Interview with Solihin. Osteopath who has developed his own way to activate human expansion of self. It is based on the inner experiences within the spiritual and everyday life, Solihin explains how Life Forces - known as material, vegetative, animal and human - exist both within and around us, and arise from the matter comprising each of these kingdoms. These forces all arise from a single source - the Absolute, the Divine. Exploring the order of these forces is the essence of his workshops and consultations. He is the founder of Ad Humanitas, an organization dedicated to furthering humanity within each of us as members of a global human community.www.adhumanitas.com
Every single work of art is the fulfillment of a prophecy: for every work of art is the conversion of an idea into an image. Every single human being should be the fulfillment of a prophecy. For every human being should be the realization of some ideal, either in the mind of God or in the mind of man. -- Oscar Wilde
Prophecy is revelation.
Inspirations are like mini revelations.
The artist receives messages from their creative source and, through practice, becomes open and receptive to the flow.
Sparks of inspiration are signal flares of the soul that compel the artist to create.
The creative force is an evolutionary urge that artfully animates humanity to fulfill prophecy.
Realizing an ideal like beauty, wisdom, compassion or generosity, means embodying and recognizing ones unity with that principle, a
union of God and self.
Oscar Wilde wrote those lines while imprisoned for being gay.
In his essay "De Profundis," Wilde confesses his identification with the suffering of Christ.
We are now in the season of Lent moving toward Easter. It is a time to celebrate the rebirth of nature and the return of life. Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season invites us to realize our short comings, confess wrongdoings, repent before God and be spiritually reborn. Easter commemorates the suffering and crucifixion of Christ and it celebrates the resurrection.
Mark your calendars for the March Full Moon Vernal Equinox celebration at CoSM on Saturday, March 19th where we will worship and celebrate, pray and dance, drum and paint. Experience a creative rebirth at CoSM.
Also, join CoSM Staff and friends for Earth Day Volunteer Weekend, April 22nd and 23rd. Register in advance as a volunteer to freshen CoSM up for spring. For information about volunteering and accommodations write to
Alex and Allyson
at the foundation of service to the Greater Creator, the Divine Artist that we all reflect. There is One consciousness -- God consciousness more or less awake to its identity. When an artist comes into alignment with the primal creative force, they are moved
toward expressions of depth and authenticity, and their works are in service to the Great Creation.
Alex is currently working on a painting that will be placed in a church in the Southwest. His next painting will be for a church in the U.K. These churches are helping CoSM to renovate and build structures that will accommodate visitors to the Chapel, participants
at events and workshops, and by 11/11/11, an exhibition of visionary art.
Alex & Allyson
Let's make up a new word. ARTheology is the transmission of spiritual guidance through the arts. The arts have played a crucial role in parable and the recounting of iconic moments from all world religions. Theology, or the collection of knowledge related to the study of God, has influenced the sacred art of every tradition. It wasn't really up to the Tibetan artist what a particular Buddhist Thangka painting would include. There was a prescribed assembly of relevant symbols that gave any image its power. The meaning was imbued on the art from a religious context. Sacred art is clothed in the language of the essential truth of that faith. When the purpose of art is our own salvation or liberation, we trust the good intentions of the author that art is being performed for God's sake.
How can art be redemptive in a post-modern, pluralistic, trans-denominational world? If art's mission is to make the soul perceptible, then all expressions are redemptive for the artist. Creation IS redemption. To complete the soul being perceived by another, the art must be shared. The social context of art is necessarily an ethical arena where the intentions of the artist toward the beholder are central to the message in the work. An artist fulfilling the sacred legacy of their profession, dedicates their work to the liberation of all beings. Their art is uniquely suited to be a tap root to the collective psyche and zeitgeist of the moment, to potentiating an historic evolution of consciousness. When a sacred understanding informs a community of people, the community can make art together, the pinnacle of which is temple building.
While we've been away in Australia and Bali, the CoSM Building Crew Extraordinaire has completed the renovation of the second floor of Grey House, Now, four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, is beautiful and ready for guests.
Come to the Full Moon and consider enrolling in the pre-Full Moon Workshop, and journey with Chef Lumino into "Culinary Shamanism."
