Hi Numinous Friends:
Thanks to all our new contributors! We're moving closer to our target with inexorable persistence. Two weeks to go now, and I'm more confident than ever we're going to make it.
If you haven't visited our page for a while, I'd urge you to do so, we've given it a face-lift (or two) along the way:
I'll forward some great press we've received over the last 24 hours soon, and tell you more about when we'll post THE NUMINOUS PLACE theme song from the very talented BIRDS OF PASSAGE, but first...
JAMES BACKHOUSE: ARTIST
James is family. Which means I could tell you a whole bunch of embarrassing stuff about what he was like as a kid that his sister (my wife) has confided in me. But that would be traitorous, and I'd need a very big pledge to spill the beans. What I will tell you for free is that James' art is breathtaking and his design skills are superhuman. He has also gone beyond the call of duty on numerous occasions to help me with design elements which have always resulted in the occasions ending up numinous.
1. Tell us a little about yourself, and what your role is on The Numinous Place.
Greetings, James Backhouse is my straw-man identity. I am a
self-taught fine artist and musician. I studied 'Desktop Publishing'
during the mid-to-late 90's, and more recently have completed courses
in I.T and Arts/Multimedia. A jack of all trades, I have experience in
sales, sales support, research and development, and business
administration. I am the creator of a series of illustrations and
portraits for The Numinous Place.
2. Tell us about the drawing.
Completing a set of Charcoal portraits my Mother has.
3. What attracted you to The Numinous Place?
The Boldness of the concept. Around 2 years ago, Mark invited me to
collaborate on a previous incarnation of the TNP - a far cry from the
intricate and dazzling gem it is now. The potential for this immersive
environment being virtually limitless is very attractive. So, Big
Balls, you could say.
4. TNP is about a spiritual quest, tell us about yours
We are all spiritual whether we believe so or otherwise. Experiencing
this paradigm of apparent limitation and filling it with as much
creativity is my current 'quest'. Facing our own potential for evil -
individually and collectively is a great way onward and upward,
forging beyond duality and its traps.
5. What's the most amazing thing that ever happened to you?
I dropped a white hot glass pipe onto my bare ankle (sitting
cross-legged at the time) after drawing a lungful of vapourised
botanicals. A friend who was guiding me through the process was
giving me the most amusing and
perplexed look I have yet to come across, a mixture of concern and
disbelief. The sharp 'hot' sensation interrupted the next lungful and
the trip, so it was a complete disaster. I broke through into the
Hyperspatial 'place' during a later session, a month or two later.
That was the most incredible experience I have had to date.
6. TNP is about lucid, or numinous dreaming, tell us about your dream life.
I am in the process of bringing my everyday awareness into my
dreamworld and vice-versa. A lot of what happens is hidden from my
waking awareness, so nearly all of it is inaccessible to this 'me'.
7. You're one of the few people who've read the manuscript, please
tell us about a favorite part
I really enjoyed the writing as a whole unit, in particular the part
where Henry and April-Mae team-up. The surreal scenarios, the tension
between the characters, the punchy and energetic dialogue. It's a
8. Is there a character in TNP you particularly relate to?
Henry. There is an amazing depth to this man, a realness to his
checkered character, that is light-years beyond any of the homogenised
'handsome professor' type heros that writers in recent thriller books
seem to propagate.
9. What are some of your favorite books, music and people who inspire you?
I have always had an interest in ideas that speak of truths beyond the
realms of matter, time and space, of the metaphysical. A lot of
contemporary artists and writers are exploring this now, love to you,
yet I have a deeper respect for the trailblazers: Socrates, Plato,
Castaneda, David Hawkins, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Bob Marley, David
Icke. Also Henrik Palmgren and his creation 'Red Ice Radio' is
paradigm shattering, informative and too damn interesting not to
10. What's your greatest achievement so far in life?
Being witness and participant in the natural birth of both of my
amazing children. Though at times i felt like attaching myself to a
nearby nitrous oxide cylinder!
11. And finally, what's the quote that really inspires you and your life?
"Happiness, is ninety percent perception, ten percent 'reality'." -Henry Rollins