35. Writing Our Way Home


Blog 35: Dec. 1997-April 1998—Have you ever discovered, after multiple attempts to run and hide from where you are, that you end up, once again, with yourself, wondering what to do? 

When I lived in Berkeley, California, crippled from pain, and yet still trying to find ways to escape the state I was in, there was one way I consistently came back to myself. It was through writing. Writing became my way of listening, as later my novel, Child of Duende: A Journey of the Spirit, became one long listening experience put on paper. It became a soothing way to come home and discover myself beneath the layers of false existence I had learned to become.

In my small room in Berkeley, with a one plant in the corner I’d sit in front of and meditate (or try to) and below a small sunroof that sprinkled light-filled hope into my day, I would write. My right hand asked the question, my left answered. The premise of this approach was that my non-dominant left hand would answer like a child, innocently, and without all the excess verbage and layers we as adults had learned to wrap over our feelings.

I started simply: “How are you feeling now?” my right hand asked, and my left hand wrote: “I don’t want to go on anymore. I want to hide.” The conversation continued:

 –What do you want to hide from?                                  il_570xN.439727466_pj80
–The World.
–Why do you want to hide from the world?
–Because I am scared I will not be loved and seen.
–Why are you scared you will not be loved or seen?
–Because I am so much more than these people see me as.
–What are you that they can’t see?
–I am a river, a stream. I am grass dancing in the wind. I am love, I am alive.
–What do they see you as?
–They see me as little Michelle who can’t do anything practical in this world.
–Why do they see you as that?
–They need me to be able to fit into their little boxes.
–So what are you, Michelle?
–I am a part of an indigenous world. My roots have always been from a simpler place, a place of giving love.

As I got to the end of my writing, my left hand—that of the child—was the one that carried the wisdom for my adult self. “You are trying to bridge two worlds,” she wrote, encouraging the adult me to trust my heart and not give up hope.

It seems ironic, yet so true, that it is the part of us that is most vulnerable and scared that carries the wisdom to bring us home. The famous mystic poet Rumi once wrote in The Lame Goat: “You’ve seen a herd of goats going down to the water. The lame and dreamy goat brings up the rear.”  But, “There are many different kinds of knowing. The lame goat’s kind is a branch that traces back to the roots of presence. Learn from the lame goat, and lead the herd home.”

As in Rumi’s poem, the lame goat that I was led me home …though my writing.



6 thoughts on “35. Writing Our Way Home

    • Linda, thanks for the response. When writing a blog, it’s hard to know how it touches another without your sharing, so I appreciate it. And yes, when it comes to getting that it is the most tender part of us that leads us home, we always need to be reminded of this in a culture where we are told otherwise. Have a great day!

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  1. Time stopped for me with this, Michelle. It felt like I was absorbed for a whole day in a book written by a dear friend I grew up with and will be embracing again soon. Your Divine Self – Inner Child dialogue, a self-healing method I cherish myself, got me immersed in this mystical oneness I always feel you through. Every time you publish and in between, my Love celebrates you, Sister. Goddess bless you.

    Feel like dancing a little? 😀
    Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης, Yanni, wonderfully incarnates the higher octave of Scorpio, like both you and I do. Watch the first 20 seconds [here], and then [here].

    ❤ Leon


  2. My fantasies, whirling, and my “eff it” attitude bring me home whenever they show up. Sometimes that little voice chimes in too. Whenever I get too wound up, past a certain threshold, one of those things shows up and doesn’t even ask to take over. Over the last few years, I have been learning to gently let go when they come up.

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