"Secret Code of the Galaxies"
Artist Chi-Jen Liu made this painting as a paternal blessing to his second daughter, Julie. "Secret Code of the Galaxies" depicts a complex arrangement of mantra charms, constellations and a combination of Taoist symbols. Each of them contain "codes," or messages, that have the power to enhance the positive energy that surrounds us. He said to her, "The galaxies contain infinite cosmic powers to help you create more love, wealth, longevity, harmony, fame, health, and talent. Meditating upon this painting helps attract these energies into your life."
The sun and moon symbolize nature's balance, and the gifts they freely bestow. Chi-Jen Liu explains, "The sun charges you with creative energy. It protects you from man-made and natural disasters. It activates life force in your body. The moon brings peace, romance, and happiness. It activates your spiritual energy and connects you to higher dimensions."
The bold and swirling colors in "Secret Code of the Galaxies" represent the five elements of feng shui philosophy. The pinks and reds are colors associated with fire. The white and yellows are associated with metal. The greens and blues, wood. The browns are associated with earth, and the blacks and grays relate to water. The five elements, interwoven with personalized mantra charms, are expertly arranged – like stars in the galaxy – to attract blessings and dispel darkness.
Symbolism is an integral part of Chinese culture. This is clearly seen in the Chinese language in which the characters are iconographs and homophones are prevalent. With a language that communicates through pictures and double meanings, it is no wonder symbolism is engrained in Chinese art, literature, customs and folklore.
Chi-Jen Liu painted the "Cosmic Series" with the understanding that symbols originate from higher realms, and whether or not we understand them, they have a powerful effect on our whole well-being and the lives we live. His art expresses the messages that exist in nature and the multiple dimensions beyond our planet. He illustrates the cosmic patterns that are usually invisible to the naked eye.
Decades of meditation and deep study of ancient Taoist writings have inspired this series. Chi-Jen Liu developed an artistic style that could encompass the knowledge within his consciousness. These paintings are characterized by their resemblance to expansive diagrams. Chi-Jen Liu refers to these diagrams as the "secrets codes" of the universe. With radar-like inner vision, he transforms energy, vibrations and divine blessings into shapes, color, mantra charms and personal calligraphy.