Consciousness, visualized

This image bounced around inside my head for several weeks before it became a reality. Through meditation over the past few years, I started to realize that there was some profound difference between our thoughts and the real ‘us’. But I only started clearly picturing it like this while reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. He explains it so eloquently and vividly.

Over the span of a few weeks, I created and continued adding to a note on my phone as I realized some of the things that we may sometimes feel define us, but that actually don’t.

Eventually, I just decided to open GIMP and get to work creating it. I knew that I wanted a dark background to allow the bright white in the center to stand out.

I wasn’t sure how to make text go around in a circle like that in GIMP, but knew that that’s what I wanted. So I googled it. Seven seconds later, I was watching this 8-minute video tutorial of a guy efficiently walking the audience through exactly what I was trying to do. Man, I love the internet.

I was originally picturing one row of words around the circle. But when I created the circle in GIMP, I created it wider and noticed that two rows would actually work. Once I messed around with that idea, I loved that approach.

At the end of this project, I was SO proud of this work that I had to send the image to several friends and family members. This feeling of seeing something in the mind and actually making it is gratifying and addictive and I couldn’t contain it. Still can’t! Hence this website : )