"from what state of   being

 

                    do    we

                 

                                   

                                     
                                  
other species


         
     
ruiN

 

 earth and sea
 
                     and treat Nature

 

as a 'collection of resources'


         to be exploited

  for short term benefit?"

                                                                                     

                                                                                       -Charles Eisenstein

EXTINGUISH

Updated: Aug 17




People get lost up in the Daintree.


Sometimes they get stuck in the floods, but mostly they lose themselves. You see, the jungle has its’ own rules, it plays on a different level. Time doesn’t tick tock the same there. Like a year in a dimension means ten in another, the myst in the oldest rainforest in the world encapsulates its inhabitants in such a way that is beyond human control. Humans, those who conquer, who dominate all, who use and abuse and waste and destroy - you have no power here, under her unpredictable majesty.

A (very) hippie Polish guy named Hobo was my guide and partner in this big question mark of an adventure. We begin the winding drive beneath the blistering sun, and soon the tropic veil of fog rolls down to greet its’ new visitors;

“Welcome, adventurers. Leave the world behind you.”

Then, it parts like the red sea and shows you the most abundant palette of verdant tones, from lime green to sea weed and everything in between, across textures and upon shapes, stretching as far as the eye can see, a voluptuous rainforest alive with all its magic, so alive.

Welcome to the jungle. But beware, the force of nature strikes sharp, it envelops us in awe and storm and wonder and chaos. It bears no compass other than that of perfection and it is ruthless - don’t you dare try to fight it.

“There’s an abandoned resort near here - let’s go check it out.”

(Kids, take note: These are the kinds of things in life that you don’t say no to.) Turn right down a little dirt road, clack clack go the pans and hold on to the van because the suspension is gone and 2nd gear is real shallow. Foliage overgrown brushes our roof, a few more revs and a few more bumps; a clearing leads us to the tall wooden structure, made to blend in with the forest but even more so now, 10 years after gone rogue, camouflaged with fallen leaves and debris. Windows wide open, a sad deck chair lone across a soiled cemetery.

We arrive with the cut of the engine but remain miles from silence. Even untrained city ears perk at the whispers of the jungle and its’ creatures. Crickets, birds… flight calls, alarm calls, chirp, whistle, buzz. We have arrived. Touch base with an audacious glance and let’s go; into the forgotten wooden skeleton.

Through the side, we’re presented with a gorging roof of passionfruit hanging like pendants from a chandelier. Green, fist size jewels point to life that is enriched here, life looking after life. A garden, the first human labour that ever bore fruit. You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house. We turn right into an open kitchen, big round baskets plentiful of veg and fruit hanging from a grand archway, escorting us through what has been made to be the living area. It would have been the reception, bar, lounge and pool area combined on the ground floor of this memorial motel of coconut husks.

Desiccated along the fringes of a very specific area swept clear, lay stained cigarette butts and more dead leaves, and in the centre; a massage chair, a table, a tobacco pouch and old tattoos bleeding through leathery skin, now the heavy handed ink contours his whole body like a child’s wild crayon, blending into one.

“ I haven’t had a visitor for 5 months.” States the man, chin down, black eyes staring up. Firmly. Like dogs smelling each other settling if friend or foe, we scan the scene, senses heightened in the nuance of uncertainty. He looks down to roll a cigarette.

Sai has been squatting for most of his life, and now sells baskets and other items weaved from lawyer vine that grows in his backyard. Never alone, the company of two Rottweilers, two crocodiles, sea snakes and ducks co-inhabiting the moss carpeted pool, and an infinite number of mosquitos, the sex-haired savant drapes across corners as he speaks, and does so in perfect harmony with the subliminal aura the jungle has.

Sometimes, the things he says have reverberations that others attempt to decode, with layers and implications that can be interpreted in many ways:

“There’s no such thing as time.” he says with eyes closed and eyebrows raised. “Someone told me I’d been here for 4 years the other day. That’s probably true.”

And other times, he says things that resonate explicitly to our very core;

“I feel alive here. Our disconnection with nature is the source of all our problems… will we wake up and save ourselves in time? Dunno. But I’m damn sure I’ll enjoy it, all of it, while I can.”

Is he mad, the man in the jungle, or does he grasp the one thing that we do all have in common? That we are nature herself, and we must protect her as we would our family?

