Infinite Geometry

Most people know Andy Reed as an amazing visionary artist. Less people recognize that Infinite Geometry is synonymous with his DJ work as well as his art! With an intelligent ear and an eclectic taste, he produces wonderful down-tempo mixes. Andy is one of Tribal Council’s resident DJs, and we feel very blessed to have him co-create with us.

Remembering the FutureRemembering the Future is the title to his latest mix, which can be found here. With ease he mixes tracks by Kaminanda, Bird of Prey, Androcell, Skytree, Aligning Minds and others. Andy has released two other mixes; opening your eyes for the first time and aligning pyramids. Links for downloads to both these mixes can be found here.

A recent painting by Andy Reed

A recent painting by Andy Reed

Please check out Andy’s amazing visionary artwork on his page Infinite Geometry: The Artwork of Andy Reed. Not only does he mix some cognizant beats but he shares enlightened visions. He is definitely an artist you should keep an eye on. If you are interested in purchasing any of his prints he also has an Etsy account.

Gateways of Illumination, Visionary Art Journey

I am so grateful that someone took the time to make this! It gave me chills the whole time I was watching it. Visionary art, visionary thinking, visionary being is whatsup.  The words in this video are so perfect, I won’t bother to add any more here.  Our friend Ehren Taytakura did a beautiful job of narrating this video and we look forward to collaborating with him at Rootwire Festival in August to bring the sacred energy and ceremonial space to Papadosio’s own festival in Ohio.  Last year this small festival took me by surprise with its vision and stellar vibes and turned out to be one of my favorite gatherings of the year.  The first round of lineup announcement is super on point, bringing in some high quality acts that will surely blow people’s minds. If the above video resonates with you, do yourself a favor and go to Rootwire Festival.

(((One heart)))  ~TC~

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“A journey through visionary art, narrated by SolPurpose’s own Ehren Taytakura. Many thanks to all of the artists featured in this video as well as all of the musicians. Please see end credits for a list of both.

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http://solpurpose.com

Divine Feline Feathered Serpentine

Dreams are symbolic keys into our personal and collective consciousness. They take forms of the absurdly bizarre, completely lucid, psychically connected, and everywhere in between. Regardless of the content, there is always a message your sub or super consciousness is relating to you…

About a year ago I had the most realistic and vividly intense dream I’ve ever had.

I dreamed I was walking down a steep staircase made of smooth stones. At the top of the structure was a big golden white jaguar with no spots. The cat was watching me intensely as she stood at the top of the architecture. When I looked into her eyes I knew she wasn’t going to attack me… there was a mutual understanding in our gaze.

I continued to walk to the bottom of the steps of this large stone structure, where there was a huge snake, all coiled up, waiting for me. The snake flew up to me, wrapped around me many times and bit me. I immediately woke up and could still feel the pressure and bite of the snake. It was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before, and the sensation lasted for quite a while after I had woken.

I didn’t know what to think of this dream until recently. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a web page about the Mayan ruins. The city of Chichen Itza caught my attention, specifically the Pyramid of Kukulcan, or El Castillo. Here is what I found it particularly interesting…

“The architecture of El Castillo is full of symbolism, particularly with reference to the important Mayan calendar. The four stairways leading up to the central platform each have 91 steps, making a total of 364; added to the central platform this equals the 365 days of the solar year. On either side of each stairway are nine terraces, which makes 18 on each face of the pyramid, equaling the number of months in the Maya solar calendar. On the facing of these terraces are 52 panels, representing the 52-year cycle when both the solar and religious calendars would become realigned.

Sculptures of the Feathered Serpents run down the sides of the northern staircase and are aligned so that a special effect occurs on the spring and fall equinox. On these two days, the setting sun casts the shadow of the terraces onto the ramp of the northern stairway, forming a diamond pattern suggestive of the designs on some snakes. Slowly it descends into the earth.

Carefully climb up one of the steep staircases for a great view of the site and some carvings in the temple on top. The Maya would often build newer bigger temple-pyramids atop older ones and archaeologists have constructed tunnels allowing a view of an earlier temple of Kukulcan inside the later one. A narrow stairway at the western edge of the north staircase leads inside the early temple, where you can see King Kukulcan’s Jaguar Throne, painted red and encrusted with jade spots.”

