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The Life of Sterling

Time to Reflect: Auracature By Sterling Sinclair – Something Visual to Contemplate, October 20, 2017

Time to Reflect: Auracature By Sterling Sinclair – Something Visual to Contemplate, October 20, 2017
I thought that a post without commentary was needed today.  I hope that these Auracature Images Speak to you. L, S

   
  

   
Much love, S

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Sterling Sinclair Remembers Gord Downie and Visits the Vigil in Kingston Ontario Oct 18 2017: Photos, Videos, Media Reports, and A Poetic Message

Sterling Sinclair Remembers Gord Downie and Visits the Vigil in Kingston Ontario Oct 18 2017: Photos, Videos, Media Reports, and A Poetic Message

I aspire to be half the man Gord Downie was.  

  
He set an admirable standard whether be family man, activist, musician, poet, or human. 

  
 I never met Mr. Downie, I am a fan like so many other Canadians and beyond.  

  
His bravery to show love and express his passion for justice and life, oozed from his every syllable.

  
 It was an honour to visit the vigil.

  
am so thankful that the city of Kingston provided us the opportunity to sit with our memories of Gord and reflect upon how he inspired each and every one of us.    

  
Many, many people went to the vigil. The signatures signed on the memory banner had to have been in the thousands. 

One Kashechewan First Nation, on James Bay, gentleman visited the vigil earlier in the day.  This is an exerpt from the Whig: 

“He fought for us, for so many things,” Nakogee said. “That really means a lot. The first time I heard somebody that really fought for us was Gordie. We don’t hear that other bands do stuff for First Nations people. Gordie fought for us.

“It’s good that he did that, but it’s sad that he lost the battle. Now he is in our spirits.”

Nakogee was among dozens of people who gathered in Springer Market Square under a cloudless sky and unseasonably warm temperatures to pay their respects to The Tragically Hip’s lead singer, who died Tuesday night after a year-and-a-half-long battle with brain cancer.

Downie’s work to bring attention to the history of residential schools in Canada was among the last chapters in his life and one that fan Richard Noble said many people, including himself, knew nothing about.”

The Whig Article
This is a short video that I took when I went the vigil in Kingston. By the time I got there, only a small number of people were there. The intimate silence was like walking in the air of a hug. 

Video: Sterling Sinclair visits Gord Downie Vigil in Kingston
Today the headlines lit up the news in Gord Downie’s honour. I read not one negative word. 

In Rolling Stone, the voice of the family was expressed. It told of Mr. Downie’s truth: 

“Last night, Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by,” his family wrote in a statement. “Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss … on the lips.

“Gord said he had lived many lives,” they added. “As a musician, he lived ‘the life’ for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.”

“Thank you everyone for all the respect, admiration and love you have given Gord throughout the years,” his family wrote following his death. “Those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars.”

“In the wake of his diagnosis, Gord only fought harder for what he believed in: social justice, environmentalism and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples,” he added. “Gord did not rest from working for the issues he cared about, and his commitment and passion will continue to motivate Canadians for years to come … He will be sorely missed.”

Rolling Stone article
Today I sat down to process my grief and to reflect upo the person of Gord Downie. As an Auracature artist I began to draw an Auracature, just as I did the night before photos of me leaving the drawing at the vigil are posted below, but thid time, I began writing a message inspired by Gord Downie. 

  
Sterling Sinclair Recites the Message
Gord Downie poem

Oct 19, 2017

“Her Children Die from Centuries of Pain

Kick off your shoes – go dance in the rain.”

“Together We Are One”

By Sterling Sinclair

“Remember not me

Remember the work to be done

It was never about my battle

Their stories had to be sung

The battle’s not over

Much work’s need done

We fight the battle together

Until the battle is won

Upon blood soaked prairies

She gathers her young

How’d she wake in her mourning

Her fallen knight was her son

How can she see the light

From fear we mustn’t run

Look into her black brown eyes

Reserved, her soul was shunned

The fight to live’s not over

The fight has just begun.

