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Dushan Philips

Desmond Tutu once said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”. Poignant a statement as it is, when it comes to Sri Lanka and its wounds, an expat is conflicted. You see, in the face of war, my family (like many) chose to leave, and yet others who we know and love still remain. And often times when the country is confronted with its traumas, even though we feel it, we aren’t physically there, so having an opinion on it seems fickle. So a lot of us remain silent, but we’re never neutral.
No matter where you live, there is a war outside your door. But there is an even bigger war inside of you. A war fuelled by love and fear. It causes a lot of tension. Our beautiful egos step in, take on the load, and build shields against the world to protect our inner-children. The greater the trauma outside, the thicker the conflict within and the more taut one becomes.
300 human beings have died in my motherland. I’m halfway across the world and I’m sad and scared but I’m hopeful. My family and friends appear to be safe thus far, but the teardrop of the Indian Ocean is once again tearing up in the Indian Ocean. That war outside is brewing one inside me and I can feel the tension growing. So when I say what I say please know that I don’t preach from a place of self-righteousness but one of self-practice. When tension builds in our body, we express it tensely. Our aggression, our outbursts, our hate-filled actions are all a by-product of harbouring pain. With meditation, and more importantly with the active attention that we give our breath, we can unwind that tension and free ourselves from that place of discomfort. The less tension we have, the greater the peace within, and the more peace we bring. 
I will heed Desmond Tutu’s advice and I will do something. But Ironically I invite you to do nothing, to be neutral. This Sunday the 28th of April @ 3pm I’m running a guided meditation and spoken word with my  boy Zev who will be exhibiting his incredible Art and flexing his DJ chops. It’s at Green Monday Studios in Carlton. It will be by donation and I invite you all to come sit with me. ❤️

Desmond Tutu once said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”. Poignant a statement as it is, when it comes to Sri Lanka and its wounds, an expat is conflicted. You see, in the face of war, my family (like many) chose to leave, and yet others who we know and love still remain. And often times when the country is confronted with its traumas, even though we feel it, we aren’t physically there, so having an opinion on it seems fickle. So a lot of us remain silent, but we’re never neutral. No matter where you live, there is a war outside your door. But there is an even bigger war inside of you. A war fuelled by love and fear. It causes a lot of tension. Our beautiful egos step in, take on the load, and build shields against the world to protect our inner-children. The greater the trauma outside, the thicker the conflict within and the more taut one becomes. 300 human beings have died in my motherland. I’m halfway across the world and I’m sad and scared but I’m hopeful. My family and friends appear to be safe thus far, but the teardrop of the Indian Ocean is once again tearing up in the Indian Ocean. That war outside is brewing one inside me and I can feel the tension growing. So when I say what I say please know that I don’t preach from a place of self-righteousness but one of self-practice. When tension builds in our body, we express it tensely. Our aggression, our outbursts, our hate-filled actions are all a by-product of harbouring pain. With meditation, and more importantly with the active attention that we give our breath, we can unwind that tension and free ourselves from that place of discomfort. The less tension we have, the greater the peace within, and the more peace we bring. I will heed Desmond Tutu’s advice and I will do something. But Ironically I invite you to do nothing, to be neutral. This Sunday the 28th of April @ 3pm I’m running a guided meditation and spoken word with my boy Zev who will be exhibiting his incredible Art and flexing his DJ chops. It’s at Green Monday Studios in Carlton. It will be by donation and I invite you all to come sit with me. ️ - 29 days ago

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A few moons ago, in tears, I grappled my South Asian parents begging them to surrender parts of their culture and let me pursue my Art. This year my Art made me a South Asian father in turmoil with his  teary-eyed daughter for being too progressive, desperate to shed old cultural values in exchange for love. My daughters name was Juliet. Her love was Romeo. I won’t spoil the ending but I will say this. Culture schmulture! We’re all one. And while on stage, conflict bled into tragedy, backstage 18 people from different cultural heritages Bollywood danced their way into a twilight zone where our differences just brought us closer together. It was really special. Bloody Beautiful Bastards! (Said in an Indian accent for cultural purposes)

A few moons ago, in tears, I grappled my South Asian parents begging them to surrender parts of their culture and let me pursue my Art. This year my Art made me a South Asian father in turmoil with his teary-eyed daughter for being too progressive, desperate to shed old cultural values in exchange for love. My daughters name was Juliet. Her love was Romeo. I won’t spoil the ending but I will say this. Culture schmulture! We’re all one. And while on stage, conflict bled into tragedy, backstage 18 people from different cultural heritages Bollywood danced their way into a twilight zone where our differences just brought us closer together. It was really special. Bloody Beautiful Bastards! (Said in an Indian accent for cultural purposes) - 2 months ago

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Hey wise men. Keep your Gold, Silver and myrrh. Friendship is my gift. - Richest man in Babylon.

