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Cutting for the Divine
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March 16, 2012
7:54 am
gothiczen
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I recently started cutting again, this time not for emotional but rather spiritual matters. Bloodletting, the idea of penance, are things that fascinate me. Does anyone else in here cut in order to feel someting beyond themselves – to connect?

March 16, 2012
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The idea of bloodletting for ritual purposes resonates very strongly with me.  While I haven't done it extensively (as I really haven't done intentional ritual extensively), as I progess along the path of learning more about and experiencing more about ritual, bloodletting is something I desire to impliment in this rituals and situations in which it feels appropriate.

March 17, 2012
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Those that cut for emotional matters are not doing so to feel something beyond themselves? I would simply advise you to be careful with this one as it is easy to overdo something or knick something the wrong way.

On the other hand, I understand where you're coming from. I suggest you look into play piercing. Also, take a look at this forum: http://uscobm.com/forum/ritual/bloodletting/

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March 17, 2012
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I second the play piercing suggestion.  Its largely something that I've switched over two.  It doesn't tend to scar and its much easier to do safely.

March 19, 2012
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I definitely know what you mean by wanting to let blood for your spirituality. So, in the interest of spirituality and all that entails, I say go for it. However, like the others, you do have to be really careful. It can be extremely rewarding, but also really dangerous. Play piercing can be fun, and those little needles can make you bleed much more than you think. Also, they're sterile, which you don't get in a lot of instruments used for home cutting.

March 25, 2012
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That's why I suggested the play piercing route. I'm looking into getting a moderately sized stock of play piercing supplies so I can offer this to others as a sterile and safe way of achieving the same thing.

And for reference, when I was around the age of 15 I would cut myself for the same reasons. When I took my first bloodborne pathogen class I stopped immediately and began a more sterile practice.

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April 1, 2012
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Once again, allow me to extend my sincere thanks to all who took the time to respond to my post. It is very heartening to hear from, and share thoughts with like minded people. I am something of an aberration in my group of friends and I tend to hide much of what I do. My wife is aware of the cutting, but she is not very pleased about it.

April 15, 2012
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I will agree that pain as a form of penance really strikes a chord with me but it goes so much further than penence(for me). Pain is an evolutionary tool(in my opinion). Instead of paying for doing wrong, it exalts you, it evolves you. After an ordeal, you aren't the same as you were before. It helps you turn in and focus on buried issues. Then, to see all your hard work in the form of a crimson splash of rebirth is something I find wholly satisfying. I have had the pleasure of facilitating such experiences and being a part of it is indescribable.
If you haven't already, research cilice use and the Opus Dei, the history is amazing and I plan on getting one of my own. The book Sacred Pain is also very good. I've played with blood for a very long time and I am glad to find others that are so accepting of it. Try looking up Vincent Castiglia if haven't heard of him already, his blood art work is certainly a moving and inspiring experience to see.

April 19, 2012
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i think people who cut because of emotional pain are just weak because they're trying to escape emotions they can't learn to cope with except for turning it into a physical emotion instead and that's very unhealthy for your body and mind.

i used to cut myself because it made me feel more in touch with myself. aware of my body and it's process. the release of endorphins also awakened my passion for things. i became more artsy. i loved music more. the flowers smelt beautiful and that grass was greener on this side. i didn't cut cause life sucked or cause i was crying or some shit, i cut because it just centered me, but i also found something else that gave me that. ignacious.

i've stopped. i realized it wasn't healthy for me, but in the same way…isn't it just another form of self inflicted modification? some people pierce their self some tattoo their self. if that's where you find your spiritualism…go for it.

i just don't think you should do it to cope with things if you do.

a lot of people do modifications to mark what you're marking yourself with cutting…the difference is..the sanitary aspects of it and the risk of infection and not knowing what you're cutting.

if you learn these…then go for it.

i don't think it would be right for anyone who says they appreciate modification for what it does for them, but look down on you for what fashion you choose to do it in.

i mean, it's not for me, but if it's for you, that's all that matters. just be safe.

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