Posts Tagged ‘next of kin’

Running with Drunvalo’s Liminal Philosophy

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I watched this half-an-hour video and to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed. I’ve heard too many people recite a liminal philosophy for it to hold credence.

All such philosophies have similar characteristics. They include similar points based on the idea a pseudo spiritual-dynamic critical mass:

  1. a citation of contemporary international or political circumstances as proof of the necessity of transformation
  2. paradoxically this transformation is always the first that has ever occurred in the history of a cyclical universe
  3. the time is not quite right – one or two more things need (and will) fall into place very soon
  4. the speaker is always absolutely certain that the transformation is going to take place

The idea that we are on the verge of a massive collective transformation that will happen at some undefined point in the very near future just tears at our hearts and hopes. Wouldn’t that just be wonderful? Yes! Ugh, but why does it seem like a regurgitation of not only a message that positions its speaker in the egoic role of prophet but also one that is still stuck in the duality of time?

Aside from the wonderful music from The Mission and the awesome Philip Glass sound track to put you on guard, should a philosophy that espouses a transcendence of polarities, still be dependent on one of the biggest there is: past and future? I just can’t get passed that hypocrisy. If you are going to transform, it only happens now.

Currency, immanence and transformation can’t be separated.

That being said, Drunvalo’s description of some of the more advanced stages of physiological transformation and biologically symbolic beginnings were great if not wild.

I laughed with delight when he established that the heart is given more authority and power than the mind because its development is biologically prior (and therefore older)! He also points out the Westerner’s addiction to action: We always have to do something about a problem. Things require action to the point that we so often forget that action is based on being: We forget the necessity of transcendence in daily activity.

But he throws these gems in with casual declarations of the other worlds from which many conscious beings originate.

What?! Where does he get this information? This question may sound like a typical skeptic’s but at its base is the point that Drunvalo’s authority is never firmly established. His authority comes from some anonymous indigenous group of elders. A group untouched by the modern revenges of ego-based western society. A group that has kept the mysterious heritage of power and spiritual knowledge we’ve all forgotten.

They have the power, and he is privy. Spiritual authority just doesn’t translate in video without context and although I have provided no contextual backing for his defence, my point is that this authority, this knowledge, this liminal philosophy is outside me and it’s in the future. I can’t take it.

Three Swim Day

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During our annual family holiday in Tofino this last July, Mischa, Michael and I caught three great swims in some local fresh water.

I used Google Earth for the fly-in intro. Not wanting to shell out for the $400 pro version, I used a screen capture tool called Capture Me when Copernicus continued to crash. With a very slow frame rate in the resulting captured video, I had to increase the speed of the clip in FCP by 200% to eliminate the stutter.

I also tried out the image stabilizer filter in FCP which worked fairly successfully, I thought considering some of the crazy camera shake on the full zoom shots.

Audio mix-down was straightforward. Up-converted to 720p 30 form NTSC DV. Eventually, I’ll be able to use these HD renders.

£22 More Cynical

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I couldn’t put off the rescheduling of my flight home any longer. I was cutting it close as it was. London is distractingly wonderful but lacks what the west coast of Canada has in abundance.

Unfortunately, the flight change would push my departure date passed my passport expiry date. And with a few horror stories of Canadian travellers arriving home on other passports, I was immediately entered into the overseas passport renewal game. The initial frustration of this inconvenience was ameliorated by the possibility that the queue at the passport office at the Canadian Consulate in Trafalgar Square would be considerably shorter than any in Canada.

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Betty Frances Case

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Liverpool Street to Audley End

The photocopied map that the ticket lady slid under her plexi screen for me when I asked for directions to the heritage market town of Saffron Walden now indicated that we had walked less than a quarter of the way in twenty-five minutes. It was 11:30am and the funeral began at noon. Ben and I were going to be late.

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Great Uncle Pip’s Funeral

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On the train ride back to London, I realised that I neglected to sign the attendance book. The flow of traffic exiting St. Margaret’s church in quiet Topsham after a briefer than expected send off for my Great Uncle Pip and my assumption that another chance would arise to mark my name and presence down on this day in our family history, both contributed to my oversight. For only having met him once in 1999, I had an extremely privileged seat in the second pew between Ben and Bill Craster.

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Sandcut Beach

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I’m not sure how much this video actually demonstrates beyond perhaps (I hope) a well put together home video of a family trip up to Sandcut Beach on Vancouver Island. Shot of PV-GS65 and cut in FCP, there was little or no colour correction in post – so the whites often peak and you can see a lot of exposure variation typical of bright days and amateur video.

I think the best aspect of the video is it’s relationship between the soundtrack and images – I really like how the editing is strengthened by the music.