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Cosmic Philosophy

By on January 22, 2015

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The Perennial Philosophy or “eternal religion” that runs through all religions, is the ground of CoSM’s integrative spirituality.   The mystics of each faith affirm that the journey of our Soul, is a shifting from our fear-based defensive body/ego identity through disciplined practice of the mind evolving toward psychic awakening, and toward expansive spiritual liberation.  Mystics testify to the Ultimate Reality and priority of the transcendent Voidness of the Ground of Being, yet affirm it’s unity with all dimensions, emphasized as the Oneness of monotheism and the non-duality and Sunyata of Eastern Dharma traditions.  As the creative director of each moment of our identity, we can choose to identify with the contractedness of the ego, or with the eternal self. The Ancient Egyptian Emerald Tablets tell us, “As Above, So Below.” Heaven is brought to earth through the imagination.

Genesis tells us that humans were “made in the image of God.” The likeness of humanity to it’s Cosmic Creator, a microcosm related to the multidimensional macrocosm, is mystical insight revealing our true identity as a sacred mirror.  When we are creative, we align our being with the Cosmic Creative Force, the Source our being. In the flow of creativity, we become a node, a shining outpost of the One Being that unites all beings. “The Divine Imagination” was how Blake referred to his inner world. He made a bookplate stating “All Religions Are One,” a statement that echoes the voice of Mohammed in the Koran, “To know oneself is to know Allah.”  From the perspective of oneness, planet earth is a sacred place where beings with the possibility of recognizing their Cosmic origins, can experience the miracle of life’s consciousness evolution.  Preserving the diversity of life on planet earth then becomes an obvious priority to ensure the continuity of gifts offered by Creator to bless the world. All mystically informed Visionary Art embody visually these essential teachings. The goal of CoSM is to build a Sanctuary of Visionary Art to support and renew the sacred creative lives of a global community.

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 Book plate by William Blake

Touching the Void
It is just our good fortune that one of the worlds experts in the subject of the Perennial Philosophy, Dana Sawyer, will be our guest at this weekend’s Visionary Salon. A professor of Religion and Philosophy, expert on Asian Religions, Dana is the critically acclaimed biographer of two great luminaries in the world of consciousness investigation and spirituality: Aldous Huxley, author of The Perennial Philosophy (among many) and Huston Smith author of World Religions (among many), A truly experienced and delightful speaker, who is published widely, Dana will offer a visual tour entitled “Touching the Void: the Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley, Huston Smith, Joseph Campbell, and Stanislav Grof.” Join us on Saturday evening to learn about the “sanatana dharma,” an ‘eternal religion’ implicit in both the natural world and the human spirit.” Huxley called this all encompassing yet essentialized teaching “unitive knowledge,” an experience reported by mystics of all traditions. We will paint and draw during the workshop, feel free to do the same. Bring art materials.
During the dinner break, we’ll socialize around fireplaces in the Parlor and in the Library. The Mushroom Cafe will serve beverages, panninis, wraps, homemade mushroom soup and baked goods. CoSM Shop will be open.
Return with us to the Library after the dinner break, when we will interview Dana and address audience questions on the ultimate knowledge of reality, and essentially, who we are.

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Dennis McKenna at CoSM

Join us at CoSM for a Visionary Salon with Dennis McKenna, ethnopharmacologist, research& pharmacognosist, lecturer, author, and Director of Ethnopharmacology at Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit that investigates therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines. Bringing us the science of cognitive liberty with his humor and grace, Dennis joins his brother, Terence McKenna, in being one of the leaders of the current psychedelic renaissance.

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 Don’t miss this weekend of Psycho-Ethnology with dear friends.

Alex & Allyson

Theophany in LA

By on January 15, 2015

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Duncan Trussell Family Hour
We had the most loquacious afternoon with Duncan Trussell today. If you haven’t wizened to Duncan’s podcast until now, now’s the time. Get comfortable, preferably working on a drawing, and listen to us go on and on about art that arises out of the visionary state, the visionary mystical experience at the foundations of every religion, ancient and contemporary sacramental culture, cognitive liberty, building sacred space and how to live in this beleaguered world with joy in service. Thank you, Duncan. You are one excellent host. Listen here.

