There are two parts. The first is Rituals in general and second is in creating and understanding them. Rituals are repeated activities designed to create a specific result, feeling or state of mind. The activities may be done individually or with others; they can be verbal, actions or both; are variable in duration and frequency of repetition; self or other created and meaningful to the person creating the ritual, the person practicing the ritual or both. It can also be something you keep doing the same way repeatedly until it becomes a ritual. In consensual enslavement a ritual can be used to create and/or reinforce a mindset, concept, habit, behavior pattern, verbal pattern or pretty much whatever you want to emphasize in a formalized way. Some rituals will have variations or be changeable and others will be fixed. They can be performed only at certain locations or times or anywhere or at any time.
Why should we use Rituals? The biggest reason is that they work. This is why religions have had ritual behavior for as long as there have been religions. They channel thoughts and actions into specific directions and help keep them there. The repetition of the ritual is one of the main things which reinforce the idea behind the ritual. As with many tools, a ritual can be effective on many levels and in many ways. Rituals may start out with prompts but usually end up memorized. They can also be calming and soothing to the person doing the ritual which is a type of Reinforcer.
The most important question to ask when performing and especially when constructing a ritual for yourself or others is why are you doing what you are doing? What do you want the to accomplish or learn from it?
This leads to the second part of rituals which is about their creation and deconstruction . The second part will be covered in it's own section, Rituals: Constructing and Deconstructing.
I mostly use Rituals for reinforcing submission, teaching certain phrases or actions and as a way of maintaining continuity between one thing and another. Some examples of these are having a slave learn a rote response to the Gorean Slave Phrases. This is a short list of questions and answers from “Assassin of Gor” that a slave was required to memorize and respond to as part of their training. The automatic response fixes the concepts into their mind and helps to internalize them. I also have a practice sequence for training the Gorean Slave Positions. It can be done as a ritual or a type of light exercise and teaches and reminds the slave of how to perform each position. It can also be a type of focusing and calming ritual. Having my slave completely strip when entering my home is a Transition ritual. They are reaffirming their state as a slave and Obedience to me and my rules, and as I remain clothed, their Status in relation to me.
28 September 2018
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