THE OBSCURA PROJECT IS A MEDIA HOUSE BASED OUT OF SAN DIEGO, CA. THEY SPECIALIZE IN CINEMA, MOTION GRAPHICS AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS. THEY CONTACTED ME TO USE MY POEM, “FREE YOUR HEART” FOR THEIR CREATIVE CAMPAIGN. SINGER/SONGWRITER CINDY SANTINI BRINGS A BREATH OF FEMININE EXPRESSION TO MY POEM IN A WAY THAT DELIVERS MY EXACT INTENTION. FILMED, EDITED AND DIRECTED BY DUNCAN BARNES IT IS EXCITING TO SEE MY WRITTEN WORK COME TO LIFE LIKE THIS.
At the beginning of the ceremony, nobody knows how the Ayahuasca will react, for them or anyone else. Even though I couldn’t see anybody else in the dark room, I could sense overtones of apprehension within the group. We were sitting there and waiting for the Ayahuasca to do its magic, wrapped in the darkness of the night.
Before anything happened, enough time had passed for me to enter a state of internal calmness. I had been practicing my breathing techniques, trying to enter calm and meditative states for as long as possible during these ceremonies. I tried to observe, instead of control, my Ayahuasca experiences.
Without warning, an explosion of sound and light shook the entire house. The startling interruption made someone gasp, and I heard a quick squeal from somebody else.
The sky crackled to life. I knew at that moment why long ago people thought thunder was the sound coming from the gods fighting.
When it’s that bright, and that loud, and so close it’s right on top of you, there’s no escaping it. I imagined Zeus hurling thunderbolts towards the earth.
The small room became lit again and again by blasts of purple light. Thunder exploded at the same instant as the lightning flashed and I knew the storm was right on top of us. It shook the wooden house with every strike towards the Earth and I could feel the sky’s energy pouring into the room.
Through the door, I could see the jungle illuminated with each white-hot flash of light. The room was still electrified and loud when the Ayahuasca began to start working. People started to vomit, Otillia started singing icaros, and the sounds became mixed together…
What happens when we die? Do we have a soul? What is a friend? What is truth? What is love? Does my life even matter? If so to whom does it matter?
“Beyond Ataraxia” is a philosophical discussion on topics that are as relevant today as they were thousands of years when they were first written about. Sean Michael Hayes exposes his biggest strengths and weaknesses he believes we all share as humans. It is his honest self discovery which gives the reader a chance to reflect on their own life. Sean reminds us that Philosophy is not a subject we should be any more intimidated by than science, or the arts, it is simply the inquisition into life. As Aristotle said; “let not the youngest shun philosophy or the oldest grow weary of it. To do so is equivalent to saying either that the time for a happy life has not yet come, or that is has already passed.” The way Sean targets specific topics which all humans relate to allows the reader to develop their own ideas and opinions. The answers to your problems are within you to be discovered. This book will not tell you where to find them, but perhaps it can point you in the direction you should be looking.
I KiIled a Black Dog is an anthology of over 50 poems that were each written during different periods of Sean Michael Hayes twenties. From the light romantic comedies of a young lover, to the dark and stabbing tragedies of a man coming to terms with his existential despair. They will make you laugh, they will make you cry, they will make you feel like a human. Written all over the world, the settings of each poem brings you from the beaches of Thailand, to the forests of the Pacific Northwest, from a hut in the Amazon Jungle, to sitting on a curb in the medieval city of Prague. Whether his pen has danced across the page at 30,000 feet, or marched across his notebook in South Africa he has been overcome by the inspiration our world has given him.
The 2011 season of the Dew Tour came to a close with the final event, the Dew Tour Championships at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from October 13-16, 2011. Ryan Decenzo tore up the Super Jam and single runs with tricks like a nollie heelflip boardslide on the big rail and a nollie heelflip frontside boardslide on the bump to bar.
An intense skate street final ended with 25-year-old Canadian Ryan Decenzo topping the podium. Edging out his two closest competitors, Paul Rodriguez and Greg Lutzka, Decenzo ended the tour with 340 points, which was 68 more points than Paul Rodriguez. Decenzio also won the top honors as the Toyota Athlete of the Year with the most points in any discipline.
On February 15th, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV Aldrin Garcia not only beat the current high-ollie Guinness World Record but set a new record at 45 inches. In the video below Aldrin explains a few of his training techniques, and mental strategy going into the event.
“The highest skateboard ollie measured 45 in (114.3 cm) and was achieved by Aldrin Garcia (USA) at the Maloof High Ollie Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 15 February 2011. Garcia was required to ollie over a rigid high bar without making contact with any part of his body or board. An ollie consists of raising all four wheels of the skateboard off flat-ground simultaneously.”
During the 2009 finals of the summer X-Games, Ryan Sheckler broke his foot. In April the following year, he hired me to coach him as he prepared to make a comeback. After many hours of hard work, Ryan made it to the finals and was facing stiff competition in a young up and coming professional, Nyjah Huston.
Ryan beat Nyjah by a very small margin, and this was the beginning of my path as a coach. I realized that if Ryan beat Nyjah by a small percent, and if I was able to provide Ryan with a small percent increase in his final performance, I was a part of that win.