“We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society. We copy emotional reactions from our parents, learning from them that excrement is suppose to have a disgusting smell and that vomiting is suppose to be an unpleasant sensation. The dread of death is also learned from anxieties about sickness and from their attitudes to funerals and corpses. Our social environment has this power just because we do not exist apart from a society. Society is our extended mind and body. Yet the very society from which the individual is inseparable is using its whole irresistible force to persuade the individual that he is indeed separate! Society as we know it is therefore playing a game with self-contradictory rules.” Alan Watts says…November 12, 2016
Excerpt from: When Jazz Becomes Freedom (treatment)
Welcome to the woderful World of Homelessness & Poverty. It is only temporary. Jazzmin refused to take residence. The Zen alarm on her cell phone @8:52 am chimed this message , It had been a long night . Nights filled with tortured and sleepless filled with fear of epic proportions every time Jazz had to go to the bathroom. Since the first day, it was on the hour. This is the best description of the level of emotional turmoil and investment of understanding of the World of Homelessness. It is not based on curiosity mind you, because you see enough images and stories, it is based on how the hell a person who grew up in a comfortable, safe eleven room house, two loving parental units in a 60s suburb nestled between Hollywood and Beverly Hills where listening to Jazz was the only substrate and at the tender age of three, fell in love with sounds and words, landed in The Blade.
LOGLINE: “When Jazz Becomes Freedom” After her mother’s death on Mother’s Day from breast cancer, a boomer artist is dropped into living for13 ½ years in the dangerous world of Poverty & Homelessness facing her final and biggest struggle to break free of its clutches.
Jazzmin (“Jazz”) has changed. It is now from the inside out. It is where the entire concept of Homelessness is called into question. Homeless refers to having a home, working and making a living where you have the stuff that supports your lifestyle. THE PROBLEM: Our Society’s constructive definition or as Jazz’s slumlord refers to as those people , are comprised of veterans; convicted drug felons; the mentally ill (untreated); those with addictions (in/out of recovery); those released from jail or prison (for theft, murder and sexual assault); and last but not least unskilled, illiterate folks fleeing subhuman conditions by the thousands who never ever experienced living in a “HOME” are now considered HOMELESS. It is a NO WIN situation. Hard to believe and even harder to survive. Therein lies the riff.
When you take a closer look at Affordable Housing, in this world and Housing Programs are based on the main construct for resolving issues for the segment of the population that want to have a job, home, car, kids, lifestyle…. That does not fit the life of a homeless person. And the conditions upon which they have to choose to live in represents the sediment of American Society. Jazz’s transformation and was submerged into the last part of the journey. It is where the 7 Deadly Sins are played out. The disorder introduced into our human nature by Adam’s fall from grace reveals itself especially through seven dominant vices known in our Catholic tradition as the capital sins. These are: pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. We call them “capital” sins (from the Latin caput, meaning “head”) because they are the sources or fountainheads of all the sins people commit, whether sins of commission or sins of omission. We call them “deadly” because they cause spiritual death.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen liked to call them the “seven pallbearers of the soul.”
Spiritual growth is impossible unless we try to dig up the roots of our sins with the help of God’s illuminating and sanctifying grace. This is Jazz’s 288 day journey…
Don’t Drink the Water
The Situation: Space between Living and Struggling to Survive. Formation of Partnership
First step is creating a healthy partnership with our own spirit so that it becomes clear and necessary to partner with your soul and inner life.
For me, the Ocean represents and beautifully exemplifies life’s natural and perfect Partnership. They are inextricably interconnected, yet fully independent, each giving and receiving life support in equal portion. New partnership is filled with possibilities that are filled with joy, inspire, and will sustain you through times of deep trouble and when you have a win/win partnership, it brings a tremendous about of abundance, harmony, and aliveness into your life. So the Dark Night of the Soul’s question is: Are you that person that you would love to partner with? Experience has proven, like attracts like, so the quickest way to attract an ideal partner is to be an ideal partner. Jazzmin had been unhappy too long to remember.
Wait there’s more! Stay tuned…
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