Alex and Allyson
Many people who receive this newsletter remember the five years CoSM was open in Manhatten. There we met thousands of people who came from all over the planet and had a sacred connection with the art. For the last two years, since CoSM moved 65 miles upstate to the Hudson Valley, we have been traveling the world extensively. As long as the CoSM Collection of art is still in storage and not yet on exhibit at the new facility, we reasoned it would be a good time to travel outside of New York to meet our extended community. So, when invitations for travel came in that would benefit CoSM, we accepted them. Since CoSM is only open for special events*, these gracious invitations have helped pay for expenses and needed renovations at the new facility.
To build a church for World Spirit, a global community must bless our project with their prayers and financial support. Across America we've met many people in Miami, Gainesville, St. Petersberg, Baltimore, Boston, Denver, San Antonio, Austin, Portland, Ashland, San Francisco, L.A., and San Jose. Throughout the world, in Australia, Austria, Argentina, Bali, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Russia, we find the "Love Tribe," turned-on creative people who appreciate that the arts can transmit the mystic condition. A new kind of sacred art is informing this disorganized religion, an international visionary art that finds resonance with the dawning planetary civilization. This worldwide family celebrates all wisdom paths and is committed to an adaptive sustainable relationship with nature. By recognizing the divinity of all life, and standing for peace, the Love Tribe is linked by shared values that transcend nationality, and play a vital role in each society. Multi-racial, multi-generational and far from naive, the Love Tribe senses the radical importance and preciousness of the human experiment. Because of our astonishing capability to consciously commune with the transcendental ground of being shared by all beings, we are pregnant with love energy. The source of all love comes from beyond us, through us, to shine upon and uplift each other on our transformative journey together. Fortunately, most people still believe in love, and love, after all, is God's secret name. The inevitable consequence of love is the building of temples. That is our interactive mission with the Love Tribe.
Be with us this weekend for a Valentine's Day retreat for lovers. We'll make art together, sit around the fireplace and talk about the transformative path of relationship, write love notes and experience Lumino's exquisite cuisine!
Happy Valentine's Day,
Allyson and Alex
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*CoSM is open for Full Moon ceremonies, for Equinox, Solstice, Halloween and New Years celebrations, workshops and conferences. Help the CoSM Collection of inspiring artwork re-open by 11/11/11 by making a donation of any size.
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communion with the Absolute. According to the Buddhist teachings, unless
one has the proper motivation, one will never advance on the spiritual path
or attain enlightenment. A person may do various higher meditational practices,
but if he or she does not have bodhichitta, the altruistic intention to practice and
gain liberation for the benefit of all beings, the practice will come to naught.
Spiritual artists should have compassionate aspirations to benefit others with
their art. Art becomes a service to the divine by being an uplifting assistant
to a suffering world. By alignment of the artistic will with the divine will it is
possible to make art with the intention of a bodhisattva. Buddhist texts
describe the bodhisattva as an enlightened being who has chosen to
remain in the samsaric world of suffering, the wheel of life, in order to
help bring wisdom and happiness to all living creatures. This unreasonable
vow distinguishes the mission and extends the intention of the bodhisattva
beyond the limits of a single lifetime. If one wishes to work with the
bodhisattva intention, then one internally scrutinizes: "Is what I am
doing solely for myself and my own benefit, or am I seeking to benefit
as many beings as possible while attaining my own needs?" Can this
altruistic motivation be applied to art without corrupting the internal
freedom and creativity of the artist?" *
*Excerpt from The Mission of Art by Alex Grey
PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
Creator of the Universe
All powerful infinite Oneness
Transcendental Force of Love
Networked through All Beings & Things
Thank you for the precious gift of Life!
Everlasting One, safeguard us in the coming year.
Protect, shelter and supply us
With thy grace and sufficiency.
Preserve our bodies, souls, and faith,
All Merciful, sustain and embrace our families,
Our loved ones, our communities,
Our state and our Nation.
Protect Humanity and guide us all
Toward harmony with each other
And the web of Life.
May we each be a blessing
To the world now and in the year to come.
May your boundless creative force
Work through us to inspire and uplift
Our brothers and sisters,
Creating a holy zone of peace, and kindness
In all our relations.
May the creatures of the world
Live in balance with a healing environment.
May radical breakthroughs in
Compassionate relief for the suffering
Dawn this year.
May each of us fully surrender to
God’s plan in our lives
And enjoy the amazing journey
Wherever our path leads us.
May God grant us success in our
Creative and spiritual lives,
Removing all obstacles to the
Highest realization and liberation,
Establishing each of us in thy Transcendental Joy
And granting us wisdom and skillful means
To implement God’s plan of Love and Light
For all beings.
Allyson and Alex