|Watch and Be Cured
The Healing Powers of Visionary Art
By Miriam Zigelman *
Artwork: Orna Ben-Shoshan **
||Artist Orna B.
When an artist exposes visual information, whatever
passes through to the viewer is not only a picture, but its energetic essence -
energetic frequency as well.
art has several interesting attributes due to its intuitiveness and its ability
to create mental or physical shifts in the viewer.
visitor at the Tel Aviv art festival, I was standing in one of the pavilions
among dozens of people, staring with wonder at their responses to the exhibit: Their
integration with the marvelous paintings was
almost instant – Something positive had flown forth from the artwork and
improved their feelings. An atmosphere of joy, revival and encouragement was
clearly visible in the audience which had
already absorbed a lot that evening. It was obvious that these paintings of
Orna Ben-Shoshan could not be ignored, and their impact on the viewers was
powerful, even magical.
artwork influence its viewers so powerfully?
it have invigorating or weakening attributes?
how can the act of viewing certain images initiate a healing process?
The Wings of Imagination:
order to create, the artist uses his/her imagination to capture ideas. Most
creative artists refer to the term “inspiration” to describe the way their
imagination is activated. In fact – most
artists receive the contents of their artwork through channeling, and imagination
is the medium that connects between their consciousness
and the information it conceives. The technical mastery serves the artist’s
process: the more he/she masters their style, the better their ability to
convey visual messages.
Absorption of Messages:
compare the creative artist’s mind to a radio or TV receptor, which is able to
absorb different channels. Many frequencies are transmitted through the air at
all times, between powerful transmitters and receptors, some of them are
located in outer space (satellites). When tuning into a certain channel, it is
possible to receive the broadcast from that station. As long as your receptor
is tuned into channel 1, you will not be able to see what’s on channel 2. Does
that mean that broadcasts from channel 2 do not exist at the very same time? No
matter what channel we are tuned into at a given moment, there is much more
going on around us simultaneously – immense amounts of information are sizzling
The Great Wisdom:
can be absorbed by us consciously, through our five senses. However, the
majority of it flows in different channels, which are not accessible by most
people, and cannot be experienced outright. Certain people, including channelers,
are able to absorb messages which are latent to most of us, and translate them into
images, sound, movement or words.
All this abundant
information - is enclosed in the large pool of immeasurable collective wisdom,
which includes everything, which has always existed and will always exist in
the universe around us. This immense knowledge exists in different dimensions,
where life takes place on endless energetic levels and frequencies. We can
demonstrate some of these frequencies the same way that we describe different
attributes: creativity, construction, destruction, activity, passivity,
militancy, chaos, order or healing. Other high frequencies are beyond our conception
as humans, and we cannot access them under the limitations of our
The Energetic Essence of a Message:
When an artist expresses visual
information which originates in a certain dimension, whatever passes through to
the viewer is not only a picture, but its energetic essence - energetic
frequency as well.
We can compare
the process to the mind-work of a person who practices visualization for the
purpose of curing disease: Thoughts are energy frequencies on different wave
lengths. A person focuses their thoughts and creates images in their mind to
help themselves recover. It does not matter at all if the picture they draw in their
mind is real or imagined – the fact of “seeing” the malignant tumor shrink and
disappear, or pain vanishing, is assimilated in that person’s individual
experience – at first as a vivid vision, and finally – as a crystallization of
thought into matter, from its spiritual frequency to a physical frequency,
which promotes the healing process.
In the same way,
the energetic essence of a visual message in a painting assimilates in the
viewer’s mind: starting with the phase of absorption in the mind, all the way
to the assimilation in their personal experience. The essence of the artwork
crystallizes into a slower condensed form that influences the material level.
(All this is true if the viewer does not resist the information that flows
Dream or Hallucination?
Artist Orna B.
absorbs the images she paints through channeling. Her paintings reflect
optimism, joy and humor, and presents occurrences unfamiliar to
us in our mundane world. Many people guess that the origin of these images
comes from her dreams – but this is far from the truth. Her dreams are like
anybody else’s dreams, sometimes interesting, usually just boring, and she does
not remember most of them at all. The fantastic images she sees are explained
by her typical humor as “hallucinations”. As Orna states, these images appear
to her from an alternate reality, where a “utopian” (ideal) form of life
exists: The figures that play different roles in her depicted scenes symbolize
mysterious entities that are forever occupied with healing rituals,
purification, rejuvenation and transformation. Even though she does not always
understand the contents of the messages, Orna can feel the positive energies flowing
through her during the process of painting. She sees herself as an open channel
that transfers information. Her mastered technical proficiency is the medium
that enables her to translate it into shapes and forms familiar
to the people in our physical realm.
