Gemma Danielle Bayly
You Are Going To Die and That Is OK
All things alive will perish. The inevitable conclusion to our lives is ever impending; an important fact of our existence that we spend most of our lives running from, denying and fearing. We protect ourselves, buying material securities or even firearms and weaponry, desperately clinging to our physical presence and possibly even harming others to save our own bodies. Reflecting on Dr. Robert Lanza’s new theory of Biocentrism, Gemma proposes in her latest works that death, in the truest sense of the word, doesn’t actually exist. It is a condition of the space time continuum, and a symptom of our attachment to the physical.
The first recorded near-death experience in western literature was in Plato’s The Republic, in the Myth of Er, when Er is revived on his funeral pyre and lives to tell of his vivid journey in to the afterlife. There are now thousands of accounts of near-death experiences being openly shared online and in scientific studies. NDEs (Near Death Experience) are defined as “profound psychological events with transcendental and mystical elements, typically occurring to individuals close to death or in situations of intense physical or emotional danger.” Most all NDE subjects report traveling through a tunnel towards a light at the end, as well as overwhelming feelings of peace, joy and cosmic unity. They also report feelings of irrelevance to anything left behind on Earth.
In the last year, Gemma has had three close experiences with death that have profoundly impacted her work, and her own fears of death. She held her 14 year old dog in her arms as he took his last breath, feeling the very moment his spirit left his physical body. She witnessed the slow painful surrender of her Grandfather as his body succumb to liver cancer. She also had a snowboarding accident in Steamboat Springs, and was knocked unconscious for a few seconds, during which she had an elaborate visit with a tribe in the Amazon jungle. All three experiences triggered lucid, mystical visions and a profound exuberance of life. Many scientists believe they have proof that these mystical visions are nothing more than a surge of neurochemical brain activity and synaptic hallucinations; that our visual cortex cellular structure is what forms the tunnel-like structure with the light at the end. The ancient manuscripts of the Tibetan Book of the Dead present an entirely different perspective. Regardless of spiritual, political, or scientific beliefs, gender, race, body shape, sexual orientation, bank account balance, shoe size, hair color, or dietary preferences, you will die. And it will be glorious.
“To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that man can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to him …” – Socrates
About Gemma Danielle Bayly
Weaving a mesmerizing world of surreal dreamscapes and captivating geometry, Gemma conjures a Pythagorean quantum mysticism in her work. Existing in the realms between the physical and spiritual planes, she stirs subconscious parts of our being that we may not understand or be aware of. She plays with mathematical theory, inspired by torsion field physics, sacred geometry, and our experience of the many dimensions of quantum theory. Her geocentric mandalas are multi-dimensional overwhelming experiences, created as conduits of cosmic energy; portals to higher dimensions. She labors over the precise hand-drawn lines without the aide of a ruler, creating the illusion of straight lines through proportion and repetition, and focusing on the true value of the human hand in art. Gemma is a certified Usui Reiki practitioner and spends time charging each of her works with this sacred healing energy.
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