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The Bat and the Rose

There are days when I wonder about our world, so beautiful and so troubled. Days when I can't help but feel shaken and saddened, especially as I realize there is nothing I can do to lighten the enormous burdens some are carrying.

The only thing I can do on those days is to work with even more awareness to improve my balance and serenity regardless of the circumstances to bring a smile to the people I can reach. I cannot fake it, so that smile I have to embody myself first. Then, I connect to that part of wonder that resides in my heart and essence, and I use objects and clothes to reveal a part of me, that I feel called to fulfill its function at that moment. I don't "disguise" myself, I unveil myself, the way I feel "designed."

In the last few days, two parts have been revealed. The Bat Fairy and the Rose Fairy.

The Bat urges us to go beyond what we might see with our eyes, relying on more subtle feelings and sharpening our perceptions to orient ourselves in moments of darkness, in order to better cope with them. The bat rests upside down in caves, reminding us of the position of the fetus in the womb. It invites us to remember that the darkest moments are the prelude to rebirth in a new light.

The Rose is a flower associated with mystical and divine qualities in different traditions, from Paganism to Christianity, from Judaism to Islam. In Hinduism and Buddhism, it is considered a symbol of spiritual joy. It is connected to the "medicine of the heart" and to the profound transformation that leads to transcending all conflict to arrive at the essence of Spirit and immortality.

These reflections came after assembling the costumes following inspiration, and perhaps - I told myself - it did not happen by chance. I also received support from two assistants, one from home and definitely intrigued by these new guises, the other (George's cousin)...met on the street, literally. This time of year, the Heart of Fall (Autumn) in our latitudes, in different cultures and traditions represents the time when the walls between the visible and the invisible become thinner. We have to prepare to enter the "dark half of the year," the one that is also the coldest, the one in which it is important to stay close and exchange support while keeping the flame burning to keep us warm. Let us be warmed, let us be enlightened by that light, now more than ever.

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about."- Rumi

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