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Visionary Painting Intensive 2014

By on August 25, 2014

alex-grey-teaching-painting-intensive-cosm-2014Alex Grey, Allyson Grey and class at the Painting Intensive 2014.

At CoSM’s 7-Day Painting Intensive, artists immerse in an environment that supports their visionary and spiritual development through their artwork. In August, Alex and Allyson led the Class of 2014 in the study and sharing of techniques, processes, and art history. Painting and meditating in the CoSM’s studio to uplifting and stimulating music, days were filled alternately with sharing and critique, then painting meditation. The  collective body of work resonated with themes of visionary enlightenment. Class Assignment: two paintings, one inspired by a vision, the other a self-portrait. Special thanks to guest artists Randal Roberts and Morgan Mandala for inspiring to this year’s Intensive.

praying-vision-cosm-painting-intensive-2014Artist, Jasmine, meditates to find her vision.

allyson-grey-teaching-cosm-painting-intensiveAllyson mixing colors with Luis at the CoSM Painting Intensive 2014.

randal-roberts-painting-intensiveGuest artist, Randal Roberts, creating a painting from start to finish during the class.

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Morgan Mandala  at work.

visionary-painting-intensive-class-2014-cosmAfter dinner, participants were invited to an evening of open studio time.

vesna-painting-buddhaVesna developed a portrait of the Buddha.

Revelations of Divinity

By on August 21, 2014

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Revelations of Divinity

The divinity of the human imagination is the meeting point of world religions, because all begin with stories of God contact, and that only happens within the human psyche. The mystic philosopher, Ibn Arabi, specifically calls the creative imagination our angel, where God meets God. Ibn Arabi couldn’t be any more explicit. An angel is an apparition or theophany that is apprehended by the soul’s eye. This soul’s eye view is what all of sacred art and literature share, a portal to divinity. Today’s visionary artists, having had transcendental experiences through meditation and sacrament, are translating those apprehensions of the infinite inter-dimensional cosmos through their own skillful means.  The planetary movement of visionary artists affirms the cross-cultural unity of these ecstatic inner realms and interconnectedness of all life and the cosmic order.

Humanity is tapped into the Heavens.  We are embodiments of a Hermetic staff connecting material and spiritual worlds, by means of the divinely aspiring mind.  Throughout the great wisdom traditions, stories of contact with Divinity appear as the ultimate experience of truth and reality, a revelation of Oneness and identification with the life renewing love energy beyond space and time. In a Spirit that honors all lenses to Divinity, we seek the highest and deepest understanding and mystical experience within our capability. The cosmic evolutionary force has transformed from 13.8 billion year old plasma-gas, to a vast expanse of galactic clusters of solar systems and on our earth from 3.8 billion year old blue-green algae through all biology toward beings open to revelation. The imaginal realms of the one writing this and the one reading this are sacred mirrors of the Divine Artist fabricating the now.

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Next issue of CoSM Journal now in production will ask the question: What is your experience of Divinity? Spiritual Leaders from a wide variety of disciplines will offer their perspective and share their personal stories of God contact. International art star, Judy Chicago, has agreed to respond with her art and insight. Be a part of this historic issue by sponsoring space for your artwork in the Gallery Section, your business or project, or just a personal shout to friends and family all over the planet. Wherever we travel and to all those that become aware of the CoSM website, your space sponsorship will be represented. Now, past CoSM Journal issues can be downloaded as FREE pdf’s. A Portuguese edition of the Cosmic Creativity issue is available now with future translations of earlier issues planned. Include yourself in CoSM’s “Net of Beings” and widen your “Jewel Net of Indra” to the global Entheogeneration.

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Cosmic Ascension in Minnesota

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Off to the Pure Bliss Ranch in Minnesota for the Cosmic Ascension Music & Arts Festival where we will be joined by our friends Beats Antique, Mimosa, Phuture Primitive, Desert Dewellers and many more extraordinary musicians and performers. Live Painting, talks and meeting and greeting both Friday and Saturday, we look forward to a very special event weekend with our mid-Western Love Tribe.
Love,

Alex and Allyson

Profound gratitude to Rafael Ribeiro and his translation team of Mariana Kuroyama, Melina Kurkdjian, Renata Rodrigues, Daniela Rebelo and Marilia Lin for volunteering to make this possible.

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Consciousness and the Fire Altar

By on August 14, 2014

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Consciousness and the Fire Altar

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The Art of Natural Building
with Matteo Lundgren

We met Matteo Lundgren several years ago and learned of his passion for building with natural materials, thus we are so excited that he is here at CoSM to share his wisdom. With our design input, Matteo Lundgren and his partner, Peaches Lyon have designed the perfect utilitarian Fire Altar sculpture for CoSM, a wood-fired earthen bread and pizza oven with grills. Learn how to use “cob” (a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water) to build structures, homes, and sculptures. Acting as a community, visionaries in this workshop will help build an outdoor Fire Altar with grill and oven, while learning how to create one in their own backyard. Matteo believes we need to reassess our relationship with the living spaces we occupy. “Just as we have learned how important a healthy diet is to our well being, it may be more important to live in homes and spaces that nurture our biology on the same level.”

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In this workshop Matteo will also discuss the pro’s and cons of a variety of alternative building strategies including; Cob building, adobe, earthbags, strawbale, rammed earth, and earthships. In the workshop we will cover the basics around alternatives to conventional building practices, including; foundation work, stemwall choices, wall fill materials, insulation considerations, thermal mass, roofing and other natural options for finishing and upgrading existing spaces. All while exploring how to apply “cradle to cradle” design strategies in the building world. Experience the conviviality of CoSM’s guest house, enjoy CoSM’s great food and hospitality, learn a valuable skill and leave an enduring gift that will serve many at CoSM.

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Visionary Salon with Tony Wright

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Join us at CoSM this Saturday for a journey to the edge of the human mind with scholar and author, Tony Wright. The afternoon workshop will offer an investigation into the evolution of our unique and extraordinary perceptual equipment, the human brain. “Hot housed” in the most complex chemical soup in all of biological evolution, advanced molecular engineering took place that designed our neural system. While studying the genetic manipulation of plants at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Tony Wright developed a theory of epigenetic influences on human evolution that caused the rapid expansion of our brain, opening humans toward self-reflection. Discover how our unique symbiotic relationship with specialized plant environments impacted the origins of our highly advanced neural system. For over twenty years, Tony’s investigations have bridged neurochemistry, the nature of consciousness and spirituality.

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Dinner will be available in the Mushroom Cafe before the evening program in which Tony will expose the delusion we inevitably mistake for reality. Through a distorted perceptual lens, we create a sense of separation from our true essence and the whole of creation. Find out how, without realizing it, the dominant side of our brain lies to us. Learn how our hormones retard the structural development of the hemisphere of our brain that is in charge. Stretch the boundaries of your assumptions about the brain and mind by spending the day at CoSM with Tony Wright.

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The Vine Man Comes To CoSM

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Thanks to artist, John Shook, there is a friendly giant Vine Man to greet you on the Wisdom Trail at CoSM.

Hope to see you soon at CoSM!

Love,

Alex & Allyson