Avatarism presents: Doing things that scare you is good for your brain.
Almost a month after I went skydiving I still felt like a superhero. Bungee jumping off an 80 foot platform pulled me out of an almost 3 month depression. I forced my 7 year old self to go into the haunted house at Halloween even though I felt like I would pee my pants from fright and when I finally exited the steamy horrible fright Corredor I feIt like I could conquer the world. Standing up for yourself or your community and obtaining justice where once there was injustice brings you into a most victorious and uplifted state of mind. Now I’m not saying go into something dangerous and stupid and give yourself a case of PTSD but I am saying challenge your comfort zone, up level what you think you can handle and come out the other side A little different, a little more courageous and a little more powerful than you once were.
A “tuk tuk,” is A very popular form of transportation in Thailand. It consists of a motorcycle with three wheels surrounded by a metal cage and a roof. They sound like a huge mosquito crossed with a lawnmower and move like a bat out of hell. With the passengers holding on for dear life, the drivers swerving in and out of traffic, the experience can make you feel like you’re a baby monkey riding on the back of a drunken wild boar.
I submit this video of me and Gremily in Thailand as evidence. Confront your fears, do the things that scare you and ride it out baby!
Nothing’s as scary as it is in your head.
Stronger, faster and more coragious,
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
Avatarism presents the land of 10,000 temples.
90% of the people living in Thailand are Buddhist. When they call this place the land of 10,000 temples they are not joking. Around practically every corner and down every alley there are beautiful temples which house unbelievably beautiful Iconography of Buddha in his many permutations. Still more temples reside next to those temples that celebrate his many disciples. On my recent trip to Bangkok and Changmai I encountered friendly buddhist monks who spoke to me frankly about the most popular religion of Thailand.
I asked one young monk in orange robes at temple Wat Cheddi Luang if there was a God? He smiled and said simply, “no.” I asked him, “is Buddha a God?” Again he smiled and said, “no.” Looking around at all the Golden Buddha’s, paintings of Buddhas, and shrines to Buddha it was confusing to me as a Westerner to think that buddha was not their God. So I asked another young monk, “Who is the Buddha?” He smiled (I was becoming accustomed to seeing this smile whenever I asked a question) he said “Buddha is the best possible teacher.” So all these temples and monuments were not because of some supposed higher power or untouchable god, all this was for a great teacher….the greatest teacher!
I began to understand the power of this idea as I went from temple to temple and sat in front of golden Buddhas, hundred foot tall Buddhas, and even thousands of tiny Buddhas laid out in perfect lines sitting in the shadow of one giant Buddha. When you find the best possible teacher you want to be reminded of him or her as much as possible to keep that teaching alive within yourself. As I travelled, I started to notice that every business, every public place, and even taxis and tuk tuks (three wheeled motorcycle taxis) had mini shrines in prominent places. The idea of this “best possible teacher,” started to become real to me.
Just being in the presence of a great figure from history or sitting with a person who has attained some mastery will give you a measure of that greatness to take away and use for yourself. At very least it gives psychic access to that idea and you may choose to enrich yourself with it, or not. To let it become part of you , or not.
We all start from somewhere. Our parents ideals and faults, the movies we watched as kids, our second grade teacher etc. These are the first building blocks to our character. If we never progress past these basic ideas then there may be a kind of self imposed ignorance that sets in and it may be completely invisible to the carrier of such simplistic ideals leading to a spiritual short sightedness or a small mindedness.
The more we let in, the bigger we get. Robert Anton Wilson and Timothy Leary both has marvelous ideas on this. To widen the reality tunnel, to mock up a better case scenario is the birthright of every human. To embody whatever the hell you want to and to let it become you is the most outrageous trip you can take. Who says you-are-you anyway? Who says you can’t decide to embody a great teacher? Who says you can’t become a superhero or a master of some difficult skill?
Only other monkeys with pin-hole sized reality tunnels, that’s who.
This is the idea of embodiment, and it is one of the central concepts in Avatarism. To know that greatness is yours for the taking. To know that you need only to embody that greatness in the slightest to begin to understand it’s power… and when you understand it… you are more free to become it.
Embodiment is the magic that I speak of and write about most. It’s a mixture of acting, role playing, and self programming. The fact that you may not really believe you can do it, isn’t a problem. The fact that you may not be a wizard or a fairy or a person of greatness is a feature not a bug allowing you to drop the whole thing and deal in a more simplistic way with the things of life, if need be.
