Active Being! Clarity from the Remastered Tools 101 Participants

15 03 2012

 

Active Beings Speak the Truth!

Last night was our second session of the Remastered Tools 101 Webinar.  The brilliance, clarity, faith and bravery of the participants continues to rev my heart!!  By the way…if you want to sign up for the next Webinar series get details here. We talked about the difference between being used and being on purpose.  Check out these insights about what we believe is required to embody what Lorde calls “active being“:

“Interdependency…is the way to a freedom which allows the I to be, not in order to be used, but in order to be creative.  This is a difference between the passive be and the active being.”

 

Audre Lorde “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”

 

 

Actively being embodies a way of life and living, continuous conscious decision making.   And that sometimes means you will fall short but recognize the “uh-oh” moments.

 

Active being is being okay with making mistakes, having compassion for yourself and others, not being perfectionist, sharing works-in-progress.

 

Active being means letting go.

 

Active being is hard when most of my days I’m on autopilot.

I cannot practice humility on auto pilot!

 

Active being is starting with creativity.  Asking what should we do? instead of

looking around at traditional models and saying how do we most quickly reproduce that?

 

As a disabled person and a survivor, part of my active being is doing enough healing & rest & self care & self-awareness that when I step up into being and doing I can actually sustain it accountably.

 

Active being is growing roots such that your vision starts unfolding in all ten directions, but the road has become one.

 

Radical self care is the foundation of active being for me.  When I take good care of me, I do good work.  Such simple things like drinking enough water, cooking good meals, praying, putting on lotion.

 

Active being is listening to myself and listening to my community and physically putting my body where it needs to be

 

Active being is trusting my intuition.

 

Active being requires creating and seeking spaces which affirm us completely.

 

 





Survival is Not…: Group Poem by the Remastered Tools 101 Crew!

8 03 2012

Last night was the first ever Remastered Tools 101 Webinar session for visionary under-represented graduate students and emerging community accountable scholars! It was an amazing cyber love-fest in the name of the Lorde across at least 6 time zones! How awesome to engage the context and challenge of Audre Lorde’s “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” with such brilliant love filled computer screen beams! It was a faith-building and clarifying experience for me and I am filled with gratitude for the bravery and clarity of the participants!

Check out one version of the group poem that we made based on Audre Lorde’s statement that “Survival is Not an Academic Skill.”
Survival is Not

(when academics kill)

“Survival is not an academic skill.” -Audre Lorde “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”

“Capitalism of the mind makes us all stupid.” Anna Torres’s advisor

Based on a group poem activity by the 2012 Remastered Tools 101 crew!

Survival is not the death of me.

Survival is not the death of you.

And I wish people would stop making it so complicated.

Love is not an academic skill.

Listening is not an academic skill.

Liberation is not an academic skill.

Compassion is not an academic skill.

Care is not an academic skill.

Comradeship is not an academic skill.

Courage is not an academic skill.

Mindfulness is not an academic skill.

Humility is not an academic skill.

Self-correction is not an academic skill.

Feminism is not an academic skill.

Speaking truth to power is not an academic skill.

Visibility is not an academic skill.

Affirming the beauty of others is not an academic skill.

Honoring one another and our visions are not academic skills.

Ethics are not academic skills.

Trust is not an academic skill.

Trusting intuitive power and hope are not academic skills.

Nurturing spirit is not an academic skill.

Being human is not an academic skill.

Being yourself is not an academic skill.

Creating family is not an academic skill.

What our grandmothers taught us

and what we learn through the body are not academic skills.

Dancing is not an academic skill.

Making love is not an academic skill.

Snap.

Survival is not an optional skill.

Survival is not a game for pay.

Survival is not the illusion of safety.

Survival is not thinking we need to fit into boxes.

Survival is not becoming who you need me to be.

Survival is not holding our breath.

Survival is not made possible by overriding our bodies.

Survival is not possible without rest.

Survival is not scary when we know what we are living for.

Community is everything.





Indigo Night School Session #2: Healing Wounds That Can/Not Be Seen

7 03 2012

Friday March 16, 2012

6pm-10pm

At the NEW Inspiration Station

Durham, NC

(email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com for directions)

 

“Rock in the manner of a quiet sea. Hum softly from your heart. Repeat the victim’s name with love.” -from Indigo’s “Emergency Care of Wounds that Cannot be Seen” in Ntozake Shange’s Sassafrass Cypress and Indigo.

Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s brilliant novel Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo, I present to you INDIGO NIGHT SCHOOL (aka night-time is the right time). We will be convening on the Fridays closest to this season’s new moons into Spring for evening long rituals based on the magical remedies, recipies and rituals of the healer-girl sister in the novel, our beloved Indigo. This is a special sacred space for grown black warrior healers who identify as black women and/or black two-spirit, twinspirit, gatekeeper or genderqueer folks.

Please join me in participating in three sessions of luxurious, fragrant, nourishing evening rituals where we can set our intentions, support each other and bask in the brilliance of a Black Feminist literary legacy!!!!

Save the Dates!
Healing (Wounds that can/not be seen) Friday, March 16th, 6pm-10pm

Dreams Coming True Friday, April 20th, 6pm-10pm








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