Dirty Candy.

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A different world cannot be made by indifferent people. Let’s pop the bubble…..If you are in the Houston Area,

meet me Saturday at the Last Organic Outpost Urban Farm.

 

*Coney Island Ferris Wheel, Lady Liberty and Yellow Sunflower Polaroids by Lindsay Nicole Eller

About Joana Smith

Who I'd like to meet: Superman's Children, eco-warriors, truck drivers, persephone, roller derby queens, nurses, scientists, givers, priests, yogi, storytellers, people who don't know right now, playwrights, philosophers, people who are more visual, people who hop trains, performers, poets, seamstresses, activists, Spider-Man, kids, rangers, Snow White, dj's, massage therapists, people who work with their hands, bunnies, sportsracers, people who work in offices, dancers, baristas, artists, cleaners, climbers, Jeff's sister, Colbert, Skiers, Bikers, skaters, surfers, ani, people who are recovering, trees (and flowers), people who will die soon, gardeners, horses, Jolie-Pitt, soon-to-be mothers, margie's daughter, astronomers, people who are scared, girls who wear black and listen to the Smiths, cuffmakers, lambs, Miranda July, the man in the moon, Bono, people from 'round here, Obama...

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16 Responses to “Dirty Candy.”

  1. Justin says:

    "Dirty candy" — it makes me think of the word "taboo": both sacred and profane, both holy and forbidden. Like the idea of the sex-act itself — bringing the genders together — taking a connection and making it [one]-flesh.

    I have, in my own watery bubble [on the Moon], a tribe of people who want to be free of their towers, see lights, dance, , sing songs, grow food, use their own two hands, make joy, and nurture babies — making art and music with broken stuff. But it seems all swords and cups — it's my ideas and my feelings — it has no buttons or coins.

    The connected mental-space [the morphic fields] — aren't they our bubbles? Where the like-minded live? Where can the like-bodyed live?

    [cont]…Elephant Journal said my comment was "too long" — too much swording, I guess…[cont]…

  2. Justin says:

    …[cont. from above]

    "Love your beach" — because that's the place where the watery-realm of the ideas reaches the physical land of material existence.
    "Thank you for working" — because that's what it takes to bridge that gap between all the nuances of Self I go around saying that I am [my Persons -- my masks] — some of that getting our physical and mental hands dirty — in the work.

    That's what it takes to bridge the gaps between the genders — to get over the unfounded fears that we might have that keep people [the indifferent ones] from having real community — and real connections. It might be dirty work — but it tastes good [candy].

    • Hi, Justin. You can avoid the "too long" problem by using any other browser than IE (assuming that's what you were using!)

      Bob

      • Justin says:

        Yes — that's what happened — I surely don't operate with IE by choice — my mind constrained by my physical circumstances, I guess.

        • elephantjournal says:

          I actually use Firefox, and still get the "too long" warning whenever I copy over comments from FB…I just break 'em into 2 or 3 as you did. Sorry for the hassle!

  3. Great piece, Joanna.

  4. Joana Smith says:

    Justin, as always….you see something in me that I cannot see, like a good friend, you show me the beauty in my work through your black and white. Thank you for getting me and embracing my "watery-ness"… ..Ever since you deleted your facebook account I've been missing our interactions….but that's ok, you want to live in the real world now, it'll just make me try harder to bridge the gap.

    I see what you mean,
    "I have, in my own watery bubble [on the Moon], a tribe of people who want to be free of their towers, see lights, dance, , sing songs, grow food, use their own two hands, make joy, and nurture babies — making art and music with broken stuff. But it seems all swords and cups — it's my ideas and my feelings — it has no buttons or coins."

    "It has no buttons or coins"–That's why I have fallen into this medium of expressing ideas through stuff, because now in a sense they have a physical place. I've always been curious about what actually is meant by alchemy, but I think that -to me-crushing all these objects into one common size, space here is. I am trying to *make* figurative gold (from the heart). Poems about our society. Bring in the stuff that has meaning to everyone so that it's not a thing anymore, it's a feeling…

    Also, I was thinking about community this morning as I was driving my car down the road. I usually bike and it had been so long since I had driven….so I was thinking about how being in a car is like being in a little room all by oneself, and that our world could become a lot better if we just got out of these little separate rooms, felt the air, said hello…

    -and-

    "The connected mental-space [the morphic fields] — aren't they our bubbles? Where the like-minded live? Where can the like-bodyed live? "

    I like how you started talking about morphic fields and bubbles, that's been helpful. I was thinking about it a lot today while promoting this blog because I just kept putting it out there, but never knew who was listening. And then one person would cut through by making a comment, and I'd think, "oh, they ARE there!" I didn't know before, because they weren't responding. The people in "your" bubble can hear, but to the outsider, I can scream as loud as I can and silence. Sort of like, if a tree falling in the woods…I used to think that the quality of my blogs determined their traction (how many views –I kept thinking that if I made them more beautiful then the mommy revolution would begin), but it's not really true.

