fashionRIP is a multidiscipline, transmedia installation of chapters, an exploration of perceptions and beliefs. It’s a platform that explores ecosystems health, generative economics, social justice, cultural and creative diversity. Starting with recycouture garments, the story became the Project. It is now an evolving experiment, designed to explore meaningful relationship based constructs that put human potential and whole systems health over the abstract ideas of faux "the real world."
Creative Individualism expands the whole of the Creative
Field, in other words everyone’s gift matters. Now we have to find ways to
appreciate and celebrate this abundance.
Everyone’s gift is an expression of life’s diversity and
that is what stimulates evolutional flow. When only a few gifts are deemed
valuable, the life energy of a people, group, nation or planet is channeled and
or forced into a narrow pipe. Much is left out.
As the pipekeepers are steeped in the ideology of the system,
they rarely stop to question its impact. Instead they are taught to believe
that everything that flows out of the small pipe contains the best of human
endeavor. It is stamped as progress and goes into the next even narrower pipe
because we utilize what worked before and build on that information. That would
not be so bad if the foundation was sound. That is not the case. Therefore the
mainstream flow is gathering ever less from the creative field, by choosing from a shrinking
Thus scarcity, fear and power are maintained, the creative
environment is controlled to meet the values, standards and stories of the
system. This idea hierarchy is a form of inbreeding and we already know how
dangerous it is to biological , physically manifested “beings. Most cultures got that one right.
But humans often fail to see patterns that cross the
manmade, abstract and artificial borders. Therefore the pattern gets repeated throughout
the systems we actualize. Our groups, organizations,
disciplines, parties, businesses, schools - all are marinated in “the way it is.”
The artificial construct blocks our abilities to observe the whole of all that
is possible. As we continue to select from the narrowing pipeline, choosing
what works in the narrow vision we continue to narrow the vision.
“What we appreciate, appreciates. “
“Rather than look at the unanswered questions, we need to
look at the unquestioned answers.”(Lynn Twist)
The questioners, the rebels, outliers, the evolutionaries
and the misunderstood, the genius of other,-all of this overflow, floods the
plains, drains into swamps, evaporates or collects to form into new channels.
So far many of the new flows are trying to compete with, challenge or crash the
walls of the old paradigms. So far these revolutionary rivers have made a
difference in the pipekeepers, but not in the idea of pipes. (Consider that
flood plains create rich soils, swamps nurture species diversity, and
evaporation is part of the water cycle – all good things! And all once not seen as valuable to the mainstream)
That is an issue.
How do we break free from false belief build up? How do we
actualize from the more of possibility? How do we embrace the whole of life? We cannot outrun fear or ignorance, both need
to be faced.
Gaiad Theory is an attempt to address these issues and more,
as it is not only possible, it is do-able and relevant. It is a way to
visualize how healing and expanding our vision will transform the world. It is
a leap from the hierarchical mainstream, a break out from the tiny pipe; it is a
swim in abundance. It is an act of love. It is the power of vulnerability.
Next! Examples of Potential to the Whole on a fashion model,
then in an architectural frame.
Rebels feel it. Rebels "know" they are having their lives stolen out from under them by a world that doesn't get "it." Though many who are fighting back, do not know what or who they are against, beyond grand swaths like "the establishment," they know enough to take a stand. They know being human is more than this shabby excuse of a system's game that we are so vigorously taught to protect and enable.
Rebels see beyond the frame and are here to crack the stupor of status quo. They become the heroes we will later tell stories about; after the face saving, justifications and rewrites are ready to roll.
This is not cool, so why continue it? (I can supply some reasons: the Yale Club secret societies where getting one over on others serves as a blackmail loyalty device, other forms of bro loyalty that come from warfare ethos, the good people syndrome -we are good people so we must be doing the "right thing." from The Leaderless Revolution.- feel free to add more!)
Most people do not realize they are being force fed these mere ideas. The abstract world of logos became ever more "meaningful and real" the longer humans nurtured the concept. However words are an abstraction of "life" (from The Spell of the Sensuous) in and of themselves. Reasoning is but one form of intelligent pursuit and therefore all our castles are built of air and arrogance. This is ok. This got us to here and look at what we have learned. Now we need to let go of the stuff that is working against our new sum knowledge, and see where we can go next!
