Go towards the light is a reference to near death experiences where people see a bright light often interpreted as heaven or the afterlife or god. Others beg to differ. They argue that if you don't want to die, you should head AWAY from the light. The "light" represents heaven and therefore you would be surrendering your life and resigning yourself to death. They think the phrase; "Stay away from the light!" is more appropriate. Most of us have heard of the concept of a person feeling like they are in a tunnel and that they are moving towards the light at the end of the tunnel. This visualization acts as an analogy representing the feeling that the person sees a solution or a happy ending at the end of the ordeal they are going through.
See also the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which is chock-full of advice of not only going to the light, but also exactly which light you should go to. Namely, you want to head for the Clear Light, as that's the landing beacon for liberation. But most dead folks get sidetracked with thoughts of how they're not going to get any more turtle sundaes or really good cheesecake (understandably, I think), and there's a whole slew of increasingly bad-news detour lights that show up. The continuing advice winnows down to exhorting the dead person to at least pick the best option available. Fine, they've missed the last possible exit ramp to the Clear Light, but they can at least pick one of the more promising worlds to be born into; if they're bound and determined to be reborn here, then they can for goodness sake avoid getting born as an animal, and above all else, "Be not fond of the dull smoke-colored light from hell." Which is pretty sound advice.
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George Grie, October 2007
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Romuald / France / Nov 8th
To my mind, the artists need support as much as other more fashionable people like auto-entrepreneurs, engineers... So, what an overwhelming experience to dicover your work!
SteveW928 / Canada / Jul 13th
@ Ian - I assume the story the artist provides was invented as an interesting backdrop to the image... kind of like the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Extremely rough basis in history. If not, some serious historical study is in order. Awesome image though!
ian / Germany / Jun 28th
What does religion have to do with this piece? not a damn thing this is the best modern surreal work that i have seen since giger.
john / United States / Jan 14th
totally an inspiation for the eyes PLEASE keep it up
Stella Tracy Colhoun / United Kingdom / Nov 2nd
Wow, I once had a dream i was in a similar place, but the tree had a door in it and inside the door an escalator. I like this cos I was once pronounced clinically dead for 3mins. This is fantastic you have true sight.
Luiz Eduardo / Brazil / May 19th
Parabéns!!! Gostei muito do seu trabalho, pela beleza dos detalhes que demonstram seu talento e sensibilidade.
Jaz / Apr 29th
ur painting and ur discription is very meaning full and i love the painting is pretty
Lynn / United States / Mar 20th
George Grie's Art, WoW! without a doubt some of the most beautiful surrealism EVER! created. What an extreme talent, thank you for the joy!
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