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Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
"A dungeon is a room or cell in which prisoners are held, especially underground. Dungeons are generally associated with medieval castles, though their association with torture probably belongs more to the Renaissance period. An oubliette is a form of dungeon which was accessible only from a hatch in a high ceiling."
Tomás de Torquemada
Inquisitor General of Spain
Friday, August 26, 2011
I used a new silk blindfold on my slave/wife last night.
I've used blindfolds on a couple of previous occasions with her, and intend to make it a more regular part of our play as she becomes more and more comfortable with her submission and the increasing intensity of our relationship.
The new toy is the Lelo Intima Silk Blindfold as pictured in this ad photo . . .
Soon I'll be posting a review of my perspective on the blindfold as a dominant, and then I'll ask my slave/wife to make some additional comments from her view (or lack thereof) from the submissive side . . .
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
1. When you go to a party, would you rather show up accidentally underdressed or overdressed?
Master Michael - I'd rather be overdressed than be too casual these days.
Serafina - I enjoy dressing up!
2. What is something you have won and how did you win it? (Inspired by the An Optimistic Virgin)
Master Michael - I won my wife/slave's heart! I prevailed with integrity, intellect, compassion, not to mention an overactive imagination in the bedroom, and a good measure of dominance to match her submission.
Serafina - Master Michael's Trust
3. Do you squeeze the toothpaste from the middle, end, or top?
Master Michael - Bottoms up baby!
Serafina - Always from the bottom - I even slide the toothbrush handle over the tube from the bottom up to make sure it is used up evenly!
4. What is something your parents used to say to you that you promised yourself you would never say–but now you catch yourself saying frequently?
Master Michael - You can never go wrong by acting with class and dignity.
Serafina - I can't think of anything. . .
5. What 3 lies did you regularly tell your parents? If applicable, what 3 lies do you tell your parents now?
Master Michael - I never lied with regularity, not even to my parents.
Serafina - I believe that lying is unacceptable. That said, I would not tell all if it was hurtful. For example if you got a new hair-do and were happy with itI would with-hold my opinion and agree with you.
6. What is something that you intended to do today but didn’t? Why not? Will you do it tomorrow?
Master Michael - I intended to write more on this blog, not just answer a TMI Tuesday . . . I didn't write more because I used up the last of my energy visiting a sick parent in the Hospital. I hope to write more tomorrow, I hope to write more every day, whether I make the time and feel the inspiration is still up for grabs.
Serafina - I had intentions of cutting up a watermelon so it was ready for eating but decided to wait 'till tomorrow.
7. What is something that people do in traffic that really bothers you? (inspired by My Quest To Be A Good Girl)
Master Michael - I am bothered by people talking on cell phones while driving, their divided attention endangers other drivers.
Serafina - People who do not use their indicators when lane-changing.
8. Whose autographs have you collected? (You can stop at five, in case you’re an autograph hound or celebrity stalker).
Master Michael - Tony Oliva, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew
Serafina - none
Bonus: Where do you go to find solitude, tranquility or connection to a higher power?
Master Michael - During Sacred Sex - These days I find it in the bedroom when sharing sensual moments with my wife/slave Serafina. The webs we weave (both figurative and literal) send us to powerful heights of shared passion.
Serafina - I very much listen to music. I have conversations with my Heavenly Father as I drift off to sleep. I talk to Him about me, my kids, ask Him to endow Master Michael with courage, wisdom, insight and strength to meet each day and task. And I thank him for all He has done in my life.
Monday, August 22, 2011
While the dominant in the background seems to be simply thrilled by the submissive's hands free serving tray / nipple clamp combination, I'd actually like to wipe that silly grin right off of his face.
What self respecting dominant goes to all that bother, with maid costuming, lovely dark custom serving tray, not to mention the red nose ring leash, only to spoil the whole scene with the terribly ugly plastic soda pop bottle?
I wouldn't be surprised to discover he also serves his guests wine from a box . . .
A substantial glass tumbler with an iced drink would have been far more appropriate, perhaps something like Chivas Regal on the rocks. Or maybe a nice Bacardi and Coke, if a mixed drink were more to his taste.
If a heavy tumbler and ice would have been more than this girl's tender nipple's could bear, I'd suggest the alternative of a simple glass of wine. If her limits allowed, I'd even like to see the wine bottle on her tray, along with the glass, and of course a corkscrew!
For my eye, the best option of all would be for the tray to hold a delicate champaign flute, filled and waiting for Master to toast her submission, and perhaps even her talents.
But for God's sake, a plastic soda-pop bottle?
