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DESIGN MEANINGS: Awakening

Posted in Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by threeerincadigan
psychedelic trip, lsd trip, consciousness, awakening your mind

When the Mask Comes Off

 

Psychedelics have been used by societies both ancient and modern. Their use as a tool for tapping into the cosmic consciousness is a global phenomenon. Today their usefulness in the fields of psychological studies are being researched at major institutions including John Hopkins Medical Center and Columbia University. Recorded histories show the use of different mind altering substances in the religious and cultural ceremonies of such influential societies as Hellenistic Greece and Aryan India. Today psychotropic plants still play a part in traditional societies; ayawaska in indigenous South American shamanic rituals and ibogaine in the African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti. In the last century the newly discovered chemical compound lysergic acid diethylamide, otherwise known as LSD,  brought the use of psychedelics into the mainstream and was tied closely to the modern American movement that promoted peace and fought for and won the true freedom of women and African Americans in this country. In the present day people from all races and walks of life are awaking to the possible benefits responsible ingestion of these powerful medicines can bring.

The woman self lactates the mother earth’s milk of psychedelics to the world. When taking psychedelics it rips your consciousness to it’s true core. You are no longer able to keep in place the mask you hold up to the world and you come face to face with your true nature possibly for the first time. For some people who are able to be self aware this has the effect of a conscious awakening, it is a pleasant and enlightening experience. On the left you see the mask come off in this direction, the woman’s third eye is awakening. The Tibetan lotus grows out of the infant skull and the bee, a symbol of Christ consciousness hovers near by.

On the right the tearing of the mask is a painful experience, the woman does not want to face herself and this, I believe, is partly what causes a “bad trip”. The experience, seemingly negative, is not. Out of the infant skull to her right come earth worms which help regenerate our physical bodies into useful matter. A red rose, symbol of true love, grows on a stem of DNA as does the lotus. A spider is a symbol of good luck. Together bees and spiders are immensely important in the functioning of this planet.

For more information on the positive uses and studies of psychedelics please visit Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies

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DESIGN MEANING: Life Death Mandala

Posted in collections, company, Design Meanings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2011 by threeerincadigan
erin cadigan mandala death skulls drawing

Spiral of Life and Death

Our beginning and our end operate with in the structure of strict universal laws. There is no common occurrence between the two that can be said, as much, to prove us all one people.

In the middle of the mandala is  an abridged version of of the stages of human development. The design works outward in a spiral, starting with the one cell zygote through to the fetus at 23 weeks. Continuing to spiral to the outer ring is the first stage of physical death as the soul leaves the body. Working from an ancient Japanese art form, kusozu, a graphic depiction of the nine stages of death and decay and information from videos about the Body Farm, a government compound where they study the decomposition of bodies left out on the grounds, I came up with five stages of physical death: soul departure, bloating, wasting, consumption by saprotrophs and finally bones.

After physical death comes the journey of the soul. Studying the the belief systems of world wide religions and cultures as well as recorded accounts of near death experiences I tried to the common themes into five stages.

In the first the soul is greeted with feelings of overwhelming peace and love. Symbolically there is often a tunnel or cave as well as a bright light. Next comes the experience of human emotion often categorized as “seeing your life flash before your eyes”. This stage can also involve outside entities that exert these feelings including family members, friends, angels or “guides”. The third stage is the concept of redemption or punishment also known as heaven and hell. For this I used loosely the imagery of Tibetan Buddhist THIRD bardo as it tied into many other belief systems. The spiritual vortexes are hell (fire and ice), the hungry ghost (need and desire), asura ( a place where those needing to exert power over others in life go to learn), animal world (for those souls who have through gluttony have devolved into an unreflective state of animal existence), and heaven (symbolized by a city of light and knowledge). The fourth stage moves us beyond human experience into a place of pure knowledge. This is symbolized by the ancient universal symbol of spiritual intelligence, the serpent. Lastly is the Cosmic, absorption into the presence of God or divine enlightenment, symbolized by the 1000 petal lotus, the all seeing eye of god and the celestial flame.

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Posted in Community posts, etsy treasuries, random thoughts with tags , , , , on July 8, 2011 by threeerincadigan

This week I was added to an Etsy treasury called Stay Gold Ponyboy…..Stay Gold . The title is from the 80’s movie The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It’s an amazing story of friendship among a tight knit group of  kids from the wrong side of the tracks. The bond between these boys crosses into family connections. They look different then the other kids in town, they act different then the other kids in town and they have different interests. Though to others these kids seem lost and possibly dangerous, they are beautiful people. There’s poets and substitute parent figures, there’s clowns and scholars, rebels with soft hearts and fierce protectors but what really stands out is the love for each other. This love is timeless and all consuming, no judgements, no boundaries, no holds bar.

Being added to this treasury this week was so fitting. The Outsiders is one of my all time favorite movies. I watched it over and over again as a teenager. I too spent most of my life as an outsider, looking different, acting different and pursuing different interests. I can recite the movie practically word for word. Johnny on his death bed tells Ponyboy to “stay gold”. He’s referencing a poem Pony quoted him while they are hiding from the law. The poem is by Robert Frost and like the movie is about the beauty and frailty of the human condition. How love and souls touch us, burn so brightly in our orbits but fade away. We are human, we pass on and in doing so take that shine, that gold with us.

As an outsider I too found a home with a like minded band of misfits. I grew up a punk rocker. At 14 I found myself, shaved head and all at a Grateful Dead show and my soul spoke that I was home. Over the past 24 years I have toured with both the Dead and Phish and found the same kind of friendship and family seen in S.E. Hinton’s amazing story. It’s hard to describe these bonds and even harder for people to really understand. My love for my tour friends and family transcends time, space and distance. I know it does for so many of us.

Phish played an epic 3 day festival this past weekend. It was terrific as always to be surrounded by the music and the people. Upon returning home, I received the news of a friends death. Tim did tour with me back in the 90s and somehow after that ended up in the army in Iraq. We have been back in touch over the past couple years by phone and computer though I never did get to see him again. I never did get to ask what such a gentle soul was doing in a war and how that may have affected him. Perhaps it was as simple as a call to try to help, unsurprising, for Tim had so much love to give.

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the death of another shining soul from our family, Kenny B. A beautiful man, smile ready, unstoppable personality. Bigger then life. His gold has yet to fade in any of our memories.

Yesterday too, another family member passed under the shadow. Andrew was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. He is in the hospital but we all believe he is going to be okay. Watching the outpouring of love and concern when my friends realized he was missing; it was like watching an army mobilize, no man left behind. We finally found him at Kings county around 7pm  last night, and let the doctors know who he was so they were able to contact his other family. Our thoughts and love are with you brother.

Unfortunately my list of family and friends lost could go on. I miss all your shine: Katy Mayhem, Guido, Sideshow Bob, Starman, little D, Sonny, Frankie and so many more……. Physical life is brief and fleeting, your souls will shine forever. Your family still loves you and will see you on the other shore.

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

–Robert Frost 1923

—-In memorandum

Timothy  Lawrence Holten March 23, 1977- July 2, 2011

Kenny Bezzant July 13, 1976 – July 7, 2008

Beautiful Words from Tim

Video by Steve D Baker

Stay Gold Kenny Stay Gold

 Photo thanks to Christina Morales

Random thoughts—Happy Death Day George!

Posted in random thoughts with tags , on June 22, 2011 by threeerincadigan

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