Oh Canada, do you even listen?

Sorrow is being Sung

Grieve not my recent passing

Seeking justice is not fun

My death is not the message

I’m a husband, father, son

First peoples are in danger

No matter the spin that is spun

Pour your tears upon the lands

Cuz, healing’s barely begun

If you honour my memory

If I am Canada’s true son

Instead of being saddened

Go out and help someone

The war will be over

The battle will be won

When all people come together

And together we are one.”

The following are photos of my experience at the vigil

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
   
 
  

Gord, rest in peace. 

To Gord’s loved ones, I send my sincerest condolences. 

Much Love, Sterling Sinclair

Sterling Sinclair’s Site 


Former Medium, Psychic Sterling Sinclair Writes a Poetic Message Inspired by Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip. Downie Calls on Canadians to Work Toward Alieviating the Suffering and Alienation of Canada’s First Peoples. October 19, 2017

Former Medium, Psychic Sterling Sinclair Writes a Poetic Message Inspired by Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip. Downie Calls on Canadians to Work Toward Alieviating the Suffering and Alienation of Canada’s First Peoples. October 19, 2017
  
Gord Downie writes a poem /lyrics through Sterling Sinclair a couple of days after Downie died. 

For David Bowie, I sat down and let him inspire words to be written through me during a trance state. It was a beautiful piece. It was well received by few and violently opposed by several more. Nonetheless, it was a magnificent moment for me. I was glad to record such an amazing piece for grieving Bowie fans. 

So this morning, I felt an urger to draw to process my emotions and as I was drawing the Auracature lines, words began to pour out upon the page. In these words, he calls for all of us to seek fair compensation, reconciliation, justice for Canada’s first peoples.  

Video: Sterling Sinclair Reads Poem / Lyrics Inspired by Gord Downie Post-Death
Gord Downie poem

Oct 19, 2017

“Her Children Die from Centuries of Pain

Kick off your shoes – go dance in the rain.”
“Together We Are One”

By Sterling Sinclair
“Remember not me

Remember the work to be done

It was never about my battle

Their stories had to be sung
The battle’s not over

Much work’s need done

We fight the battle together

Until the battle is won
Upon blood soaked prairies

She gathers her young

How’d she wake in her mourning

Her fallen knight was her son
How can she see the light

From fear we mustn’t run

Look into her black brown eyes

Reserved, her soul was shunned
The fight to live’s not over

The fight has just begun.

Oh Canada, do you even listen?

Sorrow is being Sung
Grieve not my recent passing

Seeking justice is not fun

My death is not the message

I’m a husband, father, son
First peoples are in danger

No matter the spin that is spun

Pour your tears upon the lands

Cuz, healing’s barely begun
If you honour my memory

If I am Canada’s true son

Instead of being saddened

Go out and help someone
The war will be over

The battle will be won

When all people come together

And together we are one.”
Much love and Many Blessings, S


Sterling Sinclair How to Naked Tree Hugging and Barefoot Hiking Video is His Most Viewed Video on Facebook.  Do People like Nudity or is the Video Informative? You Decide.

Sterling Sinclair How to Naked Tree Hugging and Barefoot Hiking Video is His Most Viewed Video on Facebook. Do People like Nudity or is the Video Informative? You Decide.  
How To: Naked Tree Hugging and Barefoot Hiking may Help You Heal, be Grounded, feel Free to Live. 

 Many indigenous rituals are performed without clothing or with minimal clothing.

Skinny-dipping has been a favourite for young and old alike. 

But have you tried naked tree hugging or nude hiking?

 How about walking in the leaves barefoot? 

 I posted this video “How To” on my Facebook timeline and it has gotten record views. 

The Naked Tree Hugging and Barefoot Walking YouTube Video Above
 In this how to demonstration, I am wearing my hiking shorts just to make sure nothing accidentally swings into the picture and forces an “Adult” video rating.  But the way it is shot, it gives the viewer a good feel for what it is like to be one with nature. 

