Wednesday, May 02, 2012



This posting is the raw material for our contribution to the upcoming issue of Oracle magazine, a psychedelic publication that appeared in the late 60's and early 70's.  Publisher and friend Star Shields informs us that because of the importance he attributes to our statement below, he's giving us three full pages to include all the text and much of our art and photography.  Please check their site for lay-out progress and publication details.  You might even want to order a few copies!  Cheers!

Jeff Phillips & Liesbet Verstraeten
Many cosmic thanks to Star and the producers of Oracle for ‘carrying the torch’ and for including us here.  Liesbet and I are an integrated creative unit; between us we work equally in words, visuals, music, still photography, film-making, information activism, gardening and cooking, all of which are balanced as aspects of our n-dimensional approach to being here now as human beings.  To us, it’s all about being on our highest spiritual paths, sharing our creative output with our friends everywhere, creating awareness of the beauty and power of nature but also the damage being inflicted on Mother Earth and all her children by homo sapiens, ‘man, the wise.’ 

Ultimately, through all we do we try to inspire people to love life, “to live simply so that others may simply live’, and to put to good use the immense creativity with which we’ve all been blessed.  We do not subscribe to the commonly-held belief that ‘someone else’ is to blame for what is going wrong in the world today; au contraire, we hold that ALL of as human beings are responsible for what our species is manifesting on this planet, and that everything EACH of us thinks, intends, and makes real DOES in fact matter.  Collectively, humans are creating the vast array of problems besetting the world; at any point…the sooner the better…we can each choose a path of conscious renavigation, perform a critical analysis of our current MOE, or ‘mental operating environment’, bring our self-reprogramming abilities on-line to re-mold our patterns of thinking and acting into new ways of living that are less contradictory and more coherent, less destructive and in greater harmony with our own well-being as well as that of ‘mitakuye oyasin’, Lakota for ‘all my relations.’

Many people tell us they wish they could be an artist.  I always reply, “You ARE.  Think about it…every millisecond you, your ‘internal technology’, is making vast numbers of decisions and computations, performing vast numbers of biological, biochemical and physiological processes, your organs, muscles, blood and mitochondria, all in real-time, so that you are able to function as the ‘driver’ of your human vehicle, for whatever goals you wish to pursue.”  This is an immensely powerful realization; in fact, I can’t think of ANY realization that could be more empowering.  Each of us IS an astronomically talented artist endowed with the ‘ultimate technology’, our very own bio-psychological nature which is part of the ‘web of life’ of Gaia.  Each of is creating who and what we are every second of every day; we each are therefore responsible for who and what we are…or aren’t…as well as the consequences of what we do and don’t do, what we believe and participate in, what we give our energy and attention to.  The universe in her infinite love is calling on us to use our sacred gift in ways that benefit life.

Being a true artist is really about understanding the meanings of creativity; and ‘art’ isn’t just about creating pretty pictures…it’s about the responsible and spiritual application of our creativity, which I believe to be the true ‘spark of divinity’ within each of us.  Indeed, at the quantum-relativistic level of morphogenetic holo-movement, we are creating our own ‘reality’ in a far more active way than most people tend to think.  The crucial issue of existing in today’s world is that people as a whole have been ‘asleep at the wheel’ for so long that tiny but highly motivated subsets or ‘psychic factions’ have arisen with our ranks who have generously offered to do our creating for us, since we have been reluctant to do it for ourselves.  Hence the “New World Order” and the full-spectrum of war on life, the Earth, independent thought and our continued existence in current forms.

Rather than defining them as ‘evil doers’ and validating the hallucination of our EPsySha, our ‘emergent projected psychic shadow’, we can choose to own our collective responsibility and look at these ‘elite factions’ merely as teachers of a sort whose karma has allowed themselves to be cast in roles of planetary dictators and authoritarian technocrats.  Their purpose:  to give us the surrogate ‘reality’ we seem to be demanding through our refusal to create our own.  I see it as a kind of collective ‘shamanic initiation’ for our species:  in ancient and indigenous cultures, ‘half-assed’ or ‘somewhat capable’ just wasn’t good enough for the prospective carriers of the torch, seeds, and cosmological wisdom.  If humans as a whole don’t pass this very real ‘test’ we are creating for ourselves…if we fail to muster a reverberating ‘wake up call’, take the helm and seize the day, to understand our true spiritual legacy as co-creators and to renavigate our current course towards oblivion…it’s entirely possible that these ‘elite factions’ might just get their way.  Do you really want your children to be hobbling around with mutated DNA, micro-chips and bionic body-parts on a planet where life-as-we-currently-know-her is no more than a distant memory recorded in digital memory banks?  I kid you not, every hour that passes by this horrific reality is becoming more and more probable.

