Friday, July 25, 2008

On Surrender


The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

written some time last week ....

My cousin's house caught fire two days ago ... before that we were talking about life change etc...
My cousin had just qualified as a counselor (personal centered model with a dash of existentialism) and it was a new beginning and everything was in order...... then the fire started.

As a conscious student of life and metaphysics I realized that fire is cleansing and also burns away the old. Fire is the element for creativity and energy in the Tarot (wands) and according to Denise Linn's book 'Signposts' fire is seen by the the alchemists as an 'agent of transmutation' and as a 'symbolic purification'.

This post is not really about fire however its about surrender, hence the prayer...
When I surrender to the universe all things happen perfectly for me ....
When I try to control my life... it doesn't really turn out how i wish ..thus my relationships have not been very productive at times as this the area I like to control and hold onto.

Surrender is a courageous act and as we try to believe that our constant input and focus will change the course of our lives. However the food to feed our dreams hopes and desires really need the icing which is the last part and that is surrender.

So what are the tools for surrender that we need to keep going

We need to be kind to ourselves first and foremost and have self trust
We need to be able to be clear about want we want for example; is this really in line with my life
values
Realize that the event/experience etc has happened I cannot change this however, what am I in control of now? (the now is a very self reflective tool) and what I need right now to support myself .

Then we need to be able to turn the above over to the Creator/Goddess/Allah/Buddha/Spirit/Universe....what ever you believe in I don't just mean a religion I mean FAITH in something. That's why the 12 step pro grammes are so successful because the members turn the problem over to a higher power ... even if the serenity prayer does have a religious history.

The Divine could mean any representation that you connect with. I am not here to discuss religious belief systems I am here to look at the connection with realizing that somethings are out of our hands and through surrender and faith we can overcome as the song says...

I like the goddess pack because my favourite card is Yemeja and that is the surrender card.

recommended reading or tools....

goddess oracle, or re-read the above prayer.

A week and a day later.....

I had an incident happen to me that scared the 'hell of my existence', this shook my equilibrium. I was really put to the test, and reading this post it is somewhat calming. As I jerk and move to every little sound in my house I decided to check Denise Linn's Book again, well the metaphysical reasoning was about losing energy ... and the practical side is that I had to safe guard my premises lol.

The whole test has been tough and one has to accept that things happen in life, and I realise how quick we can lose focus with shock et al so now I am actively working on embodying and re-reading the above prayer. In all of this chaos I do have the tools to support myself and in turn I am supported. Its a reaffirmation and a reflection of my worth and self, and I wish for more courage to change to things that I can and support myself in the process.

It's about trust and faith ....

And so it is.........


So recommended potions in time of stress
Bach Rescue Remedy - I administered to my cousin after the fire
and to myself after the break in.
Aconite administered by my Homeopath Friend
Reiki self healing administered by myself to rebalanced my aura

a work in progress...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Metaphysics of Madness


Just a link on a Cup of Madness or two..

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"The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad -- at least not so mad as it was in March."
Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .


http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,838944,00.html


Mad or indifferent.? Mad, Bad or Dangerous ?.in our current world who are we to judge what is.

a word from my beloved..

"its is more comfortable to be insane and know it than to be sane and have your doubts"- Lucid Wolf

I wonder what the Shamans would think ....about this ? any thoughts?

Guardian Publish-'Teen killings: the list of victims'.





Friday, July 11, 2008

Creativity Watch and Synchronistic events....

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events which occur in a meaningful manner, but which are causally un-related. In order to be 'synchronistic', the events must be related to one another temporally, and the chance that they would occur together by random chance must be very small.

Yesterday I posted information about vandalism within the story about graffiti and vandalism....... Today I go to meet a friend for a tea or two and come across the original art work



View from the car.....








Not only have I constantly driven past this Graffiti aptly called 'Vandalism is Art' but the supporting wall used to be my cousin's shop!!!......














Now it gets better as I park my car to meet my friend I come across another piece of Graffiti and again I have passed this street on a dozen occasions and I have never seen this piece of work....












I don't know who this artist is but his work is really nice.......















This piece of work is in Union Walk Bethnal Green....

