Another Excerpt from
"Figure and Ground"
My Dear Friends,
In the world of art...........oil portraits and
such..........a picture is usually divided up into two
components. These are known as "figure and ground."
The "figure" in any scene, is that aspect of a
painting to which the viewer's eye is immediately drawn. It is the subject of
that picture. The "ground" is the environment or surroundings in which the
figure exists. The effective portrayal of a clear difference, between
"figure" and "ground" in a picture, is crucial.......... if a viewer is to
properly appreciate the significance and purpose of that work.
Usually, this clear distinction is created as a
conscious design of the artist. But this is not always the case. The
defining and appreciation of any work of art always involves
a collaboration between the artist and the eyes which behold it. Most
pictures have many portals, through which a viewer can enter and be
transformed. We shall speak more about that, perhaps, at a later time.
In the World of Form, the creator of a
universe........the producer of a universal
"movie," (if you will)........... continuously alternates his or
her focus from being the director, to playing some part
as an actor..........or even to playing the part of the audience as well.
Each point-of-view appreciates and embraces a life theme in a different
way. And yet, at their most expanded levels of existence, all three
viewpoints and functions belong to the same One Being.
If this be true, then each experience of "self," in
any scenario, is formed by focusing one's attention through each of
those various viewpoints, and comparing what is seen or felt to the "normal"
experience of that viewpoint you have chosen to inhabit.
Shifting your definition and experience of self from
being the "actor" in some scene, to being the audience or the
director, involves a blocking or filtering of one set of images and
perceptions, and replacing them with another set. Additionally, when in the
director's mode, it is even possible to go "split screen"---which involves
making a space for two or more viewpoints within the same field of vision.
As these viewpoints shift, the delineation of
"figure" and "ground" in a scene will shift with them. Sometimes, you will be
the little boy who is playing on the hill. At other times you will be the
grass on which he is playing. Your sense of controlling this action, in
regards to where you are placed within the process, is dependent entirely upon
how willing you are to equally own, as self, each aspect of that universe.
In that form of art you have called a "hologram," the
delineation of "figure" and "ground" can suddenly shift with only the slightest
alternation of the viewer's eye. In essence, such paintings are
clear conjunctions of two universes........and each viewer gets to
choose the universe that he wishes to visit. What we are telling you here is
very similar to what we have been referring to as the
"Grand Central Station of Transformation." In every scenario, there are
trains (of thought) that are leaving on various "tracks" of the mind. To the
degree that you have become ONE with everything and everyone in your universe,
the train you inhabit is entirely up to you.
Channeled by Daniel Jacob
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