    But bubbles are not all bad, even though I spoke about popping them in this blog. I used to run with a group of people called the travelling neighborhood who actually embraced the effects that distance had on their relationships. I feel that too. When I was younger I preferred to write letters to my boyfriends because I thought that gave me a chance to show them the real me. There's a lot of aspects of a person that don't show in face to face…images, poetry. Abilene likes to say, "the colours are inside the bubble."

    So for me, it was revolutionary when you found me, Justin. …You got me here. No one had done that here yet. I mean, look at the other comments…So I really value your input. Silver and Gold…I love that. Who cares if I reach millions, because I actually just wanted to find You*.

  5. Justin says:

    Ever since you deleted your facebook account I've been missing our interactions

    I thought about that after I commented in the morning — and then looked at the post again with my wife when I got home and saw that you hadn't replied yet — and I thought, "If I had wrote that on FB, then she would have replied to me right-away, and we'd have probably talked about it for an hour."

    But then I'd be the witch who stole all your matches on the longest day of the year — right?

    but that's ok, you want to live in the real world now, it'll just make me try harder to bridge the gap

    This real world is slower [it's more viscous to move through than the waters] — there's no red notification sign pushing you. There's just my words sitting here. I don't know if they've gotten to you, if you're replying to them or not, etc.

    But doesn't that help us go deeper with what we we're going to say? Once there's no "Jay has sent you a message", "Jay is typing", etc. alerts demanding your immediate attention?

    I've always been curious about what actually is meant by alchemy

    I was doing some wet chemistry in the lab yesterday [which is the modern-child of the ancient alchemists] — adding one clear chemical to another clear chemical made the contents of the flask turn yellowish-orange [gold].

    And, on the fundamental level — that was alchemy — to achieve Gold from Base metals, to drink from a cup that holds an elixir of eternal life [the Philosopher’s Stone], etc.

    Just like that Tree of Life was made using physical planets as the representations of the aspects of You that they represent [as though it was a map of physical locations] – Alchemy was made using physical chemistry as a representation of You [your base nature and desires, your golden Self.

    Tarot card #14 in your book [Temperance, also called Art] – is the alchemic mixture of opposites, the silver and gold [female and male] – each aspect tempering the other in harmony – and that card is the path from the Moon [silver] to the Sun [gold].

    And this kind of work [crushing all these images, mixing feelings and words, etc.] is that same kind of magic – arranging symbols in order to achieve a change in the mind of another person – an amazing [amasian or “lost in a maze”] arrangement of pictures – something that can take “nothing” [these things] and with it create something [these feelings].

    I didn’t realize how my (s)words did that too until I spent time talking with you [and the Chantdown family] on FB.

    So for me, it was revolutionary when you found me, Justin. …You got me here. No one had done that here yet. I mean, look at the other comments

    It was revolution [revelation] – and I think that was its purpose – and I wouldn’t want to extend something beyond its purpose. The curtain did indeed fall – and now you know us and know that we listen – the Robert Downey mask came off, and our family was revealed.

    I think the private-room-like environment of a FB instant message world would keep things on the Moon – when the yownah [the dove] needs to descend the tree and bring it to the Earth – right?

  6. ruben says:

    Hey Joanna! i totally love the blog! the images are great and well put together! you have this knack to piecing things together to make a story and i thoroughly enjoy reading/looking at them! i'll have to get some more cutouts for you soon too! we'll see each other soon! ttyl!

  7. rachel says:

    love. (also. i hope you publish a hard copy book of all your posts one day.)

  8. Justin says:

    Joana — thought of something else today:

    Who cares if I reach millions, because I actually just wanted to find You*.

    Reaching *Me* is reaching the whole world. Whether your revelation brings the end of the world for everyone, or just brings about the end of the world for *You*, it's not a bad mission.

    We should have our own personal revelations — whether they lead to or usher in the collective one or not — and being called to bring apocalypse doesn't [by necessity] imply that the whole world *will receive* what you share. But it's important that you share the dreams — because sharing is all you *can* do.

    Remember — the whole world is God looking at Himself from a million points of view — each part completely and perfectly reflects the whole. That tree of life is a map of the whole universe as well as what's inside *You*. Existence reflecting itself like two mirrors.

  9. Joana Smith says:

    Justin– sorry to leave you hanging there in "one-sided monologue" …I *do* want to continue to go deeper. But in order to concentrate (without babies in my lap) I have to wait until the Spirit awakens me at 4am and no one else is around –Such is the life of a mommy.

    I had been thinking a lot about shame recently. (even before I had read your recent addition to this thread) because it had come up in mine and my husband's couple's counseling for the reasons I distance myself (fear of revealing my imperfections). And then I was discussing it with my brother on the phone today. We were talking about how shame is different than guilt. You can feel guilt for something you *did,* but shame seems to be more about what you *are.*

    I liked what you said up there:
    "We should have our own personal revelations — whether they lead to or usher in the collective one or not — and being called to bring apocalypse doesn't [by necessity] imply that the whole world *will receive* what you share. But it's important that you share the dreams — because sharing is all you *can* do."

