“Pagels then shows that Revelation, far from being meant as a hallucinatory prophecy, is actually a coded account of events that were happening at the time John was writing. It’s essentially a political cartoon about the crisis in the Jesus movement in the late first century, with Jerusalem…
We must shift from a politic of desirability and beauty to a politic of ugly and magnificence. That moves us closer to bodies and movements that disrupt, dismantle, disturb. Bodies and movements ready to throw down and create a different way for all of us, not just some of us.
The magnificence of a body that shakes, spills out, takes up space, needs help, moseys, slinks, limps, drools, rocks, curls over on itself. The magnificence of a body that doesn’t get to choose when to go to the bathroom, let alone which bathroom to use. A body that doesn’t get to choose what to wear in the morning, what hairstyle to sport, how they’re going to move or stand, or what time they’re going to bed. The magnificence of bodies that have been coded, not just undesirable and ugly, but un-human. The magnificence of bodies that are understanding gender in far more complex ways than I could explain in an hour. Moving beyond a politic of desirability to loving the ugly. Respecting Ugly for how it has shaped us and been exiled. Seeing its power and magic, seeing the reasons it has been feared. Seeing it for what it is: some of our greatest strength.
“Ambition is like a poison and a gift tangled together and it makes you leave and leave and leave again, leave places, leave people, leave your whole life. Ambition and something else that I don’t know how to name but it’s what I share my house with, the house of my body, ambition and something that is ruthless and cruel and says only, ever, Is that a good story, and if the answer is no it says Move on. The best we can hope for is to be good enough to justify how brutal we are. The summer after I graduated I had no idea what I was in for or what I had started, no idea where that move would take me, no idea that I would come out the other end transformed. Not a butterfly but a vulture or maybe on my better days a bird of prey. When you are a woman or a girl or female no one says to you Look, artists who are great take without asking and take and take and do not apologize because when you are a woman or a girl or female the only thing you are supposed to take is a lot of other people’s shit. No one says to you Be sure you are strong enough to take and not apologize and keep going when the taking leaves you nothing to go back to. Be sure you are strong enough to steal and live alone with what you’ve chosen to make yours.”—Sarah McCarry, What I Did the Summer After I Graduated (via starksandrecreation)
“Know that everything is always as it should be, and in Truth there is nothing but Divine Love. When we get closer to that eternal Truth in this body, we embody this Christ awareness that is the Christ Light of our Beloved Source Self. In this awareness, there is no concept of fear, fighting, war or duality. So even though it’s not always easy to live in a highly vibrational state in a lower vibrational environment, we are always to Be LOVE! That is ALL we are anyway. The more we awaken, the less we feel the need to have a point of view about anything. We just wish to Be and exist in an observational state, for ALL just IS.
Even though we all experience challenges to embody more of that Source I AM Light, nothing is always as it seems to be in the outer. The path of Spirit is that of mystery and when we completely let go and surrender, we allow the Divine Truth to show itself. We no longer feel the need to define it on our own and therefore already define it with our limited Human perception. We also don’t feel the need to follow anyone or their truth, because we know that everyone is just sharing their own experiences from their own level of awareness.
That is why I only connect to my own I AM Presence and focus on my own level of awareness to reach the Realms of Illuminated Truth. Everyone serves a purpose with their voice and Presence, but Divine Truth only comes through us alone. That is why my main message is about connecting with our own inner Divinity.”—Ascension Pioneers (via nirvikalpa)
“Your world is marketed for separation, for meaningless living; with all the sins, heavens, and hells, it is a wonder anyone wants to be born any more. However, love is here in a form that is beyond what you can ever experience any place else. Your ultimate destiny is to turn the whole world into a love frequency.”—Barbara Marciniak (via nirvikalpa)
“The great decisions of human life have as a rule far more to do with the instincts and other mysterious unconscious factors than with conscious will and well-meaning reasonableness. The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. Each of us carries his own life-form—an indeterminable form which cannot be superseded by any other.”—Carl Jung (via nirvikalpa)
“If a mom is in a meeting and all of a sudden she gets called because her kid is sick, nobody raises an eyebrow,” he says. “But if a guy gets called because his kid is sick and he has to leave, it’s kind of like, ‘Where’s your wife?’ ”—Single Dads By Choice: More Men Going It Alone (via npr)
Interesting article examining why people are expected to justify why they don’t want to have children, while those who have them/want them, regardless of their situation, are rarely questioned for their motives.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gotten “The great look of question” when I say I’m most likely not having children. “But you’d be such a good mom!” Yeah…not sure that’s a very good reason. And no offense, but your opinion, though nice, means nothing, really, in the grand scheme of the world and the crap-shoot it is raising a child.
My other personal favorite, “You’re selfish for not having children.” When someone says that to me I just have to laugh because it is too painful to realize how narrow-minded their thinking is. Because obviously we could say the same exact thing to those who choose to have children.
And we rarely question the parent who has three children and does nothing but complain about how expensive they are, how he/she has no “me” time anymore, or when you see a parent SCREAMING at the kids in public places, etc. It’s like that’s a normal and acceptable way to treat your children.
I want to be clear about the story we are telling. We were not allowed into Lincoln Hall because we used the word “racist” to the bouncer and that made two white men uncomfortable, intimidated, angry, spiteful and refused to accept the term deemed for a racist. In order for me to break down the…
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”—Carl Jung (via paradoxicalsentiments)
Message to self. (via sanctuaryofsoul)
“Life is a woman. Try to understand life and you will become a mess. Forget all about understanding. Just live it and you will understand it. The understanding is not going to be intellectual, theoretical; the understanding is going to be total. The understanding is not going to be verbal; it is going to be non-verbal. That is the meaning when we say life is a mystery. It can be lived but it cannot be solved.”—Osho (via nirvikalpa)
“Your spirit joined itself with flesh, and in flesh, to experience a world of incredible richness, to help create a dimension of reality of colors and form. Your spirit was born in flesh to enrich a marvelous area of sense awareness, to feel energy made into corporeal form. You are here to use, enjoy, and express yourself through the body. You are here to aid in the great expansion of consciousness. You are not here to cry about the miseries of the human condition, but to change them when you find them not to your liking through the joy, strength, and vitality that is within you; to create the spirit as faithfully and beautifully as you can in flesh.”—Seth (via nirvikalpa)
“A woman’s worst nightmare? That’s pretty easy. Novelist Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women, he answered, “They are afraid women will laugh at them.” When she asked a group of women why they feel threatened by men, they said, “We’re afraid of being killed.”—
This reminds me of a discussion we had in school, and one girl was talking about living in fear of her safety because she is a girl, and this guy chimed in and was all “It’s hard for guys too! I’m so awkward around girls! It’s embarrassing!” Yeah, not the same thing, exactly?
This reminds me of an article about online (heterosexual) dating that I read a while ago. It listed men’s and women’s worst fears about meeting someone from online. The highest ranked fear that men had was that their date would be fat, whereas the highest ranked fear that women had was that their date would turn out to be violent and kill them.