THE GOLDEN BOUGH PROJECT PRESENTATION

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 The golden bough          Masters degree applied imagination

 

Question: how do we get out of our own way in order to self realise?

 

Using bonobo behaviour, plant medicine and action research, participants will be guided through various workshops and rituals that could help them see past their idea of themselves and bring new perspectives and paradigms shifts.

 

I designed the golden bough to encapsulate the intangible skills and attributes I have or need. I wanted my golden bough to be a torch that can guide my project and me. She has eyes that penetrate my being, asking for authenticity. She has a crystal that can prise open new realities accessing the underworld. Her feathers allow me to daydream whilst the magical spoon secures and grounds the medicine of the mushroom. Her oak provides calm in a turbulent world.

 

The skills, knowledge and management strategies needed for my project:

 Understanding medicine. I shall be a participant to retreats in the spring to help me gain an understanding of this area.

 

Being able to test The Bonobo Experience retreat and record what is learnt. To contextualise this work and place it within a culture. To be resilient when it gets tough or too big to manage. Remaining focused on my question and knowing when to return to it. Use my knowledge of being in a community where people cooperate, and transferring to the team and our stakeholders. Knowing when to ask for help and to delegate pieces of work.

 

I have the skills to manage a team and delegate work. I am skilled in iteration and can see the practical steps to take after the action research. I have the knowledge of previously running a successful campaign and will draw on this experience. I have the skills and confidence to approach stakeholders and partners.

 

I need to develop my business skills and my attention to detail and data. This will require a different mind-set from the current ‘go getting’ attitude. I need better administration and organisational skills; I am currently developing these with an artist coach. I need to improve my negotiation skills with partners, around money.

 

These skills, knowledge and management strategies will direct my question and provide a grounded framework. Acquiring the knowledge of medicine will enable me to directly address and revisit my question. Being able to work and cooperate with the team that is equal will require me to acknowledge and step back from my ego.

 

The project imposes the following limitations on me: The size of this project is intimidating because of all the elements involved. I accept this and realise I will prune back aspects of the work that don’t focus on the question. I accept my dyslexia as a limitation regarding researching text and using the library. I do not accept it as a limitation and seeing new opportunities and seeing the bigger picture. I will research experientially using grounded research.

 

The project has enabled me to give shape to the challenges of increasing people’s awareness by using plant medicine. This Masters has given me the ability to further enquire. In this project has got me to tease open my strengths and weaknesses and given me permission to enter the realm of magic and mysticism.

EXPRESSING A PIECE OF TEXT FROM "HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND" THE NEW SCIENCE OF PSYCHEDELICS. BY MICHAEL POLLEN

THIS BOOK HAS ENABLED ME TO CHALLENGE MY OWN IDEAS AROUND PSYCHEDELIC. IT HAS GIVEN ME MORE POSITIVE INSIGHT INTO THE USE OF THESE COMPOUNDS FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH. THIS BOOK HAS BEEN AS IMPORTANT FOR MY WORK AS “SEX AT DAWN” WAS IN BUILDING THE BONOBO EXPERIENCE. SINCE READING THIS I’VE BEEN ABLE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE PSYCHEDELIC SOCIETY, WHERE I WILL BE RUNNING THE BONOBO EXPERIENCE WORKSHOPS. LATER THIS MONTH I WILL BE EXPLORING HOLOTROPIC BREATH WORK WITH IS A MODALITY FOR REACHING NON NORMAL STATES.

THIS HAS ALSO LEAD ME TO SPEAK WITH A QUEER SHAMAN IN THE NETHERLANDS WHO IS GOING TO COLLABORATE ON A RETREAT THAT COMBINES THE BONOBO EXPERIENCE AND AYAHUASCA IN HOLLAND.

Alan watts

There is something truly awakening in the words of Alan Watts here. He is talking about miracle. The moment is all there is. I feel like the oak tree watching the humans busily going about their business in this odd system. I am conscious and inspired by life and love. I get Goosebumps when listening to this. This is where I engage. When I get those hairs go up on the back of my neck. I need to feel it really feel it for me to get excited or interested. I am magical and imaginative and wont shy away from these attributes anymore. I am relaxed and able to sit in chaos. My magic is intangible and I can sit here waiting just waiting and now I see it. Opportunities take time to arrive and I acknowledge I am both a slob and a pioneer.

