Just saw the movie ANONYMOUS.
As you probably know it was based on the theory that Shakespeare was not the author of the works attributed to him. But rather, the Earl of Oxford was the true author of all of Shakespeare's works... that the Earl had to hide his authorship so he sought out a "front" so to speak. Interesting story, somewhat interesting movie... Slow in places .
But what struck me was the fact that in Elizabethan times, a playwright, a poet, an artist, was thought of as blasphemous, hethanistic (if that's a word-- not to be confused with hedonistic), of the devil... And why? Because art encourages individual thought, expansion, change, desire, imagination? So interesting to me.... The suppression that society breeds. Or some in society breed. And I was thinking of the heavy lineage writers carry with them.. All artists carry with them for that matter. That rather realized or not, writers carry with them all that it took their predecessors to bring forth their expression of art... Sometimes at the expense of their lives, their freedom, their happiness. As an artist myself, I already knew this, yes... But it occurred to me on another, more profound level the fortitude we , as artists, have... Must have... And I think it is deeply instilled within us... Just to express ourselves and tell our story.
So, I guess I'm saying that the frustration we sometimes feel is just part of it ... as we strive to have our voice heard and received more fully. It's our lineage... :)
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the different lineages that we carry . This week we had a memorial service for my Uncle Clarence... My mother's eldest brother. Some of you know, my mother is also deceased for almost 20 years now-- though she remains a wonderful muse and vigilant guide in my life. She was the first of her siblings to die. There have been 2 more out of the 5 that have passed through over the years. WIth each transition, more secrets of our particular family lineage get revealed and more consciousness and healing occurs for me... And when the family gathers to celebrate the passage of one of our relative's lives, I am impacted by the generations that come together in one room-- one space... and its easier to see/ feel the affects that lineage carries... and how it shapes an individual life... whether artist or not.
We have many lineages: Family, Career path, Soul, Ethnic, (as artists-- Musical, literary,visual, etc).... Spiritual lineages. Our lineages affirm how interconnected we really are. We are ALL part of one fabric, perhaps.. Many colors and patterns, many themes... But our desires, our dreams, our souls are what connect us.
How that Expression strives to be expressed or is suppressed... and how it impacts one's behavior and informs their choices interests me. It creates a ripple effect throughout a family, a society, a culture, a species that can, at its best, perpetuate one's evolution. And, I'd like to believe, their Expansion and ultimately, all of our Expansion.