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    It's already past midnight here in Germany, so I wish you all a happy new year and a perfect start into 2020! For me, the last year was full of stress in professional and private live. But it also brought new amazing discoveries, and there's no end to them as it seems. As we enter a new decade, there's no shortage of threats to a world that is ever buzzing with life. We know so much which is worth to protect and fight for, and still there is so much we don't know, so much to find out. Within this community I've found great friends who are the most open, understanding and caring people I could ever wish to meet. Thank you all again for being here! I hope you all stay around, be curious, stay who you are, and be whatever you are! I'll continue to learn, explore and help as good as I can as we enter this new decade together!
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    I'd also like to chime in and encourage to trust your feelings a bit more. You seem a very rational and questioning kind of person and I know it's hard to trust yourself because I'm basically the same. That's why talking to each other is so important. In my eyes your story reads typical to a sceptical otherkin. You somehow found you were attracted to dragons from being a small child for no specific reason (of course I know Tabaluga btw, haha). That was ok back then because that's what children do. You wrote down your experiences, externalized them, played around with them. Felt good. Growing older you realized there might be more to this. It influenced your perception of the world. Then rationality kicked in and there was a phase of denial, putting it of as wishful thinking, shoving it under the table, struggling to fit in as "normal". But heck it didn't work. You couldn't just shake this off because being otherkin or not, the connection to dragons somehow is an innate part of you. So now you're back here wondering about what the heck you really are. Do you have an idea how many times I've asked this very question myself the last year? How often I ponder about if I really am a dragon or just assume to be one because I like how it feels right? I stopped counting, but you can see how much I struggle from my blog. I think it is totally fine to like your supposed kintype. That does not neccessarily mean you're a copinglink - which needs something to cope with in the first place. Yes, it could be otherhearted but it's a fine line. Also, I think there virtually is no "how a dragon is supposed to be". Dragons are hugely diverse. Some us us have fur, feathers, scales, beards.. two legs, four legs, six legs, you name it. Some are smaller than a human, some bigger as a house. Some even don't have wings. Makes you start to wonder what exactly a Dragon is, haha. So I think scepticism is good, and questioning yourself is always helpful to some degree. Being sceptic and considering to be biased keeps our feet on the ground but you can dismiss basically everything by being over-sceptic or assuming that you're biased. At some point, trust in yourself is needed. It takes time, though. I'd like to encourage to check out the other options already identified. What we definitely know about you at this point is that you're an extremely strong friend to dragons, and want to be dragon-like yourself badly. So why exactly would this be the case if you are a dinosaur? What it is that you like about dragons, and is this present in dinosaurs, too? Don't be afraid to make mistakes, that's part of real life. Again, if you run into any sort of trouble, feel free to PM me.. just indicate if I push you into the dragon corner too much. I don't at all want to do so if you realize you don't fit in there. I'll be there for you in any case.
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    This morning I remembered my dream and I think it was pretty interesting! It wasn’t very long or detailed but here it is. I dreamt that I was -what I interpreted as- a dragon of some sort. I guess it could also just be classified as; giant lizard. And I was walking on, what I assumed, earth when volcanoes were very active. The thing that happened in my dream is that I went “swimming” in the volcanoes, walking underneath streams of lava and resting on the stones as the lava streamed past me down hill. When I woke up I could still hear the sound of the rocks falling down hill and the warmth of the lava streams on my back. Unfortunately I don’t remember what I looked like exactly. I don’t put a lot of weight on my dreams (as I have had dreams about being a pro basketballer and such, hah!) But I do like to write them down if they possibly have to do with my identity or how I view myself, for later reference. I will attach a image for some visual reference. Credits to levyj413 on dpchallenge.
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    Today I woke up with a sense of peace that I don't often feel. I've decided that I'm going to keep that feeling with me throughout the day, for as long as I can. I'm going to stop rushing through things, take time to think and breathe, and stop worrying so much. I even put a hair tie around my wrist so I'd remember
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    Went to a really nice Airbnb yesterday! It's was a really lovely time to just be a free bunny last night but... ended up getting super sick and have a fever now, so y'know, that's cool ( :
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    I don't even know my kin name. I obviously had one, but I've always just gone by the nickname given to me when I was 17. Addy is just a screen name based on an old RP character I used to have. I've never cared about what my kin name was, or in fact if I even am kin or not, as its not a huge part of who I am. I think I could be, but I could also be mistaken, its not a big deal to me. I identify as as a catgirl, but don't know if I actually am or not. I have no kin memories, I just get phantom ears, and take the form of a catgirl in our headspace.
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    I have not fully figured out my kin name, but I believe it to be "Aunuri", as that word entered my head when I started my journey and so far have always returned when I petition for the word.
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    The name I go by within the community, Velvet, was chosen simply because I like the word and associate it quite strongly with cats. I don't remember any names from my feline lives. The majority I wouldn't of had one, being a wild feline. A few lives I have memories of being a pet but no memories of any name and I don't personally find it important. As an argonian I'm unsure of my name also. I have one or two possibilities which seem familiar, but if they were my name, a name of someone I was close to or something else entirely I'm unsure. Again I don't really find past names that important. I am what I am and the name I use in this life reflects all aspects of myself.
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    Sorry everyone for being so inactive here the past few months! Life has thrown a lot of hurdles my way this past year but I'm doing my best to get things back on track. Here's hoping next year will be better! I wish you all a very happy Christmas/festive season. Whatever holiday's you may celebrate I hope you all have a wonderful time! Kinmunity will always be very special to me and I thank each and every one of you for being here. You all contribute to making this place a lovely, friendly, welcoming environment and spark so many interesting discussions and topics. Wishing you all the best of luck for your adventures to come! - Velvet & Torahmi
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    Starting 02/07/2019, users must meet a set of criteria for their account to be automatically confirmed. Accounts that are not confirmed will not be able use certain features of Kinmunity. The criteria required for confirmation is low enough to not cause a lot of headache, but high enough that there's little return on investment for abusive people. IN ORDER TO BE CONFIRMED: Your account must be at least seven (7) days old. You must have posted at least fifteen (15) pieces of content. Once you meet criteria, you will be automatically confirmed by our system and your restrictions will be lifted. It may take up to twenty four hours after you meet criteria for the system to promote you; please be patient - it's well worth the wait!
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    From the album: Lunastre’s Nature Photo Gallery!... 🐉🌗🌌🤗

    This is one of my draconic guardians, Averros, amongst these winter roses during the sunset at the Botanical Gardens! I truly love taking pictures of the winter sunset, especially with dragons!... ^.=.^
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    From the album: Lunastre’s Nature Photo Gallery!... 🐉🌗🌌🤗

    This picture was also taken at the Japanese Tea Gardens, when my earth mother and I first went, before that bad accident atleast, lol. Either way, I love the beautiful sunshine on these flowers! Truly magical I would say the least!... ^.=.^
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    Ahh, finally out of school for the day >.< Time to relax!
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    It seems strange to me that you can't sense this. I gets lots of feedback when I feed on solar energy, sometimes more than I'd want. I definitely feel it when other gods grant me an energy boost as well. Regular humans with no previous experience can learn to sense energy, though the time it takes can vary. Some people get it pretty quickly and some may take a few years of practice before it clicks. My teacher has had students study with him for two or three years before the lightbulb comes on. Do you sense other types of energy? Maybe you had the bad luck of finding yourself in the human equivalent of an energy-deaf body. Or maybe there's a block on you for a reason. I can see how having those previous instincts rule you in this life would be difficult to handle. In that case, maybe it's best to leave it alone.
