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Gratitude is Heaven Itself

By on November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Hope you are enjoying the holiday with friends and family. May we all appreciate the precious blessing of life, our opportunity for love and expression. May a positive uplifting stream of creative energy always flow through us, our family and our community.

This Saturday, November 28th is the birthday of William Blake, British visionary artist who lived with his loving wife Catherine. His mystic poetry inspired the early Romantic and Symbolist artists and modern luminaries like Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsburg and Jim Morrison. Attributed to Blake is the quote well loved by psychedeliphiles, “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” The band, The Doors was named for this quote. Archetypal figurative drawings, prints and paintings highlighted Blake’s path toward Mystic Unity via the divine imagination. A philosopher, a prophetic poetic genius, an exquisite visionary artist, Blake lay the groundwork for a trans-denominational spiritual path, affirmed by his reminder, “Gratitude is Heaven itself.”

Sometimes there is so much to be grateful for we feel like we ARE in Heaven. On this Thanksgiving day, we’d like to first honor the indomitable spirit of CoSM staff and volunteers who make most everything at CoSM happen with grace and ease. Thanks to CoSM Members and the Board of Trustees & Advisors who are a stand for CoSM’s future. Appreciation to the worldwide Visionary Art movement that furthers an eco-conscious universal spirituality, to the many accomplished artists, musicians, dancers, performers, builders, and creators who have helped us build CoSM.

Deepest gratitude to Cosmic Creator for the gift of life. To the spirit of infinite oneness reflected in our soul, our creative passion to make something good, true and beautiful in the world, all praise and thanks.

Sunday, November 29th, celebrate Alex’s birthday with us at CoSM along with the special day of all great Sagittarians when we cut the cake at midnight during the Full Moon Celebration.

Then join us Sunday afternoon for a special Art Church in which we examine the Self and Godself. Philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer claimed, “A person’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than their mouth, for it is a compendium of everything their mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all their thoughts and aspirations.” Contemplate with us the expressions and revelations found in examining our personal Self and Godself. Bring a sketch book and colors with a plan to draw or/and journal.

Entheon Update
This week the peak of the roof of Entheon was established and the fascia layer was begun. The truss system is very elaborate and our roofers have been doing a great job. Please support the building of Entheon Sanctuary of Visionary Art.

The ground floor is getting a floor poured soon.

The back door is being cut out of the building.

Friday Nights at CoSM featuring Mamalama

At CoSM, Grey House, The Mushroom Cafe, and CoSM Shop will be open for extended hours from 6-11 PM on Friday before the Full Moon Gathering, November 27th.
This Friday Night at CoSM features special musical guest, Mamalama performing live in the library from 8PM to 9:30PM. Enjoy CoSM’s extensive library of books on mysticism and the arts, sip, snack and lounge before a fire in the Library or Parlor, and contemplate visionary paintings and sculpture throughout the house and grounds. Bring a friend or two, and basic art supplies for heightened enjoyment.

Mamalama is an uncommon orchestration of harp and ethereal voice, cello, violin, hammered dulcimer, upright bass, piano, french horn, and choral voices. “Like walking into a dream,” Mamalama seamlessly weaves world music (Native American, Middle Eastern, Celtic), classical minimalism, early/sacred/renaissance, psychedelia, indie-chamber music, and vivid lyrical mysticism. Mamalama-lovers resonate with the music of Philip Glass and Kate Bush, with undertones of Hildegard of Bingen and early polyphonic music.

The musical collaboration of Mamalama includes Elizabeth Clark on Harp, Piano and Vocals; Henry Lowengard on Hammer Dulcimer, Glockenspiel, Tenor Recorder, Melodica, and Vocals; Rusty Boris on Bass and Vocals; Eric Ortner on Violin, French Horn, and Vocals; Annie Roland on Vocals and Octave Mandolin; Cornelia Logan on Cello and Vocals.

Pre-Full Moon Workshop: Traversing the Tarot Create Your Own Divination Deck with Perry Kroeger

To learn and understanding the oracular potential of Tarot in a truly unique way, Performance/Mixed Media Artist, Perry Kroeger will show you how to create your own Tarot deck. Claim your own personal mythology and relate your most intimate archetypes to the ancient meanings of the 78 cards of the Tarot. Those that draw may illustrate their own deck, while collage artists may unlock the secrets of Tarot by identifying images that represent the characteristics of the Major Arcana cards, the Minor Arcana cards and the Court cards.

Perry’s workshop will cover card meanings to card crafting via slides, video, comedy, and inner-active fun. Participants will be capable of offering card readings within minutes. Perry’s spiritual experience has long drawn from many traditions both religious and secular. You will also learn Perry’s “Insight Reading” method of self discovery, an alternative to traditional “Psychic Reading”.

See you at the Full Moon!


