My photo reportage and notebook were filling with transformation signals I’d been detecting since that bottle of Veraison. The content was appearing in a natural progression as a concept began its gestation. An idea began to form in the wonderous space between my heart and mind creating thoughts and feelings that would become a rich scenario. A change was occurring as the dots I was connecting began taking shape. The signals themselves were personal experiences, but the energy that radiated from them had a universal vibe. Metamorphosis was a tangible term that enabled me to make the invisible visible.
The 1st Law of Thermodynamics states, “Energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed.” That energy creates, resides in, and validates liminality, a concept which comes from the Latin word limin, meaning a doorway from one world or way of being to another. In religious rituals, it is described as the period where the individual is in some state of transition. The liminal world is betwixt and between the moment that was and the one yet to be. With one foot in the known and the other in the unknown, it’s a constant transformation we are all experiencing. From Genesis to Revelation. “Omnia mutantur, nihil interit,” (‘Everything changes, nothing perishes’) – Ovid, Metamorphoses.
Seven nights after the rabbi’s Yom Kippur sermon, the email from the Burning Man Organization arrived announcing the theme for the 2019 Burn: Metamorphoses. The significance of seeing this can only be compared to the psychic Sophia telling Donna that Gary had a message for me or rebirthing in the new age. Feeling as if the presence of a spirit in my material world had manifested itself into a very clear message of awareness validation. The communication was in fact a realization of the foresight formula. Intuition is the magic in-between analyzing the convergences and bringing to life a new perspective. A forecaster tells you what the range of likely outcomes might be, like a weatherman, while the real visionary is the futurist who can tell you what should happen. Ultimately, the job isn’t to predict the future. Using an expertise in creative thinking, you can open people’s minds to a broader range of possibilities. The goal is to prevent strategic surprises by seeing unexpected connections. When your instincts are validated, that intuition is epitomized and the past and future are present. You just need to be prepared. It’s part art, part science, and part magic. Wonder is alive and well in this world, you just need to see, taste, touch, smell, and hear it.