I have great faith that we are capable and able to do this great leap of paradigm!
I know that utilizing this vast sum of knowledge gets a bit difficult as we have been trained to become "big fish in small pools" or rather heads of departments, experts, and other terms for a mini kingdom turfing that looks a lot like systems in the animal world of which we so think we are "above." Thus the convenience of hierarchy! Thus also the the problem! When you believe you are "on top," you fear losing that "place." When threatened it is time to call out the troops, dig in one's heels, fight to the death-ergo Armageddon - a prophecy where we all fall down.
Round and Round. Unless we learn and move toward a better destiny.
All the new toys, tools and colors, new styles and formats all signify progress, or so we are told. This takes our minds off the "not progress" that is eating everything in its path. This idea of turning people into machines and machines into people is all so backwards, so archaic and yet the pursuit continues, Why?
So the winners who take all can prevail as the living dead they have already become? (half dead as in not awake to fully be a human being, as in duped by the beliefs of the system doing the dupe) Round and Round.
When health, relationships, trust, natural, grounding ecosystems that support life, diversity and possibilities are being harmed in the pursuit of this so called progress we have got to question the whole set up! All the myths, stories, the "facts" we are taught, the data that is not used, the dreams and the choices we ignore...it is time for a great unveiling.
Rebels say what's the purpose? Rebels say "enough." Rebels get educated and tell new stories, light the next path and pioneer the new beliefs. Love your rebels, they shake out the new possibilities.
I have uplifting emails sent to me via various groups, Upworthy, DailyGood, Humanity's Team and the like. This is an excerpt from H Team.
“A Vision for Oneness
We envision a world where we
understand on an individual level that we are all truly One at the higher
levels of consciousness. This vision allows each of us to realize that even
though we may appear to be separate from each other in a physical sense, in
ultimate reality everything in existence is made up of Source Energy that is in
relationship to and interacts with all of life “ from http://www.intenders.com/
Over consciousness- is extreme energy with a more that is as yet not understood. We
are all in process towards ever more understanding. This is evolution.
When engaged in process, our questions seek answers at the
level of our awareness and are answered in kind. As we learn from our queries,
our “mistakes” our experiments and explorations; our personal consciousness
expands, responding to new knowledge.
When we actively embrace the path of “who we are as
individuals” more is revealed and so it goes, spiraling up into ever more
possibilities and more questions, more answers, until one shifts and suddenly
life is revealed in a totally new and unexpected way.
Like a view from a mountaintop, one starts to“see” the
cohesion, the connections and relationships, the colors, music and diversity,
the amazing tapestry, this flow and dance in the whole of “life from mountain high.”
And in the midst of this rejoicing, the clouds lift and the next mountain peak
glows in the light.
This is a peak moment! Celebrate
The flip side occurs when the whole of possibilities are
trapped in perceived probabilities that "limit" choices.
This obstruction, this constipation of thought, occurs in individuals,
in groups, fields, governments and professions and usually results in distress, then dis-ease and if not appropriately treated will kill it's host. It seems to me that many of us have been taught to build quasi empires from foundations that no longer support even the half truths that we (collectively) fooled ourselves into accepting.
This linear focus,
this progression that seeks outward reward, has often resulted in insular models
that self reflect. (think how language, custom, professionalism, gatekeepers and
other controls that support hierarchy, function) These self imposed walls, these
barriers, might be seen as a form of myopia or “tunnel vision.”
And in these tunnels, choices appear to whither because they are
not even seen! The deeper we dig into this old paradigm the less we "see." Eventually controls are activated and then either a
healthier state results or a super dis-ease manifests. However, since tunnels eventually collapse, we have got to escape the delusion once a for all; we have got to risk paradigm change, to take the imaginative, quantum, evolutionary leap and see life "anew,"
Dis-ease here is anything that throws off the synergy of the
whole. It is a signal to adapt and change –which can be good even when it feels bad! Depending on the acclimation of the whole –think evolution - we have this great ability to move on.
