"The Silberschnur"
Abstract Art-paintings and Creative Design Concept
© NiK-KiA 1996-2010
Artist Designer nikkia

The Art Concept The „Silberschnur“ is a NiK-KiA crativity and dream journal. The Term "Silberschnur" or “Silver cord” is referring to the connection between the physical body, astral body, and Higher Self.

“Silver Cord” or “Astral Projection” art concept refers to a supernatural interpretation of episodes of out-of-body experiences which posits the existence of an astral body that separates from the physical body and travels to one or more astral planes or the physical world. Astral projection is experienced as being "out of the body".

The “Silver Cord” is mentioned by occultists and mystics, especially in contexts of dying and of near-death experiences. Unlike dreaming or near death experiences, astral projection may also be practiced deliberately.

The art concept "silver cord" (Year 1996-2008) is consist of over 200 large format (upto 200x300 cm) oil paintings and about 25,000 graphics and sketch. The Concept spreads in following nine Projects:

1. “The Demonian” –1996-1998;
2. “The Seventh Sense” - 1999-2000;
3. “The Deepest Life”  - 2001-02;
4. “The Plannted Essence” - 2002-03;
5. “The Soul’s adventure” - 2004-05;
6. “On the Other Side” - 2006;
7. “变态” - 2006-07;
8. “The Common Essence and Descent Portrait” - 2007;
9. "Between Beyond and Back - Day One Beyond" - 2007-08.

Artist nikkia in Atelier and Studio summer 2009 Dortmund

1. “The Demonian”
Abstract art project painting and design year 1996-1998

The words daemon used purposely today to distinguish the daemons of Ancient Greek religion and mythology, Hellenistic religion and philosophy, good or malevolent "supernatural beings between mortals and gods, such as inferior divinities and ghosts of dead heroes". In Christian terms demons are generally understood as fallen angels, formerly of God.

The idea of the daimonic typically means quite a few things: from befitting a demon and fiendish, to motivated by a spiritual force or genius and inspired. As a psychological term, it has come to represent an elemental force which contains an irrepresible urge not only to survive but to thrive. As a literary term, it can also mean the unrest that exists in us all that forces us into the unknown, leading to self-destruction and/or self-discovery.

In most Christian denominations, a fallen angel is an angel who has been exiled or banished from Heaven. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, angels were all created good but some turned bad on their own. Angels don't need faith as they already have the knowledge of celestial things, so their rebellion against God constituted unforgivable sin. Matthew 12:32 qualifies unforgivable sin as being unforgivable in "this age or the age to come." Although most Christians do not interpret this to mean that those who have committed this sin may be redeemed after the passage of two ages, a tradition stretching back as far as Gregory of Nyssa and Origen has taught that the devil and fallen angels will eventually be saved.

2. “The Seventh Sense”
Abstract art project painting and design Year 1999-2000

The drawing and painting project is shaped in base of Intutional, Phenomenal and maybe Paranormal Illutionist images.

“Intuition” is the apparent ability to acquire knowledge without inference or the use of reason. Intuition provides us with beliefs that we cannot necessarily justify. “The word ‘intuition’ comes from the Latin word 'intueri', which is often roughly translated as meaning ‘to look inside’ or ‘to contemplate’.”

In philosophy, the use of the word “Phenomenon” differs from other uses in that it refers to perceived events. Phenomena may be perceived through a person's senses or with their mind.

“Paranormal” is a general term that describes unusual experiences that supposedly lack a scientific explanation, or phenomena alleged to be outside of science's current ability to explain or measure.

3. “The Deepest Life”
Art project painting and design year 2001-02

The art project consist multi serie of abstract "Mental Image" Illustrations and Painting, created durring of "Daydreaming".

A “Mental Image” is an experience that, on most occasions, significantly resembles the experience of perceiving some object, event, or scene, but that occurs when the relevant object, event, or scene is not actually present to the senses however, there are, not infrequently, episodes, particularly on falling asleep (hypnagogic imagery) and waking up (hypnapompic), when the imagery, being of a rapid, phantasmogoric and involuntary character, defies perception, presenting a kaleidoscopic field, in which no distinct object can be discerned.

