The Vox Spell

Before I pick up a musical instrument.

Before I start the writing process.

Before I sing the first verse.

Before I recite a poem.

Before I lecture.

Before I speak.

As I listen.
I call on Sarawati to focus my mind.

I call onto Thoth to enchant my words.

I call Fu Hsi to speak through my fingers.

I call forth Hermes to improve my voice.

I call next Apollo to steady my hands.

I call upon Odin to shape my poems.

I call last Enki to lend me his ear.
May you help me with my writings.

May you help my diplomacy.

May you speak to me with reason.

May you help me find my calling.

May you help me develop my voice.

May you send me your messages.

May you teach me the universal language.

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26 Hacks on Art and Creativity

  1. We are all creative. Now, some of us are more naturally drawn towards creativity than others. Like any other language, skill, sub culture, cause, etc. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t teach ourselves how to be creative later on. It is a skill after all.
  2. When being creative for fun, treat it as fun. When in the business of trying to sell your creations. Be professional. When in a competition, be competitive without trying to sound competitive.
  3. Learn to utilize inspiration. Read a few great inspirational quotes. Better yet, put them on your wall. Also, read, watch and absorb inspirational material to help remain motivated.
  4. Try not to put to much material on the back burner. It could turn into a bad habit. When you do, go back and finish it. Often times, you learn more this way.
  5. Don’t try to be creative only for the money. Do it for the joy, and if money comes your way. Then, why stop?
  6. Cover your work and sleeping area with basic diagrams of guitar chords, simple geometrical shapes, general facts, important terms, etc. related to your creative endeavors. Sub Consciously, we absorb this information to a certain degree.
  7. Learn everything you can. Read as many books & blogs as humanly possible, watch How to videos and college lectures, take college courses online or nearby. Learn about the art form your pursuing and also about creativity and art as well.
  8. Make sure to learn about both the historical styles while also keeping up to date about the most recent trends on your art form.
  9. When it comes to learning a music instrument, art form, hobby or craft. Let your natural instincts take over. You’ll not only surprise yourself but also find fulfillment in your work.
  10. If you’re a blogger and you feel one of your freshly written poems, songs, essays, etc are actually really good. Submit it for publication before publishing it to your blog. If it gets published, not only will you get your name out there. You’ll also get your blog as well. You can also link the publishers page to your blog at anytime. And if it doesn’t get published, then simply blog it at a later time.
  11. If you’re trying to write a novel or screenplay , remember that your characters are more important than the actual story. Focus on building strong characters and let them shine on their own.
  12. Practice different styles. Learn about different poetry types, musical genres, art periods, etc. Use these different forms to get a better understanding of your art form by creating your own works within that form or medium.
  13. Draw, paint, write, play, etc. everyday.
  14. Study & practice the basic rudiments of geometry, rhythm, scales, words, etc. Until, it becomes second nature. This is more important than the time spent applying it.
  15. Remember to practice rudiments until they’re perfect to avoid making mistakes and developing bad habits.
  16. Work on manifesting your ideas. You have song lyrics, an idea for a poem, a story, etc. stuck in your head? Start, by writing down the basic concept. If you’re a visual artist, draw out a crudely built graph.
  17. When you hit a wall, go back and work on your rudiments. If you get stuck in a song, stop and listen. Can you hear the scale? No. Then, go back and work on that scale. Can you hear the D chord? No. Then, go back and work on that chord. Did you hit writers block in your story? Go back and reread it. Then, add, subtract and move certain aspects of the story until the ideas start turning again.
  18. Don’t just try to write a major work right away. Write short stories before writing a novella. Then, start writing a novel. Don’t start by trying to write an Opera. Learn to write out the scales on the sheet first. Then write songs until you’ve gained enough experience to write an Opera.
  19. Beethoven didn’t learn overnight. Don’t be afraid to put yourself through mental boot camp. The harder you work at it. The more it will show in the long run.
  20. Don’t get discouraged. Keep working hard all the time. Remind yourself to progress everyday. If you find yourself not progressing, go back and work on rudiments. If that doesn’t work, start expanding your horizons.
  21. Challenge yourself a little more everyday.
  22. When learning about a new skill, try to learn as much as you can as fast as you can. When, trying to practice the new skill yourself. Always start slow as possible and slowly build up speed as you go.
  23. Always remain relax, above all; focused especially with music. The main point is to be as natural and flowing as possible.
  24. Walk around with your paint brush, pencil, drum sticks if you have to. Make your tools an extension of your body. Make your work sound, look or feel like second nature.
  25.  Be passionate about your craft and expression. Enjoy what you are doing and put your heart into it.
  26. Be aware of emotional dynamics. Your emotions often show up within the work. Use this to your advantage.

About the Author

 

Hi.

My name is Jordan Dumer. It means: one who descends down river that lives on or near a hill; but you can all me Jodan Dasu Yo or Jordan Dasu instead. It means Just Kidding in Japanese; and is far more interesting then my birth name…boring… it should have been something awesome like Juan Don Doomersmith 3rd, Esquire.

I’ve gone by many alter egos, call them Characters, Shticks, Doppelgangers, Archetypes, whatever. I’ve played the fool, the joker, the jester, the bard and the clown.

Some of these include Guy U. Nevaherdof,  Technical Display, Jodan Daisu and Agape di Vox aka Iopa da Vox.

