Don’t believe for a second she is faceless. There is great depth within, lines connecting and heart strings tugging. There’s no conflict, only eyes perceiving truths and lies and with the grace of the white, she softens into the moment of both.
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The iChing 12
This line “He left me unceremoniously” is from the “Life of Pi” at the end when Richard Parker, the Tiger leaves him and doesn’t turn around to say goodbye. Turns out ironically, Richard Parker’s roll is to help Pi stay alive. He realizes that his most immediate threat is not how to survive the sea, but how to survive with Richard Parker on the boat with him. This challenge made his other obstacles seem less insurmountable and provides him with new confidence. Without Richard Parker to challenge and distract him, Pi might have given up on life.
“She had blue skin, and so did he. He kept it hid and so did she. They searched for blue their whole life through, then passed right by – and never knew.” Shel Silverstein, Every Thing On It
“You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
Except the one in which you belong.”
― David Whyte
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Rainer Marie Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
“Turn sideways into the light, as they say the old ones did and disappear into the originality of it all. Be impatient with easy explanations and teach that part of the mind that wants to know everything,not to begin questions it cannot answer.”River Flow: New and Selected Poems©David Whyte
David Whyte speaks in his audio series What To Remember When Waking of the myth of the Tuatha De Danann. They were a mythical race from Ireland’s past who were tall, magical, mystical people devoted to beauty and artistry. When another more brutal people, the Milesians invaded Ireland the Tuatha De Danann fought them off in two battles, but were faced with a third, decisive battle against overwhelming odds. So, lined up in battle formation and facing almost certain defeat, the Tuatha De Danann turned sideways into the light and disappeared.
Turning sideways into the light is the realization that there are some encounters that are damaging to all involved in them: no one wins a war. Faced with such an exchange, to turn sideways into the light is to seek another, more whole form of relationship. It is to reject the ground rules of the conversation as they have been laid out by your antagonist and choose another path which will extend, not diminish your integrity. Turning sideways into the light is not retreat and it is not cowardice. As Gandhi demonstrated on the salt marches,this is a shift in consciousness which requires considerable courage and integrity. from an article by Kelvin Wright