By Nishtha Shukla
The mortal career, the soul’s evolution, is not so much a probation as an education. Faith in the survival of supreme values is the core of religion; genuine religious experience consists in the union of supreme values and cosmic meanings as a realisation of universal reality. Mind knows quantity, reality, meanings. But quality-values-is felt. That which feels is the mutual creation of mind, which knows, and the associated spirit, which reality-ises.
-The Urantia Book
Inspired by the vision of The Urantia Book, California-based artist Jeff Haworth has created art that ruminates over who we are, why we are here and what is the purpose of life. It is an inspiration to see and to discover what we see.
Haworth’s experience of the consciousness of other realities and other life forms was triggered by Whitley Strieber’s book Communion where, Jeff recalls, the author has “small beings with concentric circle breastplates enter his bedroom at night”. A few years later he came across a big blue book lying on a table at an acquaintance’s place, opened halfway and could hear seagulls’ call in the background. “Oh, you have to see this. My friend just dropped this by and it’s called The Urantia Book,” Haworth was told.
From here arose the vision of Haworth’s reality-ise: “To awaken people; for someone to see a work and be inspired to discover what they see.” His art conveys his belief in the fatherhood of God, that is, the trinity concept (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) and all its reflective harmonic manifestations in creation. Hundreds of these digital paintings are available at www.realityize.com for everyone to see.
The Urantia Book is named so because ‘Urantia’ is a cult name for our planet earth. The book is said to have been revealed solely by celestial beings to correct some flaws in the traditional Bible. The Urantia cult was founded by two former Seventh-Day Adventists, psychiatrist Dr William Sadler and Wilfred Kellogg, one of the semi-adopted children of Dr John Kellogg, known for the cornflakes brand he introduced.
Published in 1955 under Sadler’s guidance, The Urantia Book, running into large format 2000 plus pages packed with text in small print, is perhaps the most voluminous book ever. It differs from earlier channelled ‘bibles’ in that it contains a vast amount of modern science as well as a detailed biography of Jesus Christ, giving information not found in the Gospels. It posits one infinite God, the great I AM, and billions of lesser gods and makes pronouncements on evolution, cosmology, physics and quantum mechanics.
Haworth believes that the salvation of this planet lies in what Jesus stood for. That is, people need to live his teachings of altruism and love for true peace, and not turn a blind eye to greed, complacency, lies, and evil.
The digital imaging Haworth uses in his works is unique as it represents that which is partially known. So it becomes a form of experimentation and discovery. “We are a young planet in the bigger picture of things and just beginning to understand our place in the universe. I feel the Father has asked me to help bring about this realisation in this format,” he says.
He uses the existing notions and concepts borrowed straight from life, unlike the formulaic works of trained artists. For instance, he uses white light as the base in his works, and the central concept is God. For Haworth, the primary colours of light are the Father (red), the Son (blue), and the Holy Spirit (green). They are creative visions that expand on the perspectives and personalities offered by the Urantia book. The compositions are simple, yet the colours reflected within different light patterns are thought provoking.
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