Category Archives: Culture

Observations about culture and its impact on art, modern life, trends and so on.

A place for introverts

If all they want is for us to keep on shifting the same old furniture of life around into different yet, ultimately, finite arrangements in an ever-repeating cycle then keeping us so busy, time-poor and obsessively preoccupied by each other is the way to go about it. But, if we want anything truly new to occur to us, the kind of breakthrough that shifts a paradigm, we need those who do far better left alone to be allowed to spend more time doing what they do, the way they do it, untampered with… Continue reading

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SLOWly easing into the New Year

“Rocket launch our lives” seems to be the definining energy of New year yet we all work so much better, more productively, when we do it to our own and Nature’s natural rhythms, which includes the circadian and circannual cycles. When we force ourselves out of Nature’s groves, we have to push ourselves so much harder…and our health always takes the toll, sooner or later. Burnout becomes near-inevitable but, more importantly, we often cut ourselves from our best gifts and most creative superpowers when we do this. Continue reading

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Determination (a “feminine” quality par excellence)

Like a river that hits against a heavy rock fall, determination will still get there in the end, eroding away at the blockage, but that can take eons…or, with that uber-feminine quality that determination is so well-known for, it can find another way around, forge a brand new path, to continue its journey back to the sea. This is where we, collectively, are now…needing to adapt and forge new routes, to pick “determined and swift” over slowly chiselling away at the most obstinately resistant and sealed-off old ways, in order to get back to our collective wholeness. Women (as the embodiment of the feminine aspect in gender-expressed form) know how to do this; we were trained in it across all the thousands of years that we were met by so many intractable man-made obstacles! Continue reading

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How social media messes with the very point of art

Does an artist, really, have to stay on social media to survive, or, do they sometimes need to detatch from social media in order for the artist in them to survive? Hmm, discussing this one outloud… Continue reading

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We still have a lot to learn

For too long, and pushing harder each year, the schooling machine has been whipping our kids through an examination-driven system more like the Grand National than an academy of life, geared at expelling productive economic units more so than rounded or wise individuals poised to conduct lives that contribute to the health of humanity and the planet. Continue reading

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“Imaginal” us and harnessing the creator potential of Christmas

I won’t let anyone else decide whether Christmas is happening since it’s a matter of the heart and a personal state, not a product to “have Christmas” and in this state of deepest love and appreciation, focussed around the hearth (heart + earth), I sense that I touch upon the very crucible of creation. No one can take those feelings away from me; they are part of the very fabric of who I am and I take them all too seriously to consider allowing them a year off because of material circumstance. Continue reading

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Choosing life: Jig of Life and the Ninth Wave

“For Now does ride in on the curl of the wave,

And you will dance with me in the sunlit pools.

We are of the going water and the gone.

We are of water in the holy land of water

And all that’s to come runs in

With the thrust on the strand.” Continue reading

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The things we carry around with us…

There’s a time for each of us to sift through what we have, taking the best bits of our past and (as for the rest of it) knowing what, and when, to let go. Now is probably that time!

Sharing a story of how this has come up for me this week… Continue reading

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A brighter future

I suspect we are about to see a tremendous upsurge in the human spirit and, in its wake, a wave of the truest kind of human intuitive and creativity, like never before. I intuit that, across all these weeks of being sent to our room to reconsider our behaviour, we are clearing some of the plaque from our arteries, the scales from our eyes and the lead from our hearts; and to see what is real and what is not…and it’s about time Continue reading

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When will we truly understand the power of believing in our vote?

Voting is important; I couldn’t agree more, but we vote in far more ways than one and there’s no point putting an “x” in a box only to contradict that choice with a lack of belief. Exploring some of our vastly under-utilised powers as creator beings, along with some of the subtle misgivings and sheer dauntedness we may feel around wielding them (as one who knows only all too well…) Continue reading

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