The important thing is to begin to embody, to consciously create your character, to seek that which is best for you, to up level, and to see others on this road and uphold them.
I experienced this when I was a child and had the fortune to meet the great Jim Henson. I stood before him and he treated me as an equal. I can say honestly that I was never the same after that experience. For the 7 year old me, the creator of the muppets was the best possible teacher. After sitting in front of so many beautiful statues of the Buddha where he is depicted as calm, serene, peaceful, and in a state of easy pleasure I can say that I have been changed By this experience as well.
Who is your best possible teacher or teachers? Who can you call yogi or trusted friend or refuge? I have had many teachers and I hope I will have many more. To be reverent enough to find your heroes in the world, to seek them out, to worship them, but yet have enough irreverence to know that you may have what they have….that is also at the core of Avatarism.
We are collections of memories, instances and experiences that either glance off us, horrify us, or up level us….(sometimes a bit of all three.)
We may seek to up level or character on the real world platform and so play a better game moment to moment day today year-to-year.
We may choose
to forever-endeavor towards a goal
never fully arriving at perfect
and constantly changing
because we know that this is the way of nature
and the way of the universe
Change is constant
and will is the tool to hone its main action.
Preachers and warriors
presidents and kings
artists politicians teachers
Jedi’s magis and friends
we are all here together
all searching for the best possible way
to play this game
Whomever you choose to embody in whatever order or mixture you choose to create, that is your choice . Avatarism is an open-source philosophy for creating your character, fermenting your culture and developing the courage to be a truly unique, alive and self created individual.
The smiling eyes and peaceful posture of the Buddha gave me a gift and that gift is blossoming and growing within me now. I have always wanted mastery over fear anger and judgment and I have the Thai people and their beautiful version of Buddhism to thank for a step closer in that direction.
I except that my character is permeable
I understand that my brain is a bio computer
that can be reprogrammed
rebooted with new information
as it becomes available to me
We are alive
and that, my friends
All that is stagnant is dead.
So seek out all that is living
and new to you
let it permeate you
let it change you
Let it all in
if it is good
and it turns you on
and it hurts no one
and it makes you think
I am alive!
Go get it kids
and rock that shit hard because
we only get one life
and this is it
Be not afraid to join the parade.
Onward and upwards,
iRev. Alexander polinsky
Greetings friends and co-conspirators. iRev. Alexander Polinsky here, fresh from Victory at the Lightning in a Bottle music and art festival! a huge thank you to the over one hundred beautiful people who participated in the Avatarism workshop. Wear your Spiral@ Avatarism Talismans in good health!!
Here it is……
I’d like to give you a gift
It’s one of the important gifts of Avatarism
It can help you create who you are
change who you are
and if you like
never go back to where you were
it’s a game we are already playing
A game where we embody greatness, up-level our skill set, and uphold each other in the highest vision we can create for ourselves.
The Avatar Character Sheet version 1.0
This is the same Character Sheet that we gifted to all the participants of the “Awaken the Superhero Within, Avatarism workshop” led by Avatarism creator, Alexander Polinsky. The one hour workshop was held at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness, Mystery School stage, Temecula, California, July 2013.
Avatarism may be described as “self Help” or as a”transformational game.”
Being invested in the game means creating the ability to design and embody the highest vision that you have for yourself on the real world platform.
The Avatar Character Sheet or A.C.S. is a fantastically powerful way to look at yourself. Like the character sheets used in the fantasy game of D&D, the Avatar Character Sheet is a tool for plotting the course of adventure within a lifetime.. With the A.C.S. an overview of your character and life path is possible, focusing life energy in a particular direction becomes a great adventure. Because you are looking at your life as an adventure and yourself as a player/character, strengths and heroic qualities of the player are pronounced.
You are making a map, a map of the adventure of your own self mastery.
The A.C.S. is a jumping in point. The possibilities you create here are proactive.
It’s a fun and easy way to design the quality of your own character, to map the assets you already posses, and redesign the way you think of yourself.
"More is more, you can’t rock it too hard!"
-Jedi Master Dan Gordon Levitt
The purpose of the A.C.S. is to give you a framework to consciously create your character on the real world platform. Use it to illuminate and organize your most prized possessions….your own character traits, skill sets, and the people and communities where you get support.
it’s a game
it’s not serious
but it is very important
as games teach us about life
and you are already playing this one.
