After a life-changing event I call “Falling into the All and Nothing,” everything changed. This event transformed my ordinary way of knowing and being. An extended reality was introduced that altered and expanded all my senses and knowing. I had become Everything and Nothing at once. This expanded Being has stayed with me, never to return again to the ordinary. I do not think of this transformation as spiritual because there is no way to place it in a category. It was a movement of the whole Being into a greater reality. I see the event simply as an expansion of the natural self into greater evolutionary potential and experience.
Many years after the occurrence, I read Ken Wilber’s Book “The Atman Project.” I could barely contain my excitement as I wrote to him with my thoughts: “Realizing the Absolute is not the final goal for human growth. It is just another step in human growth. Do you agree?” I sent him photos of the Archetype paintings hoping he would see, through my art, what I meant. His return letter and comments were prompt and unwavering: “Realizing the Absolute is not the end.” I marveled at how Ken was taking apart the Kosmos piece by piece and arranging it in a verbal order that could be understood by everyone. I only perceived Kosmos Whole and At Once; too simple and complex to paint, and here was someone actually describing it in words. Yes, the transformation (call it realizing the Absolute or the All and Nothing) is the beginning of an even greater human progression and drama I call “Conscious Brightness.”
I have followed Ken’s writings over the years and am grateful for his work and for his courage. I believe Integral Theory is a powerful evolutionary tool that provides an opportunity to move in a balanced and whole way toward our highest evolutionary potential.
All the art I make and the projects I do are informed by the natural emergence of Conscious Brightness. The focus with my art is to trigger a resonance within the viewer that will bring forth, in some manner, a conscious recognition of That which is before and after all things.