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CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture Update

CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture is now online and web editions are free!  You can now view the first series of extended articles with bonus, previously unreleased text, art and photographs here :

Celebrating creativity at the heart of spiritual practice, the new volume of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture shares reflections of artists, leaders and futurists from their experiences of Divinity.

What is your experience of Divinity?

“The soul’s eye view is what all of sacred art and literature share, a portal into Divinity.”
– Alex and Allyson Grey

Allyson Grey
Square Root

“The Jeweled Net of Indra, the vision of reality that arose with Hua Yen Buddhism, reveals a world where each being, each gem at each node of the net, is illuminated by all others and reflected in them. As part of this world, you contain the whole of it.”
– Joanna Macy

Damon Soule

“The great gift for humanity is that this Creative Universal Intelligence, this Consciousness Force, this Spirit-in-Action is indwelling in each of us as us.  It is the Impulse of Evolution, the animating power that activates in each of us our own heart’s desire to be more, do more, love more, give more, create more, just like the universe itself is always doing.”
– Barbara Marx Hubbard

“It is Being Itself, the very Breath of Life that fills our lungs, so close to us, so full of mystery.”
Rabbi Jonathan Kligler

Vibrata Chromodoris
Three Improbable Events

“My experience of Divinity is life itself.Life in all the vitality, diversity, and renewal.”
Vandana Shiva

“Speaking is the primary metaphor: Spoken words convey meanings, connections, structures, images, fears, hopes, and so much else. But words would be inert and ineffective without the flow of the out breath of which they are spoken.”
– Rupert Sheldrake

Andrew Jones
Humming Dragon

“Shakti, an Energetic Consciousness or Conscious Light that can zap, radiate, illuminate and re-wire us through a broad range of “openings,” be these erotic, traumatic, psychedelic, aesthetic or contemplative.”
Jeffrey Kripal

Judy Chicago
Rainbow Shabbat

“Religion is focused upon one’s beliefs about Divinity. Spirituality is focused upon one’s experience of Divinity.”
– Michael A. Singer

Michael Divine

“The experience of nature and the experience of the eternal inner worlds is the Divinity of Divinity, both outside and inside.”
– Luis Eduardo Luna

Luis Tamani
Mujeres del Viento

“The Vast Radiance of The Celestial Light
Shining at Night, through the Stars and the Moon
In The Heavens above us.”
– Jeffrey Bronfman

Andrew Gonzalez
Leo Rising

“It doesn’t require faith in the invisible, it really just requires appreciation, reverence, joy and love for what is all around us.”
– Starhawk

CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture shares with its readers the work and stories of artists, thinkers and community builders who are dedicated to transformative living, and committed to the integration of wisdom and the arts. It is offered to inform, connect and inspire this evolving global awareness.

We are currently in the final printing phase of the new ‘Divinity’ volume 9 of CoSM Journal which will appear in our world this winter.

Art as Prayer

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Awakening to Buddhism

Nearly every morning before we start our day, Alex goes out to find eight points that have fallen from tulip trees that shade the studio. He places them in a mandala before the Buddha statue there, sometimes adding petals, and reminds himself of the teaching of the Eightfold Noble Path. Buddha was committed to revealing a Way to the End of Suffering. The First Noble Truth is that life is suffering, or “perpetual unsatisfactoriness.” The Second Noble Truth is that the cause of suffering is desire. The Third Noble Truth tells us that there IS a Way to the end of suffering. The Way is the Eightfold Noble Path. With every needle Alex places in the mandala he reminds himself of these eight precepts:

Right View
Right Intention
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration

The right view is non-duality. We are interdependent with an infinite order of beings and dimensions, whose ultimate ground is voidness, clarity, and compassion. By aligning ourselves with the awakened state of the Buddha we can develop wisdom, behave decently, cultivate discipline and kindness, nurturing positive thoughts, practicing mindfulness and meditation, we can subdue craving, cynicism, and be released from the “wheel of suffering” that perpetuates in death and rebirth.  Come to CoSM Sunday and learn about Buddhism from an accomplished teacher.

This Sunday’s Visionary Salon will host the Venerable Buddhist Chaplain of Harvard University, Lama Migmar Tseten.
His talk on Buddhism will include:

– The lineage and philosophy of Buddhism
– The major Buddhist schools including Dzogchen Buddhism, also called “The Great Perfection.”
– The power of Mantra
– The Mahasiddha paintings of great accomplished masters and tantric adepts
– An Introduction to Mahamudra, the very essence of Buddha’s teachings.

Join us for basic and deep wisdom from this Buddhist master at CoSM this Sunday afternoon.
The talk will end with a discussion and then a tour of the Entheon construction with Alex and Allyson

Art as Prayer with Randal Roberts

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Randal Roberts, extraordinary artist and beloved CoSM friend, will offer painting wisdom in a rare three-day creative/spiritual opportunity, entitled “Art As Prayer.” Painting to enhance connectedness with self and the Divine, Randal is committed to enfolding prayer into every stroke. When a group of artists paints with this intention, the workplace is charged with purified creative energy.  Practice a technique of fresh spontaneity with a sacramentally inspired visionary who exquisitely depicts the rococo patterns of inner realms.

Randal’s Statement:

“I pledge to do my best work for the highest good, & to practice my art as a way of awakening myself and others.
I offer myself and my materials to divine influence.

To You; cherished friends and family; to the beautiful, absurd, creative flow and language of the universe; and to the global Love Tribe – gone, living, and to be:  Thank you.  I love you, and do my best for you.”

Randal is one of the hardest working and devotionally driven artists we know.  Come to beautiful CoSM and deepen your soul’s creative journey through  art as spiritual practice, with one of the rising stars in the visionary art world.

We look forward to seeing you soon at CoSM,


Allyson & Alex

Seeing the Holy

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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.

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“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