Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sub Roles--Rising to The Occasion

Ok! So you finally did it. You spent the months building a strong relationship with your Dominant. You opened up the communication, built the respect, trust your Dominant implicitly, and formed a rock solid foundation. You worked hard and finally the collar has been earned. The ceremony was beautiful, the guests were thrilled, and you were on top of the world as that symbol of your Dominant's care for you was locked around your throat. You are now a securely owned submissive. Now what?

Recently Master did a lecture on what the Dominant's responsibility was to the submissive after the collar. As i listened i  could not help but think to myself that the Dominant is not the only one with responsibility to the relationship after the collar. And i wondered how many newly collared submissives were aware of their roles now that they are owned. You will wear many hats as an owned submissive. Your journey and your work has only just begun.

The first (and arguably the most important) hat is that of the student. Your Dominant wants to teach and guide you. Yes there is training so that you know how to best serve your Dominant. But there are also goals, rules and boundaries to help you become the best YOU that you can be. Your Dominant will give you the tools to improve your life because a better person makes a better submissive. Your job here is to learn. Listen to what your Dominant is saying and try to understand the importance of the changes not just within the relationship but in your whole life. As you receive your goals and rules remember you are the student and it is your job to absorb what is being taught. The teacher can not make you listen and learn. It is your responsibility to pay attention and make the effort to achieve. As you learn, certainly it is ok to ask questions in order to better understand your Dominant's expectations of you. But be careful to make sure that is the reason for the questions and not as challenging your Dominant. Its ok to ask them what the weight goal is on the new diet plan and tips on how to reach it. It is NOT ok to ask why you should have to do it in the first place. Because this is what your Dominant told you to do and that will make them happy should be all the reason you need. And keep in mind some questions your Dominant wont answer simply because some lessons have to be learned by doing.

Along with the "student" hat, you will also become a teacher. It will be up to you to educate and teach the ignorant people of your life (friends and family) when they question your choice to be a submissive. You will also have to teach others who may come into the household as submissives. You have first hand knowledge of your Dominant's expectations and can help them along the way. Just remember that while you may be a teacher to new submissives you are not the Dominant. You can share all you know, but never order them to do anything. They are not there to serve you and have no obligation to even so much as speak to you if they choose not to. But there is another teaching role that even you may not be aware you are doing. When you are patient with others you teach patience. When you show your trust, devotion, pride, and grace you will also teach them through example. By being the best person you can be around others, regardless of who they are,  you inspire others to be their best.

Gal Friday. This is the hat that, next to the student cap, you will probably wear the most. Dominants tend to be high energy people with lots of interests. They like challenges because it gives them a sense of accomplishment. Trust me when i say they will take on lots of responsibilities and sometimes more than they can do all at once. This is where they will delegate tasks to you to help them finish all they set out to do. You will be asked to do anything from finding furnishings, to making lists of guests for a party, to writing up and keeping track of important documents. What ever they need when they delegate a task to you, take it completely to heart. They trust you enough to hand you this task and how you complete it will reflect directly on your Dominant in the eyes of others. You want other people to see your Dominant shine but more importantly to be useful to your Dominant in every possible way. Of course there will be times when a task just does not work out as well as you had hoped, but the fact that you put forth the effort to do all you could means the world. It helps take some of the daily pressure off of your Dominant and shows your deep dedication to them.

Confidant. Yes you are the submissive and never forget who is in charge of the household. But you are part of a relationship and arguable the closest person in your Dominants life. There will be times when your Dominant needs to vent and talk about things that are upsetting them. Listen to them and let them get what ever it is off their chest. Just keep very much in mind that what your Dominant tells you belongs only to you. What ever is said is said in trust and is NEVER uttered to another soul. And while you may not be able to do anything yourself to help some situations, sometimes the best help any one person can be is a trustable caring ear.

