Wonderful post by THE ALCHEMY OF CREATIVITY by MIRIAM LOUISA SIMONS
Taking inspiration from ;
There is a way of breathing
that’s a shame and a suffocation
and there’s another way of expiring
a love breath,
that lets you open indefinitely.
Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.
MIRIAM LOUISA SIMONS says
“I’ve tried many ways. I spend a lot of time “Seeing-Drawing” … the wonderful meditative practice I learned from Frederick Franck on one of his retreats and also from his classic The Zen of Seeing. I’ve tried just about every form of visual poetry: color, tone, texture. They were all effective to a degree. Frederick Franck used to assert that ‘the inexpressible was the only thing worth expressing’. I took this statement as a koan as I explored ways to express that ineffable quietude.
It wasn’t until my practice distilled down to the essential life-tide of beingness that I approached real stillness, real quietude.
One soft succulent dawn in India I drew my breath.” –
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
― George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah
KEN WILBER ON THE NATURE OF AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE
‘Great art grabs you, against your will, and then suspends your will. You are ushered into a quiet clearing, free of desire, free of grasping, free of ego, free of the self-contraction. And through that opening or clearing in your own awareness may come flashing higher truths, subtler revelations, profound connections. For a moment you might even touch eternity; who can say otherwise, when time itself is suspended in the clearing that great art creates in your awareness?’ Ken Wilber
The Essential Ken Wilber p145
Many articles on photographic art
The artist is the antenna of the race. (Ezra Pound)
The purpose of art is the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
Glenn Gould, pianist
Chris Packham ends one of the episodes of the wonderful BBC series Secrets of Our Living Planet
with this statement, “Science is the art of understanding truth and beauty.”
Is it? The proper and limited concerns of science need to be upheld in contradistinction to the other two voices/modes/states of being – Caring the moral voice and Creativity-Beauty. My argument is here – http://sunwalkmodelofholisticeducation.wordpress.com/about/
‘….great art is judged by its capacity to take your breath away, take your self away, take time away, all at once.’
In this statement from The Simple Feeling of Being p 190 we have the germ of a spiritual, spiritualising and mystical aesthetic.
Wilber’s spiritual view of art of course rests on the Perennial Philosophy a view of the structure of reality that is thousands of years old.
Great art suspends the reverted eye, the lamented past, the anticipated future: we enter with it into the timeless present; we are with God today, perfect in our manner and mode, open to the riches and the glories of a realm that time forgot, but that great art reminds us of: not by its content, but by what it does in us: suspends the desire to be elsewhere.
And thus it undoes the agitated grasping in the heart of the suffering self, and releases us – maybe for a second, maybe for a minute, maybe for all eternity – releases us from the coil of ourselves.
Source: The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader., Pages: 145