This game should be given your full attention
what you consciously create…..
You can powerfully become.
Start the sheet wherever it makes sense to start. Print practice sheets and sketch your ideas if you want to. Feel free to add whatever elements you wish, so your Avatar Character Sheet will become powerfully inspiring to you. When you are satisfied for the moment with your sheet, Add it to your altar, if you have no altar, stick it on the wall where you’ll see it everyday, tape it on the dash of your car, send it to your friends, post it on the Avatarism/Facebook page, incant the information into a digital recorder and play it as you sleep.
Below I have given descriptions for the different areas on the A.C.S. Starting from the top. left, corner
In this box you can draw the shapes or symbols that already hold some meaning for you. You may invent new ones, use pre-existing symbols, or create hybrids. The only criteria is that it reminds you of your highest vision of yourself. The heart is a potent symbol to many, with a wide and varied interpretation. If you choose it to mean, “self love,” then every time you see it, you will have the thought “self love,” and remember that you are creating yourself to be a person that cultivates self love. Symbol magic is a great way to remember what you are embodying.
Bottom, Left, corner
What have you learned? What are you good at? What makes you. YOU? Our skills are things to be proud of, to be shared, to be used and improved. Mental skills and physical skills can be written here to see what we have to work with now. (In the next draft of the A.C.S., there will be a section for skills that have not yet been mastered.)
Middle, left, bottom of page
These are your heart centered goals. The important things to do in life while we can.
Climb a mountain
Adopt a goat
Meet Larry Harvey
create a worldwide game of conscious character creation
Become the worlds best circus performer
Play your music in front of thousands….hundreds of thousands of people.
learn to make sushi
fall in love
go to Burning Man
Time isn’t the enemy of a mission, or a friend, it’s a factor. Choose what is important for you now. All this can change as you refine the character you are becoming.
Middle, Right, bottom of page
These are the “holy grail,” goals. Goals which are meant to be strived for and never attained fully. The point is the striving, the work, and the adventure of such a commitment. The Arthurian legends have the idea of the “Holy Quest” encoded within them. Knights undertook an alchemical journey to transmute the base metal of their consciousness, and make philosophic gold out of an impossible but worthy task.
Becoming the greatest singer
developing a super powered mind
deepen my capacity to love
educate the world about the power of self expression
make awesome, huge, cool art
be a fantastic lover
embody a monkey/terrier/frog/man
Have abundance and peace in my life
Right, Bottom, Corner
The symbol for Avatarism is the SPIRAL@. Its an @ symbol with a spiral going counter clockwise from the center. If you enter the Spiral@ spiral you go clockwise towards the @ in the center. This represents the link between the mastery of self and the passage of time. Over time we refine and in time we become like fine wine. The @ in the center represents you, who you are, who you are creating yourself to be, and it’s there to remind you that on this journey, it is you who must decide what to put your time into, your lifeforce into, and only you can attain mastery and excellence for yourself. The SPIRAL@ is enclosed by a triangle. Each point of the triangle represents a two letters which in turn represent two important Avatarism ideas.
The top point represents C=Conscious/ E=Embody
The point on the bottom, right represents C=Character/U=Uplevel
The point on the bottom, left represents C=Creation/U=Uphold
So the points of the SPIRAL@ represent Embody, Uplevel. Uphold and Conscious Character Creation.
Avatarism is taken from the Sanskrit word Avatara which can mean godlike or superhero-like human beings. We play as kids, we dress in costumes at Halloween, we act like our parents, friends, and favorite movie stars, gods, or gurus. We have been playing this game since the beginning of human history.
These are the groups whom you give love and support, pockets of humans who uphold you in your life. These groups are part of your support and you have no problem giving to these groups because you get back love and support from them. These are the groups that will uphold you when you fall, fail, or do something out of character. These are the circles people whom you can count on.
Top, Right, Corner
These are your family members who uphold you. Your close friends, your small but awesome group of people you call your nest-ies, or best-ies, or your beloveds. You are close, you are kin, you are spiritually and emotionally linked.