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    (All right, I needed to scratch this post multiple times, because while writing it I had multiple Ideas and- dare I say revelations (?) about a few things. And I have to add some trigger warnings her, I guess, for mentions of anxiety and parental abuse... even if I didn't wanted to talk about this just yet here in my third blogpost? But It came up in my musings.) Discussing or just reading comments here made pointed me to a obvious but kind of unexpected question I never quite asked myself, which is Why? Why do I like Dragons that much? Am I kith, am I kin with them or do I just like them because they are cool? I like mythology in general, I'm very interested in culture in general and there's no specific time or place I really focus on. But If I really look into it, I'm not that obsessed actually. I had a dragon phase as others had a wolf or archeology phase where it peaked over multiple years, but it dimmed down now. I still love them and if there are dragons somehow involved or depicted, that at least catches my eyes. But come to think of it properly it's much like the average fantasy fan. I love nature as whole and all types of animals equally and am very fascinated with them. If you ask me to pic a favorite, it will be enormously difficult for me, but eventually I would point to Butterfly's, Elephants and Dragons. And sometimes Owls. See a pattern there? Dragons for me are wise and intelligent, strong but kind, guiding and fiercely protecting and nobody can harm them. Everything an abused twelve year old whose parents give no rules to obey is drawn to. And if they encourage it by buying you more of it, even better, It seemed to please them so why stopp? Dragons are a copy mechanism for me. Elephants, owls and butterfly's are also associated with wisdom and/ or growth. And yet, I have such a different "relationship" with them. Butterfly's are the most beautiful creatures I know. Not only their colors but also their fragility, yet extreme endurance is mind blowing and I love the natural magic of their livelong evolution. Did you ever stand in a swarm of these fluttering all around you? Life is literally pulsating and overwhelms you with its power. There's a reason hope and the soul are so often depicted as butterfly's, I guess? And they are so helpful and important in the ecological system, too! Owls are... owls, I guess. I love how those silent cunning predators have perfectioned their survivals skills, like not all of them catching their prey from the air, there are species who literally running after it. And they're are so beautiful and mysterious and strong. And baby owls are one of the the sweetest things I've seen. Elephants, tho. I have/had an elephant as an spirit guide (I have no Idea if they're still around). I love watching them, I talk to them in the local zoo. My day just instantly grows better if I see one in real life. If they touch me with their trunk, I'm playing with them until they loose interest. I collect statues of them, I try to buy one in every new Town I visit as an souvenir. I always said I have the soul of an elephant because I'm feeling this old, everybody thinks my proverbial skin is thicker than is actually is, I remember everything ever done to me, my sense of orientation is inhumanly good, I love and protect my family and home at all cost and I grieve for ages for lost love ones. That picture of an elephant touching an old bone tenderly? That's me. That is literally me. And I always loved them, If we go to the zoo nobody even asks if we shall also visit the elephants, we just do. If we go to a zoo in another town, the first thing located on the map are lions for my dad and elephants for me. It just is. I have a child's ring from where I' was three which has an elephant on it and I would wear it if my hands weren't too big. I love warmth and sandy colors -I have orange walls and my whole wardrobe is either that, grey/ black or blue. There is this song about a man longing and being a hurt soul and asking his lover to be gentle with him and I relate soooo much to it both because of what was done to me and the simple fact that its starting with " I'm an elephant, I forget nothing.". I made that statement multiple times and it is true. It's freaking true. I need to look into this further but whoa. My head's spinning right now, and I really hope this is readable and not the brain vormitting gibberish it actually is. Thank you for pushing me to ask this questions.
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    I totally agree. There are many users who feel both human and non-human at the same time. It's something that was new to me when I joined here, too, and still feels a bit paradox for me. Although I have a different stance when it comes to myself, I think it's totally fine to give high value in your human side, whatever it is you connect with it, and you don't at all have to give up that side to be otherkin. Being otherkin only means to be more fully yourself, I think.
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    To those of you who play D&D or similar games I'm curious what kind of groups you've played in? Do you have a group of friends you play with or did you join a group without initially knowing the other players? Do you meet up in person or do you play over the internet?
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    It's not wrong to gently shift your internal perspective to try things out for size. This isn't life or death, and it's okay to be wrong, to be right, to be right for now but in the future realize it has changed! You will never be the You That You Are In This Moment once this moment has passed--so what stays alive between changing moments? What haunts you in your dreams and deepest personal thoughts? What eyes are you looking through? Okay, zen business mentioned... it's okay to wanna be some really cool thing. I think, at heart, everybody wishes they were a dragon. But not everybody wishes they were a dragon so much that they roleplay it, journal about it, have an alternate persona with a pretty distinct and consistent appearance, etc. Shoot, I even still wish I was a dragon! (I was formerly a gateway system with a dragon member, I am now singulate and fae/elven. I occasionally see some overlap between traits considered fae and traits considered dragon and my partner occasionally calls me an "alien snake panther" which I just kinda parse as 'kinda close to the modern idea of a dragon'.) Don't feel like you're bad, or stealing, or making things up. Just feel it out, be open to any response (or no response, which is the more frustratingly common event) without judgment or expectation. Maybe you are dragonkin, or kith, or it ends up just being an artistic persona.
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    Oh, don't worry, you weren't offensive (and I hope I wasn't either!). I was just trying to clarify a few points.
