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Ecstasy of a Cripple Part II: WE ARE THE CURE
Ecstasy of a Cripple Part II: WE ARE THE CURE
"WE ARE THE CURE" is the second collaboration between model/poet/mystic Jocelyn Woods and photographer/artist Thomas Dodd. We will be creating a series of images that promote the dynamic empowerment of authentic self-expression, in its capacity to catalyze a cure that reveals incorruptible wholeness.
"Anaïs Nin meets Teresa of Avila."
--Fiona Daly, psychotherapist and Tantric facilitator
"Jocelyn Woods is a Mystical Erotic Visionary. Once you have glimpsed her rapturous art and divine poetry, you will be changed forever!"
--Kama Keshish, erotic revolutionary
"This looks as if it belongs in the Sistine Chapel..."
-- Kim Waldrep Evon, artist
Jocelyn Woods is 27 year-old a model/poet/mystic from Cambridge, Vermont, born with a severe, rare and atypical neuromuscular disease. Unable to stand or walk, she is ignited with a ceaseless passion to share her unusual "ecstasy" with her brothers and sisters. Thomas Dodd is an Atlanta-based artist/photographer who creates painterly photographs in the traditions of the Old Masters, often portraying the bardic juxtaposition of life and death. Jocelyn and Thomas began their convergence in 2012, releasing Part I of Ecstasy of a Cripple: the Resurrection of Passion, a series of images geared towards shattering limiting paradigms surrounding disability, sexuality and immortality. Part II: WE ARE THE CURE shall reunite them this summer of 2013.
Ecstasy and Incorruptibility: the Love Affair
"Ecstasy of a Cripple" © 2013 Thomas Dodd
While her experiences of ecstatic union with the divine have been compared to Saint Teresa of Avila, Jocelyn says that "Unhindered by the heavy chains of belief systems which deny and condemn the body as a corrupt condition of sin allows one to enter a rapture beyond the iconic saintly portrayals eulogized in history. To realize the body and soul are but inseparable components, facilitates the alchemical recipe of resurrected immortal flesh. Resurrection is not the product of conditions, but the removal of belief that imposes the conditions of decay and strife, rendering us re-membered of our natural state. It is a passionate love affair, both intensely ferocious--untamed, even feral--and the silence of a peace that passeth understanding, which characterizes incorruptible matter."
Jocelyn's proposition of immortality may seem preposterously outlandish, a hysterical fancy of offset wits, yet it is this very "mad lucidity" that Jocelyn says facilitates the breakthrough from linear mind to effortless genius. Deeply inspired by the leading mystic of the world, Almine, whom Jocelyn describes as "a teacher whom is not the Other, but speaks as though from within my infinite self in a way that I cannot help but overwhelmingly recognize as the Voice of the Mother," she studies the esoteric science behind immortal mastery, and along with her fellow students, is a living example of the miracles thereof. With such testimonies ranging from food and breath being "optional, but not required to survive" to transcriptions from ancient Lemurian, Atlantean and other records, Almine and her students frequently report raptures that go beyond ordinary comprehension.
"Ascension" © 2013 Thomas Dodd
Yet it is not in anecdotal reports or research alone that Jocelyn bases her firey summoning to her brothers and sisters, but from actual experiences facilitated--ironically enough--by exploration of her neuromuscular disease. In a recent interview with David Bollt, CEO of ModelSociety.com, she says:
To hang suspended between life and death can at first be interpreted as a sensation of indescribable heaviness and tension. I have been hung there multiple times, in suffering illnesses, and felt as though I was the burden of flesh hungrily craved by two opposite starving worlds.
Yet it became apparent to me that the dilemma of choosing between the land of the dead or the land of the living only remains a crisis so long as we presuppose the law that only one can be chosen of the two.
In reality they are but mirroring dreams. Upon which shall we shine the flashlight of awareness? It was in beholding the unreality of both dreams that I made the lucid decision to combine two disintegrated parts into remembered wholeness: only then could neither side of the mirror claim me as currency. In the resolution of soul and body one becomes a resurrected being. Upon convalescence from a dangerous respiratory infection I found that the body is most malleable when it is healing. Furthermore, in releasing identification with either the soul or body as disintegrate and tyrannical isolated segments (inaccurate bifurcation causing distortion and externalization), it is remembered as an incorruptible, fluidly renewing field, contrary to the belief that matter is immutable solidity.
It was the sensation of this fluidity that inspired me to begin using the body as an artistic medium in itself. When I model, I feel the body shape-shifting to express the emotive attitude or state of consciousness. The body is an absolutely limitless, living work of art that embodies the disrobed self-recognition of divine perfection.
