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The cloud chamber is a device developed by physicists to detect atomic particles. The human brain and mind is a biological device developed to detect God.  This is why a mystical visionary experience is one of the greatest and most meaningful events in a person’s life. The body has been used for the purpose it was created, God detection. The mystic’s consciousness is flooded with infinite love, energy and wisdom to affirm and ignite the soul.

God IS when people acknowledge God IS.  If there are no people acknowledging God IS, does God exist? Yes, because the Universe is infinite intelligence evolving into creative manifestation, whether we acknowledge it or not. The forward thrust of time presents us with a kaleidoscopically re-crystallizing theophany every second through-out the infinite space/time continuum. It is our privilege to witness it.

Having decoded many of the secrets of nature and given humanity all important tools and technologies, science offers humanity truth as clearly as possible, based on the best existing evidence.  In 2006, The Journal of Psychopharmacology published Dr. Roland Griffiths rigorous Johns Hopkins University study confirming that psilocybin can deliver a mystical visionary experience to 65% of spiritually inclined people in a conducive set and setting.

Vision Crystal Tondo by Alex Grey

“Vision Crystal Tondo” by Alex Grey

Current suicide rates for returning veterans from Iraq & Afghanistan are unprecedented, alarming, unacceptable. Last month, The Journal of Psychopharmacology published a study entitled “Classic psychedelic use is associated with reduced psychological distress and suicidality in the United States adult population.”  Doctors responsible for the study evaluated over 190,000 respondents from 2008 to 2012. Lifetime classic psychedelic use was associated with a significantly reduced odds of psychological distress and holds promise in the prevention of suicide and in support of mental health and well-being.

In the early 1950’s, a Mexican Mazatec healer named Maria Sabina dreamed that Jesus Christ visited her and instructed her to reveal the secrets of the psilocybin mushroom to the Western world. Jesus told her, “Humans are destroying the earth and the mushrooms will teach them to pay better respect to the environment and nature.”  Sabina revealed the secret of the mushroom to a banker and mycologist, Gordon Wasson in 1955. Wasson sent the mushrooms to Sandoz chemist, Dr. Albert Hofmann who discovered the psychoactive agents in the mushroom and named it psilocybin. Modern science is finally joining shamanic cultures in recognizing the unprecedented healing potential of this sacred natural fungus.

Sufi poet, Hafiz said, “You asked me if I thought your visions were true. I would say that they were if they make you become more human, more kind to every creature and plant that you know.”

Visionary Mystical Experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with divinity and are the source of all religions and sacred arts. The accurate depiction of these dimensions of awareness are why Visionary Art matters. Join us in our mission to house Visionary Art in a sacred setting.  Entheon, now under construction, will contain glimpses of our higher collective consciousness, home of the Love Tribe, pointing toward a peaceful planetary civilization.

CoSM is excited to welcome Dennis McKenna this weekend who will share his wisdom for the fortunate who were able to land tickets for this sold-out event!


Alex and Allyson

Why Visionary Art Matters

1. 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.2. Mystic visionary artists distill the multi-dimensional, entheogenic journey into externally crystallized theophanies, icons embedded with evolutionary world views. 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.

3. The mystic state described by visionary artists includes images of unity, cosmic oneness, transcendence of conventional space and time, a sense of the sacred in having encountered ultimate reality, positive affect, vivid color and luminosity, symbolic pattern language, imaginal beings and infinite geometric jewel-like vistas.

4. For pilgrims to the sacred inner dimensions, visionary art provides validation for their own glimpses, and proves the universal nature of the imaginal realms.  Reflecting the luminous richness of higher spiritual worlds, visionary art activates our light body, empowers our creative soul, and stirs our deepest potential for positive, transformative action in the world.

5. Humanity’s materialistic worldview must transition to a sacred view of Oneness with the environment and cosmos or risk self-destruction due to continued abuse of the life-web. Artworks can call us to imagine our higher unity as humanity evolves toward a sustainable planetary civilization.

