" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

July 31, 2011

Film: A Thin Skin or Membrane

I got these YouTube clips from Kevin Halcott's YouTube channel 
It's a film about Synchromysticism called, 
Film: A Thin Skin or Membrane.
Here is what the film is about in Kevin's own words;
""Film: A Thin Skin or Membrane" is an exploration of films and media using Synchromysticism, exploring patterns within pop culture that point toward our connection with spiritual dimension of our nature and existence. 
Analyzing the intelligence underlying all art, highlighting the symbols and even movie stars that Ideas and aspects of ourselves attract when we dramatize them in art. 
The word film shares its definition with a membrane, or thin layer connecting two sides or worlds. 
The patterns gathered in these 3 parts are shared to express a spiritual and evolutionary code of symbols and stars highlighting our consciousness' relationship to our spiritual nature and the Spiritual Dimensions of existence known by many religions and mythologies as Heaven, the Underworld, Astral Plane, Dream World, 5th Dimension etc. 
The Archetype of the Rainbow is one of the most recurring connections in this series, this should he expected as the Rainbow has always been a symbol of the connection between Heaven and Earth, Spirit and Matter, Microcosm and Macrocosm. 
Synchromysticsm finds the mythic dramas of the heavenly stars and Constellations, reflected here on Earth in our art and culture as movie Stars*. 
This is Love Code. 
Movie stars can be seen as key players or symbols in this code within our art and culture, We are remembering our eternal connection to divinity, cosmic consciousness, these videos are a celebration of our "return to the garden", our spiritual connection with this beautiful and divine earth. 
Love and Peace - Kevin Halcott "
Here's another reason I find this stuff fascinating, to quote what I had already said on my post 
"...he talks about the number 42 appearing in movies.
Here's where it gets weird for me.
As I have said before my father's taxi cab number was 424.
He gave me his old Yellow Cab to drive when I was a teenager, because I couldn't afford to buy my own car at the time, and he transferred the number 424 to his new Gold Cab.
Another thing that struck me was Kevin's YouTube channel is called kevin23420.
There is a 42 in it, but the weird thing to me is that my oldest son's name is Kevin and he was born on the 20th June, and my birthday is the 23rd September, so 23/4/20 is a combination of our birth-dates.
Also I found out the other day by watching the extra's on 
Field of Dreams that they started filming on the 20th June (my son Kevin's birth-date) and the main actors name is also Kevin, as is the guy that made the above YouTube."
If you find this stuff fascinating as well,  just do an internet search for the word "Synchromysticism" and you'll find lots of interesting information about this phenomena.

July 29, 2011

The Beaver

I saw this movie on Wednesday night and highly recommend seeing it.
I had a free double pass, which was lucky for me.
At least that way I could take my imaginary friend along ;-) 
Only kidding.
I took my wife with imaginary friend was busy doing something else that night ;- )

July 27, 2011

Whirl-Y-Gig Heart Synchro

Buckle up! 
We're about to go on one of my wild synchro rides.
I was reading the latest copy of Conscious Living Magazine 
yesterday, and I was reading the cover story called  
Amazonian Medicine Woman, about a former Brazilian model and TV personality who went to live with the Kayapo tribe in the heart of Brazil's rain-forest. 
And something really struck me when I read this passage;
"Unprocessed pain and trauma stored in our nervous system shuts down our heart connection.
As we accumulate more and more unprocessed pain in our nervous system we start to feel that it is simply not safe to feel, because we all feel pain, so we start to close our heart.
When our heart is healed then our relationships tend to flourish and our life is healed in many magical ways.
Our hearts are energy transmitters and receivers.
As we purify our heart we automatically contribute to the healing and purification of our environment, our planet and the people around us."
I loved the thought of our hearts as energy transmitters and receivers.
This idea hit me as a profound truth, and I knew this was important...but in it's own synchromystic way the universe was going to ram it home with synchros and visual images.
The next story, or the one after the medicine woman story was called Sharing Land and at the top of the page there is a picture of a beetroot.
Which brought my mind back to the first vegetable garden that I ever planted.
I would have been about six or seven at the time and I had bought a packet of turnip seeds from the local shop and asked my Grandma to show me how you make a garden and grow turnips.
We grew a great turnip garden with those seeds, and I think we made soup out of some of them and gave the rest away.
I loved growing the turnips, but I wasn't much into eating them, so that kind of dampened my enthusiasm for vegetable gardening.
I kept thinking about that turnip garden all day long and how determined I was to grow it and how proud I was when I harvested the crop. 
It was a real childhood memory of triumph.
Then later that night when I was on the net, I saw Star had posted a story about her grandson Dylan, so I clicked on the dashboard link and went over to her blog-site Forever Young to check it out.
What had originally brought me to Star's site 
(and a good site it is too) was a synchronicity involving the names Star and Dylan from a link on Nat's site.
Anyway, back to the story...I found this photo (see below) of a wooden doll called Mr.Turnip.
I don't recall seeing it there before, but it probably was.
I had just not noticed it there before until I saw his name was Mr.Turnip.
I had no idea who Mr.Turnip was so I Googled the name and came across this site;
Toys from Christmas Past 
and found this information -
"Mr Turnip’
Painted metal puppet from the BBC’s children’s variety show ‘Whirligig’, which aired on Saturday afternoons between 1950 and 1956 and was presented by Humphrey Lestoq.
Do you remember Mr Turnip’s friends ‘Sarah Swede’ and ‘Colonel Beetroot’?
Mr Turnip’s catchphrase was ‘Lawky lawky lum’!"
After seeing this poster I can see the connection to Stars site ;- )
 I had never heard of a show called  ‘Whirligig’, so I went to YouTube and tried to find some old clips by typing in"Whirligig", but all I got where clips of these wooden propeller driven wooden toys called whirligigs (which I had never heard of either, until now).