Billions of dollars are ushered into pharmaceutical research, and relatively minuscule attention is invested into enhancing the quality of life of those living with diseases. The message encoded in the manifestation of disease can never be heard this way. Disease is merely an unsung song. Full expression restores incorruptibility. Soul has virtually gone bankrupt in disenfranchised suppression, selling out to the belief systems that promulgate and peddle the artificial reality of perceived solidity and fatalism. At the benefit of a contrived segregation (yielding the illusion of control), soul and body are antagonistically opposed game pawns and Passion has lain dead. Pornography is the result of the core disempowerment of humankind caused by suppression of authentic sexuality. The images for this series were inspired to catalyze Ecstasy of a Cripple Part I: the Resurrection of Passion, the joining of seemingly diametrically opposed poles in fertile embrace. It is the healing of a core schism. We are the cure we have been waiting for.
Art of the God Hormone
"It is in this spaceless space unfettered by the rationale of thinking we know this or that to be an unmovable truth that effortless genius interprets and broadcasts Infinite Intent, revealing our bodies to be fluid, self-regenerative vehicles capable of producing the God Hormone, whose central purpose is the reception and transmission of divine inspiration," which Jocelyn says is the "plenipotentiary, ever-new yet eternal self-unveiling." It is this which takes the central theme of all Jocelyn's art and poetry. In Bollt’s interview, she says, "Beauty is apocalypse. To loose all identity and feel the parts sucked through you like a cosmic-blowing liquid-honey-orgasm. Perplexion is the goop that bardic wonderment is made of. I want to be so enchanted by Art that I loose my mind. All linear constructs dissolve. It is the penultimate orgasm and yet it has no end. It is eternal unveiling. Apokolipsis ad infinitum."
What’s Next and How You Can Help
Ecstasy of a Cripple Part II: WE ARE THE CURE promises to be yet more daring, venturing into unchartered territories of multi-layered erotic-apocalypse, through an extensive series of images trespassing beyond the confines of the matrix. Scheduled to shoot in July 2013, Thomas and Jocelyn will also begin working experimental Short Films which shall feature the dramatic performance of Jocelyn’s poetry, often composed in non-ordinary states of consciousness through a type of automatic writing.
The funds raised from this campaign will directly enable the following:
- Thomas Dodd's airfare to/from, car rental and lodgings in Vermont during the shoot
- Make-up artistry and assistance from the talented Leonis Sayfire
- Complex and often handmade items from vendors and artisans, including(but not limited to): an antique bridal headdress, a set of custom-made "body armor" accessories from OrganicArmor.com, REMY hair extensions, hand-sculpted vulva pendants, backdrops and set materials, wardrobe (including a custom item from Australian fashion designer Andru Chrisst), props and accessories, etc.
- Press release distribution and advertisement of the WE ARE THE CURE campaign and resulting artwork. We want the message of these masterpieces reaching far and wide!
- Perk fulfillment (high quality art prints, canvases, greeting cards,customized printed t-shirts, etc) We want to give you an abundant participation in the making of this art!
Themes will include the New Jerusalem as a state of Self-Sovereignty, "Feral Fecundity", "The Amrita of Immortality", the "Perpetual Flame", "Autopoeisis", "Chariot of Lions" and more.
You are our audience and our co-creators! Join us in summoning the Muse... Choose from the exclusive offers on the right hand side, help spread the word and be sure to subscribe to Jocelyn's fan page for updates at http://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionofPassion
A Message of Empowerment
"Dance of Veils" © 2013 Thomas Dodd
"One of the few if not only person who can actually touch upon the skies and make us all realize that Heaven and Tartarus lies arm in arm within our selves."
--Bruno Cruz, Argentine poet
"By fearlessly sharing a loving message of universal human beauty, Jocelyn is helping create a world where differences in our circumstance, and physical form become far less important than the light we bring into the world. She truly embodies her message, speaking and relating to others in such a way that a sense of divinity dwelling at the heart of our shared humanity is almost impossible to ignore."
--David Bollt, founder and CEO of ModelSociety.com
The long-awaited Temple of the New Jerusalem, of the prophesied Golden Age is HERE and NOW, if we but live centered in the Self-Government of our Sovereignty. We are beings as vast as the cosmos; everything in our reality a mirror of the Self, interpreted through our unique individual perspective. We are the pillars of the Temple. It is time to utilize our ability to manifest our reality. We are the cure we have been waiting for.
Impervious to the mirrors of reflection, I strip myself naked in revelation.