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    One thing to consider if you've always felt drawn to dragons is the possibility of being dragon-hearted (being connected to dragons in some way, perhaps spiritually or mentally). Being hearted (sometimes called kith) with a creature can cause very similar experiences to being otherkin. Although being otherkin is very possible as well, while not everyone loves their kintypes there are certainly many who do so it wouldn't be uncommon. Many people are drawn to their kintypes because of their identity so being obsessed with something as a child could point to it being a kintype, of course, it could also just be something you loved/were fascinated with. Another possibility is you may have shifts coming from different places - you may have a couple of different kintypes (reptile and avian for example) or you may be both hearted and otherkin. As you mentioned, dinosaurs are also a possibility and there are certainly some who could fit and it's worth researching more! Those are just a few possibilities for you to think over, but of course only you can figure out your kintype. If you feel yourself leaning to a specific possibility that's fine, don't be worried to explore it because you feel you may be biased; your initial instincts may well be right. Just make sure to keep an open mind and explore other possibilities as well - even those you don't believe fit. Who knows, something may surprise you but if not and you find yourself ending back up at dragon you will have learnt a lot more about yourself along the way. Through exploring other possibilities, seeing what fits and what does not, you'll build up a more solid sense of your identity and be more confident in the answers you find. Self-discovery is a journey and it can be a long one. You may take a few wrong turns along the way but that's ok, most of us have. That's how we all learn and grow.
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    I'd guess a duality--or more that conflicting things can both be true. Just because I am Human does not mean I am not Fae. Just because I like my human body doesn't mean I can't also like the idea of it being different in a few ways! Or to have lots of options and change skins! There are few true opposites in life. You're definitely not alone
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    Very nice! I like the how the moon is reflecting off the river.
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    It feels like it's been forever since the last time I made a blog post on Kinmunity! Though I have to admit that so much has changed... im a little glad I don't have to clean up what I've written before. I have a job that I love! I have begun to crochet! I am an elf! There's so much more socializing and artmaking in my life. I think I'll comment some images of my crochet work onto this blog post next week. My life is still mostly offline... I am only certain to be around on Tuesdays and Thursdays at work.
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    Currently I play with my best friends/neighbors. We are running a werewolf/Garou game after waffling back and forth forever and a day. I have also played 5e Forgotten Realms with a group that I partly knew and partly did not know--but we all had the Known friends in common, so it wasn't entirely strangers. I have never been to a public game night... sounds spooky but also neat!
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    I have a few groups I used to play with (haven't in a while). First I started playing with a friend group of which I already knew the others, mainly from fantasy festivals. Then I found out that a local (board) game shop hosted D&D game nights, I tried it a few times and that was with players I didn't know.
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    So, just a heads up. Due to medical reasons I'm going to be sleeping very little for the next 1-3 weeks. I probably won't have enough mental clarity to post here, so I'm probably going to be quiet for that time. But hopefully I'll be back to normal soon!
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    Smiles and laughter, But I feel broken the hour after. I know I must keep acting, Even though I’m cracking.
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    As an individual who does to some extent experience a difference, although not drastic, imagine being in one sate of mind, one train of thought, one feeling and perception of the world, then suddenly it like an ebbing tide it flows away. Suddenly that which is underneath is exposed and then the feeling that the world surrounding, the thoughts encompassing it, are all seeing it through another lens. The difference of say, going to the optometrist and having the hazy, indistinct view put forward and with a simple rotation, it is clear. The world itself has not changed, there is no delusion about it, reality is still reality but the perception of that reality is more lucid and distinct. Yet that is not all, as rather than just feeling it all to be different it also inspires the self, the true self, to approach it differently. Rather than viewing everything with a human perspective and thoughts, the state of mind itself is completely different. It may be alien for some or as for most here, leagues more familiar. The world feels right, the perception of it feels right, the way to act in it and behave feels right. So it is not uncommon then such a shift in mental state will spur someone in that experience to act more according to where their mind, their emotions lead them. This is, of one is familiar with some disciplines of psychology the Self versus the Persona. The latter is the functional mask an individual wears to inhibit themselves in order to operate in reality and be largely functional in the social world. The Self, however, can be any number of things; a Self that is not actualized and individuated is unbalanced and the person will be lopsided in their reactions. But someone who has incorporated all the disparity in their being who can then be the Self might experience euphoria - I certainly do. I feel almost as if everything that is the mind, heart, and soul, these ethereal and intangible parts of myself have all coalesced and suddenly I live through them in the body too. I no longer feel that there is a disconnect but I also, for a time, do not perceive all of my body as it is in physicality - this is where the phantom elements come into play for many, myself included - and the way I want to interact with the world is different. But if they can surprise the individual? Absolutely, a mental alteration of state can be triggered with some sort of stimulus readily. It could be as simple as a certain sound or a scent or even a memory - by virtue intentionally as day dreaming or meditation or similar. So it can come as much as surprise as it cannot and that can be for better or worse. As one imagines, for myself I am suddenly very different in demeanor and intention if someone were to present their back to me in play or in conflict; there is an urge and a stimulus to act, to ambush. But can I control it? Absolutely, it is still I, the Self, who is in control and while I have impulses they are moderates by my being. However, some people have difficulty with that and often by virtue of disability or personality, which makes it essential to learn to guide it.
