One time, I retreated to a place called Baja, a peninsula in Mexico, with volcanoes, a wide swath of desert, and many cactus-like plants. The gulf there is very special. The warm waters of the Colorado River flows into the Pacific Ocean at this juncture and is blended into the sea water, so the marine life is very rich. It’s a place where blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins, and sharks enjoy congregating. In addition, there are other notable sights to see such as Moon Valley and remains of indigenous villages. At night, phosphorous lights blinked on and off, as if clusters of stars have fallen to Earth.
I didn’t have to speak; I could rest my mouth. I didn’t need to discern sounds; I could rest my ears. But I had three pairs of eyes to observe everything. With my first pair of eyes I could see the traces left by snakes slithering across the land and the colorful patterns on giant lizards. I could see birds dancing through the sky, and see whales and pods of dolphins intermittently leap out of the sea. My second pair of eyes was my “telescope.” I can bring the images of these creatures closer to me so I could observe them down to the smallest details. My third pair of eyes can see through the material level, and straight into my “ultimate home”; they are my mind’s eyes.
I picked up the feathers shed by the seabirds in flight. Along with the shells by the sea, the plants in the desert, the iron Guanyin tea from China, the ink from Japan, the blend of colors from Korea, I entered a state of emptiness in Shakti and called forth that phoenix energy to manifest these paintings. Basically, I didn’t use any brushes at all.
My friends, I hope when you see these pictures you can instantly sense the blessings of the phoenix.