But the one I came across first, which links up to the red paragraph above about the heart, was this clever whirligig,
and just as I thought it couldn't get any stranger, I go back to reading this freakishly synchronistic book that I'm reading called 
The Man Who Drove With His Eyes Closed
and two or three pages later when he is actually writing about the man who drove with his eyes closed (page 182) he says;
"A few years later, I was driving Frank Kramer back from Cornwall to London after five days of non-stop revelry at Whirl-Y-Gig: the first and foremost alternative, post hippie night club in the UK, specializing in ethnic beats and deep altered state lighting visual effects-generally a wild night out.
It was a bit like a Grateful Dead concert bought up-to-date with the intensity button firmly pressed on"
The Grateful Dead Sticker on my windscreen.
Then Stephen goes on to talk about a Navajo medicine woman named Erlinda who taught him to read the Tarot!??
I wondered what Erlinda meant and so looked it up;
"Erlinda \e-rlin-da, er-li-nda\ as a girl's name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Erlinda is "spirited". Also feminine form of Earl, the name based on the title.
 Then he talks about Rabbi Judith who taught him about the Kabbalah,and the "Tree of Life''."
And then he writes about a Christ energy that was so powerful that it simply stayed where it was: mostly in his chest.
He says,"No words are adequate to describe the love it filled me with.
Suffice it to say, this divine energy transformed me radically from that day on."
So, we're back full circle to the hearts are energy transmitters and receivers revelation in the first story I read that got all these synchs flowing in the first place.

Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What

I highly recommend viewing this very thought provoking doco on psychic phenomena.
The DVD has interviews with some of my favourite authors such as Dean Radin, Charles Tart, Rupert Sheldrake, Larry Dossey plus many others, too. 
It won't give you all the answers (if any), but it will give you a lot to think about, and isn't that what life is all about...thinking??? 
You can watch the whole movie here ;
...but you like it, perhaps buying your own copy would be a good way of supporting the filmmakers to make more movies like this one.
It's always good to have a copy to show to friends and relatives who may be interested  in this kind of phenomena.

July 25, 2011

Dannion Brinkley???

I read Dannion Brinkley's book Saved By The Light many years ago.
Probably around the time it first came out, and I have to say that the story seemed plausible enough, but I wondered if Dannion was fair dinkum (or genuine, in other words).
I've never really taken much more notice of him since reading this book many moons ago, because I found other authors who I could relate to better, and who seemed more genuine to me...not that I doubted his story...but I could never truly believe that he hadn't  just spun a story for the sake of selling a few books, or whether he was telling the truth.
To tell the truth, I still don't know if he is telling the truth, or not.
I decided to write this post because I saw him in the movie Infinity (which I wrote about below) and his story appeared to be genuine and he appears to be talking from the heart, but I did see a clip on YouTube done by a guy that I met in Brisbane in 2005 (Jon Ronson) who I found to be very genuine also.
Jon is the author of a book called The Men Who Stare at Goats, which is a very Dr.Strangeloven book about real US Military Generals and military experiments to use psychic warfare as in tests to see if goats can be killed by people with psychic abilities, by these people just staring at them.
My copy of The Men Who Stare at Goats.
His book was turned into a comedy with Ewen Mac Gregor playing the Jon Ronson type character (see trailer below).
Good read BTW.
But I also found this rebuttal by Dannion;
So you'll have to go with your intuition on this one...unless you know more about Dannion than I do, that is.
I have three feelings about Dannion, first and my strongest is that Dannion is telling the truth and that Jon just hasn't done his homework well enough...second that Dannion is one servilely deluded individual...and third that Dannion is a first class con man.  
My own interest in cases like this was from an experience I had when I was twelve years old of an "out of body experience" that to me was very real indeed.
So, whether Dannion is telling the truth, or not about his experience...I can tell you from first hand experience that OBE's are a real phenomena, and I'm not out to make a cent from any book, or website, I would just like to let others who wonder about this phenomena know, without turning my own life into a circus, that this stuff is real.
After having an OBE and hearing people say that they don't believe in an afterlife, because they believe that when your dead your dead and that's it, is a bit like in the old days when sailors believed that if you sailed beyond the horizon, that you would fall off the "edge" of the world.
If they had actually had the experience of sailing beyond the horizon they would see that the "illusion" was really theirs all along and that the "illusions" of the returned sailors were reality.
I have no problems with people who can't believe my story, because their own death will prove my story was not a fantasy, but a fact.
There are charlatans and con men in all walks of life.
Whether Dannion is telling the truth, or not about his own experience, I can not tell.
All I know is that this type of phenomena is real and I would like to think Dannion is an honest man.

