"Crab and Peacock Protection"
"Crab and Peacock Protection" tells a story about how to protect yourself. Artist Chi-Jen Liu selected the following creature symbols and spiritual metaphors for this painting because they embody the qualities that attract good company and the intelligence to make divinely guided decisions. The mantra charms promote their protective energies.
Peacocks are known for their exquisite plumage and vibrant colors. In cultures throughout the world, it is revered as a symbol of beauty and royalty. When a peacock displays his hypnotic feathers, they give him a luminous aura. His beauty attracts the admiration of bystanders. Gaining acclaim is a form of self-protection. It provides a positive shield and grants entrance into affluent environments.
Crabs are creatures of both water and land. They are symbolic of protection because they have the ability to find food and shelter in various places, all while staying safe inside their sturdy shells. It is said that sideways-walking crabs can navigate their way through obstacles and exit danger without harm.
The ringing of a bell clears away negative energy; it thus symbolizes purification of the body, the mind and one's environment. The dragons, and the pyramid with the single eye, represent spiritual forces. In Chinese mythology, the dragon is regarded as a guardian creature. Dragons patrol the realm between heaven and earth, and come down when needed to help mankind. The pyramid with the eye is a symbol of God, the one who sees all and protects all. Chi-Jen Liu says, "Listening to your intuition can help you avoid a negative situation. Developing good habits and good karma can create a positive energetic shield around you."
Chinese calligraphy has its roots in prehistoric art. A circle represented the sun. A curve represented the moon. Eventually, all the animals, plants and natural formations that man surveyed around him were translated into different combinations of circles, lines and dots. After thousands of years, these motifs developed into the Chinese characters used today.
Mantra charms evolved out of the patterns man observed in nature. For example, lightning was drawn as vertical lines and water became horizontal lines. They expressed the awesome power of nature's forces and became tools of communicating metaphysical concepts. Mantra charms embodied the wisdom of the ancient sages who understood the mechanics behind the universe on profoundly deep levels. Their knowledge was distilled into information-dense spiritual diagrams (aka mantra charms) and calligraphy that had the power to change the flow of thought and energy.
Before devoting himself full-time to an artistic career, Chi-Jen Liu cultivated over 55 years of feng shui wisdom and Taoist practices. His background as a feng shui master strongly influences his work. The "Mantra Charm Series" is a selection of paintings that feature the unique combination of calligraphy and mantra charms. These pieces have the potential to adjust or purify the energies of private and corporate spaces. Collectors seek mantra charm artwork when their environment has unstable energy, a negative history, or inharmonious vibrations from neighboring properties.