Drea DaVinci (b. 1981)
I AM Vigilant 9/18/2019
Acrylic on Canvas.
24"H x 24"W x 1 1/2"D
60.96cm x 60.96cm x 3.81cm
Our life should be a true "vigil state," in which our consciousness is active, awake, observant, and thereby connecting us to our true nature, which is a state of happiness and compassionate awareness.
Unfortunately, all of us are in a state of being that we call "life" but really it is not living, because we are asleep. We are in a state of continual delusion, of hypnosis, where we are entranced and hypnotized by the contents of our own mind stream as it reacts to external and internal sensations. We are entranced by our envy, by wanting what others have, we are entranced by pride, by wanting to be better than others, we are entranced by fear of rejection, of loneliness, of hunger, of pain, we are entranced by lust, by anger, by gluttony, by laziness—we are asleep. We say that we are in a "vigil state" out of kindness, but we really are not vigilant. We are dreaming our lives away. We are very rarely cognizant of the present, and experiencing our true nature.
During the "vigil state," every single day, we live a reflection of our whole life. In the esoteric tradition we state that each day reflects the contents of ones whole life. So, how you live today is an insight into the whole of your existence. Look at your life. How have I lived today? That will tell you how your whole life will boil down as a mathematical equation. Now, if today you have been distracted, asleep, anxious, worried, angry, rushed, stressed—in other words feeling a lot of discursive emotions—that will be the synthesis of your whole life. That is why we work to change today.
This painting is about being in the moment and transforming the moment into something better, making that vigil state into true vigilance of ones own mindstream—truly vigilant, truly aware and watchful, and doing what we can with our willpower to be the best person we can in every interaction with everyone and in every interaction with ourselves.