From Hosting to Film: A Digital Media Ecosystem for the Entheogenic Community

From Hosting to Film: A Digital Media Ecosystem for the Entheogenic Community

From Hosting to Film: A Digital Media Ecosystem for the Entheogenic Community

Awake Media has evolved from a solo studio run by me, and some contractors into a digital media ecosystem with a renaissance team of media experts who can serve the transformational wellness community to create and send out their awakening messages and teachings quickly, professionally, and easily. Ease of use is a key consideration for me because I find that if the processes have been streamlined, the creativity flows and we can create something great together. In the world of design, this is called Design Thinking, and we apply this to all our work.

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  • hosting and domain management
  • wordpress web development
  • transmedia storytelling
  • entheogenic social network
  • books and ebooks
  • web video and animation
  • branding
  • film
  • print design
  • coalition of independent contractors
  • subject matter experts
  • global renaissance team

The Awake Media Ecosystem

We are careful about who we work with and are seeking to “find the others” those others who know in their heart of hearts that “There is no Other.”

We want to harness the power of media for you and with you to create culture and quicken an awakening.

Transformative Technology: Brain Waves of the Future

Transformative Technology: Brain Waves of the Future

Last month I attended the transformative technologies conference at Sofia University in Palo Alto California, where some of the brightest minds on the planet discussed the next billion dollar industry: technologies for self awareness and awakening.

Quantitative & Qualitative

Still in its infancy, the focus of transformative technology is wearable devices (hardware) and apps (software) that measure, collect data and give you feedback on breathing, heart rate variability, brain wave activity, stress and fear responses and other signals that when measured, monitored and adjusted can help you manage your moods, have a more effective meditation practice, learn to live, breathe, think, feel, and perform better. Its true that these gadgets increase self-awareness. It begs the question, what is a Self? The question is, can a Wearable get you there? How much data do you need to gather to know God?

Habit Forming

For example, moti.io is a Pavolovian style mouse-like gadget which helps you entrain a new habit by flashing different colored lights at you to remind you to ‘do’ whatever new habit you are trying to form, like remembering to drink water frequently, stretch your body etc. I can see the usefulness of such a thing to break the mold of a prescribed daily habit. You shed one habit that of not drinking water and you inhabit another, that of an incessant relationship with a gadget. Other gadgets are conceived as wearables, like the Lief, an ECG patch which has been ‘scientifically shown to improve control over your flight or flight response’, that a cynical friend of mine described as a choke collar,  or a VR device that visulaizes your breath as a puff of snowflakes or colored lights that allow you to ‘move’ through a virtual landscape, making breathing a game. The more deeply you breathe the more mobility you have. If you haven’t developed somatic awareness or spend too much time in your head, these tools are helpful.

A-muse-ment

I sat in a crowded anteroom with a headband on my head from a company called Muse, that promised to help me meditate better. As I breathed in and out, Muse would measure my brain waves and play the sound of crashing waves in my ear if my mind was wandering and give me the sound of birds chirping if I hit a moment of ‘no thought.’ In 5 minutes of meditation the birds chirped 3 times for a few seconds, and the lady told me that was ‘good’ and I felt how low the collective bar was for “no thought.” What’s wonderful about a device like Muse is that it gives one somatic feedback for what ‘no thought’ feels like, and in time you can entrain yourself to hit that state even without the device, if in fact that is the state being measured. One way to self-check is to keep in mind that states of profound silence and stillness have an ‘Eternal Now’ feeling to them. These states can’t be maintained very long without a kind of inner training and the discipline to still the mind consciously for periods of time. That stillness is like a reset button. In that stillness thoughts ‘arise’ in your mind from the pre-frontal cortex instead of from the amygdala, and you, the thinker, recognizes that while these are ‘your thoughts’, they are qualitatively different from your normal mind stream, which you now recognize as the fear-based mind-chatter that we all experience from time to time. These thoughts ‘ARISE’ in your MInd. You feel more like the Witness than the Thinker, and yet, they are your thoughts. They inspire you and make you feel grateful

Did you know Your Brain Waves Can Make Art?

One of the nicest things at the transtech conference was a large LED wheel or ‘chakra’ with colored lights on it that would change pattern depending on the brain waves of the people who were attached to it by a bluetooth wearable. This was created by laser light artists and programmer Peter Tjeedsma of Illuminationart.org It was a beautiful non-judgmental, ever-morphing panorama of this amazing brain and unfathomable mind we possess.

Mastering our minds: from healing bi-polar to transcendence

I was late for this workshop and I walked in to the words ‘Bipolar is the low-hanging fruit of enlightenment” That caught my attention because I have been feeling for a while, that this thing we call mental illness is a serious misdiagnosis of a condition that is really more of a shamanic encounter along an evolutionary path. Tribal cultures regard what we call ‘psychoses’ as shamanic initiations, and there is a certain logic to that. The shaman journeys within, to reconcile, find God, the Great Unity inside. In doing so he or she is healed. That’s the sum of it. Because of the centuries of limited access to the Plant Technologies, which are sophisticated al-chemical processes designed by nature to help us climb that evolutionary ladder between in-divid-dual Self and God, we live in a culture of mental dysfuctions like ADD, ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, sanctioned psychosis, violence, war and more. Gino Yu, a professor from Hong Kong presents a perfecty logical idea that the ‘bipolar’ person is actually experiencing the energy of transformation, but is unable to ground it in their body because they have an overlay of fear, desire, and need distorted by many mental concepts or projections, that they are unable to ‘decouple’ from. Decoupling is an important word in this explanation, because someone with bipolar is in a dualistic mindset.

