Meditation on Stones, A Body.
I once tried to force a Japanese brush to paint the way I wanted: in perfect controlled lines. And the brush told me: “Allow me to flow and I’ll reward you. Do not try to control my own spirit, my own nature, my own purpose. Rather, take me, and free me, by freeing yourself, because there’s no space I can not go and there’s no time I can not control”.
Following a moment of deeper meditation, without concept of time or space, I visualized a stone. I listened to it and felt the stone and its shape and how the wind and the sea shaped it to its actual form. A pebble, it’s called. A pebble I borrowed from the ocean. I visualised this stone while in meditation. I saw it getting its shape. I felt the ocean and the sand and the wind and the sun and how the moons lighted it over and over. How that pebble conquered its own spirit. I emptied myself to feel it. I became the wind, the sea, the sun, the sand and the moon. And the moment I turned into a Japanese brush, I stood up.
I took the stones and placed them where they wanted to be, allowing my hands to be guided by them. The human body lies down between them: sand amongst the stones. Lighted by the sun as it sets, – I, as brush, wet myself then with Indian ink being a river. And in meditation state I allowed myself to connect the elements: Earth, Fire, Air and Water.
From this meditation’s performance came a series of photographs:
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“I, Energy” is a book on Cosmic Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Old Shamanism written by Gonzalo Bénard who not only lived in Himalayas with shamans and in a Buddhist monastery but also in the Western Sahara with old shamans. A guide on healing and transcendental meditation and how you can master your own mind.
Gonzalo Bénard is a lecturer, a tutor of autistic teenagers, and a visual artist. His photography has been part of the annual programs of several universities around the world, and are in several private and public art collections such as Museum of Serralves, Cultural Centre of Cascais or Sir Elton John’s. His works are in Hollywood productions and TV series.
You can see his work of photography at his webpage.