From The Pachamama Alliance: “Human beings are not separate from each other or Nature. We are totally interrelated and our actions have consequences to all. What we do to others we do to ourselves. What we do to the Earth we do to ourselves.”
Do you ever feel separate from part of or all of the rest of the human race? Does a particular group or event try to force an identity onto you by name calling or putting you in a “box” ?
Many of us have felt these things at one time or another. Sometimes you give in and let a group dictate your identity. Other times, you rise above the nonsense of separation and assert your rights and feelings. It can be a very difficult decision. There are times when it feels like you must lose a battle in order to win the war. And there are moments when it feels hopeless; just as there are moments when it feels joyous and hopeful.
I’m a visual and performance artist. I wake up every day and to feed my creativity I try to look at the world around me as if it were brand-new and I have a clean canvas. I make that decision every morning and sometimes more than once a day. I can do this because I feel connected to all of life in the Universe. I feel connected to the plants and animals and all other humans. The “group” I belong to at the start of the day is this amazing and beautiful and connected Universe.
Being connected not only provides me with an appreciation of everything and everyone and just how incredible this Life is, but also opens my heart and mind to learning new information and meeting new people. I travel to new places, in my head and with my body. And when I arrive at the new destination I find I am welcomed by those who also have an open heart and open mind.
I do not pretend that I have always been successful or that every day goes perfectly or that every person I meet is friendly. Some days I encounter self-interest groups or individuals that feel separate from the rest of the world. They try to force me into a box that they can use or dispose of, they call me names, or hurt me physically in order to get rid of me. They are sad and pathetic because they have closed their hearts and minds and do not feel the connection of the Universe. And yet, they are connected. What they do can be hurtful. And the truth is, they hurt themselves as much as they hurt others.
My hope is that one day I will awaken with my “clean canvas” and look out over the city and see millions of people who also have a “clean canvas” that morning. I hope my dream will find you with an open heart and an open mind. I hope you find happiness in the world – with the animals, with nature and with all the other humans on this planet.
Phil Dynan is a contemporary artist working in painting, sculpture and performance art from Northern California and London. Besides his art website, he has established www.LoveIsAllYouNeed.net which is devoted to Human Rights and Non-Separatism. The late Pearl Bailey (American Entertainer) inspired Phil to create the website and she asked him to further her concept of “non-separatism” which was her way to deal with the racism and sexism that she encountered during her career. Pearl was appointed as “Ambassador of Love” by President Nixon in 1970. Phil has long been inspired by the kindness and love that his friend Pearl Bailey demonstrated during her entire life, even in the face of extreme racism and sexism. This blog is dedicated to her.