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#711 + THE TYRANNY OF FEAR / ANGER / HOSTILITY – ACTIONS IMPRISONING HUMANITY’S PSYCHE / SIPHONING HOPELOVELIGHTGRACE – THE LIFE FORCE + THE ELIXIR OF FREEDOM / TRUTH-TELLING / CREATIVE EXPRESSION – ACTIONS OPENING UP HUMANITY’S PSYCHE TO RISE WELCOMING BOUNDLESS JOY/ CONNECTEDNESS WITH ALL HUMANITY

 

 

 

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THE TYRANNY

OF

FEAR / ANGER / HOSTILITY

ACTIONS

IMPRISONING

HUMANITY’S PSYCHE

SIPHONING

HOPELOVELIGHTGRACE

THE LIFE FORCE

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‘My daughter’s death will NOT be used’:

Parents furious over Trump’s false terrorism claims

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/07/my-daughters-death-will-not-be-used-parents-furious-over-trumps-false-terror-claims/?utm_term=.62c25a2587be#comments

Counselor to POTUS, Kellyanne  speaks to CNN’s Jake Tapper (YAAY, Jake!)
re: Trump’s latest attacks on the media – “unwillingness to cover terrorist attacks“.

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That’s the way I see him,” Edel Rodriquez (cover artist for Der Spiegel) told the Washington Post “I see him as someone that’s very angry, and it’s pretty much his mouth that’s moving all the time, so that’s how I tend to show him in some of my work.

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THE ELIXIR

OF

FREEDOM

TRUTH-TELLING

 CREATIVE EXPRESSION

ACTIONS

OPENING UP

HUMANITY’S PSYCHE

TO

RISE

WELCOMING

BOUNDLESS JOY

CONNECTEDNESS

WITH

ALL HUMANITY

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We must become bigger than we have been:
more courageous,
greater in spirit,
larger in outlook.
We must become members of a new race,
overcoming petty prejudice,
owing our ultimate allegiance
not to nations
but
to our fellow men
within the human community.” 
Haile Selassie

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FEAR + COURAGE

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

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Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the assessment that something else
is more important than fear.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave wo/ man is not s/he who does not feel afraid,
but s/he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

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You may not always have a comfortable life
and
you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once
but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have
because history has shown us
that courage can be contagious
and
hope can take on a life of its own.
Michelle Obama

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Your time is limited,
so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma
– which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important,
have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Steve Jobs

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Courage is the most important of all the virtues,
because without courage
you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
You can practice any virtue erratically,
but nothing consistently without courage.
Maya Angelou

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Courage is an inner resolution
to go forward
despite obstacles;
Cowardice
is submissive surrender
to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity;
Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The ultimate measure of a wo/man
is not where s/he stands
in moments
of comfort and convenience,
but where s/he stands
at times of
challenge and controversy.”
 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Improvisation is the art of the unexpected. 
It teaches us how to take risks
and
to respond confidently
in the moment
to whatever happens.

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The improviser develops a mindset
that  includes
curiosity,
high stakes listening,
flexibility,
and
the desire to build strong relationships.
Resilience is key.
http://mitsloanexperts.mit.edu/using-improvisation-to-develop-leadership-2/

 

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FEAR + CREATIVITY

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2011/01/07/fear-of-success-and-what-we-learn-from-improv-actors/#7a2d45f613f0
https://hbr.org/1998/09/how-to-kill-creativity
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/09/transcending-fear-in-the-creative-process-5-timeless-insights/244922/
“The empty space is the great horror and stimulant of creation. But there is also something predictable in the way the fear and apathy encountered at the beginning are accountable for feelings of elation at the end. These intensities of the creative process can stimulate desires of consistency and control, but history affirms that few transformative experiences are generated by regularity.
When asked for advice on painting, Claude Monet told people not to fear mistakes. The discipline of art requires constant experimentation, wherein errors are harbingers of original ideas because they introduce new directions for expression. The mistake is outside the intended course of action, and it may present something that we never saw before, something unexpected and contradictory, something that may be put to use.”

