Monday, December 29, 2014
Life teaches you how to let go
With each betrayal and each fall
Another brick stacks around that feeling,
There goes another wall
And life teaches you how to test
After being tested, failing countless times
You learn the art of questions
Avoiding giving answers,
Seeking them, your law
From whomever holds up their end through each round
Watching: will they sustain the long haul?
Can they make it through a layer..
Time seems impossible as a child, like a horizon stretching out forever
Bestowing each circumstance with the permanence of
Boundless joy or terror
As you learn its flexibility, by some newly blurry sight
It starts to fly by fiercely,
Passing in the night
And by the time you're ready,
To accept its ebbs and flow,
Here's a breakaway set on your step
That takes you with its call
Friday, December 26, 2014
It's easy when the stakes are low.
And terrible when there are so many expectations, so many, be they real or imagined, people depending on you
Not always, doesn't have to be..
It's enough to have a family
But what about raising the vibration(s)?
This film Frequencies got me thinking so clearly about what it really is to strike a clear note, perfect pitch. Effective and impact-full living. It means sacrificing humanity, machine-like in the execution of duty, of a life that goes according to plan and grandly effortless.. On the higher end of the spectrum
And those that struggle, perhaps of a more frenetic or out-of-tune vibration, can live with empathy and compassion, with the boundless ability to love and take others in, showing that inner space, messy and embarrassing as it may be.
Taking down the pressure
Mounting the integrity-backed action
Just Do It
It's more important to be connected up to your own process. You know the sweet spot, what it feels like, how you get there. For some it means meticulous organization, for others it means diving right in to a stanza or scene that is full of meaning and importance and building around it. Same with getting dressed. Some need a whole look. Others can riff off a scarf or pair of pants or great boot. Just as nature has limitless variety so does the human expression.
This was just a little blowing steam train of thought, I want to ride em more.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Love is funny. It's definitely work, it takes work to keep engaged, or rather, to keep the negative space engaging you. In an uplifting way, moreover. You know what I mean? The gap, the blank, the breath of air between the living colors of memories; the outline that defines the space.
Dysfunction is when that negative space is, well, actually negative. Filled with the silent treatment, passive aggressiveness, wandering motives, plotting for wholly selfish fulfillment.
Healthy negative space is stimulating. It creates that fondness, it's the right amount of fodder for yearning, for the height of loving feelings, the kind that can only exist in separation.
Like a baby who comes crashing down, and is about to wail, that breath of silence before the flurry, in it we are delivered to fully face pain, and through it, to come to the experience of love, it serves as a journey of development. From one point to another, the mind, body, soul has space and time to piece together, to become conscientious, to become ready for the next bout of fullness and the presence that it requires.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Here I am the epitome of cliché
sitting in an East Village bohème-chic café
belly full of Momofuku and tongue acrid with the burnt bean of artist's dreams
cramped in a tight corner, lap top on my lap because that's where it was made to be, and comfort compromised with not a thought about it
not when we know what we want, are rapt in the process of manifesting.
Warm; good because it's grey-slap-your-cheeks cold out there,
and fiery on my insides, burning with a hunger to create and unleash
suppression might not be healthy
But here I am, battling back after months of attack,
approaching the writer who must be shrunk away in some corner,
cowering like a neglected child in a dark basement,
terrible but true [thanks SVU]
maybe some drama-inducing duct-tape strapped over her mouth
or hands bound to a chair of her own carving, cobbling
little toothpicks digging into her skin, mouths cleaned out of all meaning
Anyway, begging this writer to make herself heard again.
God damn day jobs.
What are they good for, really?
Ah roof, ah meal, ah some sense of stupid security
To hell with it
wait, wait -- let's not put the book before the horse
and anyway, some astrologer once told me something that's twisted my mind away from print publishing, personally
My mystic moon movements take to these nuances and believe... mind over matter but come now, does it matter if I don't mind?
I am the dreamer of the dream
Being dreamed by a dream beyond my wildest dreams,
Lord all mighty why won't you show yourself to me?
I really wanna see you, really wanna be with you
:: sorry, (not sorry) music break ::
Where was I?
Maybe it was the two days of sitting in an apartment, banging my brains against my skull against a desk working on the stuff of nightmares.
A kind of boring I cannot tolerate
machine I am not
So why do we do it to ourselves?
the narrative builds?
Well, stepped out and took a walk and the words started writing themselves on the clicks of suede boot heel (judge a wo &/or man by his shoes, don't be shy, you know it kinda matters) against the path to said cafe where I was, honest to God, planning to continue my brain-banging work
but you know what? TGIF
Thank God it's fuckday.
Approaching the muse with the seed of an idea, it's all you need
and some bravery to let it roll, to trust the thought to unfold you more and more and more --
Just some nice ornamentation to bring us to the head
just like in bed
just like in the movies,
...takes some time to learn the flow
or maybe you're a straight-up animal and you already know, know you know, that is
If you only knew how much magic --
the level of magic that happens when you create, express, publish, ship.
It's crazy, I don't know if this is some Pavlovian conditioning
this silly little white box - to-be-blog -
It excites me like no other. The ability to hit publish and call the magic forth
My potions are in thought and word
Some other people, like Rene Redzepi, find it in nature, in the alchemy of tongue and imagination.
What an inspiration,
Genius cannot be less than freakish sensitivity and deep, deep, desire, excitement, sourced within and aimed out at the world like a divinely-inspired fire hose of "can I show you how I see it?"
Putting out the flames of delusion
I'm like a man desperate for some flesh after being locked away for some misdemeanor crime.
