Mired in a myth of false systems
each person who chooses consciousness
is called to ongoing acts of awakening
At some point in our lives, somewhere within
we know, something, has gone awry
At first we may not know where to look
The very things we were taught to trust
that were said to protect, become suspect
This awareness can cause us to choose slumber
We don’t want to believe it, can’t imagine it
Struggle to understand why, and who, and what
and truly, how it could have been allowed!
Excerpt from ‘UnCloaking the Mire’ ~ continue reading below for full poem
Painting: Close up of of Chief Soulfire by Shiloh Sophia
Looking at the stories of our ancestors shows us
ancient patterns of domination from as far back
as we can see, with some patterns of freedom woven
Freedom, often temporary, often fought for,
Freedom that is ‘won’ over another, is it then, truly freedom?
Does a truly free place exist within us, can we find it?
The process of awakening comes in layers
of engagement with all the places we already live,
eat, breathe, pray, give, take, speak and have membership
Let each person who chooses discover for themselves
where their own life force has been adapted to a system
that is not kind to the ongoing story of our people and planet
Here’s a few to consider, to spark your own inquiry,
to summon the sleeper into consciousness and action
to review visible and invisible allegiances and alliances
What’s included in your list?
Medical, Education, Government, Religion, Race,
Banking, Technology, Family Systems, Tradition,
Agriculture, Social Norms, Military, Ecology, Talent,
Male/Female Roles, Sexuality, Water Systems,
History and the Marketing that keeps it in place
Each system in and of itself is not a false system
How we live it, exploit it, promote it and dominate it
is how it can become false, not for our best interest
Those who are invested in keeping it in place
are so invested in keeping it in place they may not
even know it exists anymore
The disappearing of the original vision which
gave rise to the need for it, is part of the cloaking
of the story they choose to tell about infrastructure
What if the list sounded something more like this?
Health, Learning, Order, Divinity, Diversity,
Abundance, Connectivity, Lineage, Stories,
Food, Relationships, Protection, Earth Home, Self Expression
Partnerships, Pleasure and Reproduction, On-going Life,
Stories Past and Future and Communications
Everything comes down to relationships
with the primary relationship being how we feel
about ourselves, our bodies, our hearts, our hopes
Many of us feel ashamed, worthless, not enough
How has this been allowed, perpetuated, promoted?
How can we move out from here in beauty and power?
I haven’t written today with answers,
Rather, with inquiries of awakening, to know, for ourselves
how we are hooked in and how to unhook
It’s personal and unique to each one of us
Each person has their own bond story to each system
Awakening includes discovering your own way
UnCloaking the mire within myself is mine to do
My sacred responsibility to uncloak and in that, find voice
I hope, to call others to awaken to their self expression
To become awake I do not need to be free, be well,
or instantly remove myself from every system
in which I experience the benefits of membership
I will also not spend all of my precious time
pointing fingers, making lists and making wrongs right
I have moved into an alternate reality revolution
There are lots of us over here, having exited
the mire of false systems to the best of our ability so far
We have called a gathering and you are invited
To become awake begins with choosing to be awake
To stay awake and in action continues with storytelling
Starting with telling my own story and listening to yours
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P.S. Your lists of course may be very different than the ones shared here, make your own lists, as it helps each of us identify for ourselves and our involvement.
This writing is inspired by my relationship with Sue Hoya Sellars who taught me to see beyond the visible where systems are concerned and taught my young girls self words like uncloak and mire!
I didn’t really know what a mire was – so I looked it up since Sue, used it a lot. When I think of patriarchy and how it works, this now makes sense.
“A mire is a wetland type…Mires arise because of incomplete decomposition of organic matter, due to waterlogging and subsequent anoxia. Like coral reefs, mires are unusual landforms in that they derive mostly from biological rather than physical processes, and can take on characteristic shapes and surface patterning.
Mires are a kind of “…living relic… [A] living skin on an ancient body” in which successive layers of regular plant growth and decay are preserved stratigraphically”
And now for some comic relief perhaps….Snip Snip….
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“My revolution shows up unexpectedly
Its not naïve but believes in miracles
Cannot be categorized targeted branded
Or even located
Offers prophecy not prescription
Is determined by mystery and ecstatic joy
Is not centralized though we all know where we’re going
It happens in stages and all at once
It happens where you live and everywhere
It understands that divisions are diversions
It requires sitting still and staring deep into my eyes”
I would like to share this video with you: My Revolution Lives In This Body – Written by Eve Ensler, Performed by Rosario Dawson
Red Thread Letter
I know we all have different views. I don’t write these to create agreement. But to stir up awakening in a good way. I was raised in a women’s movement and it is still deep and true within me to serve women and those that they love. I am mindful not to point fingers and find myself at fault as often as I find others. That’s ok – it keeps me awake to my often invisible part in all of it. But now I know it and see it and can choose my part more clearly.
I have dedicated my life to making art and poetry the method by which I stir awakening and yes I wonder if it is enough in the current form. You may wonder this too – with the state of things. I love that I get to teach teachers, because on any given day – they are also serving. I am in deep personal inquiry about what is next for my work and how it shows up in the world. I just felt I needed to get this said and thought you might enjoy the stir too – and a little comic relief. There is a lot being said about waking up – and while there may be rage or anger – for me it feels more like the breaking of a spell – so you see that woven throughout my writings.
We are preparing our space for an incredible event, the first of it’s kind, called Lady Cloud Clinic. I just had a meeting with the healers on the team and it is very exciting to explore together, what is it, really, that is possible in healing.
I will let you know how it goes, of course. We just had a cancellation so there is still, one space open if you feel called, email me back.
Blessings on your journey dear one
with a red thread and pink rose petals
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