Align Right

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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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The True Role of the Ego

‘Gaia is the spirit of nature, it’s another word for the Tao, if you befriend her, she protects you. She will eventually change the world and take it back from humans, because they hurt her and her children, the animals. All equations are balanced in the end, can’t wait really.’ – Stuart Wilde

The ego is actually a very necessary part of the personality

Which one inherits with a body

And when the ego is aligned to support ‘Higher Consciousness’

It is capable of great good

It is not a battle with the ego

It is not about transcending the ego, or conquering it

As the ego cannot be suppressed

And the personality requires the ego to provide a balanced sense of Self

It is about acquiring a better understanding of it’s true role

Which can only be achieved by embracing, befriending, taming

And training the ego

As one would a toddler

For the ego is still seeking one’s attention

So that one may acknowledge it’s presence

The ego requires an ‘inner parenting’

Grooming in preparation of greatness

In order to align correctly

And fulfil it’s true purpose

And the true purpose of the ego

Is to work alongside the spiritual deity

Of supporting higher-consciousness intent, as manifest

In the physical world

By coming from a place of heart-centered Love

One can move beyond the ‘I’, the personal

And when the ego is correctly aligned in this way

From beyond the perspective of the ‘I’

And focused on the unconditional, universal

The transpersonal, spiritual

Humility may also be activated

And humility is a valuable time-saving mechanism

For gratifying the ego, appearing right, being in control, having the last say

Chasing after advertising illusions, status upgrades, mimicking Hollywood role play, (etc)

These are all time-wasting distractions

While planet Earth and her inhabitants are plundered

By unsustainable consumerism, ignorance and war

More and more each day

And while the ego is languishing out of balance

Seduced by the advertising aesthetic and the media

Into supporting the capitalist mentality

That seeks to acquire more and more money/ possessions/ status/ kudos and power

Through competition and dominion

Rather than through co-operation and compassion

It continues to create havoc, misery and pain

Through a polarized perspective of the ‘Self’

Gratification to the exclusion of all else

With no understanding of how this focus

Adversely affects everything around us

We are all part of the macro / microcosm

So we do not operate alone

We are always a part of the whole

We cannot separate ourselves from this

To try to do so, is to operate in denial

However, when ones spiritual wealth comes from within

(Rather than trying to feed it from without)

The ego can support ‘higher-consciousness’ intent

To motivate the will

The will, to will thy divine will, a call to serve

To implement great beneficial change and transformation

As manifest

In record speed

It is a very, very powerful tool of initiation

That can activate the higher will

And when the ego is properly aligned

In accordance with ones divine intelligence

It can achieve truly amazing things

This is the ego’s true role.

Golden Nuggets

Like following a trail of bread crumbs

Little nuggets of understanding

And inner pearls of wisdom

Are often revealed

Through a process of developing

A heightened sense of intuition

Combined with a curious nature

An inquiring mind

And a fertile imagination

All of which lead one to what appears to be

A series of fundamental universal truths

Often overlooked by society

In preference for amassing a fiscal income

Hence such visionary observations

May still exist beyond

Not only my own experiential realm of understanding

Of the human condition

But also those members of the population

Whom have obediently abided by the governing rules of the nation

Having been weened upon the business ethic from birth

After a lifetime of indoctrination

May find it hard to initiate change

Or contemplate an alternate priority

Such as humanitarian concerns and environmental preservation

Resisting growth to avoid change enforces control through limitation

And those not yet accustomed to certain levels

Of mental and emotional emancipation

Free from subliminally implanted desires and seduction of the ‘ID’

Will cling to the devil they know (old structures) at all costs

In preference of embracing the devil they don’t

Some sectors of the community will open-heartedly embrace change

Some will resist, and the rest will be ambivalent

So really only one third of the population

Will be psychologically and emotionally equipped

To deal with the collapse of the monetary system

Those still stuck in unevolved solar plexus energy

Will still try to control the situation

By force

In an effort to retain their power and authority

The solution to heart-centered choices

That include the entire spectrum of the community

I feel is only ever usually achieved

By walking a mile in another person shoes

So as to be able to extend compassion and empathy

As opposed to a self-serving, self-obsessive preoccupation

Think of it as a form of method-acting

For all anyone really wants

Is to feel understood and to be heard

Great strides forward can be made

Simply by listening

And acknowledging the needs of others

Rather than continually pretending

That they don’t matter or don’t exist

This only creates resentment and tension

Which by the nature of suppression

Will build over time

And like a pressure cooker

Be required to let off some s-s-s-steam

 

Become Peace



If you want to experience Peace in the world

Begin with visualising what peace might look like, feel like, be like

Familiarise oneself with the feeling of peacefulness and harmony

And the concept that it can exist

All around the world

All at the same time

Sit with it, breathe it into the heart

Allow it to feel normal, natural, wonderful

And then when one feels comfortable

With ones own sense of personal peace

Elevate that feeling up into the crown chakra

To be transformed into universal peace

Allow it, bathe in it

And once this concept appears like a natural step

In the process of human evolution

Own it

Embody it

Step into it

Make it yours

Claim ones divine birth right

To exercise the freedom to be at peace in the world

Where ever you are

No matter what is going on around

For being the change that you want to see in life

Is the first step towards co-creating a shared reality

Like the domino effect

A viral infection of positivity

Simply allow Peace to Be

Become Peace.

 

This piece was written to inspire the next step of conscious embodiment, for instead of just aspiring to be peaceful, actually become peace itself. Practice peacefulness and harmony not just as an abstraction, but as a living breathing reality. Lead by example. This practice is a blend of all different energies, thoughts, people, and processes. Act on your own unique intuitive guidance as to what to combine and when. Peace be with you.

Elixir of Love

Strawberry Heart

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 |

Planting Seeds

Becoming whole

Calling in missing fragments of my soul

Long lost parts retrieved, reintegrated

Subconscious mind tapes updated

Sub-personalities reunited

Old inner tyrants transformed

Into inner best friends

Offering supportive inner dialogue

Instead of driving me round the bend

I can become my own inner alchemist

Time to step into my inner shaman’s shoes

Reprogramming painful old memories

That can cause the blues

My heart and my mind are now sacred spaces

Like a temple or a synagogue, special places

Where only I can decide and choose

My life’s true direction and ultimate purpose

By tapping into inner resources and tools

I am planting seeds of consciousness

Recycling good memories from the past

To work for me now, in the present and the future

I can achieve rapid progress on forward fast

Via pleasurable emotional re-association

Like key frames

In life’s great Technicolor animation

Seeds of Consciousness