I'm like a housewife who imagined the wrong dream and got what she wanted, hanging over empty trivialities, knocking over and over with the hopes that what she needs but doesn't know of answers.
Fuck the shiny manicures, leather bags and walk-in closets, toss aside the bottle of 4pm Pinot Greej and empty bed, heart, head
Time to come home to your baby and get what you've been missing so long
And then it shows up on your door, virtually, unexpected and the riptide sweeps you off your feet and you say hell yes, I'm letting go
And you run away
Run on the words
Run on the grass
on the fragrances and subtle and smack of it in your face, slammed into the surf,
blood coursing better than the little games you make up to play,
Pulling your clothes off the shelf, a bag you don't even think you'll need, getting its fill of the past, just as security, a memento so you know just where you're coming from
though some part of you can see, through the crack, the opening of rage-in-action,
you can see the future holds all you'll need, and the present is broad and spacious enough to let you not give a --
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
"They trespassed upon my thoughts. They were intruders whose knowledge of life was to me an irritating pretense, because I felt so sure they could not possibly know the things I knew. Their bearing, which was simply the bearing of commonplace individuals going about their business in the assurance of perfect safety, was offensive to me like the outrageous flauntings of folly in the face of a danger it is unable to comprehend. I had no particular desire to enlighten them, but I had some difficulty in restraining myself from laughing in their faces, so full of stupid importance."
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Life will give you what you need when you need it, with your participation, of course, but not always in the ways you think it's happening. If you're not making the choices you need to, and your heart is saying something different from what your hands are doing, life will eventually intervene. And when given the choice, shown the writing on the wall, we hardly have the time to choose, really. It chooses us.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
fruits tumbling, mossy notes and straw baskets
sweat equity at its peak, born to the careful farmhand
hands salved in salvation, owning his station
"It ain't fancy but here -- take a bite"
fragrance precludes the watering
like a root thirsty for the whole tree
the nose gets the mouth gets the body gets the soul
to experience that simple bliss
of a first taste
and when you've been on the journey
for the length of the year,
picking out seeds
preparing the ground
consulting almanacs, the moon, feeling the wind on your back
a push from the elements, all aligned
planting, persevering along with the sprout, a spout
Indra, responding to the grains, the fire, the
offering in return a bit of
to grow and grow and
that magic-trick of a little bud
still green, still young
this is how the man can be the mother
and the mother, the man
with just a little work
and just a little listening,
for the ripening
for the harvesting
of the bounty of September
Thursday, August 14, 2014
You know that untapped percentage of our brain? It's actually a treasure trove of eternal / timeless knowledge and wisdom, deep psychic abilities -- radio towers / signals with which to communicate without words; a dream-power so intense, it will actually project out into reality, as if a hologram took it to the next level and bound into atoms and solid matter. And the puny percent we do use? Well that's just a storage locker for new information, a small allowance to take in certain temporally-influenced, circumstantial realities. Trouble is, we're cramming that tiny locker with information, with reflections of reflections, distorting the original film, blocking the harmonic, universal rhythm, it's compressing in on itself, short-circuiting the whole system.
The huge trove? Picture this: a brain with only a tiny section lit up in colors, sparks, motion, commotion -- the rest is grey and dead-looking. That grey matter? the untapped, forgotten well-of-all we'll ever need? Fully equipped. It just needs a good dusting, to be plugged into a higher source. Tesla on to it, the capstone of Egypt? Check. Vedic scripts? Yip. All these under, above ground truths in myth.
I saw God in a new way today. Well, not entirely new, but the rasa, the feeling, was newly nuanced.
God could be our best of friends, a well-wisher supreme, but we exclude Him from our lives. Like, how would you like it if the people you introduced and help get together just started hanging out without you, having tons of fun on your dime, on your resources and, let's say you're an inventor and artist, on the things you've built and designed? Would make you feel pretty annoyed huh? But if we were to include you? Guess what, you'd probably be super happy and want to share more of your discoveries, your personality, more of your light. Yea, God too.
This life is actually a hologram of a higher reality. It's not that the invisible, higher platforms of thought, action and existence are manifestations beyond reality; it's that they are reality, and we are living a dream, and these days, an increasingly darkening dream. I find it painfully ironic that in order to maintain 'security' (ego security), police forces are using violence and causing harm. Oh how the natural order has been reversed.......
The Six Loving Exchanges:
Offering gifts in charity
Accepting charitable gifts
Revealing one's mind in confidence
are the six symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another.
More of these, please. Always.
Krishna's birthday is this weekend.
What are we living for? What are you living for? Is it your family? You career? A good salary? Your community? Satan? God?
Which of these things echo into eternity and which, like the periodicals that land in the litter box, turn over and pass into history, forgotten and buried in the sands of time? How can we develop understanding of the former, and remain cognizant of the latter, checking the ego towards the pursuit of what is inherently beneficial instead of what twinkles and fades? To develop understanding of eternity... huh, from some little contact I've had with yoga, 13 years of my 28, (such a drop in the ocean) I've come to understand that being properly situated is half the battle. So many distractions today, I certainly get caught up, especially the political ones... Hmm, like father like daughter. And seek the balance in the spiritual... Hmm, mama I owe you. So, so many distractions. Seemingly benign. But our most precious resource, our consciousness is sapped... I find solace in the yoking of the two. It's not that we reject the world and its delights, it's that we include God in our pursuit of it all and fit that last puzzle piece into place; so that we can find some measure of completion while we still have time to breathe... With the right association and friendship, anything is possible.
