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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Attempted Jailbreak at the Kitten Hatchery

The kittens are the offspring of a feral mother. I befriended her and won her confidence after her previous period of gestation resulted in the death of all her kittens. She is no more than two years old herself.

I need to find homes for the little ones but I couldn't let them die on the porch so they're inside now.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vision Quest

While working on the theme of Vision Quest I found a remarkable Youtube program "Words of the Prophets"  The website is devoted to exploring the themes of native spirituality.  If you're interested in such things you'll find this a rewarding channel to subscribe to. There are a rich variety of topics and speakers from different spiritual traditions.

The purpose of spiritual knowledge is to give the individual insight into the nature of his or her experience of being alive. Life itself is a vision quest.

I appreciate the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Krishna, the Upanishads and others. I'm convinced the purpose of life is to wake up, or as Jesus said, come to yourself. 

At some point being alive will lead to the conclusion that the meaning of life is to grow old get sick and die while having as much fun as can be had before the end.  I suspect this is a common way of approaching the experience of life. This point of view leads inexorably to a harmful state of mind.

Religions which require the worshipper to 'believe' specific doctrines are harmful.  Once a person 'believes' something in this way he can not learn anymore. He or she must turn their brain off and repeat "I believe."  Not until he stretches the boundaries of that belief system can he see outside the walls of doctrine that enclose him. As soon as he does this he is called a heretic.  This has been known to lead to some terribly bad behavior by the 'true believers'. This behavior of course discredits any claim to virtue these religions have made about themselves.

Religion stands between God and man, keeping man from asking questions by giving him pat answers he is supposed to file away and use for help in time of spiritual crisis. In this way religion keeps the 'believer' in the dark.

Spiritual knowledge is different from belief systems. From truth comes knowledge.  Knowledge results when 'truth' is understood.  Simply assenting to a doctrinal belief is not able to impart knowledge.  Truth is an intellectual quality which becomes invigorating when a consciousness grasps its meaning and is born again.  Simply agreeing to the correctness of specific doctrines is not able to impart spiritual awakening or transform the mind in a helpful way.

When we are awake we 'know' who we are and what the actual nature of our being entails. Providing that knowledge which reveals our relationship with the source of being is the purpose of spiritual teaching.  If your teacher comes bringing a book of rules flee for your life.

What I have found interesting is some insight into a phenomenon referred to as the 'kingdom of God' which is the spiritual teaching Jesus brought to the world which he said would transform human consciousness and impart eternal being to the one in possession of that knowledge.

If a religious tradition is more about changing your behavior, doing the right thing and avoiding the wrong thing it will not transform the mind. It will transform your behavior and very likely make you feel self righteous and superior for all your good behavior and right beliefs. You will, however, be spiritually dead while being totally religious.

If a person wants to wake up he will find knowledge that wakes him up. That is just the way it works. If we seek we  find, if we knock the door will be opened. The universe is a friendly place at its core.  The sublime hidden in the vestures of religion reveals God is love.  But religion has a way hiding or corrupting that understanding.

Spirituality has appeal for many who look at the state of the world and recognize society operates on entirely different principles. Society as well as religion discriminates and builds partitions based on its laws. Religion is societies God and as it turns out society is the kingdom of the Beast spoken of in the mystical work of John.  In contrast spiritual teaching draws people together in love. 

                                                a Clear Running Water state of mind

Thursday, August 22, 2013



Sunflowers have inspired many.

I planted them with the hope of gathering the stalks and bundling them together to leave for the birds this winter.

A Clear Running Water state of mind

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Getting It On With the Fire People ( a video)

Enjoy, have some fun, and forget you're slaves on a big plantation.

Jim asks:  "What are you gonna do about it?"

The rebel spirit always raises its head when the status quo gives it the occasion to do so.

Perhaps we should just sail away and start over.

Building An Image To The Beast ( a video)

The Beast spoken of in the Book of Revelation
 is the antithesis of God.  The Beast is distinct from the
Creator and has sought to take his place.

To do this he took the world as it had been made
and turned it into what you see today. He accomplished this by deceit.

