It’s not wrong that I am this human self in the world with all sorts of characteristics, identities, and so on. And yet, when I look, I find I am more fundamentally something else. I am more fundamentally what this field of experience happens within and as. I am what the world, to me, happens within and as. I am capacity for it all.
A thought may call this consciousness. To myself, I am consciousness and the world to me happens within and as the consciousness I am.
And that’s likely the same for others as well.
If a creature “has” consciousness, then to themselves they ARE consciousness. And the world, as it appears to them, happens within and as the consciousness they are.
The only difference is the particular body-mind this consciousness operates through and as. It may be another human being. It may be a bird. It may be an insect.
To me, this is very beautiful. Even if they may not consciously recognize their nature, I can recognize it. I can imagine it based on what I find here.
Why the halo or nimbus in these images? Why the circle around the head or body?
I can find three reasons.
One is tradition. In European and Asian art, it’s traditionally used to indicate sacredness.
It’s also something we can see. I have seen energies around people and any living and even non-living thing since my mid-teens. (I first saw it around the leaves of a birch tree.)
And it’s also metaphorical. Here, I used it to suggest consciousness and that we all fundamentally are consciousness to ourselves, whether we notice or not.
I made these images with Midjourney, and they are really created by our collective humanity and the existence as a whole just like anything expressed through each of us.