I’m also the High Priest of Voxtheism, a Consciousness based religion and Grand Master Jester of the Sacred Order of the Forbidden Mirth*, a peaceful misogynistic Fraternal Religious Organization similar to that of the Freemasons (no affiliation to the Freemasons, and until they let me in- boo, Freemasons, boo!

Oh, I also forgot,  I’m not just a Comedy Writer & Scholar but also Musician- in case you’re wondering (which I doubt it). I craft my words in the following formats: Jokes, Essays, Articles & Fiction- and when I’m feeling spunky, some poetry and Lyrics.

I would like to warn you that I’m neither gay or straight, I see only in shades of grey and I’m neither Grand Old Party or Neo-Liberal, so if that’s not your thing, then well, I bid you ado and a fuck you.

I’m trying to shine a light on higher subjects that help build deeper connections within your mind and soul; so that you can use some of these teachings to improve upon your life not matter who you are and where you come from- or just find make you laugh, or whatever, you know- for shits and giggles.

But, I would like to mention Quantum Rhinoplasty my friends with a pinch of Magic (Work in Progress). More simply, I grow every day, learn from my mistakes; and above all, try my best. Because that’s Alchemy baby. I feel the fire burning deep inside! Like some kinda disco inferno!

I have a lot of special interests. The profane bores me. I have to be intellectually challenged. Infusing humour with life’s more challenging topics like:

Consciousness, Spirituality, Religion, Sexuality, Government, Politics, Science, Technology, Mathematics, History, Metaphysics, Quantum Physics, Mysticism, Psychology, Philosophy, Literature, Fine Arts, Poetry, Symbolism, Music Theory, The Occult and Language.

It should be of no surprise that my two favourite genres are Science Fiction and Supernatural Horror- sprinkled with comedy.

But I have a special interest in, Personal Sovereignty (the God given right to have Authority over ourselves and our impact on the world around us).

My influences span far and deep:

Japanese Culture, Russian and British Literature, Spanish and Italian Art, Ancient Egyptian History, Art Film, the Great Polymaths and Technical Death Metal are but a few; and let’s not forget about Classical Greece, The Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Spiritualist Movement.

I give great respects to the masters who have influenced my work: Rudolf Steiner, Johannes von Goethe, William Blake, Benjamin Franklin, Francois Bacon, Pythagoras, Confucius, Minamoto Musashi, Plato, Manly P. Hall, Nikola Tesla, Salvador Dali, George Melies, Issac Asimov, William Shakespeare, Aristotle, Orson Welles, H P Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe and Leonardo di Vinci.

This doesn’t include the long list of Comedy and Humorists who have influenced my work: Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Adam Douglas and Ray Bradbury; the stand up of George Carlin, Joe Rogan and Bill Hicks; and movies like the Marx Brothers Duck Soup, Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles and  Kevin Smith’s Clerks.

And the list not only goes on. It keeps growing. So keep reading . Or send your thoughts and influences my way. I’m always open to ideas. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jordan Dumer

The Occult 101

The Word Occult means, that which is hidden, kept secret or behind a veil. It deals with the unknown, what you’re not suppose to know and how to know yourself. It lets you see the invisible mechanics behind life. It lifts all veils from your minds eye to alternative perspectives.

It’s Special Interests continue to spark humanities curiosity including: Alchemy, Atlantis, the I Ching, Meditation, Utopian Societies, Christian Mysticism, Yoga, Wicca, Secret Societies, Ancient Egypt, the Supernatural and UFO’s.

But what does Yoga have to do UFO’s? Why are UFO’s Occult anyways? We see them, don’t we?

It seems that the Occult becomes Occult, not necessarily because of its unseen nature, but because of its conflict with certain levels of authority: The Scientific Community, The Intellectual Community, The Mass Media, The Political Authority and the power structures of the high priests sitting on their golden thrones, all seem to oppress certain information that becomes lost, destroyed or left hidden from the public conscious because of its radical nature. And any work that becomes part of this hidden collection, is a part of the Occult.

When looked at from this perspective, the Occult seems to run into one of these five categorizes:

1.Religion, Magic and Spirituality: Think alternative religions, cults, spiritual movements, consciousness systems, etc. that aren’t normally practiced or discussed by your Average Religious Authority. A lot of Special Interest Topics deals with Religion: Alchemy, Wicca, Buddhism, Mysticism, Hermeticism and Gnostic, which have begun a revival.

2.Science, Medicine and Technology: Think scientific studies  and technology that is kept hidden, or dismissed by the Scientific community as absurd.

3.The Liberal Arts: Think alternative historical theories, Philosophy and other material (Intellectual Material that isn’t Scientific in Nature) that is not discussed by the Intellectual Community.

4.The Arts, Entertainment & Media: Think books, famous artworks, individuals, Movies, new stories, etc not discussed by the Mass Media.

5.Political and Social Activism: Think  Elite Secret Societies, Socialism, Anarchy, Technoarchy and many famous Social Rights Activists kept hidden. This is where the majority of the Modern Day OCCULT focuses on today (New World Order, Big Brother, Illuminati, Freemasons, etc).

Keep in touch for Occult 101, Part 2: The Schools of Occult Thought. It deals with the approach certain Occult writers take to certain material pertaining to the Occult Categorizes mentioned above.

Also, feel free to ask questions. Vox Bless.