Reducing my Dose, Unblocking my Muse
Category : XQ Personal Residency Updates
Read the New York Times Opinion article written by former XQ Resident Diana Spechler
I’m spending a month at an artist residency in central Mexico, where I’ve befriended a local healer named Katuza who believes in the spirit world. He believes in the power of plants, especially peyote. He believes in the temescal (sweat lodge) as a cure for most ailments, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. He has long gray hair, a long gray beard, the wide eyes of the ecstatic. He says that I need to release the things I hold in my chest. “We will teach you how to scream,” he says. He often uses the first-person plural — maybe because English is his second language, maybe in homage to interconnectedness.