In the past when dis–ease went running amuck, humans have done their best
to stay out of its way or have applied potions and lotions to ease the symptoms and
hopefully cure and restore the balance.Western medicine has often warred against dis-ease which is another story. Anyway, if humans are not up to the task, Nature will step in to balance systems.
That means death is part of the cycle, (in many forms) no matter what! Life process and
Gaia Rhythm outweigh ego. Remember, this is process orientation and LOVE is the
reality that sustains it, but I am getting ahead of myself.
The uni-verse, the Gaiad, the embracing over consciousness,
God (names are words of convenience,
right?) Source etc- is interactive, moving, vibrant, infinite (?) This is as a
vibration, a song, a dance of joy and
appreciation. this is what wells up in our hearts, souls, minds and breaks through
our sense of self as it soars into the whole of energy, into the whole of
Like an amazing hologram of myriad intricate parts, all
observable at once, the vision is magnificent; but when each part is appreciated
individually, the entire glow is magnified.
When words are applied to thoughts we are utilizing our senses and that creates energy emphasis. When we gather together, we concentrate more energy and are better able to appreciate the sum of the whole and all the parts. This understanding of the whole being more than the sum isn’t math, nor is
it yet “science” and yet quantum physics and Gaia Theory align with this juxtapose of equilibrium.
(Gaia Rhythm is the heartbeat of the theory and
is a phrase I apply to the very essence of how we feel life and resonate with the
energy of the whole and the self at once, i feel and think therefore i am)
So though we try to avoid pain and suffering, it is often such that during calamitous
situations, we learn, awaken and change. Aka when we are pushed from comfort we cave in and/or activate change. This is as much a part of
life as the celebrations and the joy filled moments.
However we (western) humans have a history of short term fixes. We apply them to stave off "wrongness" and to justify ideology, arrogance and ignorance. This has often resulted in interferences with nature; in clumsy
attempts to “conquer” and harness her for "our"own use, pleasure and power.Now we are wiser, now we have the tools to leap in good faith.
So why are we so Not Leaping? Have we been mesmerized by stories of deus ex machina, -that Waiting for Godot thing, or mythic hero savior stories like David and Batman? Or have we so adapted to blinders, that we truly fail to notice the consequences of past and current ignorance?
Whatever the reasons that our delusions have us entranced, new stories will break the spells. (Stories got us "here" right?) Journey to the Center of Being: Part One of the Isa and Lucas Love Story is one of those new stories.
Trying to launch Love on the Sea of Distrust, where the Technology Godot has sailors bowing to Ego in sheltered pews; is "interesting." This blog will continue reporting the journey. Bringing a story to life is a co creative version of "birthing" where gestation and prepping for the new arrival has a time of its own.
Mind, body spirit (soul) and chi or vital energy are fairly common interpretational words for the "working parts" of human beings.
I can think of no better way to describe "us," so will utilize the template.
Just as air (gasses) fire (energy) water and metal (soil and mineral) are classic elements of the physical planet; we humans framed and named what we encountered as a way to help us perceive ourselves and our world. All good, so far; as by naming something makes it easier to work with and with other humans. This helped us build tribes and villages, communities and kingdoms, nations and giant corporations.
Our curiosity and experimentation poured into knowledge pools and humans were off and running.
Tribes meandered around the globe, and set the stage for creative diversity, which created cultural diversities. It also set the stage for misunderstandings and the rest is history.
The ego's of various cultures mature at different rates just as individual egos develop.Tribal or group well being morphed into individualism and new ideas of justice, hierarchy, esteem, empowerment, selfishness, vanity, envy, empathy, love, curiosity all came with the territory.
These newly stoked ego's encouraged curiosity and experimentation. This advanced technology and allowed some of "us" to take off and see the world. But these "advances" had down sides. Most explorer's were steeped in the lore of the warrior, conqueror, defender and hunter. This meant they often laid waste to anything and everyone they did not understand or see as valuable.
As times changed and the morality of this was questioned, it was often ignored, swept under the rug, justified or contained and disguised in religious and hierarchical set ups. This divided the issues, making it easier to look the other way when convenient.
