SIZE 21 inch x 16 inch (51cm x 41cm)
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
There was no doubt in my mind that I would create an art piece as a gift for my youngest son’s birthday back in March this year. Having done the same for 2 other sons, all I needed was a clue or a theme he would like. ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind,’ so he declared. Eh! Another Miyazaki’s film? Oh boy, what do I do? Nausicaa is indeed and by far one of my favourites (to be honest, not easy to rank Ghibli movie favourites). One scene came to my mind, relatively within a short span of time, was where Nausicaa and Asbel, a prince of Pejite, went sinking into the quick sand at the bottom of the Sea of Corruption.
Not sure if I do remember correctly or not, but after having deeply fallen into the place, they realise they can breathe without gas masks determining the air is absolutely clean and purified. Nausicaa’s revelation: those horrid insects essentially protect and prevent this sacred space from getting contaminated. Moreover, the dying trees petrify and crumble, they become sands which filter and purify this very place by blocking any toxicities to reach. This scene makes me weep unfailingly every single time I watch and resonates so deeply in my heart. That is it! I want to express this emotion in a simple, abstract way, but can I?
I feel it would be worth mentioning the reason why I get emotional. This sacred place reminds me of the Buddhist concept of ‘nine consciousnesses.’ Beneath the multiple layers of consciousnesses, we all possess fundamentally whole and pure consciousness which is called Amala or Buddhahood. Totally free from being affected by any of the eight consciousnesses, not even our very own karmic storehouse can mandate about. Only by reciting the Mystic Law or Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, we are able to activate our purest self. (https://sgi-uk.org/Philosophy/Principles/Nine-consciousnesses). No matter what goes on in our daily lives, we can always tap into this innermost freedom within ourselves and breathe in and out the purest air. How invigorating!