When you say yes

We carry the unmanifest dreams of our ancestors within our genes… 

They wait silently in our tissues, buried deep inside our bones. 
Hopeful. Patient. Longing.

When our ideas and inspirations match these ancient yearnings, they stir within us. 
Resonance. Vibration. Reactivation.

“We want balance. We want release”, they say. “We want to be reborn in the light of day. We want to know what it is like to speak without reservation. 
To feel without fear. 
To be forgiven. 
We want to dance with wild abandon. 
We want to own property, vote, climb mountains, speak dangerously, sing loudly.  
We want to snuggle, cry, paint, fly.  
We want to grow an empire through you.” 

When we say yes to ourselves, we say yes to all who came and went before us. 
When we say yes to ourselves we save our granddaughter’s granddaughter’s
from having to do it for us. 
When we say yes to ourselves we become way showers to those around us. 
If we can do it, so can they. 

Who are we do dream so big…
We fear the others might say. 

But we are not responsible 
For other people’s limitations.
We are only responsible for our own.

Let them go.
So mote it be
May it be so. 

There is this thing that happens when we are used to hunching over  
(the weight of the world on our shoulders), 
that makes standing up tall seem wrong. 
The muscles that hold our necks up get weak.
The muscles that hold our shoulder blades in place get knotted and stiff.
Pinched off from lack of blood flow, they are hungry and sallow. 
When we try to hold ourselves up with good posture
It feels forced, exhausting, embarrassing, strange. 


Doing the thing we aren’t used to doing
Even if it is right
Even if it is making us stronger
More visible…

Is uncomfortable. 

And there is this idea in our culture
That being uncomfortable is wrong.
We should only strive for ease. Happiness. Pleasure. 
We’ve bought into this collective numbing.
Even though it isn’t true. 

Ease, happiness and pleasure are temporary fleeting experiences
In the vast sea of experiences. 
They are not destinations. 

Do not forget your truest destinations, 
even if they take more patience than you have

And more forgiveness too.

Our truest destinations may take more work than we are used to
And possibly many lifetimes to get to. 
We might drown several times along the way. 

We must ignore the sirens of the screens
Untangle ourselves from the nets of social media  
Feeling less than,

We must combat the illusion of our aloneness. 
Band together in solidarity. 
Fight for each other’s dreams instead of going to war with those we call ‘other’. 
Fight with our hearts wide open
Instead of closed off 
shut down.
Fight to stop the fighting
the hiding
the excuses. 
Replace the feelings of hopelessness with hope. 

Why not expect great things instead? 

Why not be fierce and righteous 
When you speak up for what you want. 
Be bold and courageous when you fantasize about what could be. 
You can still be humble and bare
When you declare 
That having 
Is ok.

Having anything. Having everything.
Even if you give it all away. 
Even if you keep it and use it all up.

But do not hoard your fantasies
Or hide them in secret
Only pulling them out on a rainy day. 

Throw them around and stomp them into the ground. 

Do not treat your dreams with delicate trepidation.  
Command them into being. 
Dare them to be able to withstand a beating. 

Do whatever it takes. 
Put them to the test.
Scream in the face of opposition.
Be presumptuous. 
Be haughty. 

Then sit back and watch them manifest
As though you knew it all along.
As though you were only finishing the song
That your ancestors started. 

In your own

Amanda Lux
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