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The Spiritual Nature of Suspension
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June 8, 2012
3:53 pm
vampyremage
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I know there have been a few threads about suspension around here, but I'm not sure that one of this particular topic have yet shown up.  My question is, what does suspension do for you?  How do you react to it?  What is your mental state like when you suspend?  Do you prefer private or semi-public suspensions and why?  Do different types of suspensions allow for a different experience?  OK, so I suppose that was a bunch of questions, but I think they're all kind of related.

 

These questions I ask as I prepare for my 7th suspension which I will be doing tomorrow.  It'll be a lotus suspension and that will be my first time with that type of suspension.  Its difficult for me to explain exactly why I keep being drawn back to suspension.  There's a mindset about it that I can't experience in any other way.  Its something that is so deeply personal and so purely done just for myself in a way that I don't even think my more permanent modifications can be said to be.  I always modify for myself, but I think the difference is that my other modifications are, in a way, shared with the rest of the world because they can see them and experience them second hand.  A suspension only leaves me with a few scars which can't possibly get across everything the experience means to me. 

 

In every one of my suspensions I have had a couple of people watching, and a couple have actually been semi-public.  I enjoy having supporting people around when I go up because I think it helps build on that unique energy that only suspension seems to have for me.  Yet, once I've been hooked and am starting to pull myself up or be pulled up, its as if all the people around me disappear and cease to matter.  I see them and am still aware of them, but they are so tertiary to my experiences that its as if I don't quite fully register them.  They are a background to build atmosphere in the same way a tree might be in the background.  It is one of the very few experiences in which I can say that I allow my personal barriers to fall and am not concerned with how I come across or how people might perceive me.

June 9, 2012
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Ignacious
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I truly wish I could tell you what it means. But unfortunately every time I try to contact someone about them, no one ever responds. I even tried contacting Richard ivy, to no avail.

I can tell you what it seems to me though. When I look at it, imagine myself hanging by nothing but hooks and flesh. I warm chill spreads through my spine and sternum. 

Vamp, what you said, the last bit of your last paragraph. I a small part of what I hope it does for me. To put me in a place where there is other existence. But I am all that exists.

June 9, 2012
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i havent suspended yet i plan on doing it at the beginning of next year but i hope its like what youve described for me too Smile 

June 10, 2012
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I think there's room for a variety of settings and mindsets, which can definitely produce a different experience. It's important that the suspendee is in a good state of mind, and to talk before abou what they want and how to achieve that.

I think it is a lot like psychedelic use, that the experience is impacted by 'setting and set'. It can be energetic and extraverted or intense and personal, as well as a host of other things. In a similar way i think you can never fully plan for what the experience will mean. The universe seems to throw up what you need imho.

For my next suspension i want to be outdoors and in silence, no spectators, just my team, and go up after a period of meditation.

I think i might go for lotus too, cutting down to suicide. (Loved your pics btw vampremage!)

Usually things are a bit hectic as i have been co-ordinating suspending others, so it'll be nice to focus on myself i think.

 

Ignacious, i take it you have checked out teams via suspension.org? Soetimes people want to get to know you a bit first, so hang in there, it'll happen when it's right!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
June 11, 2012
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I'v looked at it, but I'm a paranoid kind of fellow. I'v looked, and have attained masses of knowledge on suspension. But how do I know its not a load of bunk? I don't have a person to truly talk to about it, who can prove they know what their talking about.

If I can learns who's bogus and who I can trust.. it would be much appreciated. Thank you Oakbear

June 18, 2012
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KristenAtkinson0
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When I suspend, I prefer to just do it with me and my team. Public suspensions can be fun, but for the more serious ones, or intense ones, I prefer to do them semi-private.

What suspension does for me:

It is the rock in my chaotic world. Being with my team is the one time I don't have to feel self-conscious or fearful. Suspension allows me to center myself and clear my mind. I do agree it's kind of like an experience with psychedelics. It is very much environment and mindset oriented. One of the most intense suspension I've done is a 2pt chest. It felt like my soul was being pulled from my chest. That suspension allowed me to become stronger and more confident in myself and my ability to handle difficulties. 

Suspension is my life's blood and the air I breathe. It has become a huge part of my life in the year and a half I've been doing it. And truthfully, putting other people in the air is far more rewarding….

June 18, 2012
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Still looking forward to my first suspension.  I'm hoping it will be as deeply spiritual as I imagine it.  After reading this thread, it gives me hope that it will be.  I'm hoping to have a bit of an out-of-body experience or vision, or something along those lines.

I wouldn't mind if there were a few spectators, as long as they took it seriously.  I intend to meditate during the suspension, so I wouldn't want someone in the room who couldn't respect that.

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June 18, 2012
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Post when you plan a date.  I have another friend I want to visit in your area.  I was willing to let people watch when I gave natural child birth, but no one was interested.  I guess people are scared of intensity… but I didn't scream.  IDK

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June 18, 2012
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Ignacious – What is it you want to know? If you have general questions or there's a team which interested you i can l see if i can help with any info. There's a great Body Suspension group on Facebook. You soon learn who the serious reputable names are, if you didn't before.

There are good practicioners without the kudos, but it's a great place to start finding people.

 

SasQuatch – I've not known anybody have an out of body experience or vision, as yet, but i haven't been doing it long. Maybe long suspensions could aid this, if that's the goal. To be honest, the best thing for a first suspension is to go without expectations. However you prepare there is no way to describe the experience of suspending adequately.

While i have not had a 'vision' i have learnt many things, and much of it on reflection. That doesn't stop it being a revelation or meaningful imho, but different to what i thought it may be, before i suspended for the first time.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
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