Once we remove the lead weight from around our necks by resolving the myriad contradictions and incoherencies plaguing our day to day routines, the ‘pathology of normalcy’, THEN we will be free actually to use our full-spectrum creativity in the kinds of ways it was intended to be used.  What will YOU do as an artist?  Guess what…you can do ANYTHING YOU WANT, because you have INFINITE CREATIVITY.

Our own personal creativity spans many dimensions; what you are seeing here in Oracle are a few examples of painting and photography, as well as what I consider to be the most important piece of ‘art’ I’ve ever done, the ‘ultimate technology’, which is a conceptual ‘space-craft control panel for your brain.’  Our art has a lot more in common with the sacred art of ancient indigenous cultures than with western ornamental art; ours is not about ending up with artefacts to sell but in honouring and maintaining the sacred process and shamanic spirit of creativity.  People see a lot of ‘aboriginal influence’ in our art…this is because of our deep and long-standing connection with the land and people of the Australian dream-time, whose cosmology and spirituality reflect the longest-standing connection with the forces of life on our planet and beyond of any human culture.  Interestingly, their world-views are inter-woven with those of the cetaceans, the whales and dolphins, who are our biggest heroes.  As far as Liesbet and I are concerned, we are on their planet.

Ever since I was involved with Dr. John C. Lilly’s dolphin communication group in California, I’ve been a bearer of their ‘message’, which is, in essence, everything I’ve just written in this article.  As I see it, they are the ‘ultimate indigenous people’ and are a true ‘extra-terrestrial intelligence’ who have inhabited Earth’s aqua-sphere tens of millions of years longer than we have existed, and with no negative impacts or consequences for their fellow beings or planet.  Because they have more highly evolved ‘internal technology’ than we do, it’s clear to me that they possess powers of thought, awareness, and creativity far in advance of ours; their ‘reality’ encompasses many more dimensions than does ours.

Together, Liesbet and I have painted over 40,000 rocks, over a thousand paintings, and made four films.  We play music together, and I’ve recorded several cd’s of experimental and improvisational music with a variety of friends, as well as doing the sound-tracks for our films.  As I write this now, we are embarking on our most advanced creative project to date, a ‘beyond film’ about the whales and dolphins that’s not only about who they are as fellow sentient beings on Gaia, but also about the grave threats to their well-being and even existence posed by human activity…activity done by US, not an ‘evil them.’  This project will bring together the very best of our creativity in every possible dimension, will be at least as much about sound as anything we can see with light, and will explore a true synergy of consciousness in which they are light-years ahead. The cetaceans quite possibly hold the key to our own long-term survival and advancement as a species if we can somehow manage to surpass the hurdles of our own limitations so that we can actually hear and understand their message.

NOW is the time to wake up and give having a life your best effort.  No prophet or visionary knows for sure what is going to happen, but the prospects are indeed grim if we fail as a whole to remember, reorient, reprogram and renavigate.  If we DO heal our species karma and get a grip on our lessons of ‘reality creation’, the possibilities are limitless; extinction is forever.

I will close with a paraphrase of a statement JFK made:  “Ask not what your planet can do for you, but what you can do…or stop doing…for your planet.”

We have a significant web-presence and invite you to check out our main site, which shows a cross-section of art, a link to watch our film “Te WaiWaia Dreaming” and links to our blogs (music, films, still photography, geo-terrorism, renavigating the human process, Rachels Carson of today, regain your brain [mass-media & mind-control], tutunui-wananga [cetacean issues] and Liesbet’s new blogs).  (note:  it’s all lower-case except the ‘J’)

And feel free to get in touch to let us know what you think of our art and anything I’ve written about here.  I have an e-group called ‘synthaissance cryobenthics’ that you can become a member of if you email me:

APRIL 2012

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