" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

September 20, 2016

Eden: The Unintended Garden

Eden 237 km to go?!
The main reason I chose to stay for two nights in the town of Eden on my way back from Melbourne on my last road-trip was for some rest and relaxation and to check out the killer whale museum, not for Eden's Biblical botanical beauty that one would hope to find in a town so named.
Road Trip #2
This was my first glimpse of Eden, as it was night by the time I arrived

But to my surprise there was an "unintended garden" in Eden that was quite stunning.
This garden is probably the most "east of Eden" you could get incidentally.
In this garden of Eden though there is a memorial to men of the town who lost their lives at sea. 
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Notice how the memorial seems to be a place beyond the pines?-) 
Mt Thompson: The Place Beyond the Pines?
Which in hindsight hits home, since my father was cremated at Mt.Thompson last Friday.
It certainly is worth a stroll out to the east of Eden to contemplate life and the unintended garden that awaits you there.
But it was the killer whale museum I had come to here to see, not the unintended garden of Eden.
Because I had just seen the Chris Hemsworth movie, 
'In The Heart of the Sea' when my ex-wife had sent the divorce papers to me through from her lawyer, so I bought a bottle of 
'Devil's Corner' sparkling wine to celebrate the unshackling of the chains since it was the year 2015 and the number 15 tarot card is "The Devil" card.
When I was drinking the "Devil's Corner" wine I thought to myself that next year (2016) I will have to visit Tasmania, which is exactly what I did and how I ended up in Eden
Ironically Chris Hemsworth owns a house on the same coastline as Eden, only his place is right up near the top of NSW .
I found Chris's movie about whaling enlightening, as shipwrecked is the only way you can end up when chasing the great white whale of your youth;-) 
Notice the life preserver on the wall?-)
Cheers and more about the killer whale museum of Eden in an upcoming post.
Going With the Flow in Devonport on My Last Day in Tasmania
I found a mirror dory on the wall of the killer whale museum in Eden, as well;-)

September 19, 2016

Nick's Cave, Accidental Initiations, Walking the Skeleton Tree of Eight and the Shock of Recognition?

I caught a one off screening of the Nick Cave movie, 
'One More Time With Feeling' on the night of September 8, 2016, and his previous film like this called, '20,000 Days on Earth' the next night at GOMA in another one off screening.
And in that order those movies are quite emotionally powerful if you have never seen either of them before, because you get to view the earlier made movie in hindsight after watching the latest movie first.
I have to say that I've never been a real big Nick Cave fan, as far as his music goes, but I always liked his movies.
One of the sick bags of mine from 'The Spirit of Tasmania' and Nick Cave's book
It wasn't until I had picked up his book, 'The Sick Bag Song' in Armidale, because of the sick bag theme in my life at the time, that I became a bit more of a Nick Cave fan.

The Sick Bag Song
Before I saw Nick's movie '20,000 Days on Earth' , I had attended a book talk that afternoon with Barry Jones about his book, 
'The Shock of Recognition' a book I had bought earlier this year and still haven't finished. 
Barry Jones at the Brisbane Writer's Festival September 9th, 2016

"'How much time do I have left? 
A hundred days? 
A thousand? 
If I knew I was going to die next week but could be taken to see The Marriage of Figaro tonight, would I go?
In a long and generously lived life, Barry Jones has been on an endless quest to share the extraordinary and the beautiful, to encourage the pursuit of an abundant life of reading and listening.
Barry Jones is the owner of the largest private autograph collection in Australia, which is ironic, because the only reason that tipped the scales of me buying Barry's book was because the bookshop I bought it from was selling autographed copies of the book.
I also thought it was ironic that Barry Jones was a Canberra politician at one stage who has maintained a long-standing public profile as an outspoken opponent of capital punishment, as I once designed a t-shirt with the above slogan on it and I'll be making that trip again next week.
I thought it was rather apt that Barry Jones was talking about  
the allegory of Plato's Cave and I had seen and was going to see Nick's Cave projected on the cinema screen in front of me.
My personal shock of recognition came the night before when I saw Nick's new movie 'One More Time With Feeling' , because they pulled out a painting Nick's late son Arthur had painted of one of his favourite subjects, a windmill.
The last photo that Arthur took...a windmill
This kind of freaked me out as I had only bought Nick's book because of my trip to Tasmania and the sick bag I had from going there and if I had not of read that book I doubt if I would have made the effort to see those movies of his at the cinema this month.
The thing that really struck me with Arthur's windmills was that windmills were the things that drew my attention as I traveled across Tasmania, as I wrote about in this post -
The Windmills of My Mind
I was so moved by both of Nick Cave's films , not by sympathy, although I was sympathetic to his present life situation, it was from "the shock of recognition" of my own life events that I had no hesitation in buying his 'Skeleton Tree' album the next day on iTunes.
I thought it was rather Radio8Ballish that 'Skeleton Tree' had only 8 tracks on the album, so you could technically play your own version of my friend Andras Jones's game with it, but on iTunes you could only get the eighth track,'Skeleton Tree' by purchasing the album, not by getting the iTunes download.
Which made me think of Andras more, since he had written  
a book about walking a tree.
The Radio8Ball Show: Season Zero-Episode Three with Sandman & David Ury
I had posted the above post the day I saw Nick's new movie, September 8th, 2016.
It's weird how personal life journeys seem to tangle like red strings of fate getting tangled into each other, but I had no real interest in Nick Cave until a string of personal coincidences drew me into his art...and life.
Now I have another album...minus the song 'Skeleton Tree', to play as I embark on my third road-trip of the stay iTuned;-)