To see through the cracks in the world…

This excerpt from my newest book – a spiritual memoir called Water Oak: The Happiness of Longing – is timely considering how Hillary has been called a “nasty woman.” Let me know what you think:

Yet wasn’t this the story of all women; all of us potently loving and profoundly angry at once? Perhaps it only mattered how well we walked the edge, how seldom we surrendered to the dark; what gifts we had gathered to keep us upright when things fell apart; how not to hide in the kitchen eating chocolate and drinking Coca Cola when the world was tilting; instead to reach up, arms stretched wide to the empty sky and have our hearts broken open in the light; to call in the grace and take a different posture completely – the prayer pose instead of the fetal position; or to become a healer instead of surrendering to the rage of human suffering.

Why was our shamanic knowingness rejected by this world, considered witchcraft, schizophrenia, hypersensitivity, emotionalism, depression when it was clearly the gift of seeing beyond the surface, pulling back the curtain to reveal the script, the playwright, the contracts we’d signed before the play began.

How deeply women understood that the unseen and unsaid is more real than real; and how seldom men seemed to grasp this – to see beyond appearance; most of them barely able to imagine our rage, consider our pain; instead calling it names, giving it labels, finding a drug to hush it.

Were we simply trying to master the dance of shadow and light; to see through the cracks in the world? Why were women unafraid of this dichotomy while men seemed terrified of the shadow? As Jung had pointed out – the shadow self is as necessary as the higher self; there’s so much wisdom revealed in every dark night of the soul; great truths only uncovered when we disconnect from the world, allow our souls to linger in what we’ve lost.

From my new book: Water Oak: The Happiness of Longing

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