A stranger once warned me "it was a time for long shadows" and I found myself in a midst of persons who made assumptions about me, ones rooted in Hispanic stereotypes, prolonged kkk representations, and ideas they had some right to vote me in or not regarding creating equality, social justice, and empowerment.
I remember how I thought "shadows are for loving, for there within is magic." I made lists of shadows that I love and appreciate: the shadows cast by the old and tall mango tree, cooling the small flower blossoms growing beneath its magnificent leaves; the haunted house within which I live, complete with a ghost who calls himself "the doctor" and e joys making jokes about how he died; my witches book of shadows; my legacy of nonviolence work, feminist essays, prose and controversial literary & performance art; the ability of musicians to construct symphonies of color, perhaps first as an arpeggio as if a series of premonitions cast and composed from shadow made strong and tall and definite by their body, mind, brilliance, life; the whispers of lovers in ecstacy; the reflection of life, mirrored held and released by the genius of the eye working in light or trying in dark; the stunning imprint of lace curtains upon the table, the skin, the gemstones in my bedroom; the mask of past memory, distorted this way or that way by self esteem or clear understanding or the readiness to condemn; the dark Knight, willing to take the fall, to play the bad one and to be hunted in order to save them all, in order to save them all.
Shadows cast from assumptions, and cast from the stories of others, most often ones told and made by heroines and heros such as Harriet Tubman, Christ, even Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. Who was actually asked to be the representative for the civil rights work the women of color had been giving, letting go of their credit, stepping back into the shadows because they knew, as did he, that it would take a man to be heard, to create change, to succeed; the variations of liars, the way women lie to protect others' and men lie to get out of trouble; shadows of altruism, transformation, shelter, social change, pathways, images, rotations, Satyagraha.
I’ve been reading a book kindly lent to me by a colleague, and this quote was such a kick in the tum. Its been sitting with me ever since, and I’ve been challenging all of the thoughts the pop into my head. It got me thinking — why do these lies need to be negative? I mean if we’re going to tell ourselves all of these lies we believe and uphold, why not tell ourselves beautiful and uplifting lies instead? 🙌🏼 [Anna]
S A F F R O N B O O K C L U B ⠀
During this month's book club on August 22nd, we will explore The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.⠀
Bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.⠀
As a special treat, Saffron & Sage’s newest Practitioner Raquel, who studied under and worked alongside Don Miguel Ruiz and is one of the few authorized to teach his beliefs, is joining this month's Saffron Book Club! Click the link in our bio to RSVP. ✨⠀
$20 | Free for Members⠀