My Odyssey: the First Human Be-In

Chapter Four

‘One is in motion That motion is love. You are that One in motion, in expression Here and now.’ Chapter Four From Tepoztlan with Love: the Initiation “…truth is in the obvious.” There are not words in any language, except perhaps Sanskrit or ancient Nahuatl, which can describe in measure the initiation episode Michael Bowen …

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Chapter Three, Endnotes

ENDNOTES (1) The major collection of Beat-generation art collected by Dr. Wennesland is now housed in the Wennesland foundation in Norway. Some of these great cultural treasures, brought back to his native Norway by the ever wise Viking doctor, where deemed important enough to be flown across the Atlantic Ocean where they exhibited in New …

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Chapter Three, Part Five

After he was satisfied that all the best legal and private detective help were focused on the long process of finding his son and getting him back, Michael got into his car and drove straight down highway one, crossing the border at Tijuana, Baja the next morning. Luckily Michael had from Dr. Wennesland a bottle …

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Chapter Three, Part Four

From those first moments with John in Carmel, life moved quickly and seamlessly from triumph to tragedy and back to triumph again. This oscillation continued for those late fifties and early sixties Beat-generation years that could be described as a mad laundry list of events. Michael’s paintings continued to be collected by Dr. Wennesland and …

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Chapter Three, Part Three

About two weeks after Michael Bowen had moved into the Commercial Street studio, Michael McCracken came in one afternoon and took Bowen aside from the others that were there and said very seriously, “Hey man, listen, there is a wizard that lives down the coast in Carmel Highlands.” Bowen, “Really?” McCracken, “Yeah man, I think …

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Chapter Three, Part Two

One Sunday, while Michael was with Sonia and little Michael having breakfast, little Michael playfully threw a plate at Sonia, hit her below the nose, and split open her lip. Michael immediately gave her what first aid he could, but the lip was badly cut and bleeding profusely. Olive helped take care of the baby …

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Preface to My Odyssey

My Odyssey: The First Human Be-In By the artist Michael Bowen Preface In the year 2007, of the Christian era, comes an epic story, written from the Northern reaches of Europe, in Stockholm Sweden . Forty years have passed since the grand performance art known as the Human Be-In. According to the New York Times …

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My Odyssey: the First Human Be-In

Introduction to My Odyssey Michael Bowen Introduction The truth of the Human Be-In is the perennial message of Love. It was The Human Be-In, as we now are beginning to comprehend world-wide, which initiated another event called the Summer of Love. It was this never-to-be-forgotten summer of 1967, the Summer of Love, which empowered many …

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Chapter One, Part One

[quote style=”boxed”]‘How is violence to be eradicated, without begetting more violence?[/quote] What method to stop war, without further killing? Nothing short of a basic shift in the human psyche – there appears to be no more readily discernable answer. The idea of change being effected by a mass change in the collective consciousness and conscience …

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Chapter One, Part Two

Bowen and Ginsberg at Be-In Michael Bowen’s human-art-tableau on the flatbed truck was as complete and all-inclusive as he wanted it to be on that magical day. However, those legendary individual egos, summoned by Bowen’s clever manipulation, had to be handled with care. All of those egos on the flatbed truck stage came and participated …

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Chapter One, Part Three

The Human Be-In forever broke through the chains of individual and collective human bondage such as alienation, insignificance, and hatred. When those who attended the Be-In saw for the first time just how many of them there were, they became empowered; something new had happened to them, something profoundly uplifting, exciting, and transformative. Every person …

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Chapter One, Part Four

Cannibals Violence, in all its many manifestations, is the key attribute that needs to be reformed and eradicated for humanity and civilization to survive. Formerly, many thousands of years ago, homo sapiens were cannibals. Now, the very thought of eating another human being, even if there were no other food source available, is a disgusting …

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Chapter One, Part Five

Grateful Dead on Stage at the Human Be-In The human tableau became complete with the Grateful Dead, who climbed up and down the flatbed when they were not sitting there, until it came time for them to play. Although the Grateful Dead, who were well known in the Haight-Ashbury and would have drawn a crowd …

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Chapter One, Part Six

He traveled via a variety of modes and conveyance – cars, planes, by train, on horseback, by boat and hovercraft, the London and New York City underground subways, to say nothing of walking. Just as he and other beat artists of that time used found objects to produce consequential works of art, Bowen used the …

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Chapter Two, Part One

[quote]Love is not an abstraction, nor merely an afterthought, It is tangible in its touch – a self-sustaining, unifying principle That forms the underlying basis of reality – that which some call Motion.[/quote]   The Summer of Love Love Consciousness painted by Michael Bowen 1960 The first six months of 1967, made the Human Be-In …

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Even if many of its participants were impractically idealistic, the memory of the Summer of Love will never be forgotten. Negative media attacks against the Human Be-In and the Summer of Love came immediately, and for decades to follow. Yet nothing could destroy the positive imprint of those seminal first six months of magical cooperation. …

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Chapter Two, Part Three

Pied Piper and Lute Player Michael Bowen painting Despite all the social and civil advancement put forward by the expanding counter-culture, and the reinforcing of the Bill of Rights, the excesses and frustrations that developed in the Haight-Ashbury that summer and autumn were also legendary, as 100,000 unemployed teenagers from all over America heeded the …

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Chapter Two, Part Four

The successes of the Summer of Love have now multiplied its base into thousands and thousands of building blocks; new-age bookshops, yoga centers, as well as health and metaphysical stores that are ubiquitous in major cities throughout the world. Those consciousness centers are growing stronger each year, and producing infinite varieties of the One consciousness …

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Chapter Three, Part One

[quote]The concept of Apartness is a seeming, a division of one from the Self. This feeling of being alone and separated from the Whole is what drives wars and killing. It stirs the desire to subjugate another, bearing the seeds of greed and intolerance. It is the great lie, the cruel hoax. Look to the …

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