It's nice to spend time with new people sometimes.
With the right consciousness (reality) we can transform our lives (dreams, they take shape and fade into the night with the dawning of death and a new life). It's just a little consciousness that needs a polishing. The lens of the heart needs some dusting. Prabhupada said that the heart is like a camera, it takes so many pictures, snapshots of memories; hurt, love, joy, pain, celebration, mourning; and they compress into the unconscious mind. These layers become so heavy, our wings fold down our backs and we forget how to fly on, float on the miracle of here, now, all together as soul. We need to clean that lens, the mirror of the heart to see clearly again. To see the true picture. Sound vibration. The most powerful energy there is to aid in this cleansing. Mantra. From man - Sanskrit for mind and tra- to cross over. Seed sounds which originate in another platform, the transcendental platform, of life and reality. When we utter them, from the heart, sincerely, listening with all of our ears, inner and outer, we begin to become transformed. Something softens. The layers caked onto the heart begin to dissolve from the powerful acid-like potency of nectar in sound. Every time, I shit you not, every time I'm mad or my mind is running a story, a cheap and ugly one, maybe, a junk-food thought, I chant and immediately it's pacified. The sensation increases hundred fold when in a group of people doing the same. We all might have different reasons or experiences, on different rungs of understanding and acceptance, of devotion and insight, but the brilliant thing is -- that heart is getting clean.
There was a period of time when I was annoyed by "Waiting on the World to Change". I thought it was so defeatist. So weak and lame. I understood the general gist, but it felt impotent. It made me feel jipped. I didn't want to get messages telling me, subliminally, to give up, or worse, not even try. But then I realized tonight, it's really just the wheel of time turning, and when it's our turn, how are we going to handle reality, and temper the dream?
I really do believe it's our turn. So, are we going to act selfishly, or are we going to share resources, share our toys, playing with each other through the consciousness of the divine as our lens, inviting God to the party, working together with hostility a faded shell, buried in an ocean of grounded bliss.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
DISCLAIMER: I wrote this to myself (now, to whom ever can relate to these words & find inspiration) a few months ago… I'm kind of a natural teacher, an impulsive sharer. If it isn't shared, I think, what's the point? Just like ol'boy in 'Into The Wild'… I just won't need to starve myself and forage alone in the wilderness to figure it out… Here goes nothing:
HEY – DON’T YOU EVER GET FUCKING LAZY, you’ve got too much
good stuff in ya to squander it on passive consumption and commentary. Anything
you touch you can allow Him to manifest and master. You picked up a guitar and can carry a tune
and throw a few chords together. Cake. No you’re not a Jeff Buckley or B.B.
King or no Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, ‘At Last’ geniusness. But damn it, you
know your way around a melody. You can kick ass at any sport. Great. You can
debate and massage and heal and intuit and read birth charts and tarot cards
and be a Gypsy and talk to business people and offer obeisances and get kids to
listen and get up on stage and improv some decently funny shit and cook a
fucking vegan roast. You’re a competitive motherfucker who wants to be good,
maybe not the best because you don’t want to see it as trying for the best, and
anyway, you’re smart enough to know there’s no such thing, truly, plus then
that would require 100% focus and commitment and you’re a bit chicken-shit-amateurish
to commit to anything that hardcore at this point. Except for maybe words.
Better turn that maybe into a life-sentence ya dig? The muse shows up, just
like it just did. You see how that double entendre just spilled out? It’s not
you, it’s the muse. It’s the flow and the truth combining to manifest because
for some God-knowing reason you have a little way with words and can take
yourself around a page, and you’re detail oriented as a Nazi looking for his
next hit. Fuck that wasn’t right. Too soon. It will always be too soon with the
AND DON’T BE THINKING IT’S YOU WHO IS SO DAMN AMAZING. YA
HEARD? It’s not. It’s not fucking you who has all these talents and opulences
and skills. Don’t forget that and don’t let shit get to your head. Don’t get
too fucking proud, not about anything, never so fucking proud that you look
like a damn fool. But don’t let that be your motivation – not looking like a
damn fool. You should beg to look like a fool, maybe not that far, but you are
just the vehicle. Ok I’ll back off, this is getting to be a little abrasive.
Don’t take it badly, I’m just a ball buster, the inner voice in you, you
internalized your crazy dad (love him, God bless him), after all. We went over this, hello superego. The
moderns call it the superego and it’s in your mind. The ancients call it the Supersoul and it’s in your heart. One is your material father the other is your
eternal father. One chides, the other guides. You are a spirit-soul
contaminated and covered up by a lot of millions of lives of mistakes and
karmas and habits and patterns and conditionings. You’ve been honestly trying
on this path, you have. You chose some other-level shit and not everyone cares.
But hey, sometimes you don’t try worth a damn. There’s always someone else
doubling down. Someone else with a clearer vision than you, and crisper
intentions, and more decisive actions when they jump out of bed in the morning.
Maybe their sights are not as lofty, but in-hand, someone who has a plan and is
stepping down that road, someone who spends nights in while you kick around
with pals, putting shit off.Someone
who’s making a plan and has the friends and partners to make shit happen. So
don’t compare yourself but don’t forget to buckle down and just do it, but do
it without the laziness. Try damn it. Cut out that Twitter nonsense, that
Instagram hokie, that Facebook time-crook crap. I know you know this. Sometimes you give only
as much as it takes to get over the hump so you can sit your lumps back down
and kick back and fuck around. I know you do this. And know this. But what
about taking it higher? No, not just with your words and thoughts, but with
your deeds, too. Not just to ‘show it’ to people. No, do it for real, for
quiet, for keeps – slink around minding your business and keeping your head in
the right place and your heart pouring out goodness and just doing the damn thing. Eyes on the practice. Leave the
prize for the Gods. I wanted to write dogs and it came out Gods. YES. THE PRIZE
IS FOR THE GODS. Let them pick it up.
