August 1, 2020

Is self an illusion?

Mike Heseltine, 59

Our egos dictate we are individuals but they only exist in our thoughts. We are an illusion of our thoughts. Our thoughts dwell in the past or future, they never exist in the present moment. When we are consumed by our thoughts, we are living in the past or future, dwelling in the constant chatter of our minds. If we can die before we die, lose our thoughts in the stillness of the grave, we become alive to the present moment. We no longer are individuals, we become aware that we are part of everything. The picture shows how we are all connected when we stop thinking, symbolised by the tomb, where true self is non self.

The Illusion of Self, 2020Acrylic, charcoal on paper11 inches x 8 inches