Struan Douglas BOOKS are available in print in South Africa or online via amazon kindle or lulu Current editions printed in Durban at BK Bookbinders or supplied on demand from strubuntu at gmail.com …
Look out for the forthcoming book Oh Hoerikwagga Shipwrecked in January 2020
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Towards the Peace on Earth
The mysterious suicide of pianist Moses Molelekwa triggered a music journalist to investigate, only to find questions of the self. On a legendary farm out in Cullinan and in the presence of a Buddha soul he revisits his own trauma to heal in order to become whole in the light of love and the instinctual principles of the heart to re-enter the great collective consciousness of all that IS. Based on the true story of a Frenchman in South Africa, the incomparable Ananda, this is a life changing story of healing and rejuvenation through celebration and initiation.
The story is told in a mystical allegory which takes the reader toward the peace in one-self and the uniting philosophy of light LOVE and life, and the empowering experience of unlimited potential, change and GOD consciousness. read more
extract from Towards the Peace on Earth : “Moses understood that it is not in one lifetime that one becomes a musician. It is like becoming a master soul. As a master soul, you are born and you heal people, you can do miraculous things. Musicians of such great quality are returning souls to the earth experience and their work is a result of at least a couple of lifetimes. How could he throw it all away like that? He saw earth is a plane of experience. My phone rang first thing that sunny Cape Town morning. It was Shado Twala, the news had broken and she was in tears.”
extract from Towards the Peace on Earth : “The music danced playfully, travelling into the busy microcosm of the inner body, nursing, restoring and charging the inner organs with frequencies of heavenly harmony delivered with unconditional love. The music put the mind to rest, bringing absolute joy through its strong sense of purpose and power. The music was a meditation of pure love.”
She explained how Moses Molelekwa’s music continues to touch musicians and people … and asked what it is about South African jazz ? “Freedom,” I said. “But when can one be ready to play South African jazz?” she asked.
“With improvisation you must always be ready and then at the same time never ready. You can only be yourself. And that is the privilege of a lifetime that crosses all divides. And that freedom can take you beyond life itself,” I added.
Shado Twala thought of the great musicians who actually die playing music like with Miriam Makeba. “A beautiful way to go on stage and doing what you love,” I commented remembering something Dolly Rathebe had once said.
Shado Twala asked who should read this book?
I thought she would be interested to read this book not so much for the spiritual theme but because of the insight to the struggle for existence in the music industry.
I said, “The huge frustrations Moses Molelekwa was facing at that exact moment he was going to die. It might solve a mystery to what exactly what happened. 27 – 33 is a common age of people in the music industry to fall to the strains and frustrations and take their lives so it would be beneficial for people in the sector to know about some of the things that happen in this industry that cause these terrible problems and help resolve it.”
extract from Towards the Peace on Earth : “Bad spirit can be projected through emotions such as jealousy, hatred and meanness. When it attaches to its victim, bad spirit hooks into the
energy field and brings the person down. Bad spirit is invisible, it does not have a physical body. But it has a mental and emotional body and attaches to the mental and emotional body of its victim. Invisible astral beings, referred to by the Rastafari as duppy’s and Greeks as archons,
can plug into the invisible mental and emotional bodies of the human being and suck them dry.”
Shado Twala asked how I made it through the danger point of 27 – 33. “At that exact moment I was Ananda the spiritual healer at the Melt2000 camp and he nurtured me through it with his personal teachings. The spiritual undertone is my personal healing journey and some might take benefit from that, particularly people who have artificial bodied and post traumatic stress disorder … Basically the book is to be helpful.”
My benefit was a healing experience that took me within : The Peace on Earth (A la paix sur terre) is a metaphor for the Peace Within :
extract from Towards the Peace on Earth : “My anger had manifested into two hiatal hernias situated on the stomach lining deep within the third chakra, the place of personal power. I had given over my personal power to anger. The exchange with Christ consciousness activated my deeper inner memories. As the tears rolled and the suppressed emotions were confronted, I began to take responsibility and let go.Our body is for life. We might as well make a friend of it!”
Shado Twala was interested to know how much the ailment was projected … I said, “You need to live with your ailments. The chapter is titled Lifelong friends and is about making friends with your ailments. And maybe they are your best friends because through healing them you have to go deeper into yourself and as you say to express yourself and find yourself, so maybe these ailments are triggering us to be better people.”
Where is it available?
Cape Town Clarkes, Johannesburg Orbit, Lovebooks, Moral Kiosk and Moyo and in Durban at the KZNSA.
Review from All Jazz Radio Carol Martin :
“Towards the Peace on Earth: Projections Manifest” (published by http://www.afribeat.com, 2018) is an engaging account of one man’s journey of healing, with upfront honesty and attempted enlightenment through a rebirth into Ubuntu Africa from European roots. Struan Douglas, an arts journalist and musician, portrays a fascinating, yet mysterious, plunge into the spirituality surrounding the music industry in South Africa, and why all is not always rosy in the perceived healing abilities of this art form.
Douglas’s own contentious struggle with a severe illness in his youth, compounded by insecurities, outrages, and inferiority complexes, found amazing portals of resolve, as his pathways crossed with innovative and intuitively spiritual music producers. Shamanic healing brought the light of love onto the Cullinan farm outside of Johannesburg, affectionately dubbed the University of Celebration, where Douglas lived out his post-traumatic syndrome with an eccentric Frenchman, ‘Ananda’, and an inventive Swiss music producer, Robert Trunz. Together, with an additional eco-healer and photographer, Lianne, the foursome worked the land as Trunz established a music studio where a host of well-known, predominately African musicians engaged with each other to move their artistry forward. A healing in music took place through Trunz’s music label, MELT2000, and writer/musician Douglas found a much needed home in this Musical Energy Loud Truth space.
Or so it seems.
Unsuspectingly, the story leads into dark passages to reveal truths: gory outcomes as some musicians submit to too much stress; a realisation that jazz may not heal, but do the opposite. Douglas sites examples where the creative wizardry succumbs to devilish forces: like the deaths of pianist Moses Molelekwa and saxophonist Moses Khumalo, where mental illness, drugs, and other demons can take hold. Even the central character of this book, the Buddhist inspired ‘Ananda’, born Andre Masset, and raised in a French orphanage, and found his way into a California prison for 14 years for drug trafficking, surprises the reader with his supposed transformation through African shamanic healing. Here, Douglas becomes his disciple, finding wisdom and healing in his ‘master’s’ spiritual stewardship, until an enormous anger streak totally absorbs Ananda’s psyche and soul, and leads to the demise of this Osho-influenced self-designed healer. Trunz on the other hand invents and promotes sound technologies, namely audio speakers, in Switzerland and the UK, and brings them to the Cullinan farm. When he falls ill, the farm becomes a short-lived ecological experiment with notable outcomes, but is resuscitated as a musical hub when Trunz returns. During all of these transmutations of energy and purpose, Douglas is still faced with quo vadisissues, and this is what grabs the reader. Uncertainties circulate through the enigmas of life.
This book touches the unavoidable real by opening our minds to what constitutes the ‘void’, from entering disorientation that can manipulate the mind, to experiencing the beauties of Ubuntu love and respect found on the African continent. Douglas uses the metaphorical ‘fifth’ to explain: “As the fifth in music harmonically divides the octave, so the fifth dimension in Spiritual terms co-creates.” (p. 113) The Cullinan farm and its various inhabitants provided this ‘nature spirit’ space where African griots, drummers, trance-dancers of the Kalahari, and other newer students of sound in his Forest Jam project could co-create. By 2015, Douglas found a new journey, having manifested projections involving a vast healing from this previous trip through the 1980s to the present.
One of these manifestations was how guitarist Madala Kunene mentored Douglas to revive his trumpet playing skills. A very readable story, the reader goes away amazed, with a revived spirit that co-creation in music can indeed find causes of illness, and bring joy, growth, and healing to the collective consciousness.
In this lies the enigma of music.
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