Alberto is based in Pittsburgh and born in Chile, i would describe him as an experimental artist even though he has had ‘formal training’ in all different types of art. He has a really amazing outlook on art:

 Almarza treats art as an essential form of inner science, as important as science or spirituality themselves.

The work I enjoy the most is the drawing he does. For example, this mandala, created to advertise his new class.


I began to write this post because it links into one of my curiosities. Sacred Geometry is a really big interest of mine, it is all over the place and we don’t seem to see it unless we are specifically aware of it, the whole world is created of Sacred Geometry. I believe the easiest way of showing it is through looking at artist’s work.

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Another of my curiosities is Ancient History. I enjoy reading about early civilisations and how different their way of life is to the modern day (for example, read Food of the Gods– Terence McKenna). My interest varies from Ancient Egypt and the Egyptian Book of the Dead to Ancient architecture all around the world.

I have recently read about Catal Huyuk, Turkey. The Neolithic settlement created a mound (a clue is in the name Huyuk means mound in Turkish) not far from the Mount Hasan volcano. The site was first excavated by James Mellaart (author of Earliest Civilisation of the Near East) followed by a team of people that helped him out. However Mellaart was later banned from Turkey over a dispute over missing artefacts supposedly of the Bronze Age, therefore until 1993 the site had no more attention. In 1993, investigations into the site began again with leadership from Ian Hodder (ex-student of Mellaart’s) from Cambridge, the investigation included “archaeological science, psychological and artistic interpretations of the symbolism of the wall paintings”.

One of the main quotes I read about the investigation that stuck out to me was:

“Less than three percent of the site has been explored. But Catal Huyuk has already yielded a wealth of religious art and symbolism that appears to be three or four thousand years ahead of its time. The mature complexity of the traditions at this Neolithic site further presupposes, according to the excavator, an Upper Paleolithic ancestor to whom we have no trace.”

One of my favourite reads over the summer was Life After Life by Raymond Moody. The book is an account of people who have left there body at the time of death and managed to be revived, he presents stories of what the patients saw and experienced whilst in another consciousness. The book doesn’t scientifically prove anything about life after death but it does give us an insight on what could possibly happen.

What I found most interesting about the stories he was telling was the recurring elements of people’s experiences whilst in another reality. You don’t have to alway believe what you read but the people who’s accounts he recorded were complete strangers; there was no time in which they could have discussed amongst themselves what they had seen, so how is there so much similarity in what they saw?

I loved the book so much I have chosen this subject topic for my current uni project.

Storm

1/Nov/11

Taken on my Miranda MS-3. Start Point, Devon.

A subject close to my heart and this definitely needs to be shared and passed around.

“A new study shows that psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” may help terminally ill cancer patients get some relief from anxiety.”

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Terminally ill cancer patients may get some relief from a guided “trip” on the drug psilocybin
  • One to three months after taking psilocybin, patients reported feeling less anxious
  • Patients said their experience gave them a new perspective on their illness

Find the full article here.

I’m not really a fan of reading newspapers and magazines as I believe the majority of the time the media are feeding us a censored view of the world. I believe that the people above us are persistently filling our brains with pointless celebrity news; cushioned war coverage and general bullshit to distract us from what’s going on in the real world. However, i’m not completely closed minded about what does appear in magazines and newspapers. You just have to be open to what could be true and false and make your own judgement.

Recently, I did read a feature article in NewScientist, one of the luxury items I allow myself to occasionally buy using my tight student budget. Besides being attracted to the magazine due to the inviting design on the front, the title read Heal Thyself. Inside the feature article were six different interesting points which claim the power of the mind and how you can attempt to heal yourself without the use of drugs.

As a summary the points were:

  • Fool yourself
  • Think positive
  • Trust people
  • Meditate
  • Hypnotise yourself
  • Know your purpose

Find the article here.

Homer, the Iliad

25/Oct/11

Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.

The Cosmos

22/Oct/11

A couple of years ago, I discovered Carl Sagan. I found his book Cosmos buried in a house clearance shop and brought it for 50p, ever since, I have been obsessed with what is above us.

During the summer, I spent my time in the South of Devon, avoiding the city and the idea of getting a job. Every night we would wait for it to get dark and hope for no clouds. This is what we saw.

Photo courtesy of Joe Jinks

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