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Thursday, September 11, 2014


In the present state of turmoil and violence among human beings around the world, it is understandable that we tend to escape. The escape I am talking about is not  to run away from the world. 

It is a spiritual and emotional search. It is a preparation to overcome our fears and reconnect with our humanity. 

We need to search for a moment of balance and internal harmony so we do not get contaminated with hatred and the feeling of impotence. As simple and idealistic as it may sound, we need to repel with calm, love and determination the negative energy that seems to be inundating our planet. This is our prerogative and our real power, and nobody can take it away from us. 

Copyright © 2014, vuarong_1987, 02-19-2014,   "Nuclear Explosion on Earth", wallpaper, at Desk Top Wallpaper 4 Me.

She and her sisters went to sit on the rocks far away from the crowd. They wanted to have a moment of peace and silence by the ocean. They needed it so they could continue facing the daily challenges of life without a sense of defeat and impotence. However, someone suddenly came and started taking pictures close to them. The moment was broken but for just an instant. She decided to turn her back on him and vanish with her sisters in the immensity of the sea.

Copyright © Nancy Barra, "Interrupted"Oil on canvas 28" x 22, from:Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

She was reading the news and the horror of the images of war hit her right in her heart. She began to cry, then she prayed in her own way for the innocent lives lost to incomprehensible wars and geopolitical reasons. She could just think about one thing: to escape to the ocean with her guitar. She sat down on a rock and began to play. It was a song about hope, love and solidarity. Her musical sounds melted in the air and traveled on the ocean breeze, reaching around the globe. At the same moment, many people suffering in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Russia and Ukraine felt a warm feeling in their hearts. We should not underestimate the power of music and love.

Copyright © 2013, Nancy Barra, "Guitar Solo",Pastel over watercolor, 12" x 20",from:Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

She was a mother of children who lived in a war zone. She does not understand the reasons for war and why her innocent children were victims of this violent human act. Like every loving mother, she wanted the best for her children: a home, enough to eat, access to good education and health, joy and peace. But her children were at the wrong place and time and she could not protect them. Now she is a broken soul. However in her deepest sorrow, she decided to treat with tenderness the loving memories of her children as the petals of the roses she is holding.

Copyright © 2010 Nancy Barra "The Grieving Mother", clay sculpture, 10" x 5", from:Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo 

As she stood alone on the shore, she reflected: "escape is not a way for me to avoid the world but to find a place where I can prepare myself to critically understand it and change it to a more natural loving state". Suddenly, she had a powerful epiphany. She realized that happiness of others was also her own. Her tears were shared as well as her hope for a loving and joyful future with others. She knew that she will never feel fearful and alone again. This was all the power she needed. 

Copyright © 2010 Nancy Barra, "Epiphany", Pastel on paper, 18.5" x 14.5",from:Nancy BarraContemporary Art/Arte Contemporáneo