Dreaming Chamber by Karen Casey

Today I’d just like to share with you a beautiful artwork from the Australian Indigenous artist Karen Casey. I was introduced to the video by my lecturer at uni in the unit Art and Spirituality that I am taking this semester. I found it haunting, mesmerising and totally engaging as a meditation. Water is used in all spiritual traditions as a way of initiation as well as a way of healing and cleansing. Many of the spiritual practices that I have been engaged in have involved water: standing under waterfalls, immersion in icy streams, sprinkling water that has been ritually blessed over the altar and over fellow pilgrims, drinking from natural springs along mountain pilgrimage paths, and ritually bathing for purification before my initiation ceremonies. And as a baby I was baptised with water, as is the religious custom in all Christian and Jewish traditions of initiation and purification. Yesterday I was watching the rain as it ran off the corrugations of the roof into a bed of nasturtiums (the ones you see in the photo at the top of this page in fact). And as the drops fell, they landed one at a time upon the broad leaves as if the water was playing a tune as it struck each of the leaves – the music of nature. It was very beautiful and quite hypnotic as I began to really hear the mystical melody of the raindrops singing. This video artwork by Karen Casey brought to mind many such instances of being in water and being with water. How does it resonate with you? Please share your thoughts.

2 thoughts on “Dreaming Chamber by Karen Casey

  1. You’re right about the effects of water upon our spirituality. As my eyes watched over this video, in a slight meditation, the effect is palpable. The flue does wonders for aiding the healing energy, but while the ripples formed a sense of aww and wonder lifted the soul to a soaring height of simple bliss. Love this, thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Emma – yes, I agree that the sound of the flute is very healing. The music is by New Guinea musician Pius Wasi and is very mesmerising I think. Karen says that Dreaming Chamber invites the viewer on a transformative journey – a journey of the spirit rather than mind. Combining the meditative powers of water, floating images and sound, the work functions like a restorative oasis, a brief pause in time before we venture out of the past and into the new millennium.

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