visual awareness


This Land is Your Land by Barry Underwood

Inspired by the famous folk tune, “This Land is Your Land” written by Woody Guthrie, Barry Underwood’s series affirms his standing as an environmentalist photographer and ecological advocate. Written in 1940, the song’s original lyrics introduced a critical perspective to the idealistic view of America as Underwood’s images challenge the common bucolic perception of the landscape.

Underwood marks the landscape with LED lights, luminescent substances and other physical processes, utilizing lustrous color and working with shapes, lines and light to point to the immutable traces that human interventions leave behind. By staging a visual disruption in an otherwise familiar setting, Underwood seeks to reveal the unseen potential instilled in the landscape. As a result of the interplay of the natural and unnatural, he creates strikingly beautiful, otherworldly visuals enhancing awareness of environmental issues.

He writes, “The landscape has been and continues to be altered by ambitious human activities linked to political, social, economic, climactic, and aesthetic forces. I am particularly interested in connections between land use and the interpretation of a landscape as a politically symbolic environment, reflecting human activity and one’s own self-definition, as well as our values and beliefs.”

From the exhibition at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.

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Q&A: Why your thoughts aren’t becoming things

Q: Everyone says “thoughts become things” and I’ve been thinking about only what I want. Focusing on what I want instead of what I don’t want. But nothing is changing or happening? Why? I’m really frustrated, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Also, every time I see people having what I want or are living the life I wish I could have, I get jealous and wonder why I don’t have that and therefore feel bad. And it happens so often too. How can I change that?

A: This is one of the most honest questions I have ever been asked. So thank YOU for the opportunity to discuss this. The truth is your thoughts are becoming things, but the missing link is to understand your feelings become things much faster. Here’s how to master both:

1. The first thing is to make a list of your desires, and rank them from the smallest to the biggest goal. And now, make it a point to go after the biggest one. The smaller goals will be fulfilled with very little effort. This is because in focusing on a “big” goal, you are raising your energy past number 5, 4, 3, and 2 to get to 1! 

2. When you think of what you want, you are no closer to achieving it. This is not the law of attraction. (I was as shocked as you are right now!) When you think of a goal, the Universe thinks “he/she wants to keep wanting it”  and so you stay in that state. The day you begin to imagine you have already fulfilled the goal, then the creative magic begins. Think of it as a 100m sprint: instead of standing at the Start Line imagining the end, put yourself 1st place on the podium accepting the gold medal around your neck! When you shift time in your imagination like this, let yourself start to feel that it could be true, it could be you. 

3. What you resist, you attract too. We all have things we don’t want so we try not to think of them. But be honest about your inner mental conversations. Is there something you still feel resentment towards? A situation or a person? What are you scared of, illness or poverty? These are all types of resistance. And resistance is a powerful energy that will keep you stuck in an unhappy cycle unless and until you decide you’ve had enough. Begin today to write the following affirmation out 10 times a day, morning and night: “I release every one to their highest good and me to mine.” If it feels uncomfortable or you make excuses for delaying it, you know that is your resistance speaking!

4. Understand how your life is right now is only a product of how you used to think. You did the best with what you had. The best news is that this is a new moment of creation. You’ve asked the question because you’re ready to take responsibility for your life. Whatever you’re not happy with right now, just let it be for a while. Create one hour a day (minimum) where you write out affirmations, see your “biggest” goal in your imagination, see who you want to be in your imagination, meditate a little, and have positive/calming music playing the entire hour. The music will create a new Neuro-Linguistic Programming in your brain to get you to feel as good about your desires as you do about the songs! 

5. Frustration: This one word deserves a paragraph in itself. Decide now that you will no longer let yourself feel frustration. That F word is burning your dreams and birthing jealousy towards people you otherwise love, and is making you judge yourself. Your heart and soul have waited until today for you to be kinder to yourself. Enough is enough. Frustration is a fire. When you feel it creeping back into your mind, pause and try to see who is feeling the frustration? Is it a voice in your mind? Who is listening to it? Realize you are the one that listens to your inner dialogue, you are NOT your thoughts themselves. 

6. When you see others have what you want there are a few ways to go about it. You could realize that there is no end to how much you can have, and how much they can have! You can see that the Universe is showing you desires that match yours to show you its listening to you. You can realize how amazing it is that we are all here to be, do and have anything we want. When you feel any envy, just be aware of it and talk to it as you would a child. It is only your ego feeling left out and scared. The ancient ego within us all operates with a fight or flight mentality, and believes if it doesn’t get what it needs to survive then it will die. It’s as simple as that. However, this is a lie and deep down you know it. Somewhere within your feelings, your gut, you know that life is about to get very good for you, and every single person you have the honour of knowing. 

There’s work to be done to live the life you want, as you can see. Read over this a few times, and begin to take the action listed. And each day, imagine you’re at Day One and try again. The action is easy once you start. Also, try to cut out every negative book, song, TV show, film and piece of news in your life for 30 days. This negativity detox is essential as you begin to change your thinking. Also try to read The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, he will be a good friend to you right now. 

Note: If anyone at all has any questions then please feel free to inbox me. I shall answer in this anonymous format so we may all benefit. 

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Rite to introduce oneself into the elements.

The cosmic sphere is from Basic Sigil magick.  It is based on the qabalistic cross from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley.  I changed it a little bit but I do highly suggest you read this book, as it not only covers sigils in the original Spare’s Chaos magick content it also covers a great deal of energy work.  

