Introduction 2021​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
The experience we are going through today, related to the restrictions of the last two years, led me to radically adapt this project, which started in early 2020. 

The challenge this moment confronts us with, as humanity, has made me think about so much: what's my grain of sand? How can I contribute to building a more just and sustainable world? What can I offer my neighbor, spouse or friend? What should we, as a society, understand at this time?

The responses, even when unclear, have almost hijacked the project... by the need to turn within to find truly meaningful answers. Talking about what is important, even if  in a monologue, has become imperative.

The need to reinvent our paradigms, to intuitively discern between what is real and what is not, is revealed as essential to understand and navigate this moment of humanity. Perception becomes reality.
The project continues to shift, no longer being just visual, and now incorporating, audio, video and text; this last one, becoming crucial to transmit what surfaces.

Blind, 2021. "He who has ears, let him hear'.

Equally significant is that, from the beginning, the development of the proposal has occurred in a non-linear manner. Being possible to approach it, either at the beginning, at the end, or any point in between. In this sense, the web version offers the greatest versatility, since the viewer can start by reading a text, attracted by the images (maps or fragments), or by choosing one of the pages with audio / video.
I will touch on certain topics considering their importance at this time, in relationship with the connection of this moment and Transmigración de la ruina.
The accepted way of perceiving the world includes the idea that it is populated by objects and beings, animate and inanimate, all separated from each other, our 5 senses confirm this.
This interpretation, which translates into distance and separation, influences everything we perceive: me, you, him, the stone, the sun, and so on. Similarly, our activities as human beings are included: painters paint, architects build, psychologists analyze... This approach prevails in many areas, including science, economics or politics, and the problem is that it supports and reinforces the idea that which is one thing, is not another, when in fact it can be both, and much more. There is much to say about this new paradigm, but suffice it to say that a human being can be a man, have a body, be a father of a family, a craftsman, a mystic, and each of these aspects 'live' all combined in him, enriching what he is, synergistically; in combination and without separation; and this ‘man’, in turn, is part of something much ‘greater’ although the reference to dimension here is only a tool to refer to something beyond what is customary.
Many schools of thought affirm that there would also be one, or several non-physical components, allowing access to other forms of experience not based on perception, such as dreams, deja vu experiences, or premonitions, to name a few in general accepted; but, why am I talking about this?

Building this model in our minds originated early in our childhood (possibly even before), and is reinforced through concepts learned in school, a structure that derived its current design from the Prussian military years ago (S XIX). This system teaches us to be obedient, not to ask too many questions, to ignore emotions, and much more... with this, our creative diversity is de-individualized, prioritizing being accepted by others or belonging to the tribe, as the most important. These are principles of group behavior, for the simple reason that in the wild, those individuals that were not part of the group had little chance of survival. This training, now internalized in the child, in turn, generates an internal voice, a judge, who evaluates and looks with suspicion at everything that does not conform to what is commonly accepted, lowering the bar when it may be too high, and reducing it to something digestible by others.

Going back to the split view of reality... separating the photographer, socio-political entity, husband, cook and musician (born as Virgo and with Aries influence) that I am, into my ‘parts’, is impossible. The more I try to purify or 'refine' who I am, the more inaccurate and partial the result is.
I have been able to discern this voice within me, ordering me how to behave in order to be accepted, and, later on, regulating (as an artist) which pieces or ideas I must accept as my own, and which not. This process continues, exerting its normative effect through family members, teachers, mentors, or art critics amongst others. Why is this important?
Because a large part of who we are does not appear as part of what we show to others, leaving out what may be difficult for us to integrate into our image of ourselves, choosing a sanitized version of ourselves over the real version we carry within.[1]

A second part of the process leads to judgement. We judge others, based on our perception or appearance, and, by extension, their abilities or lack of them; some common beliefs come to mind: a doctor knows 'more' about the healing process, than a healer/midwife, or — an artist understands politics less than someone with a diploma—, an old person knows more than a young one, and so on. The reasons we concur with, are based on prejudice or beliefs, be it gender, societal or religiously based, or due to our own limitations; the consensual reality will always exercise a strong influence over us, being aware of this or not. 

This premise, should make us realize how biased our evaluations as social beings may be, calling into question our perception and beliefs, at all times. Why is judgement and this 'group mentality' so important when evaluating our human experience? One, because belief and perception determine it, and two, because judgement contributes to the illusion of separation I mentioned earlier.

Mystical teachings have long proclaimed: that everything in the universe is interconnected despite not being able to perceive it, understanding that our senses can only detect a small part of what 'surrounds' us.
This notion of Unity as a fundamental characteristic of the universe has changed my understanding of the world in which we live.

The question is: How can we not fall into the trap of believing that everything I think or perceive is correct?

[1] When it comes to the creative process, it is clear that this 'depuration' is also related to keeping a production standard or style. What is often ignored is paying attention to where one function ends, and the other begins; one affirms (when selecting around the creative discourse) and the other restricts (for fear of rejection).

Evidence, 2021. 

"What gets us in trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so."

