Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, deviants, miscreants, conservatives, small ‘l’ liberals, mystics, hopefuls, light-workers, sex-workers, 99%-ers, 1%-ers, 100%-ers, dreamers, lovers, dancers, atheists, religiosos, pagans, chicks, blokes, commoners, countryfolk, constituents of the autonomous collective of the Democratic realm of the Internet.
You. One and all.
Sincerely, welcome to YOU!
You have arrived here today whether or not you recognize that you have within you Henri Lee.
Accordingly, you understand, or at least will soon come to understand, that that Henri Lee of yours longs to be FREE, and it’s time to unleash.
Henri Lee, you say? Me? Yes—You. Yes—Henri Lee.
“Who or what is Henri Lee?” I hear you mutter.
A fine question…
We could ruminate on the philosophical, spiritual and symbolic ramifications of who or what Henri Lee is, was, or isn’t…but to dig a little brevity, let us think of Henri Lee as the inner part of all of us that feels the most alive, feels the most love, that thrives on life and longs for freedom from the restrictions and limitations of the outside world.
Henri Lee is your personal power, your creative urge, your positive ju-ju, your vibe, your mojo, the essence of your being—the truthful YOU! Henri Lee is the creative power lurking inside you that you forgot you had, hid away or have yet to discover.
You may have noticed that it’s been a pretty wild ride on planet earth this year and the years prior. There have been enough bumps, jilts, norths and souths to drive a person wild, a veritable rollercoaster ride both for us as individuals and together as a race of people. The past months alone are an indication of an acceleration, of a burgeoning transformation taking place in world affairs. Technology is moving full steam ahead, political trust has never been shakier, global climate change is prevalent and our world financial system feels like a wild west wagon with it’s wheels teetering over a cliff. Things once thought of as unrouseable pillars are showing signs of crumbling – old structures, limitations, institutions, roles, scripts, ideas and conceptions about life and relationship that no longer work for us and no longer serve us. All of this dovetails in what’s being marked as a new social activist movement of the information age, where grassroots creative communities such as this one unite to advance a fresh agenda, a new canvas and a set of ideas brewing, poised to enter stage right. The Occupy Movement and the solidarity from New York to Tarhir Square is a fine example of things to come.
Amidst this rapid quickening of affairs we’ve noticed that consciousness itself is changing. We are all moving somewhere fast, and the feeling is that we’re between something—neither where we left off, nor where we are headed. In this vacuum we have the choice to make changes that we want and need at this point of our collective ride on earth.
Here’s where Henri Lee comes in. The key to transformation, if we want to evolve together, is to do the inner work–to start expressing our true selves. Through individual transformation, we transform the external world. It’s up to us to direct the flow and direction, to where we want to go and be who we want to be. In this liminal, evolutionary moment, we are being asked to sing, dance, write, love, laugh, create, speak with truth and do what you know you are here to do. Life really is too short to not to create, make art and make love. It’s time stop giving yourself excuses not to.
We should add that freeing ones Henri lee doesn’t necessarily mean you should give up your day job tomorrow and begin uncharacteristically wielding a Bhagavad Gita, a fresh easel, a copy of Ginsberg’s Howl and a party pack of Ayahuasca. By all means go for it if the urge compels you. Shave your head and start chanting Hari Hari on the streets. However, Henri Lee is more an ethic, a way of processing consciousness and negotiating reality—an inner attitude. Ultimately, it’s what YOU define it to be, for YOU. It’s about finding out who you truly are, towards living a more truthful, authentic life.
The Free Henri Lee project aims to be the vanguard for this incredible moment of global revelation and revolution. We are a cheer squad for the freedom of the individual, and therefore, the freedom of the collective. We wear spandex and brandish pom poms. Additionally, we aim to function as a creative community, sharing practical advice, journalistic articles, feature pieces, creative visions, works of art, digital media and inspirational works from a wide range of contributors.
Want to contribute? Free your Lee online? Send us what you’ve got. We’ll publish it.
So, when the days get hectic and life feels like an Atlas Shrugged-style boulder attached itself to your weary shoulders, get online, read, contribute, comment and connect. Take a breath, remember that we’re all surfin’ this weird, wild wave together, and remind yourself that it’s crucial to keep your dreams flowin’.
Sure, we’ve got a little work to do on earth at the moment. Most of you would agree that there are a few things awry with the human experiment that demand our urgent attention and awareness. We’ll get there. With the birth of human #7,000,000,000 last month, we’re well-staffed for the job. Furthermore, momentum, history and the infinite power of the cosmos are all in our corner rootin’ for us.
Einstein once said that problems can never be fixed at the level of consciousness which created those problems in the first place. Through freeing our Henri Lee, we create awareness; we live with truth, we open ourselves to existence. We evolve. Our consciousness transforms. Problems turn into solutions.
So creak that cage open, prize the Lee free and get evolvin’ NOW. And remember to have some fun while you’re doing it.
The skies are blue and glorious and they’re waiting for our dreams.
“This is the Revolution: Shake everything up – your body, mind, heart, ideas, understandings and everyday routines. Shake yourself into ecstatic truth…embracing what you love, daydreaming, questioning, rebelling…what happens then is a groundswell of support for this new way of being, with more and more people empowered to perform new gestures unencumbered by history”