Making Art: An Eternal Love Affair

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Making Art: An Eternal Love Affair

The poet Charles Entrekin once said, “You do what you do whether you are in love or not.  But if you are in love, everything that you do becomes important.”

When we fall back into the state of love with another person, everything they say, every turn of the cheek, and each slight shrug of the shoulder or sound of his or her laughter, goes into a place in our hearts and our minds that is like a position on a sacred altar. It remains as a cardinal memory for a lifetime.  The smile of the one we first loved, if reminded of by someone else’s smile fifty years later, releases a burst of joy in us, unexpectedly. Love has dismissed our illusions of time and space and remains intact for eternity.  READ MORE

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Art as Transportaion

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A future astronaut may travel to Tau Ceti without leaving his or her living room. Sitting comfortably, gazing down the center of a slowly rotating spiral, the traveler might view a holographic image of the stars in his or her consciousness. The rotating spiral pulls them safely and securely down its vortex toward his or her destination. Our traveler has reached an era where humanity has once more realized that real space and perceptual space are indistinguishable from one another. A second realization would be the one we all had in the beginning of civilization but have been carefully steered away from. This is the understanding that consciousness is a singular phenomenon, and we are all of us like fish who swim through an ocean of awareness. This awareness, rather than being separate little packages of awareness in us lucky humans, as distinguished from the animals, plants and minerals, have been blessed with privatized awareness.  Given that awareness extends to the stars and beyond, and that this awareness is ours as well as all else’s, it becomes altogether possible and even probable that we may travel to the stars. Rather, the stars are inside the perimeters of our consciousness, and we just think ourselves there. Welcome to the age where time/space travel is as common as flying to L.A. Perhaps in this era, rather than saying, “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand it, ” they will be saying “You don’t have to be an artist to understand it. ”

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Good for Nothing!

Good for Nothing!

galaxies-Good-for-NothingNo, seriously, good for nothing! I know we’ve built an entire global culture based on the idea that nothingness is worthless, but, well, we’re wrong. I’m just trying to congratulate Nothingness on doing one fabulous job of creating a universe, out of —nothing at all!

Okay, we’ll have a contest. Here’s the way it will work. You have absolutely nothing to work with. Now, you have eternity to do it. Okay, let’s see who can make a universe! Ready, set, go! Read More:

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Awakening-Falling Less into Trance

bowl-of-fruitFor a few individuals, awakening is a sudden occurrence that lasts either a lifetime or for many years. With most of us, awakening is a gradual process, rewarded by the fruits that leaving a trance state offers us on a moment-to-moment basis. An example of such a reward is dreaming less of how great it will be when we get off work, go on vacation or retire, and instead resting in a place within ourselves that feels good right now.  In this way, we shift from a polarized state of perceiving our world to a radiant state of perceiving it, without desire or fear. Read More.

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Sidewalk Revelations

If God is everywhere, then Awareness is in everything. Awareness cannot shrink or withdraw itself from any experience, even the experience of being poured concrete stone.

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When a sidewalk is first poured by a stonemason, it lies in absolute comfort on the earth and stone bed that was prepared for it. An insurance policy is built into its flat form. The scored lines that define it as a square assure it that, if times get rough, it may break in an orderly fashion, and that this breakage will be in perfect keeping with tradition and its own supposed destiny to crack along those lines.  In this way, a kind of religion has been built into it. Its future has been thought out and the way provided; for a structure has been established that provides a way to deal with future events and prophesies. It says, “The day will come when you will crack along these lines and that will be the will of the stone mason who created you.” Thus comforted, the sidewalk slab lies in deep rest.  Read more

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Painting To Manifest

cave-paintings-004This post is the first chapter of Painting A Pathway Home, by Ross Drago. Painting A Pathway Home is designed to encourage visual thinkers and spiritual seekers to use the act of painting as a means to bring  about spiritual awakening.  Works of art can be windows of opportunity for receptive viewers to gain tremendous spiritual ground in their own journey toward a realization of their true Self.

As with awakening itself, no words can describe the teachings intrinsic to that state, and no words can teach what painting itself teaches. Indeed, I have found through a lifetime of painting, that painting itself is a master teacher, an intelligence that works with whomever opens to this spiritual act. This Masterful Intelligence used to be seen as inspired by the Muses, but this source of inspiration has since lost it’s meaning in the modern aesthetic of a disposable world.   This world is largely devoid of consciousness of the living spirit in objects, places and even processes such as painting.  To believe that there is no living spirit in things and places and planets and even minerals and elements is a blind spot designed to facilitate indifference to the world we inhabit.  Read More

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