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St. John's Tide; How about Making Devotional Art?

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St. John's Tide; How about Making Devotional Art?

This is a spiritual rebirth, an opening up to allow something higher, purer, holy, light, life and power to enter one, not from below, but from above. I try to imagine being Jesus meeting the Christ in his innermost being, just try to imagine that...was it a mighty revolution, a sweet conference, a divine conjunctio? Or was is a beloved heart wrenching goodbye? Those are questions I think about during the month of June most especially as I was born a sun baby a few days after St. John's day.

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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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Meditation, Contemplation & Painting with Spiritual Worlds; an Artist's Life

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Meditation, Contemplation & Painting with Spiritual Worlds; an Artist's Life

  “The starting point for a new life of art can come only by direct stimulation from the spiritual world. We must become artists, not by developing symbolism or allegory, but by rising, through spiritual knowledge, more and more into the spiritual world.” Rudolf Steiner "Thus the anthroposophical world-conception is capable of giving a strong impetus to cognition as well as to religious experience. In the case of cognition it stresses the fact that one must travel a road of purification before passing the gate to the spiritual world. On the other hand, it stresses the truth that religious life...

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Crossing the Bridge Between the Worlds & Meeting the Greater Guardian of the Threshold

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Crossing the Bridge Between the Worlds & Meeting the Greater Guardian of the Threshold

In Rudolf Steiner's book, "How to Know Higher Worlds" he leads us chapter by chapter,  like the Bhagavadgita does, to the heights of the cosmic worlds. He brings us to the crossing point, the Great Bridge Between the Worlds, the Gjallar Bridge, where every individual must stand and confront the Great Guardian. These final chapters in the book are why I became a member of the anthroposophical society, later in life, after growing up with parents who studied Steiner. The Guardian of the Threshold Kristena West Duo aqua-oils 3' x4' ( I am very honored to share that my work...

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Florida Tragedy June 12: An Artist's Creative Response

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Florida Tragedy June 12: An Artist's Creative Response

What does one do with all the horrific and continuing tragedies that are rippling across the globe? How can we respond creatively? When 911 occurred I was in a private school studying Transformational Arts & Conscousness, a two year MA degree in how artists can transform communities. We made dolls in my studio for children who lost parents in the twin towers. This led to a year long gratitude project with a community arts initiative making dolls for kids in Children's Hospital, Oakland, California. may 22d  blocking in color field and see what arises from the color.  Using Holbein Aqua...

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