Elixir of Love

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My fears are not that I may cease to be

Rooted, steadfast, embodied in a world of physicality

And without fears too, for the deserted drying

Of heartfelt words, or inspiration

Forever drawn to all my time spent, in dedication

For no greater pleasure do I feel, may’st I apply

Whilst chained, imprisoned, in this dimension

My only freedom, flight of soul, needs must express

Such a deep felt love, for all humanity

A curious quest, I cannot explain

Impression’d on high from an invisible plane

So sublime, that poetic craft

Is not required; for metre, or to rhyme

Unless such craft imply, inject, ripened hearts

With the jewel of ‘inner meaning’

Inner truth infused with love

All pervading and genuine

Connecting precious principals beyond mere words

Which seek to make whole thus human kind

In complete align

So that intelligent insights into our complex universe

May penetrate not only the heart, but also the skin and the mind

Whereupon tinsel-gilded illusions

May fall away into nothingness

Instead replaced by a delicacy and a gentleness

A refinement of the senses

Through an indiscriminate understanding

That the elixir of love

Is wisdom plus integrity

And connects us all

To every single living being, or entity.

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I wrote ‘Elixir of Love’ in response to John Keats’ sonnet ‘When I have Fears’ which he sent in a letter to his friend John Hamilton Reynolds in January 1818.

‘When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charact’ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love!—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till Love and Fame to Nothingness do sink.’

Similar: Holiness of the Heart | Love IS | Angels on Earth |

Align Right

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Cat Miller
Artist’s Statement / Vision

 

I am an artist and a poet. My practice is about sharing personal truth, insight and revelation about the human experience inspired by life.

My art is about elevating consciousness via a fusion of moving image, audio, analogue and digital technology, events and the written word. My work responds to the site where it is situated, featuring poems I have written in order to make the concepts contained within the poems accessible to a wider audience. I do this by making my events or installations fun as if participating in a game and the act of participation becomes part of the piece itself. My poems offer a therapeutic quality through the sharing of my own personal journey in order to gain a deeper, more empathetic understanding of the human experience, ones true purpose here and a sense of spiritual connection.

My objective is to extend an invitation to commit to the communication of wellbeing, self-love, inner-peace and connectivity, so that in the face of surmounting state austerity and corporate greed, where the quarterly profit margin is prioritised over and above family, community, human dignity and environmental sustainability, one can offer a healthy comparison.

This can be achieved by engaging in right-brain activities that reconnects an individual with a sense of innocence and play in order to rediscover and form new neurological pathways in the brain.

In this way, according to brain scientist: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor; one can choose to ‘step to the right of one’s left hemisphere’ at any given moment in time, in order to run the ‘deep inner-peace circuitry’ that is characteristic of the right hemisphere of the brain.

In the words of Thích Nhất Hạnh: ‘Peace is every step’ however, in order to walk a path of ‘mindfulness’ (ie: left and right hemispheres working together) one must keep challenging one’s concepts of self-identity (left hemisphere) within the context of the larger scheme of things (right hemisphere), to move beyond old limiting programming and divisive stereotypical-labels such as gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, salary, postcode, elitism, etc. to redefine the boundaries of ones inherited cultural and social roles.

This constitutes a hemispherical union that initiates self-love and facilitates it’s outer expression as compassion and humility.

This is the true sense of the co-joining, dovetailing union between Yin and Yang. For Yin and Yang is not something out there, these qualities exist within ones own cranium. It is the perpetual dance of duality and polarity within the self and within each other. Love is unity. Fear is the division of unity.

In order for humanity to evolve humanity must learn to engage and apply both sides of the brain equally. Not one to the exclusion of the other, but both, to integrate the perspective of the ‘I’ and the ‘I am’ as part of the ‘Whole’, the ‘We are’, and the: we are all here now and in this together.

This is also the reason for why humanity appears not to have evolved beyond the multiplicity of the ego, and appears to be making exactly the same mistakes related to power, greed, control, self-importance, conflict and war etc., as it was thousands of years ago, because humanity’s decision making process is still dominated by the same left-brained ego-mind that operates solely from a place of self-interest and instant, short-term gratification, without engaging the vision for a long-term communal best interest that is characteristic of the right-brain.

As soon as we choose to come online to embrace and integrate the sensory nature of the right hemisphere of the brain, to support and balance our left-brain thought processes, humankind will make monumental leaps and bounds forwards, discovering and developing a plethora of new, exciting and inspirational ways to cement a deeper sense of communal responsibility, committed to finding ecologically sustainable growth solutions whilst healing old grievances easily and effortlessly.

Author and spiritual teacher, Marianne Williamson says that: “Righteousness means ‘right use’ of the mind and the only right use of the mind is love”.

And so I propose that this is how one can begin making heart-supported choices, by engaging our right hemispheres of our brains, (the sensory, feeling, center that connects the heart, tempers the ego and is committed to communicating peace) to balance and support our logical, rational, thinking left-brain, (the ego-mind that offers the incessant internal dialogue that can often border upon the tyrannical) creating an inner-outer union, rather than tension.

This union between the hemispheres is the process of becoming fully conscious, where the ‘Off’ becomes an ‘On’ and where the ‘Zero’ becomes a ‘One’. This is also how consciousness can spread like a wildfire virus, where whole countries can become united over night, just like switching on an electric light. Align Right.

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Research

  • Dr Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke of Insight:
    A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (Published by Hachette UK, 2009)
  • Thích Nhất Hạnh – Peace is Every Step (Published by Bantam Books, USA, 1991)
  • Karen Lazar – Hemispheres: Inside a stroke (Published by Modjaji Books and Worldreader, South Africa, 2011)
  • Marianne Williamson – ‘The Law of Divine Compensation’ (Published by HarperOne, USA, 2012)

The Second Coming

‘Immeasurable’ Residency and Exhibition Finissage @ the Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, May 2015

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The Second Coming

The second coming is not any one man, or one woman

It is the explosion of collective consciousness

When the hearts of men and women are opened and awakened

When the ability to respond (response-able) is greater than to react

When closing the door in separateness doesn’t sit well anymore

When one realises that what one does to another

Actually one does unto one’s own Self

For when one rises above the arrogance of the ego

One realises that in a Universe of infinite possibilities

Developing compassion means no longer taking anything as personal

For now the ‘I’ is no longer alone, is a valuable member of the collect-i-ve

And the more people on the Planet there are

The more weird, wonderful and surreal

Everyone’s projections / reflections are gonna get

One is going to have no choice but to open to one’s divine human potential

Because the pain of staying the same will be greater than that of change

It is humanity’s destiny to evolve

As a species Beyond the comfort zone

To awaken to the God / Goddess Self

To open to ones inner Buddha, Allah, Shiva/Shakti, Jehova, Krishna, Christ

Inspirational role models who demonstrated by example

How to work together to heal the self, each other, the

Planet How to redefine beliefs, change perspective, forgo judgments

Allow for emotional, psychological and spiritual evolution

Love and accept the unlovable within the self and each other

Forgiveness, everyday!

For no one person is free until we all are

And consciousness is a choice

Like a Yes or a No

As simple as binary

To a one from a zero From an off to an

On Like a chain of dominoes

A viral infection

Of enlightenment

A colossal global cognition

Of conscious understanding integrated into Being

Integrated into our everyday choices

Training the ego, the mind and the heart

To align as one

Takes time and practice

But it can and shall be done

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Forgiveness 

There is no Forget without Forgive

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Forgiveness cannot change the past but it can change the future

In order to be able to forget painful emotions from the past one has no choice but to extend forgiveness first. ‘Forgive’ precipitates ‘Forget’

For the simple reason that until one forgives one cannot forget

Forgiveness initiates being able to forget. Being able to let go. Being able to move on. Being able to heal

There is no forgetting or go-letting without first forgiveness. Forgiveness is the initiation.