Stories of riches, wealth, power and privilege spread. The world was here to serve man and winners became adept at taking "all" or as much as they could get away with.
Because this message agrees with some people more than others, they became the most "successful" in this definition they self defined.
Success brought privilege and power and this dictated the choices of persons and groups which colored the culture. Possibilities seemingly dissipated as beliefs corresponded to the dictates and vision collapsed accordingly.
So now we are at an important crossroads. We can choose to repeat the lesson we have failed to learn over the past 5.000 or so years, throw tantrums and take it all down, or we can change- radically.
History, as written and via artifacts, only goes back so far. However, it goes back far enough to see that certain patterns have been repeating over and over, for a very long time. These patterns are troublesome because ever lessening possibilities leads to nihilism (no-thing).
Our changes have been adaptive (new tools, new systems, social adjustments etc) but now the ignorance in our ways is catching up to us -all of us.
We need to leap or experience the distress that other "successful species" have endured. This is not necessarily extinction, but it is a waste. I do not think that this is acceptable behavior and since we can change it, we should.
Certain groups believe killing off populations is the key- witness the past, present. However that is not a wise course, that is -as ever (?)- a temporary solution and it is really, really wrong. We know this, deep down, OK- psychopaths are perhaps exempt, but if we know something and fail to respond, then our lesser selves are in "control" of outcomes, seriously?
OK so how do we change? "I leap and don't fly..i already tried this," true, not that simple.
But change the belief and frame it anew, experiment one step at a time and see what unfolds.
See, the cool thing is, we really know how to do this! We are an evolving species. We "get" the concept of creative leaps and quantum and/or evolutionary leaps are as in kind, we are wired for this.
(I think it is hidden under layers of new information, education, traditions, beliefs, emotional detours, but still it is there. Somewhere or manywheres, perhaps in the limbic system and/or basal ganglia (?) it lies dormant until sparked. Anyway once we believe we are able to consciously choose to become "more" we are halfway there.
Body, mind, spirit, chi, metal, air, fire, water- all are as one when we see from another level. Picture the iconic astronauts view of planet Earth (beyond really, but this is good start)
We also know, via quantum physics that everything is more energy than matter. (particles or the manifestation of choice that collapses the wave) Energy hums, vibrates with different frequencies and we understand its physical apps much more than else, the else is the new frontier and it is here, on this planet, now. We are here to synthesize all the knowledge we have and utilize it the best we are able, this is an ongoing journey and it is one with life.
Consciousness is the thread that holds all of this (more) together and consciousness expands or contracts with our beliefs. We are in an interactive uni-verse: how cool is this?
We see "choices" from the level of our beliefs. This means that the amount of choice we perceive is either limited or expanded by beliefs. This plays into the saying, "whether you believe you can, or can't, you are right." ( H. Ford, everyone gets some things right)
Knowledge is our tool for expanding consciousness However, when knowledge is misguided via a false belief, we repeat until we get the lesson and change the belief. This is usually aimed at the individual in psychology but manifests in social, cultural systems as well. (One of those patterns i keep harping about!)
But why, why bother, why does it matter if we leap or whither?
Gaia Rhythm is why. Gaia Rhythm is the energy flow of the new feminine archetype and she cares, she REALLY CARES! ( this is about balancing the fem/masc in selves and culture, not part of that old "war" between the sexes)
I believe we are born to vibrate with the energy of love, with joy, with"aha" moments of discovery. This is how we resonate with god/gaia (aka Giad) and we do this because we are born wired to respond intrinsically with the whole. We need to individuate to be the most glorious, healthy self we can be so we can expand the glory, the health of whole.This is who we are. This flattens and tangles hierarchies, this is being and doing at a human level that acknowledges the gift in everyone.
(i have research and experience to back this concept up. One recent article on Philly schools where dropping the bars dropped the violence- is a current fave)
I think this is a far better story.
This means we have to write, tell, sing, illustrate, dance and share the new story in many ways. All formats are needed to help us re-imagine life based on what we know NOW and create new beliefs.
This is where process,
thoughts, actions and what we manifest matters, this is where it all starts to align. This
is a design for dynamic changes, a way to get "life" back into life. Because frankly, i don't want us to blow it, not this round, not the next.
