i-Poem’s Blog: 1988 – 2021
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Why I think Art is important in society today and why everyone should go to Art School:
Holiness of the Heart: A Concrete Poetry Art Installation and Artist’s book featuring my ‘Holiness of the Heart’ poem printed upon the feathers of the wings, one wing in English and the other wing in Spanish, which I photographed and printed up large 2.2 m x 1.5 m utilising the room as book, with the walls as pages and the corner as the spine or fold, exploring: The Viewer as Performer / Reading the Gallery Space like a Book / Leading the viewer through the space / The importance of language and translation / The concept of unity – ‘We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another’ – Luciano De Crescenzo / and the concept of spiritual integrity- ‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination–what the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth’ – John Keats. In this piece each viewer becomes an Angel on Earth.
How it began:
What I have produed:
My aims and goals:
The viewer experiences and engages with the piece by wearing a viewing device, (3D-Spex) to read the affirmations which are designed to create new neurological pathways in the brain that are totally supportive. The prints are available as an Artist’s Book from the Book Art Bookshop in Pitfield St., Shoreditch with a free pair of 3D specs.
Sequence: An Artist’s Book inspired by my mother who has Dementia on the subject of memory, self-identity and intergenerational change, reframing the past to serve in the present, through the materiality of the Artist’s Book and analogue photographs. It is also about the processes of looking. The Summer Show exhibit was accompanied by a series of framed prints which featured only the backs of the analogue photographs, as unique objects in time and space in their own right, which have their own story to tell.
A hardback copy of this book is part of the special collection of Artist’s Books at The British Library, and a saddle-stitched copy of ‘Sequence’ is part of the special collection of Artist’s Books at The Wellcome Library, The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University, London, and The Tetley’s special collection of Artist’s Books in Leeds.
The hardback version will be on display as part of the MA Select Show at the Camberwell Space Gallery, 45- 65 Peckham Road, London, SE5-8UF until 23rd August.
Grateful thanks to everyone who came to the show and engaged with the bookworks.
Delighted to present a talk on the subject of Arts & Wellbeing Practice at the Maker’s Fair held in the DIY Space for London, Sunday 12th May.
There will also be a zine making workshop presented by Lu Williams, a ‘Being an entrepreneur Artist and Maker in London’ talk by Tere Chad, plus makers stalls selling zines, illustrations, prints, ceramics, jewellery, and more.
The DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road, who offer low cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social spaces, as well as space for screenings, talks and performances. DIY for London operates via a members’ club model so that everyone has an equal say in how the place is run. The space works to promote the ideas of mutual aid (helping each other) and cooperation (working together). Providing a welcoming space for everyone, including those whose voices and contributions are not always heard or appreciated.
I am pleased to announce that The Wellcome Library Artist’s Book Collection has recently acquired a copy of my Artist’s Book: ‘Sequence’.
The library has also acquired a copy of my MA Research Paper, entitled: ‘How does the Materiality of the Artist’s Book Help to Augment an Understanding With Respect to Creating a Narrative About Memory and Identity? which is now available via the Wellcome Library catalogue: Links below.
Heart-Supported Mind – Poetry Cafe – Sunday 27th January 2019
Twilight is the inky blue-black, steely-cool lens of the logical mind
The rational left-hemisphere that’s always asking: Who? What? Where? When? And Why?
Generally, over-focusing 24-7 upon all the little things one should have said, or could have done
Inner-narratives on constant rewind, sometimes for years, decades or even lifetimes
Retrospective key frames in ones timeline robbed of fun
Completely oblivious or unaware, that one was born with a Right-Hemisphere
Offering an additional lens of self-compassion, via heart-supported mind
Like a prism of decision-making processes that are mutually beneficent and kind
Via a hemispherical union, of left and right, both online at the same time
Co-operating as a ‘Whole Mind’
Balancing the polarity of individuation via an authentic heart connection:
With each other, the natural world, the cosmos and ‘The All There Is’
As a direct extension of Source-Energy, each of us, a little piece of Primordial-Qi
A metaphysical integration, providing meaning, purpose and Inner-Peace
Awakening ones third-eye, that can scry a previously unknown spectrum
Discover a parallel dimension
Refracting the piercing white light of inner-sight
The other side of the rainbow crescent moon
Grateful thanks and appreciation to all who participated / attended over the weekend and contributed to the festival’s success.
