Tag Archive: A. H. Almaas

Two Hearts becoming One

This painting evolved while I was experiencing a growing love relationship. There were many aspects to the relationship which pointed to a very fulfilling and complete merging. As time went on our love grew and deepened, and we are now experiencing a very pure essence of love that has elements of both passion and purity, eros and agape.

According to A. H. Almass, founder of the transpersonal psychology school, Ridhwan, or Diamond Heart, there are several levels of love essence. One is called Merging Love: “When you know and experience your Essence, you can allow yourself to experience merging love with another person; you don’t feel the need for barriers between you and the other. When you feel your own beingness and the beingness of the other, it is possible for them to become one. When there is no issue of me and you, of boundaries and separation, then there is no issue of us as One. Merging love creates a state with no barriers. There are no barriers drawn between you and anyone or anything, between you and your body, your surroundings, the whole universe. You are merged with the All. This kind of love is one of the most difficult for people to experience in love relationships even though it is exactly what they say they want.”

“Most conflicts in love relationships are about merging love. “How close can I be with you? I don’t want to be too close, but I don’t want to be too far away either.” Or “ When I get too close, then suddenly I feel vulnerable and want to create more distance.” This dance of closeness and separation are of the personality. Issues of closeness and distance will attempt to block merging love . When you are in your beingness, it doesn’t matter how close or how far you are. Your boundaries are overflowing and melting away. When your boundary comes close to the warmth of the other person, it just melts.” – A. H. Almaas – Diamond Heart, volume 2

This painting is available as a limited edition archival quality print, numbered 1 to 50, size: approx. 24″ x 18” for $200 Cdn. The “Inglis” Logo will be reduced to a small size and placed in the lower left corner of the painting. Shipping within North America is $40 Cdn. Please send me an e-mail via my website http://www.artbyinglis.com to order. The image has not been posted to the site yet.  Thank you for your interest in my work.

Beauty within

What is beauty and can it exist as an inner state regardless of outer conditions?

I have noticed a lot of interest in my re-creation of Waterhouse’s Boreas painting. That work, both the original and my version, seems to have an elusive quality that we could call beauty. But without the relative value judgement of the observer what can we point to and call beautiful? Some are enamored of the giant chrome plated balloon dogs of Jeff Koons. I find such overblown stuff, placed in the Palace at Versaille to give it a “touch of irony”, ludicrous to say the least. However, as the French say: “Chacun a son gout.” Each person defines beauty in their own way. I was recently told that one of my works in the Up Against the Wall series was quite beautiful by a prominent local artist. My Artist Ego got quite pumped at hearing this. “Wow” I thought, “That was a real compliment.” I received other kudos from patrons at the gallery where the work was on show, but no one bought the piece. I priced it quite low as a kind of experiment to see if it would sell. No dice. My AE (artist ego) at least had the balm of hearing the word beautiful at least once.

So what is beauty? A transpersonal psychologist who goes by the name of A. H. Almaas says that beauty is a substance or an essential quality that we can all experience within ourselves if we look deeply and let go of the chatter of thoughts and surface emotions. He claims that this essence is what truly illumines our world, and that without this subjective state we would not experience beauty outside of ourselves. Having spent many years in meditation practices, I have come to realize that there is some truth to this.

I feel that, as an artist, there seems to be a certain “something” that wants to express itself through my work….I suppose it could be called beauty, although that over-used word seems inadequate somehow.

I am enchanted by the female form in its many manifestations, old and young, large and small, “ugly” and “beautiful”. Human faces especially, are all fascinating and radiate a certain quality of beingness. So beauty could also be understood as an absolute quality, transcending the ordinary everyday definition. Can we ever really define it? Perhaps not. Can we feel it….I would answer with a resounding “Yay”. As Bob Dylan once wrote in the song Shelter from the Storm…..”Beauty walks a razors edge, someday I’ll make it mine”. Thanks for reading the ArtistEgo.