Love says there is more than meets the eye, and Gaiad Theory says yes to love, yes to healing and the new journey. Yes to exploring and experimenting with the new paradigm. Yes to our truer natures, to becoming one and one of the many. Yes to an amazing new adventure.
When i started fashionRIP, i had no idea i would end up playing with a theory of "everything." This sounds absurdly grand (and out from under the Physics department, so nervy) and yet because it is about connections, relationships and expanding consciousness to expand possibilities, it covers an immense range. "Everything" expands as well, thus it remains wide open.
With fashionRIP as a catalyst, i learned to plan for and set do-able temporary goals. This strengthened my risk/faith muscles. The more i learned, the more challenging and challenged the projects. I learned i must change to accommodate new knowledge. So what started out as an eco fashion arts collusion is now moving deeper into the core of why, who and what we are.
I am a mother and a new grandmother. I was taught to trust in the USA , at times i altered my course to suit the "real world's" demands. There were rebel years, but even so, i had faith in this thing called (N) America. Then that trust started to really erode. The sell, the system, the Dream all failed to add up to what i was actually experiencing, hearing and seeing.
As i dealt with this cognitive dissonance, i delved into more documentaries, more history, more science, more economics. As i shifted my vision, everything started to change This is still an experiment, but now i am far enough along to share results past the individual projects.
I know we thrive with change (adults this means no dumping these issues on the young, shame on you!) and apply what we know, even when it is counter to years of conditioned responses. We can throw out the dogma and spread our wings, we can fly, evolve and we had better.
The gift in all this is how alive one feels when going down a path that our curiosity, passions and joy unfolds. Yes, at times it feels lonely, separating from the herd has a down side. This is probably what forces us to share, so there you are, that curse and blessing juxtapose. See, we already know a lot of this stuff, we just don't act on it, we fear the cat calls of the herd or ?.
I also believe we should decide to remain inquisitive. We can continue to learn from as many disciplines/teachers/mentors/guides/friends/loved ones/acquaintances/events -as much we can handle. Every field, every person, every experience has viable, healthy and corrupt information files. That is ok, the more you learn the easier it is to sort it all out. This is fun, we are born to embrace the aha moments.
Our current education system (USA) is a hierarchical projection of Newtonian material and mechanistic (tech rules) philosophy and as such appears ill equipped to handle these new ideals. This means that though we are in this together, right now we need new ways to spread the info until it is safe enough for the herd and herders.
On getting back to finding personal paths and experimenting with the life you have now, some of my personal background story may be helpful. Everyone is different, but if you take a few minutes to assemble vibrant memories and jot them down, you will have some starter pieces of the puzzle that will help you navigate. Explore a while, dabble, take classes, go out of your way, stray out of your comfort zzzzzone, wake up to the moment. Even when you feel silly, laugh and do it anyway. It's just a friggin' experiment, relax.
I started writing the story of Isa and Lucas as a fashionRIP Project. I liked the idea of the Ice Queen thawing out in the global warming and then having to deal with her demons, Lucas being one of them -as this is a discomfort-able love story. I saw their path towards co-creative love as a metaphor for healthy global unity.
That was rich on its own. It was a great way to introduce the gift into what looks to me like a massive economic/elitist agreement to ignore the consequences of ignorance; to save face, justify positions and fortify the reflective materialist model (aka defending the turf).
All this feather fluffing, teeth baring and raging charges are classic, understandable, forgivable and best of all, stoppable. (My Q: How do we not see this for what it is?)
Weaving history into science into art into life, becomes what it will.
The "Journey to the Center of Being" (now part one of Isa - Ice Queen) emerged when i realized that getting Isa and Lucas to unite connected to some of the issues in my personal life.
Well that was interesting. My process of aligning project, product, service had jumped it's "work world" borders. The interactive network expanded (micro to macro) now everything matters more.
Example: For several years i have been trying to understand the love i have for a man that made no sense, that grew after the damage was done and confused me to the core. In trying to solve the puzzle, i opened my heart/mind to allow for more emotional, spiritual connection. I accepted to feel all the pain, doubt, extreme joy and serendipity and i asked the uni-verse for help. My barricades started to tumble...funny, because i thought the wall was his alone.