 I hope this video encourages you to kick off your shoes, walk through those fallen autumn leaves and hug a tree. You’ll be glad you did. 

Cheers, S

Sterling’s Page


#MeToo: Sterling Sinclair, A Sexual Assault Survivor, Reads a Poem about the Quest for Truth, October 17, 2017

#MeToo: Sterling Sinclair, A Sexual Assault Survivor, Reads a Poem about the Quest for Truth, October 17, 2017

  
Sterling Sinclair Reads the Poem 

#metoo I wrote this poem a few years back. It concludes: I keep walking into tomorrow, no matter what happened to me yesterday. I do not know your pain. But I know the feeling of keeping sexual assault buried in secret vaults at which I laid flowers of grief for many years. I am still not sure if opening the vault was a good idea. We all deal with assault differently and in our own ways. I think that is why I like this poem so much. It asks unanswerable questions but speaks to heart of survival.
Much love, S 


Tree Hugging may Promote Healing.  A Close Up Video Experience with Sterling Sinclair on a Barefoot Walk in the Woods, October 17, 2017

Tree Hugging may Promote Healing. A Close Up Video Experience with Sterling Sinclair on a Barefoot Walk in the Woods, October 17, 2017  
Trees are essential to my spiritual and physical health. Trees represent pure welcome – they cast no judgement upon us. They not only invite us to hug them, they hug us back. When I was was little (grade 3 & 4) I spent ours each day communing with trees, brooks, forest animals, fairies and the spirits I would meet there. The trees were my friends. They told me the most adventuresome stories. Even as my world became less protected at home and outside the forest, I felt total security being “alone” in the woods. 

  
Now that I am 50 years old and live under a canope of nut trees reaching over 80 feet into the sky, I still have the same relationships with trees and the forest. It could be my indigenous ancestry that has guided me so strongly to trees but I think that anyone can be drawn to a tree just as strongly, if not more, as me. 

Science behind tree hugging:

“Tree Hugging Scientifically Proven 

It has been recently scientifically validating that not only hugging trees is good for you, but you don’t even have to to touch a tree to feel better…. Blinded by Science is a recently published book, by author Matthew Silverstone, that proves scientifically that trees improve many health issues that we have. Trees help with issues such as concentration levels, depression, reaction times, different forms of mental illness, and stress. Silverstone even points to research that has strong indications that a tree has the ability to alleviate headaches in human beings.”

( By Kirsten Cowart | Earth We Are One )

Article on the Scientific benefits of Tree Hugging

This video link is of me returning from hugging the tree. I am walking barefoot in the woods. How about you try walking in the woods barefoot too. It is an enriching feeling of being alive. 

Sterling Sinclair Shares an Experience of Walking Barefoot in the Forest
In this video, I share my experience of tree hugging. It is fresh, raw, welcoming and natural. I hope that by watching this video, you gain your sense of the experience. So if you are at home and unable to go hug a tree, maybe this video will act as your surragate with in which you can have your own personal tree hugging moment.  

Close Up and Personal Tree Hugging Video with Sterling Sinclair
How was that. I hope you enjoyed hugging the tree with me. 

   
    
   
Much love and many blessings, S

Enjoy hugging your trees.  


“Thanks” is Today’s Card Drawn for Us: Sterling Sinclair Oracle Deck.  October 17, 2017

“Thanks” is Today’s Card Drawn for Us: Sterling Sinclair Oracle Deck. October 17, 2017

The card I drew from the Sterling Sinclair Oracle Card Deck this morning.    
The card says: “Thanks overcomes displacement while assuring you that others rejoice because of you”
Sometimes we need a reminder that other people/person rejoice/rejoices because of you.  

This was a great card for me to draw. On a personal note – my art, talent, voice and empathic abilities came under attack (mostly through psychic ill-wishing).  It was so bad that I began feeling that nobody joyously thinks of me & nobody is thankful for anything related to me.  

  
I began altering that thought and then I drew this card. “Thanks” was the confirmation that I needed. 

  
I hope that the “Thanks” card inspires you too today. L, S