Society is the way it is because it loves its way of life more than it loves the Creator.  This is revealed in the following words from the 11th chapter of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ by John.

The Beast is the Spirit of this age.  The degree to which it is evil you can decipher in the news.  Have your mind renewed and escape.

Revelation 11    (click)

King James Version (KJV)
11 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

                                                                          (C) 2013

                                                    a Clear Running Water state of mind

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ode to Carbon: a dirge for the human family

One of the reasons for making wise choices with regard how we conduct ourselves while being human on the planet is that we can seriously screw things up if we decide to do things one way instead of another. The economic and political struggle ongoing at present involving the extraction and use of carbon based energy is an example of the decision makers dilemma.

The situation facing the human family is dire on many fronts. Now it appears as if the decision makers have hooked their wagon to the carbon star and are pulling the rest of the planet along with them to the conclusion of their activities.

A lot of us appreciate clean drinking water as well as fresh air.

There are some whose activities indicate it is not a top priority. You know who they are and they do not need to be named.

The phenomenon of the human race doing to it's own living environment the things it has done has a spiritual explanation as well as a political and economic explanation. Human history can be understood in a spiritual context resulting from mankind's specific choices. Truly we reap what we sow, and just as truly we try to deny any consequences exist.

My understanding for the reason the leaders of society have chosen to relate to the living environment in the way they have is inherently spiritual in nature. I reason like this. The Creator / creature relationship has experienced a separation. One of my favorite stories from the bible is just such a tale.

Jesus told a story about a family, including a man living on his property with two sons and his hired hands. Perhaps the man is a widower because no wife is mentioned. I think a better explanation for the absence of a wife is that the story is about mankind and God.

In the story the younger of the two sons asks his father to give him his share of the inheritance now instead of having to wait for him to die. The father agrees. The son takes his newly found wealth and quickly spends it ending up in the proverbial gutter.

I see in this outcome a representation of the fall of man. There is a key in Jesus' words about how to understand this story. "And when he came to himself..."

When he came to himself he remembered his fathers house and he returned.

The human race can do that too. That is the theme of the last book of the New Testament

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."

The plagues spoken of are all ecologically relevant. They involve geological, and astronomical repercussions ranging from earthquakes, to starvation, to war, epidemic, and economic totalitarianism.  Sound familiar?  Thinking spiritually it is  reasonable to conclude that if mankind will not turn back to honor his source of being that creation itself will breakdown. This is what the book of Revelation indicates, and Paul, the apostle affirms.

It up to you whether or not you want to return to your father's house. You can.

a Clear Running Water state of mind

Saturday, August 17, 2013



I began to play with a new video editing program and this was the result.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Quest for the Kingdom

Below, in the video, is a collection of some artwork by myself along with an original soundtrack composed and performed by Bill Canino.

In the video I pursue the question about the source of being and the meaning of being.

How is it we got here? And why? What possible purpose can being here have if we do to ourselves what we as a human race have done to ourselves? Looking at the world we humans have created from our value systems leads me to think our value systems are bankrupt and corrupt. At the hyperlink is another video on the topic.

Is it possible 'being' is it's own purpose? I don't know. The one thing we know for sure is that 'here we are' headed to the grave and it appears to not be an easy trip. We have taxes to pay before we get there. That means we have to work to pay for the damned mess we refer to as civilization.

I refer to the Christ event foretold in the messianic prophecies of the Hebrew faith. It is interesting to realize that the appearance of the messiah is in direct relationship to the misery level of the world. Rachel was weeping for her children because they had been killed. (bible metaphor). In the context of human need a spiritual hope arose in the hearts of those oppressed with the weight of existence. The impulse of the source of being responded by producing a demonstration of how to live and to understand being and existence. We generally know this as Jesus of Nazareth. He taught the gospel of the kingdom which is the remedy for what ails the human race.

The gospel of the Kingdom reveals something about you and who you are. You can begin to think about what being a child of God in this world means by clicking (here) It is a little story Jesus told. The teaching in this story contains the reason the church people had him snuffed. Apart from that the story reveals something about what it means to be a human. The Legend of The Grand Inquisitor from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky is an example of what happened to Christ. I urge you to read it.

