The Trial & Death of Socrates

I am in the process of taking massive action to refine my play script on the trial & death of Socrates, especially in view to applying appropriate theatre technique. Spring is often a time of renewed energy and focus for me. So my sails are fully open to the winds of destiny. May the integrity of my ship bring me closer to that golden day, to feel the vibrant lights of the theatre warm my countenance and to watch the veiled stage curtain divide so as to open our hearts & minds to the magic of dialectical interplay. The video above provides a brief intro to the play.

Love & light,

JY

 

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An Ode to Orpheus

The life of Orpheus is one that we all must muse upon from time to time. Such magical stories grant us a reprieve from the world of mediocrity and enable our imaginations to soar on high. His music can be heard while in deep reflection; a sweet and gentle melody that lingers the day long. Metre and rhyme creating chords of harmony that resonate with our souls so as to play along.

Though civilizations come and go, stars fall away and implode, the archetypal Orpheus is born again and again with renewed vitality. He is the master of poetry and song; that secret chord by which we can congregate and get along. A wind that blows, which no one knows, where it comes or where it goes. Above our heads perched upon a branch of a tree, a beautiful white swan sings the tune of eternity.

His seven string lyre is attuned with our chakras, as well as the planets that orbit the sun. Each can be heard if you listen in silence, for the many resound through the invisible one. The beating heart of Apollo and the offspring of Calliope, he is the bestower of wisdom and the means for sobriety. Now that his story has been told once more, let us depart with the courage to explore.

Love & light,

JY

 

 

 

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Commentary on Ennead I.4 – Well-Being

Plotinus makes perfect sense if you take the time to think about what he is saying. To attain ultimate well-being is an out of this world experience. It’s about being in eternity opposed to existing in time. Rather than getting caught up into a stream of sensual pleasure – which can be a form of good – the Good itself is lodged within Spirit and neither are with corporality. From the sensual perspective there is no Spirit whatsoever. There is nothing within bodily receptors to pick up on Spirit, just as there are no antennas growing out of our heads to pick up on radio waves. It is through mind (psyche/soul) that we encounter Spirit. Just as we deem certain events in life to be happy moments – it is through mind that we apply such judgement; i.e. we come to interpret what is good or evil through our minds. Regardless of the fact that our bodies can influence the quality of our thoughts and vice versa, our minds have an immense array of powers. Is it true that all human beings presently living in the 21st century possess the exact same ability to think rationally, concentrate or recall past events; of course not. Some of us are with extremely high intelligence while most of us are with average IQ, relatively speaking. There are people out there with very keen intuitions and folks who lack common sense. Needless to say the human population has a wide range of mental capacities and aptitudes. Now is it possible for some of us to have extraordinary capacities of the mind not shared by most other homo sapiens; of course. To think we know everything about the evolution of our species is nothing shy of naivety on our part. Now then, even from this limited and singular perspective one can see how it is likely that some of us are with the disposition for recognizing the Good, that which is beyond all form and comprehension. In fact there is nothing that can be added to the Good but that doesn’t stop people from superimposing their personal bias upon it. Many are inclined to remove the o from Good so as to end up with the word God but that too would be a mistake, for nothing can be added or taken away from the Good itself. Even the spelling of the word Good is a cognitive error, but for the purpose of explaining our relationship to it, one must avail of language and symbols by which the receiver is conditioned to use in order to make sense of things. In some respect it may be best to say nothing at all about it but to encourage the inquirer to sit quietly and empty their mind of all content. To experience this state of no-thing-ness is absolutely beautiful to behold. It renders all our experiences of earthly life as frivolous and useless in comparison. But as soon as our thinking mind tries to compare our worldly experiences with the bliss of no-thing-ness, the transcendent state is gone, we are back in duality playing a losing game of chess with the fates. Now hold on a moment you might say, spirituality conflicts with our human project? To pick up this question is to swing us back into an endless dance. No wonder well-being is so rarely found, we are too dizzy/busy going around in circles looking for it!

Love & light,

JY

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In my Secret Garden

Recently recorded a very simple yet pleasant melody on my 6 string acoustic guitar and sent it off to my friend Richard Downs; a Nicaraguan-American Violinist and Composer. In turn he spiced it up with a snazzy little tune with his violin! Afterwards I listened to this fusion again and again until words flowed up into the light of consciousness and danced along the edge of my imagination. Then as quick as Mercury I wrote the letters down on paper. Here it remains as prose. Perhaps sometime in the near future a wind of inspiration shall blow and rearrange this prose into a lyrical poem to be sung and mused upon by those who possess an ear for such things. In the meantime be free to sample the blending of these sounds in the video above. Thank you Richard for imparting such wondrous love.

JY

 

 

 

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What is your Predominant Emotion in Life?

What is your predominant emotion in life? Joy or melancholy? Peace or agitation? Enthusiasm or boredom? Curiosity or apathy? Perhaps a little bit of each and a lot of in between?

