The 10 reasons Sense8 changed my life (and it will change yours, too!)

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I have an apology to make… to all of my friends and family who I talked to about Sense8… I’m sorry. I have become all enthralled and totally enthused by this show. And so I thought I would write a post to explain myself… here is why I became so god-damn obsessed with this show, and you should, too.

1. It made me feel less alone.

I have been very lonely of late and have found myself huddled away behind my canvas, my notepad, my meditation and the shadows of trees in the sunlight. With only my cats to talk to, I found Sense8 to be a lifeline.

Sense8 is a show that gave me a new perspective on my loneliness. It helped me to realise that even though I was on my own here, I am connected to other people in the world, perhaps in ways I don’t know yet and that have not been revealed to me.

The story line is about eight people joined by their own emotions and senses. The idea that I can be connected in this empathic way to people I haven’t even met, reassures me. It puts new hope and faith in humanity, that they are out there, my close friends, just waiting to be met.

2. It reminded me of empathy and life purpose.

Well, as you know from my post about how to empathise, I was already into empathy. That said, I sometimes am human and forget all about it and my passion for truly hearing people.

The sensates themselves can already feel everything the other person is feeling instinctually. This level of effortless understanding is something not attainable by us humans so easily, but is something to aspire to – a oneness that many of us are thirsty for. It reminded me of the beauty of true human connection in which everyone is transparent, authentic, and connected to one another.

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3. It reminded me of the beauty in the world

In this time of difficult times, it is easy to forget and to focus on the negative side of everything, of humanity. But Sense8 reminds us through the amazing and beautiful (emmi nominated) cinematography, that the world can be and is, a beautiful place. Shot in eight different countries for each character, this is true dedication to diversity and sharing what each place has to offer.

Not only is it beautifully shot, the message of hope and strength that runs throughout each storyline is clear. -The emphasis on celebration and the positive side of human nature reminds me that it is not all bad in life. And the open appreciation of the LGBTQ+ community and relationships is an added bonus.

4. Knowing that I’m weird just became a strength

If you’re one of the weird ones on the outside looking in, possibly a Lady Gaga fan, you will relate to this show. It takes self-acceptance to another level.

Birthed by trans sisters, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, their original take on being an outsider is clear through their writing.

The theme of each of the characters being different but this being a strength as they bring something new and essential to the table, is a message that is highly needed in this often hostile political climate.

The messages here give representation to those who do not feel heard in a world that slowly seems to be going to shit!

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5. It helped with my trauma

This will likely not have the same effect on others as it did me, but the story about one young woman’s trauma, and how the writers made sense of this on a spiritual and emotional level helped me to understand a little more, my own.

This is the purpose of all art, I believe. Particularly in good and talented writing, it is to pose our own questions and to delve deep into what we might find as our own personal understanding of what once posed a problem or a psychological curiosity. It gave me a reason to fight past the trauma, for the people we love.

This was the Wachowski’s two cents. And for me, it proved very very insightful and transformative.

6. It is the perfect show for INFJs

This show is based more around the character’s development than anything. Being a show already primed for empaths of the world to unite, the ‘feeling’ personalities will eat this up. My life and brain works this way. Logic often is lost on me.

And so seeing a show that also shows my own perspective, was freeing to me. And seeing an introverted character be one of the most badass superheroes I have ever seen, was refreshing in itself.

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7. I saw real women, real trans people, real gay people … I saw myself.

The best kind of art makes you connect with the characters, but also to see yourself clearer than you had before you saw it.

Often we see women as superheroes who are just a hot body in a tight suit, with no real personality, no real humanness to them. They are perfect and they kick ass. And yes, when I watch them, I do want to be them. But I also feel ‘less than’ them.

The difference here is that the female characters here are all beautiful, but I can SEE MYSELF within them. They show weakness, they love, for real, they are tender, for real, sexual, for real, and if they can be this strong and passionate, smart and fiery.

Then so can I.

9. It teaches that courage is courage.

Kind of in opposition to the last point I made. -Whilst I find it highly beneficial to see ‘strong’ female leads, I also value the point made here which loosens up the boundaries of what we think we need in order to feel courage, or to be strength. The point is made that it doesn’t matter who is being courageous, it the intention and the act, rather than whether it is a man or a woman. That ‘who we are’ is an abstract construct when you consider yourself one in eight different people, or one in a million. If courage is represented only by men but you are female, in a way, it does not matter, because you can still be inspired by the qualities you like, no matter what your gender. (I believe this is true, along with representation of all walks of life being highly valuable to all.)

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8. It makes me want to create more art

This series is heart and soul defined. It is the new chicken soup for the soul. It has spiritual teachings scattered around beautiful scenery, scintillating chemistry, hot sex scenes (that embrace this side of human nature), humour and strong connections and empathy throughout.

