R E T H I N K
A Creator's Showcase & Gathering: 2019
RETHINK was our first ever gallery that was hosted last March, 2019. Our mission was to give GBDA & MDEI students an opportunity to communicate their personal challenges and victories with this new era of creativity. Hosted at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, RETHINK was steaming with unconventional collaborations and authentic expression.
RETHINK brought in a crowd of over 150 people for an evening of expression and collaboration. Covering the first floor of the School of Interaction Design & Business, RETHINK had three diverse components to the evening:
Listened to a variety of individuals who had a lot to say and learn from.
Displayed digital masterpieces, illustrations, paintings,
UX work & much more.
Gave students with businesses & freelance services the opportunity for exposure.
We are currently witnessing modern science’s attempt to categorize, organize, and quantify phenomena that is unquantifiable. When I use the terms auric field, frequency, polarity, or energetic, please know that these terms are not definable through intellect. Instead, they are part of a wordless conversation that arises from connection with deep states of perception and feeling. If practiced with commitment, contemplative prompts in this book can aid in developing levels of sensitivity to contact vibrational phenomena that exist beyond intellect. But until you have an embodied, altered consciousness experience, and comprehension beyond words becomes available, we will use these kinds of terms to “point at” these types of phenomena.
Within the wellness market, we see a huge resurgence of “embodiment practices” that actually end up further separating the body from mind through intellectualization. Within a non-binary worldview, we must see the body/mind as a cohesive unit and disown the hierarchical relationship of “mind” to “body.” When you come across the term body/mind in this book, I am asking you to value yourself as an integrated being and all of the intel coming from your “space suit.”
Dharma is the wheel of life, and helps designate how each soul plugs into universal flow. Dharma comes from the Sanskrit root Di, which means to sustain: to sustain a virtuous life in line with the laws of your own inner nature.
In this book, our aim is to cultivate the capacity for Witness Self/Witness Consciousness, aka Sākṣī - pure unadulterated awareness, and the precise perception of the multilayered present moment. Within this state, we can hear, see and feel the responses of our own conditioning happening simultaneously, and contact a receptive, attentive, unadulterated stream of awareness. We’re able to hold interpretive narratives of the present moment in real time, and sense that which are manipulated by our own conditioning.
Ego Structure Scaffolding/Vasana + Supporting Terms: Each human has an ego-structure filled with subliminal imprints. These hidden beliefs and subliminal imprints dictate behavior, speech, action, intentions, and all reactions in conversation and relationship. Vasanas and the supporting terms below encompass I-Consciousness- everything we subconsciously associate as a definition of who we are, which is formed upon these deeply entrenched structures of energy.
Veils that cause us to see layers of fantasy- psychological imprints and unchecked personality traits. In tradition-based yoga, it describes the psychological imprint that arises from a series of causes and conditions, including those linked to the past, childhood, nurture, nature, and perhaps past lives. We often over simplify this definition to mean something along the lines of “limiting thinking.”
3 Types of Karma
The ability to have a “birds eye view” of a situation beyond self-serving consequences and small definitions of self. I often describe this as “when the pool balls hit,” meaning the many causes and conditions that reverb from a personal choice. In the “meta” we can sense all of this reverb, opening to an internal vision we didn’t previously have access to, and eventually learning to see less division between our perceptions of “self” and “other.”
This builds on “meta,” and can be described as our “inner sound”- the many messages that circulate within us and create our specific perspectives and preferences. I like to think of it as the many interactions of my small self, learning, growing, and stumbling to express themselves- personality aspects, animalistic response, past programming, and the many layers that go beyond social personality that we keep to ourselves. Examining how this inner sound current gets constructed helps us understand how we separate from our True Nature on a millisecond by millisecond basis. Many of the contemplative prompts in this book aim to befriend the meta-dialogue and harness creativity/imagination.
An approach to the world that interrogates these EITHER/OR cultural assumptions and commits to living life beyond label and hierarchy, holding opposites on a continuum, and thereby giving way to a more groundless, attentive, and authentic mode of understanding ourselves and the world.
Platitudes & Cultural Myths
Language, beliefs, and communal actions that support a widespread notion of the “way things are” that often flattens the complexity of individual experiences, perpetuates abuses of power, and prevents true personal, social, and political change.
An organizational system has its own pranic field, just like your body has its own, and a friend’s body has its own. The movement and connection of prana is what subtly unites us beyond the realm of the physical. In the fourth binary, Pranic Economy: Lack/Abundance, we will use this definition of Prana to examine social systems and economic structures, and build a more regenerative understanding of how this subtle life force can reshape these systems.
Each and every one of us is subjected and susceptible to cultural narratives, nurture, social influence, and fear about the consequences of living our own truth. We are so inundated with outside messages of who to be, how to behave and where we fit in. These overbearing messages seep into our own self-talk and self-recognition and before we know it, we have lost our personal power of discernment and pure witness awareness.
The limitless field of possibilities, the substram to all existence. Within a non-binary worldview, the embodied understanding of this term helps us develop Lived Ethics, sensing the omnipresent effects of personal action and choices on the whole of humanity.
One limb of the 8 fold Noble path of Theravada Buddhism.
Subtle Body & Spiritual Circuitry
Spiritual Circuitry is a term I coined to break this subtle realm/material realm, body/mind binary. It’s not that trauma is lodged in our bodies and needs to be unearthed and “cleaned out,” but that it has been circulating in our field for millennia, and we sense it through the five sense portals and the flesh of our body.
Our experience that is bound by our body and our ego-structure. Whether we like it or not, we live in a technologically connected and highly sensitive piece of equipment, within a culture and social structure that inherently abuses the body with its societal norms. Non-binary worldview seeks to optimize our relationship to our own “space suit,” going further than just cultivating appreciation or “self love,” and being in utter AWE of its advanced sensitivity.
Last Years Creators
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Arts Endowment Fund
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