Mark Twain
A personal cosmology
I grew up in Mexico City, attending elementary school in a Jesuit school, and middle and high school in a non-religious school. Ideas such as equality and social justice replaced much of what was learned as a child of Catholic education, and with them, from my limited vision, the denial of the divine also appears as something accessible or present in the human being. Believing in the unseen becomes evidence of ignorance and manipulation, paraphrasing Marx, "opium of the masses." This confusion generated a nihilism in my life, a state of veiled search, which lasted for years. Making our own path implies walking alone for a while, most likely this was one of the reasons why I emigrated from Mexico, in search of my own voice, of a personal cosmology, which is sometimes impossible to defend, or to explain, which does not fit anywhere; And so, it is that some of us go, stumbling, without knowing well where, however, a part of one, usually veiled, does know ... and with immense certainty. Trusting her is an act of faith, and the great paradox is that if we don't trust her, she won't manifest. And so the path becomes clearer, and peace begins to emanate from it. Apparently religion is to spirituality what training wheels for riding a bicycle are to a bicycle. In hindsight, I can see the story of my journey, beginning during my childhood with church-handed cosmology, with all its incongruity and rigidity, and continuing with this personal cosmology, nurtured by experience over the years. A transmigrated form, whose new meaning acquires relevance in the present.
Chiseling our experience
Some time ago, I saw how a hornet cut a bee, in two. For a long time, I couldn't take my eyes off the ghoulish spectacle, it really made me think. The only thing I could do was accept what I was witnessing, for some reason, intervening did not seem right to me. That vision accompanied me for days, a moment full of ‘violence’, which I felt inclined to disapprove, even to repress, but which, ultimately, obeyed the laws of nature.
So here is my question: why do I not judge the role of the hornet, but if it were a human being, I would condemn immediately? The first is part of nature, and the second… well, that one is also part of nature. We have learned to judge behavior of this type when it comes to human beings, but we are much more forgiving when it comes to an event that we attribute to other forms of life, insects or animals. So how to deal with this? Am I being too critical of humans or uncritical of humans?

What leads us to judge? One possible answer is the moral need to speak for, or against, something, which, in turn, directs us to the world of opposites, duality. This is why judging generates separation, because it dissociates us from others and from ourselves. Good or bad, black or white, smooth or rough... these principles are always present in our lives, also live within us. 
We all have a cruel part, we all have a victim inside, but is not easy to be able to see or recognize these energies internally, there are intense emotions we disguise associated with them. So we outcast them. It is much easier to be able to see these dynamics when we see them in others. Think about it for a moment, is it not more viable to see the solution to a problem of a friend or relative?
When we can recognize within ourselves, what we see in others, the possibility of looking at the external world, with a certain kindness or understanding, opens up, and, in a very natural way, we may not feel the need to judge the experience.

This premise has become fundamental within the project, but why? I believe that as we begin to accept ourselves as we really are, being able to forgive our tendencies and defects, we can accept others by recognizing ourselves in them. Seeing them with a certain indulgence, and this generates peace. By not rushing to approve or disapprove of what we see in the world, an unknown field opens up for the mind, which, trained to 'take sides', is freed from the emotional sway that leads us to act in familiar ways. When we allow an internal 'observer' to witness events, we can relate them in a softer way: such as the frustration of the driver next door, the selfishness of our partner, or the sadness of another person. 
By taking some distance from our own emotions, we can observe without being totally identified with them, discovering 'space' where there was none before.
This process is deep and complex, it must be explored by going beyond the intellect. I do not pretend but to share ideas, questions and conflicts that appear in my consciousness.
It is an invitation that is made through the project. To approach those experiences that reproduce the original pain through memory, inviting it to leave us, invoking our will to explore them in a new light.
Questions and more questions

+The world is going through many problems. Exploitation, abuse, exclusion, lawlessness, racial segregation, violence, different forms of ruin... 
+ Disadvantage and privilege, what factors determine these?
+ Pain as an agent of change, by inviting it to leave.
+The problem cannot be solved from the same level at which it was created.
+ How to make forgiveness an option? Particularly to vulnerable groups?
+ Changing the victim's narrative in order to create new possibilities, transmigrate it. Self love as a source for change.

+ How to help the vulnerable connect with their experience of pain with the idea of ​​being able to transform it? What makes this possible? Grünewald and the maps, Video 2 min.
+ Learning to forgive, from the spiritual dimension, a transmigration or reincarnation.

+ Aimed at all those who feel victimized or that the world owes them something and seek to transcend their reality.
The victimizer/victim syndrome.

+ How do I reconcile my own feelings about injustice? What is my responsibility for all this?
+ Each culture, each person, must go through the events that their life offers them, and acquire wisdom through living it, learning from it.

+ By forgiving, the victim heals. By transforming their pain into peace, transmigrating their ruin. The phoenix, raising from ashes.
+ By being forgiven, the aggressor receives a message that can transform her life, and thus, that of others.
☊ We came into this world to learn to love. The Course in Miracles says: whoever wants to learn something, must teach it...

Transmigration of ruin is an invitation to explore this process.
I am grateful to SNCA for the opportunity to express my voice through the platform that has been offered to me.
German Herrera
San Rafael, California, October 28, 2021.

[1] When it comes to the creative process, it is clear that this 'depuration' is also related to keeping a production standard or style. What is often ignored is paying attention to where one function ends, and the other begins; one affirms (when selecting around the creative discourse) and the other restricts (for fear of rejection).
[2] Orwell, George, 1984, Part 1 Chapter 2
Transmigration of Ruin is being developed with the generous help of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), an organism for the promotion of culture of the Government of Mexico.
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