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November 29th

By on November 25, 2014

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Allyson, here, warmly inviting all of you to join the gang here at CoSM in celebrating the 61st birthday of my best friend, Alex Grey, on Saturday, November 29. The weekend after Thanksgiving dinner is a great night to get out and dance it off to David Starfire’s electronic musical world beats in CoSM’s Dining Hall and Alex’s personal playlist in the Library and The Mushroom Cafe. A talky roasty kind of herstory of the old man will take place at 8 pm, and then Alex will share some rarely seen performance art footage and self portraits from the last 45 years.

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Folks are coming from all corners, including some of our favorite live-painters and body painters. Everyone will have a chance to partake in Alex’s personal favorite activities, painting and drawing, at two collaborative live-painting stations. Mirrors will be ready for everyone to paint self-portraits during the event. All levels of experience welcome.

Signed prints of rarely seen self-portraits by the birthday boy and beloved co-founder of CoSM, will be on silent auction to take home at the end of the night.

Anyone who shares Alex’s birth date — 11/29 — any year, can join the party free of admission. Johnathan Singer, Videokaleidoscopic Artist Extraordinaire, Master of Visual Ceremonies, will offer illuminating motion art.

Passed hors d’oeuvres and very special birthday cake for all guests. Snack while feasting your eyes on the exquisite new murals in The Mushroom Cafe.

Holiday gift shopping in CoSM Store helps support CoSM.

We look forward to seeing you at this special celebration where all funds raised will be dedicated to the building of Entheon!

ENTHEON REPORT:

The building crew poured concrete for the elevator pit.  Block is being laid for the interior foundational walls of Entheon.

New Entheon Elevator pit poured last week
New Entheon Elevator pit poured last week.

Block being laid to reinforce interior foundation walls of Entheon
Block being laid to reinforce interior foundation walls of Entheon.


CoSM VISITORS

Amber Lyon Emmy award winning journalist who hosts the news site reset me
We got a visit from Amber Lyon, Emmy award-winning journalist who hosts the news site, reset.me, full of important stories about the healing & mystical properties of psychedelics.

Extraordinary visionary artist Android Jones and his creative partner Phaedra visited CoSM,
Extraordinary visionary artist Android Jones and his creative partner Phaedra visited CoSM, and we discussed exciting upcoming events like Sat, May 16, 2015 at the dazzling RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE in Colorado where we will perform with TIPPER! (Click Here for tickets and info)

P.S. ATTENTION ARTISTS:
2015 Visionary Painting Intensive at CoSM

Portfolios are rolling in for next summers Visionary Painting Intensive, fourteen painters in a class with Alex, Allyson and guest artists in July.

Visionary Painting Intensive(Click Here for Details)

Visionary Art Intensive at Omega Institute

Without portfolio, artists of every level of ability are invited to the June Visionary Art Intensive, 5-days making art with Alex and Allyson at Omega Institute (NY) followed by a tour & barbecue at CoSM. Register Here
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Love,

Allyson, with love from Alex, too

The Foundations of Entheon

By on November 13, 2014

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The Foundations of Entheon

Since September when CoSM began building Entheon, there has been an unprecedented activation of Visionary Art energy.
Every workday, our Entheon builders and local masons make progress on preparing the foundation to receive the walls of Entheon.  We see the entryway to the Sacred Mirrors room taking shape in concrete blocks. No roof makes it “Sky Church.” Follow allysongreycosm & alexgreycosm twitter / instagram / facebook for updates on temple building as it happens. The blog at cosm.org catches all the action, as well.

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LEARN HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY ART PROJECT! (CLICK HERE)

MUSHROOM CAFE MURAL UPDATE:

The Mushroom Cafe mural is expanding and getting more incredible by the week. Just this season Mark Henson, Amanda Sage, David Heskin, Aloria Weaver, Chris Dyer, Randal Roberts, Morgan Mandala have brought the mural a new sense of nature focus and inter-dimensional connectedness.
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Mark Henson’s Luminous Mushroom contribution to the cafe.

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Mark with his mural in CoSM’s Mushroom Cafe.

EXAMINING OUR CORE VALUES
FULL MOON WORKSHOP – DECEMBER

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Our core values should harness our passions to our highest possibilities. Core values are the soul’s values, the rules by which our soul expands and evolves or feels constricted. We will go over the process by which CoSM arrived at our organization’s core values and see how this system can be used to clarify an individual’s true heart. Each persons creative will is an operating system that can be continually upgraded by clarifying that one’s personal core values are empowering one’s highest visions for their lives as a service to the collective.  Artists of allegorical traditions have portrayed the virtues, the higher aspirations. In this workshop, Alex and Allyson will examine the ideas of compassion, justice, liberty, truth, goodness and charity and call out the archetypal representations of these titanic forces portrayed by Visionary Artists for millennia.

