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It's Shanti, your queer baby sister here! 

Ashanti Marshall is a digital archivist, experiential writer and staff scribe at For The Scribes, spearheading Recovering Softcover, an advice column catering to writers and their inner woes within their craft and themselves. Based in Chicago, being a fat, black queer and femme moment in time. Their relationship to the practice of understanding makes room for explorations, experimentations, mistakes, failures and curiosities in their writing. Connect with them on Twitter and Instagram asking you all the right, real, riveting questions.




Let your body meditate. Drop your conscious from your head to your heart and go deeper, if you choose. Allow rest, find stillness and utter relaxation as an energy emission. To go from outside of yourself, to with yourself, to inside of yourself, to meeting the exact moment of presence. This greeting is peace, honoring the abilities of time and space.

It is an amazement to reach yourself as Here. Have you ever wondered about already existing there? This is a start. The desire to inquire, to befriend curiosity.

Few get to return to this origin place, even though we all have the ability - within. This (presence) is the same feeling that you feel the moment you are born because you don’t know anything about yourself, you barely know you exist.

All there is, is action. So much action that it creates - you. It shapes you, molds you, determines you a function of their desire and you remain to not find or change yourself but to create yourself in the likeness of your sweetest joys.

This is the time right before we allow anyone or anything to assume us. We know ourselves fully as the potential of everything as the existence of nothing.

This is the truth of living. There’s no greater knowing than yourself.

You can’t allow people to live your life for you. You can’t allow people to assume right over your destiny because who knows you better than you? Also, who can create you better than you? Even if there is an assumption put on your existence, do you soundly trust in another’s responsibility to determine your destiny for you?

Who can tell you better?

Who can tell you more?

What’s the wisest decision your ears have made thus far?

To filter. To sift. To weigh. To sieve. To drain.

Because, every thing ain’t for every body.

And, everything ain’t for everybody.

What reaches you has been granted access. Deeper than deep thought it could go.

You, how you exist, you project feelings and actions out to the world and this is why it keeps going. Because your very existence is the reason why something else is, whether it be directly or indirectly and how it is related or unrelated. You are always in relation to an idea, thought form, action. This relation is because of and demonstrated through projection.

We all serve as an example. We all serve as an example. We all serve as an example.
And we all inform people of groups and affiliations by how we present ourselves, in proximity to like or different people. Generalizations are taken as truth, an undebatable truth that is convinced through and through. And you can bet that projecting, assuming identities and not taking into account the lived experiences and truths of these identities. Assuming that we have the range to comprehend, consume and then carry a truth that assumes precedence over a reality that isn’t yours.