Treatment, 2015, video + poem, 6;29 minutes
keep your breath low, flat, and even,
as if transitioning to sleep mode.
recall your chosen thought parameters.
suppress all other synaptic movement.
notice the flickering in your vision now, just behind your eyelids.
pinch and magnify to activate the drive.
calibrate your head gas with gentle air max cycles.
apply delay and transfer out of tempo.
from pre-chorus position, circulate cognition drives in a tight ring.
let your fans run at medium speed.
take shallow breaths.
keep the core in tune.
and exhale all the air out.
release the grip on your mind.
bow into first chorus.
take another breath.
stick out your tongue,
roll eyes back,
thrust chest upward.
a whirring sense activates at the base of your neck.
the program begins.
it feels good.
with inward-facing gaze,
exhale and snip your ideation streams,
as a sudden jolt of fader thoughts compress into lines.
with intention tie the ends together.
your track loops sealed,
exhale all air.
bring chin to chest,
lock fingers together,
pull down into your sockets,
dance music quietly thumps from another room.
close your eyes.
open your mouth.
let little puffs of air out at 128 bpm.
relax here in the second verse,
in the reassurance that in a few moments
you'll vibrate between a few preselected outcomes.
this deferral drive is as sweet as birdsong
and as hard and regular as an 808 program.
your crisis of being passes over and through you,
harmless, beneficent, like a sudden breeze rustling beach grass.
the first vibrations of no-thought
separate into discrete wave elements now.
do you see that we are sealing our practice with a beat?
can you feel the syncopation in your lungs?
look at the beat.
find the bottom of the beat.
find the round underside of the beat.
watch it graze the ground,
then bounce back into the air:
you are becoming this frequency,
this space between the earth and the beat.
whenever you're distressed you can turn back to this rhythm.
it pulses on the dance floor we are building today,
ignites in the glow of a screen.
it doesn't stop and neither will you.
take stock of your body.
zoom and drag.
find your most satisfying expression.
bring your hands to heart center.
pinch and rotate the emergent pre-chorus there.
trust your body wisdom and the spirit of pop
to bring you back into balance:
zoom and drag.
bring balance to your spine:
zoom and drag.
send positive biorhythms and gratitude
to the frontal lobe of the brain.
undoing the karmic knots that trauma
and loss have stored in the body.
now a final movement:
we're going to rotate the arms up and over the head
and scroll in each cardinal direction.
repeat to yourself:
i am the skipping in the record.
i am pure and infinite becoming.
select emotion gradient,
slide and zoom, hard.
let yourself shrug out of time.
this is your pop rock body lock.
your deferral drive is now installed.
welcome to velvet dreaming.