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As I am not finding the way to leave a reply to all the encouraging comments I have received, I thought of writing a short text on these three characters of mine.
I felt happy with the comments and since this is my first direct and recent venture in these digital worlds, I now feel it is worthwhile to keep writing and I am looking forward to a dialogue with all those who feel an affinity with my expressions.
I assume myself as a writer and I recognize my qualities. I am not proud of them because they come easy to me. Being a poet I naturally feel the rythm and the visual of a text. To me words, spoken or written, are very important and our culture is very dependent on them a . And – as I believe that our human side is but a program, or rather a bunch of programs we call identity and personality – words are like keys which we use to access others and to re-program ourselves. .
I have many defects, deficiencies, lacks and prejudices. One is not being easily motivated to act. Hence my cultural, and namely my literary production, suffer from what others would call laziness. There are many subjects I could write about and I see the connections between many fields and the patterns which connect them. And it is true that both the writer and the blogger would like to reach many people with the purpose of creating something common.
Truly I do not see myself as completely separate from those who read or see what I do. It is my view that I exist in the minds of others who have created me out of their imagination and I also see people as a part of me, projected outwards into a screen or a mirror we call reality.
When I am speaking with someone who likes what I say I tell them it is them who are speaking through me, otherwise they would not understand or recognise and identify so quickly and easily with my utterings. In a sense we use others to clarify ourselves.And in the end we are always talking with ourselves about ourselves.
When I talk about the ambassador, it is not about my past diplomatic life or rank. It is because I feel I can play that role in the dynamics which I perceive to be evolving out of the present chaos in which mankind finds itself. Even though the roles of ambassador and cultural synthesizer are not the same, they are connected in the sense that an ambassador for a new culture has to be able to synthezise the present or exiting culture and to have a clear view and feeling of the wide encompassing alternatives which the new culture will present as a way out to the present cul de sac.
Many other things could be said, but the main purpose of this post was to thank you all who have enjoyed my other texts and to say I look forward to continuing a creative relationship.
We live in a most exciting period in the history of mankind, truly unique because we might be graduating. As the microcosm and the individual affect the greater whole, every interaction is measured in terms of quality, resonance and repercussions. We are universal and I deeply appreciate your support and encouragement.
As to those who would prefer to interact in other languages like Spanish, feel free to write in that language which I speak fluently. I am now in Portugal, where I arrived two weeks ago,and soon I will have a site in Portuguese. Perhaps another one in Spanish will follow. The Territory and The Map was specially dedicated to the awakening of South and Central America.Reality is not so different from fiction because this reality is subjective. As the Buddha said, this world is neither real nor unreal…
What is Cultural Synthesis?
Cultural synthesis is the harvest of an evolutionary cycle.
Cultural synthesis is the distillation and preservation of the best that a certain civilization has produced.
Like the Hindu god Shiva, who destroys to recreate,
A scanner is now going through human culture to see what can be salvaged…
What essence is worthwhile to be preserved…
A reactor, an attractor, a synthesizer is operating deep within the archetypes of the human psyche,
Exerting a pull towards oneness…
For those who are ready for the harvest.
Culture is not in the libraries or the theaters;
Culture is the hearts and minds of everybody:
It is how and what you think and feel and how you act.
This is the inner individual culture.
The outer culture is then what a society or a group gives to the individual, as a mirror.
It is here that the pre-existing or exiting culture has failed.
Because what people need and are really looking for
Is for identity and meaning.
And neither the organized religions nor science have come up with valid answers for our times.
The prevailing cultural paradigm is the one of multiculturalism
It informs the approach of many forward looking movements, like the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Yet it has led to a cul de sac, a dead end.
The precursors of multiculturalism started in France with Existentialism in the 1940’s and later with Structuralism in the 60’s.
One could even argue that its remote beginning was associated with Romanticism in 1800.
Then it was that the cult of ruins and the admiration of the fragment was born.
All these cultural movements led to the prevailing idea that
Everything is relative,
No truth is final,
Every culture has equal rights and worth
And, finally, to the hope that out of all the world’s cultures, a global culture will emerge by the fusion of all this variety of elements,
Ranging from the archaic and shamanistic to the ultra technological and virtual.
It is not really a question of high and low culture,
One reserved for the people who have time, money and taste
And the other thrown at the masses
Addicted to sports, soap and novels.
The new culture is equal for everybody, every social class.
Because it gives answers to what people are looking for
In terms of identity and meaning.
