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The true seeker hunteth naught but the object of his quest, and the lover hath no desire save union with his beloved. Nor shall the seeker reach his goal unless he sacrifice all things. That is, whatever he hath seen, and heard, and understood, all must he set at naught, that he may enter the realm of the spirit, which is the City of God.


Before a search of any kind it is necessary to first clear out all the accumulated junk which will prevent acquisition of new things, or - in this case - new ideas. The painting attempts to depict this process, which is a necessary prerequisite to understanding all subsequent Valleys.

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