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Creativity Watch ...is Vandalism a Crime??? or our last freedom of expression?

I do think that some graffiti is just a 'plain mess' however with the decline in creativity and lack of funding for youth arts projects, graffiti may become the 'reluctant hero' of self expression from young people. I do feel that some 'tags' can make trains look rather grim..and depressing but the nostalgic in me thinks that without some kind of rebellion and anarchy from the young makes for a drab capital. After all who are we gonna complain about, remember we use to complain about the vandalism not the latest victim of knife crime. When there were more tag wars there were less knife killings, although this statement doesn't discount some fatalities due to gangs tagging over an existing signature. However the weapon of choice has now become a knife not a spray can. And now we have marketed our vandalism with exhibitions and books even 'Banksy' appears not to like the media limelight and good for him too.
Will our 'Olympic' and soon to be
an esthetically pleasing capital be surrounded by ghost of creativity past forgot and will this have an effect on the already increasing knife victims that are on the increase in this Capital....

Anyway thats my argument and in the spirit of MA AT here is an article on Vandalism and graffiti

Graffiti - When Art Becomes a Crime

By: Patrick Omari


As the train pulls into London Victoria train station and commuters arrive for another day's work in the city, those that look out of the window will notice an abundance of 'tags' that adorn the carriages and walls. There will be many reactions to these pieces of art ranging from appreciation of the skill involved to disgust at the lack of respect for private property. Whether you love or hate graffiti and the various forms of graffiti art, the main issue that critics raise is that it is illegal and the artist is therefore a criminal.

The most famous of all graffiti artists is the notoriously elusive
Banksy. His pieces are generally satirical statements and his targets have ranged from Disney to the Mona Lisa. The so-called 'guerilla art' that Banksy is responsible for has become hugely popular with the general public as well as with art-buying celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera. At Sotheby's in 2007, three of his works fetched a combined total of 170,400 pounds with one piece alone selling for over 100,000. Banksy reacted to this growing popularity by adding the following comment to his own website 'I Can't Believe You Morons Actually Buy This S***.' Enough said.

As the most high-profile graffiti artist in the UK today,
Banksy's work encourages many copycats and aspiring contemporaries. However, for every Banksy there will be so many more graffiti artists that lack the creativity, wit and skill to produce 'art' and so their stylings will be regarded solely as a nuisance. Can we really set one rule for Banksy and another for a young kid spraying his name on the side of someone's house? Critics will point to the fact that graffiti is criminal damage and its artistic merits are irrelevant to the argument.

The law surrounding graffiti is far more black-and-white than people's reactions to it.
Banksy's murals spark debate wherever they appear and moreso due to the high value that the pieces now achieve at auction. In a London street, council workers recently whitewashed a Banksy original after some residents complained. One council spokesman commented that 'it's graffiti and we treat it that way' proving that if residents complain then the 'art' will be removed.

The law denotes that graffiti is criminal damage and the maximum sentence if convicted is 10 years imprisonment. The severity of this sentence indicates how seriously the government considers graffiti to be, and the impact it will have on the wider community. Residential areas with excessive levels of graffiti will often be associated with neglect and poverty. However inaccurate or accurate this assumption may be, it is believed that when graffiti has been removed quickly then it is less likely to reappear. People take pride in where they live and should not have to suffer for someone
else's art.

It is hard to associate
Banksy with the graffiti artists that spray poorly designed and conceived logos on bus shelters and shop windows across the country. But we must compare them as they adopt the principles that constitute the fundamental qualities of graffiti. However much we appreciate the intelligence behind the design and the skill in its execution, graffiti is in its very nature a criminal act and little more.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Cans Festival - pixinc

Here is the featured Graffiti artist Cartrain along side Banksey, at the Cans Festival.

This site has a great write up on the exhibition in South London.

http://pinewooddesign.co.uk/2008/05/04/the-cans-festival-banksy-street-exhibition/

Check out the offical websites here...

http://www.thecansfestival.com/stencils/index.html

Monday, July 07, 2008

Things I see - around me -- Authenticity Watch*

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A duck, mickey mouse? you decide..



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Cartrain - guerilla Artist this piece I found by chance outside a venue that I was teaching.

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