Shunyata

is creating multi-verses in books, poetry & art

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Are you wondering what’s with the Who How? It is a curious anagram— my take on the famous five— the who, what, when, where and why. It’s also a quirky mantra. Try it. After a minute or two of 'who how’ing', you'll see what I mean.

Ok, I'm weird and wonky—
You could call me an in-formation architect, a symbolist, a shaman, a creative catalyst or any number of things and not all of them polite!

My background is as motley as a psychedelic rainbow. I started painting and designing when I was around eight years old. I left home in my early teens, grew up wild and free: opened my first nightclub when I was just coming of age, and modeled on the runways of Paris in my early twenties.


Antoine Giacomoni, famous for his ‘mirror images’ of rock stars and celebrities, took this photo during my modeling stint in Paris. It was shot through an illuminated mirror. The mirror was surrounded by lights, like a makeup mirror. You can see the lights reflected in my eyes.

Sure, modeling in 'Gay Paree' was a blast for a young guy like me! There were super hot chicks, star-studded parties, and it wasn’t what you’d expect. If I left off the story here, you'd certainly get the wrong impression You see, I never fit into the model mould.

I wasn’t only the shortest guy in the agency, at six feet tall (183cm) I looked more like the water boy on a basketball team— what actually singled me out was what you might call my spiritual eccentricities.

I was like a spiritualist gone vogue, the agency’s very own mystic. What else would you expect of someone who organized ecstatic moon rituals, brewed up mind-altering concoctions, read hands and did hands-on healings?

Yes, we are skipping over the spicey details here. But in the context of this little intro column, a deeper segue wouldn’t be fitting. Would it?

After three years, I’d had my fill of the glitz, the glamour, and the shallow minded pomposity. So, I left Paris behind and moved to Bali, where I built the Laughing Yogi House.



Little house with a view. The Laughing Yogi House was a small retreat center that I built on the edge of Sayan Terraces, a secluded river valley outside of Ubud, Bali’s art center.

Thus far you’ve had a whirlwind tour, a light-speed journey back in time, with countless tales written between the lines. It brings us up to 1986 when my life's work had just begun.

It feels like lifetimes have flashed by, since then. And, if you wish we can pick up this chronicle again. This is where you’re Patreon’age comes in. If there’s enough interest on Patreon’s Message board, I’ll flesh this retrospective out for you some more.

For right now, the story is live, like a river its spirit flows on towards the sea. Wouldn’t you like to be my guest on this extraordinary quest? We’ll sail with serendipity, probe the most profound mysteries, uncover hidden truths, shatter conventions and break through to the real you.


I admit that up until now— 
I’ve been holding back. You see, posting original pieces on Facebook, Youtube and similar sites feels, well— treacherous. They are a necessary evil to some extent, but they keep getting worse, ramping up the scale of their iniquities. The last thing that I want to do is feed their corporate coffers with the fruit of my labor.

On Patreon, I’m not going against my values. I’m not supporting a company that exploits our creativity, culture and tribal yearning. Patreon’s raison d'être is rewarding reciprocity. The more support that you provide, the more I’m able to do.

Patreon gives us a platform that cuts out the noise, the trolls, and the clickbait. It provides a place where we can excel in synergy, a place to honor each other with appreciation, gratitude and integrity.


I might be the spark, but you're the fuel that feeds the fire!

 


Tiers
Copper Clover — Surprise Me
$1 or more per month
Thanks for chipping in! 

A dollar might not seem like much but it all adds up. 


As a Copper Clover subscriber, you get a bi-weekly surprise pick from the most popular posts. 

Bronze Clover — Edify Me
$5 or more per month
Thanks you for the fiver! 

As a Bronze Clover subscriber, you won’t miss a thing. You get full access my Patreon Post Stream!

Silver Clover — Enlist Me
$15 or more per month
Thanks for a tasty lunch! 

Fifteen dollars buys a hearty meal here in Bali! 


Now that you're a Silver Clover subscriber, you get full access to my Patreon Activity Feed. 


You're also invited to our monthly fireside chat. Well, there’s not really a fire, but it is a live Q&A video session on Eztalks. 


Plus, you get to vote on what topics you’d like me to work on next. 

Golden Clover — Synergize Me
$25 or more per month
Thanks for your generosity! 

You’re not a consumer; you’re a real collaborator. 


As a Golden Clover subscriber, you get all of the above:

  • Full access to my Patreon Posts
  • A Monthly Fireside Chat
  • Vote on Upcoming Content


You’ll also get a digital copy of the Sri Yantra cover graphic that you see featured above. You can use it as on your desktop, on your phone screen or print out the high-resolution image to frame. 

Platinum Clover — Lucky Me
$108 or more per month only 9 left
Thank You - Thanks a Million!

Your contribution goes a long way towards making my work possible.


As a Platinum Clover subscriber, you get all of the above and a lot more.  


I’ll send you a digital copy of the first two books in the Temple Paradise Trilogy: the  “Flower of Bliss” and the “Code of Creation”. 


You won’t only receive these bare and brutal draft editions, author notes and all; you’ll also get the final published edition of the books, in whatever form they take. And, if you’d don't mind, your name will appear in the books as one of the co-publishing sponsors. 


We’ll also get to meet up face to face in cyber-space four times a year. You’ll get a quarterly, one on one meet-up session to discuss anything that you’d like! 


And, after your first year of sponsorship, you’ll get a 60cmx60cm canvas print of one of the cards from the Temple of Paradise Oracle. 

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$0 of $108 per month
Time is the currency of life!  


