Guest Site by: Steve & Susanne, leaders of FKK Upstate NY
Greetings FKK! I am excited to take this opportunity to introduce Susanne and I as leaders of the recently founded FKK Upstate New York Chapter. It is hard to express the sense of joy, privilege, and duty we feel about becoming part of the FKK community and its magnificent vision. So, for now I ‘ll share the story of how we came to be involved in naturism and FKK.
Nude Liberty and Embracing Nudism:
Bare independence – Let us begin with a little parable about elephant stakes. As the parable goes, when elephants in captivity are young, they have been kept in place by a trainer who uses a wooden stake pounded into the earth, to which the elephant is tied. When the elephant is a baby the stake is strong enough to bind him. The pattern is never broken. Naturally, over time the elephant grows to full prominence and power. Shockingly, the full grown elephant stays bound with precisely the same position used since it was a baby. All the full grown elephant would have to do is walk away from the wooden stake and snap it away. Why doesn’t the elephant do it? Because, it’s not the body that’s bound, it is the mind.
Until recently our heads were bound with respect to totally accepting ourselves and others. The notion of naturism as an expression of recognition never occurred to us. Running around naked? Heaven forbid! Our families, society and the Church have taught us ill pertaining to body values, modesty, and shame. Unfortunately, most of churchianity is misguided with respect to God’s most beautiful creation the body. Somehow, from Eden, they were naked and unashamed, and naked baptisms of the early church, nearly all modern Christendom could not have grown more wimpy and stodgy when it comes to experiencing the nude human body.
So when did things begin to change for us? Well it started in Germany Susanne is a native German by the way. We met and married in Germany and lived there for http://voy-zone.com/nudist-clip-sample.html in the 80’s and 90’s. I was always somewhat shocked about nudity in European life I never experienced it growing up in the States. There I first saw nudity; at the strand, on billboards, and on prime time T.V. This made for occasional lively discussions between Susanne and I, or with friends. Seeing nudity so openly made me curious and I ‘d continually be the one to raise the matter. Susanne was rather ambivalent about nudity she had sometimes practiced it on the plage, or as mixed sex showering with her volleyball club. Nevertheless, our moderate interest in nudity gave way to churchy taboos as we became more involved in church. Susanne thought about her few bare experiences as a thing of the past, and eventually I stopped talking about it as well.>
Years later, after moving to the States, we faced our elephant stakes again. This time it was more serious than conversations about European nudity. It was about relationships. There were growing stresses in our union and company. I was becoming a miserable and angry individual. At precisely the same time we started comprehending Susanne had some pretty serious body image problems stemming from puberty. This is the ideal storm when it comes to washing out romance. I was driven to reconsider my business precedence. I ‘d forgotten life is not ultimately about business, or things, or money, or success. It is really about people, about loving them. Without this love, my life was becoming intolerable, and I was becoming unbearable even to my family. Susanne on the other hand, had to face the negative body images from her adolescence that were seriously hindering our physical relationship, and causing me a enormous number of discouragement along with the business tension I was under.
In the midst of the emotional cauldron we were in, I started to have this unexpected internal desire to get nude to only let go, be free, to be tolerating and accepted. Susanne didn’t share this, and I couldn’t describe it. I was convinced it came from the dark side and I resisted it for a long time. I didn’t understand it was actually about elephant stakes. Paradoxically, I ‘d seek out secluded streams and ponds, hoping to take a naked plunge – but I CAn’t overcome my elephant stakes. I could not get nude, particularly if other people were around! My conscience wouldn’t normally let me, regardless how much the discouragement and anger built up within me.
Finally, after several of the worst business weeks in my life the most straightforward things just appeared to be falling apart – I could tolerate it no longer. One day, I headed for a pond, and on the way I thought to myself, I trust there will be someone skinny dipping then I will have the guts to join them. Like an unexpected blessing, when I arrived there was really a middle age couple swimming naked and free! I’d never seen anyone skinny dipping there before. That has been the encouragement I needed. The inner tumult boiled over, I peeled off my clothes shedding years of anxiety, frustration, anger, and depression. I plunged in the water, and really I had been baptized over. My heart and nature compelled me to take that plunge, even though my head was still convinced that it was against my faith. In hindsight, I believe the Lord shoved me to that day, that pond, those fellow skinny dippers. I don’t want to think of where I would be now had that not occurred.
After taking the plunge I told Susanne every detail about my expertise, and I requested her to share it with me I knew the experience would not be whole without the love of my life loving it with me. Really I cannot envision continuing in it without her. I would have nothing coming between us, even this liberation. After http://nudist-young.com/nudist-beach.html of very patient discussion, and seeing significant changes in me, she finally agreed to give it a try. We went to secluded locations, first alone, then with other naturists present. Her fears gave way to the absolute enjoyment of the experiences, and now the rest is history, as they say.
After experiencing the freedom of naturism, and understanding in our hearts it was right for us, we did a lot of mental debunking to rid ourselves of all staying elephant positions. Because we now realize that it is biblically sound and spiritually up-building, the experience is even more joyful. We’re growing closer to each other, to God and to our fellow man. Since taking the plunge Susanne and I’ve worked through many body issues and our relationship has grown. Additionally, the negative attitudes developed through formerly misguided company priorities, have melted away and I ‘m able to enjoy life again free of anger, frustration, and depression.
After all of these fantastic experiences, we are just excited to give back by becoming a part of FKK in order to help young people remove their elephant stakes and learn to accept themselves, and others. Why wait as long as we did? Jesus said, the greatest order is love God with all your heart, and the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself. Is not that what God meant back in Eden in the first place?
Hey everyone, it actually is about the love, and Felicity and Jordan, thanks for your own vision and commitment!
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We’re Steve and Susanne, leaders of the FKK Upstate New York Chapter. We appreciate the independence, rest, and healing power of naturism, and are interested in sharing our experiences with others. Please visit our Facebook page facebook.com/FKKupstateny to get acquainted or join in any of our activities.
Guest Site by: Steve & Susanne, leaders of FKK Upstate NY