I was reminded of this in a very BIG way in the months and weeks leading up to OUR 2016 AutismHWY Chalk Festival in downtown Covina.
Our 6th annual event that has grown from a small core group of 25 to a beloved annual gathering for hundreds of people, an entity all it’s own. As if it were a teen-ager that now has a seperate life, independent from the core group that nurtured it through infancy and toddlerhood!
I realized that it was okay to allow new people to add their touches and ways of expansion as some of our core group members trickled away. The fear of change was washed away as NEW members rushed right in bubbling with fresh new ideas. Like a tide breaking again and again ashore. Always the same yet never the same. A recurring flow of energy, frequency and vibration that cannot be stopped by anything. THAT is what the AutismHWY Chalk Festival has always wanted to be when it grew up. A constant high energy and vibrational force for Autistic people and those supporting and amplifying their efforts.
I think with strong foundations planted we have grown and flown into an amazing and forthright teenager heading toward 2017!
Ricardo Madera really tapped into this unbelievable energetic vibe of 2016! It seemed to me that many people did. Autistic people have power. They have power to help their families innerstand them. When we quiet life down and listen to the power that comes from within our Autistic loved ones… we hear it, honor it and allow it to guide us. Do not let others strip you of your POWER. Do not let people convince you there is no power. Make space for Autistic people to display their power and they will. Do not tell them HOW their power needs to assimilate while being displayed. Allow them to regulate and harness their energy Autistically for powerful results.
Jacque Keith Dubois knows ‘what time it IS’. A man with disabilities and intersectionality knows the word is: “Be Yourself” in 2016. We are all tired of trying to be somebody else’s idea of power. When we understand the nature of who we are and what works best for us in life…we understand that we all look differently doing that. We need never hold ourselves up to others to compare and contrast powers.
Nikola Tesla innerstood power in unimaginable ways. I was hoping his powerful image would appear at this year’s event. I had even formulated a plan with our great friend Mickey Chap a favorite chalker and talent. She was all set to ‘blow us away’ with a Nikola Tesla image! Our April 9th masterplan was then rained-out and Mickey was not able to appear for us on the new CF rain-out date of April 16th. Talk about feeling powerless. That was just the beginning!!…
On Friday night April 15th at 10 pm AutismHWY was packing up Art~Signs~Goodies and more when an outright unnatural occurrence naturally occurred! BOOM. A transformer pole came down to the pavement in my small little cul-de-sac neighborhood. LIGHTS OUT….NO Power….live wires literally on the ground ?!
Shortly afterwards the Covina Fire Dept. informed us we were indeed powerless and immobile. We were to stay where we were until further notice and no time frame given and winds still very high. I was powerless to pack supplies and powerless to travel the 3 blocks to the Chalk Festival downtown! Can you even imagine that!?
So as the night wore on and the ‘eerie moon-eye’ scowling at me out my back door made me wonder what the morning would hold? I thought about power and control.
The power and control we are all gripped by in life. People, place, circumstance, neurology, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual styles etc. etc. etc. So many levels and differentials!
People exert such ridiculous power and control over others when we don’t even understand our own powers. It is time we honor our power and allow others to honor theirs. We all need the support of others to be powerful and that is what life is about. Being powerful…encouraging others to be powerful and to give people room to grow, expand and fly with that power…as they can.
To wherever it takes them.
The POWER took me to the Glendora Village to chalk at their hometown ‘SuperHero Edition Chalk Festival’ this weekend just after our big day!! As YOU have been seeing I used MY POWER to create my own Super Hero I longed to see in chalk. Nikola Tesla. My friend and fellow chalker Mickey Chap just happened to be right next-square. Imagine that energetic coincidence! Mickey and I had an OH SO powerFULL chat about Autism that actually made my day.
It’s fantastical where the power will take you when you tune directly into IT! Follow Tesla’s iconic and visionary advice…
Follow your OWN power and MOST IMPORTANTLY allow Autistic people to teach YOU with theirs!!