Furthering your knowledge and understanding | General Discussion | Forum
February 3, 2008
When it comes to the practical side of body modification, most of us know several people we can go to for guidance. Questions regarding sterilization, healing procedure for a new piercing, or the possible dangers of suspension can be answered by an experienced professional with a factual answer. But what about questions regarding the spiritual aspects of body modification? Who do you turn to or what books do you read to further your knowledge and understanding? Learning often leads to more questions and even more learning; it's a wonderful cycle. But where to begin?
Obviously CoBM ministers are available for private discussion and these forums are open for public use. Lately though I've been finding books to be the greatest asset. I've recently been getting a lot from one book in particular, Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences by Abraham Maslow. First published in 1970 it's a little dated but I find it very easy to relate it to spiritual body modification, especially ritual suspension. I'm not good at summarizing books so instead I'll tell you that if you find the Wikipedia entry on peak experience to be interesting, you will certainly get a lot from Maslow's book. The book also goes quite a bit into the dichotomy of science and religion which will certainly lead you to asking more questions.
To read a little and get a sense of the book, or to have the entire thing in PDF form, here's a link.
If anyone reads the book, or has any other suggestions that are specific to religious study, please share your thoughts.
Church of Body Modification, President
February 7, 2011
January 13, 2011
Thanks so much for the information – I hope someday I can be a resource to people seeking spiritual guidance surrounding body modification, in the meantime I'll be absorbing every little piece of information I can get
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