Your Body is the Ultimate Wearable

Awakening to your ‘natural state’ or ‘true nature’ is the breaking or melting of a much bigger mold than addictions or bad habits. It is the mold of the over-thinking mind and the frozen heart. I maintain that this meta-mold cannot be broken or melted without God entering the picture. Whatever picture or ideas that word ‘God’ conjures up for you, I’m referring to an experience of ‘Divine Union’ within, and it is a triune leap– physical, psychological and metaphysical. You know God. You become One with God. Whether you achieve this with breathing, yoga, fasting, entheogens, writing, painting, cooking, or some combination thereof, its characteristics and effects are the same for all humans. You heal because your issues melt into the melting pot of ‘divine mind’ the collective consciousness. You step into the master of archetypes. About the Author: Lakshmi Narayan is the Creative Director of Awake Media a design studio that build brands and websites. She believes that the current systemic dysfunctions and crises are precursors to a global spiritual awakening.

Famous Corporate Sacred Geometry Logos

Famous Corporate Sacred Geometry Logos

Sacred geometry is a map of the invisible. It’s the structures and patterns, atomic and galactic, that define forms and systems. Understanding sacred geometry gives meaning to life, and simplifies navigating through an increasingly complex world. Consciousness is fractal and holographic. Patterns repeat themselves, by definition, in species and objects, in social systems, in behavior, and in cycles of change. They manifest as symbols—in business brands, in art and architecture, in mythology, and music, and religion, in number and word. Words, are made of letters and letters are FORMS, they’re Geometric, and Geometry is symbolic Mathematics. ‘LOGO’ means ‘WORD’. ‘LOGOS, is the ‘Logic of Word’ or ‘the person of.’  Here are a few corporate logos and the sacred geometry imbued in their symbols. We don’t know whether these symbols were designed with this understanding in mind, but it’s because of the meaning they imbue that people are attracted to certain forms. These forms keep repeating themselves through history.

Cross

The cross is a coordinate of a vertical and a horizontal ordinate. X and Y, which stand for direction, and also designate the male and female chromosomes. It symbolizes direction and crossroads, and of course, when viewed from below it is the Christian crucifix.

Pentagram

The pentagram is the five-pointed star, associated with Pentagonal symmetry, also associated with renewal and the Devil.

texaco logo

The Texaco logo derives it’s power from these 2 secular symbols, the pentagram and the cross, symbols of Christ and the Devil, or crucifixion and renewal, a union of polarities.

The Christian fish symbol, comes from the center carved out of the intersection of two circles whose circumference just touches the center of the other. This geometry is called a Vesica Piscis—’vesica’ means ‘bladder’ which could be likened to a sac containing something fluid, in this case “piscis” which means ‘pointed oval’. Two wholes, or two poles, left and right, male and female, good and evil, yin and yang — the sacred space formed by their intersection is, appropriately, the symbol of Christ. If you draw another vesica piscis inside the center and erase everything but the oval in the center, you get a pupil, a symbol used in Hindu mandalas, and geometric meditation diagrams symbolizing “vision.”

The Vesica Piscic geometry is the foundation of the Flower of Life symbol, as well as the Christian fish symbol

TWA used the same geometry in their original logo, symbolizing the union of different worlds through travel.

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And Mastercard uses it to denote the power of credit.

In all these cases, the form derives it’s original power from the meaning of a union of opposites. The meanings associated with it by brand came later. Those are more individual to the brand. The power of the symbol is universal and archetypal.

A logo designed by Awake Media that uses the geometry of the vesica piscis to symbolize a Crossroads for an addiction recovery clinic named Crossroads Recovery Center that provides a spiritual and transformational recovery process.

 

 

Being, the change

Being, the change

The reconciliation of opposites, maleness and femaleness, is a constant process, like the wings of a butterfly fluttering, and as you flutter, you shed the heavy little bits of story you carry around, the bunches of regrets and disappointments and I wish I had’s or even the good stories, the expectations, the entitlements. The person who didn’t show up, and the recurring tape about the terrifying airplane flight, or how only a certain kind of love will do. The story ain’t worth its weight in feathers, so I constantly drop stories, in a joyfully chronic amnesia. Some of those tracks run deep however, and won’t shake off quite so easily, so then I have to turn to my best ally and guide: DESIGN.

Design has been my greatest teacher because when I am creating visual art or solving a design problem, I am awake. I don’t have to tell myself any stories or read any books about how to be a designer or how to be awake, it’s intrinsic. So this got me thinking: Perhaps each of us has an activity that comes intrinsically to us that puts us in an awakened state of consciousness. It might be your profession, or it might not. It might be your proclaimed passion, or your secret delight. But whatever it is pay attention to it. It is your inner teacher, in-tuition, free of charge and always at hand. Showing you how to see, and how to be in the world. And how to drop stories.

Letting go of stories is a constant shedding process, feathers for the sacred dance and that’s the secret to rejuvenation.

LIGHT, as a feather, is still Light, even as gravity pulls it down, it  falls lightly on the ground.

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