Half hour long Tai Chi and QiGong classes with Sam Ma on Saturday 7th Oct
And two free talks also on Sat 7th Oct: https://catcatalyst.co.uk/2017/07/19/chinese-medicine-body-clock-in-everyday-living-made-easy/
Tai Chi: 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Talk 1: 11:10 am – 12:00 am
Talk 2: 12:20 am – 13:10 pm
QiGong: 13:15 pm – 13:45 pm
它顯示出在日常生活中如何容易地採用，並有助於減少所有常見但危險的疾病，如高血壓, 糖尿病, 高膽固醇,心臟病和嚴重的肩頸疼痛。
Sam Ma, TCM Acupuncturist
BSc(Hons) DipLAc LicAc MAcuSo MFHT
Confederation of Chinese Business UK – Sports Division Vice President
Deyin Institute Taiji Instructor
British Health Qigong Association Qigong Instructor
Cultivating self-love will help one to see through the many layers of illusions and distractions that form what we perceive to be our outer-reality, because these illusions cause a disconnect from Source-Energy that can cause us to see ourselves as less-than the direct-extensions-of-Source Energy that we are, deserving of the best that life can offer. If we feel undeserving for any reason at all, we may feel a ‘disconnect’ from Source-Energy as a need to bypass any feelings of resistance to feel reconnected again as soon as possible. This ‘resistance’ is our notification from Source-Energy that one’s inner-alignment needs work.
The problem is, if one is too busy self-medicating with substances to cover over the disconnect; irrespective of whether the substance is sugar, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, diazepam, sleeping pills, pain killers, antidepressants, skunk, nitrous oxide, ecstasy, speed, cocaine, heroin, ketamine, adrenochrome, DMT, ayahuasca, or something else, then the more removed an individual becomes from being able to align for their own self inwardly, through the correct use of one’s own mind and the more dependent a person becomes upon various combinations of substances to manufacture an alignment with Source-Energy. The more dependent a person becomes upon the manufactured effect (or effects), the less able an individual is maintain their inner-alignment naturally.
Furthermore, once the manufactured effect becomes habitual, the product becomes less and less effective. This is because the manufactured effect is only ‘temporary’, as the desired feeling of inner-wellbeing and connection is being generated externally, as opposed to being generated and maintained internally, via an authentic alignment with Source-Energy (through the correct use of one’s mind).
The more one forsakes one’s natural alignment with Source-Energy in preference of a manufactured alignment, the more dependence for establishing this connection is placed outside of oneself. Authentic alignment with Source-Energy can only be generated from within one’s own mind energetically, because alignment is a non-physical connection.
Various products may show an individual a fleeting glimpse, demonstrating a ‘way-in’ to the feeling of connection that is being sought, but once a person has been ‘shown’, then it is up to the individual to do this for their own self from that point onwards, and to resist the temptation to keep returning to the product.
If a person keeps returning and relying upon a particular product to manufacture a feeling of alignment and wellbeing, the more fleeting the window into that feeling becomes, and the more quantity and frequency of dose is required to recreate the ‘feeling’ of connection again and again. Also the less tolerable it becomes for the individual to be without their substance of choice, to the extent that the user cannot imagine their life without it. This is because one’s alignment with Source-Energy, and the desired feeling for inner-connection, is not being sustained from within creating a ‘Catch-22’ cycle of external dependancy.
The danger with repeated over-usage of a manufactured product to replicate inner feelings of wellbeing, connectedness and alignment, is that it not only becomes a health-risk but it also becomes life-threatening. This is when a person risks accidentally over-dosing, causing serious health crises and even death, simply by ignoring the innocence of the body and continuing to treat it like a consumer product, an object, or a machine, expecting the body to always bounce-back. Normalised habitual use often means taking too much and / or mixing incompatible substances together, whereby a person can lose contact with their outer-physical form in pursuit of an inner-connection via external methods. It’s a fine line and one that must be acutely observed as its potentially life-threatening.
This holds true even when the desired connection is via natural plant derivatives, because it is still an external method of establishing an inner connection. One’s inner-alignment with Source-Energy is only sustainable when it is achieved through the correct use of one’s mind, (self-love), otherwise the boundaries between physical energy and nonphysical energy can become blurred.
The point of an addiction is that it is repeated harmful use of a substance, as in substance abuse, therefore, by default, all addictions through habitual use means that it is only a matter of time before the organic flesh body will fail, resulting either in a serious health condition, (such as heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, urinary tract and bladder problems, incontinence, memory loss, hallucinations and others) or, premature death. All addicts think that they are in control and all addicts think that they will will never die, or get sick. This is a misconception. What one needs to understand is that all forms of addiction are forms of self-harm, harming the body in an attempt to escape from the self (the mind).
Accountability means ‘taking back’ one’s own power for ‘feeling good’ on a daily basis, rather than ‘giving away’ one’s power to outside substances, conditions, situations, places, people, or things, as all that does is make feeling good ‘conditional’ upon outside conditions, the variables of which are beyond one’s mortal control and manipulation.
It also helps to understand that one’s primary identity consists of nonphysical energy. Everyone consists of both physical and nonphysical energy. The nonphysical energy is often referred to as the soul, which constitutes one’s inner reality of thoughts, feelings, desires, beliefs and intentions. This nonphysical energy can never die as energy cannot expire or be destroyed, it can only change form. Bodies on the other hand are mortal, the deteriorate and expire. Therefore, the inner-extension-of-Source-Energy part of who we all are, can only keep transitioning between physical and nonphysical states of being. However, the pain of separation from Source-Energy, the Source-of-All-Creation (of which we are direct extensions), is what causes the desire to seek union though quick-fix substances, and / or serial relationships, in order to feel connected and complete again. Alignment with Source-Energy immediately maintains this union of connectivity and feeling good.
