How do we make change?
The real lasting kind of change that brings a cultural shift that shows up as a pattern or what reporters call a trend…but a trend that stays. I’ve thought and thought about this…I’ve found one way, which has nothing to do with holding up signs, or arguing, or even reporting my findings to the journals. Nothing to do with stating the facts…closed up people cant hear the facts. These methods can be useful and validating and are actually proof that change is occurring, so they can help build momentum, and they help people feel that the change they would like to make is worthy and supported, but I think that the change is made on the inside.
I don’t do very well at small talk or holding conversations anywhere near the surface, although I’ve made an effort over the years to become better at it, since it puts many people at ease. Midwifery is perfect for me, since I get to bypass all the superficial mess and get straight to the real stuff. Those tiny little spaces that we generally keep tucked away and closed. Those tender shaky little spaces where vulnerability resides… where change is born.
Intimate connections that validate the tiniest inclination of truth and vision can nurture it exponentially, endlessly. Once we are opened up to the realization that we matter…the tiniest places, the covered up places in us really matter, and understand that the smallest things we feel are really the big things… When we realize there is safety and love waiting, people change themselves. We change our beliefs about ourselves, and our thoughts and our patterns, our behaviors, our choices, eventually public policies and a collective cultural shift. I see myself as an internal activist, tangling with those spaces between words, allowing change to unfold as it will, within the most intimate settings of our lives.
I’ve come to view art as the purest expression of those tiny spaces within us, and the creating of art and interacting with art as a dance we do with our souls. Art as the very fundamental basis for creating change. Change comes from the artists willing to share those tiny spaces of themselves. We are all artists.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
Holistic Maternity along with Village Birth Circle are planning their second annual art show, on January 11, 2014. This is an open call for art in any medium focused on the moment of birth, specifically home and water birth. The intention of this exhibition is to raise awareness of the safety, normalcy, and increasing number of families choosing home birth. We are looking for provocative pieces that engage the audience in the intense emotional and transformational experience that surrounds natural home birth. Pieces depicting orgasmic birth or the controversial political climate of homebirth are ideal for this show. Personal journal pages, placenta prints, videos, pictures, drawings, paintings, sculptures, poetry all welcome. Any photographs must be in a home/or out-of-hospital setting.
Please direct inquiries by email only to Justbirthart2014@gmail.com. Include an image or description or concept drawing of the planned piece along with your statement describing the inspiration for the piece and/ or a short artist bio and estimated price. Submission deadline is DECEMBER 11, 2013. Once accepted for the show , please do not promote the piece on facebook or other social media, as we want to keep the show fresh.
local mamas can find me at www.myholisticmaternity.com