Faith and religion is something not alot of us talk about nowadays, it’s seen as a “touchy” subject to discuss in this day and age where everyone seems to find every little thing offensive in the world. What a different time it is now.
The whole concept of religion and faith was something I struggled with my entire life up until recently. No, It wasn’t because I had a bad upbringing as a child or anything, I really can’t complain (Thanks Mom and Dad!). Reflecting on it now as I’m typing this out, I think I was indirectly taught by my Dad to see the world in a more “realistic”, logical, left-brained kind of way when I was a kid. There always had to be a logic explanation for everything happening in and around me. I was a curious child and absorbed all kinds of information like a sponge. Maybe because my Dad was always watching shows like “NOVA” on PBS late at night discussing stuff like the space-time continuum and wormholes right before I dozed off to bed (I was between the ages of 7-10 during this lol) . Or maybe it was because my Dad taught me how to play Chess when I was 4 years old, teaching me all of the piece movements and how to think 4 or 5 moves ahead. Or how my Dad and I would have these full blown conversations on the ride home from school about his interpretations and understandings of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Yeah, HIS own interpretations…Some of the die hard, super religious would argue that it’s not in my Dad’s best interest to question God or to keep trying to figure the Bible out and “JUST BELIEVE, SINNER!”. My Dad wasn’t the type to fall for anything too easily, to this day, he is still a skeptic about most things. Whether it was about politics or religion, he always stayed in his own lane and believed what he believed. My Dad never liked to follow the typical path everybody else took.
Neither did I.
“Don’t take the Bible or any other religious text/belief literally word for word. Draw your own explanations and experiences from it” he said.
I believe everything happens for a reason. It happens when it’s supposed to happen. Whether you call that God’s will, divine intervention/providence, karma or the natural ebb and flow of the Universe, everyone has their own way of interpreting whatever *that* is. Everyone of us is intrinsically connected to one another, we are all connected to the Earth and thus connected to the Universe. We are nothing but stardust at the end of it.
For years now, I’ve always wanted a tattoo on my left forearm of something related to my profession. I bounced different ideas around to my friends and researched into what I wanted. I wasn’t sure though. After a slightly scary incident with my Dad going to the ER, that day really put alot of things into perspective for me. Especially with where I’m at in my life right now, it was the “awakening” I was supposed to go through. Everything fell into place with so much more clarity. All of my life experiences, from my upbringing as a child to my dance career, and eventually the pursuit of an artistic career led me to this very point in my life, sitting in that chair. There was no turning back after this. Everything felt right for me to finally go through this.
As soon as I saw the mock up of the sacred geometry patterns Dolphin drew up for me, I knew right away this HAD to be on my body permanently. This was gonna be *my* tattoo and no one else’s.
What a spiritual thing this was for me. I didn’t get it at first…
If you’ve never gotten a tattoo, it is definitely something you have to prepare yourself for. The pain is immense and once the artist starts, you are fully committed to seeing this whole process through till the end. In a way, it was therapeutic, going through that amount of physical pain and sacrifice to have this particular tattoo embedded in my skin for life. Through this process, i reflected on my entire life up until this point and all I could think about was FAITH.
There really was no turning back. If there was ever a time to trust and have faith that everything will be in line with God’s divine plan for me, it was now. I had to surrender to align myself. This tattoo was going to be the visual representation of that surrender and alignment.
Sacred geometry is too deep a subject to write out in a single blog post…
In a nutshell, the lines, circles, and patterns you see occur EVERYWHERE in the Universe. From how honeycombs are formed by bees, to how flower petals and seashells grow the way they do, how light and sound waves behave, to even how the world’s most iconic architectural masterpieces are created. Sacred geometry is not tied to any one religion, ethnicity, or culture. It is the universal blueprint of all of creation.
I can go on and on about how much these geometric patterns are connected to everyone and everything. Which is one of the reasons why I decided on getting sacred geometry tattooed on my body. I don’t quite understand it fully myself, nor will I ever. No matter where I end up in life, these tattoos will continue to teach me and show me something new each time.
I really have to give major props to my boy Calvin for accompanying me that afternoon to document this entire process for me. This was definitely a major turning point in my life and I’m glad I had someone who’s eyes I trust the most other than my own (HAHA). Thanks bro.
To my artist, Dolphin: Thanks for being the artist for my first tattoo. Your life experiences have inspired me to continually seek that alignment.
Let me close with this: There is no pot-of-gold at the end of all this. All we’re gonna have on our death bed is our stories and life experiences to tell. Have FAITH and TRUST in whatever belief system you choose to follow. Align yourself with what makes you the happiest. Make sure your stories are good ones.
Everything in Alignment.
Next blog post: I left my digital workhorse 5D mark 3 at home and did a Hypebae inspired shoot entirely on my Yashica T5 with my good friend Quynh. This was really fun and this little camera continues to amaze me. =)