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Marko Pogačnik, Slovenia:
Healing the Earth through Art

“Human beings are responsible for the aggressive attitude developed against nature, Gaia and fellow beings including conflicts within the human family. Realising it I have developed methods of what I call “Earth Healing””.

Marko Pogacnik World Portrait

Marko Pogačnik
UNESCO Artist for Peace

My name is Marko and I was born in 1944 in Slovenia where I live with my wife Marika in a stone house close to the village of Šempas and in partnership with the family of my daughter Ana, her husband Thomas and their daughters Klara and Eva.

I awoke to myself in 1962 under the pressure of the false communist praxis in the former Yugoslavia when I was 18. This is the year of my first art exhibition, exhibiting the so called “ready made” objects and publishing first poems and drawings. The severe conflict with the political establishment of that time that followed made me aware that art inherits the capacity to change, to transform and to transmute those conditions in life that do not pulsate in resonance with the universal patterns of love and truth.

During the following few years in collaboration with my wife Marika, colleagues from OHO movement (1965-71) and from “Šempas community” (1971-79), the basic paradigm was formed that underlies my work. I call it “Art of Life – Life of Art”:

1 Beings and phenomena of the world are autonomous and not dependent on human control. The anthropocentric approach to life and to the fellow beings of nature is outdated according to cosmic cycles that move the universe. Instead a platform of coexistence and cooperation with all beings of life needs to be developed as basis of a new culture. I call it “geoculture” – a culture tuned to the essence of our home planet, its consciousness, and sacred core called Gaia.

2 Rational scientific paradigm has during the last two centuries imposed upon humanity a pattern of ignorance towards those beings and dimensions of life that do not know physical appearance and yet are inevitable for life processes to run and to evolve. My effort as an artist and a human being is to get intimate experience of those invisible dimensions and beings, and share the experience and knowledge about the invisible worlds of Earth and Universe with my fellow human beings to change that extremely dangerous pattern that ignores the sources of life itself.

3 Human beings are responsible for the aggressive attitude developed against nature, Gaia and fellow beings including conflicts within the human family. Realising it I have developed methods of what I call “Earth Healing” – to distinguish it from healing human problems. These methods are based upon the tools developed in my art practice combined with the knowledge of the alternative medicine. Mostly I use a method of Earth acupuncture that I call “lithopuncture” and forms of group work with sound and imagination.

4 To make the Earth Healing methods effective four preconditions had to be met:

  • It needed to develop a non-anthropocentric language that can be understood also by other forms of consciousness then human – i.e. to be able to communicate with the beings of places and different dimensions of the Earth. I call it “language of cosmograms”.
  • It needed to be developed a holistic form of science concerning the nature and the essence of the Earth, its subtle dimensions and beings, visible as well as invisible. I call this science “geomancy”.
  • It needed to be recognized that the work done for the good of life can not be my property. Since the very beginning of my work in the early sixties I make effort to create in groups. For this purpose I do teaching in different countries to enable interested persons to take part in the Earth Healing work, and I do create workshops in which each person interested is invited to participate.
  • The Earth needed to be recognized as the master of evolution, as Gaia, an all-embracing consciousness, and the sacred centre of the multidimensional and autonomous “Earthly Universe”. The duality between earthly and spiritual realms has to be transcended. What Cosmos is, exists also within the Earthly Universe, and what exists within the Earthly Universe, exists also within each single human being.

We live and create together with my wife Marika since 50 years, have three daughters and six grandchildren. We adore beauties and creative capacities of the life embodied.