I’ve been reflecting deeply on the topics and experiences of home and exile for several years now, and probably longer.
Since I hear from so many who feel uprooted and unmoored in this ‘plugged in’ yet too often disconnected culture, I’ll continue to share both my own and others’ musings that arise along the way related to experiences of home and exile.
Here’s one perspective from Rob Brezsny, the author of Pronoia, shared in his e-newsletter a few years ago (late July 2012):
“Declare amnesty for the part of you that you don’t love very well. Forgive that poor sucker. Hold its hand and take it out to dinner and a movie. Tactfully offer it a chance to make amends for the dumb things it has done.
And then do a dramatic reading of this proclamation by the playwright Theodore Rubin:
“I must learn to love the fool in me — the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries.
It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool.”
You can extend this little-big experiment to those exiled aspects of your essential self that you tucked away because of unloving conditioning as well, issuing a proclamation of amnesty, inviting them back home, and throwing your own kind of welcome home party for them.
One of my Exiled Selves was, for a very long time, my magical, Neptunian, born-mystic self that didn’t find warm welcome earlier in my life.
She and I have been having a prolonged ‘welcome home’ negotiation for quite awhile now as I reclaim and restore room in my being for that essential part of my own nature that was solidly exiled by the time I was a teenager.
As it turns out, this essential–self facet intuitively knows what feeds my Muse. She is at home in the Neptunian waters that are so prominent for all of us now (and that have been working on me for over 10 years of intense Neptune astro-transits.) — and those Neptunian-Piscean gifts of imagination, intuition, interconnectedness, and other Feminina gifts.
With Neptune and Chiron transiting Pisces for an extended transit now — activating all of us with Chiron in Pisces — everyone is being bathed in those energetic waters now.
You can feel it, and more deeply intuit and sense it, can’t you?
The experiment of welcoming exiled Self-facets home continues, but this is such a vital part of me that each welcome-home step is like a thousand blossoming flowers for my soul.
The Black Madonna is a powerful symbol of all of that has been banished, exiled, marginalized, oppressed, and all that yearns to be recognized in us and welcomed back home.
For what Essential Selves will you be granting amnesty?
(Share, if you’re inclined, in the comments here, or send a private email to me if that’s more your style.)
To further stoke your inspiration (and stir those exiled selves into communication), read two of my follow-on musings on home and exile, featuring the stirring words of May Sarton:
Home and Exile: Uprooted and Growing New Roots
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Lots of Love,