Art Church: Theosis and The Icon


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Art Church: Theosis and The Icon
with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 - 1-6pm

Admission - $10 online / $15 at the door, Free to CoSM Members


Theosis and The Icon

Join us at Art Church as we examine the spiritual practice of Theosis. There is a covenant between the sacred artist, the spiritual source and the viewer of the icon. Many religious traditions have a strong symbolic iconic connection to the Divine. How does a glimpse of the mystic state provided by visionary icons promote the spiritual life of the viewer? Visionary Art is a type of sacred art, inspired by the inner visual mystical experience of the artist through sacramental shamanic plants and psychedelics. Can the social function of Visionary Art be likened to the tradition of Theosis?
Art can transform the way we see ourselves and the world.
Sacred art has always depended on this possibility. 
Theosis means coming closer to God by contemplation of icons. 
New ways of seeing lead to new ways of being.
When your being is transformed,
The world occuring to you transforms.
A great work of art, once seen, is unforgettable.
We encounter an art object and contemplate it.
It remains as a trace in our memory.
Our encounter may have lasted a minute or an hour,
But the artwork is now alive in our minds doing it’s subtle business.
Art can rewire our brains, suggesting a new reality.
Contemplation of a Buddha or Christ icon
Implants the possibility of our own enlightenment.
Icons of a United World, a Sacred Planet,
Are essential now to implant the possibility of saving our collective lives,
Reverencing our Mother Nature Goddesself,
The One WorldSpirit of all plants and creatures.

                                                                                                        "Christ" and "Sophia" by Alex Grey


Program Begins at 1pm

Art Meditation -- music by DJ Jon Ohia
        BRING DRAWING MATERIALS including colored pencils, pens or watercolor and a sketch book or pad.
        Journaling and poetic expression also encouraged.

Meditation Ends with Closing Reflections

Break -- The Mushroom Cafe and CoSM Shop will be open.

Presentation on Theosis and The Icon


Drawing Meditation  -- music by DJ Jon Ohia

Closing Ceremony

Program Ends at 6pm

                                                           "First Letter" by Allyson Grey


Alex Grey
, world-renowned artist, poet, and author, is best loved for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. His books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations, and Art Psalms, trace the development of his work and mystical experiences that shaped his spiritual artistic life. Alex's most recent monograph, Net of Being, addresses how his art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness.    

Allyson Grey
, artist, writer and social sculptor, has co-written and edited a dozen books and all seven volumes of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture. Since 1975, Allyson has been artistic partner and studio mate of artist, Alex Grey.  With a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University, Allyson has been an educator and muse to artists for over 30 years.
   Alex and Allyson are the parents of actress, Zena Grey. Together, the Grey co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, an interfaith church since 2008, celebrating creativity as a spiritual path.







The CoSM Shop and Cafe will be open.

Rooms are available for rent in our fully renovated Victorian Mansion.

Many originals and reproductions of Alex & Allyson Grey's artwork are on display in the guest house.

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 - click here for directions.


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