FIELD GUIDE ZINE – WEEK #2 TAXONOMY

INDEX

  • TONGLEN BREATHING AS AN ENTRY POINT TO SHADOW WORK / BODILY SENSES AS FILTERS FOR SHADOW WORK
  • DESCRIPTION OF TONGLEN BREATHING & SHADOW WORK, FURTHER EXAMPLES
  • HOW CAN SHADOW WORK BE AN ACT OF HEALING & THEREFORE RESISTANCE?
  • ACTS FOR READER THAT INCLUDE: BREATHING / VISUALIZING MEDITATION, BODY MOVEMENT, SOUNDING (VOCALIZING), DRAWING SIGIL / MANDALA, GRIEF, PUBLIC ACTION

 

SYMBOL FOR ZINE:

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  • 5 pieces to represent 5 senses
  • shapes alluding to a vertebra, but also a fluid quality to them
  • circular shape – holding space, creating a container to work within, middle is empty

ENTRIES

INSPIRATION & EXAMPLES:

Art that becomes more integrated in daily life – we are overly categorized as a byproduct of the dominance of Eurocentric thinking, whose foundation is individualism. Part of this idea is highlighted in “Art of Living on a Damaged Planet” that I read over the summer. Not only is science compartmentalized to a point of scientific inaccuracy, we are learning more and more, so have we divided many other aspects of life due to this particular lense.

Some ideas to also explore:  “Object / Subject” “Non-dual Perception”

LINDA MONTANO 

“The art/life institute handbook” – designed to make performance available to everyone

Each page contains a topic with preparation, possible events and room for personal comments.

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SIGILS / HYPERSIGILS & PORTALS

“A common method of creating the sigils of certain spirits was to use kameas (magic squares) — the names of the spirits were converted to numbers, which were then located on the magic square. The locations were then connected by lines, forming an abstract figure.[3]

The use of symbols for magical or cultic purposes has been widespread since at least the Neolithic era. Some examples from other cultures include the yantra from Hindu tantra, historical runic magic among the Germanic peoples, or the use of veves in Voudon.”

“In modern chaos magic, when a complex of thoughts, desires and intentions gains such a level of sophistication that it appears to operate autonomously from the magician’s consciousness, as if it were an independent being, then such a complex is referred to as a servitor.[9][10] When such a being becomes large enough that it exists independently of any one individual, as a form of “group mind”, then it is referred to as an egregore.[11][12]

Later chaos magicians have expanded on the basic sigilisation technique. Grant Morrison coined the term hypersigil to refer to an extended work of art with magical meaning and willpower, created using adapted processes of sigilization. His comic bookseries The Invisibles was intended as such a hypersigil.[6] Morrison has also argued that modern corporate logos like “the McDonald’s Golden Arches, the Nike swoosh and the Virgin autograph” are a form of viral sigil:

Corporate sigils are super-breeders. They attack unbranded imaginative space. They invade Red Square, they infest the cranky streets of Tibet, they etch themselves into hairstyles. They breed across clothing, turning people into advertising hoardings… The logo or brand, like any sigil, is a condensation, a compressed, symbolic summoning up of the world of desire which the corporation intends to represent… Walt Disney died long ago but his sigil, that familiar, cartoonish signature, persists, carrying its own vast weight of meanings, associations, nostalgia and significance.[6]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigil_(magic)

AustinSpareSigils

The Book of Pleasure (Self-Love): Psychology of Ecstasy is a book written by Austin Osman Spare during 1909–1913 and self-published in 1913.

 

PAUL LAFFOLEY “Mr. Laffoley thought of his “architectonic thought forms” as portals allowing the viewer to enter, transcend time and space, and achieve an expanded state of consciousness.”

