MY HIGHER POWER. Breaking out of my comfort zone, don't usually like to talk about religion or politics in general. I'm just shedding light on my thoughts after the first meeting. Hopefully someone can take something positive away from this.
I've never been much for religion, for a long time I can tell you I hated God. I didn't believe but still held all this hate towards religion and the church. That was me looking to put my hurt where it didn't belong, playing that damn blame game again. I grew up in a religious home, prayer and Sunday church visits. It wasn't until things didn't go so great in my family life that I started to have doubts. Just like most, I asked why? Why would God let something like this happen to me? My family? Once that entered my mind only hate followed. I was so closed minded, making religious followers the "bad guys" of my story. It was at the point where seeing a church being built (we have a good Christian following in AZ) boiled my blood. I thought people who worshiped God used it as a crutch, they were to weak to overcome anything. My heart has softened, and my mind has opened since then. The meeting started turning the gears inside my mind about a higher power. The idea that this higher power doesn't need to be a "God" or some figure, just something bigger than myself. I'm am by no means a Christian, or neccesarily a believer of God, but that hatred is no longer. I'm understanding that there is good in all, in every form of a higher power. I'm still on a journey to understand what this higher power is to me, and it will be a long one. My apologies for the long post, I just have not stopped thinking about this since Thursday. I'm excited to continue meetings and continue this open minded journey.
As always, a lot has got me thinking since the first meeting. I don't have a sponsor, I haven't read the book, and look what it has already done. Even if you don't want to go that deep I highly recommend just going, experience it for yourself.
The Ritual is just an adult version of Over the Garden Wall. The main characters get lost in a forest and there is a creature that looks like a shadow has antlers. The creature kills people in order for others to live forever. -🦐
Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” #godisgood#almightygod#almighty#sonofgod#godslove#godswill#love#heart#sermon#bible#preach#preacher#gospel#scripture#holytrinity#faith#religion#Amen#trustinthelord#jesus#christ#father#son
Be Water” was the essence of the martial technique of Bruce Lee. “Be formless, shapeless, like water”. “Be Water”, today, is the basis of the strategy used by Hongkongers during the protest to face the government and the police.
Since June 9th 2019, when a million of Hongkongers have protested against the extradition bill of the government, every week the streets of Hong Kong turn into a battle field between the police and protestors.
The law proposed by the Hong Kong government was the spark that led people to formulate 5 demands, including the request for universal suffrage in the former British colony.
According to Beijing propaganda, protestors are a bunch of pampered students. The reality is different.
I started to portray people during the protests, framing them on a white background, trying to explain the diversity inside this leaderless movement.
Using photography as a scientific research tool, as happens in botany for example, I started to create a "catalog" of people who join the protests. In this way, dividing all its components from the mass, I have highlighted the differences inside the movement and refute propaganda theories.
From teenagers to retired people. Low, middle and high classes all joined the protest. Workers, students, teachers, politicians, lifeguards, artists etc…
By focusing on their clothing it is also possible to understand their position within the protest and their roles. Front-liners, first aid, and those who deliver food, water or masks and protection tools for free. Elderly people who put themselves between police and protestors to stop the charges and who bring on their bodies banners with slogans and facts that happened during the weeks, so as to rise the public awareness on what is happening in Hong Kong.
P (R) 24 years old, clerck, D 35 years old, clerck. Hong Kong August 2019.
Using mostly green Heineken and brown Chang (the local favorite) beer bottles, the monks began with a temple and later formed a crematorium, water towers, sleeping quarters and even toilets. Pushed into the concrete of the walls, the recycled bottles form every detail of the buildings inside and out. Aside from whole bottles, the monks also incorporated bottle caps to create mosaics and Buddhist designs inside of the temple.