consciousness, contemplation and creativity

The artist has to re-present our world of conceptualised objects, separated and extended in space and time, as it really is. He has to reinterpret our model of reality in line with direct experience and to convey this ‘taste of eternity’. We could call this twofold activity contemplation and creativity. Contemplation is the passive aspect; creativity is the dynamic aspect. These are two inseparable aspects of consciousness.


I reasoned that if these two elements – the presence of an object in itself and the consciousness to which it appears – are essential ingredients of every object, there must be a relationship between them. So I began to explore the relationship between consciousness and its object, between that which sees, hears, feels and thinks and that which is seen, heard, felt and thought about. I reasoned that if there is a distinction between the two, there must be some perceivable interface or border between them. I looked for such a border between the subject and its object, but could not find one.

– Rupert Spira

rupert spira at the artisans’ gallery

nature’s eternity

Cézanne and Nature’s Eternity

Rupert Spira‘s excellent essay on Paul Cézanne, Nature’s Eternity is one of a collection of essays in his book The Transparency of Things – highly recommended reading for anyone interested in nondual awareness and its deepest implications.


Paul Cezanne: Mont St. Victoire


Paul Cézanne said, “Everything vanishes, falls apart, doesn’t it? Nature is always the same but nothing in her that appears to us lasts. Our art must render the thrill of her permanence, along with her elements, the appearance of all her changes. It must give us a taste of her Eternity.”

That statement must be one of the clearest and most profound expressions of the nature and purpose of art in our era.

What did Cézanne mean, standing in front of a mountain, Mont St. Victoire, one of the most solid and enduring structures in nature, when he said, “Everything vanishes, falls apart…?”

Cézanne was referring to the act of seeing.

We do not perceive a world outside Consciousness. The world is our perception of the world. There is no evidence that there is a world outside the perception of it, outside Consciousness.

The seen cannot be separated from seeing and seeing cannot be separated from Consciousness.

– Rupert Spira, Nature’s Eternity

 The Transparency of Things.

Read the whole essay HERE

nature’s eternity

rupert spira at the artisans’ gallery