I AM (Tom Shadyac)

 I didn't know anything at all about Tom Shadyac until I watched the extra features on my Dragonfly DVD.
I cover that side of the story here;
Six Degrees of Kevin Costner 
and whilst I haven't seen the movie I AM yet, from what I've seen and heard about Tom Shadyac, I sense that it will be a very important film to see.  
...and talking of important films, one that I have seen (and purchased) that I highly recommend viewing is Infinity.

July 24, 2011

A Blessing and a Curse

If you would like to read a good "feel good" book, may I suggest the book above  
"A Blessing and a Curse" by Caiseal Mor.
I read this book years ago and loved it.
Which lead me to discover his wonderful music CDs.
We both grew up a few miles from each other and we are both roughly the same age, but as far as I know,our paths never crossed.
If you've never heard of Caiseal Mor before, take some time to visit his website;
check out his amazing orb photos, books, music, and films...
this guy is amazing.
If this is what autism can do for you, then I want some.
And you must listen to his music.
It stirs my soul...and I'm not just saying this to be kind, I really mean it.
But if you can, I urge you to read his book, you won't be sorry.
Here's a review from Jessica Kingsley Publishers which almost sums it up;
" His book captures the nostalgic romanticism of the Australian bush in the 1960s but also the height of deep ignorance and the culture of `see no evil' in which almost all who could and should have changed things, looked the other way... Caiseal's book is as beautiful and magical as it is shocking.'
- From the Foreword by Donna Williams
Growing up in Australia in the 1970s, Caiseal Mór was labelled 'retarded' and 'an idiot', and his parents were led to believe that physical punishment could cure his autism.
In this courageous and captivating autobiography, Mór vividly captures his early experiences of dissociation from his true existence - a common reaction by children suffering from repeated abuse - and the various personas through which he lived through in his teens and early adulthood - the Mahjee, Charles P. Puddlejumper, Marco Polo and Chameleon Feeble. The rocky path towards discovering his true identity and finally accepting himself takes him on a spiritual pilgrimage via several different countries, once nearly getting caught unwittingly carrying drugs over the Moroccan border; forming relationships with people he meets but very often misjudges; to the revelation - the awakening - of love and acceptance. "
dboy (Dan) tells me Caiseal's  fiction novels are quite good, too...
or in Dan's own words , 
" I loved those books; they're set in druidic ireland, and he has a gift for storytelling."
Two games of Brandubh as featured in the fantasy novels of Caiseal Mór-
Caiseal and Helen.
His wife Helen has a site as well, that's worth a look at,as well;

July 22, 2011

World Entertainment War

I purchased this album after reading Rob Brezsny's book "PRONOIA"
" Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, Revised and Expanded: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings "
A good read, in my opinion.
A book worth perusing, by the way.
Anyway, I purchased this album mainly because I liked the book and the ideas it espoused .
Just looking at the tittles of the songs had me intrigued.

Track Listings
1. Relax
2. Dark Ages
3. Apathy and Ignorance
4. Pagan Jake's Dream Girl
5. Telepathics Anonymous
6. Marlboro Man Jr.
7. Kick Your Own Ass
8. We Have Ways
9. Garbageland
10. Yaya Gaga
11. Prayer Wars
12. For Your Ears Only
13. Kick In
14. Snake Dance
15. Break the Law
16. Televisionary
17. Purity Test
18. Get Outta My Head
19. Furnace of Nuclear Love
20. In a Crisis
21. Control Yourself
22. Mediapocalypse
So, I sent away for a copy, and was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be quite a catchy little CD, as well. 
 You can sample a track here if you want to hear how they sound.
It would be great to hear some of these songs covered by some modern mainstream singers and bands.
I just love how they describe themselves in their Bio;
World Entertainment War Fights the Genocide of the Imagination
When you're too well-entertained to move, screaming is good exercise, so please scream along with us!
We will succeed where the paranoids have failed!
We will take back the airwaves from the entertainment criminals!
Long live the primordial music of our televisionary revolution!
Visualize a pagan revival meeting mixed with a dance therapy session and a cynics' pep rally and a tribal hoedown and a lecture at the "Anarchists Just Wanna Have Fun" Think Tank.
Safe Sex God (lead vocals): Rob Brezsny
Safe Sex Goddess (lead vocals): Darby Gould
Neuromancer Riffs (guitar): George Earth
Subversive Rhythms (drums): Anthony Guess
Thunder in the Earth (bass): Daniel Lewis
Macho Feminist Love Games (keyboards): Amy Excolere
Deep emotion guaranteed! Global warming in your pants! Learn to use your nightmares to become rich and famous! Wear your funniest face! Eat money! Get rid of your guilt -- maybe forever!
Learn the art of underpants hats! Legal highs not legal lows! Maximum security clearances! Fabulous horoscopes for everybody! Pretend to be crazy so you can get away with doing what's right! Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be jerks! Kick your own ass!

