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30Jun

Who little sows, harvests little

Percival, 2021

Reading a book is discovering one world, one universe to be recreated every time, giving life to every word in the imagination. In this case, you should also imagine the ending that doesn’t exist. I invite you to take a fantastic journey in one of my private library books.

More than a book of chivalrous adventures, ‘Perceval’ by Chrétien de Troyes it’s a book that speaks of the highest human values.

Let yourself be overwhelmed by the tale of the exploits of the young knight Perceval, who knew nothing and couldn’t be able to ask the right questions.

For this, he suffered a lot.

THE DEAD FOREST

Indeed none of us would find it very exciting to be born and raised in ‘Dead Forest’.

But if you are young and fascinated by everything around you and the promises of your young life, you wouldn’t be scared.

The heroes are all young and beautiful. All-time.

THE WICKED, THE COWARDS AND THE INFAMOUS DON’T FALL BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY DOWN

Perceval may seem like a naive boy to you, but he has the good fortune to meet some wise teachers in his lifetime. The values ​​that he’ll believe in and forge him as an individual are imperishable.

The world has not changed: evil cowardice and infamy are always on the world stage and more and more in fashion.

Be always on your guard, like valiant knights.

WHO TAUNTS, MAKES FUN OF HIMSELF

Everything happens when its time has come.

While you’re growing up, you learn many things from experiences.The insult is a damn boomerang; rest assured.

Seneschal Keu quickly paid the consequences: a dislocated shoulder and a broken arm.Perceval swore revenge and kept his promise.

EVERY JOB REQUIRES COURAGE, PAIN AND EXPERIENCE

Wisdom has no time, and often priceless treasures are hidden behind seemingly banal and self-evident phrases.

For many of us who have fought hard to do the job we love and were born for, the title of this paragraph summarises the whole story of our existence in a few words.

But no one, if not ourselves, will ever know what human value those challenging and exalting experiences have generated in our life. And what incredible light they radiate on the world around us and of which we are the centre.

So love every second of difficulty, doubt, and agony you went through to reach your goal. Perceval is young, inexperienced and naive, but he has an unshakable will and determination.

TO BE SILENT MORE THAN YOU SHOULD

Did it happen to you to be silent more than necessary or, on the contrary, to have talked more than necessary?

Don’t blame yourself. You have always tried to do your best.

Ancient wisdom tells us to be always authentic and, above all, follow our genuine instincts and the voice that speaks inside you. That’s the voice of your divinity working for you that never lies and never does wrong.

Be patient like a true initiate.

May the force be with you, always.

Until next

Daniela


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23Jun

A summer by the sea

Passaggio del Mar Rosso, 2021

Summer is coming, and many people are starting to plan their holidays.
The majority will seek refreshment and recreation on the shores of lakes, rivers or seas around the globe.

But water can also be terribly dangerous.

For the passengers on the Titanic, for example, it was by no means a relaxing yet unforgettable vacation.

HOLIDAY OR ESCAPE?

In contemporary man’s mentality and language, vacation and escape are often synonymous.

Have you ever thought of your holidays as escapes from the city, from the daily routine
of your working life?

The story I want to draw your attention to is the biblical story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea.

The story of a daring escape.

WE MAY AMAZE YOU WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS

Eloha Jahweh is undoubtedly one of the most skilled and ingenious special effects creators, an amazing large-scale magic ‘performer’.

Even Moses is like a magic wand in his hands, nothing more.

The magic show was spectacular: simultaneously carrying out an escape and a massacre.
The sea is transformed into an escape route to safety and, at the same time, into a clockwork death device.

The name ‘Red Sea’ could not have been more perfect, prophetic: a colour blood sea.

FREE TO BE SLAVES

Contemporary history, despite the inexorable unfolding of millennia of human civilisation, shows the massive presence of
dictators and dictatorships (often cleverly disguised as democracies) around the world.

We sadly acknowledge, dear friends, that freedom is frightening for most of humanity.