Alex & Allyson



“Praying”, by Alex Grey

Zig Zag Zen Newsletter

By on November 21, 2015

Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics
Buddhism and psychedelic exploration share a common concern: liberation of the mind. Join us this Saturday night for a Visionary Salon with Allan Badiner & Alex Grey, editors of the new edition of ZigZagZen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, an essay compilation pictorialized with an outstanding selection of art. Joining the discussion with Alan and Alex will be Allyson Grey, whose artwork is included in this volume.

A provocative and thoughtful exploration of inner states and personal transformation, this enhanced version of ZigZagZen now contains the remarkable artwork of Android Jones, Sukhi Barber, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Amanda Sage. Paintings by Robert Venosa, Mark Rothko, Robert Beer, Francesco Clemente, and Allyson Grey are included along with new contributions by the pioneering visionary artist and Buddhist scholar, Alex Grey.

‘Tears of Joy‘ by Alex Grey

In this updated edition new essays have been added by Ralph Metzner and Brad Warner plus enlightening interviews with James Fadiman, Kokyo Henkel, and Rick Doblin. David Coyote writes of ayahuasca’s unique influence on Zen Buddhism. Authors Joan Halifax Roshi, Peter Matthiessen, Jack Kornfield, Robert Forte, Ram Dass, Terence McKenna, Rick Fields, among others, return in this compilation.

Buddhism and psychedelics are subjects we are sure to encounter on the journey to wisdom. Examined together, the reader may understand more deeply the essence of each.

“Zig Zag Zen is a must read for anyone who is concerned about the future of Buddhist practice.” —Robert Thurman, Chair of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University

Allan Badiner is the editor of three essential volumes of collected essays Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, , Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology and Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism. Alan is  a contributing editor of Tricycle Magazine, and serves on the board of directors of Rainforest Action Network, Threshold Foundation and Project CBD. He has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for more than 25 years.


Check out the extraordinary upgrade to CoSM’s online store. Thanks to devoted CoSM super-supporter, Torrence Miller, Shop Manager, Emily Wilson and Media Lab, Jon Ohia, Joness Jones, Eli Morgan and John Harris, CoSM Shop is relaunched with a face lift. The attractive ease-of-use paired with free and reduced shipping makes the new store design  ideal for sharing holiday gifts that are a unique bridge with friends and family. Treat yourself or spread the love with a CoSM blanket this season.  Just released blankets, soft and cozy, — “Kiss of the Muse” and “Collective Vision.”

Support CoSM by purchasing gifts from CoSM Shop.

Entheon Update

It’s been an exciting week at CoSM watching the roof installation at Entheon!


Alex & Allyson


Honoring Paul Laffoley

By on November 19, 2015

One day in 1977, we walked into an exhibition of large mandalic and mystical canvases explaining the multidimensionality of the universe through diagrammatic revelations with carefully hand-applied letters of crystal clear writing all over every work. The meticulous paintings and drawings were by genius artist, Paul Laffoley, living near us in his Boston studio called The Visionary Cell.  We had very little money but could not leave two of his beautiful drawings behind. One was entitled, “Levogyre,” a detailed and accurate description of a levitating gyroscope, a device for which the physics had not yet been discovered, and a piece entitled, “The Alchemy of History is the End of the Future.”

We have always cherished those drawings portraying fantastic machines and temporal cosmograms.  These works will be on display at Entheon, CoSM’s sanctuary of Visionary Art.  Paul became a friend and great inspiration as a unique inventive creator of his own authentic visionary art. On Monday, this 80 year old maestro died of congestive heart failure. His previously unseen works of sculpture and painting were recently on view at his unforgettable exhibition at Kent Gallery NYC.

Allyson and Alex with Paul Laffoley, September, 2015, Kent Gallery, NYC

Paul was trained as an architect and at one time worked in NYC as an assistant to visionary architect Frederick Keisler. He also worked on architectural planning for the World Trade Center.  Moving back to Boston in 1965 he made his first painting in the basement of his parent’s home. Diagramming reality came naturally to his encyclopedic cross-referencing mind.  To contemplate Paul’s work is to encounter ufology, idealist philosophy, alchemy, psychology, technology, morality, a touching memorial to his mother, prophetic visions and the shape and meaning of history.

Doug Walla, the director of Kent Gallery was a close friend to Paul and helped bring his work to audiences and museums around the world. Paul’s work began to attract an increasing following in his late career with shows at the Palais de Tokyo (2009), the Nationalgalerie/Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin (2011), and the Hayward Gallery, London, the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, and the Yerba Buena Center in 2013.

In 1989, Kent Gallery compiled and published the first monogram on Laffoley entitled The Phenomenology of Revelation.  His first museum retrospective was in 1999 resulting in the publication of the second Laffoley monograph entitled Paul Laffoley: Architectonic Thought-Forms: 1967-1999, to the Brink of the Bauharoque.   Forthcoming in March of 2016, the University of Chicago Press will be releasing the long awaited book entitled The Essential Paul Laffoley. He was a kind radiant soul who brought higher dimensions into form to evolve our consciousness, and he will be deeply missed.