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“Hidden 2017” Rookwood Dreaming.

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Hidden 2017. Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Worlds largest Victorian cemetery.. situated on the south western fringe of  Sydney. covering well over 700 acres. A city in itself. but only for the physical departed. A  place of dreaming. A doorway to the next Life. The Life that we are all faceing. with perhaps a little uncertainty. as we rumble along in our daily sleep state. Dreaming sites like Rookwood await our iminate arrival. They welcome all. regardless of  one’s baggage. I had visited this resting places of the dead some years back when I was gathering Photo material for an exhibition on the process of  “Resurrection of the Soul”. I spent around a week here on and off. a real adventure if one has a keen eye for the 3d illustration’s that the stonemasons have attempted of the flight of the soul. which tomb art shares. just loved the whole process. I am thinking of puting together another of these Photo installations together. as there is so much lovely ” stone art” that begs to be pondered upon and Photographed in this place (state) Rookwood. A later on “project” onto the pile it goes…..

Back to Hidden 2017. I first heard of this annual sculpture exhibition mid last year. and thought. well. It could be a outlet for an installation by me…? I did inquire about applying for their 2016 exhibition ….No too late. story of my life…So this year I started earlier to get my act together to apply…What can I say it was all around  mid May that I needed to submit my application…with full details of what I was planning to show ( that is if I was excepted ) well here we go again this was just before my departure to Nth India to addend the annual Nek Chand Outsider Art conference which I was presenting a paper at and also putting on a small totem installation to boot. No time once again. We are all so bloody time poor in the West……change is needed here. if I have time…..!

Susi and I ventured out west yesterday for the final day of the month long sculpture exhubition. What a bloody hoot it was. Westie’s having fun. there was lovely old horse drawn coffin carriers. and beautiful horses of cause. bagpipe bands. local ethnic bands. musical performances….MMMMMmmmm….some good….and others. O bloody Dear. food stalls etc. slide lectures on the early history of Sydney town and its notables. both good and naughty. lovely insights into Australias earlt victorian history. So 10 out of 10 for this. Now the art. here I encountered some real attempts at conveying the theme of the 150 year celebration. only “some” at least half of it looked like an end of year art school student show ………not so much poor in quality. but poor in substance. am I being too critical..? perhaps. but thats how I felt about some of the sculptures. not saying I could do better. All in all another Great. if not unusual day of my Life. I will hopefully have the luck and talent

to exhibit there in their 2018 Hidden Sculpture Walk.

A few Photos. enjoy.

Michael J Wright. 25/9/17

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“Mandala of healing”

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Mandala of Healing – Pathways to the Divine. series 8. part 9. This great healing sojourn started way back in 2000. it was an offshoot from an earler Mandala exhibition-talk process that started around 1997. In 2000 the ” idea ” was given to me out of the blue to start a healing process using the structure of a 3d mandala as the focalpoint-doorway for spiritual healing communities to flow through to touch in some benificial way those in need. in both the local community around Roseville. Sydney and of cause those who were nominated for absent healings.

This series of 9 healing process’s really took on a life of their own. each meeting-gathering was different in content and quality.  I just put the physical components together as a focal point for Greater Life to do what it does best.And that is to try and make itself known to those who have  “Ears in their Hearts”. and are open to receive both physical and spiritual healings. I played no role in this healing process except installing the 3d mandala’s. Greater Life does all real healings via loving spiritual communities . which surround all of us when we are open to them in a real heart felt guesture of asking for help. those in need have to make the effort to ask for help in a personal prayeful way…….these sacred moments do not go unnoticed by Greater Life. we just need to ask in a humble way for help. and if we are truly focused on what we want and need it will be given.

Getting back to the process of “ideas”, now over the last 30 odd years or so. I have been given in vision and via what I called “Inner Ideas” all sorts of wonderful images, poetry etc etc. lots i have constructed into spiritual art-works via the mediums of Painting, sculptur, Printmaking, Photography, Drawings and this year. into Land Art. I have struggled with this concept-process of ” Inner Ideas “…..I usually just except the process given…..From where..?? and get on with doing –constructing it. showing it and then moving along to the next great idea given out of the “blue”…not really being able to describe where in came from in plain English to those who ask questions of Where..?  Why…?  How…? and can you prove it..? I usually just shrug my shoulders and say well it was given to me in vision or I just had a flash of an “Inner Idea” and leave it at that. I recently came across a wonderful piece written by my late teacher of the Great Work. Dr Philip Groves on the process ” Ideas ”  in his writings dated  5/10/1992.  quote

