“The black sheep are the artists, visionaries and healers of our culture, because they are the ones willing to call into question those places which feel stale, obsolete, or without integrity. The black sheep stirs up the good kind of trouble. Her very life is a confrontation with all that has been assumed as tradition. Her being different serves to bring the family or group to consciousness where it has been living too long in the dark. As the idiom implies, she is the wayward one in the flock. Her life’s destiny is to stand apart. But paradoxically, it’s only when she honors that apartness that she finally fits in. The world needs your rebellion and the true song of your exile. In what has been banned from your life, you find a medicine to heal all that has been kept from our world. We must find the place within where things have been muted and give that a voice. Until those things are spoken, no truth can find its way forward. The world needs your unbelonging. It needs your disagreements, your exclusion, your ache to tear the false constructions down, to find the world behind this one.” ~Excerpt from Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, Toko-pa Turner

Art by DreamerWhit

Art by DreamerWhit

“If you think it’s more “spiritual” to become a vegetarian, buy Organic Foods, practice yoga and meditate, but then you find yourself judging those who don’t do all these things, you fell into an ego trap. If you think it’s more “spiritual” riding a bike or public transport at work, but then you’re judging those in the car, you fell into an ego trap. If you think it’s more “spiritual” to stop watching tv because it cancels your brain, but then you’re judging those who still do, you fell into an ego trap. If you think it’s more “spiritual” to avoid reading newspapers and gossip magazines, but then you judge those who read them, you fell into an ego trap. If you think it’s more “spiritual” listening to classical music or sounds of nature, but then you’re judging who listens to commercial music, you fell into an ego trap. You always have to be careful about the feeling of “superiority”. it is the most important clue we have to realize that we are dealing into an ego trap. The ego is cleverly hidden in noble thoughts like to start a vegetarian diet or use the bicycle and then turn into a sense of superiority towards those who do not follow the same spiritual path.” ~ Mooji

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