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on Saturday, April 9th, Hillery said

Morihi Ushiba, founder of Aikido, said, "to harminize with life is to come into accord with that part of God which flows through all things."

Perhaps it is the greater job of the artist to reach into this flow (with brush, ink, paper, and even a computer) to extract a single 2 dimensional moment, to illuminate anew something of the greater universe that indeed touches us all. Great art has never failed to enhance our lives, encourage new inner discoveries, deepen our appreciation of all things, and improve our civility.

"Buddha Nature pervades all natures and embraces all things, as one moon imprints a thousand streams, and all the thousand streams reflect the one moon; one spring nurtures a myriad flowers, and all the myriad flowers are endowed with the wonder of Spring." ~Anonymous (he must have been an artist!)

on Friday, April 8th, David Camp said

PY, Both of Newton's books had an effect on my perception of what is and on my art. I had already begun my vast web art project, intended as an expansion of Dante's work, before reading Newton's books, but since reading Newton I've recognized echoes of past life books in my art (some of the hue shifting pieces), and I've consciously incorporated Newton's progressive soul colors into my project. I also liked the parts of Newton's books where he spoke of "flags," pre-arranged reminders to keep us on track for what we selected for a life. I've experienced many of these. -David

on Friday, April 8th, Mike Butler said

Another book, on the theme of reincarnation, that you might enjoy is The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. I know it blew my mind when I read it in 1993 -- and I still haven't recovered. :) :) It is a big influence on my art.

Here is a blurb:

"Everything that we see around us is seen as it is because we have repeatedly solidified our experience of inner and outer reality in the same way, lifetime after lifetime, and this has led to the mistaken assumption that what we see is objectively real. In fact, as we go further along the spiritual path, we learn how to work directly with our fixed perceptions. All our old concepts of the world or of matter or of even ourselves are purified and dissolved, and an entirely new, what you could call “heavenly” field of vision and perception opens up. As William Blake said:

If the doors of perception were cleansed
Everything would appear . . . as it is, infinite."

on Friday, April 8th, Satoshi Matsuyama said

If we have a talk with God in our dreams or in our mother nature, that is good for us.
Because He loves us as His children with patience.
If we really understand the dreams, it is not just a dreams we have,
it will turn to the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities through not beheld.
And we will be uplifting and keeping on in our way of artistic expressions.
That is our Jacaranda dreams we've surely seen and confirmed at the Willows.
Thanks for your strong messages we should remember in any situations.

on Friday, April 8th, Paul said

An interesting blog,on hypnosis and the reported findings,and as you say consistency of them,wether or not this is where we all end up,it certainley sounds like a good place,although I have heard that there are no artists in heaven,which seems reasonable enough,as art being in its essence a critism of the world,and not needed where everything is perfect and there is no suffering.Probably when artists pass over to the 'pearly gates'theyll get short shrift and be told to get a proper job,and will have to till the feilds for a couple of thousand years to make up for all the laziness they have exhibited in this life by claiming to be 'in the studio'and 'artists'still Michealangelo will probably get in for his superb portrait of God in action,I dont hold out much chance for the rest of us,itll be penance aka the feilds or stoneyard or downstairs with the red guy.