Tagged: 2016

Time Crystals!

Another quote from ‘The Transformation’ by George Leonard.

“The time has surely come for our leaders to apply all they know about structure and discipline and focused effort to something more than maintaining a dying and deadening civilization; for executives and board members of established institutions to seize the initiative of radical change, beginning with the painful and finally joyful process of changing themselves.
When a great culture dies in a vacuum in that aspect of the present we call future, drawing us towards something we simply cannot conceive. The vacuum will be filled. If humour and intelligence and compassion are to have a hand in filling it, there is little time to waste. There is little time for the painstaking work of creating a new politics, a new education, a new culture that starts with the best in the old – leaving off dominance and greed and narrow individualism but not respect for the personal nor appetite for exploration; following joy but not fearing pain.”

The Transformation : George Leonard 1972

It is all magic. Quote from ‘The Transformation’ by George Leonard. 1972.

“This is an extraordinary imaginative and at once disquieting and exhilarating book about our current social, personal and environmental crises.”

“It is all magic. Civilisation long ago cast a spell over human-kind, dulling human senses to what is most vivid and fascinating, infecting them with a dis-ease so persuasive that it has come to be assumed as part of the given. Newtonian science made the spell even more powerful by providing effective mechanical means for achieving most of the ancient dreams of magical will and manipulation. But Newtonian magic was so strong that it has proved its own undoing, spinning us out past the perceptual limits set by Civilization itself. It has created a surplus of information just as powerful and potentially disruptive as was the surplus grain of sand that destroyed tribal life and triggered the birth of Civilization.

And now information whirls around this globe with unprecedented speed and in incredible quantities. Ancient wisdom and new ideas beat around our heads, confusing us, but also disrupting the sleep of our senses. Information gained from spaceships helps us to understand we need no spaceships. Information about electronic fields blends with information from an esoteric oriental discipline to help us sense the fields of life and being in which we all exist. The information surplus creates unlikely juxtapositions. Images of Bushmen hunting fade into images of space flight. The words of William Blake and B.F.Skinner come at us from the same television channel – two uncompromising theorists, one saying that mental things are alone real, the other saying that even self-aware consciousness is a construct.

We begin to understand – vaguely, incompletely – that all things are real. It is only a small step from there to the awesome realisation of our ultimate power to select a universe of our choice from an infinite number of possible universes. We need look no further for a lifetime filled to the brim. As Don Juan says, “our lot is to learn and to be hurled into inconceivable new worlds.”

The terror of the ordinary chills us, paralyses our perceptions, prevents that little motion needed to step into a more intense reality. We fear, perhaps more than anything else, to give up out neuroses, our discontents, out diseases. Simply to be at ease fills us with fear. We rush for the sanctuary of our sickness, the safety of the morning news, the stock market,the pennant race. We search for chemical drugs or the powerful drug of consumerism. We plunge into the forgetfulness of ‘education’ and ‘culture’, then go on trying to change everything except ourselves.
But glimpse through unscaled eyes invites another glimpse.
Overcoming our terror, we may at last be able to see ourselves in that grain of sand or a leaf or our lover’s face. We may realise that we need not seek connection, for we are already connected to all existence….we meet ourselves around every corner of time.
Whether we will it or not, we are in the very business of recreating the world at every new instant. In the realisation of this act we may find a new freedom – to explore, to experience, to be. We may chose to live in an ever changing universes….we may choose to alter time, or to become one with a friend or a tree, or even to see the earth itself becoming transparent, glistening in ever brighter colours at every level of transparency.
Here, conventional limitations simply do not apply.”

From “The Transformation ( chpt. Gleamings on the water) by George Leonard 1972.

kat robertson artist

Owl Fly By. Standing with Standing Rock. 26 November 2016.

Owl Fly By.
Created standing in solidarity with Standing Rock Water Protectors.
26 November 2016.

Tears of a Water protector. digital image.

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Tears of a Water Protector.

I know it’s happening. Katie Tempest, from ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’.

“…..I know it’s happening

But who’s it happening to?

Is this happening

to you?……

…..I know it’s happening

But who’s it happening to?

Is this happening

to you?……

…..I know it’s happening

But who’s it happening to?

Is this happening

to you?…….”

Part of a Katie Tempest performance.

What holds me.

I do not experience nothingness.

I do not experience a void.

Whatever it is it supports me.

I float.

It is invisible, but very definitely there,

Which pleases me.

I feel held.

It is not frightening.

It is not dark.

It could be described as love.

It is all that I am not and everything that I am.

I find this illusion of space and freedom,

The not seeing what holds all together,

In fact, something to be grateful for,

For in this space, of not knowing,

I write my dreams of self.

Kat Robertson October 2017

Smoke mandala.