An inability to extend forgiveness forces one to stay imprisoned within the confines of ones own mind, on constant rewind

Going over and over old ground like a black and white rerun. The ego-mind

Will convince a person that they are justified

But this neediness to ‘be right’ is just an illusion of separation

Which will keep a person locked in a vice like grip of self-righteous, self-important, self-obsession

Only able to see situations through the polarised lens of Self, further endorsing a sense of isolation

An example of how over-dwelling upon the past can rob one of a true present

Access denied to the future most desired

By planting the wrong seeds for the wrong future, in the pastures of the present moment, (instead of the right seeds for the right future…)

Happiness, forgiveness, and mental emancipation are all states of mind, and the mind requires vigilant work to stay healthy

Because: Forgiveness is an Art 

It is an important step towards Self-Love and Peace on Earth

It is ones inner-peace reflected outwardly

However, without forgiveness there is no inner-peace

And instead of reflecting inner-peace outwardly, one projects ones inner-conflict

When in doubt keep bringing oneself back to one’s breath

Breathe in Peace. Breath out conflict

Breathe in Love. Breathe out conflict

Breathe in Forgiveness. Breath out conflict

The breath is what connects all life

Everything that lives must breathe. Everything is connected

And the breath is what connects us to consciousness

And is why the breath is associated with ‘mindfulness’ as it can assist with becoming fully present

However, what I ask is to use this awareness of the breath to connect up one’s dominant left hemisphere of the brain, the ego-mind, with one’s right hemisphere of the brain, the feeling, emotive, intuitive, empathic, considerate, sensitive side

In order to become ‘mindful

As opposed to being disposed to ‘half-a-mind’ or ‘mindlessness’

A fully conscious, co-operative, inner-union of both hemispheres

Where one’s choices are supported by a loving connection to the cosmos, and to each other, at any given moment

Balance of the left/right hemispheres by engaging the heart

This means tuning out the ever-present inner-chatter so that one can hear the inner whispering of one’s heart, listen to one’s inner-guidance, and act upon one’s intuition

Author and spiritual teacher; Marianne Williamson, says: “Righteousness means ‘right use’ of the mind, and the only right use of the mind is love”

If people can start being responsible for what they think

And how they think

And why they think

Then this is an important step in the right direction towards taking responsibility towards each other, all of creation, and for being here, at all, in the first place…

For the simple reason that conflict is not sustainable

Forgiveness is

Love is

Peace is

And Peace is every step

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[Further reading: My stroke of Insight by Dr Jill Bolte Taylor: Chapter Fifteen]

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Marianne Williamson quote from: The Law of Divine Compensation]

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If ones mind is causing grief there is a Zen Buddhist by the name of Thích Nhất Hạnh who is a Vietnamese monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist, who can offer simple effective guidance and tools on how to train the mind and embrace the art of forgiveness. Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, traveled and taught around the world, and was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. (More info here:http://www.refinethemind.com/14-mindfulness-teachings-zen-buddhism/)

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“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James

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  1. Nelson Mandela
     
    Born: July 18, 1918, Mvezo, South Africa

Stars and Stripes

Hoodwinked by the stars in the eyes of the ‘American Dream’

Sleep-walking, through the ‘Red Stripe’ and the ‘Lucky Strike’

And the killing-fields of green

Stained with the invisible blood of Mother’s sons, now laid to rest

Faceless soldiers who fought their damnedest

Now planted like seeds at regular intervals

With line after line and row upon row

Of manicured headstones for hundreds and thousands of silent dead heroes

Like white marble stripes on the red and blue flag of ‘capitalist consumerism’

Who died in their country’s pursuit of ‘world supremacism’

Where oil and beef and the arms industries are ‘king’

And the multiplicity of the dollar $ign is everything, ch-ching!

