Lineage v Spherage
The word lineage holds the implication that time is linear and governed by the projection of dicks over time. I credit Jwow for the verbiage. Lineage is the patriarchal perception of our ancestry over linear time.
Spherage (Sphere-age). Thank you again JWow for the word magic. Words matter.
Spherage. Perfect word. It touches a concept that feels more true. Can we consider the concept that threads of existence from a variety of times and places weave the fabric of life? Can we consider that this evolution is non-linear?
If we consider that this evolution is non-linear, we can lean into the mystery of womb-based creativity. The mystery of birth, death and rebirth.
And then when we think about healing the lineage, we can think about healing so many interrelated threads of oppression. Many of us have taken to the idea that when we do healing work on ourselves or our own patterns, it extends beyond us, seven generations back and seven generations forward.
What if it is actually so much more than that? As we unpack systems of oppression, I realize it is not really about simply healing the lineage. My line. This is the thinking that divides us. I will heal MY line.
No. I will CREATIVELY unpack the layers of oppression that come from being a white, Jewish woman. The places that I have been oppressed as a white Jewish woman, and the places where I have been oppressive as a white Jewish woman. Maybe that heals more than MY LINE, and we can call it the healing of the Spherage. Because I don’t want to heal only my line. I want the healing I practice to reach far beyond my line.
Art by Julie Dillon