Following the chevron lines diagonally from the top, Right, to the Middle
The Star of Avatarism
This could be called “The constellation of Avatars”, “The Guru Map,” or the “Avatarism Pop Up Screen” At every point and sub-point on the star you can write the names of the ones whom you admire, people who you see as part of your lineage or genre, there may be but a few, or maybe you need to write small to get them all in. My Avatar Pop Up Screen has among its residents; Jim Henson, Kermit, Jim Morrison, Peewee Herman, and Jesus. It may also be ancestors or anything that can be considered a role model, teacher or guide in your life. The reason that the Star is connected to the Spheres of upholding is these are the people with whom you will share this new way of creating yourself and they will uphold you to that highest vision.
At the Top. Middle of the page there are three lines.
This is where you re-name yourself. No, you don’t have to have everybody call you this all the time, but when they do, the effect is you are reminded of the traits that you are creating in yourself. I chose “iReverend” or “iRev” this reminds me to be both reverent, and irreverent about my quest. Avatarism should never become too serious, or swellious fnord, and if that happens someone just uphold me as the guy I really want to be, and i’ll get back on track. Some great Avatar names I have heard are Mr Kiss, Dr. Lovebomb, High Priestess, Pig (he loves it!), Burning Dan, Watermelon Dan, Teafaerie, Thom Thumb, and Octavia Giggle-Fountain Moon, Goddess of Foodgazmic Bliss, ZOR…..I could go on. Point is, make it good for you, not a negative like “Bill the angry hack” or “Bessie the bitch queen. A character name is your name of power, look at who you are creating yourself to be and choose an appropriate moniker. We will uphold you and support you, Mrs. Awesome cake.
This is the archetypal characters in you. Are you a trickster, a wise crone, a curious seeker, a warrior/artist, a healer, a magician, a technomancer, a dancer, an alien being. Whatever you feel represents you as your highest self.
This is the animal that resonates with you. It could be your Terrier or your cats. Your spirit animal could also be a mythical creature such as a dragon or gryphon. In shamanic culture, this animal has many ritual, magical, and symbolic uses including as a guide in dreams, a totem animal to embody in ceremony, and as a healing or visionary tool. Decide for yourself or ask spirit to reveal your animal in dreams. If you look, you will find.
Your elemental self. Water, wind, fire, air, gold, opal, nitro glycerine, tnt, mint, smoke, steel. Any element that has ressonance for you and reminfd you of the strengts that you wish to cultivate and play with while you are in the game. Elements have charisma, legend, and carry powers of their own.
Now you know what to do……..go have fun Consciously Creating Your Character.
Print out this explanation and an Avatar Character Sheet and give them to your mom, grand mom, friends, and best friends dad’s, everyone!!!. Once you have them done (actually, they’re never, REALLY done) you can begin to uphold each other as that higher vision you have created. This is a great way to create your Spheres of Upholding, by sharing the game of Avatarism.
I am available on the Avatarism/Facebook page to answer your questions.
Please like us on FB, and read the Avatarismblog here on Tumblr to see how it all got started.
Hire me/invite me:
I am available for festivals, workshops, talks, and one on one coaching in Avatarism. I can tailor an Avatarism coaching session to any length from 20 mins to a three day session.
You can I.M. on Facebook me with any ideas or offers you have.
LIB 2013***Thanks to #theDo Lab, Dream Rockwell, Lucent Dossier, Perri, Emily, Chris, The staff of LIB, and all the awesome participants who braved the dessert heat to build the collective heart of a brilliant transformational festival.
I am in the stream, we are in this dream.
xoxo, iRev. Alexander Polinsky
The Avatar Character Worksheet was designed by the iRev. Alexander Polinsky and Andreas Markus Hoenigschmid. Please print it, use it, share it with friends, and modify it to suit you. I ask that you keep Avatarism’s Spiral@ logo on the page so people can find us and connect with the community. I also ask that you give back to your community by posting your Avatar Character Sheets on the Avatarism FB page and joining in the game with all of us. Please do not print any part of the Avatar Character Worksheet in any book, publication, blog,video, interactive product, or website without the my permission, thanks.
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Fresh from Lightning in a Bottle 2013 Victory, Avatarism presents the first, Official Avatar Character Sheet. This is the same Character Sheet that we gifted to all the participants at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness, Mystery School stage.
It’s purpose is to give you a framework to consciously…
Come out to the beautiful wild-lands of Southern California and dance, create joy, embody your highest vision of yourself, and be powerfully upheld by some of the most awesomely conscious people in the world. The Lightning in a Bottle Festival is coming, and I have been invited to coach an Avatarism workshop at the Lucent Temple!