Hey wise men. Keep your Gold, Silver and myrrh. Friendship is my gift. - Richest man in Babylon. - 8 months ago

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Havin’ a Gay Ol’ time dancing on Rainbows and rewriting History. Is this Love, is this Love, is this Love that I’m feeling? #yes #marriageequality

Havin’ a Gay Ol’ time dancing on Rainbows and rewriting History. Is this Love, is this Love, is this Love that I’m feeling? #yes #marriageequality - 2 years ago

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The last time I was in Sri Lanka, I was shown around the Internally Displaced People refugee camps. There was a village elder minding his own business hammering away at a wooden base building a fence. With the little Tamil that I spoke, I asked him if he wouldn’t mind sharing his personal experiences about the final war in 2010 (the Sri Lankan government went on a ‘win at all cost’ offensive against the Tamil Tigers resulting in the deaths of countless civilians) and asked if he was directly affected by the conflict himself. 
He told me that in the very spot that we were conversing, a ‘shell’ attack blew his eldest son into unrecognisable bits of flesh a metre from him. Two weeks later, his wife and youngest son disappeared never to be found again. 
I couldn’t help but be rage filled and desperately strained to keep from crying in front of him. I managed one last string of questioning. ‘Doesn’t it make you mad? Don’t you feel like you want to do something about it?’ He looked at me through his weathered wrinkles with a glint in his eye and the most genuine of smiles and said, ‘I have cried all the tears I could possibly cry. Anger doesn’t solve anything. I just want to spend the rest of my days being kind and help where I can. To me, that’s enough’. Ignorance is one feature never afforded to an IMMIGRANT. We never take for granted the privilege of living in a safe and beautiful community. 
We will never be able to fathom the kinds of suffering they have endured. These are the calibre of humans we are potentially turning away and imprisoning in Manus and Nauru. And to add insult to injury, we’re about to let them off into a community where their lives will be once again put in harms way. 
What good is it to live in the most liveable country in the world if we don’t have the decency to open our doors and take in those who are needing our help? Australia is a young country. Our culture is still forming, and those ideologues who are so desperate to preserve the Australian way are intrinsically aware of the futility of their fickle traditions. Identity is transient and evolves with time. That’s the beauty of our cultural melting pot.  #bringthemhere

The last time I was in Sri Lanka, I was shown around the Internally Displaced People refugee camps. There was a village elder minding his own business hammering away at a wooden base building a fence. With the little Tamil that I spoke, I asked him if he wouldn’t mind sharing his personal experiences about the final war in 2010 (the Sri Lankan government went on a ‘win at all cost’ offensive against the Tamil Tigers resulting in the deaths of countless civilians) and asked if he was directly affected by the conflict himself. He told me that in the very spot that we were conversing, a ‘shell’ attack blew his eldest son into unrecognisable bits of flesh a metre from him. Two weeks later, his wife and youngest son disappeared never to be found again. I couldn’t help but be rage filled and desperately strained to keep from crying in front of him. I managed one last string of questioning. ‘Doesn’t it make you mad? Don’t you feel like you want to do something about it?’ He looked at me through his weathered wrinkles with a glint in his eye and the most genuine of smiles and said, ‘I have cried all the tears I could possibly cry. Anger doesn’t solve anything. I just want to spend the rest of my days being kind and help where I can. To me, that’s enough’. Ignorance is one feature never afforded to an IMMIGRANT. We never take for granted the privilege of living in a safe and beautiful community. We will never be able to fathom the kinds of suffering they have endured. These are the calibre of humans we are potentially turning away and imprisoning in Manus and Nauru. And to add insult to injury, we’re about to let them off into a community where their lives will be once again put in harms way. What good is it to live in the most liveable country in the world if we don’t have the decency to open our doors and take in those who are needing our help? Australia is a young country. Our culture is still forming, and those ideologues who are so desperate to preserve the Australian way are intrinsically aware of the futility of their fickle traditions. Identity is transient and evolves with time. That’s the beauty of our cultural melting pot. #bringthemhere - 2 years ago