July 19, 2011

Gabriel (Peter)

I had a black and white cat named Sylvester, who was killed on the road outside my house about fifteen years ago.
He always liked to sleep on the road, so it wasn’t that much of a surprise that he would meet his fate that way. 
Here’s the strange part of the story though.
The lady who hit him was rather distraught and had placed his body on the footpath, as we were out grocery shopping that evening we weren’t home and since it was rather late when we came home, I decided to put his body in a box and bury him the next day. 
Next morning I got my shovel out and began to dig in my back yard, but the ground was so solid that I couldn’t dig anymore than about 6 inches before hitting rock, so I gathered up his body, put it in my car and headed for the forest a few miles from where I lived at the time. 
I was digging a pretty deep hole so wild animals wouldn’t dig him up and had the local radio station playing in my car, so I would have some music going while I dug the hole. 
When I completed the hole I placed him in the bottom of the hole and he looked like he was just sleeping, as the car had only run over his head, but not split it open, so it wasn’t a mess like a normal roadkill. 
Then I said “good-bye old buddy, you dumb cat” or something like that and started shoveling the dirt back over him. 
The radio started playing Peter Gabriel’s “Digging in the Dirt” and I was beside myself thinking of all the songs that could possibly come on the radio how appropriate was that one.
Whenever I hear that song I always think back to that day of digging in the dirt and saying farewell to my little pal. 
I told this story here;
Sylvester, Darren, and Peter Gabriel  
a while ago, and then this morning I read this post about Gabriel;
Archangels: Gabriel  
at the Dedroidify Blog, partly quoted again here;"According to William G Gray's book Inner Traditions of Magic we need to know some symbolic knowledge of the four Archangels if we want to play with some Ritual Magick, so I'm helping out a bit by sharing some of Gray's information and some random extra tidbits.
Fertility figure. 

Lord of resurrection who triumphs over death by the potency of love.
He personifies compassion and feeling, tenderness and strength combined.
Typifies our great need of loving and being loved, desire of conviviality, our deepest necessicity for true spiritaul sustenance, without which we might as well not live at all.
Concern is with the kinder side of humanity.
Represented as mature being connected with our more peaceful pursuits, consolidation of gains, enjoyment of existence.
He directs our attention to the moral as distinct from the intellectual side of the mysteries.
Presides of the companionship that should prevail in every circle.
Pervasive angel, cooling hot-headedness, soothing irritations, generally dissolving most difficulties capable of solution by such means.
Tears of Gabriel wash away the sorrows of our world, because they are tears of sympathetic and understanding love.
Provides confidence to face death in no particularly brave or heroic manner, but quietly and normally as part of our Eternal Existence.
Gabriel convinces us that love is immortal, and as products of it, so are we.
However many times our flesh bodies die and are dissolved in the ocean of life, our souls will be safe in Gabriel's keeping while they continue along the unseen edge of the cosmic circle to re-emerge into material manifestation again until we are sufficiently developed as individuals to exist otherwise.
The cup of Gabriel is also the cauldron of regeneration.

 and then I read this post at "Too Long in This Place";
distilled words  
Which (along with this picture, below) reminded me of the lyrics to Peter Gabriel's song "Digging in the Dirt" (see clip at top)

Peter Gabriel Digging In The Dirt Lyrics

Something in me, dark and sticky
All the time it's getting strong
No way of dealing with this feeling
Can't go on like this too long

This time you've gone too far [x3]
I told you [x4]
This time you've gone too far [x3]
I told you [x4]

Don't talk back
Just drive the car
Shut your mouth
I know what you are
Don't say nothing
Keep your hands on the wheel
Don't turn around
This is for real
Digging in the dirt
Stay with me, I need support
I'm digging in the dirt
To find the places I got hurt
Open up the places I got hurt

The more I look, the more I find
As I close on in, I get so blind
I feel it in my head, I feel it in my toes
I feel it in my sex, that's the place it goes


I'm digging in the dirt
Stay with me I need support
I'm digging in the dirt
To find the places I got hurt
To open up the places I got hurt

Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt

You've got to love the world wide web...I know I do.