You don’t even have to call it in. They KNOW. Like that. Don’t ever get so
puffed up that you forget it’s all His. Offer it up to your teachers. They’re
offering it up to their own. So it’s just due diligence, keep passing it back
up the line, and eventually you know you’ll get to the source. Here, you can
get there now. Remember that—everything you have came from the source. And you
And next time you’re stuck, because there WILL be a next
time, you don’t have to come back and read this pump-up piece because you will
be stuck in a new way, but the same, but a new way. And that will require
another rant to yourself about what the fuck you need to remember and what it
takes, what you must give up and what you absolutely, life-or-death must pick
up and soar with.
NOW SOAR ON THE WINGS HE GAVE YA.
PS -- This writing-out-your-motivation stuff works ;) try it for your self
Friday, May 23, 2014
Great bit from The Shift Has Hit The Fan blog:
“Having a taste for things is so much more important than owning them – This is why, for those who lack nothing, it is better if money remains of secondary concern. You can see what life is like for so many business people – all that time they spend in the office and at meetings. When they leave, it is so they can race around from one end of the globe to the other without seeing anything of the regions they pass through or of the people who live there. And that is how their sensitivity to what is beautiful and poetic in life eventually becomes dulled. So, what was the point of amassing a fortune? They cannot even enjoy the advantages it gives them, as they have destroyed that something in them that gives the most exquisite flavour to things, events and people. And that is what is sad: to have the possibility of acquiring anything you want but to feel no joy from it, except the vanity of owning it. So if you have to choose between these two situations – owning a lot but no longer being able to appreciate it, or owning very little and keeping your taste for it – choose the latter, and the smallest thing will give you joy.”
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Ohhh I'm so excited to tell you about this gem of a troubadour!! His name isRobert Leslie. I found him on the subway platform at the 2nd avenue station of the uptown F. Which is a terribly smart place to be on a Tuesday night as a blossoming musician. I had just gone to see another great act, Zane Carney (actually, two great acts because his brother was playing with him that night and hot damn they were good) and myself and a flood of other show-goers were treated to Mr. Leslie's stylings while waiting for the train. What good luck. I even skipped getting on the first one so I could hear some more of his tunes.
Such a cutie! Though he can't be older than 25, he's got a from-another-age-like quality, just a hint of something special that's not too modern and not affected either; the way he speaks in stanzas and impossible imagination, with the confidence of a young person too dependent on intuition and too wary to accept authority. He's a writer, a poet. A singer and musician almost only as if by necessity, to make his musings come alive in another way off the page. Ok, so maybe I'm projecting and whipping up stories a little bit. But if you're a sensitive and interested person, ya can't help absorbing more than what is told and shown when consuming another's intimate arts. And album explanations. The back-story along with his latest album, Sense of Distance, stirs the vagabond in me to wake in a palpable dream. I fell in love more. When I met him, he was wearing the obligatory hat with a big old poppy-like plastic flower and a knit scarf. He told me he's from England but also American. Ah, tis a certain blessing to hold multiple passports.
Anyway -- I just got to listening to his CD and am I excited for what I hope will be his inevitable success. Good stuff like this, souls that strike your inner chord clearly, you just want 'em to succeed.
Great to listen to on a run, by the way. Especially if, like me, you haven't gone for a run in AGES and are panting and ready to collapse after one minute and find yourself walking every other block; nice and soothing in such states of mild physical distress.
.....Piece of mind or piece of ass / gotta live and make it last / and gotta get it down somehow / pocket all the cents and dimes / And if another lecture hall / locks me in or tries to teach / more flawed ideas or battle calls / tell them that I can't be reached / tell them they've already leeched my happiness, my wherewithal / they must be sick of all my sighing / oh come on now everybody stop / I'm leaving soon I've had enough / I've jumped the cliff, I've made the drop / don't think twice now call the bluff / yes it's painful, yes it's rough / but I'll be gone before ida flop / so long guys I'll be alright
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Do you hear the earth telling us, talking to us, showing us, talking back? Earthquakes. Land slides.
Reality is multi dimensional. There are other states of living, breathing, being.
Why are we stuck in the grind that grinds down all life?
How to lift it up? Lighten your load.
There are other dimensions of time.
Here—wanna blow your mind? Simple.
It takes an ant 5 minutes to cross the same distance that you cover in 5 steps. To the ant, you stand in the future. Your sense of time is greater, you can do more, and faster.
What makes us believe that there aren’t beings whose one step covers 500 years? It’s a bit too much to believe, to accept, so the ‘adults’ will label it myth. Fun story but no fact.
Then they’ll turn their OWN stories into fact. Aghhh how annoying is that? #egotrip
You wanna know what blew my mind today? Nearly every single person in Union Square this afternoon either had a device iphone something or other in their hands or was plugged in through their ears. Holy shit. This is that future. We’ve all got a badge here in the developed world.
But the tool is innocent. What is the user? A tool himself? Used by the mouthpieces of distortion? Or emboldened by the power of realization, austerity, and curiosity?
My prayer is for the awakening to quake and break through all the souls covered, trapped, ignorant to their own ignorance.
