Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Typically speaking when someone speaks of Buddhism in the United States, they are speaking of a cultural movement that has brought to this continent ancient Indian, East and Southeast Asian, and Tibetan spiritual teachings and practices. For the first time in history, these teachings have arrived in a land that is racially heterogeneous. This Spiritual practice is spreading its’ roots like a tree sitting on a concrete sidewalk, pushing down through that solid surface which is a society that was founded, by a white majority, on the unwholesome seeds of colonialism, genocide and slavery. In this meeting of the tree Buddhism and the concrete surface of resistance and fear, the values of community, interdependence, and collaboration come face-to-face with the values of the pursuit of individualism, self-interest and competition. Deep bow meets handshake.

Martin Luther King ran into much of the same struggles when he stood up and spoke of his speech about having a dream – August 28, 1963.  It wasn’t just his speech was the deep bow which was meeting the handshake of white racially heterogeneous America, yet it wasn’t just his speech that had Dr. King  cracking concrete sidewalks and pushing forward with new roots to break out and grab hold for future generations, yes he called for an end to racism in the United States, but it was also how he lived his life!
Dr. King has been associated with and compared to Moses, as well as, Joshua by  Duke Ellington. Much like these two others that he has been associated with,  Martin Luther King, Jr. never shied away from controversy.  he faced controversy with strength and will power that some said came from above through him. Whether it was an issue of civil rights, poverty or the war in Vietnam, he had a vision of a world of peace and equality, and he was never afraid to talk about it.  
To me Dr. Martin Luther King is the one of the few people who truly stands for Diversity and for US of A! He is the one (or one of many) who plowed the way for those of us who are welcoming the tree of spiritualism called Buddhism with soil welcoming for the new roots.  He also opened the door for today’s Inauguration speech.
I Had A Dream
I Had A Dream

Mother Earth’s Eye

Mother Earth's Eye
Mother Earth’s Eye

What if Mother Earth was alive?
What if she was watching us right now?
Would you feel bad for how you been living?
Would you feel guilty for anything you have done?
Would you change how you have been living?

In your mind’s eye, see your Creator in your version, the way you see Him or Her. See Him/Her sending you a beautiful White Light. See this White Light come down, surround, and protect you – as it connects you to Mother Earth and grounds you with a grounding chord, much like an umbilical cord securing yourself. As you become connected to The Earth so shall she be connected to you. You will know what She feels – You will know her pain – Her joy – Her love for us all.

Photo Manipulation by: Mario Sánchez Nevado, aka Aégis

Photo Manip
Photo Manipulation by: Mario Sánchez Nevado, aka Aégis

When I ran across this photo I felt I had found another favorite artist.

Mario Sanchez Navado is a freelance Illustrator and Art Director. He also does photography at times and creates CD album covers/packaging.

As you can see from this piece of art work he works within the surreal and oniric world of art.

I love that in his about me page he describes his creating process much like mine, an emotional imaginary creation from the subconscious inner self.

His exact wording is; ” I create from the imaginary of the subconscious, the inner self and I look for the emotional impact in my images. I move myself in between the surreal, the dark and grotesque and the conceptual languages with a bit of irony inside.”

If your interested in seeing more of his work you may do so here:

on Behance

I myself now have art that speaks to my soul to look at and enjoy while I strive to perfect my own abstract surreal style!