The Dimension of Healing and Rejuvenation:
Orna B. has fulfilled many years of work with the surreal, colorful and
detailed style which she has taught herself, and the unique contents she
chooses to convey. After some odd
phenomena which occurred to viewers in her exhibitions, my definite
conclusion is that the source of her images is in a realm of healing and
weekend, I took my friend for a visit at Orna’s studio. At that time, my friend
had suffered severe migraines which attacked her weekly and lasted for days at
a time. When we arrived at the studio, she still felt some residual pain, and
was quite exhausted. When leaving the studio and strolling toward the car, as
she held two new prints she had just bought, she suddenly stopped, turned to me
and said: “You won’t believe it, Miriam, but my migraine has completely
disappeared and I feel tons of energy!” I knew that being around Orna’s artwork
was the cause for her betterment. A month later, my friend reported that she does not understand
how it happened, but her migraine attacks are weakening and do not paralyze her
any more. Orna’s new paintings are still hanging in her living room and
When I peeked into the
guestbook at one of Orna’s exhibitions, I was amazed to read the visitors’
comments: People expressed their deep gratitude for the wonderful feelings they
experienced when viewing the exhibition, and even hours later. People who have
Orna’s artwork on their walls report that since they have brought the paintings
home, the whole atmosphere has changed and became more harmonious and peaceful.
One man wrote that when suffering severe back pain, he laid down to rest on the
sofa, above which a painting of Orna’s hung. After lying down and gazing at the
painting for about twenty minutes, he got up, and his back felt almost painless.
like this can also be heard from visitors who spend time at Orna’s website: The
viewers connect to the images through their subconscious minds. In many cases
they don’t exactly understand the contents, but it’s simple for them to
describe how they feel.
genre known as “Visionary Art” is familiar in the visual art circles. This
genre is a sub-category of the surrealistic style. Most artists who create
visionary art are autodidact, and develop their unique style through practice
and experimentation. Most visionary artists are not influenced by conventional
art schools and genres, since they have never acquired any formal art
Visionary art has
several interesting attributes due to its intuitiveness and its ability to
create mental or physical shifts in the viewer (from stress reduction to elevated
energy levels). Orna Ben-Shoshan belongs to this special artistic category. It
makes no difference whether her art is created as oil on canvas, or as computer
generated digital images – their energetic essence is always reflected onto the
viewer. Her paintings are radiant with harmony, purified energies and
rejuvenation, and induce a peaceful atmosphere in the area they are displayed.
Remember - the
unique frequency conveyed through each creation of art is its true inner
essence. The essence of Orna B.’s artwork is in the manifestation of messages
from alternate dimensions that pass through her in order to spread love and
Orna Ben-Shoshan has been an autodidact artist for the past 30 years. Her
artwork has been exhibited in numerous locations in the USA, Europe and Israel. Her major motivation as a visual artist is to share
her visions with others, expand their consciousness and inspire new ways of
Zigelman, a senior art teacher, Reike practitioner and channeler,
investigates the cutting edge between art and metaphysics. Miriam lived in France most of
her life, working as an art educator and curator of modern art. Her essays as
an exhibition critic appeared in Parisian art publications in the 1970’s. Nowadays, Miriam interlaces the knowledge
that she acquired in the occult with her vast experience as an art critic. Her popular essays raise new insights
regarding the influences of New Age philosophies on contemporary art.
**Artist Orna Ben-Shoshan conceives
the images she paints through channeling. All of her paintings are
completed in her mind before she transfers them onto the canvas.
Her metaphysical work infuses deep spiritual experience with subtle humor.
Orna Ben-Shoshan has been an auto deduct artist for the past 30 years.
Her artwork was exhibited in numerous locations in the USA, Europe and
Israel. Her Major motivation as a visual artist is to share her visions
with others to expand their consciousness and inspire new ways of
To see more of her artwork, please visit: http://www.ben-shoshan.com
During 2008, Orna has embarked on a new and challenging project: Her
artwork became the theme of a new set of reading cards: "King Solomon
Cards", a new and innovative divination tool which combines her
metaphysical art with ancient Kabalistic symbols. To see more, please
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