Dear Laura and Friends,
Six years ago, you were reading the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and deeply reflecting on his philosophies. Yesterday I decided to turn on his audio book for the first time (thanks for sharing this with me) while I drove around for my hour of picking the boys up at their different schools. His words are resonating with me today as I reflect on what we have been discussing this last week about our artwork, beauty, and presence. Perhaps you will read his thoughts with new insights. This is from “A New Earth”.
Flowers became an essential part in the evolution of human consciousness. Flowers were most likely the first thing early humans came to value, which had no utilitarian purpose for them. That is to say, they were not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus says to contemplate the flowers and learn how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a sign and sermon once, during which he held up a flower and gazed at it.
Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is the essential part of their own inner most being- their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsic connected to that recognition. Without fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression of form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves.
Flowers more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm; like a bridge between physical forms and the formless. They not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit.
I can’t help but wonder Laura, if Eckhart has influenced your art practice but you have yet to articulate in words. I see it in your paintings and perhaps that is enough, but I think it is important to express these influences in words to those around you so we may all see your genius. I see it and hear it in our long conversations, but I think it is time for you to let others see it too. You are more than color on the canvas. You are speaking about how the purpose of life is to expand happiness. Yep….I said it. Don’t be shy about claiming and exclaiming this. The most profound philosophers and creators of the human race dedicated their life to this concept.
In my next post I will continue my thoughts about what I am learning from Eckhardt. I will write how his ideas explain why we work together so well and the common threads in our work. And I am only on the first few chapters of this book!
Enjoy your holiday weekend with your friends!