A quote from Dr Pang Ming what appealed to me:
"People should understand that everything in the world is empty and all struggle is delusion, the body is an illusion, good fortune and disaster are nothing, life and death are a dream. If people can understand this all attachments of the heart will be released and the heart will naturally become pure and peaceful, disease will heal naturally."
According to him the essence of healing is to help clear away worries, doubts, delusions, conflicts with others to bring their hearts at peace and build confidence and determination that illnesses can be conquered.
The emptiness as essence of all what is, as the natural state and essence of who we are. My latest studies finally stop my quest to search for a simple life in nature. Even the emptiness of our materialistic society seems to be able to just reflect nature in her stillness and purity and spaciousness of infinite emptiness.
In painting that still keeps me in an ever soft and gently moving world with hardly any clear forms. I did work on another canvas today 70 x 70 only black earth in egg tempera. I love returning to those natural pigments and ancient pating methods.
Oil on canvas 24 x 30 cm.
Again the black and green is appealing to me. And the movement the lines. Somehow I do feel drawn to draw endless layers of fine lines creating spatial structures, like tissues. I do feel I have to quietly continue and let it grow, whithout too much interference from my side, whithout wishing or wanting.
Looking at the environment, the textures keep attracting my attention in thier spaciousness.
The weathering of objects inluenced by mankind, or just the patterns of pure nature. There is a kind of signature in those patterns which I understand as a code, showing the vibration where everything originates from and where it ends as well.
After the British Museum the National Gallery in London. It was great to see many of the works you find in overviews of art history for real. The striking skills of observation, the mastery of movement, the subtle, tender precision. The use of materails. I saw a lot of paintings in egg tempera sometimes mixed with oilpaint. It did teach me a lot.
The first portret from Rembrand shows a striking familiarity with some of my ancestors. It was shocking to recognise that, bringing them suddenly in another perspective.
A visit to the British Museum in London brought me new inspiration. I share some impressions which touched me somehow. The first are painting materials used by the Egyptians. I love to see that, it feels related.
I love to walk from one culture into another, all feel familiar somehow altought the language of their forms and expressions is very different.
It also made me reflect again on time and worlds history.
Agriculture started more or less 12.000 years ago and over several thousands of years it spread all over the world. When people started to do agriculture they stayed on a fixed location, the concept of owning the land you work on was introduced as well as fights over harvest and land and women. Social sturcutures were developped and from around 5000 years ago cities were growing and that brought all our known old culture heritages whether in Egypt, Summeria, Babylon, in China, or in India or in the less known South America, the stories of the Bible were developed, the Veda's were written down, the Taoist philosophy developped. It is all not very far apart in time. From the very long time before that outburst of culture we know very little.
And the great majority of the artworks from those cultures are inspired by religious beliefs, or honouring the dead which was also surrounded with beliefs. Even in the rather sterile museum environment the artworks still radiate a bit of their magical power.
My latest studies helped me understand that everything can become magical when we focus our attention and emotion on it. With emotion and attention you can create and destroy almost everything, artwork, good health or bad health, buildings, social change, empires or the desturction of empires. Thoughts and beliefs give a focus for the powerful energy of our emotions and attention.
Power is the capacity to keep a focus.