An interview with one of the Northwest Coast’s emerging digital art prodigies, Justin Totemical, on invention, inspiration, and the spiritual quest.
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It was just another Saturday on Ken Kesey’s farm, but it felt like Shangri-La. The Cuckoo strode around his own eight acres, miles away, in a striped referee’s shirt, signing autographs and posing reticently for the cameras–an icon who, in the words of Hunter Thompson, “has found out a way to live out there where the real winds blow.
We live in a state of manufactured normalcy. There are mechanisms that prevent us from realizing that the future is actually happening as we speak. To really understand how the world is evolving, we need to break through this manufactured field. Unfortunately, that leads to a kind of existential nausea.
In the last few decades, Western therapists have rediscovered the healing
potential of breath and developed techniques that utilize it. Deliberate increase of the pace of breathing
typically loosens psychological defenses and leads to a release and
emergence of unconscious (and superconscious) material.
If a leader declares war as the only
recourse, they cannot lead, for they do not hold life sacred within
their hearts. If a leader promotes the rapacious profiteering of a
very few at the expense of the many, they cannot lead, for they have
been corrupted by the rot of power-lust and aggrandizement.