Bring a journal and writing materials for exercises that ask us to examine our own core values and create a space of profound self-reflection. How can an individual make a real difference in the world? What is acceptable and unacceptable in the various areas of your life? About what can you be counted on and are those commitments your core values by choice? Join us to explore how reframing our reality through creative expression and perception, through sacrament and prayer, we can arrive at our moral center.

THEOSIS & THE ICON
ART CHURCH – DECEMBER

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Join us at Art Church as we examine the spiritual practice of Theosis. There is a covenant between the sacred artist, the spiritual source and the viewer of the icon. Many religious traditions have a strong symbolic iconic connection to the Divine. How does a glimpse of the mystic state provided by visionary icons promote the spiritual life of the viewer? Visionary Art is a type of sacred art, inspired by the inner visual mystical experience of the artist through sacramental shamanic plants and psychedelics. Can the social function of Visionary Art be likened to the tradition of Theosis?

Art can transform the way we see ourselves and the world.
Sacred art has always depended on this possibility.
Theosis means coming closer to God by contemplation of icons.
New ways of seeing lead to new ways of being.
When your being is transformed,
The world occuring to you transforms.
A great work of art, once seen, is unforgettable.
We encounter an art object and contemplate it.
It remains as a trace in our memory.
Our encounter may have lasted a minute or an hour,
But the artwork is now alive in our minds doing it’s subtle business.
Art can rewire our brains, suggesting a new reality.
Contemplation of a Buddha or Christ icon
Implants the possibility of our own enlightenment.
Icons of a United World, a Sacred Planet,
Are essential now to implant the possibility of saving our collective lives,
Reverencing our Mother Nature Goddesself,
The One WorldSpirit of all plants and creatures.

Love,

Alex & Allyson

Deities & Demons Ball in New Orleans

By on October 31, 2014

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Deities & Demons Ball in New Orleans

Just celebrated the 10th Anniversary Deities & Demons Masquerade Ball at CoSM in Wappinger, New York and it was an enchanted night of angels and ecstatic monsters dancing to extraordinary beats. Now we are heading to New Orleans, for a Louisiana Day of the Dead version of CoSM’s Deities and Demons Ball in New Orleans Saturday night.

Old friends Third Eye Productions and Area 51are hosting this “Celestial Circus” as a fundraiser for the building of Entheon! Electronic musicians David Starfire, Thriftworks, MiHKAL will be lighting up the night with uplifting vibrations as we paint, made up like the Reapers. Come in exotic dress!

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In NOLA, followers of Voodoo engage with spirits who protect and connect us with invisible dimensions. The Day of the Dead coincides with All Souls’ Day and shares the spirit and season of Halloween. Remembering the deceased, practitioners pray for souls residing within a realm between heaven and hell. Day of the Dead festivities include graveyard celebrations with dancing and music, to elicit trance-like states.

Followers of Voodoo tradition serve food before a headstone cross and chant incantations. Eventually the food is consumed and shared with the needy. Voodoo practiced as a family tradition asks the dead for life-altering gifts of transformation.

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In 2011, Alex & Allyson prayed at the tomb of New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Leveau [1794-1881], whose power was so renowned that she was called upon by politicians and business leaders of New Orleans to pray on their behalf. It is now a custom for visitors to pay respects at her graveside and make a request by drawing three X’s with chalk on her grave. When the wish is fulfilled, the supplicant must return and circle the X’s in gratitude.

Our XXX’S were placed, praying for the building of Entheon. Now three years later we are pouring the foundations of Entheon, which began auspiciously on the September New Moon, 2014 and is progressing exquisitely.  We are going back to thank the Spirits!

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Tarantata Workshop & Performance

This Sunday, CoSM presents RHYTHM IS THE CURE, a healing dance and percussion workshop led by Alessandra Belloni, world renowned leader of dance and music rituals from her homeland.  Alessandra travels the world offering this transformative practice from her Ancient Mediterranean roots to serve and empower women. In the homey Library at CoSM this Sunday, you can learn Southern Italian folk dance rituals and chants that invoke the healing power of the sun and moon. Come for the afternoon workshop. Stay for the early evening performance.

A Powerful Idea from Joe Rogan and Onnit Labs
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Entheon Foundation

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Brian James, building manager, with Alex as the foundation is being poured, September 2014.

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Love,

Alex and Allyson