Total personal responsibility throws billions of human souls into utter panic.

I believe that the faithful and followers of any religion or spiritual movement that provides for the total acceptance of dogmatic doctrines (religious or secular) have this attitude of rejection of their natural, inalienable and unlimited freedom.

They voluntarily enslave themselves.
But rarely a slave is happy.

The only freedom of a slave is to obey.

The case of the Israelites is emblematic: first slaves of the Egyptian Pharaoh, then slaves of Jahweh.
Always and in any case, slaves.

THE QUESTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

One final observation I dedicate to all people seriously concerned about climate change.

Our human culture is dotted with ancient people who labelled natural events (especially catastrophic ones as the division of the Red Sea’s waters certainly is) as magical or miraculous events.

It is perhaps trivial to say that climate changes have always existed, even those of significant impact, but that’s how it is.

So, let’s meditate, people, meditate.

Until next
Daniela


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16Jun

Write it on the walls and shout it out loud

Sotto le mura di Gerico, 2021

In the Bible, the stories about the massacres of peoples or the destruction of cities and prodigious events are innumerable.

In the Bible, never say never.
Everything is possible.

The story I want to tell you today is about walls that delimit, that separate, that defend, that relegate, that collapse.
This is the story of the city of Jericho and its destruction.

In my opinion, every single city represents a metaphor:
every man is a city with his own walls; every man is a microcosm connected to other infinite microcosms.

Men are not islands.

FEELING BESIEGED

At least once in our life, each of us has felt helpless, without a way out, cornered.

The fate of the inhabitants of Jericho is sealed: they will leave the city but like corpses.

But there’s another possibility: they can resurrect.

A SENSE OF RENEWAL

What feeling do you get when everything has definitively collapsed, destroyed?

The fall of a wall can also be the end of a boundary, the end of a limit.

You choose which one.

Often the defences’ collapse can represent a victory rather than a defeat.

It marks the beginning of a new history, a radical renewal and the birth of new possibilities.

WHY SHOULD YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING?

Human interiority is the essence of creativity itself in its most authentic expression.

The main feature of creativity is unpredictability.

It’s in the difficulties that our creative capacity is stimulated and measured.

Imagine that your world of certainties is as pulverised as Jericho’s walls.
Would you consider it the worst or the best day of your life?

Do you think you are like all the inhabitants of the city or do you want to play the game like the beautiful prostitute Raab
who was the only one to survive because she was a spy?

I’m sure you want to survive, right?

7 + 7 + 7 OR HOW SACRED MATHEMATIC WILL SURPRISE YOU

Perhaps not everyone knows the value that numbers hold in the Old Testament. The Jewish cabal scholars know it better than anyone else.

But even without being cabalists, the symbolic and magical use of numbers in these stories is evident.

I don’t want to bore you with complicated explanations, so I propose the easiest one:
7 days of siege + 7 priests + 7 trumpets = 777; that is the three times repetition of the seventh letter
of the Hebrew alphabet whose full name is ZAYIN AYIN NUN, which means food, but which also represents the battle
that we have to face to get it.

ZAYIN is an instrument of war.

In life, always be ready for battle.

SOUND IS EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS SOUND

The most spectacular part of this story of destruction is the method used to pulverise the walls.

It may sound bizarre, but it was enough to scream.

Do you know the number of cabarets in which the talented soprano, emitting an acute, shatters the crystal goblet?

Jericho was the same operation but on a large scale.

In the beginning, it was the creator sound, the Word, and similarly, a sound will be the destroyer.

I, therefore, suggest that you make good use of your voice, the most powerful weapon in the universe.

Until next
Daniela


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09Jun

Dreams are desires

Giuseppe interprete di sogni, 2021

The world is wonderful after a night spent in the company of a beautiful dream.

You would never want to wake up.

Something ethereal stays inside you or cloaks you with its shining.

