Reality, as in, get real! - comes in many flavors. I am reminded of this often because I have a great job: I get to give psychic readings to many people and see what version of reality they are living. I say this without judgment. After all, my reality isn't yours. We all see things differently. I am so happy we do - how boring it would be if every band sounded like the Beatles or Nirvana. Hooray for variety. Remember the potato famine!
Yes, variety is the spice of life. As a child, I was endlessly curious about other people and ways of doing things, still am. I couldn't understand how anyone wouldn't be. I was an artist and weird, and didn't fit in well. The neighborhood I grew up in underwent upheavals as a result of clinging stubbornly to its sameness. I was in judgment of the people there who were afraid of anyone who didn't look, talk, or think like they did. I know more now, and can allow them their provincial ways, for even my old neighborhood has broadened its scope. Seems new generations and technology come along and so does...CHANGE!
So in writing about reality, what I am asking is, whose reality are you talking about? Yours, mine, your friend's? So many people are sitting in something that's not even theirs. My favorite examples include the nightly news. What is being sold tonight as "reality"? What are you supposed to feel, think, buy, have, as a result? How does your body feel while watching the news? Frightened, depressed, asleep, interested? Try this: next time you watch the news, notice in particular how your body feels. You can even ask it. Hmmmm....
So again, what are you being sold as reality? This is where creating for oneself comes in handy. It's fun to blog and see what people all over the planet are doing to create something new, a new world, their own realities. If you are creating your life for you, you aren't matching to what others are creating. You aren't buying it unconsciously. Clairvoyance comes in handy here. What do I see for myself?
In my meanderings around the blogosphere today, I found something interesting. A group of Czech artists created a video last summer that got them in a whole heap of trouble. They made a video that looked like a nuclear explosion going off in the Czech countryside. Here's the link to the news report on Art Threat. And here's the group's Myspace page: Ztohoven. What these artists are trying to do is scare people awake. It's an interesting way to show one's art, to say the least. What do you think of their tactics? If Orson Wells were alive today and pulling his 'War of the Worlds' stunt, would he be facing possibly 3 years in prison too?
So again, what are you buying? What did you buy today? We have been trained well to consume. I'm fantastic at it, and intend to become a bigger consumer of shoes as soon as my budget agrees! However, what we each consume can be changed, and instead of being force fed some version of reality that isn't validating, why not create your own?
"Orange Sky" 2006 34"x32" acrylic on vinyl in reverse
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