#14 is this one entitled Buddha on the Waterfront. I learned and applied various new techniques on this one, and was also learning how powerful the inclusion of sacred symbols, mantras and sacred geometry could be in a piece. The mantra is this piece is Aum Mani Padme Hum, which means "Jewel at the centre of the lotus"
I had been practicing using this mantra while I worked on the 37th floor of an office building downtown. I would find a quiet corner of the office andput on headphones and then recite the mantra over and over, visualizing the mantra coming directly out of my heart. After working with it for a few days, I had this intense energetic experience and felt ripples of energy coming from the centre of heart. When I went back to my desk, I started feeling this overwhelming energy flow starting from my feet and moving upwards, through my body. It intensified as it moved up and up, and I felt moments of incredible fear followed by moments of bliss as the energy passed all the way through and out the top of my head.
It was the first time that mantras really worked for me. And wow, did it ever!
My pieces are all personal experiences that I try to translate into this form. I try to communicate the truth of the experiences but I know that my art only touches at the true depth.