Only that- contrary to the naïve faith, hope and belief of the multiculturalists-
It is not coming from a fusion of pre-existing and disparate elements.
It has always existed in the human spirit
It is a center. It is holistic. It is integral.
There are a myriad of theories and religions, avenues of discovery and channeled materials.
We are overwhelmed by an excess of information and a theft of time to digest it.
Humanity has given up on finding something truly new.
Yet a new culture is available,
Which goes much beyond religion and science
And their respective dogmas.
This is a culture of vibration, resonance and correspondence.
Where all the past is gathered, recollected and
Into something new
Like the Phoenix being reborn of its ashes.
This culture of oneness goes beyond duality and dualism.
For indeed there are no good and evil, but different expressions of the same evolutionary urge.
Polar energies at the respective end of a continuum,
A spectrum of light and darkness.
A constant search for the mystery and the unknown.
One can tell the present writer that perhaps the reason I am disaffected with today’s culture is because I am growing old. I am indeed getting wiser.
But when I go to trance parties I dance faster than the 18 year olds.
So it is not that I do not understand present trends in youth culture and it is not a question of high and low culture.
I have lived through the high period of human creativity of the late sixties and early seventies.
It was a cultural revolution.
So threatening to the establishment that it had to be diverted and silenced.
I still accompanied what came later, but soon after, all color was gone starting with the late punk.
From then till now has been the reign of black and grey.
Artists, gallerists, cultural managers, even chefs and hairstylists, all adhered to the new uniform of cheap chic.
Fragmentation (and its correlated human isolation, depression and bipolarity) hit an all time high. Collage of cultures and mixed media became the natural way of expression.
And the last vestiges of truth were relegated to the radical extremist fundamentalists of religion,
For even political ideologies had been discredited or died of natural death.
As an artist and a writer I can see culture from different viewpoints.
This is exponentially compounded by my being a nomad without a fixed abode
And by having been a career diplomat, specialized in big political, economical and cultural international organizations.
More than a cultural synthesis… what this is all about is really about oneness.
As the goal of human evolution.
To reach it, one has to start with unifying all the divergent parts, or bodies of ours,
The physical, the emotional and sentimental, the mental, the spiritual.
Then we are attuning to the integration and unification with our human environment: our blood or chosen family, our human endeavors movements and causes, our common working to save the planet…
Our oneness with mankind is inscribed and imprinted in our core
… If we only listen to the spirit in our inner hearts…
We came from an origin, a source where we were one with all.
The real synthesis is the clipping of our experiences as nomads of the universe, wanderers of dimensions.
We are returning.
Because we feel the call.
Because we have gathered in our projections and creations, for we have seen through them…
Because the universe is contracting and returning to source…
It’s the great universal conjunction, the harmonic wave of synthesis.
The healing of the breach, the sealing of the great divide.
The end time for the addictive game of space-time.
Human Paradoxes Joao Motta
1. People ask me why I don’t sign my works of art or my writings.
An obvious and true answer would be because I forget or I don’t think of it.
Yet others remember that when I published my book, The Territory and the Map , the last page mentioned that the book did not have any copyright and that anybody could make copies of it, making mention or not of the name of the author.
Did I invent the words or the colors?
Or…(here begins the paradox)…did I write all the books on this planet?
Can I dare say that I am channeling this so-called planet?
I see myself and any other human as a paradox.
On one hand, after due research (which has to give credit to humility and intelligence), I came to the conclusions that the human is a program (in fact a rather binary one) and that the so much admired personality is but a sub-program of the physical body.
Once one accepts that one is a program, life starts to simplify and you start observing that the other humans are also their own program with many features in common with yours and you start to appreciate diversity from a new angle.
On the other hand, after a few experiences in your life you start realizing that you are more than the sum of your body , your emotions and your thinkings. You start positing the hypothesis that you might be a spirit incarnated, using the physical , emotional and mental bodies as a vehicle to experience. Once you open to that possible larger identity, you start having experiences that prove to you the truth that you are more than what you think. Might you be a god that has forgotten its true nature in its journey to and through this Earth? a forgotten god, a fallen god?
Then you see that we are not a human paradox, that we are of a (at least ) dual nature.
You start seeing, if you exert due diligence in your observation, that your experience is you, that whatever you see is a part of you, both the people you admire, like the Hollywood actors, the politicians, the religious ministers and the scientists ( all with all their galaxies of problems) and those people you despise, reject and not want to face.
