The only constant is change


I don’t really believe in anything, but am open to the cultural influences and historical origins of the following, their use of pattern and their observation of natural things. These are therapeutic antidotes the disorder:

Ancient Chinese philosophy
particularly the Taoism of the Tao Te Ching and the Book of Changes (I Ching) with its phenomenally beautiful binary construction (which inspired Leibniz); and the use of symbolic number patterns, like the order 3 magic square of the Pa Kua.
the original “new age” movement of the 19th century—a mixture of deep insight and the occasional misappropriation of then-current science that first attempted to combine science and philosophy with eastern and western religions, influenced Hilma af Klint, Kandinsky and others; and which is often plundered and trivialised by current New Age populism.
in new forms that emphasise patterns, symbolism, psychology and recent statistical research, and as a symbolic map to ease the journey through human complexity.
Ritual magic
the colours, forms and precisely detailed correspondences of symbolic magic—built up over centuries from a wide cultural spread—have fascinating permutations and uses.

It is a truism that the only constant is change and that surfing it is the best method of survival. Over the years, this has evolved into a kind of living practice, much of which is informed by Taoist philosophy. Any spiritual or experimental (rather than rational) ideas I hold are a combination of experience and a rolling series of working hypotheses about unusual states of being, maintained in a state of rational vigilance and healthy skepticism. For instance, I simultaneously view out-of-body experiences as psychic phenomena, while also considering that they may be driven by extreme depersonalisation.