metaphysical modification? | General Discussion | Forum
April 3, 2012
As a huge fan of theology i have recently been researching the actual religious pretense of Voodoo. I have found it to be a very resiliant religion steeped heavily in folk lore of many diffeernt religions and cultures. Some of the rituals and such contain modification aspects (bloodletting, scarification, etc.). Anyway the disscussion i wanted to incite is not whether or not they adapt spiritual modification to thier principles, but more so is it possible if one believes in Healing/Hexing Magick, can this be a form of modification. I guess what i'm really asking is does a modification of the mind, or soul which is not readily apparent such as a piercing or tattoo still be a body modification? Anyones thoughs?
May 24, 2012
Physiological psychology is so interesting and I thank you so much for putting it out there. I don't consider it something to believe or not, because science can prove the importance of the hippocampus. I mentioned it as a topic to add to Fakir's categories of body mods. Do we consider it body modification is such a great question!! I'm going with yes. However many spiritual groups divide the "self" into mind/ body/ spirit. (jin/ shin/ do) I think the mind can absolutely be modified through ritual just like our tattooed arms and stretched ears. Now the soul is a whole different topic and I don't know how to approach that.
I think however you may or may not choose separate parts of the self, one is influenced by the others.
I think what i'd call any change would reflect where it started tbh. So a body mod is primarily of the body, a spirtual mod of the spirit etc. If a physical ritual engages spiritual change, then that's a body modification in my mind, even if lasting effects of the physical are less apparent.
February 27, 2012
I don't think I'd classify that as body modification, personally. A change in the mind can lead to a change in the body, for example, deciding to be healthier and changing diet habits which change the body. But I don't consider the decision the body modification.
A trance-like state I wouldn't classify either.
Really, when it comes to the mind, I don't know that I'd call it modification. For those who may think a modification can happen in the mind: if a person is on medication to change their thoughts, would that be considered modification? It's not a visible modification, but it does change the state of mind.
I guess that's the easiest way for me to explain my view on it.
May 24, 2012
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