of authentic sharing, sometimes coupled with emotional, physical and spiritual connections.
At the end of the conference MasterZ spoke about authenticity. He referred to the movie “Avatar”… if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recall how the beings greet each other, they say: “I See You”. The Avatar beings pause, look and ‘take in’ the experience of the other person, and then greet them with: “I See You”.
In our larger culture it is much more common to work at “not” being seen… which is unfortunate… so many bright lights dimmed. Not us
Let us keep lighting up our world with our authenticity, our honesty, our truth. Celebrate who you are… You are better at being You than anyone else, Rock On!