THÉÂTRE DE CONFESSION

In a bright spotlight – the eye of consciousness – a boy is led onto stage of the théâtre, bound in seated position to a chair facing the audience of other men – one leg tied to one leg of the chair, and the other leg tied to the other. His arms are tied behind the back of the chair.

He is then edged for the others to watch and pleasure themselves. The boy is asked questions, making him confess his desires. The boy continues to reveal more and more intensity in his confessions. The men in the crowd are moaning, cheering him on, shouting out their own questions.

When we repress our desires, as we have been conditioned to do by institutions of family, culture, church, and nation, they often actualize in ways that can cause us more harm than good. On the other hand, when we bring consciousness to the desires, we either burn through their meanings and no longer need the fantasies, OR we are able to achieve a kind personal redemption by bringing them into connection with our communities’ values, ethics, and standards. We bring awareness into the shadowy depths of our psyches, thereby freeing up energy, expression, and holism of self. This affects us in ways far beyond sex, as sex is merely a lens into our beingness. We unlock a way of holding these “truths” in an embodied way. Our brains are then finally able to integrate these desires into the whole of who we are ever becoming.

When we admit to ourselves what we truly desire, we unlock a way of holding that truth in our own bodies.

 

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