    It's the idea of each person identifying His own story, and inserting *that* into the collective consciousness that I'm trying to get to with the Princessland idea…"each person has his own storytale, and that every storytale is different." What s the Bible but a collection of People's stories (the one's that rose to the top, anyway) and that those stories are about God, but what story isn't? We need to see the value in our stories, and in our revelations. It takes some energy to scratch deep enough under the surface to get it started. …

    (It's telling me this comment is too long, so I'm going to break it up….)

  10. Joana Smith says:

    The idea of Apocalypse….It sounds so SCARY, but that's just because of it's associations. Like many Christians, I became engrossed with whole Jenkins/LaHeye (Left Behind books) dream. and that was not good. I even KNEW it was not good at the time, but somehow I couldn't put it down. And it was SO literal, SO, "there is an End of life,"…It was a damaging interpretation in a lot of ways in that is was anti-earth, polarizing "GOOD" people from "EVIL" people, and that we're all going to live in a castle on a cloud…And that the anti-christ would be this dark evil magician-type man. And I knew other Christians who loved that dogma (so much) that they'd buy the next hardcover as soon as it came out for $27 bucks, and then take it home and read it in one night! With terrible, predictable cliffhangers at the end of every chapter that just made you feel like a sucker who is held hostage by your beliefs/fears.

    We definitely need a change. I really liked what you said in your article, Justin: "Two Plasma Interpretations of Revelation." http://ldsanarchy.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/two-pl… I think you spell it out in a new, positive way.

    I also liked what you said in this article,( http://ldsanarchy.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/person… )about the four horsemen having been here for a long time already and that they are:
    * Statism
    * War
    * Famine
    * Death

    I also like how you brought up Adam and Eve in the last comment, I always come back to "the garden" in my thinking, and this notion …"There was a perfect and beautiful union between Adam and Eve, which attracted the attention of Satan, who made it his prime objective to break it up".

    ..I also like that there is a story– that it is our understanding of the beginning of time–where man and woman had a perfect union. Also there was the thing about nakedness, clothes/or unclothed,.. Sometimes I feel like my partner (or, people who are very close to me) can see through to my soul, and that makes me feel shame, because the naked soul is broken.

    But, SHAME, it's been such a prevalent emotion for me, personally… I always knocked it up to the fact that I'm a woman, and that Women are inherently living cursed because of Eve's role. It's a very literal interpretation, I KNOW, but I was raised in the Church of Christ/ non-denominational Christan Church, and they are very literal. But that was also probably what led me to this idea –while journalling one day back in college, at Abilene Christian,–that God was calling *me* to "reconcile the mother."

    I didn't even know what that meant, but it seemed like something that made sense. Women are really repressed in our religion, society (which, American is mostly, Christian) I mean, there's been women's lib for awhile now, but those types of women are resented, pigeon-holed, balked at, seen as a nuisance. I don't want to be THAT. It's like no ones sees what spiritual gifts may await should they have the sensitivity of Being to key into that female, unconscious power that is innate in us all. Still we want to repress and commodify the girl.

    I mean, I'm not against lip gloss–and I think that painting one's lips a BRIGHT COLOUR can be like art. Abilene and I like to curl our hair in these old-fashioned rag curls–it's like a little gift to ourselves when we wake up in the morning–. No I'm not against dressing up, and wearing masks. We're too visual a society not to. You have to BE SOMEONE in life, so why not be someone you like? That's why I love Halloween, because you get to dress up as anyone in the entire world that you want to be.

    And I also like this quote by You:

    "The world is not this physical planet or the life that’s on it. The “world” is our systems, politics, economics, bank notes, and borders – it’s our ideas about the world. We term the end of the world “apocalypse” – which is nothing but the Greek word for revelation. An earth-shattering revelation bringing about the biggest change in the human state of mind – large enough to completely end this world and usher in a new earth."

    Justin, you are a Mormon, (a Mormon Anarchist at that), and I know those two titles alone sometimes make people dismiss you, or lash out at you before they've even heard your ideas. (I like how this is a Buddhist site, and that I am a Christian, and you are a Mormon. I think that there must be a place where people from different faiths can meet in our common values). I know you mentioned keeping your mouth shut at church because your ideas sound so radical and different, and it would just make people uncomfortable and the leader feel like they need to segue into a new topic..

    I know that feeling, too….I don't want to do anyone any harm. At least we can walk through the ideas in this space, be ourselves, and dream. [Nathan just showed his philosophy club the movie of The Matrix last night]. Anyway, I think there needs to be an apocalypse, a change, a new idea, a new world, and I think it would be good…..

    I was thinking of this quote from one of my favorite musicians, Tori Amos, when I woke up this morning, “I’ve got 25 bucks and a cracker, do you think it’s enough, to get us there?” It’s from her song Silent All These Years.

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