Song of Myself by Mariellen Ward
Mariellen Ward is a freelance writer whose work appears in The Toronto Star, Canadian Living, Dreamscapes and more. She recently published her first book, Song of India: Tales of Travel and Transformation, and is currently working on a book about yoga in India.
Mariellen has a BA in Journalism and is a professional member of PWAC and TMAC. Visit her website Breathedreamgo at <http://breathedreamgo.com/>.
[Admin note: Please join me in wishing Mariellen a very happy birthday today!]
“Recently, I published my first book, Song of India, and in the acknowledgements, I wrote: “I have wanted to publish a book since about 1968 and I finally took matters into my own hands and did it.” I was 8 years old in 1968, and I am 50 now – and it has taken me this long to acquire the skills, confidence and subject matter needed to become a writer.
One of the problems was me – I was not brought up to feel confident about my abilities – but the other was, I think, the society in which I live. The qualities I admire and strive to nurture in myself as a woman and as a writer are not highly valued or encouraged or rewarded.
I have had a hard time finding a place for myself in the world of modern journalism and media. I am not interested in hard news, with its emphasis on so-called objective journalism, or celebrity gossip, or consumer-focused stories about fashion, cars or home décor, or even social activism with its entrenched politically correct world-view based on a fundamentally judgmental stance. I am not interested in stories that skim across the surface of life, or stories that ignore, deny or bulldoze the mystery that is at the very heart of life.
I am primarily interested in what I feel is the most over-looked story of our time – the rise of the materialistic worldview and the eclipse of the spiritual – and what is missing from the media and journalism:
– – the recognition that everything is personal, that perception is reality and that we are co-creators of our reality;
– – an understanding that the spiritual purpose of life is not to win, or to be certain or to be right – but to be aware, to be conscious and “to light a spark in the darkness of mere being,” as Carl Jung said.
– – the human element, the feminine, the sacred and the divine.
The stories I am interested in recognize that objects change when observed, that all writing and reporting is subjective. I want to know how an event affects the writer. I want the story, but I also want the personal narrative – the inclusion of the writer –and the recognition of the role of perception, the essential mystery of life and the awareness that the only certainty is uncertainty.”