The Solstice Project

‘INNER SUN’

A sunny disposition radiates from deep inside one’s heart

Like a beautiful beaming ball of fire

Whose warmth can melt away a frown with a single smile

Impossible to take anything as personal

When one comes from an elevated position, place of unconditional love

Non-attached acceptance for all

Just like the Sun always shines, way-up high above the clouds

Heart-centered love is the rainbow’s kiss in the sky

That transforms the mundane, the monochrome-grey

Into colours that dance with laughter and joy

For ones inner-core is made from the same stuff as the Sun

We are the ‘Star-Dust Children’

Honnouring our Mother Earth, and Father Sun, daily

Shining in the gratitude of love made visible

For One Sun, One Earth, one perfect solar-system

Not forgetting the gift of life, being alive and human

One’s spiritual sunshine always begins from within

And emanates without, united in selfless compassion

For everything and everyone, as a pure self-reflection

Of One heart, One pulse, One Love, One nation

 

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‘Inner Sun’ – written by CatCatalyst, recorded and produced by Martyn Ware at Tile Yard Studios with music composed by Gabriel Ware, especially for Charlie Morrow’s Solstice Project 2016 – June 21st

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Cat: Inner-Sun text: https://ipoem.co.uk/2016/04/29/inner-sun/
Audio poems 2007 – 2016: https://soundcloud.com/catcatalyst/sets/audiopoems
Martyn: illustriouscompany.co.uk/distinguishi…/martyn-ware
Charlie‘s Solstice Project: – www.solstice2016.com/

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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.

I attempt to do this through the written and spoken word, events and installation, multi-media, mixed media, and technology.

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, it 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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Peace Keeper

Peace Keepers

The integration of Women

As complimentary, unique and necessary

Is the mark of a civilised society

Providing protection and care, education and opportunity

Countries, nations or persons who persist in the subjugation of women

May not be considered as anything other than barbarian

And therefore underdeveloped, never to be taken seriously

By the community, or the super-powers of the West

For ‘social exclusion’ lacks ‘emotional intelligence’

And cannot be trusted as ‘Peace Keepers’

For Peace brings prosperity

Within a nation and between nations

Negation of ones own species can only be self-defeating, ultimately

Through a fundamental refusal to evolve

And indeed is all about cultivating greater self-respect

For the more one respects oneself

The more respect and compassion one has for everyone, and everything else

Women are people too

If we are going to see real development in the world then our best investment is Women

If we are going to see real development in the world then our best investment is Women

Written in response to Channel 4’s critically acclaimed foreign affairs series ‘Unreported World’ – ‘The Making of Egypt: Sex, Mobs and Revolution’, where men are being paid to sexually harass women at political demonstrations so that they wont take part and wont have a voice, and also where young women are regularly chased down streets and gang raped because young men, (even young educated men from well off families), believe that it is their right if they cant afford to get married, blaming their sexual urges upon how young and desirable a woman looks to them :: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/articles/the-making-of-egypt-sex-mobs-and-revolution

And in India where women are also considered to be sexual prey as in the recent Jyoti Singh Pandey case :: Pictures of the beautiful young Joyti here ::

MORE INFORMATION

India gang-rape: Five suspects charged in Delhi (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20896031

Verma committee flooded with suggestions on rape (News One India)
http://news.oneindia.in/2012/12/26/verma-committee-flooded-with-suggestions-on-rape-1120658.html

India’s ‘rape culture’ can be changed: women authors (Hindustan Times)
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Books/Chunk-HT-UI-BooksSectionPage-LiteraryBuzz/India-s-rape-culture-can-be-changed-Women-authors/Article1-984318.aspx

Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials (Times of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Activists-woe-low-conviction-rate-long-trials/articleshow/17657522.cms

Delhi Gang-Rape Underscores Rising Sexual Violence Against Indian Women (IB Times)
http://www.ibtimes.com/delhi-gang-rape-underscores-rising-sexual-violence-against-indian-women-944030

Rise in rapes across India (ZeeNews)
http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/rapes-in-india-rise-by-873-percent-from-1953_817894.html

70% of women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime (UN report)
http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/pdf/apromiseisapromise.pdf

Some say is a legacy left behind from GandhiWomen suffer from Gandhi’s legacy :: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/27/mohandas-gandhi-women-india An article from The Guardian 2010 explaining how Mohandas Gandhi held India back when it came to women’s rights – and his own behaviour around them could be bizarre

And in Palestine; Murdered in the name of Family Honour :: https://ipoem.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/palestine.jpg An article from The Guardian 2005. (And my reaction to the article at the time :: Womanifesto 2 :: https://ipoem.co.uk/2005/06/23/womanifesto-2/ )


And in the UK
2012, the Bishop of Bristol said he believes “the church will remain underdeveloped until women bishops are permitted” :: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-20572483 I believe that the Church needs to be seen to include females so that under developed nations may follow their lead and integrate their female population instead of what has become a normal practice of subjugation. Why is it OK for the West to stand by and do nothing while women are circumcised, denied education, career and vocation instead used for breeding to provide heirs (sons not daughters) who’s only purpose is a bed slave and unpaid carer / servant. How is that a life?


Beauty and innocence need to be protected
, when did it become OK to exploit it? The correct attitude towards sexuality is one of Gratitude and Tantra, a divine experience where one may experience Godliness through union, but only if the sponsoring thought is Love, and with consenting participants, for anything less is emotionally retarded behaviour. Yang supports Yin. If Yang subjugates Yin, Yang subjugates its own self.

One of Sri Sai Baba’s sayings is: “The health of the nation depends on the mothers” which is why nations need to care for the psychological and emotional health of women whom become all of our mothers. Emotionally, psychologically or financially distressed mothers pass on their distress, sadness, fears and neurosis, ultimately the power is with the woman, if she can gather the confidence to assert it.

THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1BillionRising

One Billion Rising :: http://www.onebillionrising.org/pages/about-one-billion-rising

AVAAZ
avaaz@avaaz.org
http://www.avaaz.org/en/end_indias_war_on_women/?tUFDdab

Write to the United Nations :: http://www.un.org/en/ copy and paste the above poem and ask them to intervene with the governments of Egypt, India, Palestine and other countries to ensure that preventative measures against sexual attack may be put into place, with consequences for those who continue to allow the attack and subjugation of women because this is 2013 and not the middle ages! It is time for change and the end of suffering.

Copy and paste the above poem and write to The Church of England – Communications Office :: http://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/communications-office.aspx and The Vatican :: http://www.vatican.va/phome_it.htm tell them that their limited perceptions towards women and the rights of women no longer represent you, your family or your community and that its time they left subjugation behind in favour of inclusion and equality.

Write to your favorite actors and directors in Hollywood. Tell them that inuendo is no longer funny and graphic violence in the name of entertainment is not helping women in under developed countries because the consciousness of their country’s men means women are treated as throwaway products instead of people. The media is the fastest source of influence in society and needs to be utilised more responsibly. We are not without power in the reshaping or our humanistic values. Treat others as one would like to be treated oneself.

At the Vancouver Peace Summit September 2009, the Dalai Lama said something that ricocheted around the globe. He said that he is a feminist. And he opined that Western women will save the world.http://dalailamacenter.org/2009-vancouver-peace-summit/bring-summit-home

At the Vancouver Peace Summit September 2009, the Dalai Lama said something that ricocheted around the globe. He said that he is a feminist. And he opined that Western women will save the world.
http://dalailamacenter.org/2009-vancouver-peace-summit/bring-summit-home

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-mind and the heart

To align as one

Takes time and practice

But it can and shall be done