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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

 

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

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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