Diplomat. This one can belong to you any time but especially when you leave your Dominant's presence and meet with others. You are representing your Dominant's household and name. Even if it is just a trip to a shop, when you are out and about you represent your Dominant. Be respectful at all times. Treat others with the same grace as you would in your Dominant's presence. Remember your pride in the honor your Dominant gives to you and show that to others no matter where you are. You never ever know who is watching and may be surprised at how many times your Dominant tells you that someone sent message at how impressed they were with you.

"The President's Wife". This is one of Master's analogies. It goes hand in hand with the "Diplomat" hat and has nothing to do with gender. But consider what the Presidents wife does. She shares her husband with a nation. To run a country takes time, effort, more time. But she is ever at his side, ever reflecting his values and beliefs. In this lifestyle and especially in SL, others will be looking to your Dominant for answers and guidance. Another submissive does not have to be collared by your Dominant to seek His or Her advice. Other Dominants may also seek advice and assistance. And it is your Dominants decision who they share time with in these matters. Sometimes it may feel as though your Dominant has little time for you. Be patient and graceful. Certainly if that feeling becomes overwhelming, open that communication but do so without dramatics. Let them know you miss them but don't throw tantrums and point fingers. Be proud that your Dominant is one that others take cue from. That shows how respected your Dominant is in the eyes of others. And you yourself are part of that. How you represent yourself to others shows your Dominant's quality of teaching and how He or She runs the household.

And finally submissive. This is the one that can often get lost after the collar is placed. Remember that you are their submissive and not "princess" (even if that is a pet name). They are not obligated to bow to you, your whims, or your wants. It is YOU who bows to them. Nothing aggravates me more than hearing a submissive say something like "I told Him this is the way i want it" or "She owes me for that." Its not ABOUT you. Its not about what you want. Its about serving your Dominant as best you can to make THEM happy. Your greatest "want" should be their happiness. Knowing your obedience and trust make them happy is the goal and what should make you the happiest. The moment you start dictating to your Dominant how you want things done, what you expect from them, and you want them to give you is the moment you have lost your submissiveness and are taking control away from them. You are the one on your knees. You serve them.

Certainly there are many other hats i am sure others can think of. Many you will find along your path as a submissive. Feel free to add any you find! The point being is that being collared is not the end all of goals and not to be considered "the finish line". My final sub-stance on this: Never think that just because you have that collar your work is done. It has only just started.

Monday, December 20, 2010

~=ACES Network & Community HUD v1.0=~

Hello ACES!


For reaching 700 members,JeZeBeLe Dagger has created an ACES HUD that will give you convenient access to various aspects of ACES and enhance your SL experience. We are very excited and proud of this HUD and wanted to take the time to explain its features here.


First, I suggest that you set your set your SL default browser to external rather than using SL’s built-in browser. To set this go to Edit-> Properties-> Web-> select the first options that says, “Use external web browser (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer)”-> then click Apply to save changes.


Now, the ACES HUD has 10 buttons, each with its own function. When a button is touched, a small blue window will pop up on the top right corner of your screen. Simply select the “Go To Page” button and you will be routed to your area of interest.



✓ACES Network- When touched, this button will give a list of sims that who are part of the ACES Community and Network. Select any location you wish to visit and the SL Map will come up showing that location and name. Simply click the “Teleport” button and you will be on your way to that location. *Please be aware that this list is always changing as we grow and expand. Look for the official ACES Group Joiner either at the entrance of the sim or where educational events are held as this is what shows active ACES collaboration and participation in the ACES Community.*



✓ACES Blog- When touched,this buttonwill open up the ACES Blog. If this is your first time visiting the ACES Blog, or if you don’t have your cookies enabled, you will be taken first to a page which warns you the by entering the page, you are of legal age to view contents of the page and that you acknowledge you understand this. Once you say you wish to enter, you will be able to view various articles written by our ACES Journalists. You will find current events, art, and commentaries that are personal and educational.



