Beauty is transcendental

“Beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.” -Imaginary Foundation

The philosopher Joseph Campbell used to say that when we are transfixed by beauty, we are beheld in an aesthetic arrest. We are so transfixed that we stop breathing. We well up inside and experience life lived to the point of tears. Why do we love these experiences so much? We love them because they arrest time and force us to marvel. They allow us to become contemplative beings and enter those head-spaces outside of euclidean space and time. They provide a kind of respite for the human condition.

We temporarily step off the ‘people mover’ that’s carrying everyone else towards death and we become Gods outside of time. We are reveling in an ecstatic illumination, staring into the Sun and being moved by its magnificent opulence. The Universe is singing in rapture and we are just drowning in it! It’s like the last scene in the movie ‘The Fountain’, where Thomas becomes a bubble that explodes in space. There is a kind of mythic death, rebirth and resurrection happening. We smash our sense of separateness in these moments. I think we do it because it is therapy. Awe is therapy.

Freeman Dyson talks about a new age of wonder in which literally a new generation of artists will be writing genomes with the fluency that Blake and Byron wrote verses. We try to dissolve our sense of separateness in temples that morph into electronic Buddhism, with throbbing beats temporarily allowing us to merge with the other. It mirrors Richard Holmes’s book ‘The Age of Wonder’, where he talks about the 17th century artists and the scientists being friends and the astronomers being poets.
The relationship-dynamics that Richard refers to can be though of as the right-brained approach. A more creative side of the same coin. This paradoxical attitude is the key to perceiving a higher sense sense of beauty and hence transcending into an expanded consciousness. I urge you to shift your vision slightly out of focus and see the world for what it really is.
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My very first nomination !

While checking on my site stats I came across a comment that surprised me. I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by http://momentsthrulens.wordpress.com/ ; which is great even if it means I have less than 500 followers. Many thanks to you! 🙂

The purpose of it is to encourage writers of new blogs and explore more of this world of blogging.

So here are the questions from momentsthrulens:

1. What does your name mean and does it have any similarity to your personality?

2.What was the reason you started to blog?

3. Are you a writer or a photographer?

4. Name one quality that you like about yourself?

5. What was/is the happiest moment of your life and why?

6. What is the best place that you have visited as a tourist?

7. Name a destination that you would like to visit.

8. Which mobile phone do you currently own?

9. What does the word ‘Love’ mean to you?

10. If God were to grant you one wish what would it be?

Here are my answers:

1. My name means : Affectionate and Loving. I not sure if has any similarity to my personality. I haven’t asked anyone yet.

2. I started to blog because I wanted my thoughts to reach other people and escape the straight jacket that it was trapped in.

3. I am primarily a writer.

4. I like the way that I try to look at situations from a silent observer’s perspective.

5. The happiest that I’ve ever felt was when I scored a goal in the ‘Hand of God’ style way back in 2012 for my school football team.

6. Goa.

7. I would love to visit the Amazonian jungles because I’ve heard that the tribes there are amazing at preparing Ayahuasca.

8. I do not a mobile phone.

9. I cannot explain what ‘Love’ means because I haven’t understood it yet.

10. I would ask God to provide enough proof of his existence to mankind so that all the ‘Godly’ could be resolved.

Here are the rules for Liebster Award :

1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 7-10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Here are my nominations:

http://beccajoyce.com/

http://sabethville.wordpress.com/

http://meanderedwanderings.wordpress.com/

http://moonstonemaiden.wordpress.com/

http://seekingsomepeace.wordpress.com/

http://zonbipurinsesu.wordpress.com/

http://myblogexactly.wordpress.com/

http://amateurxpress.wordpress.com/

And these are my questions:

  • How did you pick your blog’s name?
  • Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-​​year-​​old self?
  • What’s your favorite TV show?
  • What are three things you cannot live without?
  • Who is your favorite fictional character?
  • What is your most prized possession?
  • Describe yourself in three words.
  • What is your guiltiest pleasure?
  • What single quality do you most appreciate in people?
  • What’s your favorite post that you’ve written? (Link, please!)

The Neurotic Artist

We might say that both the artist and the neurotic bite off more than they can chew, but the artist spews it back out again and chews it over in an objectified way, as an external, active, work project.” — Ernest Becker

I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between creativity and madness. Timothy Leary famously said,” In order to use your head you’ve got to go out of your mind.” Now this of course implies a willingness to go to unknown places, to visit mental landscapes that are alien. A willingness to sort of leave one’s comfort zone, to recondition one’s thinking, one’s reflexive responses to stimuli and to got to other realms of the mind.

Catalyzing the imagination is like diving head first into the unknown. There’s always a potential of getting hurt.I feel that the mystic and the madman are swimming in the same waters. But the mystic, like an artist –surfing up and down– is bringing back visions and souvenirs from these ecstatic spaces and places.

But at the end of the day the artist does become depleted. The artist is sacrificing a part of himself to bring back those visions that create a phase change in the consciousness of society. He leaves the consensus trance. He leaves our cultural operating systems. He shows us different reality tunnels that gives us a sense of perspective.

We, as consumers of art, pay money for them to take us to spaces that we cannot go by ourselves. They are heroes. They are cultural luminaries! They are madmen that have somehow been able to coax and domesticate their madness towards useful ends! They bring forth ideas that have only functional output and go to awes. They see through the looking glass, tumble down the rabbit hole and somehow return to tell the tale.

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System Failure

 

Is going to war human nature? Is this our natural state? There is no REAL human nature. Just a figure of speech to examine our current state. It’s kind of self-evident. Think about it. If all of this stuff, if all of the effort that is put in daily through the media, through everything we see in the news, everything we see through sports, constantly in advertising and everything that is pushed into our faces over and over again. If all of that wasn’t there would we be operating in the same way? Would be be stricken with fear? Would we constantly be seeing separation between everybody, judging people based on what they’re doing, wearing and how they’re acting?

All of this stuff is constantly needing to be there because if it wasn’t, we would go back into our natural state. We naturally would fall back to who we truly are. That’s why we see this happen so much. That’s why there is a huge level of effort to put in to keep all of this stuff sustained. If you look at the economy, if you look at the way the world functions, you will realize that it needs so much to stay sustained because it is completely against how we are and how we would function as ‘natural’ human beings.That’s why we’re seeing  :

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If it was gone, the world would be a completely different place. And that’s why there is so much fear ‘created’ around : “If the system drops what’s going to happen? They know that when  it drops, the moment people aren’t affected by the system anymore is the moment that they will go back to their natural state and begin operating in a way that is cooperative, in a way that is community-based, where everybody is helping  each-other out in moving forward.