The Real You, Hiding in the Shadows

Who you think you are is probably not who you really are…

by Safiya

I’ve been crocheting a lot lately. It’s like a meditation, the repetitive back and forth, seemingly never ending rows growing and forming, something taking shape from nothing. It’s a miracle to turn a ball of string into a piece of fabric, a fabric that is basically holes held together with knots of yarn.

I just made a curtain. I’m in love with it! I fall in love with everything I make. I can’t believe I’m able to do it and I fall in love so often that I’m overrun with stuff I’ve made.   This is the making of a great modern fairy tale:  the girl who fell in love with everything she makes and ends up surrounded by her handiwork and unable to leave her home, only to be rescued by a handsome prince who arrives on a white horse clutching  a pair of scissors to cut her out of her predicament.

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Why crafting our own narrative matters more now than ever

Social media seduction

I talk about this in my most recent podcast, but this 13-minute Guardian interview is worth watching to understand how unscrupulous marketers are influencing us through Facebook harvesting and micro-targeting.

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie claims that Cambridge Analytica used apps developed by a Cambridge University professor that enjoyed “special permissions” from Facebook. Meaning that If one of your friends signed up for one of these apps, the app had permission to harvest data from all of your friends’ friends – including your status updates and even private messages.

I also found it fascinating that Cambridge Analytica employs teams of writers, designers, and other creatives to create entire blogs and websites to lend the appearance of legitimacy to what you are fed on Facebook. Entire fake histories written just for you!

Want to take back your story? Join us now for Who Do You Think You Are?! A mind-expanding exploration into the untapped resources of your multidimensional Self.

 

Detox the Negative Voices in Your Head

Fake News Alert!

say NO to inner critic

Just say “NO!” to the stories that shame you and crush your joy.

You know that voice in your head that tells you that you aren’t (fill in the blank): good enough, smart enough, cute enough… or just plain enough!?

The voice that tells you that your dreams will never come true, you’ll never meet your soul mate, you’ll never overcome that health challenge, never be able to find your ideal job, or make money doing what you love?

The voice of STOP!  NO!  DON’T!  YOU SUCK! IT’S NOT SAFE! and WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?! Continue reading

What’s Your New Job Title?

Recognizing How Much You’ve Evolved

Spider is the storyteller. Spider reminds us that the stories we tell weave the webs of reality. Photo by DK.

The Moon in Leo – where the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse happened – makes a conjunction with the North Node in Leo and a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius this afternoon. This activates three of the major energies involved in the solar eclipse. Which, just in case you hadn’t noticed, unleashed a powerful wave of change across North America and around the world.

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Out of Time

Naked Songwriter #15

Horses, Synesthesia, Trance and the Eternal Present Moment

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Photo by DK

I had an extraordinary experience with a horse – the day after it happened.

Which led to an exploration of the relationship between time and authority – and why we can’t hope to write a different story while we’re stuck in a krono-logical timeframe.

Also:

  • Mercury out of bounds in Cancer
  • Mars out of bounds in Cancer
  • The Cancer New Moon
  • Synesthesia and songwriting

The Hidden Meaning of ‘Speak Truth to Power’

women collective story

Choose your own adventure by chiaralily on flickr.

Power vs. Force and the Roots of Anger

I don’t know why the statement “We need to speak truth to power” popped into my head last week. But it wouldn’t stop rattling around in the old noggin so I asked myself, “What does it mean to speak truth to power?”

I did a little research and apparently the phrase first appeared in a book published by the Quakers (Society of Friends) in 1955, although it is also attributed to Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin.

I have a lot of respect for the Quakers. My great-grandmother was a Quaker in Indiana. I dig their whole non-hierarchical, non-violent thing. And I have a ton of respect for those who risked their lives during the Civil Rights movement to try to win equal status for African-Americans in our society.

This slogan may have been perfect for the collective consciousness in 1955. But its hidden meaning is actually profoundly disempowering in our time.¹ Continue reading

The Taboo Against (Healthy) Pleasure

Why the Revolution Starts With You

life is art

“Life is grim.”

That was one of my late grandfather’s stock responses to my mother when my mom was a child and couldn’t have or do something she wanted.

His other chestnut was a paraphrase of one of Jesus’ sayings in the Sermon on the Mount: “Into each life some rain must fall.”

We all heard things like this when we were kids. Often delivered either in a tone of mocking humor that demonstrated – consciously or not – the parent’s contempt for our desires. Or laced with enough anger to shut us up and back us down. Continue reading