Ideasare a psycho-cosmological instrument that transfers values from a higher level. It’s something that actually exists. Ideas stimulate thoughtsnbut are not thoughts, Idea = eidos =a pattern, form or structure = a presentation to our psyche. Ideas come from beyond us. and outside us. ideas are devices whereby things from one World enter things of this World. We think what what arises from self, comes from self–this is not true. There are values, meanings, energy and virtually inexhaustible content in Ideas. ideas will have a pattern or presentation in the psyche. Be offected  by this concept of ideas. We need a relationship to ideas. Metanoia = is a new thinking about ideas. have a new feeling about ideas. Internal thought is saying ” What does this represent ? What does this correspond to ? What insight do I have ?    end quote

Lots to ponder upon here, huge questions to put out there for all to share, Re-this above quote from Dr P Groves writings.  it gives me foundations, structure and valuable insights into the where. the how and the why of this process Ideas …(for me Inner Ideas)…which are given to me to present and attempt to unfold over my time ahead and into Eternity and Beyond.

I have very much enjoyed putting these healing mandalas together over the last 7  years. but as with all things it has come to a physical end. now I need to draw up all the sacred mandalas, symbols etc etc given in vision during this sacred healing Sojourn through the mandala. then put it all together into a lovely bound a3 journal. hoping to complete this over the next 7 months. a big undertaking. but a fruitful one.

A few photos of the event held Sunday 17/9/17. in Roseville, Sydney. Enjoy.

Michael J Wright 23/9/17.

 

 

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A week in Review—11/9/17—16/9/17

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Sometimes Life is just full on, I normally don’t write a blog post on day to day or week by week stuff. but last week …..well, was a great week. I helped Susi paint out her new beautifully renovated bathroom. Looks great. and she is happy. a very important “state” to be around. ( sorry no Photos too personal ). Next Huge event was my 68th Birthday..Fuc……. now that came around Quickly…..I’ts okay. I still feel like a 16 year old with a great-white beard….though I must say getting out of bed in the morning ….here my body feels a little challenged…..MMMMMmmmmm……Perhaps I need to drink more red -wine and less coffee…?  coffee is my = drug of choice. Birthdays. thank God they only come around once a year…my Facebook page was filled with all sorts of lovely Best Wishes….Good to have lots of FB Friends…..but as in all relationships you have to work on it….Next event. Susi and I met up with our mates from the central coast . over in Erskinville. Sydney. at the local. lovely old Anglican Village Church. for a Saturday afternoon (16/9/17) live performance of the group called Makindu.We were there as they celebrated the release of their debut album titled “Makindu.” this was a special afternoon performance as part of the Sydney Sacred Music Festival…..MMMMMMmmmm…….I think somebody has been to Fez, Morocco. as this is what they call their annual favourite music festival.  which is held annually in May. A small gathering of around 50-60 people. lots of friends. and good sprinkling of blow -inn’s like us. the musicians were all so young…( or we were So bloody Old )…reminded me of my hippy days back in the 1970s. I did tell you I had just turned 68. these guys just put their hearts and souls into their very beautiful music. each peace they performed was from “else-where”. A very relaxing. but uplifting experience for me. perhaps a little too Raw for a Fez performance. but watch this space. they will I hope be there some day sharing their sacred treasures with those who have “Ears in their Hearts”. yep I bought one of their CDs. great music investment. and it helps them cover their performance costs…I know intermitly about this process being an artist also, I’ts hard. but you gottenr do what you gotter Do..I did manage to catch up with my old Photographer friend. Jenny Templen. who shared gossip  on the doing’s  and where- about’s of her spiritual teacher Baba. and some of his deciples. He is such a character. though we had a personality clash and falling out some years back….I do still love him dearly as a friend.  AAAAArrrrr…..Life as it is…! After the performance Susi and I had a wonderful catch up at a local coffee – pizza cafe for a good chin-wag over very yummy coffee. always good to share time & good coffee with those you love. Next Susi and I picked up Pete and Lyn  ( her brother & sister-in-law)  in Nth Sydney. for our 4 Birthday celebrations, Susi’s, Lyn’s Pete’s and mine streaching in time from April to September……It’s the bloody thought that counts. not the time delay……So dinner at the very lovely  ….very Japanese restaurant Mino over in Military Rd Mosman   (Ph 02-9960 3351).  Now if you want the full on Japanese food experience. without going to Japan this is where you go in Sydney town. Just fantastic, very cool atmosphere. great…as always service. and the food. “Wow”. not forgetting the presentation which of cause the Japanese excell in. the cost, around $70-per head, but very much worth it. as it is a real experience in eating visually very yummy food. We will be back thee soon. Highly recommend a visit there and Enjoy.

