A Progressive Utopia in Northern Syria

In this year commemorating the 500th anniversary of Thomas Moore’s book ‘Utopia’, the very concept can seem hopelessly idealistic. Yet in the most surprising corner of the world the dreams of an anarchist social ecologist called Murray Bookchin (1921-2006) are being put into practice. In Northern Syria 3 Kurdish held cantons (Rojava) are working with…

Rebirth of Equalia

This recent painting shows the many layers and dimensions in which Equalia dances. I ‘channelled’ the name Equalia when in deep meditation a couple of years ago. Then of course I Googled it and found that it was the name of a fantasy island in the Simpsons TV show. All the citizens were equal but…

Holy Grail Myth

I am going back in time to introduce you further to Equalia. Holy Grail – France 2014 I am writing on the day of a powerful full moon where ‘she’ is showing herself especially close to the earth, honest and naked. It’s a time when all those hidden potentials, but fears and hates too,  come…

Russell Brand and Equalia

I want to relate the history of Equalia – so here goes. A few years ago I came back from Crete to find everyone talking about Russell Brand.  The leftish New Statesman had him editing a special issue. While many reactions focused on his unwillingness to vote, it was the bringing together of spirituality and…

The Shape of Things to Come

I recently spent 3 weeks in the Isle of Man with my brother who lives there. It’s a place full of fairies and mysteries, a place that feels deeply spiritual, whatever that word means. Today a variety of religious groups from evangelical Christians to Pagan fundamentalists use its ‘energies’ for worship. But many more just…