Latex and Oil Paint on Board, 24″ × 48″
On exhibit summer 2013 at the Life Force Arts Center in Chicago, IL, USA
Meditation quiets our distractions. Focusing on the rhythm of one’s breath and a sound or visual ‘anchor” can help to calm one’s mind. Clearing the mind of mental clutter and distractions, mindfulness offers greater spiritual connection to the earth and higher powers. Spirit Mountain is an abstract expressionist painting; impressions of nature to inspire a meditative trance.
The master speaks but once
The mountain theme is inspired by the spiritual wisdom of the I Ching, or Book of Changes. Dating back to the 8th Century BC, the I Ching is aligned more to the modern perspective of the physicist than to traditional religious doctrine. In it, flowing energy and natural elements represent the constant flow of circumstances, realigning continuously in moments of unique context, place and time. As Carl Jung wrote in the forward to the 1924 German translation, “The I Ching does not offer itself with proofs and results. It does not vaunt itself, nor is it easy to approach. Like a part of nature, it waits until it is discovered.”
Four icons are stamped in Spirit Mountain to encourage a particular mindfulness of Energy, Creativity, Devotion and Change. In the upper left is the hexagram for Ch’ien, The Creative – or Heaven. All of time is represented in this archetype of ever changing Power, or Energy. In the lower left is the hexagram for K’un, The Receptive – or Devotion. Fully complimentary, the two forces of The Creative and The Receptive are dependent upon and activated by one another. The Receptive is the quality of spatial reality and exists in tandem with the infinite spiritual potentiality of the Creative.
Chinese symbols for Change and Creativity appear lower left and lower right. Like the I Ching archetypes, these qualities in the painting will reveal a relevant new alignment within the context of a daily meditation — changing constantly like cloud or a wave.