Some people make a big deal about the Transition between free and slave and some do not. Some Traditions like Leather or Gorean have some standardized forms but most people only have a form, if any, that they have created for their own use or taken from what others have done. Specific details almost always vary by the person doing the collaring even within the traditions.
As a tool and as something memorable, having an activity or event that will stay in someone's mind long after it is done is a very powerful thing. A marriage ceremony is such a tool. It reinforces the mental image of husband and wife. In this case you are reinforcing the mental image of Master and slave.
The sound of the lock clicking shut and physically locking a slave collar around someone's neck is a very powerful sound and mental image. I have this from both locking the collar on slaves and from what many slaves have told me which is that the click sound is their mental image of the transition between free and slave, being able to own and being owned.
Many people do overlook the power of a transition or collaring ceremony. They don't see the need for it. But how many women dream of the day they will be the bride walking down the aisle? How many would-be slaves dream of the day their Master will lock his collar around her neck and claim her as his own? Those are both very similar psychologically and subconsciously. This may not be true in all cultures but there is usually some sort of ceremony involved at the end of the ritual mating games ending in some public formal arrangement. This can apply to male slaves also as the male slave may also wish to have a ceremony to mark the occasion of being owned.
A good Trainer, Master, or Owner will use everything available to them to enhance their slave's submission and surrender to them. The social and societal expectations, Cultural References and traditions are a great source of less well known but powerful tools and Reinforcers.
27 September 2018
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