posted on Feb, 13 2013 @ 12:02 PM
In the mid- and late 1990s I went for 2 1/2 years without using my thumbs. Not that I had to do it that long, but because after going thumbless I
really like it!
This happened because I was at a party at a house I lived in with about 17 others. We had a massive living room, and would hold raves and concerts
there. At one concert a drunk jerk started a fight with one of the musicians, they "took it outside" and when the bigger one eventually started
pounding the musicians head on the pavement three of us jumped in and pulled him off, and he walked away mumbling. In the process I hurt my right
It had a pretty good twist to it, so I knew I'd be injured for a little while and not be able to use it fully. Then I realized "Hey, I've never not
used my thumbs!" Liking to do limit-stretching things like that, I just stopped using them, figuring it would be for about a week.
Some things were a little harder, but my brain soon adapted well, quicker than I thought it would. A few night later I had a vivid dream of living in
a jungle, animal like. It was very nice living in a jungle, animal like.
So I kept on not using them. After a couple of weeks I didn't even think about it very much, everything was as easy as before after a bit. Had to
hold a pen differently, and brush my teeth with the brush at a different angle. Everything that got familiar doing that was another limit-extender,
just breaking or changing old habit patterns. It wasn't hard, so I kept it up. I don't know how long it took until the next step kicked it.
At some point I realized that our entire skin is calloused. All of it. Because when I stopped using my thumbs long enough they became uncalloused.
Rubbing them very gently against anything was a wonderful tactile experience. When running them along any surface, the surface became so enlarged on a
feeling level that it was like carrying around two mini-tactile magnifying glasses.
Of course hanging out with women was fun. Two friends in particular liked licking or sucking with just a little pressure (not gross or overtly sexual,
for purposed of this thread). The feeling was sublime. So, all in all, things became easy, I liked the experience so much that I didn't use them for
two and a-half years, and then for some reason I can't recall just started using them again. But not as often.
I still do lots of things without using my thumbs, it just seems natural (brain adaptation I suppose). I forget if I used to type with my thumbs, I
So I highly suggest it as a technique, for at least a week, just to do a pattern-breaking exercise which isn't very hard after awhile (that's what
you'd want, I'd say, is do it until everything gets easy, or when you don't even think about it any more). For anyone adventureous to go further
and get rid of the skiin callous on those particular parts of the body - go for it, for sure. Very enjoyable and interesting.
And one more thing. Doing this living experiment made me so aware of what happens to babies when they're born, and happened to me when I was born.
The entire skin of a newborn infant has no callous, and then suddenly it's pulled out of the womb, the gooey stuff is rubbed away by a nurse with a
rough towel (believe me, no matter how soft a towel it would feel like scrapers), and the baby is wrapped in a blanket and passed around with the
pressure of people's hands on the blanket. No wonder newborns are howling to high heaven - on top of the lights and the temperture change and the
noise, it must be like every nerve end on their body is being highly stimulated, firing off on an unprecedented level every moment. Anyone expecting a
child, please take that into consideration when giving the birthing staff instructions and when holding your newborn. Thanks.