This is the alternate intro which is a foreword from the surviving founder and Core Facilitator of Qultura, Stella Baker.
Welcome to the Qultura website. I'm Stella Baker, the surviving founder of Qultura, which I set up at the end of 2009 together with Ian 'Fibbo' Fibbens, who sadly passed away due to complications with diabetes around Christmas 2013. Neither of us were conformists (I'm still not). I'm the mystic, shaman, Fringe dramatist, stage director and some say a visionary. Ian, or Fibbo as he liked to be known, was a former City trader and session guitarist who went by the nickname 'Mad Axeman', the axe in question was his guitar. I created Qultura after developing Creative Law - the universal principle which forms the basis of the community - in November 2009. Ian got involved and created the concept of the empathy based community. So while I developed the method and system, it was Ian who gave it its definition and shape.
In the beginning prior to Qultura there was Qultura Fringe, a small Fringe theatre company based at The Duchess pub in Nine Elms right behind Battersea Power Station. We staged a couple of productions successfully for a while but we struggled to find rehearsal space. I was developing a new theory of modern drama and based on a simplified system of teaching acting and drama.
It was an insignificant event, dropping a mug of tea on a hard floor and smashing the mug, which led to the development of Creative Law. As I didn't take a photo of the smashed mug I've provided an image of black paint dropped onto a concrete floor. This was when I discovered that drama negated trauma and is what motivates the development of consciousness. If you look at the above image, understanding that the centre of the paint spill is the point of impact where the pot of paint hit the concrete floor (trauma) you will notice that the reaction is that paint flies out in all directions and towards the edges of the spill the streaks of paint become more diverse and random.
This is drama.
Drama is consciousness. More than this, drama is new consciousness. If you understand trauma to be force, or violence. I'm assuming that you understand that if someone whacks you over the head with a baseball bat hard enough you lose consciousness. This is trauma. Doctors talk about trauma when they talk about injury, because trauma is force, violence, trauma separates, divides and breaks things down. Drama is opposite to trauma. Drama is the negation of force or violence. Drama connects consciousness through energy.
This is when we start to get into understanding how the universe works because the universe is space. Space is not empty, simply because we cannot exist in a vacuum. Space is filled with consciousness, which means that infinitely, the universe isn't just empty space, it's consciousness. Just to give you some idea of the kind of dimensions we're talking about here. See the fingernail on your little finger? Now imagine that your fingernail is Planet Earth. Now try to compare the fingernail on your little finger with the entire solar system - all the way from the Sun all the way out to Pluto. That is roughly the same dimensions - at least - this planet has to the universe.
So let's now return briefly to you being out cold with a baseball bat. You're lying on the ground, unconscious. So what happens next? Well eventually you will recover consciousness, just as you do every morning when you wake up. What happens when you recover consciousness through waking up, you have fresh reserves of energy, right? This is how the universe works. Energy can only come out of consciousness, and consciousness can only come out of space, and space can only come out of energy.
This is how I developed Creative Law. Out of Creative Law, which is essentially the universal principle of creativity and interaction which is common to both the universe and Nature, I created Qultura. Qultura is a method for developing consciousness through developing empathy - connecting to others and your environment, through your community. You don't have to think anything, you don't have to believe anything. You just have to be yourself, live your life and connect to people. You are already part of this universe, and the universe is based entirely on consciousness, and it is consciousness which is responsible for the constant creativity and interaction.
Consciousness is the principle, because consciousness is existence. It is also information. The constant creativity and interaction is the process. This is how the universe expands. The universe is therefore the principle and the process. You function on exactly the same principle and according to the exact same process which is all based on consciousness, energy and space. You understand that you exist in the universe, right? You understand that you exist on a planet which is known as Earth, right? You also understand that what makes this planet different from every other planet in the solar system is that two thirds of the planet is covered by water - sea water - and the primary characteristic of this planet is that it creates millions of different species of plants, trees, and animals which all share the common experience of life and death, right?
Okay so let's get to the point of all this, the so called bottom line. You exist because you're experiencing life. The whole point of experiencing life is that you're here to figure out your own individual principle and process. This is who you really are. Just like the principle of the universe is consciousness, because consciousness is existence, you are the universe at a specific point in the universe. Your life, and by life here I mean everything you choose to do, everything you do, everything you think, everything you say, and everything else which happens to you as a result, is your process. This is all creativity and interaction, just like the universe.
This is the whole point of your life and your existence. A tree doesn't need to be taught how to be a tree, it just is naturally. A cat doesn't need to be taught how to be a cat. It's a cat naturally. Likewise you are naturally a human being. The only thing you need to figure out in life is how you can live being naturally you and what your life needs to be about. Everything else - time, money, society, culture, love, friendship, fear, pain, sickness, health and so on is a concept. Your life is not a concept. It's an experience. It's real.
This is because there's a major difference between you and the universe. The universe is everything in existence together. It is independent. It is the totality and it's the totality because it's everything in existence together - everything in existence is interconnected and independent. You are at the opposite end of this spectrum - you are the individual - in-divid-ual here means you cannot be divided or separated further. You are the sum total of your life experience and consciousness, energy and space coming together to create a mind, body, a brain and senses. You are thus dependent on everything else in existence, which means that in order to live you need to be connected to other - you need an environment to exist in, you need other people in your life to make your life meaningful and to give you the opportunity to experience life. Your life is all about the relationship between your inner self and your environment. You develop as a human being relative to the other people in your life. This is what makes empathy so vitally important.
Qultura is all about you figuring out your principle and process through developing empathy and being part of an empathy based community. While I'm better known as a Fringe dramatist and stage director - Creative Law started as as a theory of modern drama - I'm also a mystic and shaman. Since the age of 17 (which was back in 1983) I've been a Therevadin (the Therevada is an offshoot of hinayana Buddhism) and I've studied such subjects as Therevadism, Buddhism, mysticism, the occult and magic since my teens and am a self-educated researcher of consciousness and reality.
I set Qultura up after developing Creative Law to make it possible for anyone in society - anyone at all - to be able to get involved in a community and through developing empathy with other people go out and explore, experiment, learn and discover their own individual principle and process. You don't need to get into such things as meditation, mysticism, religion, yoga, or whatever to develop consciousness because it's what you do naturally as a human being. You just need to get out there and go through the experience of life developing empathy with others. Participation in the Qultura community is completely free of charge for everyone. It would be mean and exploitative to charge you money for doing what you do naturally and being yourself, wouldn't it?
Please bear in mind that the whole point of life is experiencing pleasure, happiness, enjoyment and fulfilment. There's far too many people out there who prefer to be miserable and who seem determined to suck all the enjoyment and happiness out of life. Don't be one of those people. Empathy is the one thing that's needed in society, in our communities, and what we all need in life., So please feel free to explore, browse this website and get involved.
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