Had such a great time capturing something very special for my sister. I'm honored she chose me to do it - so you know we had to stunt a little...
I totally understand why, in zodiac conversations, people speak of the compatibility between Pisces and Scorpio. There's a damn near psychic connection when it comes down to even the SMALLEST things - rolling windows up at the same time, paying attention to subtleties, etc. We just blend and can legitimately make magic together as Artists, Content Creators, etc.
I'm so excited to share this with you.
Shot by Me.
The photo on the top left was shot by Kendra on my camera. SHE HAS THE EYE!
Mr. Jared Brunk! THANK YOU for signing my copy of The Soul Man, and I will you so much success with your comic and soon-to-be animated series. I WILL BE WATCHING. I'm definitely a fan.
I met Mr. Brunk via Twitter @the_soul_man_ - a retweet from Animators Pal brought me to seeing him and his post about Osoosi. I learned of his comic book, The Soul Man and immediately fell in love with it. You can find it HERE - HE SENT ME A FREE COPY, YA'LL - I'm so grateful for this.
The Soul Man is about a detective who Astral Travels to solve crime and protect children. It's great, seriously. Bluesy and dope.
You see why I love good people so much?
Thank you, again.
Linked with some familiar and new faces on our weekend getaway to Long Pond, PA (The Poconos) to celebrate my lover muffin, Kamaria's, 40th earth day! Of course my big muffin, Brandon's, earth day was on the day we arrived. It was beautiful.
I've made posts on my other site, that I genuinely enjoy The Crew's company. (Of course LaQuanda & Tony, Musique & Tikia are a part of the Crew too!)
It's going out and enjoying each other's company without any awkwardness - some of you know what I mean by that - especially when blending associates and family. We ate well, drank, conversed, explored, LAUGHED, and had a great time. I'll post a video of our excursion on my YouTube Channel.
MAI! Oh my goodness, she tore me up. I love Mai. We have to hang again. RAI! "The taters" lmao. Rai is so funny that it's painful at times. Perris! "BAYBEE?!" Lmao - He's definitely someone I HAVE to see again. Kina is one of the coolest Virgo women I've known so far. She emits "the mother" - classic feminine cool energy. Jamal's the first black ski instructor I've ever met! Jason, THE Sango of Sangos taught me how to play pool in an accelerated lesson style. He's the best. I could hug Kamaria for days. I'm so happy to know you all.
I have this desire to leave the U.S.A.
There's a couple of reasons why - so far, I haven't weighed the Pros and Cons - but exploring new places like this and creating great memories reminds me of how vast the world is and how much that can be explored - to expand the mind.
Today my parents laid our German Shepard, Champ, to rest.
He was going on 16 years. Very kind Shepherd. Loved attention.
Whenever I approached the gate to wait for my parents to come to the door, he’d run the corner barking until he saw it was me. Then he’d lower his ears as if ashamed for barking, jump on the gate “requesting” touches from me. Eventually when I got to the backyard, he’d stay close by for his petting. And don’t let him in the house and pet him, because he’s never going to leave you alone. Very kind. Never caused issues. (He made me think of my other favorite dog, Lucky. I wish I had photos of him. I’m sure my parents do.
He was the dog that was genuinely my protector - especially during the spanking era lmao. Saved me from the belt a couple of times. That’s something I value from dogs. Their protective nature.)
By the time I arrived, he was already put to rest in the backyard. So I went to take a look at him. Yes, to see something once so lively and vibrant no longer present in that body, puts you in your emotions. In my case, I felt happiness for him. Genuinely.
When they’re in pain - as Champ was, who struggled to walk after his hips and legs grew weak - then they’ve earned their way out. He definitely needed to be free from that suffering. To exit that heavy worn body is a gift.
I’ve explained in my podcast that death is one thing I’m at peace with - it doesn’t suggest I don’t mourn, but Death doesn’t paralyze me with fear. To see a dead body doesn’t grip me with fear. Sadness, yes; but the fear of death doesn’t belong to me.
Although I love cats, Dogs, and their expressions of their love for you wins me over every time. You see it in their eyes. The death of a dog hits different. The death of Cats, to me, generate the reply: “You’ll be back, Ace. I’ll see you again soon.”
Always a slight nod to cats who pass on. I know they’re always here and they’ll just come back to you. Don’t ask me where that comes from.
Dogs are more expressive of their love. Now, Cats express it - my tortieshell, Amenti is very expressive. She’s a cuddler - she’ll lay across your chest, under your arm, and in your lap. Her communication is clear in that she has affection for you and wants to lay with you. You’ll know. She’ll tell you really quick. And once you lay down she’s coming. She’ll stand on your chest for a second, find a spot, and lay there. Very social feline.
It’s funny though - in my own living quarters, female animals work so well with me - but males, not so much. We just don’t mesh. But female animals (cats and dogs) are extremely obedient and protective.
To be free from your suffering is what I wanted for you - and you got it. It’s going to be weird not seeing or hearing you, but I know for certain that you’re solid now.
Contrary to popular evangelicals, the Ego is one of the greatest allies you’ll ever have. It’s in how you treat it that makes your life better or worse. It is behind your identity, survival, sense of boundaries and more. Consider this illustration: It also functions as a processor - metabolizing experiences and feeding you data in the form of emotions, knowledge, and memories. That trauma you experienced, yes, the ego plays a part in processing. It’s a part of you.
The problem is when we misinterpret this information as the Identity and seek to protect it, through avoidance, denial, or willful ignorance. Rigidity. We take the Ally, who is meant to be beside us and place it in front of us as a shield. This, is disharmony. The Ego just is. We give the Ego too much of a life it never wanted the responsibility of having. Consider this perspective in this episode.
Scapegoating is humdrum. Change the narrative. Predictability is boring.
People who mystify a lot, sometimes for aesthetic, other times, for profit - tend to speak of Ego Death as this sort of ritual death. Now, let's not suggest that this "Ego Death" isn't significant, because it is. What's happening isn't the death of the Ego, however - but the removal of Ego's placement, from in front of you, to beside you.
In doing this, we don't run to guilt as much, nor do we seek to blame the Ego, who's an innocent ally in this. Ego says, "I Am" - simply put. But while Ego the Ally also processes our experiences, digesting them, and transporting them to you as data (including the digested remains of Trauma - emotions, feelings, and memories), be careful that the "I Am" that you receive ISN'T the trauma, where you're reacting in fear, by grabbing the Ally who's positioned beside you to in front of you.