I find Christ significant mainly because I find very little worthwhile being produced by the movers and shapers of present society. Christ, as messiah, has introduced the human mind to the age to come. He left tantalizing riddles he called parables behind to get us thinking about it. Figuring out what it means seems important.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Leaving Babylon for the Endless Sabbath

I worked on this video for several days and I do not see anything I would change that I could change. 
I've been considering the theme of the book of Revelation. That theme is the revelation of the meaning of Christ for human consciousness.
Many people are talking about the book of Revelation but the only thing it seems they want to look at is world events.  While it is true the book talks about what is to come, it does so in the greater context of what Christ himself means.
Anyone can see what's going on around them and react appropriately without being told how bad it is going to get. These are scary times we live in.  Current events are unsettling and uncertain except for the certainty it will get worse and that it may never get better.
Such an approach is inadequate to explain the message in the book of Revelation which is a revelation of Jesus the Christ, not end time events.  You will find people willing to talk all day about end time events and if you listen you will not know Christ any better as a result. 
By doing this they obscure and misdirect your attention from Christ. They function as wolves in sheeps clothing when they obscure Christ and present the kingdom of this world for you to gaze on in wonder. Remember, the Prince of this World did that to Jesus. I don't think this is always done intentionally and is probably the result of thinking and reasoning in a doctrinal format rather than in terms of Christ himself who is the embodiment of wisdom and knowledge.  Focusing on Christ is never harmful.
End time events have their own explanation. The message in the book of Revelation is the revelation of the meaning of Christ himself in the cosmic setting this truth inhabits. It is the knowledge of Christ which will keep the heart steady and faith strong.
It is this approach I find meaningful.  It seems to me the other approach is based on a 'this age' point of view. In the knowledge of Christ is found the age to come. That's hopeful.  In world events disconnected from the knowledge of Christ there is despair.
However the Revelation of Christ is not of this age. It transcends this age. It has nothing in common at all with this age. It is this age and this ages value system which is Babylon the great Whore who convinced mankind to exchange the living God for a handful of capital.


This report from "The Real News" speaks to this issue.
What will happen when money no longer fixes things?

Fleeing Babylon for the Endless Sabbath

"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."  Hebrews 4.

Having fallen from the center of existence and creating the grand mess of human history all seems lost.  However the meaning of existence can be recovered in the story of the Incarnation of Jesus the Christ which is traditionally called 'the Gospel of the Kingdom'.


a Clear Running Water state of mind

Saturday, August 10, 2013

"Coordinates": Poster Art From Another Dimension


An intricate, active and brilliantly colored poster. I began with light samples
The image on the right is a "light sample" I made this by using a slow shutter speed while photographing lights outside at night.  By deliberately moving the camera,  a wide variety of designs of light can be made.  I find that a lot of interesting effects appear from simple doodling and often will expand into something like the poster which resulted from my efforts.

The design evolved as I worked on it.
As the form and concept developed I added different shapes and used different effects. I added 4 of my "Fire People" characters to populate the scene.

The idea inspiring the design is in the title "Coordinates".

Coordinates are the intersection of consciousness and data.

This poster will attract a lot of attention and comments on a wall near you.


Browse more Fantasy Posters at Zazzle

Coordinates   a video with the rest of the images and light samples.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Kali Yuga Blues & Incantation: a couple of videos

I made a couple pieces, here they are. I like to doodle. Sometimes it opens doorways in perception.


Kali Yuga Blues and Incantation

To make these pictures I use a camera and a computer, software and my own peculiar quirkiness. It is important to use as many rights as possible as often as possible. Rights are like muscles, if you don't use them there's not much use having them.

There may be more rights you have that you have not discovered yet. Watch out someone doesn't make them illegal when you're not looking.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Vertigo: video and poetry

I began with black and white triangles and added a background. After working on the outlines of the triangles and changing their shape.

The result produces the sensation of a leaf slipping back and forth on air currents on it's way to the ground from the branch. Below is a poem I wrote a while ago.  There have been many changes to it and this form has changed from the time I put it on the paper here. The artwork I made a couple days ago.  The music in the video is by Bill Canino.

