Humans are so busy trying to simplify and dominate and collate and categorize and articulate that we tend to trim the wild garden. I don’t know about you, but the wild garden is the place where life is happening. In my relationships, in my creativity, in my truly hidden world self, I want a wild garden. How about you?
(from the Inhabiting Your Many Worlds Podcast)
Painting: Wild Child by Shiloh Sophia, 2009
Today’s Letter from the Red Thread Cafe #907 4 Worlds + Children and Imagination a podcast about exploring the early wound of our creativity + how we think about the worlds we inhabit + a good listen for those with little ones at home.
- What causes one person to embrace their creativity throughout their life, while another puts down a crayon as a child? We see this a lot here at Musea
- How are we unconsciously inhabiting different worlds, like the worlds within, and then living out a different life ‘in the real world’
- Are we aware of the impacts of things like an ‘over-world’ where dominance is present and how does that impact us?
- Outing myself on how even though I try to be conscious of who I be and how I be, I still fall into wanting to control the circles and get ‘coyote’ to stop messing with the coherent field I am trying to weave. lol.
- What to watch for in how we interact with our little ones in terms of their creativity.
My new podcast Tea with the Muse is an opportunity to be with me in the way I access my material – through being a conduit between earth and star, connecting with the stories I have heard you tell, and imagining you are listening and speaking to you. Most of the podcasts are not from writings – they are in the moment unedited material that for me, is living. So many of my Red Thread Letters are now audio based, I hope you are enjoying them. You can be a paid subscriber but you don’t need to be – it’s totally free still.
First, check out our upcoming events. There is something for everyone – whether you join online or in Sonoma, and whether or not you have any painting experience. Pick an event and dive into your self-expression! I mean, what else have we got to do but connect with ourselves to navigate this strange happening called life!
So get a cuppa something yummy, slow down, and hang out with me here in the in-between. Going through this message might even take half an hour. Don’t have time? Come back later. These are intended to be provocative, educational, as well as intimate – because when I am creating them I am THINKING of you and tuning into what we may need to hear…
Us-two, we still endure longer work hours than our roles require today, for reasons of social control rather than productivity. It’s difficult to find the mental space to question systems of power when we’re working eight hours, then trying to lift heavy weights that don’t need lifting or pedaling bikes that go nowhere for an hour so we don’t die of a heart attack from being stuck for a third of our lives in a physically restrictive workspace”
― Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World
Red Thread Letter #907
Inhabiting Your Many Worlds
Greetings to you, Dear One!
I’m sending many blessings your way as we each navigate this year and what’s to come… Lately, I’ve been feeling something big is changing – a change in the air and season and a change in the energies that be. Something feels really different than even a month ago. Have you felt it too?
For example, the whole AI thing was coming… coming… coming… and then all of a sudden it was everywhere. I only interacted with what I thought of as AI every few days for transcriptions or through a chat on a website or by asking my phone to add something to my calendar. I knew it was coming but I thought I got to choose. Naive? But then…
All of the sudden my friends on social media were putting their photos into avatars made by AI last month. I wanted to, but I didn’t. That doesn’t mean they don’t already have my face it just means I am not going to be lured into the seduction of ‘more of it and more of me in it’ but dang it is hard. All of a sudden friends randomly started talking to me about ChatGPT and how they were conversing with it about simple things like recipes and stories. They are laughing nervously as if we are doing something ‘with it’ but we also know it is doing something with us. And we seem, willing. I don’t feel willing. I feel disturbed.
To help with our education, Jonathan and I are currently reading a life-altering book, Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta – and we want to be the kind of museum, school, sanctuary, ecosystem, and atelier that provides an alternative form of experience and education than what is being offered by the norms. I left traditional academics and a corporate career at the age of 23 – I am not saying I never looked back. I did. But through all of it, Cosmic Cowgirls and Musea got created. We are doing something here that needs to be done – creating a space to free our minds and hearts…
Here is an excerpt from my podcast – tune in here.
‘I wonder if you find yourself thinking about the different worlds that we seem to inhabit as a self, but largely unconsciously. It’s almost like we become aware of worlds as we become adults because we’ve lost some connection to them somewhere between childhood and adulthood. We stopped seeing and dreaming in the way that we used to when we used to have imaginary friends and imaginary worlds.
I can’t help but wonder if we wouldn’t have a different world at large if children were truly taught to keep their imaginal world front and center as a way of thinking and being. We’re not very old, age 8-12 depending on the culture that we’re living in, sometimes even younger than that, before we start to create a disconnect. Whether that’s conscious by adults in our space, I think largely unconscious, or just in a desire to default into being inside of a particular structure.
If we don’t act like we’re present and participating in culture, we sometimes are told we’re daydreamers. We’re told to stop making things up and stop pretending. We’re told to grow up and use our adult voice. We’re taught not to use our outside voice inside. But while all this is happening and has a relative level of logic to it, something else is being lost. We don’t even know enough about it to talk about it.’
I am forever curious about the worlds we create starting when we are two or three years old, and the worlds we create in adulthood that can cause us to lose touch with our identity and true essence.
After tuning in, I invite you to draw a visual of your own worlds. What are they called? What do they look like? How does each one make you feel? Consider sharing with us in the Red Thread Cafe. We would love to witness you ❤️ and/or in the Imusea app, which is free of social media and outside advertising. If you aren’t already in our app, search iMusea in your app store – it’s free.
I know this Letter from the Red Thread Cafe offers a LOT to think about. A lot to chew through. But life is chewy right now.
With big heart,
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Listen to Shiloh Sophia’s Podcast: https://teawiththemuse.substack.com/p/what-worlds-do-you-live-in-and-how#details
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