That we must reconnect, that we must remember;

everything we really need,

is free.

Photo by: Santiago Urnov


Experience in practical terms is defined as a direct participation in an event. But it also means trusting what you feel over what you are told.

Yet it is not big enough of a word to extend to the furtherest corners of joy it might entail. In its’ juiciest form, experience is ecstasy, delight, jubilance - the feeling of being alive.


That’s what we are searching, what we have always been searching, since the beginning of time. We’ve had different hurdles to jump along the way as the pendulum of life swings from extreme to extreme. Quite simply - we once had profound knowledge and connection to a kind of ‘technology’ currently unbeknownst to man (man in terms of the western model of man, of patriarchal, capitalist organisations that riddle the world today), then about 12,800 years ago we were hit by a giant comet that changed the course of the world forever.


This caused such inconceivably vast and abrupt changes to the planet and its climate that many species became almost instantaneously extinct, including human beings. It’s impossible to know exactly how reduced our numbers were, but we do know that entire civilisations were wiped out, eg. the Clovis culture, and with them, entire records of teachings and wisdom. The ones that did survive to tell the story, namely the Indigenous of Australia and South America, have had their voice box torn from their throat and their profound sageness overshadowed by the ceaseless hunger of consumerism.

It is a generally accepted consensus within the scientific community that humans were alive and kicking up to 200,000 years ago. We’ve come close to extinction a few times since then, but that’s a damn long amount of time to learn how to navigate the world. To learn how to navigate the stars. To be immersed in nature, to listen to her whispers and be encumbered by her magic. We had no ‘tech’ as we know it today, we just had all the time in the world to be with each other, and with ourselves. There are incredible perks in today’s world, (as I’m writing this I’m mesmerised at the ascension through the gloomy rain of Hobart, bursting through and gazing atop a thick blanket of clouds, from the shelter of a machine we invented), but we can’t deny the current state of the world. We have no time. We are running late, we are sick, we are disconnected. There are more than just a few facets to this phenomena we’re experiencing right now, it’s completely new, of course we’re confused and kind of fucked up!

A couple of the big factors are: the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, the meticulous preservation of sacred knowledge, and the recognition of, and attempts to harness, our creative genius.




WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT


Guest Experience Officer. Manifestation Expert and Life Coach.

Creator of Life Changing Experiences. Those are job titles in this day and age. They cater to a demographic that all have one thing in common - they want more.

Looking back on headlines of the past, we see the seedlings of this curiosity sprouting more and more into mainstream media. Let’s go back to the 80’s when materialist gain was the epicentre of the Western world - people’s fancies were tickled enough to publish articles like this one, extrapolating why in the world a person would enjoy the thrill of a rollercoaster ride.

In the NY Times 1988, Dr Epstein, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts, takes a science-minded peer through a magnifying glass to the mystery behind people craving experience. First he jumps to assume a potential chemical imbalance in the brain of thrill-seekers, — a little far-fetched — but then he hits the nail on the head;


“Being totally absorbed is in itself pleasurable,” Dr. Epstein said. “Complete concentration that blanks out everything else temporarily relieves you from all conflicts. When something demands your full attention, all your senses engage. It's a very different feeling from being in your usual semi-awake state.”


Now, the word ‘f l o w’ was definitely not in circulation back then. Today, it’s saturated but continues to invite us into such soothing imagery every time it is spoken, and most of us have at least a vague idea of what it’s like even if we’re not an artist, musician, athlete or yogi, or have trouble concentrating.


How does this translate into business?

According to a study done by the Center for Generational Kinetics in 2018, a staggering 74% of Americans now prioritise experience over products.

“Consumers are seeking phenomenal experiences,” Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s CEO states during a lecture in NYC. “Successful companies recognise that experiences rise above everything else.”

That they do. And to be able to sell experiences, first you have to design them. Efforts have been made to make creativity a skill, to harness the most creative minds. In their book, Stealing Fire, Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal dive in the making of ‘talent traps’ across Silicon Valley. With billions of dollars at their disposal, companies like Google and Facebook rely on innovation to drive them forward. Our creative flow has been coined as something immensely valuable because companies rely on it more than ever to stay ‘alive’.