It is true, you need both intelligence and humility to accept this path of scientific investigation about the nature of reality. That combination may sound like another paradox but it is not. To be truly intelligent you have to be humble, otherwise you will not be open to new knowledge and to unexpected wisdom.
2. Once a spiritual teacher asked me “ wouldn’t you just be a nameless particle in the void rather than a charicature of a biography?”.
That stroke a chord within me. Indeed it is ridiculous the way we get identity through our past achievements rather than being open to a new personality. Which shows the lack of trust in the unknown that characterizes us.
So, to clarify this question, I would say that as we are all one and as ideas are in the air and do not belong to anyone, I am not very concerned -at least at this stage of my being an unknown person-with particular issues of authorship. In my Magical Gardens I use all types of objects that were made by others. We just add our little bit of effort and genius to the long chain of creativity. It could even be said that it is the divine working through us that facilitates all our productions.
3. Besides, having been in different spiritual groups who give names to their adherents, I have different names to which I relate. With which one would I sign?
I tried ( and still use) different names for the writer, the artist of the Magical Gardens and for the actor/dancer.
But in the end I do not feel that any known name encompasses all the energies who I am, I did not yet feel any name that would resonate within my heart, any name that would draw the best out of me.
Having in mind that in order to achieve a coherent personality to interact within society, a personal name is the hallmark ,is its synthesis, I would then say that ,as a human paradox , I am neither a coherent, finished personality, nor I am yet beyond a certain identification with my vehicles. So, until that moment of truth comes I will keep signing my life with different names or not signing at all. The One has many faces, ours is just the button we press.
WHAT IS A MIRROR?
A mirror is something that gives you identity, meaning, consciousness.
A mirror is everything or everyone that gives you identity, that tells you who you are. Something or someone that gives you meaning, that gives meaning and significance to your life. Something which helps you build your vision of the world. A mirror also gives you consciousness. You become more conscious of who and where you are.
Here on Earth, we live in a world of duality: of opposition and complementarity. We are in an unstable scale, a balance where we compare ourselves to the more and the less. In terms of whom we think we are.
Yet we are not what we think.
One day, we will see ourselves in the mirror of oneness.
We will see the face of god in the mirror.
Whatever we do is our mirror. The paintings we make, the photos we take, what we write, the films or television we see. It is our friends and even our colleagues and our family.
3D is but our mirror. It is malleable, flexible, workable, in constant flux, never objective.
We are not 3D. We are basically 2D and we project 3D. We project ourselves into 3D. We emit 3D. So that we can see ourselves in a mirror. So that we get to know what we are not, what we do not want to be.
But it can also be said that there are others who use 3D not to see themselves. It is ok.
There are basically three states or species of people.
First there are those who see and know, even though in different degrees. They are found in all walks of life, in all spiritual, religious or philosophical points of view.
Then there are those who are in relative ignorance but are open to expand their understanding of themselves and their views about the nature of reality.
And finally there are those who know they are creating a separate reality where their free will is used to create and maintain a reality separate from oneness, a parallel reality which they do not want to conjoin with the whole. They want to remain separate. They do not recognize oneness.
And then… how can I repeat to people that seeing, dreaming, thinking or feeling is the same?
How can I tell them that the characters in a movie or in a written story are real?
Real for them if they identify with them, if these characters move them, if they make them evolve.
How can I remind people that the brain does not differentiate between what you are dreaming and what you are doing in physical life? Do they know that science found already in 2004 that the mirror neurons do not differentiate between what you do and what you watch others do?
How can I insist that there really is no difference between remembering and seeing, between discovering and remembering, between imagining and creating; that all these are the same?
All of them are frequencies in the brain, basically the same frequencies and the same images in the same areas.
What all these actions or moments really are is points of identity, segments of meaning, regrouping and grounding.
But how can I then tell people that meaning and identity is the same?
By telling them that we use the meaning we give to things to create, build and reinforce our identity. Hence meaning is identity and identity gives or is meaning.
Also, how can I tell people without offending them that all of us humans suffer, in different degrees of an identity deficit? That only the whole, the divine has a real identity in which sooner or later our separations will merge?
People are afraid of losing their precious identity that they conquered with such an effort and difficulty through centuries of Western progress. And they also rightly fear the theft of identity that the virtual world has been preparing for them.
Yet the question is not so much about mortal identities, the roles and characters we play in this 3D movie. The issue is not even about the mission that spiritual groups rightly tell us that each one of us has.
