Shamanism is a religious practice that involves a practitioner who is believed to interact with a spirit world through altered states of consciousness, such as trance while journeying. Journeying is a way of communicating with spirits to retrieve information, and these spirits are in a constant symbiosis with the seen … (read more)
Shamanism is a religious practice that involves a practitioner who is believed to interact with a spirit world through altered states of consciousness, such as trance while journeying. Journeying is a way of communicating with spirits to retrieve information, and these spirits are in a constant symbiosis with the seen and unseen aspects of reality that you otherwise might not be able to perceive. The goal of this is usually to direct these spiritual energies into the physical world, for healing or another purpose. When interacting with spirits in the different levels of your psyche, it can help you to understand who you are, how to navigate the physical world in the most enjoyable and immersive way, and historically to ensure that your community survives and thrives because of you. Different cultures have different beliefs around how these world(s) are structured, but there is a consistent and recurring theme of the number 3 in spiritual cosmology.
This piece of art displays the three worlds of the shamanic journey through 3 floors of a building: The Lower World, the Middle World, and the Upper World. The Lower World is widely seen to be within the earth. To get to this world you would position yourself to be in a deliberate transition to non-ordinary reality, such as getting into a hole in the ground or sitting at the trunk of a tree. The Lower World is a very earthy place meant for healing, and usually involves connection to beings called "power animals". In this art piece, the cube is representative of an object that’s alive, floating and familiar to us. It’s so fundamental to the building blocks of our universe that you can look at almost any object and find a cube within it. The golden plates on the side of the building are windows, but also floating to show that the perspective of the light being is within the journey and outside of ordinary reality.
The Upper World is the opposite; the way to get to this place is usually by a ladder, rope, or anything that allows you to go up. In this piece, one of the main objects is a ladder that transitions between all 3 worlds that make sense to people. On the 3rd level of this building, the light orb is a symbol of enlightenment and hope. It is above the reflective cube in the artwork because to the light being (reminiscent to a piece of art I previously did called "The Shadow"), enlightenment as an idea is of the higher self and involves the "bigger picture". The things that you interact with in the upper world are much more cosmic and abstract. This could be angelic energies, geometry or even just color. The reason to visit the Upper World is to gain a more presbyopic perspective, such as asking what life is all about.
The Middle World contains everything that we know about our reality system, and you are able to travel anywhere and at any place in time, this is often seen as astral projection. In theoretical physics, this place is often seen as the 4th dimension where time is a physical axis of space. The light being is in the Middle World because it’s closest to what we as humans can comprehend. We are almost living in this world with a slight energy shift. When entering into this realm, you can interact with the energies and spirits of objects, people, plants, relationships, and the list goes on, at any era in time.
Some good songs that pair well with this piece of art are "Galactic Girl" by Man of No Ego and "Listen, Dream" by Boreta + Superposition. For best emotional immersion, look at this piece while listening to those songs.
- 4000 x 5000 px, PNG (10.8 MB)
- This is a signed and limited edition digital creation.
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