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Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness.” 
Rollo May “COURAGE TO CREATE”

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Creative people, as I see them, are distinguished by the fact that they can live with anxiety, even though a high price may be paid in terms of insecurity, sensitivity, and defenselessness for the gift of the “divine madness,” to borrow the term used by the classical Greeks. They do not run away from non-being, but by encountering and wrestling with it, force it to produce being. They knock on silence for an answering music; they pursue meaninglessness until they can force it to mean.”
Rollo May “COURAGE TO CREATE”

 

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Conducted by Leonard Bernstein,

THE BERLIN CELEBRATION CONCERT

is an historic performance

marking the FALL of the Berlin Wall.

Performed on Christmas Day 1989

in the former East Berlin,

the concert unites an international cast

of celebrated musicians and vocalists

for a moving performance

of

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

INSTINCT ART GALLERY / MINNEAPOLIS
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-press-release/

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MoMA Takes a Stand:

Art From Banned Countries

Comes Center Stage

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/arts/design/moma-president-trump-travel-ban-art.html?_r=0

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The seven works now on view at the New York museum include pieces by painter Ibrahim el-Salahi (Sudan), sculptor Parviz Tanavoli (Iran), painter Tala Madani (Iran), architect Zaha Hadid (Iraq), painter Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iran), photographer Shirana Shahbazi (Iran), and painter Marcos Grigorian (Russia, of Persian descent). 

The artworks were installed in MoMA’s fifth floor galleries on Thursday night, replacing seven artworks by Western artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Placards next to each work read:

This work is by an artist from a nation whose citizens are being denied entry into the United States, according to a presidential executive order issued on Jan. 27, 2017. This is one of several such artworks from the Museum’s collection installed throughout the fifth-floor galleries to affirm the ideals of welcome and freedom as vital to this Museum as they are to the United States.

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This is exactly how major art museums

can protest President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

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Ibrahim El-Salahi (Sudanese, born 1930), “The Mosque,” 1964, oil on canvas, 12 1/8 x 18 1/8” (30.7 x 46 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art / Elizabeth Bliss Parkinson Fund

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Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, born 1937), “K+L+32+H+4. Mon père et moi (My Father and I),
1962, felt-tip pen and colored ink on paper on board,
89 x 58 5/8” (225.9 x 148.7 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art / Philip Johnson Fund

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Tala Madani (Iranian, born 1981), “Chit Chat,” 2007, video (color, silent), 2:38 min.
The Museum of Modern Art / Fund for the Twenty-First Century

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breathe_2016_postelection_14h_21w_white_frame_finalBREATHE                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson  2016
BREATHE is  currently on exhibition in the POST- ELECTION Show

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“As you breathe in, cherish yourself.

As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.”

Dalai Lama XIV

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/692-breathe-as-you-breathe-in-cherish-yourself-as-you-breathe-out-cherish-all-beings-dalai-lama-xiv-breathe/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/breathe-2016-american-presidential-election

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The paintings were commissioned for the USA headquarters of Holtkoetter,
a German manufacturer of chandeliers.

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To align my creative dive for the pearl,
I asked the President of Holkoetter, a German, to provide me HIS vision.

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He sang the Hallelujah Chorus from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
in German.
It was an extraordinary moment,
I knew what had to be drawn from me:
boundless LIGHT breaking through darkness.

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I prepared myself like an Olympian,
and
dove deep from the high board
into the sea of my imagination
– where the light of Divinity resides.

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I aligned all my molecular/cellular energies,
listening and following/listening and following
– and the creation of the original paintings was an act of COURAGE
improvised.
When the paintings were complete- THEY exhaled.
They were now A/LIVE.

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I was Divinity’s sacred instrument and faithful vehicle.

COURAGE

FREEDOM

JOY

SACRED HOPE

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http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/resurrection-exodus-1996

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MAYO CLINIC’S STATEMENT

ON THE TRAVEL BAN

http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/statement-from-mayo-clinic-president-and-ceo-on-middle-east-travel-ban/

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The following is a statement from John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO.

