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.

My intention from the beginning in creating this podcast, The Masks of Gender, was to bring Clarity into this fundamental way we humans create boxes to live in, see the world from, create difference, introduce power plays and so on. It’s about how we make our worlds, for me the most fascinating subject of all.

My decades of meditation practice, as well as my long study of aspects of consciousness, ways of seeing, combined with the insight that being what is called trans, transgender, transgressive, opens doors to the way we see the world, the way we make our individual worlds. And it’s not just about gender, it’s about our thoughts, beliefs, aversions, and so on, and the inner Self, the Tao, the consciousness which lies behind the mind.

This post is one of the insights, as opposed to conversations, I’ve been putting up since the beginning, in fact at the beginning, when I tried out my new podcast theme for WordPress – Podcaster – with a reading of a chapter of my book The Choice entitled The Boy on the Beach. It’s still there, number one.

In this post, I read a little from the fascinating and profound work of Byron Katie, which gives profound insight into a chapter of the Tao te Ching, then I take it further into my own experience. I hope you find it valuable, interesting, inspiring even.

The picture, by the way, is of me the baby more than sixty years ago, already gendered, looking a bit unhappy about the gender that I had arrived into, without being asked, but which created a destiny which taught me much, and opened the doors to being who I am today. All of us have our very own destinies, divinely hand-crafted with the gift of the challenges we need to find ourselves this life, if we are lucky and blessed.