The Eyeland of Exoticia is not a physical place. There is no beach with white sand and warm sun that will wash away the worries of your work-a-day world. It is a place of introspection. A place of self-examination that begets growth and creation.What began as a way to “box” a manner of expression, to define and label, became a journey and then eventually a place.
As early as 1992 ExoticiaPOST printed and distributed stamps. The earliest stamps were both a means of communication to an outside world and a means of exploring a sensuality within. The issues addressed themes of love, sexuality, beauty and femininity.
Sheba was the postmistress, the explorer and the lover in this land of creation. Her birth name translated by some to mean “The Goddess of the Moon.” She took this to heart and incorporated it into the world that was becoming Exoticia. The moon was venerated and Sheba was the goddess of the night. More than one stamp issue celebrated this connection to a spirituality that she was seeking.
Eventually, the POST was not big enough to hold the dreams of the postmistress. A land was growing in her mind. The post name came from a desire to be exotic, like the elegant plumes of a peacock. From the need to be seen. But what was exotic? Like beauty, it is in the eye of the beholder. So behold, the Eyeland was unearthed with in the heart of the post. And it was good.
The first known event in the Eyeland was a failure. Plans originally started by “The Committee of Virtues” were never completed. To this day the event is still trying to get its feet off the ground. It seems the Eyeland was corrupted, blackness filled so many parts after years of existence in a dark world only lit by the fickle moon. But it was known by the postmistress to be good and light under the layers of doom and gloom. It’s spirit must be reawakened. So “The Committee of Virtues” belabors day and night and day to bring back the justice, the hope, the fortitude, the temperance, the chastity, the love and the faith.
Can you or even should you visit the Eyeland of Exoticia? Passports for entry are regularly distributed through the Passport Office. Tourist season does not exist as the Eyeland has yet to become a popular vacation spot. A few modes of travel are recommended to make your way. Prayer, meditation, spending time in nature, creating art and playing like a child are ways to reach the inner sanctum of the Eyeland. But it will be a local found only once and only by the seeker. It is rare to run into another visitor. To experience the parts of the Eyeland already discovered by the postmistress, you need only look at the stamps and mail art that has traveled out of the Eyeland. Visit often, but remember “The Committee of Virtues” is working hard to make the Eyeland a brighter and more beautiful place,
so please take your darkness with you when you leave.
The future of the Eyeland is currently unknown. It will most likely always exist in some form or another. The postmistress will likely find events and people to commorate and celebrate throughout the years. The “box” of a postage stamp will remain a favorite for putting boundaries on our vast world. And the Eyeland will remain a special place to return, to laugh, to cry and to sing.