Mental Images are a succession of Ideas, dreams, thoughts, sounds, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is known as oneirology

Mental images, and particular images from dreams, are the basis for the theories of Sigmund Freud about human behavior. His basic thesis was that our childhood experiences strongly influence the mental images that we make in later life. He believed that humans form mental images in the unconscious according to their "latent" desires and they are not aware of them in their conscious mind although, according to Freud, they have a major influence on human behavior.

According to some psychologists, our experiences of the world are stored as mental images. These mental images can then be associated and compared with other mental images, and can be used to synthesize completely new images. Some believe that this process allows us to form useful theories of how the world works based on likely sequences of mental images, without having to directly experience that outcome; for example, through the processes of deduction or simulation.

Common examples of Mental Images include daydreaming and the mental visualization that occurs while reading a book. When a musician hears a song, he or she can sometimes "see" the song notes in his head, as well as hear them with all their tonal qualities. This is considered different from an after-effect, such as an after-image. Calling up an image in our minds can be a voluntary act, so it can be characterized as being under various degrees of conscious control; one can instance the ability of the deaf Beethoven, for whom the new music heard in his brain would not be a 'calling up' from the past at all.

There are so many different types of "daydreaming" that there is still no consensus definition amongst psychologists. While daydreams may include fantasies about future scenarios or plans, reminiscences about past experiences, or "X" dream like images, they are often connected with some type of emotion.

While daydreaming has long been derided as a lazy, non-productive pastime, daydreaming can be constructive in some contexts. There are numerous examples of people in creative or artistic careers, such as composers, novelists and filmmakers, developing new ideas through daydreaming. Similarly, research scientists, mathematicians and physicists have developed new ideas by daydreaming about their subject areas.

4. “The Plannted Life” - Predestination
Art project painting and design year 2002-03

The abstract art project is an artistic graphics and paintings collection. The Subject of project Images, Graphics and Paintings is a creative contention with terms such as "Human Essence", “Meaning of Life”, “Destiny” and “Predestination" in human life .

The “Meaning of Life” constitutes a philosophical question concerning the purpose and significance of existence and/or biological life in general. This concept can be expressed through a variety of related questions, such as Why are we here?, What is life all about?, and What is the meaning of it all? It has been the subject of much philosophical, scientific, and theological speculation throughout history. There have been a large number of answers to these questions from many different cultural and ideological backgrounds.

The “Meaning of Life” is deeply mixed with the philosophical and religious conceptions of existence, consciousness, and happiness, and touches on many other issues, such as symbolic meaning, ontology, value, purpose, ethics, good and evil, free will, conceptions of God, the existence of God, the soul, and the afterlife. Scientific contributions are more indirect; by describing the empirical facts about the universe, science provides some context and sets parameters for conversations on related topics. An alternative, human-centric, and not a cosmic/religious approach is the question "What is the meaning of my life?" The value of the question pertaining to the purpose of life may coincide with the achievement of ultimate reality, or a feeling of oneness, or a feeling of sacredness.

”Destiny” may be seen either as a fixed sequence of events that is inevitable and unchangeable, or that individuals choose their own destiny by choosing different paths throughout their life.

“Predestination” is a religious concept, which involves the relationship between God and his creation. The religious character of predestination distinguishes it from other ideas about determinism and free will. Those who believe in predestination, such as John Calvin, believe that before the creation God determined the fate of the universe throughout all of time and space.

In philosophy, “Essence” is the attribute or set of attributes that make an object or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property that the object or substance has contingently, without which the substance can still retain its identity. The concept originates with Aristotle, who used the Greek expression to ti ên einai, literally 'the what it was to be', or sometimes the shorter phrase to ti esti, literally 'the what it is,' for the same idea. This phrase presented such difficulties for his Latin translators that they coined the word essentia to represent the whole expression. For Aristotle and his scholastic followers the notion of essence is closely linked to that of definition.

