Final Set Up
The aim is to clear your mind into a state of nothingness. Meditation. By this, you will achieve a sense of everythingness. Spiritual enlightenment.
As we come around with wheat eye pillows, become aware of your breath. The lavender spray will engage your senses and relieve tension throughout the mind and body. Be in the present moment, notice all sounds around you, notice how you are feeling this afternoon, feel the pressure points of your body pressing into the earth, if there are any places holding tension in the body gently release and let them go, now draw your attention to your inner self and mind.
Now find your focus, begin to empty your mind, concentrate on your breathing.
Let every thought run out of your mind on each exhale. Through the nose, deepen your inhale, exhale, continue to draw your breath down through your toes, your fingertips, don’t let your mind wander.
Slowly draw you arms overhead if you feel like a stretch, gently roll over to one side, let the eye pillow just fall off to the side, and slowly push yourself up into a comfortable seated position, do you notice a clearer mind? This negative space is not to symbolise an empty chasm of nothingness, but a deep and meaningful open space that holds the capacity for everythingness.
What you have just experienced is a brief meditational journey, emptying the mind into a state of nothingness via meditation, to essentially achieve a spiritually enlightened sense of everythingness. By this, we are exploring the capability for nothingness to essentially lead to an everythingness.
*Overall, experimenting with format, the ‘void’ technique allows us to question what nothingness truly is. In a spiritual sense, the emotional journey of nothingness allows one to achieve an enlightenment sense of everythingness.
Visual representation: 3rd Stage of Spiritual Enlightenment
As you enter the third and final stage of spiritual enlightenment, you no longer feel connected to everything but realise you are everything. You feel a direct experience of oneness and the sensation of wholeness, as you are not separate from anything in the universe.
In contemporary society, technology is everything, and the visual process of the Photoshop collage emphasises this. The background street map, as well as the human eye symbolises a window to the human mind and soul against the surrounding warped map of the Internet represents the paradox between the virtual mind of our digital age and the physical journey of spiritual enlightenment. This contrast is also expressed through colour, with the blue shade against the black and white palette releasing the emotional calmness of meditation. The montage of the spiritual symbol Om – embodies anything that represents the divine to you. Holding Ubikcan qualities, the symbol undermines any clear sense of reality vs. non-reality, representing a higher power and its connection to each of us. The compilation of the computer-generated text is an example of the appropriation, re-contextualisation and uncreativity, as a prominent example of contemporary conceptual process.
Landscape artist and architect Scott Hazard uses carefully layered photographs to create delicately torn concentric shapes symbolising plumes of smoke, clouds and mysterious portals in walls.
- Adopting the ‘void’ technique: not to symbolise an empty chasm of nothingness, but a deep and meaningful open space (that holds the capacity for everythingness)
Berndnaut Smilde - Brings the Weather Indoors with his Temporary Nimbus Clouds
- Re-visiting the form of a hanging installation for this assessment
Artforum Magazines Carved into Dripping Waves of Colour
San Francisco-based artist Francesca Pastine created beautiful, dripping topographies from the colourful pages.
Pastine cut each magazine layer by layer with an X-acto blade to reveal narrow bands of the pages within, interacting directly with art printed on the covers to create new hybrid artwork she refers to as “unsolicited collaborations”.
Making wheat bags for our presentation:
Perfect for sore and tired muscles and joints, to soothe all your aches and pains, with a lavender scent to help relieve tension.
In our poster we will utilise the symbol of the VOID
a completely empty space."the black void of space"synonyms:gap, empty space, space, blank space, blank, vacuum, lacuna, hole,cavity, chasm, abyss, gulf, pit, hiatusHOWEVER - OUR VOIDS WILL NOT REPRESENT AN INFINITELY EMPTY ABYSS, BUT A DEEP AND MEANINGFUL OPEN SPACE
The 3 Stages of Spiritual Enlightenment - The Journey from Nothingness to Everythingness
The first stage of spiritual enlightenment
At the very first level of enlightenment, the individual starts experiencing reality as it is. It means that your mind ceases to interfere with what you are experiencing. We are engaged in continuous talk, gossip, analysing the environment around us, planning about future, or worrying about the past. When you are in a state of spiritual enlightenment you are completely in the present moment. You stop judging and labelling the world. Your mind is calm, quite and still. You are very awake, and aware of the current moment right now.
The second stage of spiritual enlightenment
At the second stage of enlightenment, you feel apart of yourself in everything around you. You feel a connection with every object and individual in the world. The borders between yourself and the world around you dissipate. Your soul begins to merge with Supreme Soul. You feel that you are not individual anymore and not separate from anything. You feel that you are in everything and everything is just a part of the Supreme Soul from where you also have emerged. Many people describe this feelings of completeness and love.
The third stage of spiritual enlightenment
The third stage of enlightenment, you no longer feel connected to everything but realise you are everything. You the experience the oneness of God and are not separate from anything in the universe. This stage of enlightenment is a direct experience of oneness.
Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realise some benefit or as an end in itself.
Meditation symbolising a state of nothingness that can lead to a fulfilment of everythingness i.e. spiritual enlightenment - emptying your mind to promote relaxation, build an internal energy and life-force, as well as an indestructible sense of well-being.