Going for 108 just to get on the map! And you know what? 108 is not a normal number. It's got quite a lot of juice behind it!
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Are you wondering what’s with the Who How? It is a curious anagram— my take on the famous five— the who, what, when, where and why. It’s also a quirky mantra. Try it. After a minute or two of 'who how’ing', you'll see what I mean.

Ok, I'm weird and wonky—
You could call me an in-formation architect, a symbolist, a shaman, a creative catalyst or any number of things and not all of them polite!

My background is as motley as a psychedelic rainbow. I started painting and designing when I was around eight years old. I left home in my early teens, grew up wild and free: opened my first nightclub when I was just coming of age, and modeled on the runways of Paris in my early twenties.


Antoine Giacomoni, famous for his ‘mirror images’ of rock stars and celebrities, took this photo during my modeling stint in Paris. It was shot through an illuminated mirror. The mirror was surrounded by lights, like a makeup mirror. You can see the lights reflected in my eyes.

Sure, modeling in 'Gay Paree' was a blast for a young guy like me! There were super hot chicks, star-studded parties, and it wasn’t what you’d expect. If I left off the story here, you'd certainly get the wrong impression You see, I never fit into the model mould.

I wasn’t only the shortest guy in the agency, at six feet tall (183cm) I looked more like the water boy on a basketball team— what actually singled me out was what you might call my spiritual eccentricities.

I was like a spiritualist gone vogue, the agency’s very own mystic. What else would you expect of someone who organized ecstatic moon rituals, brewed up mind-altering concoctions, read hands and did hands-on healings?

Yes, we are skipping over the spicey details here. But in the context of this little intro column, a deeper segue wouldn’t be fitting. Would it?

After three years, I’d had my fill of the glitz, the glamour, and the shallow minded pomposity. So, I left Paris behind and moved to Bali, where I built the Laughing Yogi House.



Little house with a view. The Laughing Yogi House was a small retreat center that I built on the edge of Sayan Terraces, a secluded river valley outside of Ubud, Bali’s art center.

Thus far you’ve had a whirlwind tour, a light-speed journey back in time, with countless tales written between the lines. It brings us up to 1986 when my life's work had just begun.

It feels like lifetimes have flashed by, since then. And, if you wish we can pick up this chronicle again. This is where you’re Patreon’age comes in. If there’s enough interest on Patreon’s Message board, I’ll flesh this retrospective out for you some more.

For right now, the story is live, like a river its spirit flows on towards the sea. Wouldn’t you like to be my guest on this extraordinary quest? We’ll sail with serendipity, probe the most profound mysteries, uncover hidden truths, shatter conventions and break through to the real you.


I admit that up until now— 
I’ve been holding back. You see, posting original pieces on Facebook, Youtube and similar sites feels, well— treacherous. They are a necessary evil to some extent, but they keep getting worse, ramping up the scale of their iniquities. The last thing that I want to do is feed their corporate coffers with the fruit of my labor.

On Patreon, I’m not going against my values. I’m not supporting a company that exploits our creativity, culture and tribal yearning. Patreon’s raison d'être is rewarding reciprocity. The more support that you provide, the more I’m able to do.

Patreon gives us a platform that cuts out the noise, the trolls, and the clickbait. It provides a place where we can excel in synergy, a place to honor each other with appreciation, gratitude and integrity.


I might be the spark, but you're the fuel that feeds the fire!

 


Recent posts by Shunyata

Tiers
Copper Clover — Surprise Me
$1 or more per month
Thanks for chipping in! 

A dollar might not seem like much but it all adds up. 


As a Copper Clover subscriber, you get a bi-weekly surprise pick from the most popular posts. 

Bronze Clover — Edify Me
$5 or more per month
Thanks you for the fiver! 

As a Bronze Clover subscriber, you won’t miss a thing. You get full access my Patreon Post Stream!

Silver Clover — Enlist Me
$15 or more per month
Thanks for a tasty lunch! 

Fifteen dollars buys a hearty meal here in Bali! 


Now that you're a Silver Clover subscriber, you get full access to my Patreon Activity Feed. 


You're also invited to our monthly fireside chat. Well, there’s not really a fire, but it is a live Q&A video session on Eztalks. 


Plus, you get to vote on what topics you’d like me to work on next. 

Golden Clover — Synergize Me
$25 or more per month
Thanks for your generosity! 

You’re not a consumer; you’re a real collaborator. 


As a Golden Clover subscriber, you get all of the above:

  • Full access to my Patreon Posts
  • A Monthly Fireside Chat
  • Vote on Upcoming Content


You’ll also get a digital copy of the Sri Yantra cover graphic that you see featured above. You can use it as on your desktop, on your phone screen or print out the high-resolution image to frame. 

Platinum Clover — Lucky Me
$108 or more per month only 9 left
Thank You - Thanks a Million!

Your contribution goes a long way towards making my work possible.


As a Platinum Clover subscriber, you get all of the above and a lot more.  


I’ll send you a digital copy of the first two books in the Temple Paradise Trilogy: the  “Flower of Bliss” and the “Code of Creation”. 


You won’t only receive these bare and brutal draft editions, author notes and all; you’ll also get the final published edition of the books, in whatever form they take. And, if you’d don't mind, your name will appear in the books as one of the co-publishing sponsors. 


We’ll also get to meet up face to face in cyber-space four times a year. You’ll get a quarterly, one on one meet-up session to discuss anything that you’d like! 


And, after your first year of sponsorship, you’ll get a 60cmx60cm canvas print of one of the cards from the Temple of Paradise Oracle.