It is no mystery that our modern society only uses ten percent of the human brain’s capacity. It still amazes me, knowing all that civilized humans have accomplished—flight, space-travel, wireless communication, organ transplants, cloning, powerful weapons, population control, robotics and sophisticated machines. And it is not a mystery that meditators stretch this ten percent of the brain’s capacity.
Meditation and spiritual awakening go hand in hand; however, we need to understand that the state of meditation occurs not only when we sit in certain postures, use breath and recite mantras. It can occur during any activity. With eyes open, nonverbal activities encourage an active meditative state. To get into this state we need a bridge between linear logic and the organic state of our being. This bridge is art. It is not possible to say that art can be taught; because, it is an expression that is spontaneous and unique to the individual. It seeks no outcome; however, it can be facilitated, inspired and induced through many avenues.
Art is a Prayer
This particular journey of giving our self over to true intelligence that guides our life is not easy. It demands a lot from us, such as the gentleness to be the director. It gives no room for anything that makes sense. It gives no room for any connections, any relationship to the past or any projection of the outcome. It brings forward a fearless perception and an expression. It brings forward your intelligence and meditation. In the moment of creating art, you also have the challenge of forgetting everything and everybody, of dropping any muse or any desire to express something. Your lines need to be innocent. Your colours, your music or whatever medium you are using then start speaking to you. They start absorbing you, taking you and possessing you. You become so totally them that you understand in a non-understandable way that they have been rescuing you with lightness, humor, playfulness and sacredness.
Art is a Simple Union
Your union becomes simple. Your union becomes subtle and it is this awareness that can be transferred to a standstill quality for the rest of your life. The challenge is to destroy your accustomed reality.
Our perception is built through the stimulus of the senses and our modern society overloads these senses. If you just go shopping, your senses are invaded with colours, perfumes, music and aggressive lights to a point that these senses become saturated, dull and lethargic. In this state, our perception is not able to reflect our inner landscape or to tap into a restful and quiet space that can reflect a fresh inner reality. Meditation, silence, time alone and contemplation on natural objects can evoke and clean the saturation of the senses. This understanding is necessary in order to see the true nature of inner and outer things.