6. Mystic Visionary Art is a product of the Primary Religious Experience. The word religion comes from the Latin religio, “reverence for the Gods,” and the French, “re-ligare” meaning “to tie back.” The Primary Religious Experience is a personal connection with Source that “ties us back” to our own divinity.

7. Entheon means a place to discover the God within. Entheon, Sanctuary of Visionary Art at CoSM will honor and preserve visionary artworks that point to our common transcendental source.

Sacred Mirrorism

Experience God as the Divine Artist and Cosmos as the masterwork of Creation.  The Transcendental Unmanifest Realm is mirrored in our Immanent Manifest Realm.  We are all Sacred Mirrors, reflections of the Divine.  Since God is the creator we are also creators, co-creators.  The creative impulse is inherently evolutionary because it resists known pathways and seeks a new adaptation, a new style, sound, method, or understanding uniquely suited to the new moment.  Every moment is fresh, unknown, with the freedom to develop in any way – this is the power and message of Art for the Soul’s renewal.

When we recognize our own roles as creators of our reality, we are no longer a victim of our circumstances, and are empowered to activate our own imagination and intention to create the life we love.

God makes love to us through the Visionary experience.  The Mystic Visionary opens their spiritual eye and beholds the conjunction of love and beauty as the basis and wonder of creation.  Mystic Art provides a means for both artist and viewer to align with the creative force and unite with God through contemplation of Cosmic symbolism.   We reflect on visionary art, in order to glimpse the Divine Imagination and align ourselves with God.  Beauty attracts us by the shine of the divine – it’s God that’s the true magnet in Beauty.

Reflection is seeing as a spiritual practice.  The Great Wisdom masters and traditions hold up a sacred mirror of the universal light of love.  Reflection is clarified attunement to the cosmic symbolism in life and recognition of the Godself in everyone. When sacred mirrors face each other, the infinite is revealed.

Each of us is an utterly unique reflection of the divine.  Every moment we can choose to see ourselves, every other, our world and cosmos as Sacred Mirrors, opportunities to recognize God’s presence.  This transformative view relies on the fundamental mystic insight of unity across all dimensions of the immanent and transcendental order.  How each of us see ourselves and our world sets our path in life. Our worldview determines how we treat each other and the environment, so it is crucial that we awaken to our highest possibility.  What we think and believe are the boundaries, limits, and possibilities of who we are and what we can create and become.  Our consciousness evolves through phases from a primal to a more elevated worldview.  The function of spiritual teachings and practice is to catalyze the phase shifts toward identifying oneself as a Sacred Mirror.  Our responsibility in establishing this view, how the world and self can be seen, is the focus of CoSM’s approach.

Love is the Universal Religion, Art is Universal Religious Expression.

Mysticism is the primary religious experience whose chief emissary is Art.  Creativity is the taproot of the Sacred.  Creativity is sacred behavior.  Creation = Love .

Founding a church where Art is our Religion connects us with all wisdom traditions – because all religions manifest sacred art and architecture.  In order to know the meaning of the Art of the past we must understand the religion.  Connecting with the Great Religious Traditions through their art is a form of worship.  The history of Art becomes your link to universal spirit and artists participate in the prophetic lineage by receiving and transmitting the iconography of the evolution of consciousness from prehistoric cave painting through magic mythic archetypes to modern, post-modern art, the arc of the developing soul of humanity is etched into the arts.  We contact where we’ve been as a species and may project where we are going.  The key ingredient in the arts is creativity, a channel open to divine intelligence and flow that transcends dogma and enables the Spirit to make contact with the material world.  The eternal God touches our hearts through Beauty in Nature, the imagination and the Arts.

When creativity is recognized as spiritual practice, Art becomes an offering to uplift humanity and serve God.  Art is the longest continuously living spiritual tradition – or religion – of humanity.  The mystical experience is always beyond words, thus art, music, poetry is the only language capable of transmitting the ecstatic spirit directly.  Art transcends yet incorporates all beliefs.  A true Gnostic path, the study of art of all cultures familiarizes us with worldviews outside of our own limitations, promoting tolerance and respect for differences – values necessary for human survival.

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors recognizes Art as the holy practice it is, Art is our Religion.