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link:https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/21/arts/design/paul-laffoley-painter-inspired-by-time-travel-and-aliens-dies-at-80.html

MOVEMENT / SOUNDING

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From  artist Peter Sciscioli’s sound & movement practice and workshop “Sounding Body: Voice as Movement” 

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https://movementresearch.org/event/7863

Tonglen Breathing Week #1

Tonglen Breathing is a Tibetan breathing technique, where one breathes in the suffering of oneself or others and breathes out comfort, safety, happiness.

Pema Chödrön gives tonglen instruction  as follows:

“On the in-breath, you breathe in whatever particular area, group of people, country, or even one particular person… maybe it’s not this more global situation, maybe it’s breathing in the physical discomfort and mental anguish of chemotherapy; of all the people who are undergoing chemotherapy. And if you’ve undergone chemotherapy and come out the other side, it’s very real to you. Or maybe it’s the pain of those who have lost loved ones; suddenly, or recently, unexpectedly or over a long period of time, some dying. But the in-breath is… you find some place on the planet in your personal life or something you know about, and you breathe in with the wish that those human beings or those mistreated animals or whoever it is, that they could be free of that suffering, and you breathe in with the longing to remove their suffering.

And then you send out – just relax out… send enough space so that peoples’ hearts and minds feel big enough to live with their discomfort, their fear, their anger or their despair, or their physical or mental anguish. But you can also breathe out for those who have no food and drink, you can breathe out food and drink. For those who are homeless, you can breathe out/send them shelter. For those who are suffering in any way, you can send out safety, comfort.

So in the in-breath you breathe in with the wish to take away the suffering, and breathe out with the wish to send comfort and happiness to the same people, animals, nations, or whatever it is you decide.

Do this for an individual, or do this for large areas, and if you do this with more than one subject in mind, that’s fine… breathing in as fully as you can, radiating out as widely as you can.” 

I initially thought to map this practice within a larger Buddhist Breathing tradition, and then a more global breathing tradition that cultivates compassion.  I then realized that this is also situated within a larger map some refer to as “Shadow Work”. Where we find the medicine in the poison, instead of avoiding the painful feelings or shadow side of things or ourselves, we give it space and thereby can transform it.  The “Shadow” as described by Carl Jung is:

“…the unknown ‘‘dark side’’ of our personality –-dark both because it tends to consist predominantly of the primitive, negative, socially or religiously depreciated human emotions and impulses like sexual lust, power strivings, selfishness, greed, envy, anger, or rage, and due to its unenlightened nature, completely obscured from consciousness. Whatever we deem evil, inferior or unacceptable and deny in ourselves becomes part of the shadow, the counterpoint to what Jung called the persona or conscious ego personality. According to Jungian analyst Aniela Jaffe, the shadow is the ‘‘sum of all personal and collective psychic elements which, because of their incompatibility with the chosen conscious attitude, are denied expression in life’’

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evil-deeds/201204/essential-secrets-psychotherapy-what-is-the-shadow

Under the Shadow Work system, I included:

  • Chöd Nun Practices – working with “evil” energies, visualizing their own bodies as food for these “demons” as transformational fuel
  • Brahmavahara Cultivation
  • Entheogen / Psychedelic Medicine Ceremonies where healers hold space as you do an underworld Journey
  • Kambo frog poison for mental, physical, spiritual energy disharmony
  • Underworld stories in Mythology
  • Reiki 
  • Sound Therapies
  • Grieving practices 
  • Death & Birth Doulas

In our culture in the U.S., everything is monetized so deeply that even our emotional processing and how we view emotions are effected.  Shadow work isn’t seen as productive, and the community rituals that can be found historically & virtually worldwide aren’t very present in our culture. I’ll also be mapping the social political context of shadow work as well. 

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https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=WQWrCQAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA74&dq=chod+nuns&ots=NLs6rmaTsK&sig=P1YBzeMUzEsLwptyZZ3y80LHFlU#v=onepage&q=chod%20nunschod&f=false

Machik’s Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chod (Expanded Edition)

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evil-deeds/201204/essential-secrets-psychotherapy-what-is-the-shadow

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonglen#cite_note-6