A Dancing Star

29 05 2012


I say to you, on must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star.  – Friedrich Nietsche

A well-known quote by a well-known writer. Whatever you may think of Nietsche, his life is the perfect illustration of his quote.

And who among us doesn’t feel that we have chaos within ourselves? Perhaps there is someone somewhere who can’t identify with that sense. I certainly do. I remember when I found this quote the first time. I had been in therapy for a while, digging deep into my own internal chaos. The combination of depression, anxiety, repression, and codependency felt bottomless at the time – though, of course, it wasn’t. I thought that I was broken. I wasn’t. I was discovering my own humanity.

This quote gave me the hope that someday I would birth that dancing star. And looking back, it seems that I have… or am… or will. Which reminds me of the notion that time is what keeps things from happening all at once. Wait, what?!

[Backspace. I don’t want to go there right now! I don’t have the time to delve into Quantum Mechanics, the Arrow of Time, and everything else that goes into that thought!]

Where was I? Oh yeah.

Do you want to be famous? I have. Or I do. Hard to say, but fame has always been part of my fantasy world. Because if you’re famous, then you must matter, right? Yeah, I know, that doesn’t follow. But to Younger Julia it does, and she wants to matter more than anything. So the quote also hooks me that way. “I have Chaos in me! I’m a-gonna be a Dancin’ STAR!” (said with my best fake-Texan accent.)

Truth be told, we all have within us the potential to be that Dancing Star. Some people will never meet that potential, whether through fear, degrading life circumstance, or other inhibiting factors. Perhaps that Dancing Star is simply the Spark of the Divine within.

What do you think? Do we all have that potential? Do you want to be famous, a well-known Dancing Star? Does this quote appeal to you, or make you shudder? Let me know in the comments!

(Picture of datura bud from here.)



10 responses

29 05 2012

I definitly have tons of chaos within so I should certainly be able to dance. If only I were better at marketing, I would be soaring by now. I’m working on it though. So to answer your question, yes, I’ve certainaly fantasized about it.

29 05 2012
Julia Indigo

LOL Bridget. Don’t I know the feeling! Marketing? aaugh. Glad to know that I’m not alone in the fantasy. 🙂

29 05 2012
Karen McFarland

I ditto Bridget’s comment. I too have more than enough chaos in my life. I should be dancing 24/7! LOL! Do I want to be famous? I don’t think so. I think we like the thought of getting attention more that fame. Being happy with ourselves first will draw people to us. At least that’s what they say. Just don’t ask me who “they” are. LOL! 🙂

30 05 2012
Julia Indigo

I think that I know those “They” people, and They don’t live in the real world!

Just kidding… you’re right. Being happy with ourselves tends to draw more happiness to us.

Xox, thanks for commenting!

30 05 2012
Pamela Gross

Terrified of fame…I make enemies too easily, and then they would be able to easily find me! Give me obscurity and give me safety! 🙂

30 05 2012
Julia Indigo

Pamela, I love you!
Yes, obscurity definitely has it’s benefits!

31 05 2012
Gayle J. Greenlea

All of us have the divine spark within and are ALREADY dancing stars. We come from star stuff, after all. It’s what we decide to do with that bit of brightness that leaves an impression, good or bad. We, all by ourselves, whether anyone recognizes us or not, already matter. Fame does not guarantee that people will love us. Famous people are frequently the loneliest people on the planet; least assured of love, because they never know if people love them for themselves or for their fame and money. I say dance, because we can’t help ourselves; because we are happy to be alive; because we have creative chaos within us that must be expressed in whatever form we each, individually, choose to express it. Whatever we are, whatever we do, we can shine doing it. And if someone notices, cool. And if they don’t, we have the self-satisfaction of enjoying the dance.

31 05 2012
Julia Indigo

::blows kisses at Gayle::

Great to see you here, bestie! You’re preaching to the choir, even though Younger Julia does want the lights and acclaim.
She is a Leo Rising, after all!

2 06 2012
Matthew Wright

Fabulous quote! I wonder whether Nietsche was referring to the way new and unexpected things can emerge from apparent dissonance – a collision between ideas.

Fame & stars? Nah – I like writing. To pay for it, I have to sell what I write. The side effect of that is that I get to be known. But it’s not a side effect I particularly want, and I certainly don’t actively seek it.

3 06 2012
Julia Indigo

Thanks for reading and commenting, Matthew.
I like that notion of collision of ideas, that’s something that I hadn’t seen in the quote before.

Fame – you’re famous to have had your books googled and attributed to the wrong Matthew Wright, from what you wrote on your blog. Bad, BAD google!

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