Thanks for your concern. Yes, I have heard that a lot. However, I feel a deeply rooted need/desire to do this and seek the support of the community to help make it a positive spiritual experience rather than just some scarification.
I seek spiritual healers because most are familiar with energy and can be sensitive to very subtle changes in my mood, consciousness, experience, etc. The reason I mentioned "Shaman" is that Shaman are known for walking people through mental/spiritual journeys, which I hope to be at least a portion of this ritual. I do not expect to have my wounds healed by them, but would like to have energetically-sensitive individuals help support my sacred space and be able to assist me with my spiritual journey (as several people on this thread have pointed out, not everyone will be able to connect with the concept let alone be able to communicate with me on my level during the rite/ritual).
Sorry I wasn't clear about that from the beginning (I also discovered that you can only edit your posts for an hour...so I can't change my request). To be clear, I seek the following...
I seek spiritual healers to help establish and maintain sacred space for the ritual, assist with my spiritual, mental, and emotional experience, and to generally oversee the rite from a spiritual/energetic perspective.
On-SCENE MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS:
Due to the nature of this rite/ritual, I would like to have medically trained individuals on-scene. If you have medical training and are interested in participating, please send me a private message through eplaya.
WOUND CARE ASSISTANCE:
Some of the planned cuts will be in areas (for example my back/shoulder blades) that I will be unable to see and/or effectively care for. In order to be able to receive scarification in those areas, I will need a dedicated individual/team to assist me in caring for them...
CUTTER/BODY MODIFICATION EXPERT(s):
Although I have been contacted by a few individuals with *some* body modification experience, I do not yet have anyone with the experience necesary to safely complete the rite/ritual. If you are an experienced body modification specialist (especially through cutting), please consider assisting (even if you normally would not do a modification on the playa, please consider that I plan to do this with or without assistance...you will not be contributing to an irresponsible act, but instead to help make a spiritual moment a safe one as well...).
I have some of the pattern drawn, though I still seek the input of other artists. If you are interested, please contact me via pm.
I also seek the assistance of mutant vehicles (especially immediately following scarification) and the general support of the community.
If you are interested in participating, please contact me. Please include your name/playa name, a little bit about your reason(s) for wanting to participate in the rite/ritual, and any skills you are willing to offer.