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The Hiker Painting

John Webster

United States

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 29 W x 33 H x 2 D in

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The Hiker, is the time-worn anecdote of following the spiritual path. Christ was said to have ascended in three days. In the hiker's case, an ascent is a literal gain in altitude. As one climbs, their mind becomes stiller, their body more numb. As the gain continues, the physical toll on the body is often intensely felt in sharp symptoms such as shortness of breath, oxygen-stricken muscles, tingling sensations throughout the extremities, light-headedness, and sometimes insomnia. Oddly, all of these bodily phenomena are mentioned in accounts of the mystical experience. Often I have read that there is a sense of the limitations of the body which can be a fearful, yet exhilarating experience. In this state, visions and outer body experiences sometimes follow. It is not uncommon (such as the autobiographical case of U.G. Krishnamurti) for the experiencer to sense that their mind is traveling through a kind of portal, or indescribable opening where all senses of those of the ego cannot travel. I believe this is what is in part what Jesus was referring to in his "eye of the needle to the gates of heaven" parable.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:29 W x 33 H x 2 D in

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I resonate with imagery that offers a variety of personal interpretation. I am interested in the paradox of the ego in western rationalism in conjunction with the apparent elusiveness of salvation. Over the years I have become more trusting in intuition generally.

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