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    Shifts in general can be extremely variable and will differ from person to person in terms of strength, duration and frequency. And of course some people do not experience shifts at all. It's a bit like a sliding scale between human and non-human, where a shift would be moving up and down that scale between any two points. Some people may slide up and down the scale a lot, others may be set at a certain point and never shift and some may hover around the same area with only minor fluctuations up and down. Personally I don't really shift as such, my mindset is a blend of human-feline-argonian. My feline mentality is set and does not change in intensity however my argonian mindset still experiences minor fluctuations. In the past I did experience quite noticeable and sudden shifts, but haven't for some time now. My feline aspects are a little easier to pick out as they are quite different from human, but argonian and human can seem very similar at times. There is a difference to the instincts behind the thoughts and in the way I think of and process things as an argonian, depending on the situation and environment that distinction can become more or less clear. My natural instincts can influence my behaviour. For feline this is again more easy to notice, for example the instinct to stalk is a large one for me. I think my feline aspects effect my body language, posture and the way I move. Not generally in a way that is noticeable to other people (well, felines and other therians may be more inclined to pick up the subtleties) but it is noticeable to me. Again with argonian there are many human overlaps and I can't always be sure what comes from where. There are a few things a lot easier to pick out though, such as my tendency to flick open my fingers when I walk into a dark room/place... I am getting out of that habit somewhat but it comes from the subconscious thought of 'I should light this place up' followed by an unsuccessful attempt to cast a light spell. There are also times when I feel I would normally panic but my argonian mindset remains calm and efficient, generally in situations involving myself/others being hurt (as an argonian I was a healer). In general I don't draw a hard line between my human and kintype mentalities. I view my mind as being a blend of all three, there is a lot of overlap and many thoughts and feelings come from a blended interpretation. But certain thoughts or actions may have a distinctly feline/argonian feel to them.
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    Sorry about all my radio silence. I’ve been busy the last while, getting a new job, moving, and all sorts of stuff.
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    Dogs and foxes cannot breed together, but it is possible to have both a dog and a fox theriotype.
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    happy 2020 its party time
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    Hello,im track! wolf therian XD I go by track the type of wolf i am is an arctic wolf. (im very fluffy xd) i use she/her pronouns. thanks for the alpha for welcoming me!
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    Hello fellow animals and creatures,You can call me track. im 14 and i use she/her pronouns. im always open for roleplaying,pack invites,or even just getting to be buds! now on to my therian stuff. Track is a Polar wolf dog hybrid(arctic wolf,white wolf.) she is very calm and understanding. Even though she seems like she is the rightful omega she is not in any pack and stays as a lone wolf,respecting pack boundaries and rights. any chance of being in a pack will always have her howling with joy. Her favorite meat is fish and enjoys chewing on berries and cambium (The inner part of bark.).She is often found near human boundaries so often because she is friendly near dogs and just needs someone to play with. Awoooo!
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    Happy Christmas to everyone who celebrates! Sorry I haven't been around much, I'm in Wales and didn't bring my laptop.
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    I wish merry Christmas, happy holidays and a happy new year to all kinmunity Frome Faynna the wolf
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    44 thousand years puts it at the oldest yet, and it contains pictures of human-animal hybrids. https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/11/world/oldest-rock-art-humans-scn/index.html
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    if you're bored an you know it break a chair *loud crash in the background*
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    Personally I feel my feline phantoms all the time and my argonian phantoms pretty often, but not constantly. You certainly don't have to have phantoms all the time to be considered therian/otherkin/kith! Everyone experiences things differently, some may never experience any phantoms or shift at all. Otherkinity/therianthropy is an identity as something non-human (while kith/otherhearted is identifying with). The experiences that go along with the identity are personal to each individual.
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