“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.” William Blake
Today, when we are flooded with information from every angle, it is even more important that we bring our attention to things that have substance and depth instead of the constant flux of whim and trivia. Art is both a doorway and the threshold itself between ways of understanding the purposes of human life, our relationship to nature and our own consciousness.
This talk will explore the transformative power of engaging with art as a vital aspect of what is missing from our current ways of thinking and knowing. When we really discover how to see, rather than just look at, our attention, our consciousness and perceptions alter. We are able to re-assess the personal with greater meaning and purpose and begin to transform our world. We have all heard of the positive effects of yoga and meditation. But deep observation and appreciation of art has recently been cited by modern neuroscience as one of the most effective ways of increasing emotional and mental wellbeing, increasing creativity and inspiration and transforming consciousness. Yet this is not new knowledge.
In this talk Mary will draw on research from ancient and modern ways of knowing that re-educate our inner and outer eye, becoming what was termed in the Renaissance, as the window to the soul.
But after our encounters with art, how do we make sense of it?
Somewhere we have lost the ability and the language to express what is implicit and profound in art and instead over analyse, pushing the numinous further away. Discover how when we engage our perception of art in different ways, the doors of the imagination re- open, mediating between the transcendent and the material, the personal and the archetypal. We transform that around us, re-animating the world because the things that do not matter cannot grow without our attention.
Mary Elizabeth Attwood is an art historian, writer, meditation and relaxation teacher. Loyal to the academic and alternative, her work and research spans art history, Eastern and Western philosophies and studies and practices on consciousness.
She holds a BA honours degree in the History of Art where her studies focused on Italian late Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture and she is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred. Mary is also a qualified yoga and meditation teacher.
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