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Although questions remain about the order’s implementation, Mayo Clinic remains steadfast in supporting our patients, staff, families and community. Each year, we welcome thousands of visitors from across the globe, many of whom receive care from our incredibly talented and diverse team members. We value our international staff and partners, and are privileged to train a broad range of medical personnel from around the worldMayo Clinic is a place of compassion, respect and trust, and our collective diversity helps make us the best place to work and receive care. We are actively monitoring the situation, exploring ways to ensure that the needs of our patients and staff are met, and will share new information as it becomes available.”

 

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Th shape of my life was shaped by the CULTURE of the Mayo Clinic.

I lived in hospital for the first 10 years of my life.

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The Mayo Clinic is an international center
of brilliant creative  genius,
a healing mecca
with a remarkable original art collection
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/catherine-l-johnson-artist-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-beauty-is-not-caused-it-is-emily-dickinson-my-art-pursues-the-beauty-of-realization-rather-than-perfect/

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ipromisetotell_2015_catherineljohnsonIPROMISETOTELL                 Catherine L. Johnson  2015

 

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Anthony Cox + Billy Higgins

=

PURE IMPROVISED BEAUTY GRACE ENERGY

 

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WHERE ARE OUR SUPERHEROES ?

In modern popular fiction, a superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a type of costumed heroic character who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers and who is dedicated to fighting crime, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains.
http://marvel.com/characters
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/elementsperiodic-table-of-a-super-hero-and-the-sacredprofane-body-and-soul-of-humanity/

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THEY ARE US!

BE THE CHANGE YOU/I

NEED TO LIVE IN!

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The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary
refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution,
which reads:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,

 

except as a punishment for crime whereof the party

shall have been duly convicted,

 

shall exist within the United States.”

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The progression from that second qualifying clause
to the horrors of mass criminalization
and the sprawling American prison industry
is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.

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With a potent mixture of archival footage
and testimony from a dazzling array of activists,
politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men,

DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

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Rating: NR
Genre: Documentary
Directed by: Ava DuVernay, Director of  ‘SELMA’
Opened the 2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/10/01/06/38F9A59A00000578-0-image-m-112_1475299084961.jpg

Netflix: Oct 7, 2016
Limited On DVD:  7 Oct 2016
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: Netflix

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13TH is a MUST bear WITNESS:

TRUMP campaign + TRUMP supporters

ECHOES/ parallels/ the terrifying, blood curdling, HATE

of

HUMANS’ INHUMANITY TO HUMANS.

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Please WATCH on Netflix

before ELECTION DAY- Tuesday/8 Nov!

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THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

+ CALL OUT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE /MORAL COURAGE/TRUTH

+ 2012 ST. PAUL SPRING ART CRAWL

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/

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PLEASE READ WITNESS’ COMMENT:  https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/the-hall-of-lament-no-words-necessary-call-and-response-the-reponse-was-visceral-powerful-and-crying/
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ISAIAH

and FIRST LIGHT@ NIGHT

+ MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION

+ CATHERINE L. JOHNSON + DAN CHOMA

+ SPRING 2013 ST. PAUL ART CRAWL

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/

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4 March 2013

+ What COLOR? What difference does it make 911!

HUMAN!

+ I do NOT understand why people insist

on creating boxes / genres / boundaries!

+ Soul is NOT bound!

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/4-march-2013-what-color-what-difference-does-it-make-911-human-i-do-not-understand-why-people-insist-on-creating-boxes-genres-boundaries-soul-is-not-bound/

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PLEASE LISTEN:
http://firstlightatnight.bandcamp.com/track/isaiah

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LOUISIANA’S LEGAL GUMBO

+ THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT

+ PENAL SERVITUDE=SLAVERY

+ PRISONER CHATTEL=PROFIT

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/louisianas-legal-gumbo-thirteenth-amendment-penal-servitudeslavery-prisoner-chattelprofit/

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FIFTEEN PAINTINGS – 28 AUGUST 2013

+ THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

+ 28 AUGUST 2013 – THE 50th ANNIVERSARY

OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

FOR FREEDOM + JOBS

+ REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S  

“I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

 

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IWISHIKNEW 2011 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

+ “Mindless Menace of Violence” ROBERT F. KENNEDY / 5 APRIL 1968

+ HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/iwishiknew-2011-catherine-l-johnson-mindless-menace-of-violence-robert-f-kennedy-5-april-1968-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition/

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ICANFEEL + MAS/SACRED LIVES

+ SUMMER 2015 + CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/icanfeel-summer-2015-catherine-l-johnson/

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MINNESOTA: LAND of 10K LAKES

+ How St. Anthony Police killed Philando Castile

+ LOUISIANA/ Baton Rouge

+ “CD MAN” of Baton Rouge aka Alton Sterling

killed with MULTIPLE SHOTS

+ MARVIN GAYE: “WHAT’S GOING ON”

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/minnesota-land-of-10-000-lakes-how-st-paul-police-killed-philando-castile-louisiana-baton-rouge-cd-man-of-baton-rouge-aka-alton-sterling-killed-with-multiple-shots-marvin-gaye/

 

 

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humanity_freshdriedbloodiamhuman_catherinel-johnson_2013_clj_dpi300FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                       Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN

will be exhibited

@ AZ GALLERY’s ANNUAL LOWERTOWN ART SHOW

 20 October 20 – 20 November 2016

http://www.theazgallery.org/events/

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PLEASE NOTE: 

REVIEW / “HUMANLY POSSIBLE:

THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION”

@ INSTINCT ART GALLERY

“The path to empathy”

by MPLS STAR TRIBUNE

art critic Mary Abbe

+ PUBLISHED NEW YEAR’ S DAY 2016

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/review-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-the-path-to-empathy-by-mpls-star-tribune-art-critic-mary-abbe-published-new-year-s-day-2016/

 

 

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 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN 2013:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/depraved-heart-murder-marilyn-mosby-attorney-general-of-maryland-homicide-of-freddie-gray-freshdriedblood-humanity-portfolio-2013-catherine-l-johnson-artist/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/freshdriedbloodiamhuman-ferguson-usa-prevailing-narratives-moral-courage-creative-courage-why/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/no-woman-no-cry-no-shrieks-no-woman-no-cry-no-shrieks-i-cannot-bear-to-hear-people-crying-in-pain-if-you-know-and-were-told-you-are-complicit-to-the-psychic-damages-injuries-of-others/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-freshdriedbloodiamhuman-2013-catherine-l-johnson-the-humanity-port/

 

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Scars! Homeschooling the History of Slavery – Histories of the Unexpected

TONI MORRISON’S BELOVED

http://www.amazon.com/Beloved-Toni-Morrison/dp/0452280621

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Synopsis:
…The scars on Sethe’s back serve as another testament
to her disfiguring and dehumanizing years as a slave.

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From the beginning,
BELOVED focuses on the import of memory and history.
Sethe struggles daily with the haunting legacy of slavery,
in the form of her threatening memories
and
 also in the form of her daughter’s aggressive ghost.

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For Sethe, the present is mostly a struggle
to beat back the past,
because the memories of her daughter’s death
and the experiences at Sweet Home
are too painful for her to recall consciously.

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But Sethe’s repression is problematic,
because the absence of history and memory inhibits
the construction of a stable identity.
Even Sethe’s hard-won freedom is threatened
by her inability to confront her prior life.

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Paul D’s arrival gives Sethe the opportunity and the impetus
to finally come to terms with her painful life history.
Like the ghost, the scars also work as a metaphor
for the way that past tragedies affect us psychologically,
“haunting” or “scarring” us for life.

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More specifically,
the tree shape formed by the scars on her back
 might symbolize Sethe’s incomplete family tree.
It could also symbolize the burden of existence itself,
through an allusion to the “tree of knowledge”
 from which Adam and Eve ate,
initiating their mortality and suffering.