July 17, 2011

Out of the Blue

I ordered this DVD from Ray Schmitt about a week before my father-in-law died, last October, of a sudden heart attack.
I had a feeling that somebody in the family could pass at the time, and that this DVD looked like it could serve as a great healing tool for others in the family, that had no real belief in an afterlife.
I had no idea it would be my father-in-law...that was definitely 
'Out of the Blue'.
In fact, I had no idea at all, who or why I was  to buy this film for, I just acted on my instinct.
All I had seen of the documentary was the clip below, and after having watched this movie about five times now, I would have to say this is one of the bravest and most heartfelt movies I have ever seen a filmmaker produce.
It really deserves a much wider audience.

If you would like to purchase a copy, here's the link to his website;
Out of the Blue
And here are a few reviews about the film, which I totally agree with;
"I just had the privilege of watching Ray Schmitt’s “Out of the Blue.” 
It is a beautiful film. 
I was impressed at Schmitt’s ability to take his very personal, spiritual journey and make it accessible, understandable and visually stunning. 
In addition to his film-making skills, which are evident throughout, I admired Schmitt’s ability to be open to all spiritual traditions as well as the many “teachers” he encountered on his journey. 
The questions inspired by grief are ones we all grapple with at some point, and this film offers much to the seeker, including the reminder that it is in the journey that we find life. 
--Dr. Laurie Helgoe, Psychologist and Author

A must see for those who are still seeking answers and connections with loved ones whom have proceeded into the after world. 

A search for meaning and spiritual growth of a widow’s personal journey after the death of a loved one.” 
--Andrée Jeannotte, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator

Ray Schmitt has created with “Out of the Blue” another masterpiece of personal cinema therapy, as he did with “Six Months” creating a film about his life since the tragic loss of his wife Judy several years ago. 

He travels the country and to Mexico in search of spiritual peace, showing on camera how deeply he misses his wife. 
He talks to many people who have also recently lost their spouses, getting different responses. He explores both Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, running in to the reality of synchronicity. 
He uses some clips of other films of his to show how he has experienced people’s emotions about death before. 
But the most touching scenes are the many clips of his film of Judy, showing photographs and film clips that reveal how much Judy was part of his soul. . . 
Hopefully, everyone will get to see this film, especially people who have lost their mates. 
It is one of the finest examples of “cinema therapy” - using cinema to experience the necessary therapy everyone needs to survive crises like Ray had to face.
 --Steve Fesenmaier, Film reviewer/presenter"

July 13, 2011

All the World’s a Stage

The Arts Theatre, Brisbane
 I love this wise paragraph that I found among Jonathan Zap's musings at his very informative website;
 The Path of the Numinous-Living and Working with the Creative Muse
"Like being a child, an adult, a lover, a parent, a grandparent, whatever, these are temporary roles, being a human being is a temporary role. As Shakespeare put it: “All the world’s a stage, / All the men and women merely players. / They each have their entrances and their exits” (As You Like It, Act II, scene vii, 139-141)
Play your roles when you are called upon, and get off the stage when the performance is over." 
Jonathan Zap

July 12, 2011


"Bring me that horizon" Johnny Depp
 Well, just when I thought my life couldn't get much weirder, I go to Reality this morning to find this post about synchronicity in movies, starring the man who triggered my reading of The Intuitive Way, Johnny Depp
A New York State of Sync
From the article -
"This Friday in New Paltz, New York, join fellow Sync Book author Kevin Halcott and I as we explore synchronicity in movies, mythology and mysticism. 

Learn how the movie stars of planet Earth bring us in touch with the same cosmic mythic dramas that have been stored in the stars of the heavens since the dawn of storytelling. 
Kevin Halcott will be presenting a slideshow introduction to Synchronicity and the art of Synchromysticism, followed by a short documentary highlighting patterns of meaningful coincidence in popular culture, mythology, and movies, aiming to allow greater access to mystery, wonder and joy." 
Watch the's mind-boggling.
Hair Peace Part 1  
Then I Googled Kevin's video,  
"Flim: A Thin Skin or Membrane"...where he talks about the number 42 appearing in movies.
Here's where it gets weird for me.
As I have said before my father's taxi cab number was 424.
He gave me his old Yellow Cab to drive when I was a teenager because I couldn't afford to buy my own car at the time, and he transferred the number 424 to his new Gold Cab.
Another thing that struck me was Kevin's YouTube channel is called kevin23420. 
There is a 42 in it, but the weird thing to me is that my oldest son's name is Kevin and he was born on the 20th June, and my birthday is the 23rd September, so 23/4/20 is a combination of our birth-dates.
Also, I found out the other day by watching the extra's on 
Field of Dreams that they started filming on the 20th June (my son Kevin's birth-date) and the main actors name is also Kevin, as is the guy that made the above YouTube.
Here's another great sync for me.
I was thinking about getting into the I Ching, since I was born in 1964 and also the I Ching has 64 hexagrams.
I was looking at some synchronicity websites I had saved to my favouites and found this passage about the I Ching at this site;
Synchronicity – A Very Brief Introdution 
"Anybody who works with the I Ching discovers how synchronistic it. 
Three summers ago I had a run of nine consecutive days getting the same hexagram (number 23, Collapse) each day for my daily general life reading. 
According to probability theory the odds of this happening randomly are 1 in 64x64x64x64x64x64x64x64x64."
My birth-date is 23/ 9/64 or 9 /23 /64 as Americans would write it.

