The Void Mandala is a symbol for the respiration of “life & death”, “consciousness & the unconscious”, “self & non-self”, and “the individual & God”. Breathing with this mandala lets our life become a constant practice of maintaining balance through exploration – with each journey (there and back again) we move further and further into the spiritual dimension.
The conceptual work of this book was merely preparation for the task; the real work of finding balance requires constant practice.
This chapter proposes that the same way in which the “hero’s journey” is just a metaphor for finding individual wholeness and balance, so too is individual wholeness a microcosm for creating wholeness and balance in the world.
The concept ‘Both, and yet Neither’ means a thing and its opposite are not contradictions, but rather superpositions.
This chapter explores death as the creative ocean of the unconscious, which is not ‘outside’ of life, but rather at its very heart.
Matthew Barney’s work is fascinated by the void-space where duality collapses into paradoxical indistinction, and all opposites merge. His work imagines the perverse and horrifying aspects of this undifferentiated space, while “Being & Death” examines this space in a spiritually positive light.
Selves exist, but they are virtual. Non-self exists, and it is actual. Both, however, are completely real.