“I can’t do that!” she thought, but after some excuses and resistance, she began trusting that unseen forces were guiding her toward a new purpose. Asking for further guidance, a plan emerged. She would spend thirty days alone in her home by the ocean, surrounded by her paints, and tune into each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet to see what would happen.
So begins “The 23rd Letter,” a solo show about one woman’s journey, helped by friends, ancestors, spirit guides, and the symbolic letters themselves, to reclaim the lost parts of herself and find peace. “That’s where the 23rd letter comes from,” says Analesa. “When Moses broke the tablets, the letters flew off. Twenty-two came back. The 23rd did not. It is said, when the 23rd returns, we will have peace. I wanted peace. I also wanted to know what the 23rd letter was – some people say it represents the divine feminine, some say it is a unifying sound – so I began this journey.”
The show weaves us in and out of transition moments in Analesa’s life, from her struggle to find connection to her inner guidance, to familial patterns that emerged in her marriage, to healing ancestral patterns, death and joy. Throughout, she explores the letters of the alphabet, derived from Hebrew, but becoming an inter-spiritual alphabet of her own creation. “This alphabet is a new vibration, including Native American, Indian and other symbols in it. These letters want to help create the new world we’re ready for now, which is beyond our differences and divides. I’m excited about the 23rd letter because it represents our new way of being in the world.”
Analesa has created a show that inspires spiritually minded people to look at their own history and embark on their own creative healing journey. “Thats a real desire of mine,” says Analesa. “For people to see the show and think, ‘If she can do it, I can do it!’”
The 23rd Letter debuted at the Railyard Performance Center in Santa Fe, NM, and has been performed at Kallah – The ALEPH Jewish Renewal retreat. Written and performed by Analesa Berg, directed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein.