The Holy Trinity- Part 3. Taking ‘it’ to heart can suck for a while…

Heart Connections

 

Brain can rule the heart

Between the heart and Brain- The Foolish Heart by the Awkward Yeti

Every week day morning I have the opportunity to walk my kids to school which has become a welcoming ritual in my world.  We talk about the unfolding events and activities of the day, who is doing what and so forth.  Currently we have two days left of the school year which you would think my kids would be super happy about, but this morning unexpectedly my son was in a bad mood. I don’t know what caused him to be mean to his sister, other than it had to be he was hurting inside. Sometimes our hearts and brains around situations are at total odds. We know we can’t live under the sole guidance of the heart. We need the smarts of reason to cooperate. On a bad day such as my son’s this morning, it was evident his brain’s ‘critic’ or ‘protector’ was engaged against his sister and out to fire enough ammunition to burn a city down.  What a way to ruin the bubbly self in his sister that loves life innocently says gullible mama.  He isn’t always the ‘critic’, like all of us he is guilty of big heart loving and obviously his sister provoked him to get him into a wounding mood. The point is we all act in this play  ‘Between Good Heart and Negative Brain’ daily  and we do it because we enter the zone of vulnerability. It can suck.

Now I am not a therapist, or a self-help guru on how to overcome vulnerability. I know we can meditate, drink Oprah’s soothing tea recipes, eat lots of vegetables (apparently two pounds daily to prevent cancer), exercise, travel and perhaps we reach equanimity. Even if I do follow the right regimen I am still a little empty. What I realize is if I delve deeper into the quasi inventive characters we are, I can begin to see differently. Humans are blessed with creativity and I am not talking about the reproductive kind altho that too I suppose. From active creativity comes positivity and connection. I think the remedy that cures all is having a sense of wonder as we flow thru our orbits. Try this once and you might get hooked. Let wonder lead the way in your day from one moment to the next. To be caught by the unexpected or the inexplicable is profoundly liberating. First, you could start with this video on The Helical Heart which unravels the construction of the human heart. . It will blow you away.

 

#2.  Dwell on this fantastic Macramé dress to see the intricate symmetry of human craft encase and drape where complexity is trapped in and outside the body. Where is the solid form anyway?

red is the heart is a dress

The Red dress drips

 

#3. Let’s take on those bad thoughts and feel the heat of fire burn them to ashes…

Red Fire Dress

Red heart Fire dress- Alexander McQueen

#4. Let’s look at our biological systems that keep us flowing and grounded on the earth. Our body is often said to be a machine well, it is also pretty darn mysterious like any scientist or mystic will tell you. Jean Paul Gauthier’s body suit below is an intense reminder of the hidden layers of connectivity.

veins and cloth-Gauthier

 Lastly,

Let’s go back to the 80’s and visit Jana Sterbak’s Meat Dress titled Vanitas. Here we can watch meat age much like we do, from raw innocence to curing wisdom.

The Flesh dress

 

“Ah! The Vanity of it All”…might perhaps lead us down the path of meaninglessness but one thing is clear while our hearts are built around perfect symmetry like that which is hidden in natural structures they also contain the seeds of self-mastery. We can chose to feel the beauty that continuously pervades us inside and outside the human hemisphere, the natural law of the cosmos or we can be burned by that nasty magistrate who destroys from the wounded self. The truth is our heart always wins with love. Second last day of school maybe my son will come around…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A King’s Matter

king at salaam boutique

King of Salaam

sensual king
a king’s matter

sacrifice the ego

the king’s chair

heads on table

heads of state

double headed
by the king’s side

sacrifice of the ego

hanging heads

 

to be headed

head features

kingliness

inside Salaam Boutique-King’s fabric-male and floral reproductive systems

 

 

KINGLINESS…

 

by Sam TK

Kingliness is the beginning to a larger art installation that examines the myths and roles of sacred ancient Kings. The King hero is a model of a behavioral code that exists in all of us as a kind of ruler or director of operations. He/She (Queen) is associated with how we manage power inside and outside of ourselves. Royalty of this kind is not be identified with, rather we align ourselves to their positive energy. When our egos seek to dominate over someone, community or land’ our sacred ruler in its healthiest state of being influences benevolently. Harmony flows as we act in accord with our environment. If our sovereignty falls ill with grandiosity then chaos ensues, our communities and earth become a wasteland. Thus the dark ruler in us as legends teach us necessitates transformation towards humility, wholeness and knowledge of ordinary life.

Kingliness is my inner image of a king- a mythic perspective of male identity and one that seeks to bring forth a sensual, elegant, masterful energy in our physical and psychological selves. His energy expression is not of a patriarchal order for he cares not to lord over others or destroy that of our environment.

I have hand silkscreened imagery on fine silk/cotton of male and floral reproductive systems. They are interwoven into primordial patterns; a mix of biology, and botany in textile production.

Weaving the human with the patterns of nature roots us with the lush and fecund earth, in our hearts and imaginations.