There are no shortcuts in life


'Wounded bird'

from the cycle of life painting series – wounded bird

 Every life has its expected cycle. There are no shortcuts in life

Every human being is a result of ovum-sperm convergence then birth, childhood, maturity, old age and eventually death there is no way to escape this cycle, there is no way to appear in middle age and have the opposite journey towards childhood

Life is one directional arrow once fired cannot be drawn back

This simple truth should be deeply pondered. If in this limited time that our life arrow is on the air we won’t be precise and aligned with our truth there won’t be a second chance.

There won’t be another life arrow to the one life we have got

There won’t be another opportunity to fulfill our true destiny in this embodiment  that represent us in this one time magical act we play on the planet Earth stage.

Contemplating and ruminating upon this issue brings in mind the fact that the only limitless faculty in our body is our brain that can reach the farthest border of our expanding universe, our body is an intricate genius build machinery but it is limited to the edge of the skin and to the very limited life span that flash can survive and support our inner organs.

Another fact to be considered is that as every celestial body lives within other similar bodies so human beings are created to live together in tribes, or cities which are the modern tribes, in nations that are inter-related and that can form the base of global cooperation.

In my mind I see global cooperation in revealing the true aim of the human journey, this task is much more crucial then exploring the atom or the deep space.

The truth about atoms and deep space lies within every human being regardless nationality, race and religion; this is the new religion having one global code to unlock the mystery of being.

This has to come from unity rather than separation

Curiosity rather than apathy

Compassion rather than hatred

Acceptance of our limitations rather than knowing all

Openness rather than knowing all

Eternal quest of the human journey rather than knowing all

There are some answers that have no questions

Have magic in your life

Ted Barr, Berlin, November 2012


Cycles of being


Wounded bird from the Cycle of life painting series created by Ted Barr


The headline ‘cycle of life’ is a partial name and doesn’t describe the full dynamic at play. The name should be the cycle of being and evolving in which life is but a part of a much larger and endless span of continuous metamorphosis between matter, awareness, energy that weave together in what appears to be being. I wrote few articles about the motivation in creating my new ‘Cycle of life’ painting series, this short article is a complementary way to look at this concept.

Being or living is but a short manifestation of matter and awareness. It is obvious that all living creatures would die, but dying is yet another moment of transformation in which matter and awareness separates and returns into mother Earth arsenal for creating other forms of life or life supporting entities.

The question is what happens to the awareness part that defines human beings. Religions were created for this enigma, if the life/death cycle would be clear we wouldn’t need pops, priests and rabbis; we would not need fairy tale ideas about heaven and hell; nor soldiers and armies. The disagreement about who holds the true meaning of life caused more deaths than any disease or planetary revenge. We need religion because we need to be part of something, as one cell is lost alone. There are no lonely planets, but only planets gathering around a sun, so it is a human need to gather around something. In ancient times it was but a campfire. How many lives could be spared along history if campfires would be the main cause of human gatherings?

I believe that nothing awaits us after death. Even if we eat the best marvels of the world cuisine we will turn skinny after few days in the ground. As I see it, the meaning of life lies only in the contribution of all human lives to a certain planetary order and as the ant or the bee dies after completing its mission so human beings and every other living creature.  Living is but a part, a very small part in the being chain, so it is only the circle that can encapsulate the essence of the endless cycle that has no beginning nor end, as the universe has no beginning or end because the ultimate rational explanation of God is what created the Big Bang, and the Dalai Lama answered wisely in saying that our universe came into being by another universe.

In the cycle of life series I tried to depict some of those aspects, this is the way I try to live the only life I’ve got; by sharing my thoughts and images with other human beings that are awake and willing to listen.

Have magic in your life

Ted Barr, Vienna, 2012