My precious child,
your celestial worlds within
will unleash their ineffable Beauty
once you dissolve before
the throne of the Divine~
This is the purpose
behind the greater Jihad
as transmitted by
Prophet Muhammad (saw)!
Only Love can lead you on this Path~
I completed this small painting “Al Latif: The Most Subtle” that evokes a highly spiritual attribute that is inherent to the soul. Subtlety is the very quality that is found in all spiritually awakened ones. This attribute brings healing, solace and lightness of being to self and to those who come across the recipient of this grace. Read amore about this painting here. Below is the poem that accompanies the painting.
~ The Most Subtle ~
O effusive Light
that fashions our becoming,
we read Your vertical signs
with the sun and the moon in chorus,
we praise You in infinite ways!
O You who are not exhausted
by Your Attributes
as You pervade
the black holes
of the Heart that
on you; expanding, giving,
throbbing with anticipation
of being in the gentleness
of Your Presence anew!
I’m often emailed questions about creativity and inspiration so in response I’d like to share a few thoughts here.
When it comes to the creative process, I have never been into formula because I believe in the manifestation of higher Knowledge and in order for the brain to receive it, it needs to be free from conformity to old patterns and rules so I say break all patterns, break these molds that no longer serve our evolution, break these mundane learned rules that restrain the soul’s voice and watch your creativity expand and become what it was truly intended to be…
With the Will of the Divine, the human soul has the capacity to channel certain degrees of Knowledge that will materialize through different mediums depending on the individual soul’s specific purpose as well as the collective need for these uplifting expressions. The selfless artist has no control over that level of revelation, s/he is just a vehicle through which flows these specific expressions…
In the exaltation of collective consciousness so much takes place in the act of artistic creations such as writing (holding a pen) or painting (holding a paintbrush) or music (holding a musical instrument) or even the molding of clay! Our hands act as antennae to subtler realities and our fingertips are directly connected to the heart so the life force that flows through them is deliberate and purposeful~ Yet the outcome of artistic creation is but a reflection of the heart’s spiritual condition.
With the ongoing cosmic unfolding we are immersed in, the artist must learn to surpass any worldly conditioning and to become empty so that s/he can truly birth the very beauty and love our souls need to see manifested for our evolution. In this world, the highest examples for emptiness were the prophets (peace be on them); by being purely empty, they were thus able to become receptacles for the most sublime light that uplifts humanity to this day~
“The act of painting has been unexpected for me. Just like the composition of my poetry, it suddenly happened after a period of retreat… Having had no conventional training, it is through the luminous corridor of Islamic tradition and my Malian~Gabonese cultures that my pens and paint brushes wander in praise of The Beloved.”
~Aïda Touré (excerpt of “statement”)
(More about the painting “The Milky Way’s Savants”here.)
“The Very Self of the Self” is a 40″x30″ oil & acrylic painting that evokes the sacred unfolding that can take place when wo/man is free of all conditioning that binds her/his mind to fragmentation and that prevents her/him from experiencing the Unity/Tawhid of all life that sages have spoken about throughout the ages.
I worked on this painting for a year and a half, through its creative process I learned a lot about ego dissolution, transcendence and going deep inward, beyond the divisive perspective we tend to cultivate in the material dimension. When we go beyond these divisions, there truly is only the Divine Unity of all existence, the sustaining consciousness of all, seen and unseen. In time, inshAllah the global realization of this Reality will allow us to live more harmoniously on this earth.
To see “The very self of the Self” in its entirety and to read the poem that accompanies it click here.
I completed “Salsabil” during Ramadan, it is a 40″x30″ oil and acrylic painting. After having composed some music that celebrates this theme, I wanted to conceive a painting that expressed what’s most sublime and timeless in us and which manifests as an immeasurable grace in those who have worked to purify their heart, to shed their ego and to live from the abundance that sacred state provides.
Because “Salsabil” relates to a celestial reality that extends to the material realm through whole/holy human beings, it was a pure delight to explore it through this painting.
Salsabil is the seventh piece of the series “Luminous Dark Matter”. To see the entire painting and to read the poem that inspired it please click here.
Peace~ I worked on this 40″x30″ oil & acrylic painting for about two years and a half, I immensely enjoyed the process. “Sabia the Arabian Mystic” is part of the series “Luminous Dark Matter” which I consider as a lifetime project.
What I enjoy the most about creativity is that for the subject of it, everything seems to stop: the notions of time, space and even physicality vanish… All that matters is being empty, listening and executing what comes through…
“Sabia the Arabian Mystic” celebrates the exalted ancestry of the Black Arabs who have been discriminated against and oppressed on their own land for centuries so my intention in working on this painting was to honor the native Arabs whose grandiose past has been concealed by conventional history. You may read more about and see the whole piece here. May the low paradigm of racism cease so that we can truly evolve to embrace our primeval unity~