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Patty Hearst in Hibernia

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On April 15, 1974,

Patty Hearst,

A 19 year old university art student and heiress,

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Kidnapped by revolutionaries,

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& Suffering from

Stockholm Syndrome,

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Appeared on camera,

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Robbing the Hibernia Bank, (Sunset District Branch, San Francisco),

Alongside her new comrades.

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Pulled into this place,

Across time & coincidence,

Into this name

Pursuing

Consciousness &

Thirst,

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Into, possibly, a

Type of

Portal…

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In Rudolf Steiner’s slim volume ‘The Druids’

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He discusses The Mysteries of Ancient Ireland,

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& the Mystery Centres of Hibernia:

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It sounds strange today that an older humanity experienced sweet after-effects of sleep in the limbs, the arms, right down into the finger-tips and the other parts of the body. But the research of the science of the sprit shows that it was so; and the genius of language has retained something of this, though in a crude and materialistic form. A sleeping-draught was once something spiritual, that is, sleep itself, and it was only later that it became an actual liquid draught in a material form…

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In modern initiation we ascend from our ordinary ideas to spirit-sight, but in those days, while ordinary human beings passed from their dreamlike life into sleep, for which they cultivated a consciousness and experienced this after-taste, the mystery priests had the ability to feel their way consciously into sleep and so learned what this after-taste implied…

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Her thirst for

draught of sleep,

&

A waking-dream of

Clouds or plants…

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 This was the consolation which the priests of the Mysteries could give their people in ancient days; they made them see that plants are not just beautiful but are permeated by the weaving of the spirit; that the clouds do not just sail through the air but that divine spiritual elemental beings are active in them, and so on. It was towards the spirit of nature that these initiates led the human beings who depended on them for guidance…

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Digitally collaged images include security camera footage,

An ancient navigational device,

A neolithic stone structure,

A stone carving,

(authors unknown).

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I do not claim copyright of the original images.

I have created a new composition

for non-commercial purposes

of parody or commentary.

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In Rome, do as the Romans do…

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The tourist marvels at the intricate figures and stories on carved stone columns in Rome,

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Imagining a stonemason/carver scooped up by the Roman Legions and brought as a slave with his family alongside for his ‘new’ life,

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He pictures the artisan/slave at work chiselling when a small stone chip flies up hitting his eye.

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He lives nearby and walks home to his hut, where his wife daubs at his eye with a cloth, removing the object.

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The tourist turns to go, and after walking a few seconds,

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Sees a couple involved in some first aid type of situation.

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The man is wearing a camera around his neck,

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And the woman is wiping at his eye with a handkerchief.

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The tourist tells his traveling companion about this coincidence and she says ‘Maybe they’re not here.’

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I’m remembering a trip to Italy in 2001 like it just happened.

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I wasn’t originally involved in what turned out to be an Italian-Canadian art education initiative: a visual artist and a musician visiting schools in the north (near Bologna) and the south (Pozzuoli – on the coast south of Naples).

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It was soon after 9-1-1 and I think somebody got cold feet.

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In spite of being stressed about the idea of flying I took the advice given, such as, Are you crazy? Pass up a paid trip to Italy?

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It was of course amazing.

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The synchronicity of this event has puzzled me ever since.

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Archival ink drawing in my Moleskin sketchbook & details of Roman sculpture (Wikipedia)

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