A man shared his Near Death Experience with me. I understand that it is nearly impossible to put these kind of experiences into words, but what I understand from his tale is that he felt pulled towards a kind of tunnel while held by a wonderful being that maybe you would be inclined to call an angel, while he swam in and was permeated by what he had always yearned for: the deepest unconditional love imaginable!
This man is completely blind since many years, but he still asked me to paint this experience for him. His wife describes everything lovingly and in such fine detail to him that, he imagines, he can see these images even clearer than anybody with normal and functioning eyes.
I have never had a Near Death Experience, but I also deeply long for all - surrounding unconditional love.
So I sat down and painted this little picture and sent it to him. After several weeks of travelling in an envelop the painting has arrived and the man writes me:
"Kiss me, hold me, love me.....My wife described the image and I can see it inside my skull, I am deeply touched and do not have words to express my feelings. But I own a very old and precious piano, which I play every day. Your picture hangs above this piano now and I will sit down and play Liszt´s LIEBESTRAUM No. 3 just for you and you can listen to this on YouTube. I play this with my soul which just uses my body to express what she feels. Do you know the clear lake that dwells inside you? Are you aware - listening to me play - how deeply you long to find yourself? Do you know how close you are, even though you are so far away? Can you recognize your own beauty?"
I am reading and re - reading his words and listening to Evgeni Kissin playing Liszt´s Liebestraum No. 3 - This is honey caressing my soul......
Art by Kiki ("Unconditional Love")