A stand-alone visual feature for Shellsuit Zombie magazine
Here we see an individual engaging in the practice of meditation, an act likely to be familiar to the Seeker. By means of this method, our subject is able to access the Akashic Records, and thereby find inspiration. Though its meaning varies somewhat throughout the diverse philosophies of the East, the Sanskrit term Akasha refers to the all-pervading etheric field in which a record of all events, past and future, is imprinted.
The more astute among you may recognise that this concept bears a most striking similarity to both the ceaseless Great Breath of the void described by Theosophy, and the quantum vacuum described by contemporary physics. As is so often true, our differing systems of knowledge describe the same phenomenon in their own terminology; as a great theoretical physicist of our time is reputed to have said, "All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree". Indeed, another of Albert Einstein's axioms is also pertinent here:
"I think ninety-nine times and find nothing, I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me."
The rich flow of information into the mind of the individual who has cleared his consciousness of prosaic thoughts and the noise of daily life is here represented by a cascade of liquid gold. The manifestation of this information into the physical realm through the act of creation is illustrated by the same gold with which he has charged his brush.
The enclosing frame (an element common to all Borderlands works and in an exoteric sense the source of the title of the series) is wrought of an osseous material in order to refer to the enclosing body, without which our minds could not experience or indeed find incarnation in the physical realm.
Crown of gold
The tool of the trade
Shellsuit Zombie magazine Issue Six