This minimally-exquisite photo series ‘Postures’ by Sweden-based conceptual photographer Carl Kleiner, captured my attention at Modern Met. Ironically — or perhaps not at all — I connected the downcast flowers with the ‘true self’, as explored in Mooji’s recent video:
‘A Simple and Profound Introduction to Self-Inquiry’
I was introduced to Mooji about six months ago by my dear friend Iman. The connection came at a most difficult time in my life with the sudden death of my best friend and business partner, an absolutely chaotic situation that he left in our GlamTribale jewelry and gift business, and a host of other massive challenges that have no part in my mind at this moment.
Mooji is a major factor in my personal recovery from these dark days, where I awoke every morning waiting for another shoe to drop and was forced to take a six-month sabbatical from Anne of Carversville.
The Bottomless Guilt of Original Sin
Looking at Kleiner’s exquisite, graceful yet downtrodden flowers, contorted into shapes against their will, I am reminded of Mooji’s argument about how we are born in a state of grace — not original sin, as I was told as a child and young adult.
Not only does Mooji not believe in original sin, but neither do my many Jewish friends. It is a very different human psychology to believe that humans sin because we are imperfect, rather than that we are defacto born in a state of original sin, a curse from which we can never escape.The concept of original sin has no place in Buddhism nor Hinuism or Islam.
The concept of original sin is another aspect of the conditioning we begin to inherit the day we are born. We receive a name that may or may not have any connection to our true nature. We inherit the expectations of our parents or the negative feelings of our parents towards us. Not all children are welcomed into this world — a universal truth in every country of the world, no matter what church teachings tell us. Mothers do not de facto celebrate the births of their children.
Mooji says that by the time we are young adults, we are so far removed from our true selves that we are almost lost to our true natures. Besides family, we have schools and communities, fashion magazines and popular culture — each of them telling us who and what we should want to be. Mooji calls this process ‘mind-body conditioning’, and it’s a viscious cycle in 21st century human behavior.
Because I’m a novice student of spirituality outside the world of Catholicism, I’m not easily able to articulate what Mooji means to me at present. I am able to discuss his teachings with a very close friend who has long been a student of Eastern spiritual thought and practice.
At the end of this year 2014 — which can’t be over soon enough for me — I realize that these dark clouds have also brought me stupendous gifts and opportunities to move forward with a new attitude. Mooji is at the center of this journey in self-inquiry — one that lifts beautiful flowers like these by Carl Kleiner out of the confines of their restraints or at least supports their petals skyward into the grace of sunlight. ~ Anne
Carl Kleiner website