✓ACES Google Calendar- When touched, this button will open up the online ACES Google Calendar of events. There are many educational events per week, anywhere from 20-60, and sometimes these events are impromptu and not listed in this calendar. Instructors/facilitators/sim owners please contact calendar manager Rory Glenwalker to be registered to post your educational events in the ACES Google Calendar.




✓ACES YouTube Channel- When touched, this button will open up the ACES YouTube Channel. Under the "Favorites" category you will find mainly educational videos. In the "Playlists" category, you will find other videos in various areas of human sexuality, education, art, etc., under the following catergories:


Comedy

Music & Art

Documentary & Interview

News & Debate Related

Instructional, How-To, & Advice

Relationships

Puppy Play

Pony Play

Chastity Devices...

and more as we continue to grow.




✓ACES on FetLife- When touched, this button will open up the ACES FetLife group. You will need to register (free) on FetLife.com in order to access our ACES group on this web site.




✓SL Events Calendar- When touched, this button will open up the Second Life Events Calendar, the official page for events posted in the listings which are searchable out of world from the SecondLife.com site itself.




✓Official Second Life Webpage on Adult Content Controls- When touched, opens an official Wiki page with information which will help you understand the evolution of adult abilities in Second Life.



✎ Other Features:



✓Loud Speaking Microphone- This feature can be used if you teach in a huge parcel. It allows you to speak (shout) beyond 20 meters. To utilize this feature you will need to speak on channel 3. When you speak in channel 3, your text will be in green speak and will be heard beyond 20 meters to the max SL shouting distance of full sim.

Example to use: "/3 (say what you want to say)"




✓Flight Feather- A Flight feather, by Andrew Linden which allows for avatars to fly above 150 meters.




✓Information- When touched, this button will access information and HUD directions notecard.


To obtain your own HUD, please visit ACES HQ to pick up this ACES member gift, as well as the other items graciously donated for our 700 member appreciation gift. You can find the gifts sitting in front of the white Christmas tree. Please make sure you wear your ACES tag and “Touch” each gift to receive item inside.


If you have any questions please contact us in-world. Also, this is our first HUD and we are already planning the upgrade and would love to hear your suggestions on how we can help improve on this first version and make ACES Network and Community more accessible.


Since the founding of ACES, and to celebrate every 100 more members joining the ACES Netork & Community, we have given gifts graciously donated by our supporters as one way to say ‘Thank you’ to all of our group members for being a part of ACES and its continued growth. This is the following list of people who have donated since our first 100 members tall the way one year later till now at our 700 member mark. Thank you for all of your support (if we forget to add your name to this list, please send us IM so we can add you): Raine sinclair of Healing Rayne, Franklen Serpente of Serpente Creations, Yvana Zadark of Succulent Skyboxes and More!, Infiniti Mirihi of Mary Jane Shoes, Plumeria Jezebel of Chameleon, Hypatia Meili of The Hyper Shoppe, Jerrusa Andel of Kinx Konnection, Colleen Criss of PHOTOLIFE, Black Nimbus of Black Velvet Animations, JeZeBele Dagger of JeZeBeLe's Realm, Murron McBain of BDSM Serendipity, Audi Kristan of Classical Chaos, Velveteen Scribe, Jenni Darkwatch, Aiko Gaea of Isle of Shadows.



Thank you and enjoy!

JeZeBeLe Dagger

Jovial Denimore

Rory Glenwalker

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Our submissive's development. Does our job stop after the collaring?