Opposition to fox-hunting and a commitment to combat climate change may now be protected under the law – but the UK is not yet ready to recognise "consensual slavery".
The issue arose last week as the long-predicted collision between protections for "philosophical belief" and proponents of the BDSM (bondage, discipline, sado-masochistic) lifestyle hit the courts in Bedford. In balance was the claim by a local midwife that her dismissal for wearing an emblem of her beliefs – a silver collar – was discriminatory.
Not so, according to North and East Herts Health Authority, which represented this as purely an issue of health and safety.
Nonsense, shot back the midwife, alleging a distinctly lesser degree of fastidiousness over the wearing of other traditional (religious) symbols and costume. And the game was afoot.The heart of the matter was whether her lifestyle was capable of constituting a belief in accordance with the employment equality (religion or belief) regulations 2003, which have already seen beliefs in foxes' rights and the hypothesis of man-made global warming – not to mention a belief in the higher purpose of public service broadcasting – all ruled capable of being protected philosophical beliefs. As debates went, this was possibly a tad above the pay grade of a local employment tribunal.
Not an acceptable collar in my workplace!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
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Saturday, August 13, 2011
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Friday, August 12, 2011
Serafina is also my consensual slave, a designation that might confuse or bother someone who's familiarity with slavery is only with forced (or non-consensual) slavery. With that in mind, I'll try to better explain the dynamics of our relationship . . .
The most simple analogy I can offer is that our relationship is like a bicycle. I am the lead wheel of the bicycle, it's my responsibility to steer our relationship to assure we reach the desired destinations. Obviously then, the beautiful Serafina, my partner in all things, is the rear wheel. Her love and devotion, and yes even her surrender, are the forces that power our relationship.
Make no mistake, regardless of who makes the final decisions, the relationship is a true partnership. A bicycle loses it's identity - ceases to exist - without a rear wheel, instead it becomes a unicycle. So a Dominant needs a submissive, a Master must have a slave, in order to be complete, in order to be worthy of the title.
I also see a parallel in Tantric teachings . . .
"The entire universe is a manifestation of pure consciousness. In manifesting the universe, this pure consciousness seems to become divided into two poles or aspects, neither of which can exist without the other. One aspect retains a static quality and remains identified with unmanifest consciousness. In Tantra this quality is called Shiva, and is conceptualized as masculine… The other part of this polarity is a dynamic, energetic, or creative aspect that is called Shakti, the great mother of the universe, for it is from her that all is born."
The Tantric analogy is perhaps my favorite of the bunch. In my mind Tantra and BDSM are intertwined. Although some Tantric "purists" would say that BDSM activities and Tantra are mutually exclusive, I'd disagree, strongly. More than 15 years ago, when I first started studying Tantra, I found direct similarities in the altered states of consciousness that BDSM and Tantric practices can create.
Using the word "similarities" is probably a terrific understatement. I'm convinced that some fairly well known altered states of consciousness created by BDSM (sub-space and top-space are two commonly used names for this phenomena) are exactly the same as the headspace created by Tantric practices and rituals. So it's simple for me to transmute the archetypes of Shiva and Shakti into the roles Serafina and I play for each other.
Ahhhhh, I begin to digress . . .
I believe that Serafina prefers the bicycle analogy best of all that I've offered. It's by far the most universally understood, and there is more than a little personal history as well. But, that is also a story for another time . . .
I hope it's been your pleasure, dear reader, to make our acquaintance. We will return soon with more postings detailing our life together as a couple, as we explore Spiritual BDSM.
I'm your host, Michael Samadhi. That's my smiling face (not to mention my wandering fingers!) in the picture that accompanies this post.
I'll be joined here by my lovely slave/wife, Serafina. Those are her beautiful legs in the picture, although I'm quite sure you'll see quite a bit more of her if you follow this blog.
Although Serafina calls me "Master", you are welcome to call me Samadhi or even Michael. While I am a full time dominant (the term Master is pretty much interchangeable from my perspective) to Serafina, my interest is only in consensual exchange of power, I certainly would not attempt to impose anything upon my readers, or any one else for that matter.
Although I call my slave/wife "slut" or "wench," not to mention a variety of other appellations, you are welcome to address her as Serafina, or even Ms. Samadhi. My lovely Serafina serves me every day, all the time. She is my submissive, some might consider her to be a "slave" because our exchange of power is total, that role is her utmost desire. By the same measure that I am Master only to Serafina, her submission is solitary in it's focus, she is slave only to me.
While Serafina and I may not be interested in offering dominance or submission to others, we would like to share our story and experiences, and also our explorations of the spiritual side of BDSM.