The First Step of The Unbroken Path

The performance is much less blurry in person.

The performance is much less blurry in person.

Last night, I enacted my first performance of “The Unbroken Path” as an actual show. It’s a challenging thing for me because as an artist, I’ve always longed for my performances to be more than just a musician up on stage playing songs. After all, I consider myself to be more of a writer than a musician and feel that I have more to share than simply background music as people share beverages and conversation, so for me, having The Flow Factory as a venue to really connect with an audience is an incredible gift.

For my first foray into this particular show, the turnout wasn’t spectacular as far as numbers go, however, I was really glad that those who did show up were people that I love, and that were willing to give me some really helpful feedback. But I still have to wonder if they get what I’m really all about.

As a life artist, especially over the last year as I have attempted to guide The Flow Factory into becoming something that will serve my community, I have dabbled in a myriad of activities that offer service to the world I inhabit, but aren’t necessarily my greatest gifts. Perhaps the downside to that is that I am often regarded merely as the guy who does those menial tasks that no one else wants, instead of being recognized as the artist I feel that I truly am. It’s very similar to the feeling I had when I was working “real jobs” like waiting tables or working as a psychiatric technician while simultaneously writing a book, screenplay, or song. Although I get the most joy out of my creative outlets and feel as though they are the greatest offerings that I have, the majority of the people that share my journey with me culminate their appreciation of me around the modest tasks of taking orders, delivering food, or wiping asses.

Many of my tasks at The Flow Factory are much more substantial than these things, yet I still feel overlooked and often unappreciated for what I really want to offer. Yet in the world we live in, at least in the society of consumerism, it is a buyers market, and the services that are most appreciated are often those that people want based upon the patterns they have set up for themselves, and not so much on the services we most greatly want to offer. Perhaps if we were able to open ourselves up to a greater recognition of the true nature of abundance, we would afford people the opportunity to rise above the necessity of being known and appreciated for merely the meager tasks of servitude that afford them the luxury of being able to simply survive, and follow their hearts into the true service they feel called to.

It is my hope that the acknowledgment of The Unbroken Path may help us to get to that point, but I feel that before that progress can be made in the society around me, I still have some steps to take myself.

Advertisements

Baring It All On The Unbroken Path

It is a rather daunting thing to prepare for the show I am to perform this Saturday night. Not only do I need to be able to deliver a 1700 word poem, and sing 7 of my original songs, I will also be largely improvising as I attempt to express the world from my persepective. On top of all that, I’ll also be doing part of the show in the nude.

halloween-davidI’m not quite sure whether the nudity will attract more people to come or if it will deter them from coming at all. I think that the people the show will appeal to are evolved enough to move beyond the giggles and see the message behind the performance. Nevertheless, when I first arrived at The Flow Factory, I had a vision of my performing The Unbroken Path, and the nudity became integral. I just hope that its not too cold because that could be embarassing.

The Unbroken Path is about the journey that we are all on. Each of us has some sort of paradigm that we follow, whether it be a religious thing like the Romans Road or the Four Noble Truths, a self improvement guide like the Twelve Steps or the Eight Habits of Highly Effective People, a scientific understanding like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs or Hawkins’ Stages of Consciousness, or just a basic understanding of mythology like Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Beyond all of the language used to describe our vantage points, we are all on an unbroken path of realizing who we really are.

To develop the script for The Unbroken Path, I weaved together a myriad of these paradigms, connecting the common themes and finding the flow through all of them. Then I interpreted that outline into a poem. Since it turned out to be longer than the time usually alloted at an open mike night, I weaved in the songs I’ve written to describe the various stages of the human journey, and it became a show.

I am also hoping that the performance will lend some credence to The Flow Factory as a legitimate venue and inspire other area musicians and performing artists to utilize the space for their own shows. I believe that art is playing a key role in the shift our society is experiencing, and we hope to use that creative energy to develop channels for the cultivation of business, citizenry, and charity as well. So the financial revenue generated from The Unbroken Path through the recommended $10 flownation will be distributed to support me as an Artist, The Flow Factory as a Business, the Common Wealth Time Bank as the Citizenry, and the Sanctuary of Sarasota as a Charity.

