Our ego is an integral part of our human experience. How many times a day do we say “I”? The ego is a tool to discern “me” from the rest of the world. It helps us navigate through the earthly conditions and distinguish what is positive/negative or pleasant/unpleasant. At the same time, the ego is the cause of separation and the root of all suffering. If we forget that our activities also affect the rest of the world, we can easily hurt others. This can trigger a chain reaction and one gesture of hatred or anger will cause suffering not only…
Ilona Svetluska was born in Pilsen, Czech Republic in 1979. Since 2005, she has been living in Brussels, Belgium. Painting has been one of her passions since childhood when she won a couple of competitions. At the age of 19 she started to work as an intuitive healer (kinesiology One Brain, reiki, family constellations, tarot and automatic drawing). She quickly developed her own artistic style – expressionist painting which resulted from her ability to do automatic drawing for healing purposes. Later on, she also worked as a teacher and a translator of esoteric books into Czech (among others, Conversations with God for Children.)
In Brussels she earned a Masters degree in International Politics and worked as a diplomat for the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU. Brussels gave her also an opportunity to run a Buddhist centre and bring to life her idea of organizing an exhibition of Tibetan art “Timeless Values” in the European Parliament in fall 2009.
She has also held successful exhibitions of her art in the Council of the EU. She is a member of API – Art Perspectives International. Her abstract painting "River of Wisdom" has received a Special Recognition Award for outstanding art. Her artwork is owned by clients from Belgium, Luxemburg, UK, Czech Republic and also belongs to the collection of the Council of the EU.
Before she starts painting she makes sure to be in a meditative state so that the paintings can radiate positive energy. All of them work on both body and mind and therefore bring the whole human system into balance. The owners of her paintings report about the beneficial effects on their creativity, self-esteem and good mood. She is of the same opinion like Kandinsky: “Color directly influences the soul” (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). According to the Wall Street Journal, her artwork is a good investment.