Are you there
Triangulating, find nearest chi
Does anyone care
Can you hear me
Are you there
Scanning for location
Navigation is down
Searching for the patience
No signals found
Supplies are limited
Checking vitals. Wavering
Total shutdown imminent
Awaiting idol. Unwavering
Modulating signal. Predicting probability
Do you read me
Calculating to the best of my ability
For a wave to lead me
Transducers are operational
Am I in range
Digging for something inspirational
Pineal gaze engage
Are you there
Are you there
If you’re a first-time reader, welcome! If you read my first post, welcome back! I deciced to try something a little different this week and start with a poem that came to me one morning. It is heavily inspired by Afrofuturisic artist Sun Ra, Cybertronic Purgatory by Janelle Monáe, and sci-fi movies such as Lost in Space and The Martian. I’m a big fan of sci-fi and by extension, Afrofuturism.
Cybertronic Purgatory is a song from Janelle Monáe’s album, Metropolis: Suite I(The Chase)
Afrofuturism is a genre or aesthetic that blends elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentrism. Some examples of Afrofuturisic artists are Sun Ra, Parliament-Funkadelic, Afrika Bambaataa, and novelist, Octavia Butler. Some more contemporary examples include Janelle Monáe, artist Hebru Brantley, and Erykah Badu. While researching for this post, I started reading Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by fellow Chicago native, Ytasha L. Womack. It’s a worth read if you’re interested. There is also a good article on it here, on Huffington Post.
Now that I’ve hopefully piqued your interest in Afrofuturism, let’s get to the subject matter and the real topic for today. I wrote the poem because I was feeling lost. I’m prone to over think but I suppose we spend most of life seeking something. Looking for answers or love. Questioning our motives and abilities as well as others’. Questioning our very existence. It’s hard to not to focus on one thing or another. Missing the forest for the trees so to speak.
The word that came to mind when I finished the poem and started this post was surrender. It felt appropriate. When we think of the word, surrender, it often evokes the idea of giving up. In context, it can be anything but. Surrender can mean letting go of something that is weighing you down such as self-doubt. That’s not giving up, simply accepting. It’s releasing unnecessary burdens and accepting some things are beyond our control. This makes it easier to focus on the things you can control.
To surrender can make you feel powerless but there can be real benefits to it. You actually take your power back when you realize you don’t have to seek validation. The reward we are looking for is often right in front of us. It can be found in self-validation or the journeys we take, regardless if we get the outcome we wanted. Once you realize that, the adoration you receive from others just feeds the love and adoration you already have for yourself.
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one that hears it.” – Michael A. Singer
Whether through meditation or just positive thinking, I have been trying to get in the habit of letting go of idol thought. You’d be surprised how much of what you think about regularly is useless chatter. I’m currently reading a book called, Untethered Soul: Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer. It’s a good read. One of the most insightful things I’ve learned from it so far is, “There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one that hears it.”
We get so caught up in “what we think” we start to lose sight of what is real. Or to the point, what is or isn’t our own voice. I’m still learning but changing perspective has been helpful. Learn to surrender to your higher self. Be in the present. Don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. It may sound cliché but when you block out all the noise and listen to what your heart or intuition is trying to tell you things usually work out just fine.
That’s where I’ll leave you. I did double duty this week as author, poet and artist of the two featured pieces so I hope you enjoyed this. As always, thanks for reading and feel free to comment below. I did a lot of recommending this time but I’m open to your recommendations as well.
LLAP (Live Long and Prosper for the uninitiated)