Sunday, July 18, 2010

Submission in Religion

I grew up in the Mormon religion. During my faithful years there, I was somewhat aware of the messages of submission. It was probably the fact that I was taught to submit to Christ and God as a child that made my transition into D/s submission such a seemless one.* When I reflect, it seems that most mainstream religions have some sort of message of submission. Now, I could be wrong; I don't claim to be a religion expert.

But today, I really realized how seriously people can submit to an idea, or a faith. Some may even say, "I don't believe in God, I KNOW He exists." But in any case, they're putting their faith in something they cannot see and cannot scientifically proove exists.

So where did this realization come from? Well, my sister has returned from her faithful Mormon mission to the Netherlands. So me, being the loving sister I am, had to go to church today to support her. Yeah, I know... lucky me, right? My sister spoke of faith and "obedience" (aka: submission). As a missionary, she faced some pretty stringent rules. And she spoke of how important it was to be completely obedient.

That's when I began to think. Have I simply traded one Master (religion) for another more tangible one?

But the biggest shock to me was when I was getting ready to go home. My sister was insistent that I stay a little longer for family prayer. So I stayed and everyone knelt down. But my sister didn't just kneel, she bowed herself over. Her stance showed true submission.

You know what I'm talking about, right? It's like watching a scene between two people just playing the parts to have some fun, and then turning around and watching a ritual between a Master and his submissive. The difference is quite stark.

I don't know that there's a point to any of this. I've just been thinking, and so thought I might as well share. It makes me happy to know my sister has found something to submit to. For me, submission is such an important part of my life. I find that submission in one area can make a person stronger in their other life aspects. Again, I could be wrong, but that's the way it seems to me.

*When I say "seemless transition into submission," I refer only to the mental side of submission... the desire to serve, to always be pleasing, ect. I would never suggest that becoming a lifestyle submissive is an easy transition.

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