I have written much about this whole ABC (squared) Economics concept, and I have experimented with its application. I feel that with the right amount of energy, it has the potential to be highly successful. I’m not sure if the show will reap the profits necessary to produce a tangible outcome, but if nothing else, I hope that it produces enough to help me continue on down this unbroken path.

The premiere of The Unbroken Path will be at 8pm on Saturday, December 21 at The Flow Factory, 2035 Cornell Street. For more information, send an email to inkensoul@gmail.com.

 

 

The Journey of the Unbroken Path

In this age of separation that humanity has been suffering through, we have realized ourselves as separate from one another, separate from nature, and separate from God. Due to the attachment to our ego identities and the ensuing attachments to our countries, clubs, cliques, and considerations, we find ourselves stuck in a space of seeing the fullness of abundance as a glimmer on the horizon, a thing just out of reach, always on the other side of the expanse between who we think we are and who we most want to be. The journey to return to the fullness of our being and leave behind the folly of separation, lack, disease, and violence is guided by the whisper of truth that runs through all of our creative traditions, each of them fingers pointing to the moon which illuminates this Unbroken Path toward the eternal life that is our birthright.

steps-in-wet-sand1In each of our traditions, there is a built in goal of reunion with the Source of our Being. In Christianity, it is referred to as salvation with heaven as its reward. In Buddhism, it is enlightenment with Nirvana as its reward. Yet this reconnection with our Source is not a physical journey we must take, but a righting of the mind, a changing of perspective.
Throughout our means of explaining the world, we have created a variety of multi-tiered steps that allow us to come to a better understanding of how we can once again integrate ourselves with All That Is. Yet the paradox of our metaphorical return to Oneness is that we were never truly separated to begin with. It is but our mind and the mistakes that we have cultivated through generations of imagined separation that keep us from our birthright of unyielding joy.

In this world view of separation, the ideas fostered through religion that we have been cut off from God and the scientific miscalculation that we are apart from the natural world, have created this alternate dimension of pain, suffering, poverty, and injustice. Due to these errors in our estimation of reality, we have channeled our shortsightedness to create more conflicts than our remotely necessary, and in so doing, we have manifested a civilization of strife, disconnection, and imbalance. It is only through recognizing the true Oneness of all things, and accounting for this perception of reality with gratitude and love, that we can embrace the fullness of life and reunite ourselves with our right mind and right reality.

The journey to arrive at the world of reunion is the Unbroken Path. Regardless of our traditions and the intricacies of imagination therein, among them all is an overwhelming compulsion to become more than we are, more than the skin-encapsulated egos fighting for independence that the world regards us as, but spirits weaving a tapestry of interdependence throughout the world we are co-creating. The Unbroken Path is the one-step journey of appreciating and embracing the overwhelming lengths to which culture has gone to point the way toward the reality we see so that we may release them to step fully into our roles as the manifestation of their At-One-ment.

Finding Identity and Playing the Roles

Identity-222x300I think that one of the reasons it has taken me so long to address the next stage of The Unbroken Path is due to the complexity of the issue, and that it has taken me quite a while to deal with the conflict myself. That, and I’ve been doing other stuff. Though Erik Erikson described the stage of psychosocial development of “Identity vs. Role Confusion” as occurring during adulthood, he also stated that the caps on ages for stages are not fixed and actually quite fluid. While the average human comes to grips with this conflict by the age of 20, people of genius and those reluctant to acquiesce to the industrial model often take a little longer. Thought I’m not gonna toot my own horn and call myself a genius, I do acknowledge that I have a bit of an issue with being industrialized and can only assume that my reluctance toward assimilation serves as the reason for my being a late bloomer.
Anyway, this stage is about learning what we are capable of, the roles that we are able to play in society. Often based upon our relationships to others, this is the stage of understanding fidelity, the loyalty that we extend to people even though they may have different belief systems, be they religious, political, or other.
Personally, I’ve had a bit of a struggle with this from time to time. I’ve played many roles and seen how I could be of assistance in the world, but I do feel as if this stage has been extended. Nevertheless, I also feel that I have finally come to grips with the conflict and am ready to move on in our little game of “let’s become a functional human being.”

