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.

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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.

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.