You can now support the work I'm doing via my Patreon page at http://patreon.com/imaginationhealer. My first goal, at $200/month (I'm already halfway there!), is to produce a video series about my experiences living on gift economy for 5 years. Here's the intro video I made for that, and I hope you'll check out the fun and helpful rewards and choose a tier to support at. Thank you!
I'm so building some kind of earthen circular home someday. If you've never been in one and come across one, go inside it if you can. It feels completely different than a wood frame and insulation house. Being surrounded by earth is literally grounding and calming.
I fantasize about making a circular bed that you have to kind of crawl down into, that's all super fluffy inside like a nest, and hanging some kind of changing color rainbow light sculpture on top of it. A friend pointed out to me that that sounds like a tripper crib. Giggle.
At some point I'd like to travel around helping make sacred spaces for people, with earthen architecture and arts. My friend James Gyre at Naked Geometry makes incredible laser cut wooden panels. One way to get natural air conditioning is to put a grid like that at the bottom of a fire flue and wet it - some of the geometries you see in middle eastern architecture are functional!
Read the full article on Off Grid Quest here: http://www.offgridquest.com/homes-dwellings/building-methods/an-earthbag-round-house-for-less-than-5000
Today I wanted to share a post I wrote for my visionary art tumblr, which has almost 60,000 followers!
A couple years ago I was at the Rubin Museum in New York City which hosts art made in the Himalayan mountains. I was shocked at how bright the colors were on paintings that were many hundreds of years old. I asked the docent why they were so bright, and she said it’s because the binding they used for the pigments was boiled yak skin. After 2,000 years all the paintings that used that binder go through a breaking down process and all the colors turn either red or black.
Morals of the story: animals are awesome and we should care for and respect them. We don’t have to use plastic to make art. And yaks are beautiful.
Here’s a book that shows you how to make art materials from nature near you! http://www.nickneddo.com/shop/the-organic-artist-book
I love you!
New EP is up! Me and Wobbly ( Jonathan Leidecker) making very silly dance music. Big thanks to James Gyre of Naked Geometry for permission to use his piece as the cover art. Wurly playing by M.C. Schmidt of Matmos. Owl on the title track by, an owl.
Scrolling thru my fb feed today, I came across a photo of the person who made the "fairy's bow" mouth harp that somehow found its way to me. Amazing to see him staring at me with one of his magnificent pipes. This is a great article that hints at the depths of pure magic and care that exist in the world, and some pearls of wisdom about the difference between western disease models and older lineages of healing. It's lovely to see more photos of the person who made the instrument I have that plays between all the dimensions. The bones in my head resonate for a whole week after I play it.
Mark Golding's art and the poems that accompany them are so beautiful and precise! http://markgolding.co.uk/
THE HEALER'S BASKET
Woven of 1000 stars, with emerald threads and sapphire knots, and held within your gentle hands, is the precious healer's basket.
She holds your gatherings of healing herbs, high magic and pure imagination, as you prepare a medicine for this world.
And as you, the healer, face your awareness to your task, each sun turns inward to create a stellar crucible, to birth a pure drop of life star essence.
Eternity pauses, and breathes, as the rainbow variant medicine of healing dreams is distilled through the eternal silver wheels of bliss to initiate the ruby drop of the Goddess, held in grace.
For to contemplate the healer's basket, with your soft gaze, is to know your destiny.
To work wisely with your gifts and intuition, and the treasures within your soul, and thus create your healing magic.
Perfected, upon a moment, as you birth the seeds of the new perfection, of a world healed and renewed, as the dreams of countless souls are fulfilled, and we weep to release the world's pain.
You are the Priestess, you are the Priest: Chosen and known by the Holy Ones, since before your birth, and know your empowerment now, as you hold the precious healer's basket, deep within your heart.
You are the Alchemist - As your mind becomes the Golden Consciousness, and you heal this world.
Look nowhere else. You are gifted with this precious task.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed in a forthcoming documentary, Time is Art, by Things are Changing Media and Jennifer Palmer. They did a written questionnaire that was a lot of fun to answer. You can read it here!
A few weeks ago I gave a workshop at an art and music festival called Lightning in a Bottle. My favorite art piece I saw was a performance and storytelling by Chris Berry and fellow artists, called Bana Kuma. Chris lived in Zimbabwe for ten years where he participated in ceremonies where people would channel ancestors or spirits. In his own mediumship, he encountered a group of beings who told him beautiful stories about who they were and where they were from. This dynamic art piece tells their story, of a time long ago, when we all were one... http://banakuma.org/
Go to the "tutorials" section and you can click on each of the archetypes to find a story and a song. The archetypes section has longer stories. They're making a book too, I bought a couple of the prints - beautiful illustrations by Leif Wold. Every time I think about this or hear the songs I start crying, they're so loving. You can also listen to the songs on Soundcloud via Shuma Records: https://soundcloud.com/shumbarecords/sets/banakuma
Next speaking appearance: Aya Awakenings, film screening and panel discussion February 18 in San Francisco
Aya Awakenings will be screening in SF on February 18 at Clay Theater, please come check it out. I'll be speaking on a panel afterward, along with Erik Davis, Jonathan Talat Phillips, Diana Slattery, and Rak. The screening itself is a ritual, with sacred space set, pauses for collective energy work, and deep discussion. I hope to see you there, and thank you to Rak Razam for creating this.
"Wake up you monkeys!"
From a video interview for the film. Dennis Mckenna gets real about plant medicine and the state of planet earth. Shot and edited by Carl Gnosis.
rites of passage walking into the business and media worlds this month
- drafted my first contracts
- consultations with lawyers
- conflict resolution (oh my goodness have i had experience with that over the past few years. it's an interesting exercise in learning how to be very careful and conscious with what one says, and knowing how to communicate appropriate boundaries.)
- interviews with amazing shamanic brothers
- partnership meetings and strategy
- watching media for research, not inspiration
- emerging from my subculture bubbles of avant-garde, experimental, and activism, to be more receptive to learning other vocabulary and concept structures
When I first decided to resign as a professional classical pianist and work in the visual arts, I wrote a mini-proposal for a museum of artists working with art and technology, that would feature a biannual exhibit of interior environment design, where an interior architect, a materials scientist, a psychologist, and an artist would collaborate to showcase new materials and explore the creative possibilities of innovative spaces. What I'm actually doing now is far more complex and larger scale, but shares the interdisciplinary aspect, and the day-to-day tasks of a director.
A big part of my currents projects' focus is the built environment and its impact on ecological systems' and humans' health. One big thing shifted - I did not go through formal education to learn skills. Because of that, or because of destiny, I developed an awareness of what is going on in the world, outside of formalized containers and industrialized career fields. So I'm choosing more practical and less abstract applications of my synthesizing creator mind. I never thought I would follow such an unconventional path, nor that learning could actually be brutal, terrifying, and kinds of difficult I didn't even know existed. At the end, I get self-appointed rainbow stripes ;P
I still wish I'd learned how to write like people learn to in college though. I should probably backtrack on that one.