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prior thought going into present incarnations?
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prior thought going into present incarnations?
XD Okay, so I tried to make the Subject:

"Physical attributes corresponding with mythical representation"

...but I got cut off. And don't know how to make it shorter. XD Anyway, there it is. <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile --> (I changed it later, by the way. :3)

Something Veil said in her introductory thread tipped off something that I've been thinking, but haven't put a voice to. How common is it for 'kin to have physical attributes that connect in some way with their identity?

I mentioned in a post some way back that I have a bit of an inkling that metaphysically, I could have lived many lifetimes in Asia. This is judging by how easy it was for me to pick up some Asian modes of thought; how easy it was for me to pick up Western misunderstandings of Asian modes of thought in the books I did read; and how difficult and off-putting many modes of Western thought are for me to try to wrap my head around. This also corresponds with my current incarnation (in which I am partially of Asian descent) and my place of incarnation (about as close as you can get to Asia in the U.S. without going into Polynesia).

Thing is...if I were to have been born in, or to travel to, my country of partial diaspora...given the same parentage, I would be strongly set apart from my peers by my appearance. And in fact my appearance parallels how certain types of nonhuman beings are portrayed in at least one form of popular theater (though the exact form, I can't exactly recall). This is along with the fact that I probably wouldn't be well-accepted there because (as I was reminded time and again growing up), I don't appear stereotypically "Asian". And in the language of my partial diaspora, the word which means "different" also means "wrong". I don't think I need to go further into that.

This gets into "why were you incarnated here," and though I have at least one hypothesis...it isn't currently very well backed. I stopped meditating largely after I left my first martial arts training, as it was too strenuous, and associated with feeling a lack of safety. (gee, I wonder why. sorry, cryptic reference...)

Hypothesis is currently that it would have given me an opportunity to explore this side of the water (so to speak), America the land of opportunity etc., blah, as was (likely! officially unconfirmed) commonly believed in the era just after we opened our borders, still so in some places. (People still come here because they are excluded from education there...) What I do know is that in the era just after the open-door policy was instated (post-1945, if I'm right), there was a feeling of cultural inferiority in that nation. (It led to the destruction of much cultural heritage [destruction *by* the 'native' people {'native' in quotations because they weren't indigenous, but were not foreigners}], including a lot of art, which is why I know about it.)

Anyhow. If I hadn't been born into the situation I'm in now, it's much less likely that I would have come into contact with Rattlesnake. What we have here is a convergence of culture, history, and spirits; and I don't know if I can put it more accurately than that. My cultural background in this life provided a permissive avenue to Native indigenous modes of thought, though I've largely tended toward various Asian ones (having had direct contact with Zen practice and resonating pretty strongly with early Buddhism/Hinduism, and just being pretty interested in Vajrayana, though with the gender barrier [a.k.a. female-bodied people being relegated to lower status or de facto excluded because {so I perceive, but I'm an outsider} of gender inequalities and/or differences in ideas of worthy goals instilled in boys and girls] I can't say that I'm fully into any of these).

I've tended towards the Asian stuff in the past largely because 1) it was what was familiar and encouraged; and 2) in my later years, because my exposure to Native community has been tinged with so much (legitimate) fury at what's happened in this country as regards Native people that it's easier to look for soul-nurturing elsewhere. I found the same level of anger there as I found in Women's Studies (probably moreso in Native feminist women), and having watched a good number of feminist leaders die of cancer...*sighs* I don't know how many years it took for me to realize that Buddhism at core is a healing art and not of necessity a religion...and in that light, the Buddha's lack of discourse on the metaphysical nature of reality is to be expected...and might actually be a boon to freethinkers, lest we become weighed down by orthodoxy.

Anyway. My appearance is rather distinctive, which is why I don't put pictures of myself online. And it would probably be the rare person who would see me and recognize the trait I have that parallels me with the mythical spirits described in plays. The point is not that I literally look like some literally existent mythological creature, but rather...if we have the ability to influence our incarnations, at least at a certain level, I must have freaking known something about what I was getting into when I chose this one. There seems to be a possibility that I left myself a clue in the life I opted for.

So as for leaving clues...has anyone else seen things like this in the circumstances of their own incarnation? Not necessarily, "I literally look like a dragon," or something (?), but things that one can piece together that show that there could have been some prior thought as to why you're in this life?

(Sorry for the textwall. :3)
2011-02-06 7:24
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Re: prior thought going into present incarnations?
Evidently there's a certain look to people who who identify with the "Kaldera alfar" model and also a high incidence of being genderqueer - more MtF than anything else from what we've been told, but the gender aesthetic in general fits us.

It also seems that some of our genetically influenced personality traits make sense in both an Otherkin context and a mundane one, which could mean we gravitated toward a body with the genetic makeup to better support us, that the idea of incorporeals possessing one parent during conception and altering the child is valid (though we doubt this), or that (standard dose of skepticism) it's all an allegory for feelings and experiences that just happen to hit certain demographics.

We do believe, at minimum, that some brains are more innately geared for plurality than others and that the founding group here were all alfar who were bundled together previously, perhaps having found each other in a prior life and clung on as I'm attempting to do in this life. We were separated and don't want to be again.

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2011-02-06 19:19
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Re: prior thought going into present incarnations?
This is something I've pondered for a while as well; the thought that you could have control over your incarnation in regards to appearance. My personal belief is that people can pick their parents and hope they decide to have a child, so therefore they can be born (this is something my grandmother said to me and it just kind of stuck). So it would be natural, then, that incarnated otherkin would want to have an appearance that slightly resembles their "true form", or else somehow correlates to it on some personal level. I find it might be true even for myself.

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2011-02-24 23:52
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