July 6, 2011

Synchronistic Sunday Surprizes

This story of synchronicity may sound too incredible to be true to some people who may be reading this blog
(The name...
 ...springs to mind for some reason ;- )
”But Dylan’s Not Dead” ”Oh...Isn’t He?
 ...but I will give links to sites mentioned in this post, so the skeptics out there can do their own inquiries, if they would like to contact those establishments to verify goods sold, music played there etc, etc...or for those who may just want to know more about these places visited by your's truly.
The books that I'm currently reading.
Two books that I am currently reading are  
Toward 2012-Perspectives on the Next Age and 
The Intuitive Way by Penney Peirce. 
I started reading The Intuitive Way after coming across this 
ad pictured below in Vanity Fair Magazine.
Left click on photo image to make bigger.
Skull and cross-bones tattoo
I've had it sitting in my "To read" pile, but soon as I saw the white feather behind a watch with Roman numerals, I just knew this was a sign to start reading The Intuitive Way mostly because of the white feather, but also because the introduction in the The Intuitive Way is numbered with Roman numerals (see below)
So, I started reading Penney Perice's book on Sunday morning before I left for Byron Bay.
Now, I don't usually read Vanity Fair, but because it had Johnny Depp on the front cover showing his skull and cross-bone tattoo, and I myself have collected some skull and cross-bone items, including my cell phone cover (see below),
My cell phone/camera cover plus pewter skull.
because I like the hidden meanings associated with the symbol, as well as my love researching everything of a conspiratorial nature, so I just knew that I had to buy the magazine.
I had been reading my way through it (I still haven't read the Johnny Depp interview, though) and came across the ad for the watch, which is when I started reading the The Intuitive Way...last Sunday morning, before I started out with my brother for Byron Bay.
Alex Grey's "Skull Fetus"
I must say though, I came across this Alex Grey artwork called "Skull Fetus" and I think this is a much better symbol than the "Skull and Bones" symbols above.
It's almost a Yin/Yang type symbol for life and death/death and re-birth.
A very psychologically powerful work of art indeed.
It also reminds me of the 'Star-child' out of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
There is also an essay in Toward 2012-Perspectives on the Next Age called "The Kubrick Gaze", which is worth a read.
You can read it here;
There is even a section of the essay titled "From Alex to Alice"
And don't forget Johnny Depp played the role  of 'The Mad Hatter' in Alice in Wonderland
 Talking of Alex Grey, there is an interview in 
Toward 2012-Perspectives on the Next Age  with him called  
"Paint into Words: Alex Grey Interview" by Michael Robinson, where he is asked "what is your personal mantra?", and he talks about the Buddhist mantra "Ah", which one visualizes as a white letter in your heart and identifies with as primordial awareness outside of time and boundless in expanse.
 Penney also relates a dream she had about the angel of healing telling her to make the long sound of the universe "AHHHHHHH" while he slips a now-perfect heart back down to it's rightful place.
In the intro Penney says, "The Intuitive way will give you the simple truths I have gleaned from my own zigzagging path toward becoming a clear lens.
It will empower you to know what you need to know, just when you need to know it.
It will help you become one of the voices of love and truth in the world and give you the advantage of extended perception, heightened clarity, and a renewed sense of  magic about life.
With intuition, as you will see, miracles are not only possible, they're probable."
Here's where it starts getting strange.
Penney says; "The path first led me to become a graphic designer and corporate art director, using intuition to create advertising - sensing what symbolic image might capture the essence of a product or company"
Which is what captured my attention (the white feather in the watch ad), which led me to pick up her book and start reading.
In the the intro she also says "I began to travel internationally, and a long term involvement with  the Japanese turned me inside out.
They gave me a profound understanding of an ingenious way of ordering reality that was diametrically opposed to our Western way of thinking in almost every detail"
Oddly enough, I had just read this post by a lady by the name of Alex Robinson (Alex Grey + Michael Robinson = Alex Robinson??? 
Now we are entering into some gray areas ;-) 
about Japan, the day before I started reading Penney's book.
Here's a quote from Alex's post to remember later "Japan was probably the toughest egg that the West had to crack… but then egg crackin’ was their specialty." (see the very top photo for a hint).
Weirdly enough, Alex starts off her post with a Japanese poem about a frog;
“The old pond;
A frog jumps in -

