Diaspora Soul

Diaspora Soul

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lover of your soul

To experience miracles, we have to perceive them.
To perceive them, we need to be open.

To be open, we need to trust.

To trust, we need to heal.
To heal, we need to tend to our wounds.
To tend to our wounds, we need to express their pain.
To express their pain, we must listen to our soul stories.
To listen to our soul stories, we need quiet, loving attention within.

Be a devoted lover of your soul. You are worthy of the highest heights. Allow yourself to receive this love…

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race, manifestation, and healing…

I’ve been listening to a lot of talks lately on manifestation—the practice and play of creating what one wants in their lives that is not yet seen—and have noticed that most of what’s most widely circulating and readily available are talks given by white people, and find the oversimplification of the way it’s taught very hurtful to people of color, including myself. Have any of them ever considered that a part of healing is racial justice, not to mention the little matters of gender and class and religion etc? This is not to say I do not believe in positive thinking, affirmations and miracles, quite the contrary. But to assume that we can just affirm our way to manifesting our dreams is just another mechanism that makes invisible the legacies of racism, slavery, internalized oppression and colonization that most of the world has to face.

To claim our worth isn’t done in isolation or alienation like the system teaches us. It’s easier when your skin is always the skin of heroes in movies and in books, or when you haven’t been spit on and told that you’re hot and nice to look at and touch but dirty and brown. Yes, healing is done in our personal lives but is connected to the collective, it’s how we are reflected in community and in the world. It’s hard enough being an artist and having to constantly put yourself out there day in and day out with no security or guarantee, but I’ve had to enter in a deep world of ancestral healing, present healing, and give life to the stories that live inside of me in order to have the strength and positive outlook I have today. And I have a tremendous amount of privilege being light skinned and growing up with a family who provided all my needs and loved me incessantly. This isn’t about feeling sorry for ourselves or feeling victimized by growing up in difficult conditions or present day circumstances, it’s about making our voices heard in a world that hides from sorrow and hides from the ghosts of history that still haunt out bodies and memories.

I am not a victim. I’m a strong ass woman that is claiming her space in this world, and if I can’t manifest my way to the perfect place right now then good. It means I have some soul-story telling to do that will heal me a little more, and my grandma a little more, and hopefully another little brown girl, but stop making it seem like it’s just about thinking your way there. That’s a white lie, no pun intended. We all need healing, I’m just asking that we uncover our blind spots and listen to those voices who keep getting pushed into prisons and refugee camps. I have a lot to learn, but I can’t stand to keep this to my privatized self anymore. Over and out.

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on life and meaning-making

So much of life is about meaning-making, and we need each other to make the most meaning out of our experience. It gets reflected and experienced even more powerfully through others—the sorrows and the joys, the bad and the good. We are able to create, learn, open, close, cry, love, hate, be angry. And in that honoring of all that can be, in that honing of a practice that is still as the deepest vibration, a tenderness beyond measure is felt. So tender that we crack open, break down, break through, and become one with it all…

We do not need words, but we can artfully use them to play with our reflections, to teach each other the different ways we can deepen and experience this existence. But we do not need them. At times they are a distraction to what the soul wants to say. At times it takes away from the freedom songs. At times they clutter our experience with contraction, limitation, and we fear that the experience behind the experience doesn’t exist so we distract our core fears with the temporary seduction of thought. It works on the mind so powerfully that we forget the word/thought world isn’t actually the only reality. The pause between sentences holds the mystery of life. The things unsaid are the wisdom and knowledge that unlocks the world behind the world…

Healing and restoration become essential to this path. Much of what we’ve created in this world, and our relation to it, has caused grave suffering. A hardening shell that keeps us far away from freedom, from grace, from the sweet breath of life. So to address the structures that have been created that keeps us divided and conquered is not something we can escape. We all need that healing, no matter if one is located as oppressed or oppressor. To heal through these phases of history and identity and conditioning is the revolution that changes our experience of life, and opens the door to new dreams and new possibilities. But we need to travel through the ghosts of history first, the most painful of pains, our worst fears, our deepest wounds, in order to take the next step toward freedom…

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"I am not wrong: Wrong is not my name
My name is my own my own my own
and I can’t tell you who the hell set things up like this
but I can tell you that from now on my resistance
my simple and daily and nightly self-determination
may very well cost you your life” #JuneJordan Poem About My Rights #IWD2014

"I am not wrong: Wrong is not my name
My name is my own my own my own
and I can’t tell you who the hell set things up like this
but I can tell you that from now on my resistance
my simple and daily and nightly self-determination
may very well cost you your life” #JuneJordan Poem About My Rights #IWD2014

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believe in yourself

Sometimes just to believe in yourself you have to revisit all the times you haven’t. Talk to your fears, talk to your shame. Invite them to the table and see what they have to say. Breathe…Accept all of who you are…go through your day believing a bit bigger, a bit bolder…

Believe in yourself.

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