What a fun-tastic day I've had. It's been quite a while since I really took a day off and just stopped answering e-mails, phone. I dressed well and hitched a ride with Daniel, up historic highway 99. At 105th, he let me off and I (obnoxiously punctually) arrived at a tattoo shop I have known by reputation only.
Many years ago, when I was still just a wee lass, I dreamed of the sacred world of tattooing. I would go to tattoo conventions - always alone because I didn't know anyone else who was into tattoos. I would walk through the lush forest, filled with strange and exotic creatures, surrounded by the din and effervescent buzz of a hundred live machines in a long, low room. I would marvel at the colorful portfolios, packed with every imaginable type of tattoo art, executed by some of the finest artists I had ever seen with my eyes.
When I came across local artists whose work swept me off my feet, I would introduce myself and bashfully ask if they had any advice for a young girl who fast identified that her life needed to be devoted to this craft.
Today was a tri-fold of excellent encounters, each offering a fresh and unique perspective on my current unfolding into my dharmic path. To begin with, I met a local artist - Will Bodnar - whose work has been hugely inspirational to me. It was humbling to sit with an artist whom I so admire. I was called to be my highest self - to relax and not think of him as a celebrity, but as a fellow artist. I was reminded that I am exactly who I have always dreamed I would be.
Apparently I hadn't had enough coffee, so I met with an old friend over a cup of joe, under my art on the walls at Fuel. We rapped old times, but his friend wanted to talk shop, so I entertained a consultation over coffee.
I slipped into professional friend mode. This I want to work on. But in essence, it's the backbone of my interactions because I am a professional in a field that's just as much customer appreciation as it is artistic expression. I was hastily reminded of the importance of authenticity in all interactions and solo moments. One can only ((successfully)) practice the magic that they believe.
My night capped off amidst steely blues, sitting in the fishbowl windows of SI&O while traffic shoots past, unawares. First I went in because I just needed to pee. But the evening was young and my boss/friend was as caffeinated as I??? and it just felt like the right time to talk. And talk we did. Cobwebs were swept from the corners and a fresh gleam came through. It was good to reconnect - remember the rightness of this path and the wonderful tool of properly wielded communication.
In the carriage home, reflecting on the events and lessons of the day, I was reminded that I had a particularly awesome Free Will Horoscope that suddenly made 100 times more sense:
"For the week of February 29th: Libra
Sister Jessica, a character in Frank Herbert's Dune books, says, "The greatest and most important problems of life cannot be solved. They can only be outgrown." I encourage you to use that theory as your operative hypothesis for the foreseeable future. Here are some specific clues about how to proceed: Don't obsess on your crazy-making dilemma. Instead, concentrate on skillfully doing the pleasurable activities that you do best. Be resolutely faithful to your higher mission and feed your lust for life. Slowly but surely, I think you'll find that the frustrating impediment will be drained of as least some of its power to lock up your energy."
I feel this is a great message to us all right now. I know many people wrapped up in crazy-making dilemmas. Now is not the time to be forgetting what brings us true happiness. Our magic is more powerful than ever right here and now.