My name is Kirsten Roya Azal. I am an Artist and Author, based in Berlin, Germany. Mental Health, Islamic Philosophy, Science and Heritage, Digital and Occult Worlds, Nature, Esotericism, Islamic Shamanism, Mysticsm, Sufism and the Healing Arts are my themes. But most of all - the struggle against authoritarianism and abuse.
I 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.
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”. I worked for organisations like 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 crisis. I came ouf of this abuse with a post-traumatic stress disorder and had - especially while I was still in the UK - no access to any therapy. So I followed my inner healer and went into Sufism, Islam and Christian teachings to heal my mind, my body, my soul. Islamic 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.
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, work in gardens. I also work on books and other publishing projects. I also offer Courses, Coaching and Classes on Sufi-Mediation, Protection against Mental Manipulation and Re-Orientation in the confusing digital and political landscapes.