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Visionary Permaculture : CoSM Full Moon Workshop

By on May 6, 2015

Visionary Permaculture : CoSM Full Moon Workshop 

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After a circle of intentions we pilgrimaged, like so many  before us, to the upper field where the old church bell was wrung three times and a talk on the ethics and ethos of permaculture was given from the pulpit. We discussed how to live in closer alignment to our values, become more conscious consumers and help make the Great Transition into the harmonic future civilization our hearts know is possible.

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Contemplating the nature field at CoSM, our group observed some the brilliant design principles from nature that have allowed our Gaian Operating System to evolve so successfully over 3.9 billion years. We mused on how to use natural principle in our lives, feeding what we want to grow.

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Our journey included a holistic look at the current civilization based on degenerative resources that are causing great harm to us and our world. We discussed the transition towards more sustainable, and ultimately regenerative, resources as individuals, communities and cultures.

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Applying permaculture principles to urban and suburban design, inspired by the Placemaking movement in Portland, we did four design charettes imagining the transformation of the broken social ecologies in our cities back the relocalized and resilient thriving villages of our future-past.

The class climaxed with a rant exploring the four fold path of permaculture, learning, doing, sharing and teaching including a tour through core teachings of many elder Pioneers of the Permaculture Movement.

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Closing with a circle of intentions, our visionary permaculture learning guild shared an interest in the conscious evolution of many aspects of life including health and diet, gardening and farming, consumption patterns, educational pathways and spiritual practices.

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The workshop concluded with a delicious, healthy dinner, followed by an amazing Full Moon Ceremony and Community Gathering under the full moon deep into the night.

The third visionary permaculture design certification course will be offered at CoSM in the spring of 2016. Visit : https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/cosm/event.jsp?event=1559

Or contact delvin@cosm.org for more details.

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Thanks to John Harris for the visionary photography.






Visionary Permaculture

By on April 30, 2015

Visionary Permaculture
Pre-Full Moon Workshop – Saturday

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Community is the ocean in which we swim. We are all products of associations that have shaped the development of our interactions, our ways of thinking and being. Evolution is inter-subjective, through communing we share our values and inner worldviews and discover better ways of being. Communities shaped by higher consciousness and conscience are vital keys to a sustainable relationship with the planetary lifeweb. 



- Alex Grey & Allyson Grey, artists, Co-Founders of CoSM

The planetary ecology of our civilization is on the cusp of crisis, in transition and ripe with possibilities for positive change. How can we, individually and as a community, be part of the solution?

From the design principles of nature, the worlds indigenous traditions and from modern scientific understandings, Permaculture principles teach us how to live harmoniously with the land and each other.

— The design ecology of soil, water, trees, animals and climate,
— Regenerating human habitats in temperate, tropical and dry land environments,
— Patterns of sun and shade,
— Movement of wind and water across the landscape,
— Medicinal plants and herbs
— Bees: their importance, care and tending
— The magic of mushrooms

… These are some of observations of a Permaculturalist.

Join Delvin Solkinson for a three-hour introductory journey toward compassionate Earth stewardship and conscious planetary citizenship through Visionary Permaculture Design. Delvin, a CoSM Board Member and managing editor of CoSM Journal, teaches the four-season Visionary Permaculture Design Certificate Course at CoSM. The co-originators of Permaculture, the elders who offer advanced teacher trainings, have granted certificates, accreditations, diplomas and a Masters Degree to Delvin for his extensive learning and proven ability in this early, radically honoring realm, an enlightened perspective on earth stewardship through observation.

The biggest limit to abundance is lack of creativity ” and “permaculture gives us a toolkit for moving from a culture of fear and scarcity, to one of love and abundance.
— Toby Hemenway, Permaculture Design Teacher

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Delvin Solkinson with Allyson Grey & Alex Grey in the rising walls of Entheon’s Narthex Gallery, April 29, 2015
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The History of Visionary Art — Art Church Sunday
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An emerging worldwide Visionary Art Movement is sweeping the internet and festival culture, bringing forth contemporary translations of the Divine Imagination. For many postmodern psychonauts, this genre is increasingly relevant because when one’s consciousness expands and new dimensions are seen, there is a frustrating desire to communicate this virtually ineffable realm. Visionary art encourages the development of our intuitive inner “eye of the soul.” The visionary realm embraces the entire spectrum of imaginal spaces, from heaven to hell, from the infinitude of forms to formless voids. The visionary realm is the symbolic soul saturated spaces we visit during dreams and altered or heightened states of awareness. An artist’s mission is to make the soul perceptible.