 

 

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at InkenSoul.com, and sometimes posts atAnything ArtsSarasota Music Scene, and Elephant Journal, and is currently the Director of Operational Development for the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

Help Lay the Foundation of the Unbroken Path

Where will the path take you?

Where will the path take you?

The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path is entering into a new phase with the installation at this Year’s Harvey Milk Festival, and I could use some help in putting it together. This installation will feature walls made from pallets which will form an interactive maze where sojourners can leave messages for others who come behind them. The walls will then be installed as grow walls for an edible garden to be planted by and for Sarasota’s homeless community.

941281_10151565050277557_268584487_nIf you would like to be a part of this community-based arts initiative, there are a few roles that need to be filled in the next week and a half, building up to the festival.

941743_10151565052022557_1946761037_n1. Painters – each of the pallets are being painted different colors, and I need people to help get the colors on.
2.  Installers – this will include unloading the pallets from the trailer, assembling the Labyrinth, and screwing them into place.
3. Labyrinth guides – I need people to greet attendees and encourage them to fully participate in the experience during the festival.

4. Uninstallers – help taking the Labyrinth apart and packing it up.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, please email me at inkensoul@gmail.com.

Participate in the Path of Pallets

Where will the path take you?

Where will the Path take you?

At this Year’s Harvey Milk Festival, as we embrace the diversity of our community and realize our true wealth, we will be installing a very special edition of the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path. We are looking for recruits to help compile and assemble the project.

The steps to be a part of this installation are simple:
1. Find a shipping pallet.
2. Paint it.
3. Bring it to the Flow Factory at 2035 Cornell Street.
4. Come to the Harvey Milk Festival and walk the Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path.

If you do not have paint, just bring a pallet and we’ll hook you up. If you have neither paint or pallet, but still want to be involved, we can hook you up there as well. If you just want to provide pallets, paints, or brushes, you will receive many hugs.

The day of the festival, we will also have paints and chalk on hand so that attendees can continue to paint on the palettes and continue to tell our collective story. For more information about how you can get involved, contact Steve McAllister atinkensoul@gmail.com.

The Renaissance and the Unbroken Path

A few years ago, when I started writing the book that would become How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld, I started piecing together this concept I’ve come to call The Unbroken Path. Developed from the interweaving of various orders of understanding, The Unbroken Path is that journey toward ascension that the majority of our religions and philosophies point toward. Yet the journey is not just about the destination, and the Unbroken Path is not just about its completion. It is the constant cultivation of those ideals, the progress of the steps that truly makes the world go around.

When I was talking to Reverend Clay Thomas about installing The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path at First Presbyterian Church, he said that he would be more able to publicize the event if there were more scripture and Christian theology in it. For me, the scripture is evident as it was written on my heart when I was just a child and, as promised, has not departed. As a matter of fact, I have often said that the Unbroken Path is my portrait of Christ.

Indeed, in the first Renaissance, much of the art was infused with religious imagery. Now that we have reached this particular chapter in humanity, as we make our transition from the Information-based society to the Wisdom-based society in what I refer to as the Second Renaissance, there seems to be an influx of religious fervor rising once again to the top of our collective consciousness. Obviously, we see this in politics as dogmatists struggle to legislate their accepted morality, but also people are seeking out the more gnostic and estoteric meanings behind scripture and its true place in our collective evolution. I believe that the Unbroken Path is guiding us a little more toward that.

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at InkenSoul.com, and sometimes posts at Anything Arts, Sarasota Music Scene, and Elephant Journal, and is currently the Director of Operational Development for the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.