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Sacred Chocolate

By on December 11, 2014

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Sacred Chocolate

David Wolfe, rock star of health and the raw food movement, travels the world sharing leading edge knowledge on food, longevity, earthing, chocolate and having the best day ever. A living master of walking the talk, David has charted the highest level paths toward natural beauty, vibrant health, longevity and peak-­‐performance.

His best-­selling books are definitive guides in each of their subjects, groundbreaking works that include: 

Naked Chocolate, 
Eating for Beauty, 
The Sunfood Diet Success System, 
Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms, 
Amazing Grace, 
Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future 
and the much anticipated, soon to be released
Longevity Now: A Comprehensive Approach to Healthy Hormones, Detoxification, Super Immunity, Reversing Calcification, and Total Rejuvenation.

A gourmet chocolatier, David is a passionate proponent of the healing and beautifying power of raw chocolate. By bringing raw cacao bean products into mainstream distribution throughout North America, David has continued to promote the economies of indigenous cultures through ethical business. Raw chocolate is the greatest, most prosperous, nutritious, mood-elevating, energizing weight loss aphrodisiac food on the planet!

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David Wolfe with a Kirllian photo of a cacao bean.

Following the evening talk by David Wolfe and discussion with Alex and Allyson, the celebration will continue with the DJ stylings of Chris Dyer, known to CoSMonauts as  a pre-eminent painter and muralist. A man of multiple talents, see Chris’ artistry in The Mushroom Cafe and along the Wisdom Trail. Enjoy live painting, down tempo music and cuddling on rugs before the fire in Grey House.

The Mushroom Cafe will be serving David’s own Cacao Smoothies.
CoSM Shop will be open offering unique holiday gifts that help build a sanctuary of Visionary Art, Entheon.

12 – 13 – 14 only comes around ONCE! Join us at CoSM at David Wolfe’s Chocolate Ceremony & Cacao Dance Party and have the BEST DAY EVER.

Be a Chapel Builder!

Any purchases at CoSM Shop go to support the building of Entheon, Sanctuary of Visionary Art at CoSM.  Thank you to all of the CoSM Community who are helping bring a vision to manifestation by prayer, donations and getting a cool thing at the CoSM Shop.

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Love,
Alex and Allyson

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Core Values

By on December 4, 2014

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Core Values

Core values can harness our passions to their highest possibilities. Core values are the soul’s values, the rules by which our soul expands, evolves or feels constricted. In this session, we will review 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 use allegory to point to virtues and higher aspirations as well as to warn the viewer of the characteristics of evil and vice. 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.

Full Moon Workshop — 3-6pm Saturday, December 6th

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Theosis and the Icon

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“The spiritual qualities of the icon sought to transform the flesh, to deprive it of its coarse material substance, to dissolve it in light and re-mould it in spiritual plasma. Icons are sacred images that reflect the physical and the spiritual, the human and the Divine, the visible and the invisible.” 

A History of Icon Painting by L. Evseyeva

Following the Art Meditation at Art Church this Sunday, we will examine Theosis, which means deification or divinization, and in the Orthodox Christian tradition means the spiritual practice of coming closer to God through contemplation of icons.  The process of making the icon is sacred at every stage, from preparation of the wood panel to it’s ritual blessing in church.  Subjects of icons are often painted on a ground of gold, symbolically bringing transfigurative light to the body. Holy Beings glow. In Tibetan Art, there is a class of objects called “Liberation Through Seeing”.  Contemplation of these artifacts can plant a seed of liberation in the mindstream of the viewer.  Art that catalyzes a spiritual transformative process in the artist and also in the viewer has achieved perhaps the highest aspiration for an art object.

Inner visions born from the divine imagination and externalized as art, provide healing and transformation for the viewer.  In the creative process we discover the power to let go of negative patterning and select from the universe the nectar available and align with the universal creativity animating the cosmos. New ways of seeing lead to new ways of being. 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. Let’s reflect on Art that can rewire our brains, suggesting a new spiritual reality.

Art Church, 1-5pm, Sunday, December 7

 

Today is our Anniversary!

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Our wedding, December 4th, 1977.

Love,

Alex & Allyson

Gratitude is Heaven Itself

By on November 26, 2014

“Gratitude is heaven itself.” is attributed to William Blake, Alex’s favorite Visionary Artist Poet Philosopher.

Sometimes we feel like we ARE in heaven, there is so much to be grateful for. Thanks first to CoSM staff and volunteers who make everything happen at CoSM. Thanks to Members and the Boards of Directors & Advisors are a stand for CoSM’s future. Thanks to the worldwide Visionary Art movement that furthers an eco-conscious universal spirituality that is integral, inclusive and coalescent. To the many artists, musicians, dancers, performers, builders, and creators who have made significant contributions to CoSM — our thanks to you is profound, indeed. Our deepest gratitude to the 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 & beautiful happen in the world, all praise and thanks.

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Alex with bust of his favorite Visionary Artist Poet Philosopher. Happy Birthday,
William Blake who’s birthday is November 28th.
(Alex’s is November 29th, this Saturday).

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THIS SATURDAY: ALEX’S BIRTHDAY!

Perhaps you’ve felt uplifted by Alex’s art or inspired by his spirituality of love and creativity. Please come celebrate Alex’s birthday with friends this Saturday.  Multi-instrumentalist electronic musician composer, David Starfire is coming all the way from Los Angeles, California to play his eclectic fusion of world beat dance music. Johnathan Singer will be flying in from Northern Cali to share his meticulous multidimensional kaleidoscopic remixes of Alex and Allyson’s art as visionary portals to mystical psychedelic realms. Frank Heiss will be journeying down from Boston to offer his electronic-sonic connection to the Divine. The evening will begin early with a fireside tribute, a visual history at which blessings will be welcome.  Every 11/29 Alex does a ritual self-portrait. This night, it will be live at the dance floor. Music and live-painting will fascinate throughout the Visionary Victorian. Collaborative art making. Body painting. Surprises. Cake for ALL, and OH, what a cake we are planning. CoSM Shop is the place to do all of your holiday gift purchasing in one visit — all proceeds support CoSM and help build Entheon, Sanctuary of Visionary Art, now under construction!! Just when the turkey leftovers are about gone, it’s Saturday night. You are warmly invited to spend the evening at CoSM celebrating Alex’s birthday with music, dance, refreshments and merriment. Bring the family.

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Alex, Zena, Brendt & Allyson at Alex’s 60th Birthday Celebration, 2013.

DECEMBER FULL MOON
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The following Saturday, December 6th, join us for the mystical 144th in an unbroken chain of Chapel of Sacred Mirrors Full Moon ceremonies. Since January 2003 we have gathered with a community of friends in the intention of building sacred space and a sanctuary of visionary art. A conscious creative community comes together every Saturday nearest the Full Moon to reflect the divine together and manifest the mission. If you wonder what goes on at a CoSM Full Moon, take a ten minute video journey edited by Zena Grey. This delightfully essentialized journey offers the spirit of the evening including a glimpse of after-ceremony highlights.

ENTHEON UPDATE

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Today we received cement blocks for building the walls of Entheon. Brian has been preparing the site for winter and the masons are making progress.  The corner stones will be laid this week! The picture below shows a thick bed of stone being laid as part of the foundation of the Narthex Gallery.  The ten inches of stone is tamped together providing a base for coming layers of concrete.

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Jeffrey and James stoning the Narthex Gallery foundation of Entheon, November 2014

See you at CoSM soon!

Love,

Alex & Allyson