GATE Imaginal Awards

GUIDELINES TO APPLY FOR THE “GATE IMAGINAL AWARDS” COMING SOON. (Yes, we know what the newsletter says. Our apologies for that. We’ll get the Guidelines up here very soon. Promise. In the meantime, please read below to learn more about the GATE Imaginal Awards)



Imaginal means “of or relating to an image.”  Also, an imaginal cell is the unique biological entity that appears in a cocoon after the caterpillar disappears, and before the butterfly exists; it is the mysterious material that becomes the butterfly.  And we extend our definition to include “of or relating to the imagination.”  Clearly, all creative works are products of the artist’s imagination, and have a visual image associated with them. Thus, the GATE Imaginal Awards.

The GATE Imaginal Awards is the first competition, similar to the Oscars®, Grammys®, and Emmys®, honoring the best works in the transformational entertainment, media and arts field.

Every property awarded the GATE Seal will automatically be entered in the competition.  All Imaginal Awards entries will be categorized.  GATE judges will narrow the entries in each category, then the professional membership of GATE will vote to determine the winners. The Imaginal Award will be given to the work judged Best in each category.

Works created, commercially released, and submitted to GATE between October 15, 2011 and October 15, 2012 will be eligible for the first Imaginal Awards.  Award winners will be honored at a celebratory dinner and ceremony each year in February, during the entertainment awards season, officially beginning in 2013.  However, an initial four or five awards will be presented at GATE 2 on February 4, 2012.

A distinguished European ceramist, Rupert Spira, was commissioned to design the Imaginal Award.   The award will feature the following poem by the artist –

The Unknowable Reality of Things

I take my pen

from its sheath

and offer

its sharp linear blackness


to this open expanse

of empty white

and give the world


to find itself


inviting it

to unravel

the lineaments

of hills and fields

of rivers and seas

and skies and minds


to wrap

in abstract gestures

the shape

of silent things

that cannot be told


to weave

its searching thread

on the page

like a trail of smoke

in an empty sky


to trace the residue

of its waiting

making known

the unknowable

reality of things

with its fading line


to invite

the shapelessness

of things

to take shape

and to make

a vessel

from which to taste itself


and as I turn the page

the world


closes its eyes

and untangles

the woven fabric

of its dreaming


giving itself back

in silence

to the bright empty


reality of things



Rupert Spira

From an early age, Rupert Spira was intensely interested in the nature of reality. At the age of 17, he started studying and practicing the teachings of the classical Advaita tradition, which he continued for the next for twenty years. During this time, he immersed himself in the teachings of P. D. Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1997. Francis introduced Rupert to the teachings of Jean Klein and Atmanada Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.

He lives in UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and USA.