Around the same time, I also began reading The Emerald Tablets by the Ancient Master, Thoth (pronounced tote), and discovered an undeniable connection between the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Mesoamerica.

Then I started researching more correlations between these two ancient and Supremely advanced societies. I found several similarities, such as their immaculate understanding of consciousness and the cosmos; they both built astounding pyramids with powers unfathomable to most present day humans; and they both honored animal-like Gods – specifically: the serpent and the feline.

So I began looking more into what these two animals symbolize…

The Serpent immediately reminds me of Kundalini energy; and symbolizes healing (as frequently seen on medical emblems), though can also be poisonous and dangerous. It is symbolic of rebirth and transformation (because of its ability to shed its skin) and eternity (metaphorically represented as a snake eating its tail).

The ancient Egyptians and Mesoamericans honored feathered serpent deities. In the east it was known as Wadjet, the protector of kings (often seen on their crowns), and closely associated with the feline God, Bast. In the west the feathered serpent is known as Quetzalcoatl, or Kukulcan, also the protector of kings and priests.

The Feline has very independent energy, and is incredibly intuitive and aware. Attributed with nocturnality, they see well through darkness and are active in the light of the moon (a feminine symbol). What I found very interesting is that the torus shaped energy field of cats rotate counter clockwise, and the energy field of humans rotate clockwise. Counter clockwise spirals take in and absorb energy, while clockwise spirals release and disperse energy. This means that cats inherently neutralize and balance human energy. (Ever had a bad day and just wanted to cuddle up with your cat to feel better?)

Bast and Sekhmet are related feline Goddesses of Egypt. They are fiercely protective and compassionately nurturing beings. Ixchel is the Mesoamerican jaguar Goddess of the moon, fertility, and birth.

While contemplating and meditating upon all these fascinating connections, I began creating a painting that unifies these recurring themes.

I began with the eyes of the Feline. They are also the Egyptian eyes of Horus, which is the symbol of Wadjet. Connecting the eyes is the Egyptian ankh, the symbol of eternal life. The loop of the ankh forms the head of a human figure, shown kneeling within the face of the Feline. Within the head of the human is the Inner Self, sitting in a lotus. Embracing the Inner Self is the snake like energy of Kundalini, spiraling up and down the spine. The head and tail of the serpent coil to infinity. The arms of the human are open and supporting the vision of the Feline, sprouting feathers to fly in transformation of this Divine encounter.

Always in All Ways
Love

Sarah

The Fertile Desert, BM Video

This was just too amazing not to share, especially coming off the heels of my recent post Burning Man: the Silly and the Sacred.  Click fullscreen and enjoy quite possibly the pinnacle of and the highest concentration of human expression and creativity on the planet these days:

The Fertile Desert from roy two thousand on Vimeo.

The advent of knowing.
The lovers and dreamers.
The laser connections.
These are what bring life out of light while energy dances out of desolate dust. All that is familiar and foreign comes together in who we are and what we want to be… challenging nature and inviting more of ourselves:)

Film and music by Roy Two Thousand
Email me for high res stills and wallpapers!
roytwothousand [at] gmail [dot] com

http://roy2k.com

Vocal samples by Neil Kramer

http://neilkramer.com/way-of-the-infinite-explorer.html

Pianos by Eric Arvai
Drums by Anthony Maureal
Cellos by Kate Adams

http://cellokate.com

cameras: canon 60d and t2i
lenses: canon 18-200mm kit lens, bower 8mm fisheye
All video shot at 60fps
Most timelapses are HDR
(all HDR timelapses were manually blended in AfterEffects)

Sweet Fruition Goodness at AURA Music and Arts Festival

AURA Festival Sanctuary Timelapse from Tribal Council on Vimeo.

