The Truth: The Supremes, The Beatles, and Other Self Revelations!
Okay, I read the Truth chapter of the Joy Diet. Boy this was very complex for me.
I love celebrities, in particular, musicians and music groups. Many years ago, I read a book by Mary Wilson one of the famous Supremes of Motown called "Where Did Our Love Go?". The book chronicles the life of being one of the Supremes during the 60's and the truth of the behind the scenes frolicking of Diana Ross and their mentor, producer, director, and Founder of Motown Mr. Berry Gordy. This book was written right after the famous Motown 25 show in the early 80's where the late Michael Jackson fascinated us with his gliding moonwalk across the floor.
Mary recounts in her book that Diana Ross played ugly during rehearsals for their number and acted like a complete you know what towards her and Florence Ballard between takes of the show. It appears that Mary finally faced her music and was fed up with the whole scene and previous scenes played out in her life with Diana and the Supremes and finally opened up to write an account, her truth, which set her free in this very revealing book.
A few months ago, I put together a collage that chronicled this- called Truth. My older blogger followers recognize this piece but I wanted to share this with my newer readers because of the name and how it describes the freedom Mary must have felt when she was finally able to reveal her true feelings about her experience. She was no longer in her mind protecting herself or Diana Ross. Mary took the criticisms and the consequences that went along with that.
Also, I was reminded again of who else? The Beatles... John Lennon in 1968 upon the Beatles return from the pilgrimage to India to see the Maharishi wrote a song called "Sexy Sadie" which appeared on their White Album. I was very intrigued by this song so I did some research. Turns out it was really a song about the John Lennon's truth about the Maharishi. How while they were in India things went a different direction and there was talk that the Maharishi may have tried to make sexual advances towards one of the participants. Instead of calling the song Sexy Marharishi the lyrics were changed so to protect the "innocent".
Why do I bring this up? I think the chapter on truth was one of major revelation. I think at times we know the truth about ourselves yet, we change the words of the songs of our own lives to protect ourselves- the innocent. I have found this to be true for myself and others I know. We can keep ignoring things and lie to ourselves.
For me the truth is that my body is talking to me constantly, trying to show me the evidence of my life practices.
Pain talks to us about how we treat and have treated our bodies. Our faces and hands evidence our life successes and challenges. Our hearts open or close based on how we treat ourselves and others. Do I listen? Do I know how to listen?
It's time we all became more conversant with our bodies and souls. They draw our attention to the hopes and dreams that we had forgotten. They help us create new dreams for our future! This is my truth.
I am an emerging self taught doll artist who is learning how to improve my craft. I started doll making 3 years ago and stopped due to entrepreneurial pursuits. Now with the help of my mentor Francine Haskins, I am beginning the craft again with much more vigor and interest. Please share this journey with me.