So many submissives longing for control. Little Monkey talks about that need, and says:
The bubble that I keep my need bottled up in just floated by for a visit.
And i sigh ~ what a great line! i know that feeling.
My friend Jz writes:
But I wonder if maybe we don’t mis-identify the function of control — if perhaps we view it as a way to keep things static, locked down, when, really, it’s more of a gimbal — something that allows us to adapt to externally-generated changes without completely losing our balance.Maybe control isn’t what keeps us fixed but is actually the means to fluidity…
When my Sir is controlling me, even a little bit, it feels as if that part of me that is most me is standing with him in the center, held and contained, while the rest of me moves freely, with ease. i respond to the world around me effectively. With grace.
i will have to learn to do that by myself ~ He will not do it for me.
i can do it by myself. i did for most of my life. But it feels different when i’m doing it alone. Not just more difficult, but different.
When i’m with Him my heart sings. Tied to Him, literally or figuratively, held in obedience, serving Him ~ that brings a particular sense of joy to the center of my being.
When i am deep in service to Him, my heart opens and i am better able to be in the world.
Those feelings ~ even those words ~ are an odd conflation with the religious, with mystics who serve God and describe that experience in similar terms. Raven Kaldera talks about this in ways that make sense. i won’t even try to right now, i just lay it out there.
i need to serve Him and obey Him. He doesn’t need me to serve Him ~ at least not more than i do right now ~ and doesn’t want me to obey Him ~ at least not more than i do right now.
Yes, i can see that i do serve Him in some ways. Not because He asks me too, or requires it, but just because that’s what i do.
But i’m on my own. He will not be my gimbal. He won’t guide or control me. He won’t make rules, and if he does make one, he won’t enforce it. He doesn’t want me to sit at his feet or take his shoes off. Those things are what i want ~ and i can nudge him over and over, and he will try to give me what i want, but it’s really not what he wants.
James Baldwin says:
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
That’s where i stand today. Just looking reality in the face. i love this man, and this is who he is. i don’t want to live on the verge of tears, so i guess i’d better figure out how i can be ok.