LIB! The sacred spot for fantastical, whimsical, and free spirited creatures such as ourselves. The workshop is called ”Awaken the Superhero Within.”
What is Avatarism?
Avatarism is open source philosophy
Taken from the Sanskrit word “Avatara.”
The game we play is Conscious Character Creation on the real world platform.
It’s a game you are playing already.
It’s outcome is freedom, happiness, and a powerfully embodied character.
We collect skills, We practice, we hone our own flow.
Our goal is excellence and mastery.
The mission is to save the world.
My name is iRev. Alexander Polinsky. I am an entertainer first and foremost. I believe in the divine trinity of Horny, Holy, and Humorous. I am convinced that if you come on Saturday, you would not be able to stop thinking about all the possibilities for Avatarism in your life.
My approach is direct, simple, and irreverent. I am all about the rehabilitation and escalation of human awesomeness.
Every participant will get a 1st edition Avatar Character Sheet designed by Andreas Markus Hoenigschmid, and I have a few beautiful Avatarism Talismans crafted by Aurelius Ember Rune of Feathery Leathery.
If you are coming to LIB then COME TO THE AVATARISM “AWAKEN THE SUPERHERO WITHIN” workshop!
Saturday 5-6pm @ the Lucent Temple on the MYSTERY SCHOOL STAGE
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
This is a great article from Natural News. I have been interested in this for a while and as sociopaths are 4% of the population so it’s good to be able to spot one.
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
We are perfect, whole, and ready for more
There is a level above this one
and time is not the enemy
but it ain’t your friend
Don’t wait for the the golden coin to tempt you higher
Sing it out
Work it out
Break it down
Because the break down is gonna find you in the end so
Invite it in
Be the re-master of the disaster
and re-fantasisize the old wise you used to
do and die for
I have tears and hugs and laughs and warm tea for you on the flip-side
This is the craziest shit ever
But here we are
We seekers in the dust and wind
this quest does not have an end
just learn to love again,
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
Avatarism presents a lesson in Swahili
“kushangaza mchuzi,” is the direct Swahili translation of………..
So say it twenty times and memorize it, then go to an african restaraunt and order chicken mafe (pronounced maa-fae), taste the delicious peanut and tomato sauce, look your waiter in the eye, leap up off your seat, and say KUSHANGAZA MCHUZI, while rhythmically pumping your fists in the air every time you chew.
That is all.
Be livin’ it
iRev. Alexander Polinsky
Here’s some things to remember about listening.
A master practitioner of any craft can seem like a wizard.
A master creates wonder and awe in the layman with his skill, confidence, flawless execution, and imperceivable effort.
In my years as frontman for the Flowtemple art parties, I became very aware of how much listening can be applied in action. The scene was electric, with painters, fire dancers, musicians, clowns and photographers all interacting and participating. In those wonderfully awesome moments where the musicians, music, dancers, and artists were in total communication, the whole room lit up. Newcomers could not believe that everything in the 5 hour set was completely improvised, “It all seemed so perfect and rehearsed.” In that state I was totally involved in the listening and as I became more aware of everyone. I just knew what to sing, words and melodies came. I ended up surprising myself almost every time we played a Flowtemple Party with how much great art we made in that small amount of time.
and welcomes into being
great communication of endless varieties
Works of immense beauty can be created
And….. It feels powerfully delicious
You’d think by now
would be a piece of cake.
I still have to remind myself
and in multiples
Because listening is one of those sometimes forgotten
When I powerfully listen
Uphold other people
Remember the facts
Marvel in the glory of another’s path
Hear the hidden story
Pick up on wordless, emotional communications
Become aware of subtleties
Be a less judgmental asshole
Learn self control
Deliver assistance, guidance, and leadership.
Know what the f*&k to say,
and when to say it, yo!
Be funnier and more compassionate
Appear to have psychic powers
Make great music
Dance like a boss!
Sing like a shamanic rock god
Really understand my friends
Be a responsive lover,
I know you want it
We all want it
So give it already
Excelsior, ever higher,
iRev. Alexander Niver Polinsky
Avatarism presents an Avatourism event. The Galactic Super Sandwich! Embody unique character traits and maybe even a whole new personality in an environment of acceptance and fun. Try being the hero in your story. You may never be the same.
Be your character, be a player, be livin’ it. Ever Higher!
iRev. Alexander Polinsky