This helped me see how my own truths were embedded in cultural stories and how they distorted my world view. This pissed me off. I realized i had been trying to be me and live up to an image of what me should be, based on some very arrogant ignorant agendas that got handed down over the years. Cloaked in words like tradition, custom and the way the world works...period, they color perception, create beliefs, many of them false, more.These parasites live through us. What the hell!
So I had to figure out another way to "navigate." I started dancing with the uni-verse and that was cool. Then i realized i had to be a worthy partner, that after the dance there was homework. This is an interactive relationship and i learned to prep for the next dance. I think the uni-verse likes to mix it up, even the lesson repeats are uniquely formatted.
I also started deconstructing western mythology. This started as a way for Isa to see her self in all the stories, and as a means to untangle my own truth from classic dogma. Aside from the general obvious I wanted to understand more about a "knowing" experience i had a few years ago. Looking up at the aforementioned enigmatic man, i "heard" that he was "the one i have been waiting for all my life." Then the real crazee. "He is my king."
See, i don't think like that, not at all! So what was going on? What was the source? This remains a mystery.
(I later discovered the word king has roots in common with kin or of one's clan or tribe (this "other" is like self) which is interesting as Amit Goswami calls love an expression of acceptance from the immune system.)
I dared not share this experience with anyone except my mom. Many of us have been taught that "reason" smashes intuition, thinking is stronger than feeling and "it isn't real if you can't prove it." That no longer resonates. Fear stopped me when it mattered most, but now i am ready to write my way through this as best i can, Honesty and vulnerability go hand in hand, this is Isa courage.
FYI: What i imagine doesn't come from the place that this "knowing" does. Mind is more than brain and we are more than we are taught to think we are. So there it is. Whatever it is.
Photo of tags on paper torn from "Take What You Need" anon posts around my neighborhood. The timing was sublime and i so appreciate who ever put them up! Thank you, you are why i continue this path .
I dropped The Gaia Rhythm phrase at
a healing/spiritual meeting the other day, so wanted to develop the definition
before it got hi-jacked or misappropriated. Sad to even think this way, but
there it is. The competitive angle is being so pushed by the olde skool
believers that the many are trapped in the barrage without realizing that normal
itself is "sold" to us all. In the meantime nabbing something
intentionally or not happens (think Tesla, not that this is like his work just that
certain parties get away with hijacks because they are on good terms with
gatekeepers and the gated)
Gaia Rhythm is the energy, the flow that nature pulses with, that sustains us
and the whole of the world, more. It is how and why we manifest our creative
impulses and watch them materialize –become real. The ideas, concepts and the
constructs that we build by acting on them are energy outcomes that grow the
possibilities or collapse them. Balance is key and intent and purpose need to
be more than this current for profit mindfck.
A for profit focus is a focus on a
manmade abstraction that sustains itself by creating ever more bullshit in
kind. Voila the banking disasters, the pillaging of countries and the gain of
the 1%. When markets are controlled, manipulated and raped, when ecosystems,
water, air is contaminated and soils destroyed all via an abstract reality, we
should step back and ask what the hell are we doing? Some of us are.
Losing meaning, losing self, losing whole areas of consciousness and
possibility for the sake of a reflected glory trip is such a diminishment of
being. This creates less ability to do, as choices appear to dwindle when
probabilities are manipulated to fulfill agendas. Thus a spiral down, a de-evolution.
Like the wrong direction.
Gaia Rhythm is part of the feminine domain. This is according to years of
cultural inheritance, so I am retaining it for simplicities sake. There is an
apparent reason here, as wombs harbor new life and mothers have an intimate
connection with the chaos of birth. When she says
yes to the process, a mother allows life to have its way with her. This is about having faith.
Gaia Rhythm is about life mixing it up with consciousness and is how we appreciate
the "who" we are at the time we are alive on the planet. Gaia Rhythm
is inextricably linked to the evolutionary process. It is an interactive,
interrelating vibration. It has a wide range of frequencies, many we do not
know or understand. Many we are learning about, abusing and distorting with
cell phone towers, dirty electricity and the plethora of energy hi-jacked for
commercially instigated addictions, nurtured for profit, ah -time out?.
