Life as we know it is made of inner and outer aspects. I see these two aspects as aspects of one spectrum, with some parts revealed and other parts concealed, revealing and concealing in constant flux. As the physical is what we see, most of our time and resources is focused on the physicality aspect. This includes the fact that we base most of our understanding on what is felt with the five senses. However, what we focus on even in our physical environs has been conditioned very specifically. The strides we have taken in technological advancements are a testament to both these statements. Whilst these technologies most certainly utilise creative intelligence in their development, their usage more often than not is more superficial. And so it is that we can be surrounded by technologies that hook us into something; that have a purpose to control or manipulate us to varying degrees; or are able to keep an eye on us; all under the guise of aiding and protecting us.
It is also why, creative inventors who have discovered or created things that massively aid humanity in freedom of any kind, whether it’s to do with curing an illness or making available free energy, have generally been quashed. Why do you think there is an ongoing battle over controlling the internet – it is a technology that has helped put the power in the hands of the people! This is why humanitarian groups and grassroots movements have fought many times to keep it fair and open and in the hands of the people and not in the hands of the corporate giants and subsidising central banks.
We have of course been able to take advantage of these technological advancements for the creative good. The visual technologies that appear to be driving how we live and do business across all sectors, from e-commerce to security, autonomous vehicles to manufacturing, healthcare to agriculture, are the very technologies that we use to help us tell amazing stories and reach a wider audience. In film we have always been familiar with how much the visual counts.
I do feel it extremely unfortunate however that the major interests and intentions behind most of those bankrolling the outer technologies created are not aligned with a unifying, connecting purpose. The depletion of planet Earth’s natural resources highlights this. And sadly, what is created, and the reasons it is created, lends more to intentional imbalance and the dispersion of misleading information that tempts us into addictive patterns, behaviours and empty physical desires. Just take a moment to ponder, as technology becomes more and more intelligent, what happens to our society?
The talk is always of this technology empowering and augmenting both our business and us as humans. It’s definitely reasonable to acknowledge that computers can see more per image and see across more images than a person can for instance, which is highly advantageous in this computer-driven world. It’s also necessary to acknowledge however, that any skill taken away from or unused by a society, will reduce that capability and render such a skill defunct all together. This includes the use of our inner technologies.
And so I shout, “Let us not forget the fortitudinous inner aspect!” This inner aspect is indeed why there are an estimated one million+ organisations in the world working towards social and environmental justice. When you work from the core, from the inside to the outside, you understand we are all connected. It’s awareness of that one energetic spectrum of revealed and concealed, living consciously in the motion of exposed and hidden. This goes along with something interesting I recently heard, that ‘manipulating matter requires enormous amounts of energy, whereas manipulating energy doesn’t require any’. This can be likened to the enormous amount of energy it takes to dominate others, compared to the evolutionary life force existent in freedom and truth. One is based in destructivity. One is based in creativity. And this is where the strength and usefulness of our inner technologies lie.
So what are our inner technologies and how do we use them?
Amongst them are our capacities to think, feel and connect. And we really don’t realise how much we take these things for granted. Generation after generation we have succumbed to social conditioning, and we continue to haphazardly give these inner technologies away to the rampant mass mind hacking of today. This is because we aren’t conscious of the part we play in implementing our own domination. Most of us allow our own voice to be drowned out and forgotten, instead of amplifying an inner signal that helps us make better choices.
The inner terrain is the space artists connect with, whether consciously or unconsciously. Even an inspiration from a seemingly external input takes us into an internal space of primary connection before the tangible, shareable work of art is created in the secondary, physical space. The importance here lies in the motivation behind the creation. The desire to express one’s voice, or shine one’s light, comes from an untainted, unconditioned source. And hence, creative connection occurs when we are open and allow space for newness to enter – new thoughts; clear feelings; unhindered connections – which bypasses the conditioning. This is why creativity is often a source of analogy and knowledge beyond what it was originally understood to be.
So if you want to utilise your inner technologies you need to dive beneath the surface, beneath the conditioning, and find your voice. The next step is to share and express your voice, and let out the artist in you. Doing anything creative will help you with both of these tasks.
Something else to think about is your world view. The view one takes of the world, and life in general, often lays the path for the events that ensue. There’s always an upbeat and downbeat way to look at things i.e. a destructive and creative way. In the upbeat, creative way you recognise your own power, potential and possibility. In the downbeat, destructive way you feel nothing can be done and it’s out of your hands. Dictatorships rely on brewing the downbeat. Revolutions are sparked by the upbeat.
So search for your upbeat. One analogy that helped me find my upbeat as a kid was Shakespeare’s famous text “All the world’s a stage, / And all the men and women merely players”. I decided to take it one step further however and extend the stage to a playground, where we’re not only actors playing different roles, we’re also the audience, both observing and critiquing; we’re also the writers and storytellers with creative powers beyond sole interpretation; and we’re also the ones behind-the-scenes, taking inspired action to bring it all together. The stage is bigger than the stage itself; it includes the front of house, the backstage, the wings, and outside the theatre. My world stage is a giant living playground!
How is this an upbeat view you might ask? Well, in playgrounds we can be ourselves. In playgrounds we can play with friends and people we’ve just met. In playgrounds any acting we do is known as acting and merely part of the game we’re playing. In playgrounds we express ourselves. In playgrounds we are creative – we watch, we invent, we interact, we encounter, we build, we play, we go through all the emotions, we deal with whatever comes our way, and we’d do it all again the next day, we actually want to, because the idea of a playground is to enjoy the moment and all it brings in a playful and creative way.
And for me it’s no wonder playgrounds are usually in parks. Nature and the arts are the best examples of inner technologies at work in our world i.e. the inner expressed in the outer. They also provide some of the best ways to travel within and find our own powers.
Taking back our voice and usage of our inner technologies is crucial for each and every one of us. Anything that negatively affects people within society can be aided by creativity and the nurturing of one’s inner technologies. So why not start that creative communication with your self? Why not pick up a pencil and experiment with drawing or writing something down; try out an idea generating event like Collab Writers or take up the 21 Day Speak Your Voice Challenge. The possibilities are endless when you shift into a creative mindset. If you’d like to stay abreast with art happenings that invite you into an art playground where you’re free to explore, experiment and express yourself, you can join us on twitter @dmo_tap or check out www.theartplayground.org and www.signeddmo.com. #RealNotVirtual #SYVChallenge
Danielle ‘DMo’ Oke is an Australian born artist and writer creating in film, art, music, and other creative streams. She is a produced scriptwriter and writer/director, and has also undertaken roles as producer, development writer, researcher, concept creator and editor. Her painting and video art has been exhibited internationally. She also writes and records as part of the music experiment project Cityless. Her creative studio is The Art Playground aka TAP.