When we look at the world is as though we look through different windows. The practise of Dhamma is to make these windows complete and proper - calm, clear and kind. Then, if we see clearly, there is no reason to think about the world any more. Furthermore we see that by adjusting our eyes we are changing our perception and we, indirectly, become the master of the mind. We create a peaceful, humble world the truth of which is universal and beyond time and space. It is as if the mind becomes time itself.
An inspiring spiritual aesthetic suitably provides a stepping stone out of sensuality.
Through art, like through the fairy tale, we either distort reality or free the mind from material reality, showing a parallel mental reality. Art can be a representation of the world or a mirror that points us back inside.
Then the intention is not to make the human abstract but to make the abstract human, not to fall under the spell of an ideal but make the ideal ordinary, adding beauty to the natural world, rooting the vertical dimension.
We are looking for the point of intersection between the timeless and time, between space and form. The abstract is like giving form to space. The abstract can be trained to run parallel to the natural, material world – this is the taming, the softening of ideas. The perfect image can be too mental, imperfection is better, more human.
I offer this for your reflection
marked in charcoal by the itinerant soul daubed in a dash in chalky white ash
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