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Sethe’s “tree” may also offer insight into
the empowering abilities of interpretation.
In the same way that the white men are able to justify
and increase their power over the slaves by “studying”
and interpreting them according to their own whims,
 Amy’s interpretation of Sethe’s mass of ugly scars
as a “chokecherry tree”
transforms a story of pain and oppression
into one of
survival.

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In the hands of the right storyteller,

Sethe’s disfiguring scars

become a

poignant and beautiful

symbol

of

GRACE.

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When Paul D kisses

Sethe’s deep and gnarled scars,

he reinforces

this more positive interpretation.

 Paul D comes up behind her and pulls down the top of her dress.
He cradles her breasts in his hands while

he kisses each line of her scars.

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Even Sethe’s hard-won freedom
is threatened
by her inability to confront her prior life.

SHAME.

FEAR.

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Paul D’s arrival gives Sethe the opportunity and the impetus
to finally come to terms with her painful life history.

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GRACE

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This past week has been painful and
one of great courage in “flipping the script”.

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Individuals, protected by institutionalized power systems,
who physically/emotionally violated vulnerable individuals.

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Vulnerable, trusting individuals,
who were perceived by the perpetrators
as powerless and invisible were SOUL violated
and
scarred on multiple levels
by these
institutionally protected/false narrative/masked
perpetrators
of 
violence.

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 Those MASKED perpetrators are NOW exposed as WHO they really are:

inhumane abusers.

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The individuals,
the victims,
who were perceived as powerless, vulnerable and invisible
by the perpetrator/s

summoned UP

the SOUL courage,

stood up,

TOLD THEIR TRUTH

and
flipped the script.
AT LAST,
 THE TRUTH was TOLD,
REAL TRUTH PREVAILED
and
the
GRACE ENERGY of LOVE
broke through the prison of their
 SILENCE/SHAME/FEAR.

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FREEDOM

AMAZING GRACE

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There was an echo of a new hymn
of release and freedom
created by the the victims/survivors
who raised their flag of human dignity.
They courageously broke through
the imprisoning LIES
the sick/inhumane perpetrators 
inflicted on their life stories.
The victims are now individuals who SURVIVED
and
who can NOW own and create/pilot their own lives one again
because they chose/believed/acted on self- love
 over fear and shame.

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This action is inspired by God’s GRACE of self-love,
a self-love that was hijacked when violated,
and
then
silenced by fear and shame.

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Anger is the defense and isolation is the refuge
of those who have been abused.
Individuals who are abused, 
suffering with violated SOULS,
become prisoners who CANNOT breathe. 
Their SOULS leave their body and fly above
waiting for COURAGE so the TRUTH
– the gospel song of FREEDOM-
can emerge, at last,
and
be told out LOUD!

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This past year we have experienced and witnessed
many events of personal, public and political revolutions.
The personal revolution ignites public and political revolutions.
To go to places that are raw and bleeding are kept in cellars-
these internal stories are not flaws.

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As rene marie sings

Stronger Than you Think You Are

from  her Experiments in Truth album

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“…Waiting for a story to be told..
Battle scars mean that we survived
…Loneliness is nothing but the stranger inside…
once you know that  courage is another word for intuition,
your fears will disappear and your heart will burst out in song
don’t hide them, be proud of your battle scars…

you are stronger than you think you are...”

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Humanity is horizontal.

Power structures are vertical.

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Individuals who have been scarred
– visibly/invisibly-
by abuse,
betrayal of trust and/or disrespect
are imprinted with a defensive 
and a heightened/SENSITIVE
circuity of neural pathways
that keeps them prisoner-
fearing any actions that may reveal vulnerability,
that “smells” of repeated abuse, 
betrayal of trust and disrespect.

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The shame of being victims of abuse holds individuals captive
and their perpetrators KNOW their victim’s bind with a wink.
UNTIL the victims see their LIVES as worthy/VALUABLE/irreplacable  they remain hostage.

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Once the abused individuals are awakened
and, in turn,  
can TELL THEIR TRUTH with integrity, 
their WINGS unfold
and the
profound hymn of FREEDOM vibrates/radiates/SINGS.

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The fear of breaking the silence seems insurmountable.

