Tilly is a mother of three, artist, alchemist, Jungian, Science and non-duality quantum fysiks groupie. An aspiring Völva with a philosopher's mind and lover of nature and natural, deep history, mystery and magic. I am essentially a Visionary artist I have been creating iconographic art for well over a decade, but painting since childhood. And whilst I can jump from substrate to substrate and medium to medium, I love to paint on diaphanous ahimsa silks that are wrapped over gilded canvases with 24ct gold details. In recent years, my focus, though not exclusively, has been on breathing new life into the traditional feminine Yidams of Buddhism. As a result, I'm honored to be part of a few creative collectives which I will list below. I am also a muser and writer of headier subjects and a regular columnist for a Buddhist magazine based in Hong Kong, bridging an important gap amidst the turmoil since the 1050's.
Half French half British and London born in 1973, my curious childhood, not without its challenges, was spent between France, the cultural bustle of Hampstead, London and the natural calm of the rural British Shires. My introduction to Buddhism came early in life when Tibetan Geshes escaping their home, moved in to the London family home during the early 1980's, where we become the Manjushri meditation center for a while. Between the playful yet wise Tibetans as well as the array of wonderful western minds that stepped through the door, seeds were planted (or rekindled) that would germinate over the following years. By 1996 Tilly started life as a full time parent to her three children and the seeds were nourished in all sorts of new and unexpected ways. Life lessons and a profoundly curious mind fueled my fascination with alchemy, quantum mechanics and the nature of reality, myth, natural medicines, neuroplasticity and magical symbols and anything related. By 2009, I was working as a professional artist in France and was the same year I became a qualified practitioner in an art based depth psychology healing tool. This deepened my cognitive understanding of the power of imagery and colour on the emotional body, the psyche and resulting manifestation. Though I also have a natural reverence and adoration of ancient art and artifacts, as if their arcane secrets had been imbued in to the canvas, incubating until the student was ready. It was inevitable that my art would emulate some of that. My reasons for loving gold and silk is wrapped up in my understanding of Alchemy and the significance of the materials used when using art for something more profound than filling a wall. As one of the strongest, most enduring and versatile natural protein fibers known to man - from underwear to parachutes, kimonos to wall decoration, the oldest evidence of silk being used by humans seems to actually dates back to 1300 where it was used in weaponry! Silk is tough, durable yet refined and delicate, with that added bonus of its extraordinary versatility. Art ties us together as a species, ever since the dawn of humanity. There is also an ancient Oriental proverb that states that we are connected by an invisible and unbreakable thread with the people we are destined to meet ( I love this idea) and Silk is one of, if not the strongest and most extraordinary protein fibers found in the natural world. It is organically produced to protect the caterpillar whilst it undergoes its unrecognizable transformation and evolution into its flying ascended form. Alchemy in action. As within so without. Perfect for Alchemical Art.
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*My response to a query on this article. (Becoming the Yidam) "Thank you for taking the time to read then respond. I would like to start by saying that this is first and foremost an essay on Yidam meditation, how they differ from archetypes and how it could be that they could exist outside of the mind in the way that has been suggested in teachings and why this type of ’embodiment’ is interesting to us both spiritually and emotionally and not to ‘prove’ anything either way.So whilst I appreciate your train of thought and obvious passion on the topic of QM & spirituality and I do hear what you are saying, the fact is that science has verified an energetic ‘reality’ fleeting in and out of existence and not lego blocks. Though it is not a siting as proof of anything more than their current discovery, it does seem to agree with what spiritual teachers have said is the case for millennium. And this is what makes it interesting rather than making it a pseudo something. The Dalai Lama is a big advocate of scientific research and in fact refers to himself as having more of a scientific mind than not. Many Buddhist teachers appear to feel that QM is very closely related to the nature reality, not just new age philosophers. As for the brilliant Bohr. Yes he was one of the daddies of QM and there have been many an advancement in understanding since, both main stream and fringe. So to Capra’s best seller, naturally one cannot discuss this issue without including all the Fundamental Fysiks group. It may have not been popular with the mainstream at he time, but once ‘uncomfortable’ truths are discovered, they often becomes unpopular with those who prefer the statusquo. The FF made the connections between science, psychology and spirituality for those of us in the west with our closed billiard ball minds. Billiard ball science and your ‘hard science of the material world’ may not apparently have anything to do with meaningfulness as we recognize it, but who knows for sure? I know I don’t. Though the idea of speaking about ‘co existence’ but no ‘mixing’ also suggests the separateness of billiard ball science, (which we know not to be true) as well as anything but a ‘oneness’ that is generally accepted as fact, in both science and spiritual fields. Therefore, it is not a wild step to surmise that everything has meaning, as it is in fact all absolutely connected ? My essay does not purely draw on quantum mechanics either, nor do I say I have all the answers. The 96% unknown (‘dark’) universe is fascinating too and quite possibly intrinsically connected. I have also left the possibility that it is all and only subjective experience and that physics in whatever form has nothing to do with any of it hence Jung and neurology being included in my essay. Though this would be considered ‘gross consciousness’ and not clear awareness, but it is a factor relating to the human experience, and that many teachings are also lessons in psychology and rightful living. I do not however speak of anything being ‘responsible’ nor ‘where’ what becomes experienced as life comes from, the nearest I come is the analogy of air (but that’s another essay you may enjoy Jacob ) however I do address that train of thought in this editorial. Many meditations require one to call in deities. Thoughts like ‘if it is no longer purely imagination, how could they be ‘real’ ? Then to thoughts about those other other-worldly experiences that people have. Ghosts being an obvious one. Are they ‘real’? or purely an internal experience? If they are ‘real’ then ‘where do they reside’? and how does that interact with our known reality? These are the typical questions that have propelled many to research deeply."