The Seven Valleys

The Seven Valleys is a book written by Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith. It describes the soul's journey through seven stages of inner transformation, from the abode of self to the realms of nearness to God.  The metaphors within the text point beyond themselves towards a realm that can only be described "heart to heart". In parallel with this process my paintings harmonise outer representational forms with abstract qualities of light, colour and pattern that draw the viewer into an inner space of contemplation.

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Search

"At every step, aid from the Invisible Realm will attend him and the heat of his search will grow."

Baha'u'llah




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Love

"In the city the heaven of ecstasy is upraised and the world-illuming sun of yearning shineth, and the fire of love is ablaze; and when the fire of love is ablaze, it burneth to ashes the harvest of reason."

Baha'u'llah

Sun Dance


Valley of Love


Blaze of Sacrifice

At every moment he offereth a hundred lives in the path of the Loved One.

Baha'u'llah



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Knowledge

"They have passed beyond the worlds of attributes and made their dwelling-place in the shadow of the Essence."

Homage to the Moon

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"Split the atom's heart, and lo! Within it thou wilt find a sun."
Qur'an
Sun Atoms

"And there he beheld his beloved with a lamp in her hand,searching for a ring she had lost."

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Unity

"He looketh on all things with the eye of oneness, and seeth the brilliant rays of the divine sun shining from the dawning-point of Essence on all created things, and the lights of singleness reflected over all creation."


Eternal Dawn



Surging Ocean
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"Your souls are as waves on the sea of the spirit; although each individual is a distinct wave, the ocean is one, all are united."

Sea of the Spirit

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Contentment

"From sorrow he turneth to bliss, from anguish to joy. His grief and mourning yeild to delight and rapture."

"Although to outward view,the wayfarers in this Valley may dwell upon the dust,yet inwardly they are throned in the heights of mystic meaning."


Valley of Contentment


Garden of Delight



Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness,
O Source of my being.


 

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Wonderment

"How many a mystic tree hath this whirlwind of wonderment snatched by the roots."

Winter Night


Woodland of Wonderment

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"The bird of her soul escaped! Free of the body and the grieving, Flying in a vast region that was itself, Where it could sing its truth!"
RUMI

 
Spirit Released
Spirit Released
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" To the court of holiness I summon thee; abide therein that thou mayest live in peace for evermore."


Court of Infinity


Court of Glory


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Nothingness

"When the true lover and devoted friend reacheth to the presence of the Beloved, the sparking beauty of the Loved One and the fire of the lover's heart will kindle a blaze and burn away all veils and wrappings. Yea all he hath , from heart to skin, will be set aflamre, so that nothing will remain save the friend."

Veil of Blossom


Rainbow Mist


Garden of Possibilities

Frosty Morning

Shrine



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The Hidden Words. Part I, From the Arabic

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RADIANT HEART
1. O SON OF SPIRIT!
My first counsel is this: Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart, that thine may be a sovereignty ancient, imperishable and everlasting.



REVEALED BEAUTY
3. O SON OF MAN!
Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee: therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.



SPIRIT OF LIFE
4.O SON OF MAN!
I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life.



RECIPRICAL LOVE
5. O SON OF BEING!
Love Me, that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can in no wise reach thee. Know this, O servant.



HEAVENLY HOME
6. O SON OF BEING! Thy Paradise is My love; thy heavenly home, reunion with Me. Enter therein and tarry not. This is that which hath been destined for thee in Our kingdom above and Our exalted dominion.



RENOUNCIATION
8. O SON OF SPIRIT!
There is no peace for thee save by renouncing thyself and turning unto Me; for it behooveth thee to glory in My name, not in thine own; to put thy trust in Me and not in thyself, since I desire to be loved alone and above all that is.



STRONGHOLD
9. O SON OF BEING!
My love is My stronghold; he that entereth therein is safe and secure, and he that turneth away shall surely stray and perish.



