Space and time are abstract ideas, experienced otherwise by every mortal sentient being.
Space and time are experienced according to multiple components as species, gender, geopolitical and social background, cultural and ethnic traits, beliefs myths and faith, individual characteristics as, age, physical and mental disposition, personal upheavals etc…
Two outstanding exhibitions, recently presented by The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, may help clarify the complexity of the issue.
Gustave Caillebotte(1848 – 1894 ): The Painter’s Eye
Caillebotte paints his natural entourage – the elegant but retained, introvert, lonely and subdued atmosphere of the family circle
The elegant but confident and extravagant background of his intellectual and cultural milieu.
The alienated hectic space of grey urban landscapes, with giant sculptural bridges and menacing buildings with an anonymous and disoriented crowd.
The placid and romanticized space of the rural family property with an emphasis of the play of light and shadow on the river’s surface.
Thus, the artist depicts the different environments conferring a coherent ambient, rhythm form color and brush work.
Pleasure and Piety – The Art of Joachim Wtewael (1566 – 1638)
As a mannerist, the artist willingly diverges from formal art codes of his times, combining low daily rural activity with a religious Protestant ardor or with the sensual inter-play of Greek Olympian gods and goddesses.
The seemingly real is entangled with beliefs and myths. The artist is obviously breaking the logic of perspective, linearity or realistic light, playing with the notions of space and time, following his artistic volition.
Wtewael, like the Italian Mannerists are the first post-modernists, freeing themselves of apparent tangibility of space and time.
They understood that the cycle of life and death is a continuous Becoming, woven by a transient and non-graspable space and time, forcefully mixing the imagined with the real, the concrete with the flux.
Institutional Religions are based on a presumably defined history made out of a concrete notion of space and time.
To the present day institutional religions claim to hold the ultimate truth.
The three Abrahamic religions, for example, derive from a common source but develop differently, each zealously believing in its exclusive catechism.
The Book of Inter-religious Peace (published by The Center of Inter-religious Peace and available in Amazon) attempts to create a spiritual 21st century inter-religious reconciliation, by abandoning the institutional creeds.
Instead the research is based on ancient hermetic traditions, Eastern Philosophy, Tribal paths and esoteric mysteries, trying to prove that these traditions, along history, have conceived – maybe non-intentionally – the notions of space and time as an inner psychological mental and spiritual experience
By giving up external and internal territorial principles of possession, control and automatic instinctive drives, consciousness may open up to build an inner temple, in which space and time, come and go and continuously transmute.
Such a state of flowing mind and consciousness escapes the illusion of holding on an ultimate truth. Contrarily, it steadily builds a natural nest of moderation, temperance and love of all beings.
The inner temple is built by three foundation stones:
The process of individuation which permits an individual to acknowledge his uniqueness and mortality , leading to a modus vivendi, colored by creative and personal ideas, emotions and activity.
Emotional equilibrium, containing at one and the same time, active initiative and passive absorption.
The spirit of adventure, which prepares the mental, emotional and spiritual components of the awareness to experience and practice life and death, as they are – always advancing within the Unknown
The certainty of institutional religions is to be replaced by the moderate state of mind, always apt to change within the Great Change.