In a run of a day we experience a range of emotions that may largely color the lens by which we perceive reality. There is no doubt that our emotional state is significantly influenced by the quality of our thoughts. If our thoughts are focused on disturbing memories or unwanted problems that may occur in the future, then it is likely that we’ll experience prolonged states of emotional distress. Whereas if our minds are engaged in constructive activities and play, or is being renewed through meditation and creative art, then in all likelihood we will be inclined to experience more pleasant emotions.

Unfortunately many are inclined to blame others and/or circumstances for their lack of emotional well-being, when in reality it is often our own way of thinking that is reaping havoc. The truth of the matter is that we can rewire or condition our minds to draw pleasure from all kinds of experiences. Ideally it is better to link up healthy emotions with activities that are up building and harmless. Whereas if we cultivate a love for things that are destructive & egotistic, it is only a matter of time before the consequences of our actions render us worst off than before.

There is lots of scientific study to indicate that we can reshape our emotional states. Yet it is not my objective here to play the Professor and persuade you one way or the other. However if you would like to do your own experiment to determine whether or not we have control over our emotional states, consider the following exercise:

Articulate a positive affirmation to be repeated over & over in your mind on two occasions during the day; when you first wake from sleep in the morning and some minutes before you are ready to fall back to sleep at night. Read up and ask around for good affirmations but be sure to create one that uniquely suits your interest and objective for experiencing more healthy emotions such as joy, happiness and serenity. Why not try for it 30 days and see what happens!

According to Stephen R Covey a good self-affirmation has five characteristics:

• It’s personal, meaning it is written in the first person.
• It’s positive rather than negative, meaning that it affirms what is good and right.
• It’s present tense, meaning you are doing it now or have the potential for doing it.
• It’s visual, meaning you can see it clearly in your mind’s eye.
• It’s emotional, meaning you have strong feelings attached to it.

“How deeply satisfying (emotional) it is to me (personal) to respond (present tense) under conditions of fatigue, stress, pressure, or disappointment (visual conditions) with self-control, wisdom, firmness, patience, and love (positive).” – Stephen R Covey, Primary Greatness

Cheers,

JY

“For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquility; and I affirm that tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

 

 

 

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Let Your Aim Be True

What sights beheld through radiant light
Omniscient embrace to hold us tight
To reveal the archetype of beauty’s allure
With familiar warmth our hearts assure

This moment in time with eyes to see
Yet vibrating strings stem from eternity
An emanating sound goes round & round
Keeping our souls suspended in boundary

Raise your awareness to heaven above
Feel that pull known only through love
Release your arrow into the open blue
To know thyself let your aim be true

Cure the body with nature’s herb and song
Lift your spirits and it won’t take long
Learn to dance and play a musical string
Remove the poison is to remove the sting

Come let us sail into a golden dawn
To hear the mystery of a melodious swan
Strum the silk strings with all your heart
Participate in the power of its healing art

Now cast a rhyme that will last forever
Goodness sake don’t try to sound clever
Find the words in the melody of the tune
String them together & let them commune

Soon the blacken day shall begin anew
With the horizon filled with a golden hue
Again to set sail upon the ocean’s face
Explore the deep for thy heart’s embrace

Raise your awareness to heaven above
Feel that pull known only through love
Release your arrow into the open blue
To know thyself let your aim be true.

By Jason Youngman

PS: Click on the image above – to see the words turn into love.

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Lemon Gin – Last Night’s Sin

The poet spoke in an empty room
His yellow tie swirled around his glass of lemon gin
The cigarette smoke was thick enough to float on
And the walls echoed with last night’s sin

The bar an alter with every kind of spirit
Vodka and gin, tequila and rum, whisky and wine
It is said that you can see the demon of each alcohol
When you are drunk and completely out of your mind

With heavy eyes the poet sank into his arm chair
Each rising bubble in his glass a reflection of memory
For lemon gin has a subtle way of working its vice
Fermenting an endless reverie

Just as the last sparkle of gin broke into the foul air
The poet cried out his last breath with utter gloom
Why my darling love have you forsaken me!?
Swirling into a pit-less doom

The sound bounced off every wall within the empty room
Only those who are drunk with spirits can truly hear it
Then the poet collapsed into the ground without a sound
No one dared to say a word about it.

JY

Click on the image above to watch the artist bring soul into his creation.

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A Trail Of No Return

This poem is about entering the enchanted domain of the faeries. The title was chosen in light of the various times I’ve been tempted to follow the trails that break off from the main path during hikes through the forest. Some of these paths have a peculiar lure to them. It is enough to make you wonder what resides at the end of the trail. This poetic tale allows the imagination to run wild with bacchanalian wonder. Click on the image above to access the video.

Love & light,

JY

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Temperance – The Essence of Beauty

Temperance is a means for health & well-being
A base for the other virtues to take root & grow
By providence her goal is to achieve purification
To relinquish the superficial by simply letting it go

Click on the image above to access the video.

JY

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O Fortuna

O Fortuna
Translated into English
Adapted and narrated by Jason Youngman

O Fortuna is a 13th century medieval Latin Goliardic poem which expresses displeasure about Fortuna; a grim fate that subjugates both gods and men in Greek and Roman mythology. The poem belongs to the Carmina Burana collection. Background music: Carmina Burana – O Fortuna – Carl Orff – Piano. Click on the image above to access the video.

JY

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