This recent painting shows the many layers and dimensions in which Equalia dances. I ‘channelled’ the name Equalia when in deep meditation a couple of years ago. Then of course I Googled it and found that it was the name of a fantasy island in the Simpsons TV show. All the citizens were equal but Lisa and her friend Juliet were in charge! Sounds familiar, as in Orwell’s ‘all animals are equal but some are more equal than others’ etc! It is indeed a very slippery and complicated little word, as I found when being foolish enough to write a book called ‘Deep Equality’.
Now I see her as that mysterious force in nature that equalises everything eventually, rather like the Tao from ancient China that cannot even be spoken of. But with typical deturmination to be the fool who jumps in where angels fear to tread, I am trying to visualise her. She isn’t really a ‘her’ either, but in the spirit of balance we need more ‘feminine’ imagery these days, so ‘it’ can usefully be portrayed as a goddessing process. I now have a mission to bring her back into human consciouness in rituals, writings, art and especially in my daily practice. Gradually I am developing a whole spiritual system around ‘her’. This feels like the natural evolution of all my work around progressive politics and spirituality.
Just speaking and chanting her name through the day is a start for me. Painting is also a kind of prayer to her/it/them. Words are beginning to be added to the pictures, though often hidden under layers of paint.
It is no longer enough to complain about the appaling inequality in the world and just tinker with the deck chairs as the Titanic moves towards its downfall. There needs to be a progressive, spiritual movement not confined to any one group or nation. Equalia may have something to offer.