The Enlightenment of Plant
Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Baryta, Maplewood, glass, variable sizes, 2022 ongoing
The Enlightenment of Plant approaches life from a spiritual perspective and is in search of the source & essence of being. Its primary focus is the soul, consciousness* and inner beauty of a plant, its divinity, essence and wisdom.
Everything in nature and life can be seen as a mirror to our inner world. The outside as a reflection of the inside and vice versa. The natural world guides us and as such, plants in all their shapes and sizes might act as teachers for our own lives. As Jesus said “we should contemplate the flowers in order to learn from them how to live.”
A Flower is the final state of a plant, the moment of release before the seeds will manifest new life, showing us a leap into an entirely different level of being and a lessening in materiality. They act not only as a portal for new life but also as a window into the formless, where beauty as a universal quality & essence originates.
Within the traditions of buddhism the lotus flower represents purity of the body, speech and mind. After growing and evolving in the dirtiest of waters, displaying remarkable resilience, it is considered one of the most beautiful flowers once it has reached the surface.
Flowers in general show us what a life’s journey is about at its most fundamental core (growth, patience, beauty/ love). That we might consider shifting our focus from the outside to the inside, where our energy, soul and being are seated. To get to know ourselves and our true nature beyond our ever-thinking mind.
Like all lifeforms, Flowers are temporary manifestations of the underlying one life & one consciousness – the world of energy & frequency which is in a continuous flow. They teach us attachment as well as impermanence and the recognition of oneness. They are the invisible in form. The presence of life & of a living being.
As Eckhart Tolle (spiritual teacher) says: “The Flower isn’t aware of its own beauty. Through you it gets a sense of self recognition. And through the Flower you can recognize yourself in another being, through a different degree of consciousness.”
Flowers slowly emerge with calmness and serenity. Most of them close themselves at night to turn towards their inner world. Once the sunlight returns in the morning they open up again and shine.
Further Tolle teaches:
“Explain to a child not “this is a rose” but “this is called a rose”. Get not lost in concepts & misinterpretations. The name of the flower is not the flower.” According to this, Gromoll has chosen to not name the ‘flowers’ in this body of work.
*Consciousness = being aware & awake, feeling, inner knowing, wholeness, oneness with all