OM MANI PADME HUM

The Great Tibetan Buddhist mantra which translates:

“All Hail the Jewel in the Lotus”.

“Love’s Messengers”/ Acrylic on wood/ 15” x 34”/ 1995

“Manifest and Available” / Acrylic on wood mounted on wood/ 16” x 46”/ 1996

“All Forgiveness Is a Gift to Yourself”/ Acrylic on wood/ 16” x 46 1/2”/ 1996

“Only Infinite Patience Renders Time Unnecessary”/ Acrylic on wood fiber board/ 12” x 34 1/2”/ 1997

“Consciousness”/ ink and colored pencil on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/ 2004

“OM MANI PADME HUM”/acrylic and paper on wood/11” x 19.5”

“Creation Is My Source” (A.C.I.M.) /acrylic on wood (mounted on painted wood)/ 7.5” x 45”

“Goddess of Supreme Wisdom, Illumine Me ”/ acrylic and paper on wood/ 14.5” x 12”

“Eye of Eyes”/ acrylic on wood/ 21.5” x 21.5”/1998

“Shaivite Sadhu (Arthur’s postcard)”/ acrylic and paper on wood/ 24.5 x 17”/ 2003

(see also “Shiva-Shakti” and “Mother of the Universe” Pages).

“You are originally unlimited and perfect”

Ink and colored pencil on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/ 2007

“EVERYTHING is Within Your Self”/ ink on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/ 2006

“Aum Namah Shivaya”/ ink and colored pencil on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/2007

(see also “Shiva-Shakti” and “Mother of the Universe” Pages).

“The Real Does Not Begin Or End”/ ink and colored pencil on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/ 2003

“Om Namah Shivaya”/ acrylic and paper on wood/ 9” x 23”/ (see also “Shiva-Shakti” and “Mother of the Universe” Pages).

“Consciousness Is the Mirror”/ ink and colored pencil on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/ 2007

“Aum”/ acrylic on wood (mounted on wood)/ 37.5 x 30”/ 2001

“Shankara’s Paintbrush”/ acrylic and paper on wood/ 23.5 x 16”/ 2003

(see also “Shiva-Shakti” and “Mother of the Universe” Pages).

“The only aspect of time that is eternal is now” (ACIM)/ acrylic on wood/ 5” x 34”

“All Forgiveness Is A Gift To Yourself”/ acrylic on wood (mounted on wood)/ 7” x 36.5”

“OM MANI PADME HUM”/acrylic and paper on wood/10.5” x 15.5”

“Joy”/ ink and colored pencil on paper/ 8.5” x 11”/2004

“Oneness”/ acrylic on wood (mounted on wood)/ 5” x 13”

“Shiva In Amethyst Cave” (Homage to Swami Muktananda)/ collage, acrylic, and embedded amethyst on wood/ 38” x 16”/ 2004 (see also “Shiva-Shakti” and “Mother of the Universe” Pages).

“Grace”/ acrylic on wood (mounted on wood)/ 5.5” x 12.5”/ 1999

Illumined Words

“Vac”/ India Ink and acrylic wash on paper/ 17.5” x 23”/1996 

This image, “Vac”, evokes the ever subtle realm of thought forms... dissolving into vibrations... mysteriously transformed into words.... then into thoughts, ideas, and concepts... all communication. The spoken word is a tremendous feat of humanity. Words are precious gifts; tools of communication shared through the ages from one generation to the next.


Humans even think in words. Then, we communicate through speech. “Vac”, which means “speech”, is marvelously deified as the Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, Mother of Speech. Saraswati IS the spoken word itself. Because She is the divine art of communication (including all arts and sciences), Saraswati is known as the Great Wisdom Mother.


All of the images on this page share a common thread- all of them are compositions containing words, word symbols, and various text. In some instances, I have hand lettered teachings, scripture, etc; while in others, they are collaged; or a combination of both. Integrating words and images into a piece has long been a way for me to reinforce what I myself am integrating into my own learning. And now for some images with a word or two... 

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As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, both fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and stars. Whether we know it in this world or know it not, everything is contained in that inner space.


-Chandogya Upanishad


From The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran.

William Arthur Mills

Cultivating the “witness”  aspect of consciousness, offers a glimpse beyond the ceaseless courting of thoughts, subjects, concepts, and ideas. Stretching beyond thought, a much more vast and expansive realm of awareness is available to us. The only portal of entry in to “This” present moment is NOW, al that is and ever will be. There is usually a very striking and intuitively co-ordinated series of events that encompass this marvelous process. through some torn threads of the illusory veil on occasion, may reveal a  of this one nameless truth, the inherent nature of awareness itself,  This flimsy veil composed of the limited, self projected worlds of the past, woven of tired concepts and self imposed boundaries can very easily be penetrated.

