Swapping Bodies! Whaaa?

“You have got to be kidding me!”, I thought when I first read the title “What if you could experience life in another person’s body?” This BBC article was delivered to me by way of an email blast from one of my all-time-favorite Law of Attraction gurus, Mike Dooley.

I practically fainted when I read the title, because this, as many of you know, is the subject of one of my novels. You know, the novel that I’ve been writing for nearly a decade about the topic of merging one’s essence with another, swapping bodies in a delicious act of love and soul connection, and lighting up for one’s true soul mate, etc. Gawd, I love merging.

Anyway, I was excited as I followed the link. My heart was pounding. I was a bit jiggly and breathless as I waited those few seconds for the page to load. What I hoped for was a metaphysical exploration and explanation of what happens to me when I am in love with someone or something and merging energies with them and while that wasn’t what this particular article was about, it was still a very interesting article.

In short, two people don virtual reality headsets, called a “Machine to Be Another” in which the video from each person is ported over to the opposite headset. In the article, a male participant was able to see what the female participant was doing and vice-versa. Apparently, it takes the brain a few minutes to orient itself but it adapts pretty quickly and results in a very interesting, perception-altering experience for participants. These particular participants expressed that this exercise changed them for the better.

Machine to Be Another is part of a growing study of implicit racism and how to generate empathy for others but makers also see lots of other applications for the technology, including using it in therapeutic practices where a therapist can swap bodies with their patients to more clearly understand the patient’s issues and better empathize with them. The fact is that these devices change the brains of the wearers, at least, in the short term.

brain My theory for why people become accustomed to living in another gender’s body so quickly is that we’ve all lived before and we’ve all been both men and women. We remember. Our cells remember. Many of us know in some deep, soulful place that we are much, much more than these bodies that we currently occupy. We know that there is something much more profound and far-reaching happening with the human race. So, swapping bodies is natural to us because our brains are super computers designed to adapt instantly to stimuli and then yield expanded states of consciousness and higher functioning.

Okay, I’ve held you off long enough. The article totally makes me want to try this exercise. I wonder if they let just anyone do this? I wonder if it will become mainstream, like, will we see cafes opening all over the place where people can go in and have life-changing experiences? I can totally see this happening. Walk in one way and come out completely different but the same. I dig it. 🙂 What about you guys? Would you want to try this?

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15 thoughts on “Swapping Bodies! Whaaa?

    1. BigLizzy Post author

      Kitty! Ha, I know, right?! It seems like such a cool exercise if for no other reason than to look down and see a dude’s body in place of your own. What a trip that would be, right? Thanks for stopping by, my friend. 🙂

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      1. hellokalykitty

        Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the liebster award :). Details can be found on my latest post 🙂

      2. BigLizzy Post author

        Awww…Hellokalykitty! Oh-my-gosh, THANK YOU so much for the very kind nomination, honey. I’ll head over to your spot and check it out. You are the best. XOXO

  1. Adri

    This does look kind of fun – though it would be awesome to get together with a girl/guy and ‘ride along’ such that you’re the one ‘driving’ (via earpiece?) but using their body to interact, so you can get a feel for what it’s like to interact with other people as the opposite gender. I bet you’d notice some fundamental differences.

    Talking about seeing things from another person’s point of view – I’ve had some disorienting experiences writing female characters where I’m confidently following a plot line then suddenly I go ‘off the map’ of my male experience and realize I have no idea how to deal with the situation. Fortunately I live with a girl who doesn’t mind answering lots of silly questions 🙂

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    1. BigLizzy Post author

      Adri!

      You raise a very interesting point. It would be most fascinating to actually switch places and live as the other gender for a while to fully experience how other people treat you differently, etc.

      I remember reading about a woman in her late 20s who dressed, acted, and lived as a young boy, even going so far as to go to High School and date other girls. She was, admittedly, mentally ill, but she claimed that one of her reasons for doing it was that she had more rights, more respect, and more clout as a man than a female.

      I know exactly what you mean about trying to write for the opposite gender; I’ve had similar struggles. It’s so great that your “girl” helps you with working out your questions and writing from a more female perspective.

      I once edited a manuscript, written by a man, who suffered from a lack of a female consultation. He had his female protag doing things that 99.9% of woman would NEVER do. It was so glaringly obvious that he was a man and writing for a female but had no clue about the female psyche. I had such a hard time helping him with the book because he was resistant to the editing process.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, my friend. I always love it when you stop by. 🙂

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    1. BigLizzy Post author

      FatBottom!

      Totally! It would be super fun to try it, wouldn’t it? I wish we could. It might even be fun to try it with a girlfriend just for shits and grins.

      How have you been, sis? How’s life treating you? I haven’t done much but work my brains out lately; it’s appalling how many hours I’ve been working. Sigh. How is your man-muffin doing? Are you guys well?

      XOXO

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      1. Fat Bottom Girl

        Everything is super swell and the cat’s pajamas around here! ! Except for that practically full grown man with a teenager’s brain I call my son!! He’s been a handful as of late, but that seems to be evening out. My man-muffin is delish and delightful and I only wish he lived closer to me. 😦

        I too have been working my fat bottom off at work and at home. So good and check in!! Fat bottom love to you and yours my sistah!

      2. BigLizzy Post author

        Fat-Bottom-Baby! Sooo good to hear that everything is going well for you and the men in your life. It cracks me up how you describe your son. Ha! So thankful I had a girl, but they are hard for a whole pile of other reasons, eh?! I love hearing that you are well, happy, and prospering. Gobs of LOVE right back atcha, sis. 🙂

  2. mariner2mother

    Looks interesting. But what would be even more life changing would be to have a way for another person to not only experience another’s body, but to experience their thought patterns, emotions and feel their physical pain. Fascinating machine there, though. I’d definitely try it.

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