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How Can We Find the Christ? A Converstation of the Heart & Making Art

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How Can We Find the Christ? A Converstation of the Heart & Making Art

At Berkeley in the Transformative Arts & Consciousness MA program (2000-2002) I had two years to focus on art making. I decided to start a meditative, contemplative study of sacred texts, the gospels, and cross-cultural traditions focusing on the sacred deities of various religions and making sacred art. My studies led me to the Christian mysteries, and the question, “How can we know the Christ?” This is the question that for thousands of years souls have been longing to answer. We can read, study, meditate, and send up prayers and these ways of being have proven effective. We may have...

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Are We Refusing Helping Others, cuz it's Their Karma?

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Are We Refusing Helping Others, cuz it's Their Karma?

I find these images of installation and performance art pieces by Nick Cave to be pictures or imaginations of consciousness. Each sort-of human has intricate, complex, multi-leveled interconnecting karma. I find in studying them a feeling of satisfaction of what I think we all are carrying around with us, inside of us. What do we look like stripped of our human body? When we cross the threshold of earthly consciousness, we drop the sack of the physical and we emerge over the threshold either in dreamless sleep consciously or after death. I think meeting our double would be a severe wake-up call.

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Making Art on a Black Surface: from Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks

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Making Art on a Black Surface: from Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks

Art: Kristena West M.A. 2005 “A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”  Leonardo da Vinci When I make art/sketches every day for my online art store, I love working on black charcoal paper. Black fills in the background so you don't have to work so hard, it helps whatever you do.  When I teachWomenSpirit classes, I give the students black craft paper,  it's in-expensive and has a "tooth" so media grabs at it. When I told the (adult) women that the paper was...

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Habitual Negative Thinking Creates Thought Forms = Addictions

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Habitual Negative Thinking Creates Thought Forms = Addictions

A great Picture of an Alchemical Egregore! the Thought Form that is built when we habitually think or do something. If we give it alot of energy, the Egregore becomes "Alive" and to continue living, discharges itself against the head in order for us to engage in the activity/thinking again. ILLUSTRATION PAWEL KUCZYNSKI Poke-the Man We all know our habitual negative thought forms; worry, dread, doubt, fear, anger, jealousy, self-hatred. It's the default place we go to, to try to handle the challenges and anxieties of  life. But these continued thoughts creates habitual thinking which in turn create adapting patterns...

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WRITING IS PERCEPTION; an Artist's Life

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WRITING IS PERCEPTION; an Artist's Life

The time between falling asleep and waking up is the "Sacred Treasure" time. If one can train themselves to be aware during this time of the threshold of our bodies, we can strive to grasp what arises. As Dreamers know, they either get a Dream Screen with a picture or hear a word or sentence. This morning, on entering my body, I heard, "Writing is Perception." This doesn't surprise me as I have been writing regularly the few months. According to Websters Dictionary Perception is 1. awareness, observation, seeing 2 a mental image: concept And we all know perception is...

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