All of us here are in this lifestyle for many reasons. The common denominator for most of us is that we want something "real and successful" based on the fact that in this lifestyle we focus on our true strengths and core values. That is followed with "alignment and compatibility". These things in and of themselves separate us from the vanilla world. Why? Because we are willing to do the things with regard to building a relationship that most in the vanilla world take for granted.
What are some of these things? Lets start with the onset of the relationship. What are the things we look for?
1. Matching core values
2. Matching hard and soft limits
3. Intellectual  compatibility
4. Proper alignment
5. Physical attraction
6. Sexual Compatibility
We then embark on the courtship process. We take our submissives under our wings. We address issues with them and do everything we can to earn trust, honor and respect. We gradually take healthy control of our submissive under consideration and teach them to give all of their control over to us as that is what empowers us as Dominants. As time goes by we offer them a collar which signifies an open commitment to our household, and we feel proud and fulfilled with a wonderful sense of accomplishment. We enter into a clear and precise exchange of power.
Is our work now finished? Or has it just begun? What are our responsibilities to our households now that the collar is worn?
There is a vanilla saying that always makes me chuckle. When the question is asked, " Do you still love me" the answer is " I married you didn't I ?"        When our subs ask us if they are still pleasing to us, Do we respond " I collared you didn't I?" The truth is that if we are asked that question, it sends us a clear message. What is that message?
Our submissives lean on us. They depend on us for guidance, direction and improvement. While it is true that we must keep these lines of communication open as it is imperative to a healthy household, we must also guard against allowing ourselves to be critiqued. We must guard against the " what have you done for me lately?" attitude, and reiterate that we expect our happiness to be their primary goal and priority. However, let's try to understand why this mindset takes place.

Through our efforts and hard work our submissives become stronger, more confidant and more secure. Deeper  questions are going to be asked, soul searching takes place and that results in the relationship moving to deeper levels. A submissive that reaches a level of education and improvement that the Dominant has helped her achieve may feel insecure in the idea that she does not need goals and has only to maintain that level. This is what separates true Dominance from the pack. A true Dominant never stops re-evaluating His household and continues to search for improvement and find new ways to set growth goals. Why is this important to a submissive?
Because a submissive has a natural instinct to please.
A huge fear for submissives is running out of ways to please their Master. A natural emotional response from this is insecurity. The submissive feels that they are no longer needed and the Dominant will tire of them. What can we as Dominants do to make our submissives feel secure as the relationship continues to evolve?
Find ways to put newly developed skills to work
Assign tasks that will help improve the household thus enabling these new skills to flourish.
Assign educational tasks to encourage those in need outside of our households
We as Dominants must guard against the mindset of "riding upon our laurels". If we send a message to our household that improvement is no longer needed that is the day that we will start to fail.
I have had many Dominants come to me very perplexed because they no longer feel they have control over their households. After weeks or months of hard work, the dynamics have changed and their submissives feel that they need to be pushed a bit more. The message being sent by the submissive is NOT necessarily the message being received by the Dominant. The message being sent is " Please Master help me continue to grow" The message being received is " I am being critiqued and I am losing respect within my household".  We as Dominants must guard against feeling the need to push our submissives back into their "place" ( sort of speak) It is very easy to have a knee jerk reaction and feel we are being topped from the bottom. The truth is that it was through our hard work that our households have become healthy and confident. Do we want to send a message that the result of improvement is going to be perceived as disrespect? That is why we as Dominants have to continue to improve "ourselves" as Masters of the house. I have seen Dominants who reached a pinnacle and brought their households to a healthy level, and now do not know how improve on that. As a result, they decided to release their submissives and search for new submissives that they can mentor from scratch again.
    Is this the answer?
 Or is it our responsibility to create new ways to challenge our households?
 If we decide to release a submissive because we have trained them to the limits of our knowledge, how can we expect them to ever feel secure in improvement again?
I am not saying there will not be times when a submissive has been taught to be confident and secure again, then suddenly feels as if they no longer need the Dominance the way they needed it before. I have seen it happen where the newly found emotional health resulted in a submissive losing focus of her/his first priority of respecting and pleasing their Dominant. It can be a challenge for the Dominant to make sure that this training you have provided for your submissives does not send a message that now they will be allowed to undermine your decisions. There is a difference between simply questioning a decision, and "challenging a decision. Challenging a decision is nothing more then topping from the bottom and can result in a household coming apart at the seams.
In closing:
 I do want to remind all of you here that we as Dominants make our decisions within the households with your best interests at heart as it is instinctive for us to do so. The moment you adopt a "what about me" attitude you lose your submission and remove the power from your Dominant. You have turn the control of your lives over to your Dominant for a reason. We have accepted that responsibility with honor. Trust in your Dominant knowing that we are not perfect, but we will always strive to create new ways to improve the quality of your lives in every way.
Mikhail Borgin

