Wednesday, February 08, 2006
The sacred journey is invisible to the non-believer and hidden from the uninitiated. Like the small tribe of Indonesian dream shamans that Loren and Lawrence Blair write about in their perceptive book and video, Ring of Fire, surrounded by a circle of head hunter tribes, the Surrealists in their little circle are their own head hunters and hide their sacred journey. In is an old Zen strategy. Tibetan hermits often chose as their solitary spot a place filled with demons. True play stops when the adults enter the room. The conspicuously bizarre and profane behavior of the Surrealists sends away the simply curious - the camp followers and the secular. Likewise the profane are detracted and absorbed by the freak show and never enter the sacred circle.