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An Anaesthetist, a Criminologist, a Psychiatrist, an Art Historian and an Actor have a head on collision with themselves. Enlightenment ensued! ‘You are the sum average of the five closest people in your life, so choose wisely’, they said. I misheard. I chose the wisest. Now I spend my days wondering what the hell they’re going on about. Keeps me humble I guess. #friendswithbenefits

An Anaesthetist, a Criminologist, a Psychiatrist, an Art Historian and an Actor have a head on collision with themselves. Enlightenment ensued! ‘You are the sum average of the five closest people in your life, so choose wisely’, they said. I misheard. I chose the wisest. Now I spend my days wondering what the hell they’re going on about. Keeps me humble I guess. #friendswithbenefits - 2 years ago

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I have a theory. In this commercial world, if companies are the new Kingdoms, it’s bosses the new Kings and the worlds in a patriarchal  mess, then what if we found Queendoms guided by Queens and watch as the tides of change shift the nature of our lands to a more loving, compassionate and forgiving Paradise? Less wars would be fought because Queens are far better bastions of diplomacy than Kings. Meet Shannon. She is one such Queen. She has single handedly built a castle called Retrosweat. She has married performance with exercise. She’ll blast some nostalgic 80’s tracks and has a Jane Fonda like charisma that’ll make you bounce so happy, you’ll forget that you’re working out. She’s normally based in Sydney but Melbourne has her down for the cup weekend doing a ‘My Little Pony’ themed session on the 8th of November. If we celebrate Queens like her, we could start a Retrolution and win the war against misogyny without having to fire a single weapon. But what do I know? I’m just a delusional FOOL having wet dreams of a Divine Feminine Rising. 
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I have a theory. In this commercial world, if companies are the new Kingdoms, it’s bosses the new Kings and the worlds in a patriarchal mess, then what if we found Queendoms guided by Queens and watch as the tides of change shift the nature of our lands to a more loving, compassionate and forgiving Paradise? Less wars would be fought because Queens are far better bastions of diplomacy than Kings. Meet Shannon. She is one such Queen. She has single handedly built a castle called Retrosweat. She has married performance with exercise. She’ll blast some nostalgic 80’s tracks and has a Jane Fonda like charisma that’ll make you bounce so happy, you’ll forget that you’re working out. She’s normally based in Sydney but Melbourne has her down for the cup weekend doing a ‘My Little Pony’ themed session on the 8th of November. If we celebrate Queens like her, we could start a Retrolution and win the war against misogyny without having to fire a single weapon. But what do I know? I’m just a delusional FOOL having wet dreams of a Divine Feminine Rising. Event: https://m.facebook.com/events/588451514879331/ . . . . . . . #divinefemininerising #retrosweat #retro #melbournecup #melbourne #80sfashion #melbournegraffiti #dance #fitness #nofilter - 2 years ago

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Almost eight years ago, that silent voice in my head echoed as a loud siren in the form of anxiety. It had happened to me in the past but this time I simply couldn’t ignore my intuition. Based on a hunch, After ten years a slave, I finally mustered up the courage and walked away from the Corporate world and into the Acting world. My anxiety immediately subsided. Twelve years of education never taught me how to navigate this life by trusting my heart. It hasn’t been easy, in fact it’s been turbulent to say the least. When you pick a passion that isn’t celebrated by conventional societal standards, your ego and your self- worth are constantly at war with each other. Last month we laid to rest a ‘tiny little’ production called ‘Angels in America’. Life has been a little more colourful since I left the office. Okay a lot more. But you try playing a drag queen in the 80’s darling. ‘...Trailing sequence and incense he came into this world, trailing sequence and incense he departed it. And good for him...’

