dreadlocks journey vs dreads instillation
I considered dreadlocks for at least five years before committing. Some of the things that gave me pause were that I was working for a Fortune 500 company that would not have allowed that look in my role, a less than budded confidence, and ultimately, a concern that I really did not understand what 'spiritual' meaning dreads would hold for me. I knew that many cultures included this tradition amongst their spiritual acts, but did not know much, and definitely did not know what it meant for me. So it felt wrong somehow to do it.Over the last few years, I have been on a trek towards my own personal freedom and seeking a life that was an expression of my Self in all areas rather than a dualistic existence where my personal life and professional life straddled a line. I finally reached a point where I decided that I was drawn to the look, though maybe I couldn't understand why. I felt "warm" toward it, I connected with dreads, and though I did not necessarily have a lofty understanding, that was enough. Follow your bliss, right?Very soon after I made the decision, it dawned on me that this was
the spiritual aspect for me: that I was becoming through and through an expression of my self, my passion, my bliss. Each week, it seems, the experience evolves into something more complex and intimate. And I meet lots of amazing people whose locks mean different things to them, including a dear new friend who feels they are his antennas.
One of the beautiful things about a subculture such as this is that even those that start for very different reasons may experience an unfolding, not unrelated to the people it connects them with, of themselves that may be unexpected. We never know what the paths that move us forward will look like, though perhaps, like family, we will recognize them once we arrive.