Pray it with me now:
Rise up, fellow men and women!
Awaken, sleeping souls
Break the lies and find the love
Don’t lose your mind’s control.
Time is tiny
Or vast and ever-grand
So take long strides and deep breaths
Extend your draining sands
Connect to eyes
Connect to subtle replies
Turn off the lies
The lies that close us all off from the pulse of what is wise
Thursday, March 20, 2014
One of my favorite little-known blogsfor getting highly salacious knowledge/information and the in on issues mass media, your silly friends, and the general populace doesn't even know about or, if they do, wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole for fear of being ostracized or 'unrelatable'. Frankly, I find that the status quo is, at its core, usually far more more disenfranchising and alienating than the truth. It's just too bad the majority are on the wrong boat with little idea of what else is out there, with lesser taste for the truth and not much interest (or support or patience) in applying that truth. Though Matt Taibbi is off to start his own independent publication so maybe there is still hope.
But I digress...
The Shift Has Hit The Fan connects the dots in crucial ways for eye-opening revelations. She checks the barometer for integrity-based evolution, a theme underpinning all her pieces, across various happenings around the world. They usually come up short but there's always something there (in her blogs) to remind us of the other side, the higher road.
The latest piece, 'In Praise of Common Decency' (which I HIGHLY recommend you read and click through the links she shares. Like, HIGHLY.) starts with this gem of a quote I felt compelled to share, the sentiments of which run right up along a little piece I composed, 'Swapping Centers'. A service mood is really the mood of the future (eternity). And not some fake service, funnel your biz expenses through your 501(c)(3) shiz neither.....
“It is natural to appreciate men and women for the gifts they possess. Whether they are writers, artists, scientists or even athletes, one cannot but marvel at their talents and sometimes even their genius. But is this any reason to neglect their moral qualities? Are they good, fair, honest, and generous? Often this consideration is secondary, and it is only talent that people notice. It is talent that everyone tries to cultivate, since; it is for this that people are so highly esteemed. This is why the earth is now populated with capable, talented people. It is incredible, there are swarms of them, but why are all these abilities, all these talents, all these geniuses unable to save the world? On the contrary, it could even be said that they are contributing to its destruction! We often hear people say: ‘Ah! He is so gifted; he has so many abilities that he can be forgiven everything!’ Well, this is very bad reasoning. Someone who is particularly favoured by nature must, on the contrary, make great efforts to uphold, to crown his gifts and talents with moral qualities. Otherwise, instead of becoming what he should be, a benefactor of humanity, he behaves like a thief! Many people tend to believe that the fame and fortune they have achieved are a justification for their way of doing things. Since up until now they have been successful, it must mean that they were in the right, and they can continue to impose their own views and their own decisions on everyone else. What an illusion! Material success is no proof of their good judgement. On the contrary, wisdom should make them more prudent – and also those who admire them, those who stand by and exclaim: ‘It is extraordinary! What activity; what energy!’ They say that such people are afraid of nothing. But to be afraid of nothing does not demonstrate the virtue we call faith, but rather that which we know as presumption. And not only do the presumptuous eventually take a fall, but – as history has shown us time and again – they drag others down with them!”
Monday, March 10, 2014
Mah Bootlegged Book Club is finally getting tits-deep into the mythos master, Joseph Campbell.
Reading from "The Hero With A Thousand Faces"
"It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward, in counteraction to those constant human fantasies that tend to tie it back. In fact, it may well be that the very high incidence of neuroticism among ourselves follows from the decline among us of such effective spiritual aid. We remain fixed to the unexercised images of our infancy, and hence disinclined to the necessary passages of our adulthood. In the United States there is even a pathos of inverted emphasis: the goal is not to grow old, but to remain young; not to mature away from Mother, but to cleave to her. And so, while husbands are worshipping at their boyhood shrines, being the lawyers, merchants, or masterminds their parents wanted them to be, their wives, even after fourteen years of marriage and two fine children produced and raised, are still on the search for love -- which can come to them only from the centaurs, sileni, satyrs, and other concupiscent incubi of the rout of Pan, either as in the second of the above-recited dreams, or as in our popular, vanilla-frosted temples of the venereal goddess, under the make-up of the latest heroes of the screen."
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Disclaimer: not for the faint of heart or easily offended. This is sci-fi meets reptilian government meets illuminati thriller all rolled into one. And it's bedtime as I write this.
So here's what. A radio news program on in the car tonight spurred a conversation (well, I was calmly speaking and the passenger to my right was having a coronary) on gay marriage. They were all like it's unnatural for people of the same sex to get married because they can't reproduce and I was all like, is that why people even get married?! That makes no sense, they should have the same legal rights since that's all that "marriage" really is anyway because love don't need a paper. Anywho.
Here's the conspiracy: there's a species, let's say an alien, reptilian species known as the Masonic, Atlantean elite which has been plotting to reduce the birthrate by entrapping people into vain pursuits which only end in self-satisfaction and conspicuous consumption. No one wants to have kids anymore because then how will they be fabulous and go out to dinner and shop and work and fuck like crazy and play and jet off to Turks and Caicos on a whim if they have to tuck the tots in? Too much hassle.
They got you in their web of carnal delights. Muahahahaha. No more babies. Ok. Big deal.
But wait -- there's more.
'They' full-well know that there are souls in holding, waiting for a physical container to keep playing out their karma, their samsara. These souls NEED to go somewhere. They're clogging the soul sphere, in limbo. The universal balance is in peril!!! But we ain't makin babies on Earth. Where ever shall those souls take birth???
