Diego Acevedo Llosa (Ceasius Kakius)
2015, Sydney, Manly Beach, between Autumn and Winter
Canvas; paint, wayruro seeds, citrine crystals, coffee grounds, and timber threads.
This artwork brings together multiple elements, both seen and unseen, to communicate the heart of abundance to the viewer. The intention is to empower the viewer with the energy and understanding to live with greater freedom and flow in life. All components of this artwork (paintbrush, Wayruro seeds, crystals, paint, coffee beans, and canvas), were activated and charged by the energy of Matt Omo’s sound healing gong. He was invited by Diego to collaborate on this piece.
The principle of abundance is primarily about expanding your tree of life. This involves balancing two forces that exist in our lives:
- Preservation of the fundamentals of life, and
- Embracing and reaching for the new.
We all arrive at point in life where we feel constrained by who we are, what we have, and more commonly, what we don’t. Whether that lack is; financial, emotional, physical, spiritual, familial, or vocational. Subsequently, we start to want more for and of ourselves, and others. However, this often occurs from a stance of insufficiency. Which places us at risk of losing ourselves in the process of pursuing more, and forgetting how far we have already come.
But the truth is, abundance is already present in the basics of living. From breathing in fresh air, walking on the earth, and bathing in sunlight–to having shelter to live under, clothes to wear, food to eat, and company to share it with. The awareness of the abundance already present, becomes the raw materials that enable us to manifest the new. This is the stance of sufficiency. Because appreciating the simple things that enrich life is a necessary component of the path to attract the energy of greater wealth, and the experience of greater flow.
“You can go from one extreme to another one, wanting more and more. But it is important to come back to the basics and say, “I am healthy, I am alive, I have my body, and I have this beautiful Earth.” The branches and leaves of a tree are beautiful, but they don’t stand unless you care for the trunk and the roots. I am certain I will find more to want in life, but I want to keep it all in balance. This is the composition of abundance.”
– Ceasius Kakius
The flowers, leaves, and branches of your tree of life are all beautiful components. But they all need a trunk and strong roots. The principle of abundance is about bringing all that you have with you, as you reach out to create more of what you want. To assert and want more in life, and equally feeling enriched with what you have now. You will find in this masterpiece, a holographic representation of this core philosophy. It is present in the micro elements, the more macro elements, and even the energies that reverberate beyond our traditional senses.
This is also reflected in the overall texture, look and feel. From the brown pigments created using coffee grounds, and timber sashes that connect the horizontal elements of the piece—to the Wayruro seeds (red and black) and citrine crystals that are backlit with LED lights (9 in total)—Diego worked with organic elements derived from the Earth. The introduction of modern technology at the centre of the piece, symbolizes the embracing of the new, while remembering your roots.
Additionally, infinity symbols are embedded with the South American Wayruro seeds at their centres—whose red and black elements culturally symbolize universal duality. Together, they birth life and strength. The citrine crystals represent manifestation power, which is maximized when you find the sweet spot between two extremes.
Connect this piece with your heart, body and mind—and you will find greater balance, earthliness, grounding, and flow.
“Abundance is to expand but be grounded in the basic beauty of life. Life can bring us some dark patches where it is difficult to see. But I believe when you return to the basics, it illuminates the big picture. It gives you vision and invites greater possibility. That is what I remind myself and hope to inspire in others too.”
– Ceasius Kakius