I crew on three drug and alcohol-free dances within our community so ever rarely come across toxic drug and alcohol abuse spaces. I attended one on Saturday night as I had been invited by a DJ friend of mine, Mickey Space to attend his birthday gathering at a place called Horse Bazaar. It was like a return to my dark secret past. This was the venue my wildest girlfriend and I used to attend to dance after taking Acid or Ecstasy over a two year period every Saturday night 15 years ago. I never thought I would return there.
Mickey plays great music, so I was enjoying the dance when this rather drunken, amazingly beautiful young women, most of them are young when you are 64, came up to me and said, “You are too transparent, you’re not allowed to be that transparent, it’s unfair.” I told her I was a Dancing Eros sister, an ISTA graduate and a Warrior of Love. I sat her down and showed her the Dancing Eros homepage, and said look it up when you are sober: Access to Dancing Eros.
What would life be like if we were all as transparent with each other as I was that scared the bejesus out of this young woman? I am an empath so often feel the effect we have on each other. Unfortunately, I feel the pain people think they are hiding that they don’t want people to see so often have to leave events early. What has society said about transparency over the decades? Here are the most relevant I could find:
1. This is one gift if you think of it as one you receive as you become more and more transparent.
2. Simply, His Holiness rocks: Dalai Lama’s Guide To Happiness
3. All you do is confuse others when you continually change directions.
4. Wikipedia thinks Himanshu is either an Indian Bollywood actor or a New York rapper, I’m not sure about that, but I really like the intent of this quote: There is So Much Magnificence.
5. I have discovered I have worn a lot of masks over the years: Shyness, Judgemental, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, it takes committing yourself to a journey to remove them.
6. Some words: Brene Brown, vulnerability, it’s worth it: Embracing Vulnerability.
7. Not greatly relevant, but I like it.
8. How often in our lives don’t we do this for the sake of keeping the peace: Honest.
9. Transparency may lead you here.
10. I think if you are living a transparent life, that the other two would just fall in place: I’m Your Man.
11. When I am writing a note to the woman I wish to be my beloved I write the following: Remember to Breathe next time we meet, my beloved. From your beloved, if that is what you have chosen. I am still waiting for a reply.
12. It’s all in the eyes. They say they do not lie as they are the gateway to the soul: Bette Davis Eyes.
13. Does this go along with Home is Where the Heart Is. Maybe.
14. This may be a fallout out if people are on different journeys towards transparency: So Am I.
15. And our final lesson comes from Bono, who points out powerfully the cost of not telling the truth.
There were quite a few definitions of what transparency means, this was my favourite: the quality of being done in an open way without secrets.
In tribute to being in Rise – Speaker Training the playlist contains two spoken word tracks. We begin with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, then two of my favourites Deva and Miten. Then the current Netflix craze, Brene Brown. Then one of the many rappers around at the moment, Future. Two legends follow in Leonard Cohen and Kim Carnes, completing with Ava Max: Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You.
What I am transparent about is spreading the paradigm Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. The more people I can have see this as a possibility, the merrier. Until we meet again, my dear friends.