This is the first of three pages (‘Faith‘, ‘Rose‘ and ‘Two Roads‘), telling our side of the story how we came to know Eliza White Buffalo and her mission for the world: Two Roads. It all started when I (Wim) meditated on ‘Into the West’…
The making of Into the West
In 2001 my love Linda died, shortly after we agreed that she would inspire me, if possible. In 2002 I started making paintings, one of which (Aura Healer) displays the very first image of the Akaija. But I made more paintings and other objects (you can find them on www.akaija-art.com) and every painting tells a story. ‘Faith’ is one of them.
In May 2004 I was concentrating on this painting “Into the West”, finally doing myself what I tell other people: to meditate on it, because ‘Into the West’ is a meditation object.
I think it was after a quarter of an hour that I started thinking about a certain shape, a Holy Grail within a Celtic Cross, or something like that. That is my common comment ‘something like that’, because I never get things finished in my mind. But this Holy Grail should not be seen as a nice looking bowl pictured from the front, but from above! So now you see the contents. But then the image had to be tilted… well… let me show you the sketches I made in the computer.
The making of Faith
Back then I wasn’t used so much to this ‘inspiration-thing’ as I sometimes call it, not knowing how ‘They’ (the ones who inspire me) work, as I can’t see nor hear them. Meanwhile I’ve learned that they give me an… idea, and then I start working on that. Then, when I’ve ‘got it’, I’m ‘given’ the next step. When I did this more or less right it feels like a click or a feeling like that’s it. It’s like pieces suddenly fit neatly together.
So I started with a Celtic Cross within the circle of the Holy Grail as seen from top. The Celtic Cross has 4 equal legs surrounded by a circle.
Next I rotated the image horizontally in the computer. That’s what I love about computers. When you do something wrong on paper you need to stuff things out, or start again. In the computer you simply press CMD-Z. What I hate about them is that they are awfully complicated, where using a pencil is so easy…
This looked better, but it didn’t make a click, so I needed something else. Now let me see… what options do we have in Illustrator? Ah yes, adding perspective!
Then I was amazed by what I saw, because the Celtic Cross had transformed into a Christian Cross. Don’t you just love it when such things happen?
Now I pushed the middle part of the cross deep into imaginary bowl of the Holy Grail and had to set my mind to the next problem: how in Heaven’s name am I supposed to materialize this? But let me save that for a sculpting workshop or whatever in a distant future.
Here’s what came out of this many months later.
The object is horizontally 110 cm (44”) cross. It’s made of wood and plaster and suspended on an invisible wire there’s a red stone, fitted inside the shape of a big golden Akaija. The stone is a 3 cm (1.2”) synthetic ruby. It felt like there should be a red stone there. Don’t ask me why… it just did. Here are some more images…
The red stone, which is yet to play an important role, can be viewed in close-up here. Now we needed a name for the object. In Dutch I was thinking about ‘Geloof’, which means ‘Faith’, because of the crosses. But the Dutch ‘Geloof’ has a religieus undertone and I didn’t like that. The English ‘faith’ can also mean ‘trusting’, ‘keeping the faith’, believing the world will change for the better, and so on.
So ‘Faith’ it was then. The original artwork now is in hands of a friend of ours, Nico IJff, who is a.o. a biophoton therapist, like Marianne.
All in all, Faith is a merging of some very important symbols in the world: the Holy Grail, the Christian Cross and the Celtic Cross.
and the Akaija :-))
So that’s it, I thought. Next project.
Wow… was I wrong!