Tribal Council was honored when AURA Music and Arts Festival asked us to set up our dome as the festival sanctuary. We gleefully held sacred space all weekend for festival goers in the Ohm Dome, which looked fresh with the debut of the white flower of life patterned covering. Synchronicities were happening at a “wow” rate and collaborations with visual artists (CLVR ATL) and musicians (Anthony Thogmartin from Papadosio, Sound Duo, Andy Reed) happened organically. Fruition was the key word of the weekend! Perhaps the following blog quote best describes the success of the sanctuary:

“When folks needed respite from the flashing lights and loud sounds, they entered the dome–a beautiful chill space created by the Tribal Council. Inside, healing crystals, incense, and Buddha statues sat atop tables, cushions covered the ground, and spiritual texts were scattered about. DJs spun chill music and transportational visuals were projected onto the ceiling. People spoke, recited poetry, exchanged massages, read, meditated, and relaxed together. The dome was a key element to the overall vibe of the fest.”
-County Grind, The Broward and Palm Beach Music Spin

LED hooping is becoming more popular! Photo: http://www.calderwilson.com/

Thirty-six hours after flying back into the country from Envision Festival, I was assembling with fellow councilors for our official festival debut of our newly remodeled dome.  It’s unbelievable how much stuff you can fit into a Toyota 4-Runner.

Looking fierce after packing up the black beast in Atlanta.

After meeting Sir Edwin Leskin in the Wal-Mart parking lot in St. Cloud, Florida, we caravaned the remaining miles to Forever Florida, a 4,700 acre eco-ranch and wildlife conservation area where AURA Music and Arts Festival is held.  When we arrived, the festival grounds were nearly empty and the stages were hardly set up.  After brief introductions with the festival organizers, Daryl and Cameron of AURA Music Events, we retired to our tents in the Florida Everglade habitat in preparation for the long build day to follow.

Kelsey and Edwin enjoying the build day.

It was a full day of setup and it was joyful!  The crew that stepped up to the plate and signed on for our AURA assignment was a powerful group of movers and shakers that could get things done efficiently while laughing and enjoying each other’s company.  It was our first time installing our white “flower of life” triangle pattern on the dome, and after a bit of experimentation, it went up quick and easy…and boy did it look good! A huge thanks to my parents, true loving, wise elders and integral chieftains of the Tribal Council, who slaved laboriously for hours to finish fabricating these triangles while I was sipping mojitos in Costa Rica.

Peeking through the sanctuary entrance. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Tim Coffey, Art Director of Brotherly Love Productions, hooked us up with a sweet spot right next to the main stage and we were pumped on his vision.  It allowed for people to take a quick respite from the dance floor rage-a-thon, relax on soft pillows and blankets and then be back to boogyin’ in no time.  From years of experience, I certainly know what it’s like to need a break but not want to hike all the way back to the campsite. Usually you end up laying down in the dirt or the cold dew-covered grass in the back of the crowd.  The carpeted dome is a much cozier alternative.

Opening circle to set intentions for the weekend. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Friday afternoon before the music started, the dome crew and some other councilors who had arrived, like the one and only visionary artist Andy Reed, circled up for an opening ceremony.  Edwin led us in a beautifully guided meditation to begin the communion and connect our heart space.  Opening ceremonies are a great way to set intentions and get grounded before the expansive blast off that we experience throughout the weekend at these gatherings.

Preparing for rain. Photo: Clayton Gaar

When a minor monsoon blew in on Friday, we were glad to have a house-sized agricultural tarp with which to cover the sanctuary.  The lightning forced the main stage to stop for about an hour or so, which was fine by us because Cameron, aka the best sound guy ever, began playing a perfectly suited selection of tunes during the rain delay – STS9′s Artifact and Telefon Tel Aviv’s Fahrenheit Fair Enough – and we in the dome were practically the only people still by the main stage to enjoy it!

The TC crew waiting out the monsoon with poetry and sacred texts. Photo: Clayton Gaar

The sanctuary was perfectly safe and dry, so we passed the time dancing to Artifact and taking turns reading aloud our favorite passages of sacred texts and poetry from our massive book collection spread around the altars.

Photo: Caulder Wilson, http://www.calderwilson.com/

Big thanks to Calder Wilson for snapping this sweet wide-angle shot of us during the rain storm. It really helps show the flower of life pattern on the dome. Our silly faces seemed to have proved too wild for the long exposure.