 

Keep my eyes open within the mundane and everyday and I can see beauty and chance and the wonder of life.There is a Japanese principle called jeje mugi, which means every event implies all others. Nothing is separate. We are all of it, neither free nor determined, neither voluntary nor involuntary.

‘THE BIG HAPPENING’.

 Stop clutching at life, don’t attempt to capture pleasure. It’s like the Tao. The more you let it go the more it stays. I have realised that my foolish side my lazy side is strong and free to daydream, not my ego and will.

 

YOU CANNOT TAKE HOLD OF IT. YOU CNNOT GET RID OF IT. IN NOT BEING ABLE TO GET IT YOU GET IT. WHEN YOU ARE SILENT IT SPEAKS. WHEN YOU SPEAK IT IS SILENT.

 THE GREAT GATE IS WIDE OPEN AND NOBODY IS OBSTRUCTING IT.

cAtch up of project DEVELOPMENT

This is an entry at the end of year one. I’ve been very pleased to capture my development. This is my primary mode of documentation, from struggle’s to breakthroughs.

MY LEARNING ECOLOGY

This was an exercise in trying to draw a root out ways of noticing how my learning happens, whether it be in community whether it is my process whether it is my relationships or my will and capability. What constraints am I putting on my work what obstacles are going come. A general kind of overview. What came up for me was burnout and expanding The Bonobo Experience, whilst looking at how bonobos would run a social enterprise.

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The landscape of year two

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 This slide is a map which I’m going to reference again and again. This will tighten up my project and keep me on track.

Moving through process

From one session to the next I feel I am finding a way to converse with this Earth. I want to explore and celibate it, which is why it was hard to produce the glaze. These toxic minerals  and chemicals are killing the material they are representing. The next stage is finding ecoceramics products. 

An inspiration

This book has enabled me to reconsider my community and the share philosophy. It’s very easy to get selfish in a world that promotes it as an asset.

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Tutorial: This is my direction at the end of year 1

QUESTION HOW CAN WE GET OUT OF OUR OWN WAY TO REALISE OUR SELF POTENTIAL? PAUL ASKED? WHAT ARE YOU PRODUCING AT THE END OF THE COURSE. ANSWER IS: MAYBE A MINI RITUAL & BONOBO EXPERIENCE. ASK MYSELF THE QUESTION: THIS IS WHAT I KNOW NOW BECAUSE OF WHAT I DID TWO YEARS AGO NEXT INTERVENTION IS: COLLABORATE. GET A SHAMAN TO RUN A RITUAL WITH AN INTENTION OF SEXUALITY, THEN I RUN A BONOBO WORKSHOP LOOK INTO 5-MEO DMT USE ART AS EXPRESSION OF EXPERIENCE'S. BONOBO AND RITUAL EXPERIENCE

Workshops provide cash for orphaned bonobos

Last year i was invited to go on retreat with Tantra4Gaymen. I provided several levels of The Bonobo Experience, from the tame to the wild. Due to the kind and generous men on the retreat we where able to raise a significant amount of money for the bonobos’ over in the Congo at the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary http://www.lolayabonobo.org/

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A reflection on learning

As I am doing my learning log I have noticed how frustrated and elated I get when I am confronted with a tech issues and when I solve it. I was in a dilemma around where to blog. My blog arts became a monster and now i'm using my Bonobo sites blog. I am inspired to blog about this process because in getting geeky about the blog. I am moving through a lot of barriers and blocks around tech and writing.

 

I have reflected on what Richard said a few weeks back. When we have difficulty with something we want o look past it to a clear path, but in actual face we should be focusing on the thing that’s in the way and exploring that. I couldn’t agree more, and this is evidence of that.

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CREATING FILM AND SCULPTURE FROM THE GILLS OF A MUSHROOM

THIS WAS A POINT IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS WHERE I REALISED I WAS CONNECTING WITH THE MUSHROOM AND THAT I HAD FOUND SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL THAT I COULD WORK FROM
THIS WAS A VERY SIMPLE TEST TO SEE IF I COULD BEGIN TO REPLICATE THE SHAPE OF THE GILLS WHEN A MUSHROOM MANIPULATED. FROM THIS I REALISED I COULD EXTRUDE RIBBONS OF CLAY TO DEVELOP THE WORK FURTHER. I AM REALLY KEEN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROCESSES INVOLVED IN THE GENERAL AREA OF CERAMICS, FROM SLIP CASTING TO WORKING WITH GLAZE.

IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO WHEN I STARTED USING CLAY AS A MATERIAL FOR EXPLORATION AT UNIVERSITY. WHEN I WAS IN THE CERAMICS STUDIO AT CSM THIS FRIDAY I WAS WISKED BACK TO A WONDER PLACE OF LEARNING. WHILST I WAS TESTING CREATING AND PLAYING I FELT A PROFOUND SENSE OF THE PRIMORDIAL THE PREHISTORIC THE ANCIENT.

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Growing Oyster mushrooms

I WENT ON A MUSHROOM GROWING COURSE BECAUSE I AM INTERESTED IN THE PROCESS OF CULTIVATION. I THIS REQUIRES MUCH PATIENCE BUT IT WAS WORTH IT. I FOUND IT INCREDIBLE. IT GREW TO THE SHAPE OF A PENIS

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IT WAS AMAZING TO DISCOVER THAT THE MYCELIUM NEEDS TO BE TRIGGERED BY SHOCK, THIS MAKES IT FRUIT AND OUT POP THE MUSHROOMS. TO DO THIS I NEED TO SUBMERGE THE MYCELIUM FOR 6 HOURS TO FORCE A SHOCK ON THE ORGANISM

A FORAY

Click title to UTUBE channel. After my interest into Psychadelic’s i chose to go foraging in Nottinghamshire. this was part of my need to connect with nature and collect and study the fungus. I am wanting to explore clay and feel that this earthy pursuit could help me connect with a very ancient process.

THE EXPERIENCE WAS CONNECTED AND INTUNE WITH NATURE AND THE TIME OF YEAR. I AIM TO MAKE SOME SHORT FILMS AND RECONSTRUCT THE GILLS OF FRESH AND DRIED IN CLAY. CREATIVE PROCESS IS GOING TO GROUND ME IS AN ANCIENT PROCESS.

VIDEO JOURNAL

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DID QUESTIONAIRE QUOTES PSYCHADELIC INVERVENTION FOR BONOBO EXPERIENCE BLOGGING STARTED ON BONOBOHOUSE LINDSEY JORDON MEETING, LINKED TO DR DAVID LUKE MARY ONBARD, CAN DO ADMIN CONTECTED JESS GOM SASHA PITCHED BONOBO EXPERIENCE, ENERGISED AND GOT MOJO BACK SEX AND GENDER SELF REALISE THOUGH PYSCHADELICS HAVE A RITUAL JOUNEY TO ASSIS

THE XPLORE WORKSHOPS #3

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CHALLENGING WORKSHOP OPEN SEXUAL SPACE TOO MANY MALE NOT ENOUGH FEMALES. CONCERNS AROUND HETEROSEXUAL DYNAMICS TEACHING NO- HET TO A HET CULTURE MAKE MALES INSECURE?? FEMALES OVERWHELMED?? MAKE EQUALE NUMBERS. TRIED TO DEFUSE THE INTENSE ENERGY. HAND CLEANING STATION. QUEER WOMAN HAD DIFFICULT TIME HAD A 40 MIN DEBRIEF AFTER BUILD A SISTERHOOD INNER TRIBE TO BUILD POWER, WITNESSED BY MALES. MISTAKE WAS NOT STICKING TO DESIGNED WORKSHOP, GROUPS WITH DOM FEMALES AND YOUNG FEMALE EXERCISE MALE AGGRESSOR COULD BE DOMINATED BY FEMALE GROUP, I DID NOT DO THIS. A SHAME I BALED OUT. INSTEAD OPTED FOR OPEN PLAY WHICH WAS DIFFICULT, I MADE THE MISTAKE OF SAYING 'MATING SEASON' THIS WAS SOMETHING I DIDN'T WANT TO SAY. THIS CHANGED THE SPACE TO A HUMAN SPACE, AND MATING IS FOR OFFSPRING. NOT A GOOD MOVE. HAVE FEMALES RUN TBE IN HETEROSEXUAL SPACE, EMPOWERING THE SISTERHOOD, ALSO HAVE BONOBO'S THAT ARE SAFE GUARDING THAT PROCESS BY STIMULATING POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR