We had the good fortune of connecting with Gregory Beylerian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gregory, what principle do you value most?
I realize that the quality of my life and work can never be beyond the boundaries of my own awareness. Therefore I see it as secondary to focus on future goals and desired achievements. Instead I practice to do my best each day to align my life energies truthfully with the present moment because it is being out of alignment which has the most detrimental effect on the direction of one’s future.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work is about transcribing energy into art forms. I view my art as a mirror that reflects my evolving practice of a liberation process for which I adopted and contemporized from ancient esoteric traditions. I am multi disciplinary in nature as I use technology to merge various mediums i’m passionate about such as painting, photography, sculpture, sound and video. I allow my self the freedom to cross boundaries of medium, genre and industry so that I can explore what intuitively comes to my heart. This approach has brought me great joy but not without its challenges as countless times throughout my life, I am reminded by society to stay in a lane. What I have learned from this is to always listen and pay attention to life but navigate the ocean with the compass of my own heart, not that of others. If I want to explore my life potential, an open mind and courage is needed to go beyond the limitations of my comfort zone and societal expectations.
I have devoted my entire life to this principle and see it as a living experiment as to what happens when one makes a commitment like this. For this purpose I have arranged all my work in chronological order so that the evolution process can be observed by my self and anyone else who is interested in such matters.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well I can describe what I literally just did this past weekend. I picked up my best friend in my restored VW Westy camper pop top and drove up the coast just north of Santa Barbara where we camped over night on a cliff listening to the ocean waves break below us.
We cooked a beautiful meal using a dutch oven hung over a fire, then played gentle music with our instruments into the night. We talked, laughed hard and slept like babies into the early morning. Got up, walked on the beach for a while then packed up and headed back to LA. On the way back we stopped off in a cool beach town called Carpentaria for the best açaí bowls, chocolate chip cookies and killer coffee.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Shaolin master whose teachings have empowered me to live more consciously and my wife and daughter who shower me with unconditional love.