Why be this way? The whole game (full of systems designed for and by the
biggest players) is just made up, so why not make up one that better fits the
super real world that we are discovering? We know enough now to know we know so
The world wasn't flat no matter how loud and powerful the believers at the time
of the belief.
Because now, once again, humans are wrong But this time we are at a harm
makers zenith. The clumsy bullheaded way we have trampled upon each other,
other species, the whole of this planet and beyond, is nothing to crow
about. That we have failed to fully understand or appreciate the lessons from
the calamities of the past is probably why so many of us are feeling stressed,
anxious or otherwise un-well.
It is time to stand up to the ignorance that the "all for profit"
model rigidly adheres to. Because it is Whack. It is out of alignment with life
itself, pointless abstract....vacant.
Gaia Rhythm is the energy, joy, life flow of sensory experiences. It is why
love feels good, why hugs matter, why another's pain affects us. We are tuned
in for this, we are wired to life. And yes, when we hook into a digital
corresponding "sense" we perceive it as experience but we do
not experience the total of possibility in the moment and therefore are
starving our imaginal cells, snagging the leaps and boxing the choices from all
possibilities, in ever smaller containers.
Digital friends and ear buds are sensual abstractions. They are good additions
but hardly more than that. Like foods processed for shelf life with
chemically altered tastes, smells and colors that do not support our bodies
health, our "souls' need sustenance via tangible explorations. Just as our
bodies need whole real foods to nourish them our body spirits thrive in the
creative chaos of the life flow.
So how did this happen?
Methinks this goes back to the original divide between God and Nature, male and
female. This beginning of hierarchy systems building has lead us to this rather
vapid, cold mechanistic technocratic (insane?) worldview that seems to adhere
to a "super control is the way to go" (Fascism, monarchism,
dictatorship -thought we left this stuff behind-think again!) model. Changing
hands,players and terms throughout the
known history has not really changed the patterns.
From the quantum perspective, this boils down to a loss of probable choices
based on an autocratic, abstract reality we living things are being forced to
accept by becoming ever more dependent on the corporations (aka no
"one" at home) that control and distribute our experiences and means
to survive as biological creatures on the planet.
Playing this game out to the finish results in no real winners. Like, after all
the tricks, the sleight of hand, the blood, gore, pain and arrested ego
development, after all the lands are tortured and humans are wasted, when
the last giant falls, what is the payoff?
Since there is no love in domination and i suspect that is what we really all
want/need above everything, well this is a really big OOPS.
Ok just for the experience, stop sometime today, put thought of future and past
on hold (it'll be there later :_) and breathe deep, do some yoga, take a brisk
walk, not for the exercise but to feel your body. Appreciate the movement, the
cells and you will start to "get" that Gaia Rhythm flow. This isn't
just brain talk, this is you in bio connect, feeling and sending positive
energy. This is bio ecstasy, it is real and it matters
Doc Martens (photo is of 90s originals) a brand changeling - as image is co-opted in era of distract and divide.
This post is fashion icing on the Gilded Capital, as portrayed in a recent PBSMoyers
and Company Journal interview.
While the elite party are "getting rich in DC"- using tax dollars to host the dog and pony shows; while banks remain under regulated and Wall Street and the White House align to rape the planet, I think of the Fall of Rome and how history repeats until we learn and APPLY the knowledge.
North America is forcing its culture on others, as it feeds off the world's resources promoting consumer economics all the while while maintaining constant war to keep the power edge of the executive branch of its government. In this state of advanced ego ( a form of cultural dementia?) as surely we have forgotten who we ever pretended to be. Power and role definition, the facde of human matters, have become "more rational" than honesty and integrity. Thus probability squeezes choice until few are possible. Choosing outside the "obvious" is dangerous.
This toxic fallout affects everyone and everything. Despite the shield of false beliefs and info edits -it'll get ya.
This is unacceptable.
"Mark Leibovich on Glitz and Greed in Washington, August 23, 2013 is an "insiders" account of what N. American citizens are supporting with our lossy dollars. Citizens need to hear this stuff, consumers not so much.
