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New song

New song “What I See”. Not too specific, hopefully it channels some of the feelings that have been going around in the last few days, weeks and months.

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The Trouble With Masks – ‘stay safe’ or stay authentic?

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You make ripples all the time. In your actions, words, hopes, intentions and concerns you can send out vibrations with subtle influence. Whether you intend it or not, you have an influence. Our task today is to make ripples consciously.

In times of uncertainty it can be easy to try too hard, and send out waves that add to the general turbulence, but the greatest help we can give comes without any struggle. It comes from feeling the stillness at the core of your being, whatever you are doing.

This stillness doesn’t want to force anything, yet it is the source of a great power for your wellbeing, and that of others. It is the source of love. Connecting with the heart of your being like this will animate your movements and words with grace, compassion and wisdom.

Identify yourself with this gentle energy, trusting it to find its way outwards like the tiny ripples on a lake generated by a swan’s heartbeat.

You never know what help you may bring by being calm. You don’t need to know. This kind of helping is not about certainties. Just know that you can still help, if you make gentle ripples consciously.

 

swan-on-the-lake

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TOM GEORGE ARTS

In the coming weeks and months, if you are in contact with elderly friends or relatives, ask them about times of crisis they have endured and how they dealt with the situation. Many of our living elders came through WW2, a time when entire streets were destroyed in a night, with death arriving regularly and violently. Food was strictly rationed and there was no clear picture about how long the war would last, or if the forces of Nazism would take over our country and the entire world.
We have gained amazing material comforts in recent decades, but increasingly this crisis is waking us up to what we have lost. We have lost the simple connectedness, whereby communities thrive through myriad acts of helping, which should be routine but now stand out as selfless acts of kindness. Equally tragically, we no longer treasure our elders. (photo: Gennaro Leonardi)

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In the coming weeks and months, if you are in contact with elderly friends or relatives, ask them about times of crisis they have endured and how they dealt with the situation. Many of our living elders came through WW2, a time when entire streets were destroyed in a night, with death arriving regularly and violently. Food was strictly rationed and there was no clear picture about how long the war would last, or if the forces of Nazism would take over our country and the entire world.
We have gained amazing material comforts in recent decades, but increasingly this crisis is waking us up to what we have lost. We have lost the simple connectedness, whereby communities thrive through myriad acts of helping, which should be routine but now stand out as selfless acts of kindness. Equally tragically, we no longer treasure our elders. (photo: Gennaro Leonardi)

 

In every generation of human history, the role of elders was to pass on the wisdom they had gained through a lifetime of experience. They were there to counsel and advise, putting a brake on rash decision making. But in the prosperous North of the planet, that role has all but vanished. Endlessly fascinated by the new, we lose the bonds of continuity with earlier generations that can do so much to ground us.

But it’s not just our wellbeing that is impacted. I feel that the need to pass on their stories and experience is an innate part of elderly wellbeing. To be valued and have status within society is something that has been taken away from them. The world has changed so fast and is now so technologically driven that old people often live out their final years ignored and sidelined.

In this crisis, they need to know that they have a role. Especially as many elders will be experiencing even more isolation than usual, contacts with the old can include eliciting memories and seeking advice. These people have endured privations and threats that we can’t imagine; they could hold the wisdom that will see us through. As we rekindle, through necessity, the remnants of our communities, they can show us how it was done before.

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by Tom George During the last two months the UK has seemed like a different place. With a prolonged heatwave unmatched since the summer of ’76, a feeling of meditteranean langour has settled over the…

Source: Walking on Sunshine – why the heat makes us happy

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Here’s a clip of me playing the title track of my latest CD ‘Gravity’. I filmed this at home, might do a series called ‘songs from the sofa’. Btw if you like the song it’s available to buy at http://www.tomgeorge.bandcamp.com

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Dreamcatching

TOM GEORGE ARTS

Yesterday I met someone in the Egg cafe to talk about my Dreamcatcher project.

This is a series of interviews with folks about interesting, bizarre or memorable dreams they’ve had. I’m editing them into little films for the internet, with some of the dreams being visualised with dream sequences (obviously, the relatively low-budget dreams will stand the best chance of visualisation, as I can’t stretch to victorian costumes or alien battlecruisers at this stage)

Denny gave me a wonderful dream which you will have to wait for the new instalment to see. Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of the first dreamcatcher film.

Anyone with an interesting dream that wants to take part, please get in touch via spooneditor@hotmail.com

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Barcode Man

This is a piece that I am currently exhibiting at Arts Hub 47 on Lark Lane as part of Not Just Collective’s new show. The name of the show is ‘Practitioners of the City’ and features work inspired by the experience of urban living. I had previously exhibited video art with the group and this is my first sculpture, although I have always made things…

15241209_10153831565171735_1131450318289429216_nIn my teens I has a phase of making heads out of papier mache and recently went back to the practice, for no particular reason. This rather primitive human-like head was lying around my flat unpainted for a couple of years until this new show came along and I decided to do something with it.

For a while now I have been paying more attention to a spiritual essence that has become obscured by our obsessions with technology and consumerism. I have always been fascinated by evolution and early human relics – just when did we start being human?

15350458_10153831563891735_8096096447571652291_nIt occurred to me to make something that would reflect the impacts upon the human psyche of capitalism. These days, especially as we brand ourselves on social media, there is a tension between a kind of tamed, commodified self that we want to present to the world almost like a product, and a freer, more implusive, ancient human essence that we have almost forgotten.

The ‘hair’ on the sculpture is made of bar codes which I collected from products in my home and the base is a domestic cleaner bottle. The eyes are reflective plastic from teabag packaging – you can see yourself reflected if you get close enough.

I titled it ‘Something Deeper’.

 

 

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“Evidently, it’s elementary, they want us all gone eventually…”

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