Queen of The Headspace. Photo: Caulder Wilson, http://www.calderwilson.com/

It was an exciting weekend for our friends at The Headspace who, like us, were enjoying their official festival debut appearance vending.  Brett and Taylor are wonderful human beings making big moves in the scene while they strive to provide tons of high-quality art to the community.  They are living proof that good things happen to those who work hard, have good intentions, and spread positive energy.

Photo: Clayton Gaar

Although we TC crew held a constant presence in and around the dome, one of the most beautiful unfoldings of the sanctuary experience was the fact that all the visitors to the dome treated it with the utmost respect.  In essence, everyone became stewards of the space.  There was a sign greeting domies with the message that “This is your sanctuary,” and it was obvious that this sense of ownership was internalized by all.  On the occasion that an unknowing friend walked in with shoes on, another domie would kindly remind them to remove their shoes before we had the chance to open our mouth.  Most noticed on their own accord.  It became clear that people picked up on the sacred vibe of the space immediately and adjusted their mindset and awareness to this fact.  For us, it was extremely rewarding to see this happen and it touched us deeply.

Getting ready to do another smudge stroll through the crowd. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Spontaneity is one of the defining characteristics of Tribal Council.  Whether it was strolling through the crowd at the main stage smudging the sweaty dancers with sage, running into the dome to count off a loud collective “MEEEEOOOOW,” or circling everyone up for a period of OHMing, Tribal Council did what we do best: We serve to remind “our selves,” that is to say your self, my self, and the collective self, that we are gathered here today to honor the miracle of life by fully rejoicing in seriously silly sacred celebration and loving our selves.

The bright full moon was shining down on us all weekend.

Andy Reed, visionary artist and sick DJ. Photo: Clayton Gaar

All the way from the mountains of Asheville, NC, Andy Reed was holding it down as a member of the live painting artist panel all weekend.  His work is truly multidimensional, layering natural landscapes, intergalactic portals, and sacred geometry.  He has also become one of TC’s staple sunrise DJs with his impeccable taste in downtempo and psychedelic ambient music. Andy threw down a lovely sunrise set Saturday morning at the sanctuary after all the stages shut down.

The sanctuary got packed late night with friendly faces. Photo: Clayton Gaar

The dome was always packed in the late night as everyone was looking for a comfortable dry place to give each other back massages and stretch their weary legs.  It was great to see the space get used so much and all the shenanigans were a blast!

The firespinning area was thankfully right in front of the dome so we had front row seats all weekend for the talented performers.

Dear friend and lead guitarist from Papadosio, Anthony Thogmartin, providing sweet lullabies for our ears for sunrise. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Huge props go to Anthony Thogmartin, lead guitarist of Papadosio, who brought his sound to the dome and spun both an original Earth Cry set and a sweet sunrise DJ set Friday and Saturday. It was a beautiful way to end the night, and er…start the new day.

CLVR ATL projected visuals. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Another beautiful synchronicity that manifested on site was the sweet projection visuals from CLVR ATL, which really took the sanctuary to another level.  Anthony’s music and CLVR ATL’s visuals are exactly the type of organic collaborations that Tribal Council is looking for.  Look at what can be accomplished when people come together for the purpose of intentional co:creation?  Yes, it is possible and beautiful in the microcosm of our music and art communities, which appears to be one of the main focuses of TC. However, I’d like expand this idea and ask, “Is this sort of co:creation, this pooling of resources, possible in the macrocosm of our everyday community and, to take it a step further, in our larger community of human civilization?”  The answer is yes, and our civilization is hungrier than ever for it.  Tribal Council seeks to facilitate this shift in every way, shape, and form.  Let us remember our oneness.

Councilors communing in morning meditation. Photo: Caroline Rose

After some early morning cleaning and organization, there was a rare lull in the action for us councilors.  It was the perfect time for our personal practice.  This was the least I’ve ever slept at a music festival but the most energy I’ve ever experienced at a gathering.  I felt chi channeling through me, and it was the result of both the joy of being in service and the benefits of the meditative environment of the sanctuary.