Now for the actual rite.  What you want to do is get into a meditative state repeat the words and follow the steps below.  You want to do this while standing up

“From the infinite power of my inner silent center do I construct my inner cosmos”

(visualize the center point in your chest)

“I am connected to the potential of the All-Father principle.”

(visualize a point on the top of your head as the top of the cross)

“I am equally connected to the principle of the Earth-Mother. ”

(visualize a cube or compass around your feet)

“Around me are the four symbols of dynamic power. Before me lies the symbol of perfect intelligence and awareness.”

(visualize the sword)

“To my right lies the symbol of perfect creativity. ”

(Visualize the Wand.)

“Behind me lies the symbol of eternal outpouring goodness.”

(Visualize the Cup.)

“To my left lies the symbol of my being.”

(visualize the shield)

“One is the totality of existence.”

(Visualize the first ring.)

“Two is the reality of potential.”

(Visualize the second ring.)

“Three is the number of power.”

(Visualize the third ring.)

“From center to circumference, all is connected according to cosmic law. Be this Cosmic Sphere declared open.”

Invocation to the four/five elements

I usually do the five elements but I use trad Rromani magick and use the ether/akasa element so for this I am only doing the four elements found in modern western occultism.  Again will we start with east.  I suggest you make your own rite for this as it does get personal but this is a VERY BASIC sketch.

“Through the east I invoke the element of Air”  

(meditate on the element of air)

“Through the south I invoke the element of fire”

(meditate on the element of fire”

“Through the west I invoke the element of water”

(meditate on the element of water)

“Through the north I invoke the element of earth”

(meditate on the element of earth)

When you meditate on these elements you may feel a certain way but you have to finish the ritual in full with the closing to properly shut down the cosmic circle. 

Closing Formula


“Let there be peace to the highest.”

[See the crown disappear.]

“Let there be peace to the lowest.”

[See the cube disappear.]

“Let there be peace to the east.”

[See the Sword disappear.]

“Let there be peace to the south.”

[See the Wand disappear.]

“Let there be peace to the west. ”

[See the Cup disappear.]

“Let there be peace to the north.”

[See the shield disappear.]

“Let there be peace all around.”

[See the rings disappear.]

“Let there be peace within.”

[See the light at the center disappear.]

“I now declare this ritual complete and this Cosmic Sphere returned to normality." 

After this rite it is important to ground and center yourself, I also recommend that you write everything about this rite down.  How did it make you feel and that type of thing.  

As Always


In life you don’t get what you want… You get what you picture.
—  Holton Buggs
  • Me: I'm really bad at science, math-
  • Friend: well a lot of people aren't great at science or math-
  • Me: -spatial awareness, visualizing in 3-D, managing my time, organizing or figuring out other people's organization, understanding people, observing small or even large details, remembering small or even large details, retaining information for longer than a semester-
  • Friend:
  • Friend: so what are you good at?
  • Me:
  • Me:
  • Me: making shit up on the fly and sounding like I'm good at everything.

adrianjarvinen  asked:

Im dyscalculic and I have very bad visual spatial awareness. I don't know any good way to fix this, I thought it might be a problem with my eyes at first before I was diagnosed but now I'm left with the question of how I will move around without hurting myself. Stairs are a nightmare,, do you have any advice? Usually I stay by walls and feel with my pinky so I don't run into as much. I also feel pretty bad sometimes when I forget what my age is or take longer to answer it than someone else

I dont have the spatial awareness problems, so im replying to this publically so my followers can give you helpful advice. 

I do however tell people my wrong birthday and wrong age, I usually solve this by pretending to space out and then apologizing and asking for the question again. it gives me a little extra time to think about my answer. 

Project Submission Guidelines!

Please submit photos, videos, illustrations, visual posts that show your real life, every day experience of the world as a disabled person. Whatever that may be! It can be anything from mundane every day things, your fashion, your selfies, your food habits, the things you enjoy doing, to the adventures you go on, basically anything anyone would ever share about themselves. It doesn’t have to be a 100% positive experience, though, as that is not real life. Any emotion, any experience. I’m interested in presenting what it is like for disabled people to live their lives.

Photos, videos etc. should probably include you, a part of you, or your actual Point of View to be a true depiction of you and your experience. They should also be clear, the subject matter should be recognizable, and relatively interesting to look at (if not downright hilarious commentary on the mundaneness of living life as a human being). If we want this project to make a difference it should be something that all kinds of people want to look at. Let’s burst out of our echo-chamber and refuse to be ignored!

Whatever else, you should be presenting yourself and your experience how YOU want to be presented. This is about both education and empowerment. I’m not here to dictate how you depict your life and what “Disability Is Normal” means for you.

No photos or videos of disabled people that are not you, please, unless it is a group shot that includes you and you are also disabled.

If you know a disabled person who wants their experience to be shared as part of this project please have them submit. If they are not physically able to submit, then please message me with a copy of their explicit consent - this would be either in physical signed form (a photo of a signed note), a video of them consenting, or a voice recording. A simple YES answer to a ‘do you want this to be shared on Disability is Normal’ - a physical nod, or thumbs up etc. is good enough for me if the person is non-verbal.

I want to try and be inclusive as is absolutely possible, but this is a place for us to be represented exactly how we want to be. These are our voices!

This is a project for all disabilities, all genders, all ethnicities, all skills, all lifestyles, all perspectives, all social classes and all disabled experiences. We are numerous, we are everywhere and we WILL be acknowledged <3