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Way of the Freedom Artist

An Invitation

The Freedom Artist.

I like it because it allows one to relate to life itself as a creative movement (like a dance) that is always seeking the greatest possible freedom.

The radical and compassionate subversion of consensus reality

and the re-enchantment of life as pure magic,

pure play,

pure art,

pure mystery.

Under the identity of the freedom artist, one’s entire life can be conceived of and related to as an artwork — a novel, poem, song or painting of vast and epic proportions— created for the sake of beauty, connection and discovery.

The Art Portal

Last word. I have an emerging fantasy that we, as a global collective movement of freedom artists, are creating an “art portal” to an infinite and ever-evolving co-created reality. In fact, that’s kind of what the cosmos already is but we aren’t switched on enough to realise and join in the jam. Our honest, compassionate and creative self-expression is how we initiate our fellow beings into the infinite game — into their own identities as unlimited freedom artists.

“The main and ancient job of the Mayan people is to be beautiful and grateful” — Martin Prechtel

So allow us to exit reality and enter surreality: the blurring of dream and waking. When we embody and express archetypes and offer people new metaphors and images, we give them new symbols with which to re-imagine the dream of life on their own terms — no longer the terms of the unconscious habitual dream (or consensus reality — which of course isn’t real at all — more of a consensus dream!). We become lucid in the dream of waking life, and thus able to creatively transform that dream for the delight and liberation of all other dream-beings. In doing so, we step through the portal and bring as many people with us as possible.

“Dreams are messages from the deep” — Frank Herbert, Dune

So: sink deep into psyche’s wilderness, find your vision, and re-emerge with symbols. Express these symbols through your artmaking (i.e. your life!) and offer them to your fellow beings as living portals to liberation: to the infinite divine play of the freedom artist…

Group co-creation, 2019

I validate the idea that survival is the ultimate act of creation in a world that has reduced us to fascist arithmetic, of being a quantitative statistic, not a human soul.

So we still found a way to care, love, and create — isn’t that art?

I teach people to decipher the art that they’re already doing, recognize the artistry and the everyday miracles of life around them, and create from that place.

“There are people who have felt this loneliness before and that’s why I’m not lonely anymore. That’s why we make art — to make evidence of our loneliness and to find one another and to say “that thing you felt most impossible in — I felt it too, so it can’t be impossible.”. Thats my daily act of miracle — I try to remember that this world says people like me don’t exist. By that I mean nonbinary people but more extensively people who give a shit, people who grieve, people who cry, people who are earnest, who are idealistic.“

“Yes this loneliness is here but it’s allowed me to feel a resonant and deep and empathetic love that will sustain me for the rest of my life. I don’t think that I will burn out — who knows- but because I’m burning in me, there’s a kind of flamboyant passion that comes from a kind of earnest commitment to the human condition, that I feel like I’ve been able to discover because I shed all the preconceived fantasies of what I should be and instead embraced what I was. And it cleared space not just for the people I was waiting for my entire life but a kind of intimate relationship with myself that I wouldn’t give up for the world.”

- ALOK

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