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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




Zero and infinity

Contemplating about the universe’s origin brings in mind extreme proportions. The latest solid theory:  the BIG BANG is about infinite mass, condensed in infinitesimal area that suddenly exploded 13.7 billion years ago to create our known universe.

A few questions arose from this theory:

If there was matter from the start, who or what created it? The easiest way is to say GOD and move on, but science is based on solid facts, it’s very hard to analyze facts from 1,000 years ago, let alone tracing details originated 13.7 billion years ago. The BIG BANG theory cannot explain what had been before the explosion or what had caused it.

How comes that the entire universe matter was condensed in such a small area?

The quantum theory, based on Einstein’s findings, speaks about constant flow between matter and energy, so may be in those critical seconds all the physic laws on which our science is based were not relevant, it might be that there had not been matter at all but only pure energy that condensed into matter and then become energy again by explosion.

Are there boundaries to the universe?

The universe needs other vocabulary than borders, limits or boundaries, Boundaries exist only in human minds. A proved fact is the expansion of the universe, not only that but it expands in higher rate today than years ago and it will expand even faster in the future, so the universe’s expansion determines its size. The size, quantity of matter and astronomical distances are not in the realm of human beings, one light year is about 6,000 billion miles, the diameter of our galaxy, the MILKY WAY is about 50,000 light years, we can think and write about those facts, but we cannot really grasp the meaning of astronomical figures, in this case we are the infinitesimal ruminating about the infinite.

But by contemplating upon those matters it seems that zero and infinite are much closer, you can’t have one without the other as you can’t have light without darkness. Most of our universe is void but it contains within it infinite mass and energy, most of our universe is dark, but within it rare light dots that from closer look appears to be majestic galaxies and nebulae, in this scale a human being is unnoticed but still human beings ask questions about their origin, and from infinitesimal stand point they can contemplate upon their location in the ray of creation.

Have magic in your life

Ted barr