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.

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