Source-Energy’s 24/7 vibrational broadcast of pure unconditional Love is the purest form of energy in the Universe with which one can align. Regular alignment with Love’s Presence gently refocuses one’s thoughts, feelings and beliefs in line with the natural Laws of the Universe, magnetising one’s heart’s desires without having to chase them, or manipulate outside conditions to fit with one’s desires.
Aligning with Source-Energy regularly means that even during ‘worst case scenarios’, one can still connect inwardly and not be fazed by any outer-chaos. It is a centring-mechanism that grounds an individual in self-love, self-worth and trust, that the universe is a safe place.
The real cosmic alchemy is only ever accessed from within, which can then be reflected outwardly, and not the other way around. Most people are too focused upon the outer world of form, busily trying to manipulate and control the world of form to fit their ideals. However everything in the world of manifest always starts as a wave form, a vibrational offering, generated from ones most frequent point of focus, which are ones default subconscious thoughts, feelings, beliefs, desires and the constant inner narrative in the background.
Everyone and everything has a vibrational signature, as we are all direct extensions of Source-Energy (the energy that literally creates worlds), and therefore we are all creators of our own realities, which we construct through how we utilise of our minds. Even when we are not aligned we are still creating by default through our unconscious feelings, thoughts, beliefs, intentions and desires. The point is to create desired realities, rather than undesired realities.
Becoming aware of Love’s Presence is like discovering the umbilical cord, direct uplink to the Source of Energy from whence one came, and if one commits to maintaining this connection and alignment regularly, then one’s outer reality simply follows suit to reflect ones inner-alignment with Source. It cannot happen the other way around. Source cannot alter its vibration to come down to your level and bring you up. We have to tune in with it. The good news though is that this broadcast is accessible to anyone, anywhere, from dawn to dusk, 24/7. The only thing one has to do, is remember that it is there, and commit to a regular practice of alignment.
This might sound relatively simple but the truth is that in a world of electronic devices, EMF’s, ELF’s, microwave frequencies, multi-media illusions and distractions, from social-media platforms, to online dating, gaming, scripted reality TV, music channels, the movie industry, the advertising industry, 24 hour online shopping and home delivery, ever increasing apps to download, device upgrades, messaging mediums, hundreds of new channels, subscriptions, usernames and passwords, 24 hour news and political agendas: the sheer barrage of information and illusions that serve to occupy and distract, hardly anyone these days can hold their mental focus for longer than a seconds at a time, before losing it again. And what this means is that people find it near impossible to be alone with themselves in the absence of distractions. Therefore, what people do is reach for their distraction-of-choice to avoid being alone and face-to-face with ones feelings and also with ones internal dialogue, which can often be quite negative, even tyrannical. (This is where self-love can be helpful, turning ones inner-critic into ones inner best-friend).
Thus, distraction becomes the crutch of addiction, without which people go into withdrawal in the face of neglected mental and emotional coping-mechanisms to deal with unwanted feelings, anxiety, memories of past experiences, etc., or what to do with oneself without a never-ending stream of likes to online shares.
Essentially, over the last fifteen years the public has been groomed to participate in a never-ending stream of antisocial-media, driven by questionable algorithms. The ego literally feeds and indulges itself with status updates and responses to selfies. The ego-self only perceives information in relation to-the-self that requires constant attention and validation from external sources, instead of ones self-validation coming from one’s alignment with Source-Energy.
Without alignment, the ego will constantly seek external self-validation to gratify its self-importance, serving as diversion-tactics away from dealing with, and getting to know one’s inner-self. This is why techniques such as meditation and mindfulness are not only helpful but also necessary, to silence the inner-narrative that is on constant replay.
When one aligns with Source-Energy, one also connects with one’s inner-sovereign identity, whereupon one is able to embrace the realisation that there is no one above us, and there is no one below us. This instils a sense of Sovereign-Equality with all beings. It establishes our divine right to be here, to exist, just as one is, no less that the trees or the stars, alongside everything else that exists, as a direct-extension-of-Source-Energy, which automatically removes any pressure of having to conform, establish importance, or behave in a certain way to fit in, to please, fulfil a role, or position. This realisation allows self-love to permeate into every level of ones life, enabling old patterns to simply fall away and dissolve as they are transmuted by a sense of inner-peace, serenity and wellbeing.
“Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to – alcohol, food, legal or illegal drugs, or a person – you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain.” – Eckhart Tolle
Sept 2014: Opiates, Iboga and the Roots of Self-Destruction :: Waking Times Magazine :: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/03/iboga-roots-self-destruction/
Passage from: ‘Heart Felt Mind’ by Cat Catalyst, June 2017.
This post updated 2021.
© Cat Catalyst 2021.