If, in any painting or photograph, a person is depicted as very small within a wide space of nature, there is a possibility that the viewer will recognize that small form as one’s self and that this self is not separate from the vast space.
That is to say, such a picture may inspire the realization that one is the vast space itself.
When it is recognized that the vast space contains the form and that one is both the vast space and the form — at the same time — this is a realization of nonduality.
– Jerry Katz
Reblogged from Jerry Katz’s treasure trove of nondual expression:
Jerry, whose contributions to this site go back to its launch in 2007, has agreed to pen a guest post in the near future. This is something to look forward to!
In the meantime, have a look at these pages:
what is this nonduality?
a parade of nondual perspectives
Whangarei, Aotearoa-New Zealand
No Beginning No End Of Beginning (detail)
6 panels, each 92 x 61 cm, PVC and Acrylic on canvas
The studio is the place where there are few rules and so my practice is based on the question ‘what will happen if’’? Trying to pin down the opposites of figure and ground is fraught with the frustration of trying to solve a nonsensical problem, however, I have discovered that the language of paint is such a subtle and magical thing that it is able to speak for me. The energy I bring to the painting studio is transmuted into the work itself and becomes the life of the paint. Each time I lay down a colour, spread and mingle different tones, explore the effects of texture and make decisions about presentation, I am becoming the paint itself and it becomes my voice. There develops an awareness that the paint, the painting and the painted merge into one and the sense of separateness dissolves. The clear PVC sheet becomes a membrane, a thinly spread division between the temporal and spiritual, which then dissolves because it too, is empty.
– Barbara O’Sullivan
Continue reading at Barbara’s page in the artisans’ gallery
Source: Extracts from Painting the Paradox of Emptiness – Barbara O’Sullivan’s dissertation for her Master of Fine Arts Degree. This document can be downloaded from the artist’s website, and is highly recommended.
Images and text © copyright Barbara O’Sullivan
It is [the] flash of realization of not-two-ness, that is both the centre and the endpoint of our human experience.
In every seed of every weed, in the knee-joint of a dead wasp’s leg, the structure of the Whole of Reality is laid bare for those who have eyes to see.
Our brain filters out the overwhelming poignancy of this Structure of Reality, of the Divine, as it manifests in all that is.
The eye, however, when it awakens, sees all things as “unseparated” from itself, to speak with Eckhart*.
– Frederick Franck
The Awakened Eye
* Meister Eckhart: The eye with which I see God is the eye with which God sees me.
Photograph: Laurent Schwebel
Frederick Franck at the artisans’ gallery
seeing/drawing as meditation
the Face of faces
the 10 commandments
(Frederick Franck’s guidelines for the creative life)
Perception underpins all human behavior and helps interpret sensory information to make sense from the senseless. The brain, to create meaning where there is possibly none, processes perception from the unperceived and thought from the unthinkable. The process of perception is in fact one of creation. What we perceive is not what is out there or within. There is no inherent value in the incredibly complex patterns of light that fall onto our eyes, and yet we see coherent forms and motions that enable us to survive. Exploring the nature of perception can help us glimpse life beyond experiencer and experience, perceiver and perception.
– Science and Nonduality website
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SAND13 EU – “The Science and Mystery of Perception”
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Instead of saying, ‘An observer looks at an object’, we can more appropriately say, ‘Observation is going on, in an undivided movement involving those abstractions customarily called “the human being” and “the object he is looking at”.
– David Bohm
The observer is the observed.
– J Krishnamurti
There is no separate, inside self and no separate outside object, other or world. Rather, there is one seamless, intimate totality, always changing when viewed from the perspective of objects, never changing when viewed from the perspective of the totality.
– Rupert Spira
There is no observer.
Experience is self-knowing.
Awareness is not observing experience.
Experience is awareness.
Perceptions are awareness.
They are not happening to someone.
The happening is its own knowing of itself.
Everything is this Knowing.
To the mind it seems there is an observer or receiver of experience.
Everything self-liberates into itself.
– Jackson Peterson
Image: Dennis Cordell
dennis cordell at the artisans’ gallery
the subject is the echo of its creator