So that was up to Saturday 16th September….next Post is for Sunday 17th.

A few Photos to get you excited…..Ha,

Mjw. 22/9/17

“Symbols of the Subconscious”

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Symbols of the Subconscious was an exhibition and discourse illustrating one of man’s possible “Pathways” back to his home in the Great Cosmos. The sacred art work was done by the late Minoy Verma. the discourse was delivered by Joe Vandermeer a wonderful mirroring by both of the sacred process. My role was curator of the lovely event, What a real Joy this was. Minoy left Australia about 14 years ago for her beloved India. where she passed away some ten years back. Before leaving Australia Minoy entrusted me with around 40 odd drawings. these drawings were of sacred symbols that were presented to her in vision during her states of meditation, Self-remembering and Latihan exercises. Some of these images are basic, some very complex with esoteric Indian themes running through them. but all were given to in vision…this is the important aspect of this sharing.

To quote from Dr P Groves writings on these two process’s Symbols & Subconscious.

SYMBOLS— The sensitive mind must unravel the meaning and instructions in symbols, Words change and become stale. Symbols don’t. Symbols endure through time.

All real symbols point to the unity of reality–ie–intergrated beings becoming a oneness with the Universe that is already there. Symbols breath unity into us.

Symbol is the only language of the Inner-Life as symbols are richer than words.

The Subconscious is all that creative drive functioning through us. This universally present vibrant force that touches all things is fundamentally spiritual. What does our Subconscious do for us? The Subconscious has an overall quest for completion. refinement and perfection.It has the power to cope with emergencies if only we open up to its gentle drift. It has a creative Potency. Problems can be overcome with our Subconscious. We must see ourselves from the Cosmic Perspective. – it gently urges us to make something of our lives.- to grow, develop and Be. The language of the Subconscious is Symbol, correspondence, metaphore and parable. We can trust the Subconscious. It is the buried treasure that Christ spoke of. The Subconscious is = our Soul Essence…..end quote.

Mandala’s Some of these drawing of Minoys are very Mandalic in presentation. To draw many mandala’s which are given in vision ….( Karl Jung had many of these visionary mandalas given to him in special moments. and he wrote about them in great detail. see his ” Red Book” for example )…or other spiritual states. these sacred diagrams…to draw or Paint many of them is to indicate a Path, a search for one’s Wholeness of being and they are a stabalizing force for a wayward fragile Psyche.

This collection of lovely simple sacred Outsider art. done by Minoy Verma in the mid-1980s is an expression of the Divine spark manifesting in an outer form for all to enjoy. Minoy loved doing these painting-drawings. but was not attached to them. she just wanted to share in her Outsider way what she saw and experienced in vision during her spiritual exercises. A small treasure left behind for those who have Ears in their Hearts to enjoy. Minoy passed away in her beloved India in about 1990. we thank her for these gifts.

Now what to do with these treasures….? I would dearly love to return these treasures to her relatives in Nth East India. but at this point in time I have no contact details….I feel a new adventure coming on…..

Some photos taken at last nights event which unfolded at the venue the New Church in Roseville Sydney. Enjoy.

Michael J Wright. Sydney. 4/9/17.

 

Vajrasattava Empowerment

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Vajrasattava is the Tibetan Buddha of confession and forgiveness. I attended this wonderful process on Sunday 13th August 2017 at the Sakya Dolma Choe Ling in Eastwood. Sydney. The days process was led by Lama Choedak. Lama is based in Canberra. and has many Buddhist centres both here in Australia and overseas. I have known Him personally  for over 21 years and  I try to attend these sacred Buddhist Empowerment events that unfold in Sydney. usually around  2 or 3 times a year. Lama always has that spark. that presence that others aspire to. but always fall short of. He shares his all. On these special one day events he always shares truths and practices ( exercises ) in a no nonsense straight forward way. he hits the” Mark ” in me in a way that others have trouble conveying to their audience. On each of these Buddhist processes that I attend. I always leave with another little bundle of truths and teckniques that I can apply to my daily spiritual practice’s. I am very grateful that I am able to attend these special moments on my spiritual Sojourn to Eternity and Beyond.

A few Photos talen at the event. Enjoy.

Michael J Wright 20/8/17