On the contrary, dreaming appears like a complicated enigma when you have a nightmare.

You need to consult your trusted interpreter, and, you know, prophecy is an uncomfortable art.

An art that perhaps is more of a condemnation than a blessing.

THE POWER OF IMAGINATION

The imagination is common to all.

We all use it, often without being aware of it, to forge our lives in every moment, every detail.

Staying tuned to the images that arise in us during sleep and interpreting them is an art handed down and jealously preserved through the centuries.

This is also the secret and the heart of every artistic creation.

FORBIDDEN DREAMS

So let’s imagine that there is a red thread linking Hamlet and Freud to each other.

In your opinion, which one of the two feared their dreams the most?

Dreams are an integral part of our lifestyle and everyday actions in the waking state, and they affect us much more than we think.

You also must know that dreams never lie.

SOLUTIONS FOR EVERYONE TO EVERY PROBLEM

Another underestimated aspect of our dream activity is dreams’ unerring ability to provide us with the right solution to any problem.

Always and unfailingly.

You just have to ask for it before falling asleep.

So get into the habit of describing the dream you had as soon as you wake up, even with a few words or phrases, and you will be surprised.

Learn your own symbolic alphabet, and, voila, the magic is done.

You will no longer need anything else to take your decisions for the rest of your life.

And you’ll be happy.

PARALLEL REALITY

The dreaming state and the waking state are parallel realities.

Indeed, among the infinite existing realities, they are the closest to each other if we consider the ease we transit from one to the other.

When we die, the dream is the train that will take us smoothly and safely to the place we have chosen to have new experiences.

Dreams are more than just desires.

Have a good trip, guys.

Until next

Daniela


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02Jun

Like the rain in the desert

La manna, 2021

Biblical stories are often as surprising as fairy tales.

We all had the pleasure and privilege of being dragged into their magical reality during childhood.

The story of the manna that fell in the desert to feed the people of Israel fleeing Egypt is something that comforts, reminding us of abundance after famine and hunger.

The desert is no longer scary.

More value for everyone

Manna is almost synonymous with life, of well-being.

Its nature, however, is so ambiguous that it’s still not known precisely what it is.

Many believe that manna is a kind of resin or ‘honeydew’ of the Tamarisk tree,
and some intellectuals and artists think it’s a hallucinogenic mushroom instead.

But the issue doesn’t change: manna is a fantastic thing.

For me, manna is everything a person desires with all his soul.

It’s a precious diamond.

The kingdom of ‘It’s never enough’

In desperate situations, one thought always emerges clearly in our minds: ‘there is something wrong, something is missing …’.

We often end up ‘spreading’ this scarcity feeling over our entire existence.
There is never enough of everything.

We live in a society conditioned by many false needs, which create useless and unattainable
wishes.

Why poison life like this, waiting for the manna to fall from heaven?

We all need something special

The things that genuinely make us happy have no market and rarely fall out of the sky.

The things that make us happy are those that are perfectly in tune with our nature.

Something that comforts us

The ‘manna’ is, therefore, everything that can give us a valid comfort in the difficulties of everyday life,
everything that ‘saves’ us from inner balance loss.

We are all tightrope walkers on a tightrope over the abyss …

Until next
Daniela


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26May

We always do the right thing at the right time

Surge – Wake up, 2017

I tell you honestly: none of us has ever made a mistake or done the wrong thing.

And there is more: chance does not exist.

In this regard, I would recommend you the brief but illuminating reading of C.G. Jung’s essay on ‘Synchronicity’.

Even dying on the cross is not a fact that happens by chance.

It is notable in the 9th scene of the ‘Via Crucis’ the clear awareness of Christ: he falls for the third time under the cross’ weight knowing his death will only be a very short-lived event.

He is sure of it.

THE KINGDOM OF MAXIMUM SYSTEMS

The best system among the best strategies:

willing to resurrect is always inside us, and it’s not an exclusive prerogative of God’s son.

This is the realm of the infinite power system.

