After the last thread debacle I'd like to attempt a new thread format here. I'm going to post my theories on a topic, some of the history about why I think it works, and I welcome everyone to either A: Criticize my means & methods (I prefer constructive criticism, but if you think I'm stupid and misguided I'll try not to lose any sleep) or B: Post your own thoughts and methods below and maybe we can all actually learn something. SUBSPACE. I think of subspace as the mental/psychological "altered consciousness" that happens during a good session. While this is regarded as hypnosis or hypnotic suggestion by the medical community, I would like to point-out that unlike the magic-trick of people "thinking they are a chicken" or inducing a deep sleep the reality is that consciousness is never lost, the sub never loses control of his or her actions, and its impossible to "suggest" that they are something radically different than themselves. (ie. Nobody is going into subspace and coming out a chicken). Franz Mesmer. Dr. Franz Mesmer was an 18th century German physician (university at Vienna). His popular theories on animal magnetism and planetary influence of the human body have long since been regarded as nonsense (but in an interesting note; his theories that lunar activity influences madness in certain people was THE original connection to full moons and werewolves. This may seem incredibly stupid to 21st century readers BUT there were over 300 reported attacks and 110+ deaths attributed to a werewolf or werewolves in the Gevaudan region of France in the 18th century and clinical lycanthropy was also first diagnosed in the same era.). Mesmer's theories would later be built-upon by surgeon James Braid and become hypnosis. In current common usage Mesmerize is a synonym for awestruck. James Braid. Dr. James Braid (university Edinburgh) familiar with Mesmer's idea's on animal magnetism but ignoring his theories of astronomical influence first documented his work on neuro-hypnotism in 1841 based on a mesmerism demonstration. He was clear to point-out that hypnotism never produced any of the claimed phenomena of mesmerism including clairvoyance or ESP (phenomena which Mesmer himself disclaimed but charlatans would claim ability of). Hypnosis was regarded (and still is by myself) as a natural and obtainable neuro-psychological state of increased attention via focused breathing, physical relaxation and sensory suppression. The original goal of hypnosis was not for psychoanalysis (although Dr. Freud did use hypnosis before he codified psychoanalysis) or as a party trick, but as Analgesia a blocking of pain receptors by mental concentration for surgery before the invention of chemical anesthesia. Yes, the same psychological state you find yourself in while licking your Mistresses (or Master's) boots was what kept people from passing-out or dying during invasive surgery. Prerequisite history lesson over we get to how all this comes together during sex and BDSM scenes especially. Subspace: The psychological state of selective hyper-attention and suggestibility. Why: While in subspace people have shown a remarkable ability to endure discomfort and pain (useful in BDSM), to help remove any inhibitions the sub may feel for certain humiliation (licking boots, toilet play etc), respond truthfully to embarassing questions, and generally help the sub overcome any preconceived emotional hurdles or mental blocks the subs wishes to overcome, or the Dom wishes the sub to overcome (example: deepthroating) and of course massively enhanced sexual release. How: I will cover these particulars in other threads (they are too long to go into here and each really deserves its own thread for discussion), but I've had tremendous success with aromatherapy, color (especially room color), sound & music, taste and flavours (an erotic favorite of mine during sensory play), and of course physical pain and its side-kick, the "endorphin rush". In summation: Subspace is the tool of BDSM and D/s IMHO. Doms and subs wishing to grow together can and should utilize subspace more than they rely on strict S&M or humiliation (also useful tools don't get me wrong). I believe the ability to enter subspace sooner, more easily, and stay in that psychological mindset longer should be the goal of every sub where as being able to withstand a certain number of caning strokes would be a goal set by the Dom and worked towards (for example). Again I welcome any criticism or questions (for sake of reading I didn't get into anything too deeply), and hope you all will feel free to post your own ideals, theories or practices of subspace in this thread. Peace & Happiness, ReallyGreen.