Thursday, 06 November 2008
Who Are You
By The Who
I love looking over previous posts from time to time and educating myself on the direction in which I flow. What's that song..."It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll." I want to share this one more time as an offering to a better understanding among "We the People". It's probably best to first look at our own "Me, myself and I". For those who read this before, maybe take a moment to ask yourself where you are now compared to where you were then. I did and more perspective was set loose in my mind and heart.
For your consideration:
I was clearing out some files and ran into one with notes that I took at a writers conference. One of the workshops I attended was called: Characters Looking for an Author with author Jean Brody. Here is one of the notes I made:
Knowledge of self. Most important your flaws. Know thyself to the point of being horrified.
Now I'm not sure, but I think Jean said this, because I'm not one to transpose yourself into thyself. Nope! Wouldn't be my words.
I love this concept though, because I have on several occasions among friends said that once I got over being horrified with myself, I began to truly know myself. Maybe it came unconsciously from this moment at the workshop all those years ago. Be careful who you hang out with, their words might make their way into your mouth. On second thought, that's not such a bad idea with this one.
Seriously though, as we make breakthroughs in our search or return to the place we call I, it is probably very necessary to know the darkest or hidden side of ourselves. To expose for your eyes only, the tender underbelly of your psyche. Take it to lunch and have a good talk and ask why, then toss out, forgive or allow the healing to continue or maybe just begin. To be able to not suppress this side, but to be willing to sit with your flaws and then emerge like the butterfly. Now with the balance of understanding the light and the dark, you can truly soar.
On a side note it also said: If someone annoys you, watch them. Now invent a past, a future and trouble.
I remember reading Harlan Ellison's bio and he referenced that growing up as a Jewish boy in a unfriendly neighborhood gave him lots of characters that he could throw off cliffs. Does that turn it into a positive? Hmmm.