The following is a document of recent work by Meriken Metals.

~ Saturday, September 13 ~

Body Modification should be reconsidered as a means of engaging with the Mind, rather than as a primarily aesthetic endeavor. Because the Body is the Mind. Seemingly “ritualistic actions” become defined as such by those who do not understand their aim, or do not share a worldview in which the action may possess any efficacy. Be open to other systems of knowledge. Embrace the corporeal. Follow truth where it leads you. It wants to show Itself.

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~ Wednesday, September 10 ~

Healing Day 3 and Day 16:

I don’t enjoy picking scabs, but by day 15 the fissures at points of flexion were painfully cracking, oozing, re-sealing, and cracking again. Having gone through this before I could tell the scab had done it’s work of protecting the initial wound, but now was beginning to cause injury to the recovery (besides limiting range of motion.)

So I covered the area with cling wrap overnight to deliberately “sweat” it off. This was very effective. 95% of the scab had been intact when I went to bed, and all of it had effortlessly released by morning, without any of the tearing or trauma you’d get from ripping them off dry. (Let be honest, people pick when they know they shouldn’t)

I’m sure people have opinions about proper healing on modifications - I’m not recommending this behavior, just reporting it for reference. I’ve recently posted a video for those interested in seeing the branding process itself.

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~ Sunday, September 7 ~

I’m posting this as a supplemental to my recent posts on Solar Branding, because it visually parallels a certain transcendent resonant quality of that meditative process that I’ve found difficult to express in words.

I just witnessed this artwork in person. It is called “Kymat” (see complete credits below) - and consists of a bottle cap filled with water, resting on a speaker, filmed from above, with only the reflection of light to demonstrate how resonance generates complex order. This version includes a field of liquid around the bottle cap, contrasting an “open field” with the compounding wave reverberations contained inside the cap. No more words… just witness.

(Below is the description copied from the Vimeo page of this video) _______________________________________________

Kymat - Drop Sound Enlightenment / Augenlied (Kymat&Junopilot) from elfenmaschine PLUS 1 year ago / Creative Commons License: by sa ALL AUDIENCES

There are certain amount of vibrational patterns, which are found at different levels: a time of day, an organ, a color, a plant: one sound. The sound image of octaves is a law of nature. In the water sound set by Kymat a water wave surface becomes filmed while being played with music or specific frequencies and tones. So create beautiful sound structures and forms you can find everywhere in nature. 


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modificationnotmutilation said: Ryan that videos is awesome!!

thanks for saying so. I wish I had another way to convey the complexity of what happens inside that space.

~ Saturday, September 6 ~

Andrew S. or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the burn

Solar Branding begins to make sense when we consider the ability of Resonance to generate Flow

Then it’s merely a question of frequency, and what capacities are affected in what range.

and so Resistance (reinterpreted) can be found within a wince and a rugged breath.

exposure to immensity provokes a response

close or 
open up


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~ Thursday, September 4 ~
body is mind

body is mind

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~ Thursday, August 28 ~

A guy by the name of Andrew S. is tuned in with some higher powers. He’s been helping me connect to one of them. [Solar Brand Day 1]

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~ Monday, August 4 ~

It’s logical. High nutritional value, efficient production. I just got my hands on protein bars made with cricket flour, by Exo, and they taste great without a million chemical additives. I’m sharing this because I think we need more people working to reintegrate insects into our diet: 

The bars are at:

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~ Thursday, June 26 ~

America is opportunity

But it’s saturated with Dealers.

Identify those who use substances to habituate you to their product. Avoid those poisons, they drain your autonomy.

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~ Wednesday, June 25 ~

Know Your Enemy

At this point, the Body is a turf war. 

Shit isn’t Happening to us,
it’s being Done to us.

It’s time to educate ourselves.
It’s time to train for excellence. 

Extract from the cycle.

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~ Sunday, June 1 ~
Taking time off of jewelry making for a while to put in some more with the family. If inspiration strikes, I’ll share it here. Take care y’all.

Taking time off of jewelry making for a while to put in some more with the family. If inspiration strikes, I’ll share it here. Take care y’all.

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~ Sunday, May 11 ~
Vortex plugs in 1 inch.

Vortex plugs in 1 inch.

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Sunrise plugs in 7/8ths

Sunrise plugs in 7/8ths

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~ Sunday, May 4 ~

Anonymous said: Last night my friend and I had a long discussion that left me a bit sour. I am passionate about body modification and the culture that surrounds it; she is less than interested in it. She mentioned that she sees the entire concept as very vain, and that people should love their bodies just the way they are. She also said that people get modifications because they are insecure. I think that I argued her points pretty well, but I'd love to hear what you would have said in this situation, please.


We’ll does your friend have ear piercings? Does she dye her hair, paint her nails, wear make up, work out, shave? If so, then hey! You’ve got a friend who’s into body modification.

I believe it was Eric Sprauge (Lizardman) who said that body modification is a spectrum, some just choose to take it farther than others. Do I think that body modification is vain? It can be, but I don’t mind. Do I think that some people modify themselves because they are insecure? Sure, some do, some don’t. If a person is unhappy with what they’ve got, and commit to the pain, time, and money to become happy, that person should be applauded. But, these people also love themselves so much that they go through all of this to make themselves happy.

I modify myself because I’m not happy with what I see in the mirror. Through body modification I alter myself to get my reflection it’s smile back.

People saying that individuals should be happy with what they’ve got, in my opinion, is hypocritical. Everybody changes something about themselves to make themselves feel better about themselves.  I spend the money, I go through the pain, I commit my time and body to this. Fuck yes I’m proud of it.

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~ Friday, May 2 ~

liza-land said: So how exactly does this solar brand work? Do they take a flammable medium to make the design that is then traced by concentrated sunlight?

Andrew S. has done both of mine with a glass orb. He’s described it as drawing with the Sun. He traces the pattern onto the body first, then suspends the orb to bring the focal point of light to the skin. In about 1-2 seconds you can hear the skin vaporizing. There is nothing flammable added to the skin.

I trust Andrew. He is more in tune with the body than anyone I’ve met. I envy that. But more than anything I value the small eternity spent bathing in the Sun’s Glory.

This is a short video I posted a while ago:

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