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Seminar for slaves
The Call: Choosing the Vocation of Consensual Slavery

Seminars for Masters:
Fundamentals of Mastery
Power, Authority, Leadership, Management

 

The Master/slave Developmnt Center Announces:

The Call: Choosing the Vocation of Consensual Slavery

January 17-18, 2014
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A Two Day Seminar for slaves or those considering the vocation of consensual slavery.

This Seminar is open to all regardless age, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, sexual ID, or relationship status (those not currently in a relationship are welcome).

Description:

This two day, slaves’ only program, has been designed by a team of experienced slaves of different genders and orientations from across the country. Their shared goal is to assist those considering the vocation of consensual slavery, and those who are newly embarked on their journey.

The Hero’s Journey, as exemplified by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, is used as a metaphor for the heroic nature of the internal self-examination that brings us to consider consensual slavery as our vocation as well as our internal resistance (fear, self-doubt, etc.), and external, societal pressure (disapproval from friends and family, etc.).

Individual, private reflective as well as interactive exercises throughout the Seminar will assist all who attend in identifying and overcoming those personal impediments that are obstructing them in their own efforts to lay claim to their truest selves.

 


The M/s Development Center Also Offers Two One Day Seminars for Masters

SEMINAR 1
FUNDAMENTALS OF MASTERY


Workshop #1
The Decision to Be

This Workshop focuses upon the internal and external forces that brought us to the transitional moment when we make the decision to dedicate ourselves to becoming a Master, and the awakened realization of what that decision will require of us.

Workshop #2
Creating Identity

Part of what makes the journey as a Master so exciting is the realization that, having made "The Decision to Be," we attain the freedom to step back from the accepted standards, beliefs and practices of our pasts and re-examine and re-define them in ways which are consistent with our emerging and evolving understanding of ourselves as Masters.

Ultimately the outcomes of these introspective journeys are clear, unique, persistent identities for us as Masters. In our first Workshop the instructors and the participants touched upon how they arrived at the decision point in their lives.

In this Workshop the instructors and participants delve into concepts of identity and discuss how tools, such as those to be explored in Workshop #3, aided them in crafting their individual and unique identities as Masters.

Workshop #3
Building Skills and Acquiring Tools

No matter what our unique M/s construct will look like in the end, a working knowledge of basic tools and skills will aid us in the process of becoming the Masters we hope to be and creating M/s relationships that are able to endure and provide worth to all involved.

Workshop #4
Bringing it All Together

In this session participants will have the opportunity to work closely, in small groups with the instructors, and explore in greater detail specific areas of interest that have arisen during the day and that they feel will be of particular benefit to them in their personal development as Masters.


SEMINAR 2
Power, Authority, Leadership and Management


Workshop #1
Power and Authority

Power

Power, the exercise of Power, is hot...no two ways about it...Power, absolute Power, is widely recognized as the single most powerful aphrodisiac.

But is the ability to exert Power in an M/s relationship the sole element that will result in successful, long-term relationship?

James Hunter in his book "The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle" asserts:

"Let there be no mistake: Power works...the United States military learned this decades ago. They will put you into boot camp with some screaming drill instructor, but only for a season, perhaps six or eight weeks. Then they put you in a squadron or platoon headed up by a leader. Why? Because over time Power begins to damage relationships."

Once established, is the aphrodisiac of Power enough to sustain our M/s relationships, or do we need to move beyond this blunt instrument as Mr. Hunter asserts?

Authority

When a slave kneels before you and offers up their will and their life into your care they are investing you with Authority over them and all aspects of their life (or at least those aspects mutually agreed upon). But, does this act of submission mark the moment when the slave gives up any and all semblance of personal power and that the Master can now act without restraint?

Guy Baldwin says in his book "Slavecraft:"

"By my use of the word 'submissive' I do not intend to convey any suggestion whatsoever of weakness or powerlessness, but rather, simply one who submits to the will of another for purposes of mutual satisfaction and fulfillment. This isn't about 'Power.' It's my belief that both the Master and slave must have 'Power.' The Master/slave experience is all about Authority."

This investiture of Authority carries with it both privileges and responsibilities for the Master.

The assumption of Authority affects the nature of our M/s Relationships and ways in which the Master's Authority can evolve into a very powerful component of the relationship...or, be lost.

Our discussion will examine the role of both Power and Authority in fulfilling our needs in our M/s Relationships, and how the appropriate use of each .

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the Workshop.  

Workshop #2
Becoming a Leader

As Masters, if we have Power...if we have Authority...is that not enough? Will those who serve us not obey by dint of those two qualities of being a Master? Perhaps, and perhaps not. At this stage, the Master needs to ask himself, or herself, what are my goals...goals for myself...goals for those in service to me? Can I fulfill myself, and can I help those in service to me to fulfill themselves, even if it means taking actions that might not agreeable to them or, for that matter to me?

Having Power and Authority am I willing to risk discomfort in pursuit what I know will bring about success...personal success and growth for those individuals in the relationship...and for the relationship itself. If I am willing...what might this be called?

Certainly it might be called Leadership, and Tom Landry who knows a thing or two about Leadership, has this to say about helping those in our care to achieve what they want:

"Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve."

We sometimes refer to this as stretching limits...but stretching limits to what end? When we seek to stretch our limits as Masters, or to stretch the limits or our slaves, shouldn't there be a purpose behind such growth? Sometimes, of course, it can be as simple a goal as enhanced physical sensation in play, but having accepted Authority (responsibility) over our slaves, and having the Power to enforce our Authority, are we not obliged to do this in a mindful manner?

Achieving clarity about our goals as Masters and for those in service to us...being able to articulate those goals, and to inspire all the participants in the relationship to strive towards those goals...brings us to the question of do Masters need to evolve into Leaders? And, if so, are Leaders born (as many assert), or can Leadership be taught...be learned?

Vince Lombardi says:

"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the Workshop.  

Workshop 3
Managing for Success

Management...the final component. How does it differ from Leadership and is it an essential element of a Master?

In this Workshop we will differentiate between Leadership and Management and discuss the appropriate application of both in our M/s Relationships?

Having worked our way through the nature of the elements of Power, Authority and Leadership we will how Management Skills bring our goals for ourselves and those in service to us to fruition.

Food for thought on this topic can be found in the writing of Peter Drucker:

"Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank."

Workshop 4
Power, Authority, Leadership and Management
Tools for Success

This is a hands-on session in which participants will have the opportunity to work closely with the instructors on digging deeper into the interrelated aspects of all four elements under discussion and work together to extract tools that will aid us in the creation and maintenance of our individual M/s Relationships.

This Workshop is highly interactive allowing for questions and discussion between the instructors and the attendees throughout.

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence,
but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then is not an act but a habit."

Aristotle

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