DescriptionVision and hearing are well developed senses in premature infants. It has been demonstrated that the fetus reacts to light with an acceleration in heart rate. A professional cellist and conductor found to his amazement that he knew the cello part to several pieces perfectly -- despite having never seen the music before. His mother, also a professional cellist, had practiced those pieces while pregnant. Research into prenatal learning is discovering many other facets of awareness that the unborn child possesses. The latest studies report conclusive evidence to prenatal learning taking place in the second and third trimesters. It seems likely that learning can and does take place from very early in gestation. While thinking or meditation does not require language skills, it appears that unborn infants do, in fact, meditate. Mantra is intrinsically related to sound. Mantra is sound, and sound is reverberating in everything in this universe. Unborn infants hear sound and create sound. When water flows, the gurgling sound it makes, is mantra. When the infant kicks against the mother's womb it creates sound. When wind blows through the trees, the rustling sound it produces is mantra. When the mother speaks the baby in the womb hears. Unborn infants hear music. When we walk on the earth, our footsteps produce sound, and that too is mantra. Within human beings there is a self-born, indestructible sound which repeats itself constantly, along with our breathing and this sound is also a mantra. Was not our first mantra discovered in the womb? We do not need language to meditate. Does Lesson one on meditation begin in the womb?
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.