Bodhi Tree art crew. Van piece painted at festival. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Sometimes in life your neighbors can be a drag.  Not this time!  We were blessed to share our space in the main stage field with the Orlando-based Bodhi Tree crew, who were creating super fresh graffiti artworks all weekend and blowing glass on sight in their mobile studio.  Bodhi Tree has it going on, artistically and spiritually, and we look forward to future neighborly interactions and collaborations.  If you’re in Orlando, I suggest stopping by their boutique to give them some love and buy some glass and graffiti art supplies.

Sarah Tracy working on her newest piece.

Sarah Cat Tracy doing what she does best. Meow! Check out her art page here to see her other works.

Anthony from Papadosio. Photo: http://www.calderwilson.com/

Music-wise, Papadosio stole the entire weekend for me with both of their banger sets Saturday and Sunday night.  These guys are just what our music scene needs.  They bring a fresh, bright, love energy to the scene and their music is uplifting and downright dirty at the same time. In addition to the tunes, Jason Takahashi brought the sacred fractal hot sauce visuals during Dosio’s sets as well! Integration. Yes we are integrating.

Tim Coffey, dear friend and AURA Art Director. The man with the plan. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Dear friend and the man with the plan, Tim Coffey. We love you Timmy!

Tim Coffey brought in a great group of live painters for the weekend. Photo: Clayton Gaar

This is what I love to see, live art everywhere! People creating in full force.  Tim brought in a lot of great talent in the live artist line-up.

This fact was evident when one walked into the art tent, which housed all the works of the live artists.

Didgeridoo sound healing in the sanctuary Sunday night. Photo: Clayton Gaar

We were stoked when a friend brought a didgeridoo to the sanctuary and blasted some sound healing vibrations at folks on the last night tip.  With TC’s interests and expertise in areas like sound healing, sacred geometry, metaphysics, and spirituality, expect to see some educational workshops come out of the sanctuary in the near future.  If you have a skill or an area of expertise you’d like to share with the community, contact us at tribalcouncil11@gmail.com.

Chanting and breath work class in the sanctuary. Photo: Clayton Gaar

In line with the aforementioned workshops, another delightful surprise was when the Miami yogis – Kelly Searcy, Bernardo Valero, and Joaquin de Teresa – asked to hold their chanting and breathwork class in the sanctuary after the yoga class.  This felt so good that we did a wicked fun yoga class in the dome the following afternoon.  The highlight of the class was when we blew the tarp straight off the dome in the rain from the massive ball of chi we were building in the dome!

AURA Sanctuary Crew. Left to Right: Edwin Leskin, Sarah Tracy, Caroline Rose, Kelsey Armbruster, Ben Loftis, Clayton Gaar. Photo: Clayton Gaar

The lesson of the AURA experience for me was how to live in service.  Being a part of the sanctuary team at AURA redefined my understanding of service.  If you are passionate about the way in which you are serving others, it is not work; it is the greatest, most joyful play.  I shall end this with a proper shout out to the AURA TC Sanctuary crew, whose positive attitudes, abundant creativity, and righteous dedication surely made an impact on the energy of the whole festival. So blessed and so grateful to be a part of this!

QOD – Alex Grey

“Share your presence with others, no boundaries, completely openly lovingly. Love is what makes us alive, that is why we feel so alive when we love. Service is being available to love. Life is the combustion of love. That we love ourselves here, that is the true magnificence in the mountains of being. We are constantly drawing the line between love and not love–enter into the Non-duality Zone, and all judgements dissolve in the Vast Expanse.”

-Alex Grey

TC getting silly w/ Alex and Allyson Grey during our volunteer days at CoSM. Upstate New York, July 2011. Photo: Clayton Gaar

Burning Man: the Silly and the Sacred

This video illustrates one of the plethora of reasons why Burning Man is so unique and amazing. Here is the video description from youtube:

“Burning Man 2011 – the Black Rock Animal control teams up with some angry carrots to attack the Billion Bunny March. Of course the Death Guild shows up since the million bunny march took over the Thunderdome… a battle must take place. Meanwhile, animal control and the angry carrots are gathering for attack.”