Dun dun dun... There's an alternate universe. Another life-sustaining planet which they are cultivating for that New New World. Order.
Clever right?! I tell ya, where my mind goes when I'm washing dishes.........
*copyright Alexandra Moga 2014 don't be stealin my movie idea y'all* (lolz I know you can't copyright ideazzzz shush)
Friday, February 07, 2014
So, as if I needed one more project to occupy my time and mind and energy...
I've decided to run with and develop an idea which implanted itself at the end of last year (oh man, 2013 is last year, isn't it?).
The idea came out of the ether, where, of course, all ideas float and stalk, awaiting a perfectly idle yet engaged mind upon which to descend. I connected with this idea mostly because I love to interview people (read: get into their heads and feel out what makes em tick) and then share those findings, usually in totally disparate ways and places, like as an anecdote in a yoga class, or a totally vague and obtuse metaphor in a poem. Usually, I'm just having a conversation (secretly interviewing) and that conversation informs me about much more than that person; myself, society, life, that vibe/lexicon/tendency that no one consciously gets yet but is still happening right now. Natural born sociologist.
Any whooooo. I make you, dear reader, wait so long to find out what the F*Ck I'm ever actually talking about in these posts of mine. HAHA. HAHAHAHA.
*shoutout to my sista-sista who used those photoshop skillz to help make this logo*
I'm on a quest to extract and expose the makings of a 'yoga teacher'. Whatever that 'is'. Whoever they are.
Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire. Tailored to the yogis out there, to inspire an understanding of yoga, in all its colors, shapes, and makings. Because, as you may or may not know, it's more than moving around on a plastic mat. And, I'd venture to say, yoga is our natural state, regardless of profession, occupation or beliefs.
Musicians losing themselves in their instruments, the sound. Yoga.
Improv performers responding so intensely that they can't even hear if the audience is laughing. Yoga.
Writers pouring out words to paint a story to move you and you and you and silently cheering and laughing and fist pumping to themselves because they're in the flow. Yoga.
Investment bankers manipulating stocks, wholeheartedly consumed. Iw. That's a kind of yoga, tainted, of course.
You get me.
I Love Yogis. World-wide. The panoply of styles and schools of thought.
Maybe one day it will be a purty little book. With portraits of some of those teachers. Because I also love faces. And zooming in on them and painting them. But that's a whole other level of commitment/art. So for now, it's another blog in the sphere.
Hope you find something in there to connect to, to converse with, to inform your life.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
This video fills me with such insane amounts
of longing, admiration, love and gratitude, you'd think I was falling in
love for the first time ever.
A friend and I were recently talking about falling
in love and she shared an analogy with me that I found to be quite
powerful and sticky. Here it is:
Our ability to fall in love with another totally and give of
ourselves and our hearts in a deep relationship is like a band aid. The
first time you put it on, it's really sticky and stays on well. If it gets
ripped off, the second time it doesn't stick as well, the third time
even less, and so on and so on. My friend shared how she wished she'd been more selective about who she gave her love and heart to in the past because
she realized that being torn up had an effect on the love when she
was ready to give it to the one she decided to spend the rest of her life with.
It just wasn't as vital as the first time. Can anyone else relate to that?
That was a bit of a digression to make this point:
Although my love's been ripped off in the past, and my love band-aid might not stick with
the fervor it had the first and second times, this video and the love it
elicits in my heart transcends all notions of limit-bearing mortal love and drives into a core part of me so
deep that I can but marvel at the utter windfall of grace I was lucky enough to receive to take me there. That I was even able to perform an iota of devotional service is nothing short of miraculous, a mystical gift. My experience of living in Mayapur (the place depicted
in this film) for 4 months is emblematic of waking in another realm of reality, another dimension of the material universal manifestation. There is no place on this earth quite as magical, as real, as important to discovering the essence of one's humanity as Mayapur.
On one level, my wish is for everyone to receive the kind of mercy and grace it takes to arrive to such a place. On another level, I know that not everyone is ready or consciously seeking this kind of love and life experience. You can't just buy a ticket to a place like Mayapur. You have to be led there, invited by the pure sincerity in your heart manifest outward. If you ain't got it, you ain't goin'. And for that, a part of me is glad. Because when you love and appreciate something or someone so much, the last thing you want is for them to get ripped off.
As the rising moon dispels darkness, spreading its soothing rays in all directions, so too did the Golden Avatar Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appear in this world to bestow infinite light, hope, and love. Day by day, the worldwide bhakti revolution He ignited accelerates, as the background noise of doubt and fear is drowned by the vibration of sacred mantra. Entrance Into Eternity is a multi-part film series tracing this sankirtan movement back to its divine source, the epicenter of devotional ecstasy, the kirtan capital of the universe, Sridham Mayapur.
In Mayapur, the sweet melody of kirtan is never far, and hearts are awakened to the sacred flow of mercy. Men and women, boys and girls, from all corners of the world, pierce through divides of caste and color to harmonize their voices and deeds in service to the Supreme.
Some say Sri Caitanya was crazy. Some say he's gone. Others who know better still dance in His earthshaking kirtan, bathing in His limitless love and grace.
