We have been given the supreme gift of being able to see Beyond all the negativities, difficulties and stresses of life to abstract the good, the Belovedness, the Numinous, the Beauty in everything.
To me the real purpose of photography, and all art, is to assist in this and it is something that everyone can do. Each of us has qualities that can be used for the expression of a manifestation of good. It is not reserved for the great artist. It is for everybody, each in his own special way.
To pass an aesthetic judgment is to ask, “How much of this photograph is a therapeutic abstraction—a communication of love?” With such a criterion, how much of modern music, art, photography, film, and television is a communication of love designed to raise our Life Energy? And how much of it is just an expression of the ego and the ego desires of the artist? There is a level in the appreciation of all art forms which transcends any of the physical qualities of the creation. It also transcends the imagery, the program, and what we may call the message of the art.
It is really being in touch with the essence of the Numinous, of Belovedness, which is in every creation and in every one of us. And at this level, when we feel the very life, the soul, the absolute essence of the artist we are really in touch with the inner pulse, the true nature of the creation.
For years, at the close of my meditation I ask for help to heal everyone who
hears me, or wants to hear me,
reads me, or wants to read me,
sees me, or wants to see me,
in order to be healed through me.
I’ve always thought of the “sees” as applying to those sufferers who consult me. But it also is meant for those who see, or want to see, my paintings and photographs as a form of healing through me to them.
Every day in my meditation I invoke all the spirit guides who have made themselves known to me through a gifted psychic medium I have studied with for some twenty years in several hundred sessions. And then I turn to the Guide of the guides for Whom I have many names: the Force, the Mystery, the Great Spirit, the Mother of All. And I posit this suggestion: “May I be a clear channel for Your healing.” And, hopefully in this spirit, I photograph.
Photography, if so intended, can help us in our life-long labor. Every photograph can be an action meditation—Beauty, Blessedness, Belovedness.
Through the viewfinder—and Beyond.