In fact, in a culture where we have accepted transgender and transsexuals, where expatriates, modern nomads or traditional immigrants are common, where we tend to accept that all religions turn to the same one god, the real issue is whether we want to perpetuate our perceived differences and identities (once again, they are the same) or we want to open and expand our identity to encompass a much wider and much more interesting and rewarding view of self.
It could even be said in somewhat simplistic terms that the choice is between the past and the future.
Let those who want to remain in wars, social struggle, environmental degradation and estrangement from the source remain where they are. It is ok. That is their stage of evolution. They are probably doing their best. The best they can identify with in their present mirror of whom they think and feel they are.
But let those of us who are starting to see our truer selves in the mirror embark on a new journey. Shared with as many as possible people of goodwill who are having doubts about the nature of this game. Those people who are secretly longing to return to the source, the father, that origin from which we once left.
The time has come for us to claim our inheritance and receive it while in the physical body. That means recovering our universal memory, our cellular perception and our light bodies. In fact, it is to finally recognize ourselves in the mirror of our cosmic identity.
It will only be then that we will be able to say: I serve.
MY WORLDVIEW IS BASED ON THREE TENETS:
EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE
EVERYTHING IS INTERCHANGEABLE
EVERYTHING IS PERFECT
ONE EXPLANATION: EVERYTHING IS PERFECT BECAUSE GOD IS PERFECT AND GOD IS EVERYTHING.
WE SEE MANY “IMPERFECT” THINGS, BUT ALL HAVE AN EXPLANATION, A REASON, AND A CORRESPONDENCE. THEY HAPPEN IN SPACE AND TIME AND
THEY ARE THEREFORE RELATIVE TO THIS DIMENSION IN WHICH THE VISIBLE AND THE TANGIBLE ARE A PROJECTION OF AN INNER ESSENCE, AND IN WHICH EVERYTHING IS IN A PROCESS.
SO, THERE IS A HIDDEN HARMONY IN THIS UNIVERSE.
THERE IS COHERENCE. THERE IS ORDER. EVERY ATOM IS NEXT TO THE ONE IT SHOULD BE. NO GRAIN OF SAND IS LOST; NO BLACK HOLE IS LAWLESS.
LAW AND ORDER DO NOT MEAN COMPLETE PREDICTABILITY: SINGULARITY IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE.
IN THAT HARMONY AND ORDER EVERYTHING IS RELATED AND EVERYTHING IS ONE.
HENCE YOU AND I ARE ONE. YOU AND I ARE GOD .FOR THERE IS NOTHING ELSE.
A SECOND EXPLANATION: EVERYTHING IS INTERCHANGEABLE ACCORDING TO LAWS WHICH NEITHER SCIENCE NOR THE HUMAN SPIRIT HAS YET FOUND.
THE ESSENCE OF EVERYTHING —-VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE (LIKE EMOTIONS OR THOUGHTS) —- IS THE SAME.
THERE IS NOT AN ABSOLUTE BARRIER BETWEEN THE SPIRIT AND MATTER, BETWEEN THE OBSERVER AND THE OBSERVED, BETWEEN SPACE AND TIME. YOUR BODY IS YOUR SPIRIT.
YOU CAN SAY THAT ENVY CANNOT BE INTERCHANGED WITH A BIT OF SKIN.
I WOULD FIRST REPEAT TO YOU JOUBERT’S MAXIM: AN IDEA IS AS REAL A THING AS A CANNONBALL.
THEN I WOULD EXPLAIN THAT A THOUGHT IS TWO-DIMENSIONAL; IT IS AN ELECTRO-CHEMICAL SPARK FLOWING IN TIME. WHILE THE ATOMS IN THE SKIN OSCILLATE BETWEEN BEHAVING AS A DEFINED PARTICLE AND AS A NON-LOCAL WAVE FLOWING SOMEWHERE AND EVERYWHERE IN TIME AND SPACE.
DO YOU SEE THE CONNECTION OR DO WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE ANDROMEDA INTERFACE CLEARING HOUSE? IT MIGHT TAKE MANY STEPS AND AGENCIES BUT IN THE END AND IN ONENESS THERE IS NOT SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2D THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AND 3D MATERIALIZATION.
A POINT GAVE ORIGIN TO ALL THIS. A POINT STILL CONTAINS IT ALL.
