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The Bicameral Mind

June 3, 2017

Check out the first 1:27 of this video – a distinctly esoteric and significant cultural reference.

INTERVIEWER: ‘How much did you know going in? Were you told about that shift? Or is that something you found out over the course of the season, in reading a script, and said oh gosh I’m not who I thought I was’.

JEFFREY WRIGHT: ‘What’s interesting about the show is there was this big reveal, but if you look back at the previous episodes you’ll see these breadcrumbs that are now more fluorescent that were already there, but were just very subtle hints of where it was going’.

Extract from Westworld, Season 1 , Episode 10:

BERNARD: ‘Consciousness isn’t a journey upward, but a journey inward. Not a pyramid, but a maze. Every choice could bring you closer to the center or send you spiraling to the edges, to madness. Do you understand now, Dolores, what the center represents? Whose voice I’ve been wanting you to hear?”

Beyond the mind, beneath the philosophical and the scientific there is a stillness and a knowing – our true nature. Living in alignment with our true nature – our own unique voice – we harness our potential to make choices that lead to and bring forth a conscious and sustainable future. Disrupt the mind and we play a part in the greatest transformation our evolutionary timeline has seen, our state of being – our culture.

A realm of consciousness is available and necessary for our evolution; and how do we access it? Simple. We choose to.

The Truth About Climate Change

May 30, 2017

On a personal level, do you notice that when we cease giving our attention to certain experiences they simply fall away. As a result of surrendering to, or are no longer being in judgement of what is, the experience that we once held onto and labelled as good or bad transforms – it no longer serves its purpose.

I’m aware that what I’m suggesting here is highly complex and intergenerational, and some would say distinctly esoteric, but the only difference between our personal and collective manifestations is scale. Let’s use the concept of climate change as an example since it’s a big part of our current cultural narrative. Climate change is real because you make it real! The force to eliminate is a judgement that serves to reinforce the existence of the very thing we are judging, and in this case and many others, these experiences are brought into creation by the focus of the many; in consequence becoming a collective issue – a global issue.

In truth, a shift in human consciousness is all that’s required to support global or community change. When a collective shift in perception occurs and a sense of unity and oneness is known and lived, the result of that shift will become manifest within our physical reality – naturally and effortlessly.

The moment we stop trying to save the world, but instead save ourselves, is the moment the world around us will change.


May 29, 2017

As I crawled out of my tent this morning my attention was drawn to a nearby RV that had the word Umbra pasted on the side of it. Umbra is the latin word for shadow and relates to the inner most darkest part of a shadow, where light source is blocked by an occulding body. In astrology, an observer of the umbra experiences a total eclipse.

Such a beautiful analogy for living the path of truth – light source – with the occuluding body being representative of the mind, or shadow side, that can often obstruct our flow or the way forward in life. But as we become the observer of our shadow or darkest aspects of self, what we experience is a total eclipse – being the totality of life.

Disruption of Self

May 26, 2017

Entrepreneurs love to talk about disruption – innovations that uproot and change how we think, behave and do business. More often than not the focus is on displacing existing markets, industries or technologies.

But in the context of cultural evolution, and with culture not being a tangible product –  how do we disrupt and move beyond our societal and cultural limitations or issues, especially if it seems we continue to approach them from the same state of being; treating the symptoms rather than the source, the core cause – truth level.

In truth, the only disruption required to support global or community change is the disruption of self, or the conditioned mind.Beyond the mind, beneath the philosophical and the scientific there is a stillness and a knowing – our true nature. Living in alignment with our true nature we harness our potential to make choices that lead to and bring forth a conscious and sustainable future.

Disrupt the mind and we play a part in the greatest transformation our evolutionary timeline has seen, our state of being – our culture.

The Tempest

May 26, 2017

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone.

‘Not a soul but felt a fever of the mad and played some tricks of desperation. All but mariners plunged in the foaming brine and quit the vessel, then all afire with me. The king’s son, Ferdinand, with hair up-staring – then, like reeds, not hair – was the first man that leaped, cried, ‘Hell is empty and all the devils are here’ – Ariel, Act 1, Scene 2.


February 21, 2016


‘Every aspect of business and personal development is for the greater good, and serves a higher purpose’ – Leonard Mattis

I’ve just returned home from two weeks of intensive study which formed the first module of my Global Executive MBA. The module was ‘Leadership’, and the various styles of.

From military to musical, philosophical to totalitarian. Leadership is an extremely rich topic, and one that plays a significant role in our culture, past and present.

I’m currently in the process of writing my reflective essay, and thought I would share an insight that has dropped in deeper for me. The Cohort spent day five of the program at Randwick Army Barracks, where we were lectured by a number of high ranking officers (including the Chief of Army) on military leadership and hierarchical organisation.

My insight derives from an interest of mine that began a few years ago. The concept of duality, and the role it plays as part of the human experience. Can we fully understand certain aspects of life without knowing its opposite or shadow side? For instance, how could we come to know hot without cold, light without dark, poor without rich, peace without war and so forth.

I find with deeper insights, a nimiety of questions come to the surface: Does duality exist for us to experience ourselves fully? To experience all facets of who we are? In particular our physical senses. Does duality play a significant role in the foundation of the human experience, a game of which we choose how we want to play? A game set up to satisfy our basic desire to fix, improve or change? What would life be without these opposites and without them would there even be a game to play?

I have come to realise that in truth, there are no answers. But only questions, and more questions.

Photographer: Johnny Diaz Nicholaidis


December 14, 2015

IMG_4073 (2)‘The Dance Has Many Faces’ – Leonard Mattis

To capture the spark of creation that the hands pilfer from its creator.  To observe the beauty as well as the intricacy with which they become involved in their own creativeness.  Eloquent and silent, restless and in repose.

Words by Leonard Mattis. Photographed by Johnny Diaz Nicholaidis


June 11, 2015


During the past year, my interest in 19th century philosophy has lead me to many great writers and their theories. I recently read the biography of infamous Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud, where I came across a quote traditionally attributed to Goethe. Research however, proves the source to be otherwise.

‘Nature’ is an essay by Georg Christoph Tobler (1757-1812), which is often incorrectly attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). It was first published in 1783 in the Tiefurt Journal. Tobler wrote the essay after repeated conversations with Goethe.

Read the full essay here