Almost eight years ago, that silent voice in my head echoed as a loud siren in the form of anxiety. It had happened to me in the past but this time I simply couldn’t ignore my intuition. Based on a hunch, After ten years a slave, I finally mustered up the courage and walked away from the Corporate world and into the Acting world. My anxiety immediately subsided. Twelve years of education never taught me how to navigate this life by trusting my heart. It hasn’t been easy, in fact it’s been turbulent to say the least. When you pick a passion that isn’t celebrated by conventional societal standards, your ego and your self- worth are constantly at war with each other. Last month we laid to rest a ‘tiny little’ production called ‘Angels in America’. Life has been a little more colourful since I left the office. Okay a lot more. But you try playing a drag queen in the 80’s darling. ‘...Trailing sequence and incense he came into this world, trailing sequence and incense he departed it. And good for him...’ - 2 years ago

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You may not be in possession of blue eyes, white skin, or blonde hair like Elsa my darling nieces but I guarantee you one thing. Brown is beautiful. As are all the colours of the rainbow. Speaking of rainbow... YES! Obviously.  #voteyes

You may not be in possession of blue eyes, white skin, or blonde hair like Elsa my darling nieces but I guarantee you one thing. Brown is beautiful. As are all the colours of the rainbow. Speaking of rainbow... YES! Obviously. #voteyes - 2 years ago

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Two Angels in Australia playing 'Angels in America' #angelsinamerica #America #fortyfivedownstairs

Two Angels in Australia playing 'Angels in America' #angelsinamerica #America #fortyfivedownstairs - 2 years ago

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Dear men, you know what I learnt yesterday. I learnt that if you want to understand women better, dress up like one and go out into the world. Watch as society reacts and relates to you. From the blatant gawking to the compassionate glances, you recognise the melting of your surroundings and gain perspective through the female gaze. You notice how they are constantly objectified. And all I can say is it has made me more empathetic to their struggle. It may do the same to you. Love you all. #onelove

Dear men, you know what I learnt yesterday. I learnt that if you want to understand women better, dress up like one and go out into the world. Watch as society reacts and relates to you. From the blatant gawking to the compassionate glances, you recognise the melting of your surroundings and gain perspective through the female gaze. You notice how they are constantly objectified. And all I can say is it has made me more empathetic to their struggle. It may do the same to you. Love you all. #onelove - 2 years ago

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Latest psychology paper scientifically proves, Trading war stories with heritage listed friendships over a meal helps alleviate social anxieties. Okay there's no such research on the subject, but consider pizza for entree, baked fish with shiitake mushrooms and roasted cauliflower as a main, and a decadent chocolate tart for dessert. Combine that with almost two decades worth of memories and I guarantee you the only thing you'd be calling a psychologist is to deal with the permanent scars caused by the emotional abuse dished out at the dinner table by those you call your closest comrades. Still, beats playing video games. Love you muppets! #masterchef #preston

Latest psychology paper scientifically proves, Trading war stories with heritage listed friendships over a meal helps alleviate social anxieties. Okay there's no such research on the subject, but consider pizza for entree, baked fish with shiitake mushrooms and roasted cauliflower as a main, and a decadent chocolate tart for dessert. Combine that with almost two decades worth of memories and I guarantee you the only thing you'd be calling a psychologist is to deal with the permanent scars caused by the emotional abuse dished out at the dinner table by those you call your closest comrades. Still, beats playing video games. Love you muppets! #masterchef #preston - 3 years ago

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I'm not saying I'm a surfer. I'm definitely not saying I conquered the ocean. All I'm saying is I got into a seal outfit, and presented myself as a barely floating banquet to the underwater world of #Torquay. And I loved it. #surfing #worldsurfleague

I'm not saying I'm a surfer. I'm definitely not saying I conquered the ocean. All I'm saying is I got into a seal outfit, and presented myself as a barely floating banquet to the underwater world of #Torquay . And I loved it. #surfing #worldsurfleague - 3 years ago

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The holy Ganga in all her furious magnificence #Haridwar #India #beautifuldestinations

The holy Ganga in all her furious magnificence #Haridwar #India #beautifuldestinations - 3 years ago

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Rapping to the DJ's entire set word for word. Check! Hanging out with the most beautiful ladies. Check! Getting kicked out of the club.. Check! Literally rolling on the floor laughing while eating dim sims at 3 am. Check! Yeah, safe to say we still put the rock in roll. We put the ass in class, and put the gentle in men.

Rapping to the DJ's entire set word for word. Check! Hanging out with the most beautiful ladies. Check! Getting kicked out of the club.. Check! Literally rolling on the floor laughing while eating dim sims at 3 am. Check! Yeah, safe to say we still put the rock in roll. We put the ass in class, and put the gentle in men. - 3 years ago

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