Yet,

one is stronger than one thinks they are,

naming the the truth

and

 confronting and experiencing

the anger/grief toward the abusers*

 (*abusive individuals within any conventional institution
– marriage/family/university/corporation
–  are upheld within these systems and  protect by their false narratives)
of the violence,
the legacy of the scars
and
those who were complicit-
(those who watched and lacked the guts and moral courage to STOP the abuse)

is the

terrifying 

and

exhilarating and terrifying

VOYAGE OF FREEDOM!

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And,

the voyage ends the cycle of abuse,

the learned conditioning of communications,
 expectations
and
vision of their life.
No longer running away,
numbing,
burying,
hiding,
rationalizing
but

MOVING FORWARD

in

TRIUMPH!

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The internal work has been accomplished.

A HERO/INES’s JOURNEY.

LIVING the sincere LOVE/GRACE

of the

SERENITY PRAYER.

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A NEW life of dignity and integrity
unfolds with wider RADICAL HOPE
possibilities
and FAITH in
sheer BEAUTY.

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Reclamation

of one’s human dignity;

INTEGRITY;

sovereign GRACE;

and

the INTRINSIC,

irreplaceable,

touchstone value

of

LIVING LIFE

fully breathing – 

with

WONDER + AWE.

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R/EVOLUTION

AMAZING GRACE

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Confronting and stepping up to truth,
no matter how ugly or searingly painful,
creates a template for others
which is the gospel song
of

BEAUTIFUL HUMANITY

and

GRACE.

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And,

telling one’s truth

IS the release to

LIVE LOVE,

and
to have the capacity
to

offer and welcome

the

JOYS

of personal intimacy

-an intimacy of love and touch
that heals broken hearts
with its kind light,
compassion
and
tenderness.

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Love listens

without judgement
nor
invokes rejection
nor
incites fear of abandonment.

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Love asks questions as invitations to behold.

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Love listens/Listens love

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Love IS an energy

that does NOT stare in revulsion at scars
-which will gash opens the wounds of a beloved.
Love is an offer of consistent presence
that softly provokes,
calls forth,
their naming of a life,
release of abuse
and
moving forward with self-love,
self-worth
and
knowing you can change the world
by

telling YOUR/one’s truth.

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Tenderly provoking/calling OUT the truth of your beloved.

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A loving provocateur
 agitates the telling of the truth of their beloved,
which, slowly and suddenly,
tumbles the walls of Jericho,
by challenging
the GENUINE claims of the perpetrator’s “truth”
-the fortressed secrets of conventional “institutional truths”
that has kept the beloved hostage.

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Tenderly calling OUT

the secret/buried/suppressed truth

of the beloved

is

 authentic love’s clarion.

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Healing IS relational.

HEALING = GRACE ENERGY.

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A loving provocateur  does NOT humiliate the beloved
who has been held hostage
in a prison of fear and shame
– who NOW believes they are NOT worthy or valuable
because of the protected perpetrator’s
abuse/the actions
of terrorizing the beloved’s soul’s violation
into 
silence.

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A provocateur
who is tender +  wise + loving

calls OUT

the

good wolf

of
INTERNAL faith + RADICAL hope +  Sentient DIVINING rod of KNOWING

to battle

the

evil wolf

of self-doubt +  vampire relations that insert their clinging claws 
+ anything/anyone who attempts to c/overtly to steal SOULS.

CHOICE +

PRACTICE +

RESOLVE

FIRE

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Call and response.

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This song of

GRACE

is a sacred loving dynamic
 that opens
the hearts
and
awakens the full senses
of both
in an intimate, precious, reverent dialogue
and
celebrates
the inspiring gift of authentic care,
yielding a river
of true blue
candelabras
of
healing
waters
to
drink
from.

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Catherine L. Johnson
Written on 14 November 2011. 
Revisited on 26 July 2017.
Revisited on 3 May 2018.

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GRACE

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AMAZING GRACE

RADICAL HOPE

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Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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Pine Tree: HOPE                        Catherine L. Johnson  2005

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