5. “ The Soul’s adventure”
Art project painting and design year 2004-05

The art project is consist of abstracts drawings and paintings in base of “out-of-body experience” and “Astral Projection”.

Soul Travel is the belief that when one sleeps, their Soul leaves its body and seeks spiritual lessons in the Soul Planes, or heaven as Christians would call it. Soul Travel is a key element in the religion of Eckankar. They believe that there are many different Temples that Souls go to in higher Planes, to learn their religion

An "out-of-body experience", is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside of one's body and, in some cases, perceiving one's physical body from a place outside one's body. Though the term usefully distances researchers from scientifically problematic concepts such as the soul, scientists still know little about the phenomenon. One in ten people has an out-of-body experience at some time in their lives. Out-of-the-body experience are often part of the near-death experience, and reportedly may also lead to astral projection. Those who have experienced OBEs sometimes claim to have observed details which were unknown to them beforehand.

"Astral projection" refers to a supernatural interpretation of episodes of out-of-body experiences which posits the existence of an astral body that separates from the physical body and travels to one or more astral planes or the physical world. Astral projection is experienced as being "out of the body". Unlike dreaming or near death experiences, astral projection may also be practiced deliberately.

Descriptions of such belief and experiences are found in major religious and accounts of the afterlife, with the soul's travels being described in such terms as an 'out-of-body experience' where the spiritual traveler leaves the physical body and travels with his/her spirit body (or astral body) into ‘other’ realms.

6. “On the Other Side”
Art project painting and design year 2006

The art project is consist of abstracts Drawings and Paintings in base of subjects such as “Jenseits”, “Otherworld", "Possible World" and the "World After life”.

“Otherworld” (orbis alia) in Celtic mythology is postulated (but not known) to be the realm of the dead, the home of the deities, or the stronghold of other spirits and beings such as the Sídhe. Tales and folklore describe it as existing over the western sea, or at other times underground (such as in the Sídhe mounds) or right alongside the world of the living, but invisible to most humans.

Those theorists who use the concept of possible worlds consider the actual world to be one of the many possible worlds. For each distinct way the world could have been, there is said to be a distinct possible world; the actual world is the one we in fact live in. Among such theorists there is disagreement about the nature of possible worlds; their precise ontological status is disputed, and especially the difference, if any, in ontological status between the actual world and all the other possible worlds.

The "afterlife" (also referred to as life after death or the hereafter) is the idea that the consciousness or mind of a being continues after physical death occurs. In many popular views, this continued existence often takes place in a spiritual or immaterial realm. Major views on the afterlife derive from religion, esotericism and metaphysics. Deceased persons are usually believed to go to a specific realm or plane of existence after death, typically believed to be determined by a god, based on their actions during life. In contrast, the term reincarnation refers to an afterlife in which only the "essence" of the being is preserved, and the "afterlife" is another life on Earth or possibly within the same universe.

7. “ Metamorphossis”
Art project painting and design year 2006-07

The term “The Metamorphossis”coming up from the opening sentence of the Kafka's novella “The Metamorphossis”:
"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin."

The abstract art project's "Metamorphosis" is a ccreative collection of "transmutated" Images with suggestion to show that one form of Life and its environment can alternating, effecting and take different forms and faces in parallel worlds.

8. “The Common Essence and Descent Portrait
Art project painting and design year 2007

The abstract and fantasy images of art project is created with help of “Soul Sleeping Self Essence Searching - S.S.S.E.S." experience and method. The aim of art project was to “Portrait” images over origin identity and Common Descent root of Universum, Earth, and Life.

In philosophy, “Essence” is the attribute or set of attributes that make an object or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property that the object or substance has contingently, without which the substance can still retain its identity. The concept originates with Aristotle, who used the Greek expression to ti ên einai, literally 'the what it was to be', or sometimes the shorter phrase to ti esti, literally 'the what it is,' for the same idea.