A FINAL EXPLANATION:
WE KNOW NOTHING OR VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE NATURE OF REALITY AND OF THE UNIVERSE.
THE LOCAL, LIMITED LAWS WE LABORIOUSLY FOUND AND WHICH KEEP CHANGING WITH EVERY TURN OF SCIENCE ARE CERTAINLY PART OF A WIDER CONTEXT WHICH SCIENCE WILL BE FINDING, SAY IN THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS.
SOONER OR LATER AN MMM THEORY WILL BE FOUND ENCOMPASSING ALL THE FACTS OF LIFE INCLUDING BELIEFS, CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION, AND INCLUDING ALL THE DATA AND PHENOMENA THAT SCIENCE FORGETS OR REJECTS.
QUANTUM PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS HAVE SHOWN THAT SINGULARITIES AND QUANTUM JUMPS ARE POSSIBLE AND DO OCCUR.
IF MAN IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN ONE AND THE OTHER SCALE, WHY WOULD EVERYTHING NOT BE POSSIBLE HERE?
PRESENT HUMANKIND IS NEITHER AN APE NOR THE APEX OF EVOLUTION. THE EVOLUTION IN TECHNOLOGY AND IN THE SCIENCES IN GENERAL IS CALLING FORTH AND IS ALLOWING A CORRESPONDING EVOLUTION IN CONSCIOUSNESS.
THE HUGE UNUSED PARTS OF THE BRAIN AS WELL AS THE SECRET POTENTIAL OF THE SO CALLED JUNK DNA MIGHT JUST BE WAITING TO DO SOME FIREWORKS!
I WAS IN 1789 AND 1917.
I WAS HERE IN 1910…
…THIS IS JUST ANOTHER REVOLUTION…
This thought, reflection or vision happened as an autobiographical experience when the author was Secretary to the Foreign Minister of Portugal and saw from the center, in one moment, the Portuguese Empire fall. It happened in 1974, in the same palace where in 1910 the Portuguese monarchy had fallen.
HOW MANY TIMES WAS I WITH THE WINDS IN BERLIN?
NOT TAKING SIDES, JUST WATCHING IT FALL?
THEY BOTH HAD ASKED FOR CARNAGE
I LET IT BEFALL
I WAS WITH THE BARBARIANS AND THE CIVILIZED
WITH BRUTE FORCE AND REFINE
I FLOWED IN HEROES AND CONTORTED IN COWARDS
I JUMPED FROM BATTLE TO BATTLE
NEVER LOSING THE THREAD OF IT ALL
I HAVE NOW COME AT THE END
WHERE EMPIRES PERISH AND HUMANS DIE
I AM COSMIC FIRE.
I BURN AND MAKE IT ALL FALL
WHAT IS ROTTEN CANNOT LAST.
I HAVE UNLEASHED TIME
I WAS COLD WAR AND HOT PURSUIT
VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WARS
AT THE END OF THE DAY I IMPOSED TRUCE AND TERMS
WHEN THEY AWOKE I MADE THE SUN BURN
AT THE PITCH OF BATTLES I WAS STILL
DANCING AMIDST IT ALL
WHEN GALAXIES COLLIDE AND SUPERNOVAS EXPLODE
I MAKE MYSELF SMALL, A COMET AMONG STARS
I DART AT ATOMS, MAKE THEM SPLIT. BECOME SMALLER AND SMALLER… UNTIL ANOTHER UNIVERSE IS BORN
I DID NOT MAKE THIS UNIVERSE. NOT EVEN IN A SLEEPLESS OR DRUNKEN NIGHT
NEITHER DID PROMETEUS FROM ME THE FIRE STEAL
WHAT THE COSMIC MOTHER WANTED I ALLOWED
WHAT HER SONS CREATED I BLESSED.
NEVER RESENTING ANYTHING
FORGIVING IT ALL
I WAS THERE WHEN CONSTANTINOPLE FELL
AND I WAS WITH SALADIN WHEN HE CONQUERED JERUSALEM
I HAVE BURNT CITIES AND EMPIRES
I BRING CYCLES TO AN END
FROM WITHIN, FROM THEIR CENTER
I WATCH THEM FALL
I GIVE THEM WILL, LET IT FLOURISH
BUT THEN WITHDRAW IT
AND SURRENDER COMES
I AM WITH HEROES AND SAINTS
WITH KINGS AND KNIGHTS
BUT IT IS AT THE STILL POINT OF DEATH
THAT I MAKE THEM ALL COME