Visionary mystical experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with God and are the creative source of all sacred art and wisdom traditions. The best currently existing technology for sharing the mystic imaginal realms is a well-crafted artistic rendering by an eye witness. Since mystic visionary artists paint the transcendental realms from observation, their work offers a growing body of evidence substantiating the divine imaginal realms and by extension, Spirit itself. — Alex Grey

By projecting forms which are crystallized visions of spiritual illumination, Mystic Visionary Art helps engineer higher mind states in the viewer. Relevant Sacred Art renews the subtle light body surrounding and interpenetrating our physical body. Our subtle body is purified, uplifted and healed by visualizing deities and ideal forms.  Presence of Ultimate Reality absorbed through Mystic Art helps magnetize the viewer toward their own spiritual template and Supreme Identity.

For eons, artists have created images and temples born from their mystic visions. Traces have been left in sacred art the world over; prehistoric human animal hybrids on cave walls, throughout Egypt and Greece, in cathedrals throughout Europe, in Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples. Places of divine remembrance are endowed with imagery passed through a specific cultural lens. Unique in spiritual history, we now have access to a spectrum of wisdom traditions, connected in the shared truth of love and higher intelligence that founded the universe. Visionary art allows us to see the cosmos, ourselves and others as a reflection of the divine.

Bring a sketchbook and colors to Art Church this Sunday with Alex and Allyson and “See Deeply” into the ancient and contemporary history of Visionary Art.

MAY FULL MOON GATHERING
Be sure to join us this weekend for a for a special full moon welcoming in Spring with our friend & Electronic wizard, Andreilien, along with AtYya and kLL sMTH. We will also be joined by many talented community members, including an intereactive sand mandala art project, live painters, fire spinners, hoopers,  visual projections, body painting, henna, a bonfire, and much more.

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Hope to see you soon at the Full Moon or Art Church!

Love,

Alex and Allyson

 

 

Art Church Reflections

By on April 27, 2015

These reflections, noted during April’s Art Church meditation, are offered to the community with love by Esther Weaver, CoSM member and supporter since 2002. Esther, our next door neighbor in Park Slope for many years, was unknown to us until she joined some of the earliest Full Moon Ceremonies in our Brooklyn loft. When CoSM moved to Manhattan, Esther was there, especially at the New Moon ceremony, where art as a spiritual practice emerged at CoSM. Esther and her husband Eric moved to the Hudson Valley and have remained active members in CoSM’s current tranquil location. They were a stand for CoSM’s recognition as a church, appearing and speaking powerfully in our favor to town officials and a few unfriendly neighbors, offering their positive perspective on our behalf. We gratefully honor Esther, Eric and all CoSM members who continue the quest for higher consciousness in our midst.

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Root Emblem, by Allyson Grey


Sublime Partnership 

by Esther D. Weaver

Yesterday, while attending part of a spiritual retreat,
I began to experience a state of bliss,
And it happened again today at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.


When I first had this experience many years ago,
To my surprise it wasn’t tied in any way
To the circumstances of my life,
And it still isn’t today.
It is simply intensely joyful. 

My natural state, our natural state
Is this bliss, this ecstasy.
I’ve heard spiritual people say that this world
Is so much more magical than we realize,
And quantum theory certainly supports this idea.
So it’s likely that our true liberation and joy
Are ultimately not based on the circumstances of our life,
But rather on something quite different and quite extraordinary.

Then why not make this world a reflection of this reality,
So everyone has the opportunity to experience
As much intense love and ecstasy as they can?
Maybe our mantra more often could be, even should be,
“Let go and be in the flow!”
And then in our moments of more engagement and creation
We will know instinctively how to create an earth
That everyone will truly want to experience and contribute to,
Raising the vibration here ever higher
Generation after generation.
A sublime world to match our sublime spirits.
And I’d like to start manifesting this possibility today,
In partnership with you!