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The Longest Night

By on December 18, 2014

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The Longest Night

Solstice means “the sun stands still.” At solstices, the movement of the Sun’s path, as seen from Earth, comes to a stop before reversing direction. For this annual celestial event, the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is at it’s lowest. The longest night is nearly upon us. For millennia, winter solstice celebrations have heralded the return of the light, the Sun God is reborn and festivals of light are celebrated throughout the world. The Christ archetype represents the Godself in each of us, the divine light becoming human. The remembrance of Jesus Christ’s holy birth is observed on December 25th, just following the solstice in alignment with the return of the light. Centuries before Christianity replaced the cults of Rome, the same date commemorated the birth of Mithra and later Sol Invictus (Invincible Sun), the official Sun God of the Roman empire.

At CoSM, the Winter Solstice Celebration will warm your soul this chilly Saturday evening with extraordinary Visionary Art and Music, friends and fascination!

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At 8pm, get comfortable in the library around a blazing fire for our presentation on the Winter Solstice from a multicultural perspective. On your feet again, get ready for the electronic music wizardry of the sensational G Jones, Russ Liquid, Space Jesus, Schlang, DJedi and Psylander. Dance to the rebirth of the light and dispel your darkness into the blazing bonfire with Phantomime. Co-create a Winter Solstice Sand Mandala initiated by Rosie & Mike. Artist friends will be painting throughout the house, so you can witness beatific visions coming to light. Check out cosm.org for Winter Solstice details on dancing, visual projections, fire spinners and more…

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In the painting Holy Family the golden child points upward toward the One Light illuminating all wisdom traditions. A halo of enlightened vision surrounding the child’s head, brings together symbols of world religions. Although danger lurks below, parents adore the child with the earth as it’s heart, carrying hope for the future of humanity.

Winter Solstice
Eternally, the light returns in the Heavens
In cycles of light and darkness to Earth,
Touching our Hearts where love is cradled.
Christ, the Godself, is reborn in us,
Illuminating and healing any breach with Spirit.
Christ, the Godself, is our highest possibility,
A bridge of spectral Light
Both personal and universal,
From the gross material to subtle astral,
To visionary jewels,
Originating as One Transcendental Ground,
Sundered from all twoness.
Christ, the Godself, reborn as the light of Spirit,
Glowing in our heart manger.
As we watch the concrete blocks stack up creating the outer wall of the first floor of Entheon, we contemplate the nobility of concrete.

The earliest large-scale users of concrete technology were the ancient Romans. The Pantheon, built 125 AD, is considered the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings and claims the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Today, concrete is the most widely used man-made material. Seeing the drab block wall enclose the temple, we project from our mind’s eye the concrete sculptures, the many faces of spirit joining together, leading upward to one all-seeing steeple head. Please contribute what you can toward realizing the potential beauty of Entheon. Thank you all this holiday season for opening the CoSM newsletter and sharing this journey. From every corner of the globe we are connected and feel your love.

Love,

Alex and Allyson

IMPORTANT P.S. :
Tickets are still available for Winter Solstice AND we predict it will sell out. NO tickets will be sold at the door.
Pre-sale tickets only.
Starting 12:00 AM, Saturday, ticket price will be $40.
Ticket sales will discontinue at 4pm Saturday or sooner.

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