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Lunar cycles 2017

Introduction

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Oceanic Bliss

Observed as I imagine myself: immersed in a seagrass meadow.

Photo: William Gladstone.

 

1975 Garden, Acrylic on wood
Private collection, Northern NSW

In December 2017 I meet up with this painting that I did in 1975 or thereabouts. I had given it to family friends who I still love for the sense of stability they provided in my chaotic teenage years. Seeing it again triggers thoughts and feelings from that time, of being simultaneously shaped and shaping the world around me. A scary omnipotence. I had been immersed in 'Oceanic' Jungian dream analysis with Raynor Johnson and I felt 'all at sea' with my whole world falling apart. Now I read: "He owned a property called "Santiniketan" ("abode of peace") at Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne. There he hosted regular meetings of a religious and philosophical discussion group led by the yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne. This group became known as "The Family", a cult that adopted a large number of children and treated them cruelly until Victorian police rescued them on 14 August 1987. Hamilton-Byrne and her husband Bill were extradited from the United States six years later and faced criminal charges." Wikipedia.org/wiki/Raynor_Johnson. [7th Decemer 2017]

I still believe that we are shaped by the world as well as contributing to shaping it, but I've since learned to distinguish between reason, imagination, and manipulation.