The one liners are never ending in this piece of art. No line is wasted.

It’s like Hemingway on crack.

I could eat these lines up the same way a Woody Allen movie fills me with inspiration; it gets me up off of the couch and to my typewriter. It just works.

10. It calls for revolution like a ‘whisper’

This show encourages people to do better and be better than they already are. To think for themselves, to not accept the status quo. This is exactly the kind of message we need for people to be free again. To remember our true power; to fight for what is right and for what is ours.

I believe this fighting spirit is what gave the Sense8 fans the tenacity to petition and rally together for a month upon its cancellation and to succeed in getting back a two-hour special for the series completion. Not only that, thousands of us are still fighting for a full third season, and more if we can get it.

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This is not only a fight for us, it is for ‘we’ – it is for all – so that more people can see this show and have the same ‘aha’ moments and chills we have had, the same amount of joy in its humour and love for the human condition; the love of the ‘mess’ of all of us, the strength and power each of us have, and how, when we are different, we are #strongertogether.

Like Almanita says, ‘I am also a ‘we”. This I believe to be absolutely true, more than ever. Let us not forget it.

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“While the ideas of transformation and identity are critical components in our work… the bedrock that all ideas rest upon is love.”

I would like to say a personal thank you to Lana and Lilly Wachowski, you do not know how you have changed my life and touched my soul. I aspire to be exactly like you lovely ladies as I grow as an artist.

You are my benchmark. # I am we. ❤

What do you think? Seen the series? Want to?! Let me know in the comments! Thanks in advance for any gifts you might want to give, they are most appreciated.

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PTSD – getting to healing

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nb this is a trigger free zone! ❤

 

This is a different post to most.

I am writing this for the loved ones of those who have PTSD, but mostly, for those WITH PTSD. Because when I reached out on the internet, I found that there were many descriptions of the pain that you can experience, but hardly anything that said, ‘hey, I’m like you, and it’s ok.’

So, I’m here to say to you: hey, I am like you, and it’s ok.
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I say this because it can be incredibly lonely to be in a world where most do not understand this pain you are feeling everyday, much as they might want to.

I, personally, have been through unbelievable pain and seen things that I cannot forget or wipe from my eyes right now. I have seen things that mean the pain is lodged in my stomach, affects the way my nervous system works, and the pain stays in my body.

But focusing on the pain does not help anyone. When reading this as a PTSD sufferer I do not want you to think that pain is all you are. That your symptoms define you. This is completely the opposite of reality.

 

I honour my pain

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PTSD hurts. And that’s ok.

I don’t see myself as someone who is mentally ill. Or strange. Or weird. Or that needs solving. I see myself as a human being who has been through some pain, and still feels that pain today, because it was so strong.

If you are feeling this pain, then my guess is that you have felt loss, you have felt love so deeply that it tears you up inside, and you have felt great fear.

And all this says is that you are living; you are alive, and you are human. And even now, even in the aftermath of this terrible pain, you are able to feel moments of wholeness, and safety and completeness.

 

I am hopeful – healing

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Kintsugi – the Japanese art of cherishing the damage made to broken crockery by filling the gaps with gold to make them more beautiful than before.

I trust that I will heal. I don’t know how or when, but I am certain it will happen. You know why? Because it’s the purpose of life. Life always moves forward, never back. It always seeks to serve itself. That is why the shoot pushes up out of the seed and past the dark soil. Because there is no other way.

It may not be easy, but I am sure every single one of us with PTSD will naturally find ways to improve our lives. (And so can those without it, too!)

For healing activities I have a few suggestions, but I am in no way an authority on this matter, as I am still healing, myself. I would suggest – singing, laughing, yoga, getting a dog, going for long walks, running, exercising, dancing, music, anything that means you feel safe, love, cuddles, good food, and, not talking about your trauma unless you feel you are ready and you actually want to.

Those who support me the most in my healing process; respect my pain and help me to avoid my triggers. They alleviate my suffering. They help me feel safer and in control. So, my advice to loved ones of PTSD sufferers would be the old Buddhist philosophy of ‘don’t just do something, be there.

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This is a different post to most, because I am not educating, I am not encouraging, I am simply saying: I’M HERE. To anyone that wants to feel it. To feel less alone. Because I am here, feeling the same things along with you. Feeling similar struggles and challenges. Getting to healing alongside you. One step at a time.

 

“Your presence is the most precious gift you can give to another human being.”

Marshall Rosenberg, Founder of NVC

 

 

What about you? What is your journey with PTSD? Please be sensitive to all reading with PTSD and avoid triggering descriptions, while expressing your experiences. Thank You in advance for sharing.