Seen through the myopic blinkered lens of tunnel vision

Which honours the rights of the man-made corporation

Over and above those of the individual or the community

Completely disregarding compassion, union and ecological sustainability

In preference of a quarterly profit-margin

Somehow we became removed from the ‘natural world’, with an absence of humility

A’breed apart’, the needy, greedy, self-important human

With no choice now but to career full-steam ahead towards chaos and rumination

Though maybe, just maybe, we still can ‘save-the-day’ through a reclamation

Of Self-Love, equality, and a natural heart connection

Together now let us pray, for sweet Love’s healing salvation

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‘Stars and Stripes’ was inspired by a series of art works called: ‘State of the Union’ by Hans Haacke who was recently interviewed at an event entitled: ‘Gift Horse’ at the ICA following the unveiling of his new sculpture commissioned for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

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SouLution

SouLution = Soul Evolution

Tibetan Wheel Of Life

Tibetan Wheel Of Life

The soul doesn’t have an ego or a personality

And that’s why soul paths that are fraught with difficulty

Are actually specific evolutionary

Challenges with hidden prizes of hind sight to embrace

Ones ‘Ego’ is a part of the personality that is inherited with a body

And when the ego-mind is supported by higher conscious intent, it is a very valuable tool of initiation

But when the ego-mind is not supported by heart-centred choices

It languishes out of balance on a mission to assert it’s own self-importance

However, the soul’s journey is about *not* taking this world personally

in order to keep shining ones divine light of authenticity

It’s what Marianne Williamson calls an: ‘Emotional skill set’

And is what I call: ‘Emolution’, (emotional evolution)

Evolving through self-love, projected outwardly as non-attached, non-personal love-for-all

For without it there is no personal-development or spiritual-growth

While everyone is reacting badly and taking each other and every little thing as personal

And until people can reach this special place of acceptance there is no ‘Peace on Earth’

No appreciation of each other, of other walks of life that are individual, different and unique, or the needs of the planet and the other species that inhabit Her

If we ignore the call to become responsibly conscious

We just perpetuate the cycles of competition, consumption and corruption that already do not work

The trick is: to respond (rather than to react)

And this is difficult as reaction can be automatic, like a spontaneous, involuntary, knee-jerk reflex

This is where ‘breath-work’ and ‘meditation’ to cultivate ‘mindfulness’ are useful tools

So that one doesn’t get sucked in to patterns of abusive behaviour

So that one can stay grounded in ones humanness

Remain humane and humble so that the desire for personal-gain

At the expense of another falls away through the realisation

That whatever one does to another, one does to ones own soul, for all souls are from the ‘One Soul’ 

There is no separation

The physical ‘envelope‘ is merely so that we don’t all look the same

So that the Source may experience itself, by loving itself, through infinite manifestations of itself

That’s why it is our duty to Love ourselves in honnour of our source of creation, the source of divine unconditional love

And in so doing love and honnour all the source’s creations

For they/we are all equal, everything and everyone that is alive is a ‘Child of God’

I am, you are, we all are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, I / you / we have a right to be here!

Because our mother/father God/dess, source of love, divine creator, great mystery, who so loved the world, created us and the world all from the power of Love

Which as gods and goddesses personified in God’s own likeness with the power of the word – (I am the word and the word is God) – to manifest our own realities, we too have the power to manifest miracles through the power of love

Therefore it is our duty to become more aware of the realities we are all co-creating with our thoughts, words and deeds at any given moment

Sometimes in a world that lacks sensitivity and compassion it can be a challenge to retain ones authenticity, truth, and integrity

However, here in lies the invitation *not* to be seduced by the manufactured illusions of our times

To throw down the gauntlet

In the name of Love

Mortal life is finite, but the kharmic bank account is infinite

As energy cannot be destroyed. It simply changes form

This is the moment of our Now. And the now is where each new moment of integrity and truth is born

Breathe in the new now.

Breathe out the old now.

Always aim a little bit higher than before.

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If you are agnostic please substitute the word ‘Love’ in place of the word ‘God’.