Dedicated to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Music: Anthem by Emancipator
Thursday, January 02, 2014
writing is based first and foremost on an idea. and ideas are nothing without the seeds of emotion. emotion like pollen transplanted from person to person by the dancing feet of a bee of happenstance. a miraculous element one part independent and utterly necessary. of impulse forcing outer circumstance and inner conditionings to collide on some platform of decrepit or evolved. emotion, that is. tempered perhaps by studied logic, or scriptural injunction. no, not blind and sentimental religion. but intelligent and divine law. i can hear the thinking man scoff. or the emotional woman nod in rapt agreement. both are, for lack of a better word, wrong. man is a thing of reason. of potential to calculate and rise above by sheer will. but alas, not for long. for along came woman. woman is a thing of feeling. of intuitive curves interrupted by skeptical seeking. or of darkness expressed beside the point, expressed to bring to light what we all sense is there, but who's got balls big enough to say it? so what if the timing is wrong. there are emotional men and rational women. and there are times when we'll all fall into line with a camp, regardless of gender. be it to keep the peace, to strategize, to declare, silently, a kind of psychological warfare. to win. to let others think they win. to learn. to teach. where man and woman collide, be that softly, ferociously, unexpectedly, psychically; there emotion and idea come together. there we have writing in motion. drama alive.
writing is nothing without an idea. and any shmo can have an idea. so writing is certainly more than an idea. it's the ability to toe the fine line of pretending you know what you're doing as you walk down the highway into the unknown. with only a name on a piece of paper. or a page out of the phone book. or a terrifyingly inspiring dream. be it generated by the day or night. assuming, of course, that said highway is on a strech of desertland and the payphone you took shelter in at the truck stop housed a phone book. there are still places in america that use phone books. there must be.
the details. the unexpected. the juxtaposition. the allowing for someone else to show it for you. the use of a middle man in the pursuit of direct experience. the subtle worship of contradiction in order to maintain wholeness. the inconceivable oneness and difference. the painting of pictures within pictures as you paint a picture of a picture you're painting. the pretending you know what you're doing off of feeling while groping blindly just like everyone else. the confidence of well-placed lies. the weakness of self-sustaining truth. the expert who has compromised the unknown to serve those who have compromised structure for the unknown. the complementary and the questioning. the fragmented adapting to serve some ideal of whole. holiness.
the breakdown. the build up. the background track. the improv.
the next generation of repetition. in new! colors.
generated by a vision seen in sound, in listening. writing is listening to the same thing, and hearing something new. maybe even like you know what it means.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
When the pebbles dig into
that fragile state
The one which seemed so
Solid last week
and today, you want to run the other way
No one can ever really tell you
that thing you have to find out
on your own;
You gotta stay.
When you grow weary of
what always was so sure
Anymore and evermore or just some more
What you want
What you think you need
What is there
What is still a dream
like the virgin snow dancing on a blacktop road;
You gotta play.
When you're so carefree
easy as you'd imagined
like a Disney movie
You gotta say;
There's more to do
And nothing to claim
You gotta pray.
When you took too much
Never gave back
Turned your back
Funds in hand
Had the chance
So, with it, ran
You gotta pay.
Dues sent in,
Pieces missing accepted
A sock turned up
In with your destiny's laundry
Wrapped in their towel
When on the street corner
You two met
Monday, December 09, 2013
Girl is GOOD.
You heard her yet?
Well, hear her...
I first caught her from the mouth of one in Bali. I had to double-check the name. "Allez-la?" "Yea, Alela Diane". Funny because it's a French word (that's not actually a word but two words melded together) that my friend (whose name just so happens to be Diana...waaaaow) made up which we always use as a kind of "yeah I'm hyped" "come on!" "for reals!?" expression. Anywho. Alleeeeezla
This girl is good. These lyrics just hit me for the first listen and I gotta share them. Poetry. Set to a good twangin'. Loves. Cause she's a-singin', oooooh she's singin' meeee.
Sometimes I'm riding high in the rusted sky
Sometimes I sit right here miles off from anywhere
Some days I'm a black sheep, baby
Suddenly I'm elegant as evening
Most of the time, I'm on the line
I remember waiting by the phone pining away the nights alone
A tarnished coin into the slot, my number lost in your coat pocket
Some days I'm a black sheep, baby
Suddenly I'm elegant as evening
Most of the time, I'm on the line
Ooh a black sheep, black sheep dark as thunder
Ooh evening, evening is harder still
And I am on the line and the line is rusted blue
I am on the line and the line is rusted blue
Rusted blue, rusted blue, rusted blue
Saturday, December 07, 2013
I just finished watching Shane Salerno's documentary, Salinger. It has left
me at once troubled, motivated and hopeful; hopeful that with the right blend
of intention, immersion into his work, consistent, heart-sourced writing and
those mystic siddhis that years of yoga practice have offered me, I
might be able to communicate with him telepathically over time and space; much
like he claims to have communicated with his first, ex-Nazi wife. That detail,
the Nazi one, may not be so important – except that it highlights the marked,
man-making trait of flat-out unwavering allegiance to not giving a F what
people, what a misshapen and misguided society might believe to be right or
wrong; an allegiance, moreover, to a transcendent code that, given some
of his actions to the contrary, could only be truly understood and appreciated
by a minority.
Indeed, his seeming contradictions are enough to set page-loads
of questions after him, though departed he may be from this mortal coil. That's the part that troubled me:
that the media, fans, writers, reporters, all felt the need to question him, to
hound him with questions, nay – with insignificant questions. When faced
with such a mind, a spirit, a being; if you're going to take the effort to go
after him, wouldn't there at least be a "How's your heart?",
"How's your life going?" rapport? Perhaps there had been, but as the
documentary painted it, his enigma drew out the crazed and demanding vs. kindred
seeking-souls. Though the truth is, the world we face (or would it be the world which
faces us?) really is our mirror.
