Erasing my personal history

Developed in November 2014 at the Residency 108 (New York State, USA)


“If you have no personal history, no explanations are needed; nobody is angry or disillusioned with your acts. And above all no one pins you down with their thoughts. It is best to erase all personal history because that makes us free from the encumbering thoughts of other people.” Carlos Castaneda (Don Juan)

 

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I decided to write 29 sad memories, one for each year that I had lived. The words that Don Juan tells to Castaneda were more than challenging. What could be more radical that to erase your own history? Memory attaches itself to ego and desires, to expectations and sadness. Personal memory is a mirror upon which you look at yourself and formulate a self. Could I go around without history? Without sad memories? Would I be more open to life, to the worl without personal history?

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