THE SWIFT STILL MOVEMENT OF THE SPIRIT
10. O SON OF UTTERANCE!
Thou art My stronghold; enter therein that thou mayest abide in safety. My love is in thee, know it, that thou mayest find Me near unto thee.



MOULDED LIGHT
12. O SON OF BEING!
With the hands of power I made thee and with the fingers of strength I created thee; and within thee have I placed the essence of My light. Be thou content with it and seek naught else, for My work is perfect and My command is binding. Question it not, nor have a doubt thereof.



CREATED RICH
13. O SON OF SPIRIT!
I created thee rich, why dost thou bring thyself down to poverty? Noble I made thee, wherewith dost thou abase thyself? Out of the essence of knowledge I gave thee being, why seekest thou enlightenment from anyone beside Me? Out of the clay of love I moulded thee, how dost thou busy thyself with another? Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.



COMMUNION

16. O SON OF LIGHT!
Forget all save Me and commune with My spirit. This is of the essence of My command, therefore turn unto it.



MANIFEST LIGHT-VEILED
20. O SON OF SPIRIT !
My claim on thee is great, it cannot be forgotten. My grace to thee is plenteous it cannot be veiled. My love has made in thee its home, it cannot be concealed. My light is manifest to thee, it cannot be obscured.



SORROW NOT
21. 0 SON OF MAN!
Upon the tree of effulgent glory I have hung for thee the choicest fruits, wherefore hast thou turned away and contented thyself with that which is less good? Return then unto that which is better for thee in the realm on high.



CREATED NOBLE
22. O SON OF SPIRIT!
Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.



MESSENGER OF JOY
32. O SON OF THE SUPREME!
I have made death a messenger of joy to thee. Wherefore dost thou grieve? I made the light to shed on thee its splendour. Why dost thou veil thyself therefrom?




REJOICE
36. O SON OF MAN!
Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty.



WONDROUS FOUNTAIN
37. O SON OF MAN!
Divest not thyself of My beauteous robe, and forfeit not thy portion from My wondrous fountain, lest thou shouldst thirst for evermore.



BENEATH THE CANOPY
45. O SON OF BEING!
Seek a martyr's death in My path, content with My pleasure and thankful for that which I ordain, that thou mayest repose withMe beneath the canopy of magesty behind the tabernacle of glory.



TEARS OF EXALTATION
46. O SON OF MAN!
Ponder and reflect. Is it thy wish to die upon thy bed, or to shed thy life-blood on the dust, a martyr in My path, and so become the manifestation of My command and the revealer of My light in the highest paradise? Judge thou aright, O servant!



FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SIGN
48. O SON OF MAN!
For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials.



PARADOXICAL PROVIDENCE
51. O SON OF MAN!
My calamity is My providence, outwardly it is fire and vengeance, but inwardly it is light and mercy. Hasten thereunto that thou mayest become an eternal light and an immortal spirit. THis is My command unto thee, do thou observe it.



SANCTIFIED WEALTH
56. O SON OF MAN!
Thou dost wish for gold and I desire thy freedom from it. Thou thinkest thyself rich in its possession, and I recognize thy wealth in thy sanctity therefrom. By My life! This is My knowledge, and that is thy fancy; how can My way accord with thine?



CRYSTALLIZATIONS
57. O SON OF MAN!
Bestow My wealth upon My poor, that in heaven thou mayest draw from stores of unfading splendor and treasures of imperishable glory. But by My life! To offer up thy soul is a more glorious thing couldst thou see with Mine eye.



GARMENT OF ETERNITY
64. O SON OF MAN!
My eternity is My creation, I have created it for thee. Make it the garment of thy temple. My unity is My handiwork; I have wrought it for thee; clothe thyself therewith, that thou mayest be to all eternity the revelation of My everlasting being.



CREATED EQUAL
68. O CHILDREN OF MEN!
Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same subatance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest.



TREASURY
69. O YE SONS OF SPIRIT! Ye are My treasury, for in you I have treasured the pearls of My mysteries and the gems of My knowledge.