“The goal is to live
with godlike composure
on the full rush of energy,
like Dionysus riding the leopard,
without being torn to pieces.” —Joseph Campbell
“Sunshine, if I ever disappear, please tell people that I ran after the Devil, trying to get my soul back.”
― April Genevieve Tucholke, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
“I am but a man attempting to be graceful as I slowly descend into madness.”
― Danny Bunyavong
“It has been fashionable for a while to think of all national identities as invented, to stress the artificiality of treasured national symbols and inaccuracy of not-so-ancient myths. But the native Siberians are an example of the opposite phenomenon; of how hard it is to disinvent nationalities, of how they persist in the face of governments’ best efforts at their destruction. To stretch a metaphor, the shaman bowing in front of the Russian flying-doctor is not donning his coat again, because although he hid it under a suit and tie for a while, he never really took it off.”—Anna Reid, The Shaman’s Coat: A Native History of Siberia.
“Today, the shaman is dancing
to the drumming of the world.
Carry me with you, shaman,
in your ecstasy.”
Letting go of bullshit so I may enter the dance.
They analyze dreams and get lost in the psychology…
…analyze this, fuckers,
I am shaman.
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
― Gerry Spence, How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday
“Don’t be discouraged by people who tease you out of your dreams. What you have in your heart is bigger than what they have on their lips!”
― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes
I’ve been lighting candles on my altar for those who have passed. I am listening to ethereal music to create a beautiful space to dwell in. The questions are now gone. I know nothing—meeting life as a newborn child. I am free from all the beliefs I once held—honed to almost nothing and surrendering to the universe. I don’t know where to go from here except to look at life as one great adventure.
At least I have the balls to say I don’t know instead of making up some bullshit to keep my ego happy and other people entertained.