His contradictions were just indicators, signs pointing to some deeper
truth, a bigger question begging to be asked, one I don't believe he pretended
to have the answer to, but was at least astute and interested enough to uncover
and present to the world for the unpacking. That is, "Don't you see what a
waste this all is?" And then, “So, what’s golden?” What frustrated me some
is that, instead of asking him about the root cause for and therefore, solution to, The Catcher in the Rye
(which in truth, could only be Salinger’s own inner state), his hounds wanted
to know what to do about their own lives, their own writing careers, how to
manage their own frail and suspicious conceptions of self. This newly revealed
conception of self and society, by the grace of Salinger’s cutting observation
and commentary, caused many to lose their grip on life as they thought they’d
known it, leaving newly disillusioned (some might even say awakened) souls foundering amidst and fighting
against the foggy motives of a superficial, lie-filled world, just like Holden Caufield.
But I do understand that to stand face-to-face with a writer, an artist, a being
of incalculable depth and intelligence, one who has so suddenly invested you (and
so many of your generation) with the utmost meaning, is debilitating on a
This artistic process of projecting one’s psychology onto a character (or a
work), sending it into the world to come head-to-head with similar experiences
and perceptions contained in receivers, who in a moment of utter mercy and
open-armed acceptance, look into that long-sought for mirror, reveals the
essence of the primum, the primal, the original exchange. Therein, his
occupation with Vedantic teachings doesn't surprise me in the least. Indeed, it reassures
me that his talent wasn't a clever fluke, but instead a studied and soulful
stream stemming from the artery of eternal knowledge, of timeless truth, of
ecstatic bliss. And like many connected voices who, almost besides themselves,
cannot but tap into the thoughtsphere to hungrily (even manically) draw out the
marrow for the times, he had this higher understanding before he even knew what
it was. Via his commitment to his craft, his dharma, he was led back to the
spring, the fountainhead.
Which brings me to Roark. Howard Roark, Ayn Rand’s protagonist who refused
to sell out. I couldn't help but marvel at and find joy in their parallels: the indefatigable
commitment to the creative act as the
path, the goal and the reward; the rigorous dedication, self-control, and
determination to remain 100% integral, or at least the attempt to. Perhaps the
figure falls somewhere at 98.6%. But could you ever measure integrity? Even
those bold enough to strive for perfection, for total integrity in purpose and
execution must realize the sheer madness, vanity and self-indulgence it
requires, thereby nullifying any possible arrival at such an unwieldy apex. Yet
most men (and women) of significance are fiercely uncompromising. And the best
of them, a rare breed if there ever was, never have their own interests at the
center of their integrity, have instead built a wall of growing greens around
higher principles meant to serve a core of love, beneficial to all who come in
contact with them, keepers of the most precious commodity. The warrior surely
can be understood to be he who, despite his raging gift, chooses to remain unexploited,
protected from the selfishly motivated (no doubt existing within himself as well) by a buffer of nature as they buy-in to
what may appear to the uninitiated as strange ways.
Which is where Salinger’s contradiction came in. After sharing the most intimate parts of himself through his story telling, he turned around and held fast to his
privacy; to his right to unequivocally own his life and mind and time. He insisted on being published in the most celebrated and widely respected journals. And when he got his praise, dancing with a world ready to throw
their arms around him and toss him to the heights, he glimpsed a bigger
picture, and backed out; recommitted himself to a deeper dedication, one detached from the
rabid recognition that comes with great talent. Nevertheless, he allowed a select few
to penetrate those walls. He exchanged countless letters with young women (girls, really). They
kept him soft-hearted. I would imagine, connected to some sense of innocence
and purity that only a war-torn soldier (aren't we all?) could seek with such fantasy-tinged
desperation and consistent need as he.
Which leads me to his overriding need for absolute control. He was in love with
a striking and intelligent girl. At the same time, he was let off the hook from military
service, considered unfit. If that’s not some sense of fate, then I don’t
know what is. I'm sure he saw the acceptance of this rejection as utterly fatalistic. Perhaps the real fate was, in all actuality, his self-created destiny, his obstinate, hard-working
character (he was a Capricorn, after all). He insisted on going to war. He
eventually got his wish, and lost his lover. What could compel such a hard-nosed
insistence on calling the shots, on demanding another, what some may consider
lesser, hand of cards? Was it inspiration he was seeking; knowing that through war
and the head-on confrontation of death one is assuredly on the path to emerge
on the other side? It’s a truly beautiful, if not awe-inspiring understanding
of duality: to know that if you go so far in one direction, you will come out
on the other end, moreover, having culled some hefty fodder (certainly the most precious of
resources for artists) along the way.
A divine play, is it not? And oh, to live on that level of consciousness!
The thrilling thing about biographies for me, for most of us I'd imagine, is
the opportunity to view a life in its entirety, to glean the bigger picture
without being mired in a myopic scene or temporary drama as we may often find
ourselves in our own daily lives. There's a free-handed ease in approaching
the drawing out of another's life from start to finish. And with that comes a
sense that I too, that we all, can take our lives into consideration on this
scale and play out the stages with full-faith and commitment to a cause – should
we be so lucky to grasp one as all-important, as transformative as JD Salinger
Je suis une fille qui sais que d'aimer trop sauve la vie. Je suis, je serai toujours, entraine d'etre sauvé pendant cette vie. Pourtant, la balance se cherche en tous que je touche. Mais pour l'amour, y aura jamais moins que tous.
C'est ça, blank blank fullness