"(Roya) is rendering into language—in her own words—an experience that we all are fated to come to terms with. She is using her voice to call out the demon, so to speak, so as to help the rest of us see it. She is embodying what I am talking about that we all need to do – find our unique voice and articulate our experience of Wetiko in our own creative way. " ~ Paul Levy, Author of "Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking The Curse Of Evil"
"Roya (...)'s graphic experiments explore a poetic and intimate way. » I use a lot of flowers and organic materials as the basis for my (...) compositions, but my references have nothing to do with western stereotypes of female imagery," she says. It is related to the concept of divine garden in Islamic culture. I am very influenced by Islamic art and minimalism.»" ~ Libération Paris (read full article here)
My name is Kirsten Roya Azal. I am an Artist and Author and Psychotherapist in training. On this blog I explore Mental Health, Islamic Philosophy, Science and Heritage, Digital and Occult Worlds, Nature, Ecology, Islam and Environmental Protection, Esotericism, Islamic Shamanism, Mysticsm, Sufism and the Healing Arts.
I grew up in Munich, Germany.
I moved to London in my 20s and worked in the arts and in the emerging digital innovation industry. I also lived in New York City for a while where I created “Net Art”. In London I worked for organisations and publications like the New Scientist, the Guardian Online, the Tate Galleries, the Design Museum and others. My life was interrupted by cyberstalking and hacking, and abuse by the UK police and officials whose job would have been to protect me, but who let me (like many other people) down. It is part of the current global corruption crisis. To heal from this abuse I followed my inner healer and went into Sufism, Islam and esoterical Christian teachings to heal my mind, my body, my soul. These ancient teachings gave me mental tools to explain to me what has happened and showed me a way forward and out. In 2012 I returned to Germany. Here I reconnected with my roots and follow my path.
I got to know Sufism and Islam as a holistic, powerful and mind opening religious culture, that has in nothing to do with the travesty that is presented in the media and fed to various lunatics on all sides of the imaginary fences that twist things beyond any recognition.
The story of humanity is a shared story. Sufism and Islamic art and it's ethical, philosophical and mystical heritage is a vast and greatly under-appreciated and unexplored treasure that contains many wonderful inspirations. Islamic culture and it's achievements in advanced mathematics, chemistry and medicine are famous examples of what the human mind can achieve when it engages with things beyond the surfaces of our immediate perception. For me as an artist the art and science of Islam and specifically Sufism is an unlimited source of inspiration and revelation. With my work I try to get beyond our cultural and cognitive surfaces and bring to attention the treasures within Islam and it's artistic, spiritual and aesthetical heritage - it has much to contribute to solve our current global issues and problems.
I create photography, fine art and illustrations, and love to work and exhibit in gardens. I also work on books and other publishing projects on Sufi-Meditation, Protection against Mental Manipulation and Re-Orientation in the confusing digital and political landscapes.