For those who haven’t attended Burning man, allow me to translate if I may.  Every year there are groups of people who dress up according to themes, characters, animals, or roles.  There are also an unfathomable number of the most outrageous and random events you could possibly think of that are scheduled to take place throughout the week at various locations on the playa (the slang term for the dusty desert floor of the Black Rock Desert) and at all hours of the day and night.  Sometimes these armies of people randomly cross paths, where they are sure to engage in spontaneous shenanigans whether it be the stilt walkers, the naked bicycle ride, or the pirates.  Other times, such as in the case of the chosen video here, groups will coordinate a scheme to ambush another group’s event and stir up some harmless trouble.

Every year there is a Billion Bunny March, where anyone and everyone is invited to dress up like a bunny, meet up, and march around Black Rock City.  There is also Black Rock Animal Control, whose members are dedicated to the task of hassling and locking up anyone who is adorned in animal regalia, making them do things like take shots of liquor to prove they are humans and thus be freed from their cages.  There is also a group who dress up like carrots, as can be seen in the beginning of the video dressed in orange and holding signs that say “Have you had a carrot today?”

In the beginning of the video you can see the animal control and carrots unite, ready to sabotage the unknowing bunnies and teach them a lesson.  Well, the carrots and animal control ambush the bunnies, who have taken over the thunderdome, which, just like in the movie “Mad Max and the Thunderdome,” is a giant dome where people are tied to elastic bungies and forced to fight while bystanders climb the dome to cheer them on and place bets.  As a result, the builders and operators of the thunderdome, the Death Guild, stepped in and battles were fought (3:30 in video).  My favorite part of the video is at the end when all the bunnies can be seen hopping around joyously.What happens when mobs of bunnies, carrots, animal control officers, and goths meet in the desert? A good ol’ love rumble. Nowhere else on earth can you witness or participate in an experience like this. You never know what will happen on the playa.  Every moment is the most beautiful spontaneous exotic live action art, and you create it!

And for an addendum, here is a cool little video about the Temple at this past Burning Man. I chose this video because I think it serves to balance the silly debauchery of the first video.  Most people that I talk to who have heard about Burning Man have this misconception in their mind that Burning Man is just a giant party. I always point out that yes, there is a huge party scene in Black Rock City. It is a giant celebration!  But there is a tremendous amount of education, workshops, activism, intellectual talks, and spiritual circles. Many couples even get married at Burning Man every year. There is an entire sacred side of Burning Man.  And those who attend will tell you that their lives were forever changed from the gathering.  People transcend old personal boundaries and remember their true essence.  In my experience, the only way I can describe my week there was that it was a week of Church. A week of communion with the pure love, acceptance, and creativity that is God.

For those who don’t know, “The Man” is burned on Saturday, which is an all out party night and climax of the week.  Then on Sunday, the Temple is burned.

Sarah Tracy, enjoying her first sunrise on the playa. Photo: Clayton Gaar 2011.

The burning of the temple is a very emotional and powerful event as throughout the week the 50,000 people in attendance come write prayers on the temple, leave photos of loved ones, and inscribe things they want to let go of.  You can almost always find someone sobbing at the temple at any given time throughout the week. On the final day, these incredible works of carpentry and architecture and art, which people have spent the past year designing and building, are burned as a symbol of impermanence and of moving on.

Waiting for the temple to burn. Photo: Clayton Gaar 2011.

The Temple Burn. Photo: Clayton Gaar, 2011.

It’s quite the site to see.  This video shows the earth harp being played by Andrea Brooke, who I was fortunate enough to see perform an earth harp ritual in conjunction with performance rituals and yoga every sunset at Envision Festival in Costa Rica a couple weeks ago. Magical beyond words!

View of the temple's intricate architecture. The earth harp's long strings can be seen coming towards the camera from the center of the temple. Photo: Clayton Gaar 2011

And lastly, here are two of literally thousands of Burning Man photo galleries on the web to browse just for kicks:

Lost and Found

We Call It Black Rock City

~Blessings~