The sound of water”
  And I had to laugh when I relate this question to my life,"...suffered from Stockholm Syndrome?"  
If I told you who I worked for you would see the joke there ;- ) (although it's really not that hard to figure out).
"Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a real paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors; sometimes to the point of defending them." LOL
The Sea-horse from the Kathmandu shop, Byron Bay.
And after reading about the seahorse, what should I find at one of my favourite stores in Byron Bay?
Penney then goes on to say that she had a powerful dream about riding on the back of a sea-serpent that looked a little like,"Falkor,the Luck Dragon" out of the movie  
The Never Ending Story, and thought "this must be the symbol for my trip" (her trip to Santa Fe)
Penney says, "since then the dragon image has followed me everywhere.
A friend sent me an illustration of the Chinese goddess Kwan Yin standing on a sky dragon..."
What should I find later on that day at The Crystal Castle, (the same shop I would find the green frog with the red eyes)?
A holographic image of Kwan Yin.
A dragon cracking through "The Cosmic Egg "?
Free shark  tooth with every purchase. What the???
The football team I have been a member of for 23 years, now.
Penney then says, "In Asia,the dragon is represented holding the pearl of fertility and enlightenment in it's claws. With it's rippling, undulating movement, the dragon seems to represent the need to equally embrace both the highs and lows of life."
She goes on to say that she mentions this image of the dragon, because it might speak as an image of intuition to the reader's life also.
Since I was born in '64 (the year of the dragon) and the I Ching  has 64 hexagrams, I thought that maybe she is right? 
The Chinese dragon, as a symbol, has always held some appeal to me.
Maybe it was just because of the TV series Kung Fu I used to love as a kid.
" No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."   
Helen Keller
Anyway, enough background story, it's time to start the trip to Byron Bay. 
First stop, Brunswick Heads.
The pedestrian bridge that I took the photos from.
The pedestrian bridge is the bridge on your left.
We parked the car in a backstreet and set off on foot to look for a nice coffee shop, but saw that the pub was open, and since we have always visited Brunswick Heads before 10 o'clock, the pub had always been closed, but today we had arrived at about 11, so we thought we would try their coffee shop (that's, not beer, like most of you were probably thinking:-).
It's a lovely old pub right across from the river.
Hotel Brunswick
I couldn't believe my ears, as we walked in I Feel Love was piping out from the speakers.
Not the Blue Man Group version.
but the original version, which I hadn't heard in years.
This is also the Hotel where I bought the green chocolate frog, that I blogged about here;
The Green Frog With The Red Eyes
Chocolate frog at Brunswick Heads Hotel.
The green frog that I seem to connect to, is in this essay from
Toward 2012-Perspectives on the Next Age
The Shaman and the DMT toad of Izapa.
called "Maya Shamanism and 2012:A Psychedelic Cosmology"
 I had bought a little ceramic frog with a painted dragonfly on it's belly, from my local post office a few weeks ago, mainly because I liked the dragonfly, but also because of the unusual pose of the frog.
To me it was as though the frog was praying to, or contemplating the heavens.
I hadn't seen the DMT frog of the Mayan's, or read about it until a few weeks after I had already bought the frog.
The frog I bought from the post office.
 So, I guess the trip really started for me when I ingested the green chocolate frog ;- )
 After the coffee, I went for a walk over the pedestrian bridge that crosses the river and takes you through to the beach.
Oddly enough, the first chapter of The Intuitive Way is about creating a clear lens, recognizing the intuitive process, and choosing the intuitive world view (as well as talking about rivers).
And the first photo I took produced this rainbow in the lens.
Taken from pedestrian bridge, Brunswick Heads.
The other side of the pedestrian bridge.
Byron Bay Lighthouse straight ahead.
 The next photo I took after crossing the bridge was when I aligned my lens to the Byron Bay lighthouse's lens.
That's the lighthouse in the far distance of the above photo. I did a post about it here;
 Guiding Higher Light
Cape Byron Lighthouse.
That's the most easterly point on the Australian main land. 
 Seeing that photo (above) reminded me of another essay from 
 Toward 2012-Perspectives on the Next Age called  
"The Testicular Age". 
Which you can read here ;
 I love how the essay ends saying; "During this birthing, humanity will experience a life-and-death journey just to survive. 
When we are born into that new world, we will realize that our species is just in its infancy. This process is beginning in earnest in our lifetimes, and it may take centuries to complete. 
I do not know the specifics, but in my heart I sense the coming of a more beautiful world. 
I hope in my lifetime to see its outlines coming into focus. 
Sometimes I think I even see its light beckoning. 
Do you?"
There is even a little symbol in the book under the author's name (Charles Eisenstein) that looks like the lighthouse lens.
The symbol that looks a bit like the lighthouse lens.
                                                        (click on photo to make it bigger)
The lens of the Byron Bay Lighthouse.
 After walking around Brunswick Heads for a while, we returned to my brother's car only to find a doppelganger for my own car parked a space away from us.
It was the same make and colour of my own car, but it had NSW plates instead of Queensland ones...and it was a little bit more worse for wear than my car.
That's the same colour, make and model of my own car.
Next stop, the Fig Tree Restaurant.
I had been meaning to go here for ages, but because they cater for weddings here most weekends, it's quite hard to get a booking when you want one.
Luckily for me I could get one this Sunday, which just happens to be the weekend the movie  The Tree
Great Movie!
The Tree (Trailer for Movie) 
which is also about a huge fig, roughly the same size as the one at the restaurant (as it turns out) is released in Australia on DVD.
I did a post about my synchros with The Tree when it was released in October last year;
The Tree
View from underneath the fig tree.
The fig tree from the Restaurant.
Inside the Fig Tree Restaurant.
Looking out window towards Byron Bay.
I had the feeling that I should snap this picture (below) that was hanging on the wall.
My wife had done a bit of ballet when she was younger, but I didn't think she would be that fussed to see it, so I don't really know why I took the shot at the time.
Picture hanging on wall in the Fig Tree Restaurant.
When I got home from my trip and started reading 
 The Intuitive Way from where I had left off. 
I turned the page and read, " A ballerina once told me that if she falls at a critical moment in her performance, though humiliated  and shocked, she has no time for self-indulgent behavior. The only relevant question to ask is 
"What's next?"
Even this painting on the wall 
Painting of the Divine Feminine?
triggered my thoughts to this essay from
Toward 2012-Perspectives on the Next Age  called  
"Transforming Repression of the Divine Feminine
And the old chapel under the fig tree (which is no longer in use as a chapel), reminded me of this essay called  
Gnosis:The Not-so-secret History of Jesus
The old chapel under the fig tree.
Two of my favourite books.
I had found out about the Fig Tree Restaurant through an offer in the Entertainment Book (pictured above), and the first place that I can ever remember eating at in Byron was a cafe called the Why Not Cafe after I had just read The Why Cafe.
The Why Not Cafe happens to be the sister restaurant  of the Fig Tree Restaurant .
I felt like having the fish meal, which on the menu just read  
"Catch of the Day".
When I asked what type of fish it was, I was told King-fish.
 I had flashbacks to the Sacred Kingfisher slamming into my window
The Bird that Flew into the Window
and started thinking, surely that won't happen here?
The Sacred Kingfisher after being KO'd.
Don't worry, it didn't.
I'm not that big of a synchro magnet...yet ;- )
After lunch was finished, we drove into Byron Bay and I went to buy some hemp socks and a hemp long sleeve t-shirt from Kathmandu, which is where I also purchased the blue seahorse, that I mentioned early on.
I also purchased these drink coasters.