Their aim is to create an environment that naturally induces a state of flow, that invites the creative genius in with a warm smile, a fluffy rug in front of the fireplace and a big glass of red wine, and hopefully conceive some new ideas. But the tricky part is, the genius cannot be bought, it cannot be contained, it cannot be fooled. It is a fleeting, momentary encounter that likes to be seduced, in private.

After collecting data from 30,000 artists, “from break dancers and circus performers to poets and rock stars,”, Red Bull’s 2013 study named Hacking Creativity concluded, anti-climactically, that creativity indeed cannot be hacked.

There’s an immense satisfaction to be found here… to know that we possess something so special that even the most powerful fuckers in the world can’t buy.




AGE OF AQUARIUS


Astronomy, astrology…potato, po-tah-to? With the extreme amount of bullshit out there nowadays, it’s quite logical to dismiss mass-generated blanket statements whose end goal is to get clicks. Horoscopes have become a scam, a saturated exploitation of something with true and powerful origins - surprise surprise, modernity has infected another concept.

Once upon a time, astronomy and astrology used to be the same thing; In Babylonian times, this art/science created a fundamental, soul-level connection with the universe - something we are have been lacking for a long time.

It is important to understand that humanity’s ability to observe, contemplate, study and understand the world around us has pushed our evolution forward by the momentum of philosophy, cultural development and imagination.


Ironically, it was this very force that fuelled the intellectual movement in Europe from 17th-19th century that brought along the “Age of Reason”. Science had some air under its’ wings, and flew thirsty into the unknown. This age was about discovering everything, about finding answers to unanswerable questions, of lives spent studying, organising, innovating. Of course it got personal, ego-centric flames lined the horizons in scientist’s arguments: I don’t blame them, it was hard times, and we thank you Science, for all you have done.


But when scientists couldn’t prove certain aspects of this study of the stars, they divided it into two categories: one they could measure and one they couldn’t.

In today’s definition;

  • Astronomy is the examination of positions, motions and properties of objects in the universe.

  • Astrology, is the study of how the positions, motions and properties of those objects affect humans on Earth.

Today, we still don’t have the tools to measure consciousness, or astrology, I don’t know if we ever will. But we’re getting somewhere, and unless you’re a conservative, wilfully blind, fearful bugger with a strong aversion to change, it only takes a little bit of research and insight to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Seriously, if I’m doing it, so can Joe Dirt.


In Johnathan Black’s words, from his mind-blowing book The Secret History of the World;

“Ancient teachings taught that the moon corresponds directly with the pituitary gland, the gland responsible for reflecting on experiences with other dimensions, meaning things that aren’t 3D but still exist, like our thoughts, like love, and like knowledge accessed through the spirit worlds. This might seem one of the madder things that anyone has ever believed, but to the ancients it corresponded to their everyday, lived experience.

If you observe oysters in a tray for a month, you will see that they wax and wane with the moon. Modern science has confirmed that the pituitary gland behaves like an oyster.



Photo by: Anna Brozek

Additionally, among its’ new findings, the term ‘biorhythms’ has been coined to describe the way the relationship of the earth with the moon and the sun, marked by the sequence of the seasons and day following night. The ancients recognised how stupefying, mathematically complex rhythms that involve the outer reaches of the cosmos work their way into human life. Humans breathe on average 25,920 times per day, which is the number of years in a great Platonic year (i.e the number of years it takes the sun to complete a full cycle of the zodiac).The average human life, 72, also has the same number of days in it.”


If you’re still a skeptic, fine - but instead of finding things you disagree with - why don’t you come up with a simple thesis, a basic explanation for this astrology/astronomy hybrid, and try to sell it to yourself. For real, try to come up with a better explanation than the one I’m about to give you, and then really believe it. If you can’t, and you’re still on the fence, that’s okay - but at least taking an open minded approach to possibilities gets us out of a state of denial, and you’ll feel a lot lighter too.





This wiz from California named Santokh Singh Khalsa gifted us with the most concise explanation of the current Age I’ve come across so far, so I won’t try to replicate it, I’ll just show it to you:



“What are these ages? Astronomers will tell you that the Earth rotates on an axis and that this line going through the centre of the earth has a slight wobble to it. It goes through a little circular wobble about once every 25,000 years. This cycle has been broken into 12 parts associated with the 12 astrological signs, based on which constellation the axis is wobbling towards. From around 2000 B.C. to 0 A.D. we were in the Age of Aries. From 0 A.D. to the present we have been in the Age of Pisces.

