shift

What a strange and illuminating past few days this has been.

While I launched myself into the week hell bent on achieving certain things that would “shape and determine” the winter what wound up happening has not only done that (in ways that I did not even imagine) but pretty much as shaped up a whole new phase of my life.

Not so much shaped up, but returned me to where I once was and stepped away from.

It is almost like I have been on a seven year path of avoidance and denial that brought me full circle and I was presented with the same choice again. Now why does that sound familiar?

And the choice I made this time is the one I knew I should have made before and was too chicken to do so. Maybe not so much chicken as not in a position to be able to commit to it even though I was aware of it and aware of its importance in my life.

This week has turned into a full scale reordering to allow it to come into being.

And Saturday I went and walked with Christina from the video and we talked for 2 or 3 hours.

It was a good thing. And as I told her the unfolding of what has happened she got so excited – about every aspect of it. And excited for me. And I agreed with her that suddenly (a suddenly that has stretched over the past year or so) I have moved onto a place in my life where who I am and what I can do has come together in a way that I can move forward as never before. With a wholeness and integrity. Surety and still a great deal of fear but that is ok.

We talked about, how at this stage in my life – as person and artist – I have come into being. And this is the precursor to the stage she is entering, in which she acknowledges that she is beginning what will be the last phase. The conclusion of ones life and efforts. Not that it implies and sudden demise, but that the plateau has been crossed and the closing has begun.

It was good to meet and talk from these perspectives. As one beginning to cross the plateau of wholeness and one who is leaving it and what this means to us and how we view the world and our place in it.

I woke up thinking that Maslow was right in many aspects, but wrong to say that unless the base needs and safety needs are met we cannot move forward into purpose, meaning and self esteem. That it is the reverse, the only with meaning can we withstand not having the basic needs met, to lack safety and security. Without…we spin.

I mention Maslow because not only has his hierarchy of needs shaped this nations concept of social welfare. But it is the theory that has made that NYS gubernatorial candidates statement about moving all welfare recipients into prison dorms to teach them hygiene and social skills because they never learned them in their dysfunctional families possible.

He compares his plan (which he then backed off and said would be voluntary) to FDRs program during the depression. The difference being that FDRs program recognized the skill and value of each life but that each life suffered from the condition of the economy and society and he created programs to allow people to feel worthy and like they had a place and purpose in life.

This particular candidate, most likely in ignorance, proposes a solution that comes from classism.

It seems to me…that a huge part of our society bases their individual validation of the acceptance of outsiders of their lives. And I look at that statement from the perspective of an artist and person who is recently acknowledging that I have spent over a year suffering unnecessarily because I adopted that mindset too in very many ways.

Changes are a foot.

Life is suddenly looking infinitely brighter. Not because circumstances have changed (although they will) but because I have rediscovered and allowed myself to commit to a pursuit of meaning in life.

And – going back to Jung’s concept of meaningful coincidences, in the brief time I have moved to embrace this acceptance I have been surrounded by a pile of coincidences that support it. I should mention, that sometimes support comes from the loss of what was never needed or important in the first place.

It is raining.
I am posting.
Then I am turning off the computer for the day.

c.2010 Cassandra Tribe. All Rights Reserved.

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About cassandratribe

"There are few artists that can do what Cassandra Tribe does. Whether with her poetry, her videos or her blog, Cassandra examines the truths that most of us can never come close to realizing and shows it for what it is, both beautiful and frightening at the same time. She exposes our inner-most workings like the cross-section of a powerful but flawed machine, our gears and springs, nuts and bolts removed and laid out before us. She is a true artist. Her new video, Requiem for a God, is the latest example of Cassandra's willingness to tear open and examine the very things that make us human. Shooting the film entirely by herself, she also eliminates all the little excuses we come up with to keep us from ourselves and our truth. You see, even when she's not trying to be, Cassandra Tribe is a beacon of truth and humanity in this darkest of worlds." (Michael E. Quigg, The Culture Network, June 2009)
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