Put Me In My Place

Just the phrase "being put in your place" stirs up feelings of defensiveness. It can make a person feel attacked, and that their values and ideas are not valid.
But in the world of the submissive we DO have a place and from time to time need to be reminded of that fact. Our place is at our Dominants knee. Our place to is to do all we can to please and make our Dominant happy.
Unfortunately there come moments in a submissives life when they forget this place. The focus of a submissive should be the Dominant. Somehow in the effort however it is very easy for a submissive to turn the focus to them self. They become obsessed with the concept that the Dominant is responsible for making the submissive happy.
Since when?? At what point did that become the Dominants role? The Dominant's role is to help the submissive grow and learn and protect them as best He or She can. It is through this that They help improve the life of the submissive and help them  build that happiness. BUT it is still the DOMINANT'S happiness that is the focus of the submissive.
It is NOT our place to tell the Dominant "i need more controls by you. You arn't demanding enough". The Dominant decides what needs to be improved. NOT the submissive. The submissive gave power for that decision to the Dominant when they took the collar. A submissive MAY ASK a Dominant if there is anything more that YOU think i need to learn? ..Or state "I am feeling insecure and would like a tighter restriction put on me to make me feel closer to You.
NEVER tell the Dominant that they are not "doing" enough. The point is for the submissve to do the doing. The moment a submissive starts a line of "what about me" they have lost their submission. It aint about you. When a submissive starts putting their own wants above the Dominant in her or his heart, they no longer value the Dominant. The Dominant takes a back seat to the vanity of the submissive.
When a submissive starts to demand what direction the Dominant takes in the relationship they take away the power of the Dominant. Focusing the attention away from the happiness of the Dominant is nothing short of selfish.  Again it isnt about what the submissive wants. It is about what the Dominant decides is best for the submissive and what will please the Dominant.
At times a Dominant may give a task or command but not give exact direction. This is because it is the submissive who must complete this task themselves. Remember the Dominant is not there to hold your hand and micro control you through potty training and spoon feeding. They attempt to guide you into being a better person through goals and tasks. If a Dominant chooses to give vague control you may want to consider that you are expecting Him or Her to do too much and need to stand on your own a tad. Being a submissive is NOT being a helpless dependent. It is growing into a stronger more confidant person in order to be a stronger more confidant submissive. At some point in a diet goal the only one who should have to worry about it is you. You attain the goal when you can monitor what you put in your mouth yourself and are responsible for getting the gym without being hand held and told.
And finally what about your place in a poly/multi house? Keep in mind it is the DOMINANTS house. You were given the HONOR of being allowed in. If the Dominant decides to build a multi house it is the DOMINANTS decision to make. Certainly you can choose to leave if you feel uncomfortable. Just keep in mind that if you leave for that reason, it is because once again the focus is on you and not your Dominants happiness. My personal sub-stance: If a submissive decollars them self because they don't like the idea of a multi/poly house (or argues and complains to the Dominant) it is a selfish act based on the submissive self interest and not on the concept of serving the happiness of the Dominant.
We kneel and give power to the DOMINANT. We give all decisions and direction to THE DOMINANT. We place our focus on what makes THE DOMINANT happy. That is the place of a submissive. Anything less is vanilla. There is NO equal power in D/s or there would not be Dominants. The only time a Dominant should have to put you in your place..is when you are going overboard in serving or feeling insecure in the relationship. Then a Dominant might tell you to relax your guard or put you in chains in the bed to remind you that you are THEIRS. Otherwise...if you truly have submitted then you dont need to be told your place; you know it instinctivly.