Twelfth Night Epiphanies in a New Year


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Happy New Year Festive Spirits!

Yesterday the Indian summer we’ve been enjoying this winter finally broke as it rained sweetly upon us all day long. As this morning dawns the wind is blowing trees and wind chimes wildly outside presaging a wintery day ahead. Tis the season for such weathering antics.

Waxing eloquent about Shakespeare whose Twelfth Night play we are reading together round the fire after dinner this week starting on Epiphany which is the celebration associated with Twelfth Night. Epiphany refers to the visit from the three wise men to the manger in Bethlehem where they followed a star to find the baby Jesus. They arrived twelve days after the birth of Jesus to find the “newborn king.”

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Twelfth Night is also associated with things being upside down and Shakespeare’s play integrates themes from this era. One of my favorite Shakespearean quotes comes from this play and is uttered by Feste, the jester, who says, “I wear not motley in my brain.” It’s a trope that the fool is actually the only one who really knows the truth about everyone and can speak the truth in riddles without incurring the wrath of the mighty personages he is roasting.

This is our second Shakespeare reading with my mom and friend Dave as we read Merchant of Venice last summer and attended the actual play at Topanga’s Theatricum Botanicum after reading it together around our dinner table with my daughter Shannon also participating.

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After so much fun reading the last play we decided Twelfth Night would be our next one due to its also a comedy. WHen I realized it was almost the actual Twelfth NIght I reconvened the tribe and invited friends Hilly and George to join us and we gathered on the auspicious night itself and began our reading which we usually take three nights to finish.

While it is hard to follow the flowery language, we read a synopsis ahead of time so we realize what is going on through the context clues we pick up in the dialogue. It really helps to see the play performed because the actors actually do know what they are saying and use movement, emotion, inflection, gesture and body language to convey the intent and meaning.

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Taking Shakespeare in college introduced me to the “canon” of his work including Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello and King Lear which are tragedies where we experience emotional catharsis by living vicariously through the tortured soul of the protagonist. Shakespeare definitely weaves a tangled web and this is none more evident than in his comedies which I prefer while the tragedies do offer wonderful insight and analogy relevant to myriad life experiences.

Wavelengths of Consciousness

I’m going for my second neurofeedback session with Dr. John Galaska of BeCalmOjai. I went last week and am committed to doing ten sessions due to he offers us half price sessions if we commit to ten. But that is wise since we are learning a skill which is to keep our brain waves in alpha and theta more and less in beta and delta.

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He also offered hypnotic suggestions while I was in theta about not reacting so strongly to my boyfriend sometimes or ruminating on negative thoughts that might keep me awake. And I couldn’t follow these things he was saying because I was listening to a gong that kept telling me when I was in theta wave and the ocean sound played too and if I tried listening to Dr. JOhn’s voice to understand what he was saying the gong stopped and I liked the sound so I chose the theta wave.

I told Dr’ John I wasn’t listening to his suggestions so probably they wouldn’t work since I didin’t really listen but he said my ear drums were open and I heard everything that would play as an automatic “program” below my awareness. And would you believe I’ve been so mellow and not ruminating and sleeping great every night. I just can’t believe it. SO I am in.

EEG Glee.

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