Innatism is a philosophical doctrine that holds that the mind is born with ideas/knowledge, and that therefore the mind is not a 'blank slate' at birth, as early empiricists such as John Locke claimed. It asserts therefore that not all knowledge is obtained from experience and the senses.

The philosophy of innatism is sometimes divided into two areas:

Knowledge innatism - this doctrine asserts that humans have access to knowledge that is possessed innately.

Idea innatism - also known as concept innatism, this doctrine asserts that humans have access to certain inborn ideas.

Knowledge innatism seems to entail idea innatism.

Idea innatism does not necessarily entail knowledge innatism, although this is debatable.

An innatist might endorse an innatist account of ideas, or of knowledge, or (the most common innatist position) of both ideas and knowledge

The difference between innatism and nativism

In general usage the terms innatism and nativism are synonymous as they both refer to notions of preexisting ideas present in the mind. However, more correctly innatism refers to the philosophy of Plato and Descartes who assumed that innate ideas and principles are placed in the human mind by a God or an equivalent being or process.

Nativism represents an adaptation of this, grounded in the fields of genetics, cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. Nativists hold that innate beliefs are in some way genetically programmed to arise in our mind, that is to say that innate beliefs are the phenotypes of certain genotypes that all humans have in common.

Nativism is a modern view rooted in innatism. The advocates of nativism are mainly philosophers who also work in the field of cognitive psychology or psycholinguistics: most notably Noam Chomsky and Jerry Fodor (although the latter has adopted a more critical attitude towards nativism in his later writings). The nativist’s general objection against empiricism is still the same as was raised by the rationalists: the human mind of a newborn child is no tabula rasa at all, but equipped with an internal structure.

In evolutionary biology, a group of organisms have “common descent” if they have a common ancestor. According to modern biology, all living organisms on Earth are descended from a common ancestor or ancestral gene pool.


9."Between Beyond and Back - Segmented Images from Beyond"
Art project painting and design year

Beyond And Back is a 1978 documentary released by Sunn Classic Pictures that deals with the subject of near death experiences.. This was one of the first movies to explore this subject and pose the question "Is there life after death".

For example, when Ernest Hemingway was a young soldier serving in World War I, he was badly wounded by an exploding shell during a battle. He claimed to have felt his soul leave his body, fly around for a bit, and then he returned. The famed author later drew upon this actual experience in his novel A Farewell to Arms.

Many people who come close to death and have near death experiences report meeting relatives or entering "the Light" in an otherworldly dimension, which share similarities with the religious concept of Heaven. Even though there are also reports of distressing experiences and negative life-reviews, which share some similarities with the concept of Hell, the positive experiences of meeting or entering 'the Light' is reported as an immensely intense feeling state of love, peace and joy beyond human comprehension. Together with this intensely positive feeling state, people who have near death experiences also report that consciousness or a heightened state of awareness seems as if it is at the heart of experiencing a taste of 'Heaven'.

At the climax of the film, an account was given of a young woman who had a near death experience after attempting suicide. In the words of narrator Crandall, it was a horror story. The young woman drove her car off a cliff and told of flying through a long dark tunnel and being attacked by demonic beings and snakes in a place where it was utterly bleak and terrifying. She was shown her family and friends grieving over her death and the children she was supposed to bear. The young woman screamed out that she wanted to live and awoke alive. The producers of the film indicated that this type of experience is common with people that try to take their own lives. However, studies by Kenneth Ring do not support this opinion.

Many others told of going through a long dark tunnel and seeing a bright light at the other end that they knew was a divine being. They spoke of seeing a review of their entire lives and knowing that they were being given a second chance to return to their former lives. This feature further revealed a study that the producers claimed had been done by scientists involving terminal patients. These dying people were said to have been placed on a special bed attached to a sensitive scale. Doctors determined that in each case, there was a loss of around 1/2 to 3/4 of an ounce at the exact moment of death. The doctors were said to have wondered if that could possibly have been the human soul leaving the body. This data was recorded for all human subjects. When the same experiment was performed on dying dogs and other animals, however, no weight loss at all was detected at the moment of death.


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