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“Our goal while on this earth is to transcend our illusions and discover the innate power of our spirit. We are responsible for what we create, and we must therefore learn to act and think with love and wisdom and live in service to others and all life.” –Caroline Myss
Just a few weeks ago, a friend of mine encouraged me to watch the series LOST after I shared with her some of my ideas for a sci-fi story. I was hesitant at first but since the episodes were available on Netflix, I decided to commit. Instantly, I found myself enjoying the format of two or more story lines running simultaneously throughout each episode. There was the present moment happening on the island and the past reviewing insight into the lives of the characters stranded on the island. The characters were worth knowing, and the drama that played out among them was often meaningful. I spent countless hours into this series staying up late night after night until I finally reached the end. And now that I have watched all of LOST, I am wondering if I will ever be as moved by another story rather in film or the written word. J.J. Abrams’ writing is powerful. In the end, not all the questions that series brings up for the viewer are answered, but what is brought up does attempt to affect our human heart by reminding us of our fragility. Every character in LOST was lost in some way before they came to the island. Some were seeking approval, some were seeking redemption, some were seeking forgiveness, and some were seeking something or someone to believe in—sometimes themselves. Ultimately, the conflicts that took place on the island and between these characters were always about their inner conflicts that were unresolved. The main characters in LOST can be better understood if we view them as archetypal energies that exist in our human consciousness: Jack is the hero; Hugo is the fool; Sayid is the Warrior; Jin & Sun are the Lovers; Sawyer is the Thief; Desmond is the Magician; Ben is the Trickster; John is the Victim; Charlie is the addict; Kate is the prostitute; Shannon is the damsel; and so on. Archetypal energies express the language of our soul. And if we listen, we can learn to recognize the archetypal patterns playing out in our life. Throughout the series, the island holds a mystery for the people stranded there, and the viewer often hears phrases like, “the island is not through with you,” or “it’s not time yet.” If the viewer accepts the island as a metaphor for life, and the timing of events as an indicator of the cycles or patterns we go through in life, then J. J. Abrams’ writing can certainly be acknowledged as giving more answers than it does questions.
The final episode in season six creates a circular affect of the overall narratives, where the viewer is asked to look back at all the loss and the struggles every character experienced as many of them “remember,” and they begin to help each other remember. The moments of remembering are so heartbreakingly beautiful. What they are remembering are the experiences that taught them how to love, how to forgive, and how to let go. And as anybody that has ever experienced a loss knows, letting go is not easy. To love deeply and lose someone you love is painful and often changes you in ways you cannot control. In the moments of remembering we see flashbacks of where these characters have been and what they have lost. And what they lost was unrecoverable: a child, parents, a chance at love, trust, a marriage, a baby, innocence, a brother, a sister, a mother, new love, self-respect, a husband, a wife, a father, their talent, courage, friendship, their own heart. But when they remembered, we also saw what they found, and we are changed by being their witness. More than we know, in any given moment, our purpose is to be a witness—and maybe being a witness is a result of our soul knowing what it is we need to see.
For me, J.J. Abrams’ science-fiction drama, LOST, was not a waste of my time. All my unanswered questions about the mystery of life were momentarily quieted, when I understood on a very heart level that we are going to die one day. We all die. Our lives here are not permanent and no matter what we believe about happens to us in the afterlife, LOST asks us to think about what we are doing in this life. If you think you’re lost already, you are probably closer to being found than you realize. And if you don’t realize you are lost, you can be certain there is someone in your life trying to help you remember.
J.J. Abrams’ final season of LOST stitches all the pieces together when Jack sees his deceased father and with tears in his eyes asks his father how it is possible that he is standing before him. The dialogue between them is an invitation for all of us to remember why we are here. J.J. Abrams seems to suggest we have a purpose. Though we may never know if the random or seemingly fateful connections we make in this life are based on past life experiences, some kind of parallel universe, or adopted social conditions and inherited worn out patterns of behavior, it doesn’t seem to matter. Love is all that is real.
Jack: “I don’t understand.” “You died.”
Jack’s father: ”Yes. Yes, I did.”
Jack: “Then how are you here right now?”
Jack’s father: “How are you here?”
Jack: (chokes on his answer) “I died, too.”
Jack’s father: (approaches Jack) “It’s okay. It’s okay son.”
(Jack and his father embrace. Jack is crying.)
Jack: “Are you real?”
Jack’s father: “I sure hope so. Yeah, I am real. You are real. Everything that ever happened to you is real. All those people in the church, they are real, too.”
Jack: “They are all dead?”
Jack’s father: “Everybody dies sometime, kiddo. Some of them died before you. Some of them died long after you.”
Jack: “Why are they all here now?”
Jack’s father: “Well, there is no NOW, here.”
Jack: “Where are we dad?”
Jack’s father: “Well, this is a place you all made together , so you could find one another. The most important part of your life-- was the time you spent with these people. That is why all of you are here. Nobody does it all alone . . . you needed all of them, and they needed you.”
Jack: “For what?”
Jack’s father: “To remember
—and to let go.”
In Memphis, TN it's too hot to walk barefoot on the streets. Yes ma'am. The heat is a mighty force and we are asked to bear it. Meanwhile, the opportunity to keep an open heart and drink iced coffee is a good option. I am feeling grateful.
My Gemini heart celebrated another birthday with family and friends and felt ever so loved by the good people in my life. There is something to be said about gathering with kindred spirits. I believe it makes us stronger and sometimes it's the medicine we need to heal and just to feel better about being on the planet. And this is why I keep my doors open at the cafe. There is an open space waiting to be filled with writers, wanderers, the broken-hearted, the stubborn, the seeker, the passerby, and disbeliever, the dreamer and maybe sometimes their paths cross there and maybe they enter and go one at a time. But it's a joy to see the room filled with a community hand-stitched by what the day brings. So I welcome you all.
love and light,
Mary B./Owner of Java Cabana
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Your home away from home, Java Cabana is a comfy place to enjoy a cup of java while you check your email with free wireless internet access. Of course you can just curl up on a couch with one of the many books or magazines we have or play a game with a friend. It's the perfect place to study for an exam or have lunch with a co-worker. Come in the evening and you're likely to hear live music, a bit of poetry, or quite possibly view an art opening. Check our events page for more info.
Java featured in Flipside Memphis
Every city of any size has a coffee shop with an open mic night where local talent can cut their teeth in front of an audience. Memphis’ version is the tiny Java Cabana, where kids from the scene get caffinated and experience a little bit of what their peers have to offer. The hideaway hangout for poets has become minorly famous in its own way, appearing in not only $5 Cover, but also Morgan Jon Fox’s breakout OMG/HaHaHa (Q&A with writer/director). The open-minded crowd and nurturing atmosphere makes open mic night one of the most interesting evenings in Memphis. From a knock-down, throw-out chess game to music you won't find anywhere else in the city, there's always something on offer at Java Cabana. Source: Live from Memphis
Java in the news
Sinking into cushy sofas in shades of dusty mustard and bruised avocado, a crowd in weather-beaten T-shirts and flowing skirts nursed mismatched mugs of steamy joe. Seated before the mellow gathering, Valerie June, formerly of Bella Sun, belted out a throaty, heart-jerking melody.
June, who has plans to release a solo album this summer, got her start after playing her first live gig at Java Cabana's Open Mike Poetry Night. The Thursday evening event, which usually ropes in poets and a host of musicians, is said to be the longest-running poetry reading in Memphis.
Read more of the story originally published in the Commercial Appeal.
If you're in Memphis you can get your free wi-fi at the Java, when you're out exploring the world you can find wi-fi hotspots via JiWire.