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My wife, Mege, and I had moved from Dublin city to a rural part of Kerry, a county on the southern tip of Ireland. As we settled into to our life in the country I saw men and women going about their daily agricultural business, herding cattle, driving tractors, standing in fields. Continue reading . . .

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Gaze

This painting is part of a series of six called Gaze. The series includes, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Monica Bellucci, Isabella Rossellini and Cher. I painted this series in 2005 Continue reading . . .

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The Gentle Snap

Framed as a letter you wrote to yourself before you were born, “The Gentle Snap,” is like a post-it note on the refrigerator of your life. There to help you remember what is real and what isn’t in your life.

“Imagine you were participating in the most immersive virtual reality game ever and you forgot it wasn’t real. That’s kind of what’s happened to you.”

“This book is like a trace program you put in place, to find you, and help you remember what’s really going on.”

“In a world full of billions of people why is it always just me? Why is everything always just from my perspective?”

Maya Noise

Maya Noise is about the mystical dimension of my life.  In 1996, at the age of thirty-three, I became enlightened. If you’re interested in getting enlightened, that will be a big deal.  If not, it won’t mean much; about as interesting as telling you I’d won Wimbledon, if you had no interest in tennis.

I could have gone the Guru route, changed my name to something more exotic sounding, started, “teaching,” and developed a worldwide following.  I chose a different route, instead of pontificating about life I got on with living it. This book is my account of living an ordinary life with extraordinary knowledge.

It deals with what happens after enlightenment. It’s written in wine and tears and sunlight. It reads like spiritual pulp fiction and includes a lot of swearing and sexually explicit content. But don’t just read it for that.

Why Do We Get Sick? Why Do We Get Better?

This book is the culmination of my experience as a craniosacral therapist.  It is written for people who are sick or unhappy and encourages the idea that no matter what you’re told, what you’ve got, or how bad it gets, never have to feel helpless about your health again. This book presents a workable model for how the different parts of you, physical, emotional and the deeper parts, interact with each other and how, when they are out of sync, cause symptoms.

A model that will work for you for everything from the smallest pain to terminal illness.

But then again . . .

But then again . . . was written four years before I became enlightened in 1996. It is a rare insight into the build up to enlightenment and the fear and confusion that accompanies it.

Part journal, part discourse But then again . . . is imbued with my unique perspective and sense of humour.

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Holy Smoke

In the early hours of Friday morning RJD gallery in Sag Harbor was destroyed by fire. All the artwork on the premises was lost. Hundreds of original paintings gone. Millions of considered brush strokes no more to be seen. With everything else that is going on in the...
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Living Masters – the top realist painters working today

"I didn't know people still painted like that." There has been a quiet return to an older way of painting. To standards from the past. To a time when drawing mattered. When shock value wasn't so highly regarded. A time when art and craftsmanship were one and the...
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10 things I learned from my dogs

I never had a dog before. Animals were fine but I never really, "got," them, at least not in the way other people seemed to.  I'd met some Scottish terriers in South Africa and thought they were great but owning one, no, not really me. My wife  is wise....
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Direct Governance

If I can handle my banking online why can’t I run my country online? Wouldn’t that be better, more responsive democracy? Why do I need politicians to represent me? I can see why they were necessary in the past but why do I need them now? If I can access my online bank...
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Who wants to be a Taoist sage? I do . . . don’t.

While Taylor Swift was being born in 1989 I was discovering the Taoist approach to life.  She has since made an album about that time.  I haven't.  Yet. Back then I was busy reading two books, "The Tao of Being," by Ray Grigg and, "The Tao of Pooh," by Benjamin Hoff....
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Social anxiety and me

I'm 5 years old and uncle Tommy is coming over to show his cine films. This is 1968 and it's a big deal. If you've seen Mad Men you'll get the picture. Cine films were an event because they were in colour. Our tv was black and white. Cine films needed a projector, and...
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No Retreats. No Surrender.

I’m sitting with my eyes closed in a school hall in Dublin. Forty people I met only yesterday surround me. John Denver strums over the sound system and we’re encouraged to sing along. This is the 80’s. This is personal development. “Sweet, sweet surrender. Live, live...
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Tree of Life Found in Broome Australia.

All You Need Is A Satellite To See It. I was noodling about on google maps a couple of weeks ago looking for the regional office of a car hire firm in Australia.  What? You don’t look for car hire firms in random locations? My wife runs a migration business and she...
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The battery that made me cry.

I'm looking at a youtube video and getting a  bit teary.  It's not about a cute puppy or a blind beggar who plays the violin.  It's about a battery.  A big white battery you put on the wall of your garage. The inventor says it's like a beautiful piece of sculpture....
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Ashley Longshore interview

This is a transcript from my interview with artist Ashley Longshore. You can listen to the interview here. I'm very happy to be talking to Ashley longshore today. Normally I introduce the people I'm chatting with but today I'm going to let one Ashley's fans do it. I...
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Paddy Da Vinci & The Meaning of Life

Once upon a time in renaissance Italy, Paddy Da Vinci traded in art supplies. He came to Florence from Dublin at the invitation of his famous cousin Leonardo.  In no time he is the top supplier to all the great artists of the day.  Paint mixing, canvas making, picture...
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12 reasons to vote for marriage equality and 1 reason to vote for something else

1. My approval is not required. My neighbour knocked on my door a couple of years back and said she wanted to get married. I was about to offer my congratulations when she stopped me and said she wanted my approval first. I thought this was a bit odd considering I...
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Using game theory to keep politicians honest

Here is a possible intermediary step on the road to direct governance. This is a great article by Carmen Yarrusso from Truth Out. What started as a somewhat complex mathematical analysis of the game of politics using game theory (the mathematical study of strategic...
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Nifty Daft Punk Medley on RimbaTubes

This young chap is called Snubby J (aka Kent Jenkins). In this clever video he is playing the Daft Punk summer hit "Get Lucky" on his home-crafted PVC Pipe Instrument called Rimba Tubes.   I mostly like it because he is so joyful.  What do you...
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Beauty

This is a great talk from model, Cameron Russell. I like the way she demystifies the beautiful people and conveys her discomfort with a society that rewards her for winning a DNA lottery. Mostly I like her because of her humanity and because she's a bit...
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Victoria Grant explains Extreme Corruption

She is 13 years old. I like her suggestions.
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Getting in the Habit of being Happy

How To Train Yourself To Be Happy If you repeat an activity for 21 days it will become a habit.  The scientific proof for this is pretty thin but I've found it true in my own experience so I don't care. That's why I was delighted to come across this video by Bruce...
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No Free Will?

I came across this talk by Sam Harris the other day. Once I got past the schmaltzy introduction and Sam's smarty-pants style of delivery, I found it refreshing and encouraging. Refreshing because I wasn't expecting something that rang with truth from Sam. Not that I'd...
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Maya Noise Interview with Zsolt

This is an interview I did with Zsolt Bugarszki, a mental health lecturer from Budapest, Hungary about my book Maya Noise for his blog, "My crazy mind." Where did you draw your inspirations of your second book - 'Maya Noise'? Inspiration? It was more to do with sleep....
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