Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Part IV: How Art Evolves Consciousness

Chapel of Sacred Mirrors:
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."

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.

Integral Center:
Creativity is the cosmic evolutionary force in our own hands. From a shaman’s rattle to a Warhol painting, artifacts created by the most inspired and expressive artists become recognized as significant symbolic archetypes. Objects that are most valued by an individual or culture are preserved and passed on from generation to generation.

An evolved state of consciousness is an enlightened, super-conscious awareness of our connectedness with everything, followed by a peace-radiating, compassionate engagement to uplift the world by skillful means. Visionary mystical experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with Spirit 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 a skillful and talented eye witness. This is why Visionary Art matters. A growing investment by artists and collectors in Visionary Art evolves the cultural body by venerating icons of interconnectedness.

To the beholder, art can attract higher aspiration. Icons of wisdom masters, such as Christ and Buddha, are models of our highest possibility. Portraits of Bodhisattvas, Angels, and Deities are Sacred Mirrors for our own enlightenment.

Ray Kurzweil:
"I [do] have a specific approach to doing creative work that I’ve used for several decades. When I go to sleep I assign myself a problem, it can be any kind of problem. It could be some algorithmic solution to some formulas, it could be some business strategy problem, it could be an organizational problem, and it could be an interpersonal problem. I specifically try not to solve [the problem] because that would drown the creative process, but I do try to think, “What do I know about this? What attributes would a solution have? What am I looking for? What are some of the constraints?” I just review what I know about the problem and then I go to sleep.

Two things happen. One, when I get up I’ll invariably have some new insight into the issue. Freud said that when we’re dreaming, our senses are relaxed and we basically shut off those portions of our mind that tell us what we’re not allowed to think about. So a lot of taboos will emerge in our dream and we’ll do and think things we don’t allow ourselves to do while we’re awake; sometimes we don’t even remember them because the taboos are so strong against even thinking about some of these things. Some of these taboos [impose] constraints on why you can’t solve a problem a certain way. A lot of professionals in every field — engineers, doctors, lawyers — learn to shut down certain creative approaches to problems due to the constraints of professional thinking in their field.

By thinking about problems without those senses you can really find creative solutions to them.

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