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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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Longing for Mystery; How Spiritual Experiences Change Your Life

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Longing for Mystery; How Spiritual Experiences Change Your Life

Yearning for Spiritual Renewal - excerpt from Alchemy the Magical Arts of the Union of Soul© Kristena West        "As souls, we long for mystery. We long for something to take us out of our lives, change us, shape us, intend us toward something better, something great, toward light, heat, passion, potency and purpose. Although we may desire this adventure into spirit, many of us fight off these experiences, as our egos consider them too threatening. Joseph Campbell, when speaking of the lure and danger of surrendering into the unconscious, says that these visions and dreams are dangerous. They are...

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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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Opus 1 The Nigredo All Hell Breaks Loose: Facing Evil and Going Forward Deeds of Goodness

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Opus 1 The Nigredo All Hell Breaks Loose: Facing Evil and Going Forward Deeds of Goodness

The Nigredo or the Blackening is an Alchemical state, one of the first operations in the opus or Great Work. In alchemy, the Nigredo, or blackness, means putrefaction or decomposition. Many alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher's stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked to black matter.  The Body or Prima Materia; the First Material-the Thing to be Worked,  to be decomposed, that is, to shift one's awareness to the inner self. The planets are both stages of the process and energies in the body to be transmuted. In the above...

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