Halleluja.

TIME IS A MOCKING BEAST

Three days is enough to revolutionise one life, but the action of resurrection seems a more complex issue.

So I advise you to take the time you need, follow your instinct, and try because it’s worth it.

I AM THE PHOENIX

We are pushed to accomplish extreme actions in difficult times: the century’s coup, a trip to Mars, and some miracles here and there.

That is, the impossible.

An old advertising campaign for a well-known sportswear brand said: impossible is nothing.

I definitely agree.

Now I suggest a new slogan, ‘The phoenix in power’.

Until next

Daniela


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19May

Veronica, the ‘True Icon’

Tange me manibus – Lay your hands on me, 2017

Those who deal with anthroponomy (the science that studies personal names) have a very effective tool to better understand the nature of the one who bears that given name.

Who among you knows the meaning of his own name? And do you recognise yourself in it?

The person and the name I want to tell you about is Veronica, the woman who dried Christ’s face with a cloth in the 6th station of the ‘Via Crucis’.

Veronica means ‘the true icon’, the true image.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF ANOTHER KIND

Pretend for a moment being able to wipe the face of a death row inmate, suffering and in pain.

This face is a challenge; it is the perfect mirror where everyone can reflect on themselves.

A unique opportunity to look into each other’s eyes and have the most memorable meeting of our life; your face is my own.

THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE

Today, some of us would have photographed this same scene, making a selfie to brag about.

Veronica does not want to miss this unique opportunity.

WHITE AND PURE, MACHINE WASHED

The most striking thing in this scene is the contrast between the sweat, the dust and the blood and that clean cloth Veronica uses to perform her love gesture for Christ.

She wants to look at that face, and she is not afraid to make her way through that angry and howling crowd.

LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME

Veronica is courageous and goes beyond: she wants to establish contact to touch the object of her desire with her own hands.

Thus finally, she and Christ will be united forever. Every situation, even the most painful, always shows a positive aspect, if we are willing to consider events with an open mind and Solomonic impartiality.

Until next

Daniela


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12May

A Sweet Lullaby

Mater et filius – Mother and son, 2017

Those born always have a mother, an inevitable fact for those who live on Earth.

The mother is a certainty. Despite being a unique story with exceptional protagonists, this story is no exception.

Jesus of Nazareth and his mother Mary pulverised the most scandalising couple made up of Oedipus and Jocasta for notoriety even among the laity.

The mother/child relationship is the most complicated because it is eternal and inevitable, which often generates very stressful situations.

YOU ARE STUBBORN, TRULY STUBBORN!

So imagine this scene (the 4th of the ‘Via Crucis’): a mother meets her son, who is about to be crucified, surrounded by an angry mob of Jews who mock and insult him. I believe Maria has always thought that her weird son was the most stubborn person in the entire universe.

A moody, rowdy and rebellious son is a real tragedy.

YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME

An even greater tragedy when you have done everything to warn him about the risks of certain behaviours and ambiguous acquaintances.

How many times does your mother have to tell you not to challenge the Sanhedrin and not to irritate the Romans?

It was all in vain; he doesn’t believe you.

EVERYTHING WAS FORESEEABLE

But what can you expect differently when you, his mother, do not even know your child’s father?

A life full of extreme situations can only end badly and in tragedy.

Everything was predictable, but everything will not be in vain.

THE MOST ADORED OF ALL

A mother is always adorable for her child, but Maria is more so.

Everyone loves it, and this situation is millennia-old; it is lost in the mists of time.

Many call her Mary, but we have always called her the Great Mother.

I CAN DO BETTER, MUCH BETTER

However, her son never deceived her; he never promised her anything he could not keep. He only wanted to do the best he could.

And Maria, amid the crowd’s cries on that dusty road, forgives him even for that last immense pain.

She will forever be an understanding and loving mother.

