This week, in order to get you introduced to my new illustrated book, The Liberation of Sophia, I’m going to select 5 or so of the most pivotal pieces from the 59 I drew and share with you the reading selection associated with that image. Order the book HERE.
Sophia’s story begins with memories of her childhood when she was wild and full of wonder. But very soon, as a young woman, she finds herself trapped. Here’s the meditation for the image I drew, “Trapped”:
“I am beautiful.
I am free.
I am wise.
I am Sophia.
How did I get here?
How did I come to this?
Why am I in these chains?
Why am I locked in a dark cellar surrounded
by things that degrade and dehumanize me?
Especially words. Words that are meant to shame, subdue and enslave me.
And they do
because I let them.
Confession: I entered into this relationship because I wanted to. I was not forced. It was my choice. I was free. Although I couldn’t have known at the time, I was also free to submit myself to a cruel master hiding in wait behind beautiful promises.
I signed up for this. But I had no idea what “this” was.
It was a craftily laid trap!
But my wisdom was young. Like a child’s. My trust was naive. Like a child’s.
For a long time I believed that things weren’t really that bad.
Then when I realized they were, I hoped that I could, with endless effort,
Finally, I had to admit: I was trapped.
Yes, I walked into it. No, I did not mean to be caged.
My exterior life was poor.
However, my inner life was rich.
And somehow I knew, I just knew,
that one day this would release me, liberate me, and save me.
Indeed, I would save myself!”