We are told that NMD is a progressive wasting disease that will eventually kill us from respiratory failure. But "Jerry's kids" are growing up, and the dismal predictions used to gain millions of dollars have proven gloriously false. Rather than prostitute myself for the agenda of medical research fundraisers that promise vague future cures while vastly ignoring the needs of those currently living with NMD, I have inaugurated a campaign to recognize and encourage our ingenious ability to pioneer our own cures; cures that unleash full presence and participation in our miraculous physicality. And the biggest cure of all is authentic expression
No longer do our lives have to be dictated by the trends statistics and prescriptions of a systemized matrix when the power is with the people.
The power is with the people. This statement has long been interpreted politically, as people's right to advocate, lobby, protest and fight for their rights. But what true birthright has to be advocated for, fought for in blood and tears, if it is already ours? You cannot liberate somebody who is already free. It is the deflection of focus from a paradigm valuing external dependence and profitable victimhood that convinces us, by our own acquiescence, that we lack what we already have. It is an error of vision to perceive anything as unwhole when the power of authentic expression is our natural and exulted state.
Some may call this a revolution. I behold a revelation. It is in the revealing of our authenticity that we find ceaseless passion, wonderment, zest and enthusiasm for a life that becomes a Living Work of Art.
I do not call for a demonstration. For decades we have resorted to activism, to the blood sweat and tears of protests, marches, sit-ins, rallies and conventions to procure often slow and laborious results that fall millions of light-years short of the need at hand. It is at a point where we must ask ourselves, my brothers and sisters, Do we wish to continue to burn down the walls, or do we wish to rise altogether above them? For all too often, the mechanistics of a programmed society will rebuild the wall again and again with relentless robotic perseverance just moments after you have given half your blood or even your life to burn it down.
Einstein defined insanity as trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Movements spawn counter-movements which cause counter rebellions in a chain of ceaseless pillaging. Who would we rather be: the robots mechanistically rebuilding the walls or the eagle with vision who flies above them?
For the covert operations that surround us, are but the shadows we cast by our own selves every time we believe in the program of lack.
If we choose to be the eagle with vision, who can fly above the thickest and highest walls or barriers ever known to mankind, then sooner or later we shall soar, and in the vision restored by our soaring we will realize that the walls have never truly existed.
"Maiden of the Apocalypse" © 2013 Thomas Dodd
Americans have long said "I have a dream," only to continue in the slumber, that becomes a garish nightmare of hostility that pits brother against brother, sister against sister.
A dream will remain unbalanced on one side of the equation until the eagle vision goes hand in hand with it. We must see the change we wish to see in the world, because an obscured sight is what makes us think it's not there. By what we see, we create our world. To see beneath the appearances and behold the pristine core of innocence and empowerment is to sweep back the curtains to the temple of that stands here, here in the core of your being.
Many young people with neuromuscular diseases feel disenfranchised from their sexuality. These images not only eradicate societal paradigms that view people with disabilities as asexual, childlike or incompetent; it also serves to stimulate a re-evaluation within any individual’s self-perception, to trigger a radical re-claiming of core empowerment.
Join me in celebrating the cure, for we stand on holy groundless being!
"Rapture" © 2013 Thomas Dodd
"...Genuinely dumbstruck by the beauty...The images say so many things and something different each time I see them. Most importantly they GIVE something, something I find hard to articulate, like a piece of a jigsaw you did not know was missing. I could stare for hours, swimming warm depths of sense and ecstasy."
--Jonathan Husson, Curator
"...So evocative in many ways it peaks my curiosity and seems to beg questions from me that go beyond what I see...Something else beyond Language."
--Darrell Price, Art Admirer
Thomas Dodd, Photographer/Artist
The artwork that Thomas Dodd creates is visionary in scope and dualistic in nature. Light and darkness, life and death, and beauty and horror exist side by side in his creations. Mythological and religious themes abound in his work; sometimes with a twisted tongue-in-cheek approach, and at others reverently paying homage to the Old Master traditions that influence his vision.
Although his artwork resembles paintings, it is actually in the realm of photography, but Dodd’s creations are much more than mere manipulated photos. There is an overall cohesiveness and attention to textures that one does not usually find in most digital art. His images have an organic feel that never looks assembled or computer-generated and he shuns the commonly used digital “cut and paste“ clichés, preferring instead to assemble his scenery, costumes and models at the time of principal photography.
The images that Thomas creates are basically a visual equivalent of the music he composed in the 1990s. Mythological themes and their relations to emotions and psychological states continue to be his primary subjects and motivations.