"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." --Dorothea Lange The artist and the photographer are in the habit of noticing, in detail, their environment. They observe with intent. They remember details and record them. The colours, shapes, textures, compositions--they notice the contrasts of light and shade and the infinite number of colours and combinations of colours. When these colours and combinations are 'just so' they trigger a blissful response in the brain chemistry. I can remember being very moved by the colours in my Mother's silk scarves and the jumpers she knitted--beautiful earthy tones to sooth the savage beast.. Its all too beautiful--the plain grey background showing off a flashy feature, an autumn leaf, the feel of a thing, the happy sky above.. Because of this practiced observation the artist's perception becomes refined and, with the addition of TM to their tool-kit, perception becomes more celestial. They fall in love with the delights nature offers up and they want to re-create them in order to own them, immortalise them, and share them. They pour all their attention, in the form of love and joy, into their re-production-- and this love, once it goes into the work, stays there forever--it is locked away. Their fascination with that little law of nature, once recorded on canvas or film, fades somewhat, and they move on to other loves. They keep painting picture after picture--one fancy after another. Its a trip. Nevertheless yesterday's painting remains as full as it was in the freshness of the artist's conception and is always ready to welcome new eyes to appreciate it--that same love that went into it initially now inspires and uplifts whoever sees it (to the extent that it can--it enlivens that level from whence it came). Thus the artist practices and, in the natural tendency of more and more, his standards rise and reflect more of the divinity he wants to express. He pictures reality, makes a little imitation of reality and reminds us of the subtleties of life--it is the lie that tells the truth. He is packaging God and making it available to others. All he has done is to draw attention to something he has noticed--he has framed it, published it, and says, 'this is to be looked at'. A guitarist makes music out of noise and brings harmony and joy to others. A wordsmith writes to entertain and to educate. Parents raise children on a diet of love and affection and these divine qualities multiply and expand generation after generation. Whatever we do in life it is therefore necessary to first contact the home of unbounded love and bliss so that we have it to give in the first place. The artist can only express what is inside--if he tries to fake it, makes something beautiful when he is not feeling beautiful, it does not ring true. Some intangible X-factor is missing. The artist is saying, by his many works, 'God is here', 'God is there', and 'God is also there'. God is everywhere if you look well. So his is a life of celebration of the highest order. We can all get high doing things we love. The Vedic artist is a yogi first and an artist second--therefore he seeks God twenty four hours a day. He sees a tree with a regard for its aesthetic beauty. When he looks at the old oak tree he transcends and worships it. He then paints it in such a way that others can see what he has seen--he creates some sublime feeling of awe and grace to fulfil his purpose. When a carpenter or a wood merchant sees the same tree he looks at it in a different way according to his calling. A hungry man is looking for fruit, another man wants shelter from the elements--we see it differently. We can see it in any way we want. Jai Guru Dev Richard Barnes Australia https://richardbarnesart.wordpress.com
The David Lynch Foundation and its Abramson Center for Peace along with Maharishi University of Management hosted this past weekend the inaugural ChangeMakers: Disruptors Transforming the World for Good conference.
David Lynch headlined this two-day event along with international humanitarian and visionary Father Gabriel Mejia. Featuring a panel of distinguished guest speakers, the conference explored what it takes to be a Changemaker in the world. I was happy to help moderate the discussions.
Tune in to watch a replay of the ChangeMakers conference on YouTube at any time beginning Tuesday, April 10th: https://www.youtube.com/user/MaharishiUniversity
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‘You are born to be the ruler of the universe—you have only to learn Transcendental Meditation and practice to have the Constitution of the Universe in your simple awareness. If you do not have it in your awareness, then you do not have it. You may be very wealthy, but if the wealth is not in your awareness, you will always remain poor in the market. In reality you may be very wealthy, but if you do not have awareness of your wealth, you will always behave like a poor man.
‘The reality of life is very precious: you are immortal, you are invincible, you are Transcendental Consciousness. Just a few sittings of Transcendental Meditation will reveal to you what a wealth of bliss, what a wealth of happiness, what a wealth of Being you are. So, begin to live your inner reality and that is invincibility, that is immortality, that is human life. The human species, the consciousness and the intelligence of the human species, has that natural quality of immortality, invincibility.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 18 April 2007 Press Conference Highlights
L.A. Unified is piloting an effort to teach self-care techniques to students, helping them identify and de-escalate tension so they can focus on academic success. Through a grant from the California Endowment, funded by the David Lynch Foundation, students and staff at Gage Middle School are practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) for 10 minutes every morning and afternoon. Gage Principal Cesar Quezada built support within his school community to bring TM to students.
“This is part of a wellness effort to support schools in communities impacted by social and economic issues,” said Escudero, adding that TM is not a religion or philosophy. “We know that trauma is prevalent in these communities that affects families and children. By teaching students how to become calm and well-regulated and resilient in the face of adversity, they can be ready to learn.”
Sarah Hiner, President and CEO of Bottom Line Inc., is passionate about giving people the tools and knowledge they need to control their lives in areas such as women’s health, the challenges of the healthcare system, commonsense financial advise, and family life. Read about Sarah’s journey in learning and practicing the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation technique to help feel more refreshed and energized.
“I am fascinated watching the thoughts and images float through my mind. It’s like dreaming, but I am awake.”
Read the full article HERE: https://bottomlineinc.com/blogs/common-threads/my-journey-into-meditation
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