September Incident

The locust drops its leaves
one by one.

Simply crafted yellow air foils,
in the slight,
   changing currents
     of air,
fall to the ground.

8/09/05 © David H. Roche

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Yin 'N' Yang poster art and video

This poster began simply with the use of multiple layers of black and white triangles to which I added the effects of the various tools. The background is a spiral sunburst design which I use from time to time. This doodle made out of the time available when nothing else needed to be done turned out pretty good. I began with the idea that opposites are necessary in order for anyone to be aware of something else's existence. Opposites or some kind of differentiation must exist for anyone to recognize something else exists. Black and while, light and darkness and Yin and Yang are examples of the power of opposites. So out of nothing I made this poster and it will look good on a wall near you.

Clicking on the image will take you to where it may be purchased.

Yin 'N' Yang
Yin 'N' Yang by Hermenutic
Find other Yin and yang Posters at

Below is a video I made of the doodles with some added music. Enjoy.

a Clear Running Water state of mind

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Evening and Morning: The Age of Man

I thought this came out pretty good. It describes the effect of choices beginning from the non existence preceding beginning to the end and catastrophe of existence itself.

I listened to a good portion of the book of Luke today. The story of Jesus tempted by the devil with all the things valued by society including the deceit of wealth, prestige, and power is also told of Buddha. Both encountered that temptation and made the same decision regarding it. It is significant to me that these two men living 500 years apart in drastically different cultures could identify the same problems and produce systems of information designed to solve the problems.

The present state of affairs is not worth getting upset over because it is an illusion created by the bad dream of 'our way of life' we've all been captivated by. Jesus maintained this perspective to the point of declaring those who disagreed with him to be fools. He didn't mince his words. Fools, in Jesus' way of thinking, are those who look to the systems and values of this age to sustain them and give them security. Fools would be horribly disappointed, Jesus declared. Americans at the present are an example of that.

The present world is in the possession of men possessed by madness whose methods of governing are deceit, power and evil. Jesus said this would happen and that only knowing why this world / age is indeed an illusion was the only means of escaping.

Jesus produced a body of information known as the 'Kingdom of God', or the 'Gospel of the Kingdom' which provides the intellectual / spiritual ammo to survive the illusion of the age.

The Buddhist Dharma also provides escape instructions to those not interested in Christianity. Both provide a way to escape the suffering associated with taking life too seriously.

Invoke the Spirit.

My art is available for purchase online at my store Art From Another Dimension.  Clicking will take you to where you can look around.

a Clear Running Water state of mind
(C) 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

The Sidewalks of Babylon

Babylon is the symbol of the religious spirit of the Anti-Christ. It's headquarters is the human mind.

The human mind is the bottomless pit from which good and evil arise.

Without God, it is like a once thriving city laid to waste. Now it is home only to vultures and jackals.

Conceiving himself  'being' without a soul, man becomes a mere shadow.

Below is a video I made. On some level it's about the quality of life in Babylon and the end of the age.


The only viable option for mankind in this predicament is if it changes its mind.

This can be done but it requires leaving the whore on the corner and coming home to God.

"And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."  Revelation 18 KJV,

It requires willful ignorance to be uninformed and uninvolved with regard to the topic of maintaining the viability of the earth..

The reason the earth is important spiritually is because it exists as a testimony of the mystery of our existence and being. That which is responsible for our existence is also responsible for the existence of this now terribly polluted puddle in which we live. The way we humans treat the earth is a direct reflection of how we regard the source of our being.  The two, our thoughts of God and his creation, are inseparable except by those well versed in the practice of psychopathic behavior.

The earth is, as this metaphor goes, the work of Gods hands. The sin of the religion of the Anti-Christ is that it leads mankind to worship the works of its own hands. It is the goal of the Anti-Christ to make you forget where your being came from.  It is the purpose of Christ to remind you.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Beginning of Form

The Beginning of Form 

I began with two samples of light I had collected with a long exposure in dim light and the deliberate movement of the camera.  To the shapes collected from that I added a series of triangles and circular shapes. Triangles seem to have a role to play in sacred geometry and they fit together well visually.

Sometimes shapes speak.

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