Wednesday, October 27, 2010

To Tattoo or Not To?

As someone who is interested in understanding the undercurrents of trends and how they connect to the evolution of consciousness and transformation, I have often wondered about the latest rage for tattooing the body. I have thought that it relates partly to the idea that many of the people born from the early 70s on have been largely involved in the mental realm before incarnating, and are not as familiar with the emotional and physical realms. In the mental realm, consciousness is related to group mind, to the collective, and is rapid, instantaneous, and telepathic. That's why so many who belong to these generations do things in groups, or even in gangs, and are drawn so strongly to video gaming, texting, and even sleeping with their cell phones and checking facebook in the middle of the night—it's too uncomfortable to feel "alone."

Tattooing is also a way to feel part of a tribe, to feel that one belongs to a "movement" that stands out and is different from the norm. To me, it fits with the psychology of those whose root is a strong group identity. But tattooing is also partly a way to feel psychologically strong and individualistic, to project an image of tough, "I-don't-care-what-came-before-me; I'm-breaking-with-tradition" sentiment. It can be a statement of rebellion and a desire for reinvented identity, perhaps. Sometimes I think that when people are not sure who they really are yet as souls, there is a tendency to make ego statements to fortify and to represent one's essence to others. So the symbols people choose to set indelibly into their very skin, are core ideas and feelings they want others to recognize in them, as though they don't believe other people are sensitive enough to perceive these things about them without the blatant advertising. Or perhaps the symbols they are choosing to literally merge with are things that represent protective forces and beings. Things that will bring good luck or even a higher vibration just by placing attention on the idea again and again. And it's hard not to look repeatedly at tattoos, especially beautiful ones.

Underneath, I sense tattoos are a sign of a desire for 1) a core sense of self (home frequency), and 2) transformation. I recently began reading Dan Brown's latest book, The Lost Symbol, and he has a nice section (beginning of Chapter 2) relating to this theme. I'll reproduce part of it here:

"The goal of tattooing was never beauty. The goal was change. . . humans have tattooed themselves as a way of offering up their bodies in partial sacrifice, enduring the physical pain of embellishment and emerging changed beings. . . .The act of tattooing one's skin was a transformative declaration of power, an announcement to the world: I am in control of my own flesh. The intoxicating feeling of control derived from physical transformation had addicted millions to flesh-altering practices. . .cosmetic surgery, body piercing, bodybuilding, and steroids. . .even bulemia and transgendering. The human spirit craves mastery over its carnal shell."

I think many tattoos are extremely beautiful, and the artform has its own special exquisiteness. What I find curious is that the forms are not evolutionary—typically—and by locking in concepts into one's very body, we may be limiting the later stages of transformation, where we need to become transparent, holding no fixed ideas, no limited concepts of identity, and be open to shapeshifting and being any and all things.

Your ideas on this topic are welcome! I'm curious what you think. And while we're at it, why does it seem that almost all African American actors today shave their heads? Does this trend toward hairlessness or hard-headedness have a basis in some sort of evolutionary consciousness I'm not yet aware of? I'd love to hear!!


edaltonrn said...

I have some tattoos and thinking about getting one on the inside of my forearm. I am 46 years old and the tattoo I am thinking about getting will help me to remember who I really am when I am out in the world. It is hard sometimes to stay in my on zone. So I thought this might help me. I am still thinking about it at this point. This would be the only one that I can see. The others are out of my sight.

Sharlene said...

I have two tattoos, one on each shoulder. The first one is my family kanji, and yes, perhaps it's a way of identifying with my "tribe."

The other is a dove and a heart with a vine coming off of each. It's a design taken from a ring I bought when I was baptized many years ago. For me, it's my expression of my relationship with God and that delivering God's love is my primary purpose on this planet. I think it often reminds people of God's love as well as this tattoo is often appreciated by others.

cody said...

Tattoos have been deemed "a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling", and this resonates well with me.

Personally I am trying my best to stay formless from moment to moment. The idea of having a stale image placed on my body would make me feel restricted.

Beautiful, as with any form of human expression. Just not for me.

heartstar said...

Dear Penney....

Shaving the head is a trend for all American males right now. Monks and Military men both have to shave their heads. I see just as many white men shaving there heads as black... even if they have a full head of hair. It is very macho and military... as well as spiritual... oddly enough. I suspect it is part of the "healing crisis" the world is going through as we shift frequencies. In a "Healing Crisis" things get worse or their worst.. just before they get better. A fever is highest just before it breaks... and the body has succeeded in burning out the infection. It seems to me we are building up a raging fever in order to break through to the healing on the other side. Ultra macho-ness is very popular right now.. in both men and women... along with ultra sexualness. We need to experience and move on from these exaggerated forms of masculine and feminine behavior... so we can move into the compassion and creativity of the expression of our Divine (rather than profane) expression of male and female energies. The Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine Energies are what we are now integrating into our reality.

Major Zoltán said...

Putting a a tattoo in your body stirs up your energetic structure.

Eventually it becomes an obstacle in your personal spiritual evolution.

Sorry for my english, hope you get my point :)