BDSM Spirituality Literature

The community as a whole is sceptical that BDSM has anything to do with spirituality. In fact, there are many who are complete non-believers. This is all good. However, there are those that think that the intense energies are bound to find connection with the spiritual realm. Although, this connection is complex and varied, a literature exists in this area. This page may not be comprehensive but certainly does give a good sample of what is out there.

In any discussions of BDSM and the spiritual, the name Raven Kaldera is going to come up. He is constantly innovating in this area and the corpus of his writing touches on many aspects of his work.  Just to give a sample of what he has produced:

  • Dark Moon Rising is his classic introduction.  If you were to read just one book, this would be the one.
  • Just contrast this introduction with a more advanced and specialized topic The Ethical Vampire allows you to see vampires in a way that most people would never have dreamed about.  Like most things in BDSM, consent makes all the difference in the world.
  • The book Holy Surrender moves us towards a more traditional form of spirituality where the routine and and ritual of the lifestyle allows us to get beyond the individual ego.
  •  Hermaphrodeities takes up into the realm of the transgender person from a spiritual perspective.  For many this will open up many brand new perspectives.

Lee Harrington`s introduction, Sacred Kink, is a classic in its own right.  Radical Ecstasy written by Easton and Hardy is an earlier work and provides a wide variety of insights.

This is a personal opinion but for me the best piece of spiritual writing is the first chapter  in the John Preston classic, I Once had a Master.  If one experiences the power of this opening chapters, the above books just fill in the details.