Until next

Daniela


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05May

Passion – Something to make your wrists tremble

Quod scripsi, scripsi – I wrote what I wrote, 2017

2017 was a challenging year for me. As it certainly has been for millions of people.

I had to deal with my creative passion and take yet another leap in the dark into a new, disturbing present.

Via Crucis – Passion of the Christ:the great kermesse of the son of man that represents the eternal experience of death and resurrection.

The perfect metaphor for that moment.

JUST ONE STEP AWAY FROM MADNESS

The ‘Via Crucis’ is a fundamental rite of Holy Week, consisting of 14 scenes.

Therefore it’s an ancient ‘performative’ art and, at the same time, an ‘ante litteram’ comic strip, or at least I mean it that way.

To create the 14 images of the project that I dedicated to it, I employed a technique for role-taking and complete identification: that of the ‘Spiritual Exercises’ created by Ignatius of Loyola.

This method aims to eliminate the distance between the person who practices spiritual meditation and its subject. If practised correctly, subject and object will overlap and merge inextricably.

A real madness.

A GOODBYE LETTER?

In the second scene, Jesus takes up his Cross. He has no regrets; he is ready to walk that path of pain, and nothing will stop him.

He did what he did. And he would do it again, forever. He wants to leave a trace, an indelible mark.

And the end of the story won’t be goodbye.

THE PLOWERS PLOWED UPON MY BACK: THEY MADE LONG THEIR FURROWS  (BOOK OF PSALMS 129)

Words have a ‘weight’ and a sound and graphic form. They are essential traces. Someone carries that words’ weight imprinted on his skin and flesh.

I represented it with signs written on paper. I wrote what I wrote, and I have not regretted doing it ( quod scripsi, scripsi ).

SE PAREBA BOVES, ALBA PRATALIA ARABA…

The sentence taken from Psalm 129 reminded me of one of the oldest texts of the Italian language, ‘The Veronese Riddle’ by an anonymous author dating back to the eighth or ninth century.

The parallel is evident: they both speak about plowed fields and furrows but of a different nature.

And in both cases, what matters most is the seed and the crop.

STANLEY KUBRICK, WHO ELSE?

I consider Stanley Kubrick one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. I could not resist the temptation to insert a quote, even if indirect, to one of his cinematographic masterpieces.

… ‘ All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy ‘…

Until next

Daniela


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28Apr

Awesome acrobats

The violence ( The Rue Morgue ), 2019

Edgar Allan Poe’s novelette ‘The Murders of the Rue Morgue’ tells the story of a heinous and absurd crime.

Inexplicable.

But if you pause to examine the whole issue with a bit of attention, you will discover that the real subject around which the entire story revolves is the concept of ability.

First clue.

The murderer and Mr Dupin both possess the skills of an acrobat: one on the physical level and the other the mental one.

ON THE RAZOR’S EDGE

We can discover many other mirror elements between the murderer and Dupin, proceeding with caution.

Second clue.

For example, a razor is an object you can use to kill fiercely, but that simultaneously can turn into the symbol of the exceptional investigative mind’s ability to solve such a complex case.

Sharp thoughts, sharp as a razor.

MOVE FURTIVELY, INSTINCTIVELY

The murderous monkey and the investigator also share the indispensable ability to move with extreme agility.

Third clue.

They are instinctive and know how to displace the opponent.

They are extraordinary, both uncontrollable.

EVERYTHING, ONLY FOR ONE GAME 

Fourth clue.

Poe talks about chess, checkers, and card games in the long opening preamble.

All these games, to varying degrees, involve elements such as attention and calculation.

The orangutan kills for fun, and Dupin solves the case for fun.

Two different games or the same game?

STRENGTH, STRENGTH, STRENGTH

The brutal one that sows death.

The relentless force of reasoning, smooth as glass.

IN THE END, WHO WINS?

With these clues, we have irrefutable proof of Edgar Allan Poe’s originality, of his unbridled and sublime imagination.

It wins above all else.

Until next

Daniela


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