aaahhhh….finding the balance in communication. It can be difficult sometimes. I’m going to assume that most people reading this have been in a relationship at one time or another. With a parent. With a partner. With a friend. And in those relationships we find our balance on what to say, what not to say, what to do, what not to do, and how much of what we say and do is related to what we know about ourselves, and what is related to that partnership. It’s a difficult balance to strike at times. We want to be honest with the authenticity of our nature, and we want our partners to be authentic with themselves, but when lines get crossed, and we feel like our relationships are crossing our own ability to know ourselves deeply, how do we communicate? I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone through four pregnancies, four births, and four “recovery” periods (which are as long as the pregnancy itself, I swear). In that process I have attempted to learn how best to communicate with the one’s I love. If you haven’t heard of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, then let me share. 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. This is the elementary school understanding of what we are supposed to do in our communications with one another. It isn’t revolutionary, it isn’t something that is meant to blow your mind, it’s just basic. I like to play games and have fun, which is why I started with the assumption that we all have relationships that matter. Who the fuck am I to assume that all people have some kind of relationship that they are sorting out. Damn, already failed the first two agreements in the first paragraph. I write this because I want you, wonderful reader, to know, that even when we understand the most basic principals of communication, we will fail, at times, to uphold what we know. It’s tough, but it’s going to happen. It’s not about what you fail to do, in any aspect of life, it’s about how you handle that failure. We find ourselves bogged down sometimes, unable to make real changes, because we’re too worried about what we failed to live up to, instead of recognizing that we have come to new understandings about what failure means in our lives. I loved watching “SHE…ON THE TIP OF HER TONGUE.” Not just because my lady was a part of the show, but because I felt like I was being given access to creative, intuitive, feminine understanding of life that I don’t always get. From the beginning I was blown away, because each sister that was a part of the show was my friend, and was doing things that I had never seen them do together. After the practices, and the rehearsals, and the two day shows, I was completely speechless (which, if you know me, is a rarity). In understanding the offers of sisters who I respected, I couldn’t help but look at my own communication with the woman that are in my life.
My experience with the entire production moved me. At the end of the second show I couldn’t help but think about my beautiful children, my wonderful partner, and the women whose lives I’ve been a part of. We have an obligation to love one another, and an obligation to love ourselves. That process is tricky, and the calls to selfishness can come often. The painting in the photo was done by Jewels. She has been an influential sister in my life, in the sense that she has offered the authenticity of herself, even when she didn’t know me. She is a psychic, loving, compassionate sister who has helped me understand my partnership with Robbie. Iris Eve, who put the show together, has been a best friend to me. Hangin out, playin music, sharing stories that remind me of my own days on the road, beatin drums and bringin chaos. Her love for my partner has helped me to understand my relationship with the one I love. Amber Ray of Light, beautiful woman, has helped me know the playful nature of myself, how not to take myself seriously, and where to place my energy when it comes time to manifest. I call these three women the Sisters of Mercy, after a song by Leonard Cohen from the ’60’s. They taught me so much before “SHE,” but when I watched the three of them perform, I couldn’t help but be moved to another depth of understanding.
A lot of what I’ve experienced over the last two years with my partner has been very new. It’s difficult to accept the past when we are creating new endeavors together. This isn’t only true just in partnership with lovers, it’s true in our relationships with family and friends. I’ve always been partial to keeping things “positive” but I’m never willing to surrender honest exploration for the sake of sweeping our feelings under the proverbial rug. How do we discuss what effects us, in ways that our honest to our real feelings, and inclusive of the emotions and perspective of the one’s we love, without denying the authenticity of our nature?
I took these pictures at the “SHE” show, and had a great time pretending to be a photgrapher for a second. In the process I got to see through Robbie’s eyes, get to know how she captures what she captures, and found myself understanding what she does better than I ever have. If we ever think we know what the other person is seeing, it’s important to take the time to find a way to stand in that person’s shoe’s before we offer our perspective. In doing so, we may learn how best to communicate what we know is the Eternal Love that runs through all of us. It is possible to live, share, grow, be honest with ourselves, and find a way to do it together, without hurting one another. I know it’s possible. After the event, Jewel’s man, Mike, was so inspired that he’s started putting together “HE….WARRIOR’S ON THE EDGE OF PEACE” Don’t quote me, that might no be exactly right, but rest assured, the brothers are inspired, and we’re happy to offer blessings, in our own right, to the elements that the sisters have already shown us how to honor. I’m only thankful, and blessed, to know the “Sisters of Mercy,” and keep on growing enough to honor the woman that I love. Thanks and Praise beautiful people!