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Many people ask me why I named my website ‘pyramidkey?

This has such a long answer to it that to try and boil it down to just one or two simple facts would undermine the whole process.

Within my blog, The Living Pyramid, I am going to write the story of how I developed my creative work over the years and how I came to notice that I was often subconsciously using the model of the pyramid as an inner pattern.

Blog: The Living Pyramid
Part 3: Solukumbu and Maratika
Part 3: Solukumbu and Maratika

To repair the camera in order to go on this journey, I had been sent to a small workshop in the centre of Kathmandu. I was not yet aware that this little shop and the person who repaired it (Sudarson) would play a major part in my film editing process from 2005 onwards.

My trip to Solukumbu had been another breath of fresh air on Nepal and seeing that I was traveling with three professional photographers, it was also my introduction to the art. Realising that this was something that I was not going to be able to pick up overnight, rather than dive in too deep I was happy to be given short, but very direct teachings on how to use this piece of equipment as we were going along.

Seeing that there was no automatic facility on it, I would have to adjust the light settings myself and as I focused my lens on snow peaks and forests of pine trees, the small cottages of parahi (hill people) and their animals and children, temples by the wayside and religious artifacts along the way, this trip turned into a practise run for my photographic skills.

From Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche’s monastery at Thupten Choling, which is located roughly five days walk from the main road – they’ve probably built the road closer since then – I continued my journey south on foot, alone, across the hills to Maratika. In Nepali terms, they are hills roughly averaging around 3000-4000 feet in height and lie in the direction away from the highest snow peaks of the Himalayas (higher than 25,000 feet).

My friends had decided to return to Kathmandu, but I was on a roll now and wanted to stay in the mountains (hills) as long as my free time would allow.

Maratika is a place where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) practiced and accomplished the siddhi (power) of immortality. Later I would return there to film, but for now I just wanted to set foot at the site, where there is a huge cave that cannot be efficiently described. If these is any way you could stand inside the magma vault of a volcano, perhaps it would look like this, except of course this is not a volcano and there is no magma.

My two-day trek to reach it was filled with all sorts of events and encounters, but my most prominent memory is that of walking through the rain on the ridge of a mountain with a makeshift plastic bag over my body to slightly protect me, feeling the sheer immensity of the five elements.

This enormous sense of being at one with the five elements was soon to become a major part of my work, but for now I was receiving a natural empowerment from the elements themselves, who were disclosing their secrets to me openly on the hilltops.

To really understand their significance I would have to return to Muktinath.

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