Love’s Evolution

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Most addictions are a form of self-harm

Over doing something beyond moderation

Food, drink, sex, money, medication

Either prescribed and, or for recreation

Is all a lack of self-love manifestation

Running away from the self, a form of self-escapism

And in fact…

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Every choice or action

Can be identified either as an affirmation

Of self love, or, a lack of self love

A simple reduction

For everything we do is either for, or against

Loving the self, or not loving the self

Loving one another, or not loving another

If one can be mindful enough to ask oneself before doing or saying anything:

‘Is this loving?’

Then we have a fighting chance of turning human ignorance around

But mindfulness is a whole other level altogether

That bolts on from Self-Love

A training of the mind and heart to align as One

For only when the hearts and minds of the people are aligned in self-love

Can the race of human souls come to together as one heart and one mind

One nation, one planet

In peace, love and resolution

Sometimes it takes hard work, blood, sweat and tears to figure it out

Because there’s no short cut to experience

Only trial and error and resistance

Just think of it like a game of dominoes

With only ones and zeros

A viral infection

Of switching Off’s to On’s

We are here to learn through Love’s evolution

That’s it, plain and simple

Except that it’s not so simple

As there are many different levels, planes and higher echelon’s

To evolving through love

And once one embarks upon this path its really very difficult

As one cannot go back to that safe cosy place of blissful ignorance

The safety net is gone, actually there never was one 

And this is a very challenging concept for everyone, not just for some

There follows a crisis of identity and blame 

Escaping behind and clinging to

Illusions of the mind and the ego

Making someone an underdog because something’s gone wrong

But actually it was never real in the first place

For there is only Love’s evolution

Love is all there is and everything else is just another illusion

One Love

Divine and Conquer

Red Rose Garden by Jessica Jenney

Red Rose Garden by Jessica Jenney

The problem with most women, which is really irritating, is that they are so frickin insecure 

And this is why Feminism will never WORK.

Not until all women

Learn to Love and accept themselves, so much so, that they no longer seek outside validation

To be who they want to be, or do what they want to do, and finally get around to eliminating

A neurotic pattern of sabotaging other women, in order to wreak power and extort gratification

And start to Love other women as thyself, soul-mothers, sisters, daughters, best-friends, to each and every one another. If that’s at all possible?

For competition and one-up-man-ship is emulating behavioural male qualities of politicians and businessmen

Which procures the emotion of insecure, as a precursor, to divide and conquer

We are all infinitely stronger together.

Otherwise we are simply dividing and conquering ourselves from within

Reflected without 

Think of ones heart as a holographic prism 

Fragment of the one-heart seeking to refract light

United in One-Self-Love. Synchronised. Like sunshine

Those whom make it obvious that ‘Love Lives Here’, and that its safe to let go of fear

Sharing an omnipotent warmth of presence, so that its always crystal clear

Without a shadow of a doubt, eradicates all blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, at any given moment

One-self equality, maintaining the balance of co-operation, co-joined, dovetailing, yin-yang dynamism

Never judge a book by a cover, never listen to, or indulge in gossip, keep aspiring to loftier ideals

Rather than waste time away, from developing a more emotionally fulfilling array, of masculine and feminine principals

Explore, expand, uncover, discover, ones inner galactic ambassador, of love’s self-fulfilling pleasure, a co-curator for the Great Mother, Earth, and all whom love and adore her

Fully immersed, basking in the one-love, the one-creator, the one-earth, ‘The-One’

Because ‘Everything-But-Everything’ out there, is an illusion!

For unless one listens to ones heart, it’s all in the mind

And therefore a self-created delusional, theoretical, convoluted, puffed-up hypothetical, singularly over-identificational, skewed-up logic, that’s totally irrational

A fictional-figment, emotional blockage, incapacity to think poetically, a blinkered, marginalised limitation that spreads like a viral infection

A cancerous weed, in fertile soil, that requires regular hoeing, tilling, stripping back, pruning, manicuring 

Prevention is better than cure, in order for potentiality to fully bloom pure

Like a beautiful rose garden

Lest it becomes horribly tangled and overgrown by conjectural, conceptual jargon…

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