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Gem & Jam Pre-Party – Music and Painting in LA
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Here in unsurpassable Hollywood, we look forward to our big live-painting appearance on Friday at the historic Henry Fonda Theater with premier artists, Amanda Sage and Sam Flores and some of our favorite DJ’s — Random Rab, Thriftworks, Russ Liquid, Desert Dwellers, Soulular, and with Johnathan Singer providing mind expanding projections. Johnathan Singer is bringing the Entheon Altar DJ Booth, the first “3D print-out” of the Entheon architectural sculpture, which digital sculptor Ryan Tottle spent a year modeling based on Alex’s designs and drawings. Ryan, a visionary who won an academy award for his work in Frozen for Disney, will make an appearance Friday and together we will share a new sculpture that will be a benefit for the Entheon project. All of the events we are doing this year will be benefits to the building of Entheon.  Come celebrate the Gem and Jam Pre-Party and enjoy L.A. winter with us.

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Alex and Allyson

Xenolinguistics Psychedelics, Language & the Evolution of Consciousness

By on January 10, 2015

Are language and consciousness co-evolving? Can psychedelic experience cast light on this topic? The first in-depth look at the relationship between language, consciousness, and psychedelics, Xenolinguistics is a quick-paced, immersive, and comprehensive course that draws from personal experience, ethnobotany, anthropology, the stories of other psychonauts, neurophenomenology, and the research and life work of legendary psychonaut Terence McKenna.


Xenolinguistics documents Diana Slattery’s eleven-year adventure of psychonautic exploration and scholarly research; her original intent was to understand a symbolic language system, Glide, which she acquired in an altered state of consciousness. What began as a deeply personal search led to the discovery of others, dubbed xenolinguists, with their own unique linguistic objects and ideas about language from the psychedelic sphere. The search expanded, sifting through fields of knowledge such as anthropology and neurophenomenology to build maps and models to contextualize these experiences. The book presents a collection of these linguistic artifacts, from glossolalia to alien scripts, washed ashore like messages in bottles, signals from Psyche and the alien Others who populate her hyperdimensional landscapes.

With an entire chapter dedicated to Terence and Dennis McKenna and sections dedicated to many other xenolinguists, this book will appeal to science fiction fans, and all those interested in language/linguistics and the benefits of psychedelic self-exploration.

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What readers are saying

Diana Reed Slattery, the author and also the inventor of Xenolinguistics, her chosen field, has been exploring the far fringes of the entheosphere for some fifteen years now, mostly with the help of her fungal friends. She is a psychonaut’s psychonaut, boldly pushing off into the numinous oceans of mind in complete solitude, in darkness, often in isolated and remote locations, no copilot off the left wing for this pioneer. Equipped with nothing more than a journal, pen, and of course the key instrument, her discerning and penetrating intellect, she has established contact with an alien Logos, and not just contacted it, but wrested its secrets from the very heart of the Weird. She has returned from her expeditions to the Outer Mongolias of the mind with that rarest of gifts, an alien artifact, Glide, the sinuous, elegant and enigmatic metalanguage that she shares with us in this book. Anyone with serious interest in the cartography of the psychedelic cosmos and the wonders encountered there will find fertile ground for astonishment, appreciation, and puzzlement within these pages.

—Dennis McKenna, author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss

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Glide, the symbolic language system acquired by Diana Slattery in an altered state of consciousness

Weaving together a wide range of scientific, artistic, and experiential voices, Diana Reed Slattery plunges into one of the outstanding enigmas of psychedelia: the place of language. Bringing extraordinary experiences into sparkling dialogue with critical theoretical issues, Slattery has created a marvelous and insightful exemplar of psychonautics in the 21st century.

—Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis

The investigation of language systems presented in Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness is a bold step forward into the documented but seldom discussed use of psychonautic practices by scientists and philosophers. As people from ancient times onward have used psychoactive substances to deepen their understanding of the world, this research into the construction of alien linguistics applies these venerable tools with focus and discipline.

—Annie Oak, founder, Women’s Visionary Congress

Xenolinguistics Book Launch Party
Friday, February 27th in Oakland, CA
Please save the date. More information to come via e-mail.

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Visit the Psychedelics & Language website to learn more