I took these pictures when I travelled by myself to north and eastern India for three months and a half in 2013. I visited Varanasi for a week. It's one of the most intense cities I have ever been too. I loved it! The Ghats is where they burn the dead bodies on the banks of the Ganga River. My mother has been dead for three months now. I have been meditating two or three hours a day for a few weeks now. My experience of mourning my dead mother has completely changed since I have begun meditating. I could feel a noticeable difference after day four of daily meditation. On day five, I remember having an intense feeling of longing. Longing is at the heart of the sacred process of mourning a loved one. And mourning a mother is a unique, intense and sacred process. Mourning is a sense of longing that will never again be fulfilled in that same earthly manner since the object of longing has dissolved into eternity...Now that I meditate daily, I am steady and strong in myself. I am no longer mourning in that intense manner for now. I am sure it will be back, and I welcome it! It is interesting to observe the rhythm of the wave of the mourning process...and how meditation is altering that process, making me present and stronger, transforming the intensity of the mourning process into a much lighter experience. Since yesterday, I have been hearing my mom's laughter in my mind...and it's making me laugh! Hearing my mom's laugh in my mind is just like hearing the eternal laugh of the Buddha...
BÉRANGÈRE MAÏA NATASHA PARIZEAU
My artwork, experimental films, and scholarly reflections emerge from a deep curiosity and fascination with the boundlessness of the human spirit, the limitlessness of the cosmic universe, the mythological, the spiritual, the exploration of my EARTH LIGHT body which emanates from infinity (this is the realm of the MYSTERY, the wildest imagination), as well as a real concern for our beautiful planet MOTHER EARTH. The premise of this heuristic body of work is that the current planetary crises are crises in human consciousness, crises of the humanity group soul/spirit. As an environmental advocate and consciousness activist, my work intends to intentionally participate in redesigning culture, the intentional participation in designing a post-growth ecological culture (this is the creative process of redesigning culture) for an ecologically sustainable and spiritually thriving planetary future. My intention is to shed light on the sacred multidimensional ways in which we potentiate the power of our consciousness. This body of work is a prayer to humanity to align our mind and hearts, to raise the power of our hearts, to develop methods and technologies to go inward towards the complexities and awareness of our individual connection to Source We are the Rainbow Warriors. If the world is indeed participatory, we manifest/dream this world into existence. Indeed, dear friends... a colourful future is ours to create!