We’re delighted to offer you another beautiful guest post from Carol Brighton, artist and paper maker from Berkeley, California. Carol’s pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash in far western Tibet inspired the series of quietly lovely handmade paper artworks she shares with us here, along with her photography and thoughts on the journey. Carol’s art, in its calm and joyful spirit, gives you a glimpse of the deep soul of the great mountain. We wish you could experience also the large, marvelous original paperworks. If you’re inspired to travel to Mount Kailash from Carol’s images of Kailash, get more information at Mount Kailash: A Walk on Sacred Ground.
The Great Mountain – Kailash Memories
By Carol Brighton
On each continent there are places that hold a special, heightened energy, making them places for pilgrimage. In Tibet, Mount Kailash and Lake Manosovar are two of these places, sacred to peoples of Asia and the world.
Mt. Kailash is a kind of temple – a natural temple that pushed up above the crushing movements of two tectonic plates and became a mandala, an axial point and source for four of Asia’s great rivers. Kailash is a snowy diamond peak full of energy.
The thousands, even millions of people who have circumambulated Mt. Kailash over thousands of years have consecrated the space with their prayers and belief in an open, awakened mind.
I joined the ranks of countless pilgrims who have hiked around this powerful mountain and stood on the shores of the jewel lake. Ultimately, I realized I went on pilgrimage to be influenced, to stand in the sacred space of something much greater than myself. I wanted the influence to change me, to nick bone deep, recording in the ether of akashic memory and marking a place in me that is beyond time. Maybe one person’s intent on pilgrimage could be of benefit to everyone – to our collective consciousness.
So, I walked around Mt. Kailash, circumambulating its sparkling, snowy summit. It was an extreme trip; extreme altitude and extremely awe inspiring. There were moments when I couldn’t tell the difference between inside and outside, where I stopped and the mountain began. Space and my body felt so permeable – everything in motion.
About the Handmade Paper Artworks from the Kailash Memories Series
I made this series of handmade paper artworks in honor of my trip to Kailash, and they are dedicated to the people of Tibet – for their courage under the duress of occupation, for their teachings, and for their friendship. I really enjoy making paper and appreciate its simplicity, and its history as a vehicle for carrying our stories.
These papers are called “blow outs.” I made them by spraying water on cast sheets of pigmented, wet paper pulp, using a stencil technique. The open patterns are porous space, in the way I experienced the mountain.
See more of Carol’s art at her website
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