The true marvel lies in the effortless unfolding of the life force. For this reason, I know that I am not the doer, instead, It (spirit-soul) is “doing” me. I prefer to think of the images on these pages as mere outer manifestations of a vast perennial omnipresence within. This Presence seems to inherently know the way in to these intuitive, non-dual zones. It is truly marvelous precisely because it is so very simple,

As Nietzsche tells us, “Of all that is written, I love only what a person hath written with his blood. Write with blood, and thou wilt find that blood is spirit”. In this awareness, I most humbly offer the fruits of this endeavor to the vast, immutable wisdom of Nature in all of Her forms. I am merely another artist expressing the inner workings of an inner world.  Working with the Divine Mother’s omnipresent themes, it becomes clearer and clearer how everything emanates from Her mysterious energy.


Witnessing these inner forces at work, or, often times, at “play”, is why I adore Her so. In order to keep art fresh and “alive”, it is essential to be very present- and courageous- throughout the process. Making art is working with space and time, materials, intuition, and various methods of exploration, to share some particular thought or idea. The more real and honest the experience of making one’s art becomes, the more closer one is to the authentic being within.

According to the ancient Upanishads, the One Self, which all of creation shares, is smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest. It is the center from which all consciousness emerges.

Observance: Often in the process of drawing and painting I’ve noticed that, like with most activities, a glitch or two will inevitably manifest when my attention wanders from that present point. Redirecting the attention back to the piece is a marvelous discipline in itself, as this is when the indifferent “witness” aspect of consciousness steps in. Sometimes it feels much like a gentle “herding” of the mind. Observing in exquisite utter stillness, in a rather detached sort of way, the present moment is again made available to redirect all action, delivering the experience back to the center- the present.

Albrecht Durer,  the great 16th century German painter and engraver, has been a major influence in my artistic development since my early teenage years. It was Durer’s extraordinary sense of formal, well ordered composition, contrasted with an often harsh, organically raw temperament, that influenced not only my painting, but a linear sensibility that began with early pen and ink drawings, continuing to the “illumined word” drawings of present.


The very simple, well ordered beauty of one of Durer’s musings, which actually appears to be more of a loose watercolor journal-sketch than a painting, was the inspiration for this piece and several others which followed. Referenced as “Flood (Vision Dream)”, this image (1525 A.D.) is evenly divided horizontally, with image above and hand script below. Durer’s nebulous, almost strangely apocalyptic watercolor sketch exquisitely demonstrates an exceptionally harmonious balance of words and imagery. So, being curious, I tried a composition in like manner, with a similar patina of colors. This happened to be the first of several similar pieces painted on wood. 


For the first piece of this series, I chose one of my favorite verses from A Course in Miracles (Chapter 19, “The Obstacles to Peace”). The inscription reads:


“Love's messengers are gently sent, and return with messages of love and gentleness. The messengers of fear are harshly ordered to seek out guilt, and cherish every scrap of evil and sin that they can find, losing none of them on pain of death, and laying them respectfully before their lord and master. Perception cannot obey two masters, each asking for messages of different things, in different languages. What fear would feed upon, love overlooks. What fear demands, love cannot even see. The fierce attraction that guilt holds for fear, is wholly absent from love's gentle perception. What love would look upon is meaningless to fear, and quite invisible.”

Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness the power of God is made available. And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else.                                                                                                          

                                                                            -A Course In Miracles (W. 38. 2: 1-5)

Illusions about yourself and the world are one. That is why all forgiveness is a gift to yourself. Your goal is to find out who you are, having denied your Identity by attacking creation and its Creator. Now you are learning how to remember the truth. For this attack must be replaced by forgiveness, so that thoughts of life may replace thoughts of death...  forgiveness will remove all sense of weakness, strain and fatigue from your mind. It will take away all fear and guilt and pain. It will restore the invulnerability and power God gave His Son to your awareness.        

                                                                        -A Course In Miracles (W. 62)

Now you must learn that only infinite patience produces immediate effects. This is the way in which time is exchanged for eternity. Infinite patience calls upon infinite love, and by producing results now it renders time unnecessary. (A Course in Miracles, Chapter 5, Section 5, Paragraph 12: 1-3).

"I am the pure space like consciousness devoid of objective experience and beyond all mental activity and thought. I am the pure and infinite consciousness. Even so are you. The whole world is that, too. Everything is the pure and indivisible consciousness. Since there is nothing apart from that, I do not know how to describe that. It is when one endeavors to give expression to one's self that the ego sense and all the rest of it arise, even if one's attempt is to attain total freedom”.                                        

                                       

                                           -Vasistha (speaking to Lord Rama) in the Yoga Vasistha

"Beyond the mind there is no such thing as experience. Experience is a dual state. You cannot talk of reality as an experience. Once this is understood, you will no longer look for being and becoming as separate and opposite. In reality they are one and inseparable, like roots and branches of the same tree. Both can only exist in the light of consciousness, which again arises in the wake of the sense ‘I am’. This is the primary fact. If you miss it you miss all."


                                                                                        -Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“LOVE”/ acrylic on wood/ 7” x 11 3/4”/ 2003