It says on the back of the box  -
"This artwork depicts the culture and dreamings of the Aboriginal people over the last 40 000 years.
These stories or "dreamings" feature numerous artwork styles, each influenced by geographic tribal location and Aboriginal beliefs, passed down by elders over many generations."
Alex Grey
More Dream-time Artwork
"Shpongled" by Alex Grey
Bob at Byron Bay Bluesfest. I can see clearly now;-)
Now it's off to The Crystal Castle at Mullumbimby.
At the Entrance to the Crystal Castle.
Fish pond with water bearer / Aquarius?
Goldfish swimming in the flow at the Crystal Castle ?
When you enter the Crystal Castle grounds, just through the main entrance, there is a unique sculpture with crystals, blue dolphins, angels and hearts on it.
People leave coins on it, for good luck...I guess.
If you look at the point of the crystals, most will have a coin balancing on top of it's point.
There is also a giant pond filled with goldfish, and a statue of a figure pouring water out of a jar continuously.
To me it speaks of the Aquarian Age that we are entering at present and the need to go with the flow.
So to me, it is appropriate to have this pond at the entrance.
Another essay from Toward 2012-Perspectives on the Next Age called 
"Reality  2.0" says, "If print is solid and concrete, new media is liquid. 
Like it or not, Aquarius,with knowledge flowing out of his jar, is an apt figure for our times."
A little further down from the pond I came across this  
"Serpent Tree"
The Serpent Tree.
and then this labyrinth
Go inwards?
 It reminded me of this picture that I had saved off the internet;
And what should I find in their shop???
Unicorn with butterfly that I bought for my wife.
and then I come across this mural;
and a floating round stone rotating on top of a water fountain
Go with the flow?
I think that I'm finally on the right path;
Although, it's clear that others who have walked through here aren't.
Why would you do this???
My old mate, the Garuda.
A Penney for your thoughts?-)
I feel like the Tin Man, I found a heart on the path ;- )
And just when I thought I was out of puff ;- )
I've finally reached the calm centre of the park.
I think I found the power source ;- )
Time for a coffee, then back to Brisbane.
  What a Trip!!