Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: Cyber-Transcendence, New Writing for SolPurpose, Mind Folds, & Festival Announcements

13 May 2013

Cyber-Transcendence, New Writing for SolPurpose, Mind Folds, & Festival Announcements

“The present is a freely given canvas.”
Annie Dillard

New Video – "A Love That We Built"

Watch a song come together from scratch in this video...the latest in my Rainbows at Night series.

Recorded live while opening for Papadosio at The Granada Theater in Lawrence, KS.  I was lucky enough to play two shows with them, in Austin and Lawrence, two weeks ago...if you don't know who they are yet, look them up, because not only are they redeeming live electronic music, they throw one of the best small festivals of the summer, Rootwire.

In somewhat related news, if you haven't heard it already, please go grab yourself a free download of Yellow Leaves.  People are reporting all manner of numinous open-sky release experiences with it.  :)

My talk with scholar-practitioner Marc Gafni
Download here

Check out this great conversation I had with Marc Gafni, Kabbalah scholar and author of the new book Your Unique Self.  We discussed evolutionary spirituality in The Age of Google; the innate dignity of our unique selfhood and the importance of embracing the ego as part of the spiritual path; what the end of privacy and the encroachment of a universal surveillance society means to the spiritual practitioner; and, ultimately, how to live in a digital world with heart.

Direct listening link is here.  If you'd also like to subscribe to more talks from this series, click here.

"Dont try to become a Buddha and dont try to become a Christ.  No imitation is going to help.  Whatsoever you do, try to do it in a new way.  Try to bring some individuality into it, bring some authentic signature.  Even cleaning a floor, you can do it in your own way; even cooking food, you can do it in your own way."
– Osho

Custom Painted Hats & Mind Folds

I still have a few of my latest Grassroots California Artist Signature flatbills in every size except 7 3/4 and 8.  If you'd like one for $50 (plus s/h), just give me the word – custom painting on the hat's intentional negative space is available on a pay-what-you-like basis.

My first hat collaboration with painter Alicia Rockafellow.  Very happy with how this came out...


Alex Grey invented the "Mind Fold" to allow total darkness with your eyes open.  These are all commissioned and sold, but I have more blank Mind Folds ready for painting if you'd like to order one, starting at $75.

New Articles for SolPurpose

Every once in a while I get worked up and write something truly meaningful.  Luckily, I was just appointed the Editor-in-Chief of SolPurpose.com, an amazing website covering festivals and visionary culture, so now I have a good place to publish those inspired rants...

"'Transformational Festivals' Are A Symptom of Dissociation"
"It is my hope in this accelerating age that we all become more comfortable with the discomfort needed to merely keep pace – that we become master transformers, all of us, ever learning, ever discovering, never settled fully into who we think we are. Our idea of doing in the world must move from one of control to one of collaboration in something always-greater-than. It is ironic that we must realize how a-part we are in order to feel complete; but it seems to me here now that this is our only chance at the wholeness we build festivals to seek."

"Reviewing Lisa Wimberger's New Beliefs, New Brain"
"Imagine for a moment a world in which our soldiers and emergency first responders are taught to manage their stress so they don’t escalate violent situations or suffer from untreated lifelong trauma.  Imagine a world in which our politicians and judges learn to ground themselves and view their thoughts from a place of neutrality.  Imagine how much healthier this world would be..."

Read more at SolPurpose.  (And if you'd like to write for us, drop me a line with your pitch.)

"Seraphim" Merchandise
iPhone 4 Case | iPhone 5 Case | Samsung Galaxy S3 Case

You can read about "Seraphim" and its connections to electromagnetism and ancient religions here.

Festival Appearances This Summer

More to be announced!  For now here are the big islands rising from an ocean of summer fun...

Thanks for reading!  I love you.