Any artist in touch with the imaginal realms has stepped into what Campbell calls the mythogenetic zone. So, it's a legitimate question to ask, "What mythology are our artworks communicating?" The mythology that CoSM is promoting is that we are on the cusp of the emergence of a planetary civilization and that world-wide there is a Love Tribe who recognizes that the human relationship with nature is sacred and needs healing. Art can evolve our consciousness through the contemplative reception of a new map of awareness. Through art, we can upgrade our mythic psychic program. It's crucial -- if we think the earth is crashing and that there is no hope, that is a mythology of doom. If we believe that humanity is entering a consciousness phase shift toward recognition of our common unity, this is a mythology of transformation. Here's another myth: God is the divine artist and the cosmos is the evolving masterwork of creation. We are here to appreciate and co-manifest the holy unfolding aesthetic spectacle.
Join us on Saturday for the pre-Full Moon Experiential Workshop on the Mythic Imagination with two of our dearest friends, Stephen and Robin Larsen, PhDs, experts on archetypal and transpersonal psychology and it's relationship to our own personal journey. Bring journaling and sketching materials. This is what will happen:
Stephen Larsen, PhD and Robin Larsen, PhD were biographers and long-time friends of the renowned mythologist, Joseph Campbell. From Campbell they learned to discern the profundity of myth, and how deeply it permeates our lives and culture. Stephen is a respected psychotherapist, professor and author of The Shaman’s Doorway, The Mythic Imagination, and about forty other volumes. Stephen directs a clinical center dedicated to helping people with neurological dysfunction and brain injury (stonemountaincenter.com). Stephen contributed an essay to Alex's book Transfigurations. Robin earned a doctorate degree in art history, has exhibited her brilliant visionary art for decades and co-authored six books with her partner Stephen, one with Joseph Campbell. Together the Larsen's authored numerous books on the art of relationships including The Fashioning of Angels, in which one chapter focuses on the relationship of Alex & Allyson. Stephen and Robin are co-founders of The Center for Symbolic Studies (symbolicstudies.org) in Rosendale, New York.
Featured are: Donovan Arthen, Carl Bridge, Martin Bridge, Mark Girard, Jeanette Ladores, Gabriel Mesutti, Aidan Talbot Giovanna Vechitto and friends.
Come for the entire journey or join us for the Full Moon ceremony.
Our friend Roland Griffiths from the Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin Research Team has a question for you:
Have you had a Challenging Magic Mushroom Journey?
The Psilocybin Research Team at Johns Hopkins needs your help.
We’re conducting an anonymous, web-based study to characterize difficult or challenging experiences that people sometimes have on psilocybin mushrooms (i.e. "bad trips," whether the person later regards them negatively or positively).
If you’ve ever had such an experience, we’d greatly appreciate it if you would take our survey. Importantly, if you know of others who’ve ever had a 'bad' psilocybin experience, please send them the link and encourage them to participate. This includes people who had a difficult experience long ago.
As you may know, our team has conducted survey and laboratory studies characterizing positive experiences with psilocybin. You can see our body of work here: csp.org/psilocybin. This new survey is an important extension of our research with this fascinating substance. Here it is. Please share. www.shroomsurvey.com
We deeply appreciate your help. Thank you.
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
IRB approved application NA00080653