MARK LEIBOVICH ....."Because, of course, you know, a single banquet is no longer
sufficient to celebrate the accomplishments of the Washington media.
Tom Brokaw who has become a real activist against the White House
Correspondent's Dinner said that it sends the message that it's all
about the people on the screen. It's all about the media. Which I
think to some degree is true. I mean, the media is feeling great about
itself. The media is as rich as any other part of the economy. And I
think the Correspondent's Dinner is a classic example of this.
Have you attended one?
I have, although not since 1996, because the New York Times stopped letting us go. BILL MOYERS:
They thought it was too-- Dean Baquet, who's now the managing editor of The Times, he was the Washington bureau chief of The Times.
I think it was in 2007, actually, declared that this is too cozy. He
didn't like the message it sent. He would prefer that we stop going. I
thought it was a great decision.
Describe the dinner to me.
It's just this room full of tuxedoed people. A lot of Hollywood
celebrities come in. A lot of people talk about, you know, the good that
the press does. But again, it's an extravaganza that continues, that
it becomes the ultimate bubble world, the ultimate example of decadence
in Washington that people know intuitively is wrong, but have no either
will or ability to stop it.
REPORTER 1 at the WHCD:
This is a big night in Washington. Anyone whose anybody is here. And the
key question for everyone in Washington is “What are you wearing? (
The transcripts are available on the Moyers Journal site as is the video. )
Fashion Superbrands is a video trip into the world of creating material desire. Companies build their images applying psychology and alchemy to lure consumers into their 'dens" pushing them to succumb to the seduction of the illusions all the while saying it's about you- not them at all.
Creating desire from abstract reality has had us in it's clutches a long time, way before media, celebrity, fashion and elitist branding hooked up.
Now it just looks silly.
I suggest we move along, fast.
Like a leap, as in creative leaps, the leap of faith, quantum and evolutionary leaps. We have the power to do this. This is the effort we need to save our species from its own nightmare of systems in control.
Business as so usual is changing, but as long as profit remains king we are chained to an abstract - a "golden calf"-something made up. (Tee Hee the Bull on Wall Street just has to be mocked now , no?)
Anyway, I think we make up ideas to justify and explain the world we accept as real. The more we accept our stories, the more real they appear. As they are repeatable and logical in the context of which they are made, we call this a rational approach to life.
This is interesting, for somewhere along the way, the delusion becomes so rationalized that the creative imaginative spark that manifested such thinking in the first place, becomes a so what app.
The irony is sweet but the consequences are not.
For in a super real look at an interrelated planet, this thinking is quite irrational and as it conspires to control imagination and creative impulses as a way to continue its own manifestation. This is a key to why controlling markets and consumer expectations appears relevant, necessary and a "good thing." As we are educated in the beliefs of the fields or disciplines we wish to align wit, we repeat the mantra and the species loses a little more possibility
As we humans lose our raison d'etre, we lose who we are, who we might be in a broader context. As reality shrinks to fulfill the desires/needs/choices that our manmade systems create, true creative diversity is crunched. Imagination is narrowed by the range of possibilities.
This is a big deal!
Imagination connects us to consciousness and the living planet. it is how we experience our senses and reflect on our thoughts. This is Gaia Rhythm.
Gaia rhythm is that sensual, joyful, beauty appreciating, abundant loving essence of who we are. It is the connection we have to all of life and that place wherre we interact and manifest our reality and give it back into consciousness to expand the whole of the uni-verse. It is an awakening into a fuller potential.
Waking up is an ultimate rebellion that leaves the tug of war behind.These are rebels embracing evolution.
For without the illusions, the noise, the showy distractions, the curtain falls apart and we are confronted with global warming, land mass shrinking, soils depleted, aquifers polluted and species dying at unprecedented rates...what the hell are we doing?
Really, this is not a mere speculation, this is the reality we have been accepting and for what?
A grand show of material wealth to parade around and feel like a somebody.
We have so much potential, let's use it and manifest new, positive, whole thinking systems and spaces for meaningful, curious, creative life on this still most beautiful planet.
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