This is a further chapter of my book The Choice; there have been others in this podcast series, such as The Boy on the Beach, or First the Stomach. This chapter is about the power of words to create our worlds. It’s inspired by the teachings on what is called Matrika Shakti, Shakti being creative power, the Goddess, and matrika means letters, which make words, which make stories, which make our words, our destinies.

The Masks of Gender are the form of the stories that make up so much of what we think we are, and are nothing other than dreams. It’s definitely best to wake up is what I’ve found, and it’s done not by adding another story, but by subtraction, taking away that which makes things less than they are. Then all that is left is who we are. As Byron Katie asks, Who would you be without your story?

The externals of my life have been greatly challenging recently, as one great friend came to the end of her life – more on that later – and another of my closest became ill with another disease, unspoken of at this time. It’s a time of shifting and changing, an end and a beginning, and in that time I will create episodes of my own insights and writing until I have the space and time to create more conversations. I hope what I am sharing is valuable to you.

https://www.thepossibilityclub.org/podcast/persia-west/

One thing I really like about creating my own podcast is that the rules are all mine, changeable at a whim, so when I listened to this recording with Richard Freeman for his wonderful podcast that I recorded months ago, I thought it would fit well amongsst my own. So here it is, a link rather than another recorded conversation.

Richard is smart and informed. He’d done his homework on me, he’s open and curious and asks the right questions. So here we are. It’s called The Future of Gender, to fit in with his podcasts entitled The Future of…….. All good listening, you can catch them all on the link, go into their site, see what possibilities there are for the taking in this world of ours.

Faynia Williams is such a rich and profound, long experienced woman in the world of the theatre and the theatre of the world that I just knew she would be a wonderful voice to add to the diverse voices on the Masks of Gender.

It was great to spend talking time with her in the room at the top of the house she shares with her husband, the unique Richard Crane. We’ve had them to dinner a couple of times and never want it to end; the best of company.

In a way that’s what I’m sharing with you; the depth and wisdom Faynia brings to the dinner party of life. Is the world a theatre or is the theatre a world, or both or neither? Well, yes to all of it. For me it’s always great to talk to a someone as experienced and talented as Faynia, someone who has worked with the best to create roles and dramas that are reflections of who we are. It certainly makes for good listening.