Pose Season 3: Oh! We Buddha

Season 3 of Pose began “On the Run” and started with a bang. Or rather the crashing sound of the universe as Billy Porter’s Pray Tell enters a room and says “Oh! We Buddha…Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.” For me, hearing that phrase, repeated 3 times at the top of the show, was a signal. A blessing on the final chapter of this journey.

In Episode 3, “The Trunk”, Mother Elektra’s past comes back for a reckoning. We see the timeline reveal how Elektra became the woman before us. The trunk was the only thing she had left from her family home before she was kicked out. The trunk is where we first saw Elektra place a dark secret; a wealthy client who overdosed on his preferred drug. To protect herself, the girls rally to “cocoon” the man, this specter on their safety and survival. He remains there for years with the company of Elektra’s finest furs and pine scented air fresheners.

She had to leave it all behind. She only wanted her things, but her things were in her mother’s house. What is in mother’s house, belongs to mother. Elektra sobs “but what’s inside belongs to me…please, it’s all I have!”

When Blanca, Ricky and Papi come to help, they are thrust again into the face of violence and fear. Upon bringing the trunk to their apartment, Blanca suggests they hide the large black box as an altar. A dead body resting beneath a space to pray. It is a clear symbol of life and death existing simultaneously. Inextricably linked to one another and the challenges we face in between.

Blanca tells the trunk, its contents, “there, there, you’re safe now”, despite the stench of decomposition, the heaviness that made it difficult to carry. “This trunk held some of her most prized treasures, all her dreams. And she gave them all away for us.”

I can’t help but to believe that the presence of Angelica Ross on this show has helped to weave in the very practical aspects of Nichiren Buddhism. Cut to Candy in a flashback of the House of Abundance before they fell apart. Elektra again takes it upon herself to go to the piers to work. There, she meets Cubby, Lemar and Angel. She sends them to her home, calls herself mother, disappearing in the night to feed her growing family. This is the first family to retrieve her trunk from her own mother’s home.

“Oh, I thought somebody without a hammer said something.”

Lemar retorts that he didn’t know what kind of “house” he was joining, as they attempt to break in. With fierce protection, Candy guffs “huh, you say something…oh I thought somebody without a hammer said something.” This is the House of Abundance. Which begat the House of Evangelista, the House of Wintour and the House of Ferocity. Three strong houses built on the desire for freedom, autonomy and a stand alone spirit.

Pray Tell continues his journey to accept the circumstances of his life. His health conditions and his alcoholism. Elektra continues to ebb and flow between the role of matriarch and an independent woman who needs no one. Except now, these two Icons need their chosen families to show up for them so that they may alter the course of their lives.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Ganesha Cards—3 card spread: #6 Fulfillment, #24 Wholeness, #3 Delight

From Angela Hartfield’s Whispers of Lord Ganesha

No matter what you want to do or become, you will achieve more with knowledge.

Ganesha appears on this card reading a scroll which is a symbol of the importance of education and the pursuit of knowledge. This could indicate there is some time to increase study and learning. Go deep into inquiry into a field that you want to explore and choose to experience a teacher who can help you learn more.

You may need to find someone to consult for more information; a counselor, an author, a therapist or a spiritual advisor. Through this you may discover new skills and have the wisdom to receive guidance and advice.

You are also your own teacher, so seek the information you desire at your fingertips. Knowledge can never be taken from you. “No matter what you’re longing to do or become, you will benefit from gaining more knowledge.” This is a time for curiosity and an open mind.

Acknowledge the oneness of all life

You are a part of something much larger. You are connected to this life and that which is greater and outside of ourselves. Ganesha here is guiding you to recognize the sacred truth that you were divine being, here to give and receive love. Angela suggest “it is time to recognize your role in this life; that you are complete and whole as you are and lack nothing.”

Green is representative of the fourth chakra, the heart chakra. The heart chakra is the center where we experience love and when the heart chakra is open you are able to create a safe and supportive loving environment. Compassion is at an abundance and empathy flows. This would be a wonderful time to see the divine in yourself and others.

This is peace.

We are born with the gift of laughter. Laughter is a natural medicine.

Laughter is a natural occurrence that can make you feel different. It can make you feel good and joyful. It can be a diversion from the difficult and stagnant. It creates real and tangible changes in the body. Enjoy humor and the lightness of spirit. “There are actually some stories that Ganesha was born from Shiva’s laughter.” You may ask Ganesha to help you to lighten up through laughter. 😆

There’s nothing like a proper belly laugh!

Ganesha Cards #25: Be Candid

from Angela Hartfield’s Whispers of Lord Ganesha

It is essential to express your truth even at the risk of standing out.

Express your thoughts! “In the past, you have tried to maintain peace by staying quiet or swallowing your words. Have faith that open and honest communication can bring resolution to the situation.” This is a time to ask questions if you require information. Perhaps someone has helped to communicate a moment of clarity. Be open to others’ views, regardless of their position. Let your response and emotions flow without blocking them–recognize how you feel and what you have heard. Say what you need to say.

However, try your best not to come across as harsh or uncaring. Take a beat. Nine thoughts to a single word. Your ideas are valid and so are the feelings and thoughts of those to whom you communicate.

The color teal is used in this image and represents the throat chakra which governs listening and speaking. It is the gateway to higher spiritual realms. This makes sense if I relate it to chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. When this chakra isn’t blocked you have a better chance of not being misunderstood or miscommunicate your position. “This is where you are able to express yourself as a spiritual being.” Communicating from the heart and listening with intent to understand. You are also able to ask for what you want and need from others.

Your relationships are based on true communication and true intimacy.