Symposium Presentation: Is chronic idealism, physical materialism and a full compliment of mental and physical addictions truly getting us what we want from our precious time here in the body? What if the hunger was inverted and what we wanted was ourselves, our expression, hearing our own voice? How can we embrace and celebrate our voice, not as an act of vanity, but that of self-acceptance through self-love, compassion, expression, realization and actualization? What would happen when we surrender to the moment and embody the universal “I AM” unconditionally, learning to embrace that which is the intrinsic spark and root of our being? With distractions like social media, video games, Internet surfing, erotica, Pay + reality TV AND asphyxiating daily news, we can easily loose track of what is important.There are no short cuts to self knowledge, there is just acceptance and surrender. Temet Nosce: Know Thyself.
An open heart and an open mind – the Openframe™
Seth J Rowanwood is an award winning interdisciplinary artist, turned play coach. He will be presenting his coaching modality called the Openframe™. Seth postulates that TOF can be a potent answer to help remedy, reunite and integrate the fragmentation presently existing in the topography of human expression. “Physicality and spirit are aspects of one being… the magic and the miracles happen when all of this body-being is experienced as a single beautiful dynamic whole.” Everything we do is an expression between our inner universe and the eminent world we live in. Whether we like it or repress it, eventually, it will be heard and felt. Resistance fuels suffering and here is where it is heightened and repeated over and over in the ‘manifestering’ of unexamined thought and feeling. Play is the natural preening of the ghosts of memory and is also the great integrator of both wisdom and folly – Integral Play” ~ SJR
“The activity is a chosen behavior free from mental afflictions… Thereby, those who have realized the non-self show numerous and varied actions for the benefit of living beings and practice a path that cuts through negative thought. Those who know this path of action, however vast [and varied] their behavior may be, are devoid within of any grasping and attachment to reality, similar to a fish moving through the water, and without a trace of emotion like the wind blowing at the summits of mountains. Having thus eliminated all obstacles to their behavior and actions, and without any regard for themselves, they realize the Prajñaramita [the embodiment of the wisdom of the buddhas].” ~ Rangjung Dorjé, the Third Kramapa, in his commentary to the Great Collection of Precepts, explaining the Chödpa’s behaviour.
The Openframe™ paints a unique picture of possibility and embrace of the truth of what arises in every moment seen in the natural context of play in an open frame. Here limiting self concepts are scrutinized by interactive witness as the vigilance of radical presence. Here, a full 360 degree freedom of expression can be accessed and lived. A “pants-on” post-rational solution to stubborn hyper-ideated nihilism and post-postmodern fragmented projections. Beyond simply mentality confronting the body, we invite all stake holders in the body-being to come out to play. A head-on embrace that is as fun as it is cathartic. Shadows and false selves unite and give way to the truth behind the conceptual self to the deeper meaning and the underlying theme of existence itself. From improv to erotic role play, bsdm, mask, clown and singing, learn to play as a child would, with all the space and skillful means an adult can muster. Within the Openframe™, Pure Funishment is let loose.
“Like a child with perfect spontaneity,
Like a madman unconcerned with what is socially acceptable,
Like a leper unattached to his own physical well-being,
Or like a wild animal roaming about in lonely and desolate places.”
Seth’s site: thebodybeing.com