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Diameter 10.25"
Depth 2"


  • Modern printed polypropylene face without plexiglass
  • Bamboo wood frame with natural finish or painted black or white
  • 4 customisable metal hand colours to choose from
  • Quartz clock mechanism (AA battery not included)
  • Built in hook at back for easy hanging

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acrylic on chalkboard

24″ × 38″
61cm x 97cm

12. August 2018

“Most of us were taught indirectly growing up that self love was selfish and conceited. We were taught that self deprecation was virtuous, we were taught this by adults who confused humility with prostration.”

~Teal Swan
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“We know that if someone is pursuing a goal, some of the things they have to accomplish or confront on the way to that goal frighten them. They start to avoid. And then they get more afraid and of course the ability to accomplish their goal deteriorates, because they’re avoiding.
If you’re a supportive person, you’re going to encourage the person to face the challenges that are making them afraid. To face them voluntarily. What happens as a consequence of that is that the person usually is able to overcome those fears and develop the necessary skills and to prevail. Not so much because they get less afraid, but because they get more skilled and more courageous.
And so imagine that if you bite off a little more than you can chew, you get stronger as a consequence. If you face your fears and challenges a little at a time and you do that voluntarily, then you become more than you were at the beginning.

So… if you want to become everything that you could be, than you look into the Abyss itself, which is the darkest place that you can possibly contemplate in. That would be the terror of mortality, insanity, of suffering and malevolence. All of those. It would be like looking into hell, I suppose to some degree.

By voluntarily doing that, you call upon the STRONGEST part of yourself to respond. And the strongest part of yourself is symbolized (in old fairy tales, lore and tribal knowledge) as the sleeping Father/Mother nested inside the dragon (or beast).
The fundamental truth when you look into the Abyss is that you don’t see the Abyss, if you look long enough. If you look long enough into an Abyss, then the Abyss looks into you. And if you look long enough into an Abyss, passed when the Abyss looks into you, you see who you could become in the form of the great ancestral figures nested inside the catastrophy of life. And then you can join them, you can incorporate that and become stronger.

You do that partly by taking on that challenge voluntarily and that informs you, because you learn when you take on challenges voluntarily. But you also do that as a consequence of psychophysiological transformation. Because when you place yourself in challenging situations, let’s say the Abyss is the archetype of the ultimately challenging situation, then you turn on new genes in your nervous system and in your body that code for new proteins. You build new structures inside of you.

None of that is going to happen without the demand that’s placed on you by willing to confront the full terror of life. Which is something like the reality of suffering and death and the ever-looming presence of malevolence in your own heart and in the heart of other people.
By confronting that you risk blindness, but if you do it forthrightly then you discover who you could be as a consequence.

Who you could be is the solution to malevolence and suffering.
Inside the darkest place is the heroic ancestor, who’s identity you could incorporate.

And what it says is that a human being is actually stronger then the greatest challenge that can be set before him or her.

The other thing that’s so interesting about that is that it transforms pessimism into optimism.

The world is a really dark place. It might be so full of suffering and malevolence that a reasonable person could question the justification of it’s being. But the truth of the matter seems to be that if you face the pessimism full frontal- so to speak, then you find something in you that is strong enough to take it on. And that says something about the relationship between human beings and divinity, because it takes something transcendent… a transcendent power to be able to rise above the genuine malevolence and suffering in life. And we have that within us, if we don’t shy away from the challenge”

~ Jordan Peterson, in an O&A on his youTube channel

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“The universe expands when we expand and we expand as a result of forming new preferences. Pain causes us to become acutely aware of what is authentically desired and what is not desired so that we can go in the direction of what is desired and thus expand.
The entire process we call evolution is in fact the byproduct of pain. Discomfort triggers wanting and that wanting triggers an evolutionary process by which we align with our desires”

“Our desires are the very things that enable expansion. And unless you “line up” (manifest) your desire, you cannot achieve a new point of perspective and therefore you cannot desire more and therefore you cannot evolve.”

“It’s not possible to NOT have desire. Even if you say “I don’t want to have desire” – it’s a desire.”

~ Teal Swan

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