For the next 2000 years we will be in the Aquarian Age. We have been in the transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age for the last 50 years. The official beginning of the Aquarian Age is November 11, 2011 or 11/11/11. Some people have set this date as December 21, 2012. Considering that this is a 2000 year cycle, no matter which date you accept, we are in for lots of change in the near future!

Why is this so important? Many people go their whole lives not caring or knowing if they are a Pisces, or a Gemini, or what their moon or rising sign is. This change to the Aquarian age is so important because it changes the astrological conditions for the entire planet. Every person on planet Earth has been and will be affected by this shift. Let’s investigate what will be changing.

The Piscean Age has been dominated by hierarchy, and power. The key phrase for this age was from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To be or not to be.” To make a successful and happy life, you needed to resolve this question. The key to the astrological sign Pisces is “I believe.” During this age, in order for you “to be,” you needed to find someone or something to believe in.

When you found that thing, you attached yourself to that thing and were guided how to live. This could be a religion, a political ideology, a charismatic leader, work, etc. The keys to life were hidden and secret in the halls of power and in the monasteries and ashrams. But you didn’t need to know these secrets, only to follow leaders and guides who did. This created vertical hierarchies as a result, and it was essential to find your place in the pecking order.

This has been the foundation for human consciousness for the past 2000 years. Everything that you have learned from your parents, and they from their parents, going back 2000 years, has been colored by this Piscean frame of reference. And now that is all changing.

The Aquarian Age will be dominated by networks, and information. The key phrase for this age is “Be to be.” The key to the astrological sign Aquarius is “I know.” This is the age of information. Nothing is secret anymore. All information is available at your fingertips. Where the Piscean age was organized in a vertical, up and down structure of hierarchies, the Aquarian Age is organized in a horizontal network, opening the world up to true equality.

During this age, the focus is no longer on your identity and existence (“to be or not to be”), but on accepting yourself as a whole person (“be to be”) who does not need to believe in something outside of yourself. You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself. It is no longer necessary to attach to something outside yourself, but to become a leader of one: yourself. Instead of being a railroad car that is pulled by an engine, you become your own engine. It is your responsibility to stay on the tracks and to keep moving forward.

With this understanding, it is easier to comprehend what has been happening in the world over the last 50 years. On the inner level, since the 1960’s, there has been a huge movement towards personal transformation: self awareness, self improvement, yoga, meditation, tai chi, alternative healing, natural foods, etc. There has also been a major increase in depression, suicide, anxiety, stress, and drug use, both pharmaceutical and recreational.

In the outer world, we have seen amazing changes: civil rights, environmental consciousness, women’s rights, gay rights, global consciousness, etc. We have also seen the rise of fundamentalism, terrorism, partisan politics, racism, xenophobia (the fear of the “other”), and general fear mongering.

This shift is bringing out the best and the worst in mankind.

Some people are preparing for this shift by opening their hearts and minds and embracing this new age, and some people are intimidated by the changes that they don’t understand and want to return to a “golden age” in the past, or to circle the wagons and trust only those who are like themselves.

Transformation is never a painless process. When you fast or cleanse to purify your body, at first you feel worse, because toxins get stirred up in order to be eliminated. Once these poisons have been cleared, you feel lighter and more energized. Now imagine that every person on planet Earth is going through this shift. We are heading into a time of radical change. It is a time of great potential growth and expansion, but it is also a time of great potential pain and suffering. 

The more that you understand what is happening, the more that you can go through all of the changes without losing your balance and stability.




Welcome to the Aquarian Age!

When the moon is in the Seventh House

And Jupiter aligns with Mars

Then peace will guide the planets

And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius


‘Hair’ Musical Performed by 5th Dimension




I think a really beautiful way to lighten up the mood after watching the news, thinking too much or reading an article that rustles your feathers, is remembering that the greatest challenge, adventure and satisfaction of being human is recognising evolution as the playfulness of the universe.


One of the underlying principles of nature is - incremental change. First, a shift in an individual, then a small crowd, then the rest of the population follows.

Our new world will come from changing ourselves first, of letting go of things we've been told to hold on to, and realising...

The things we need are actually free...



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