Extension of Self


“The projection of the Astral Body” by S.J. Muldoon and H. Carrington, 1929- drawing by W.G. Watts.
“Fathime's astral body leaving her as she dies while Euphrosyne sits and watches” -Samuel Davenport after Henry Corbould, between 1828 and 1842.
"Projection" digital painting sketch by Tiago Pimentel, 2014.

Our first time in London was beyond amazing!  
We found so many esoteric libraries, and all so close to each other… yea and we spent much more money than we could.

But the point is, we found very cool stuff, including the main influence for this work, a book called “Projection of the Astral Body” by Muldoon and Carrinngton. It talks about some out-of-body experiences and scientific investigation, amongst instructions and techniques of projection the astral body (as well as what to do and do not while in the astral world). 

It reminds us some of Dr. Strange comics from the 70’s (Tiago’s favorites).

As visual reference, we agreed to choose Alex Grey. We both love his artwork, it follows a spiritual and visionary art and also psychedelic vibe – just lovely! 

Tool was the soundtrack (in repeat). We are listening to that right now while this is being written.

The design itself shows a main figure, skinless – we tried to remove all the attributes that make you different and unique, creating an universal model of the human being. The eyes are white, so is the mind, the concentration level is high and we can consider him/her in a kind of nirvana state. 
There are two projections in there, the mind from the eye on the forehead and another from the center of the body. We can see the physical body in the projection lines, completely oblivious to everything. The “noise” from the outside cannot affect it.

The stars surrounding the sphere were taken from a solomonic circle, but the names inside are divine (tetragrammaton). Approaches the self to transcend. 

The triangles pointing down suggest an idea of ascension from earthly an mortal to divine and eternal. 
Inside the main and divine circle we find a mandala that follows the Hindu and Buddhist tradition. A Mandala could be seen as a geometric description of the relation between man and the cosmos. They are considered mostly as a representation of the Universe and an instrument for meditation. 

“Death of the Strong Wicked Man” from Robert Blair's poem The Grave.- watercolor by William Blake. 1805
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