A fresh talk emphasizing the challenge of artistic creation sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Art, 1990.
“The break between abstract expressionism and what preceded it was the most radical break in American art in this century. Abstract expressionism actually carried us into a confrontation with what the quantum physicists were telling us, that the universe is field upon field of integrated vibration, that there is no top level, there is no bottom level, that the ordinary structures of provisional space-time are simply that; if we can rise out of the human dimension then we discover these larger, more integrated dimensions where mind and nature actually somehow interpenetrate each other.”
Very pleased to announce an ongoing series of free webinars with Maestro Manuel Rufino. (currently given in English with Polish translations)
About: Maestro Manuel comes from the Taino tradition from the Caribbean. He is an elder, spiritual guide, gifted ceremonial leader, teacher of sacred initiatic traditions of the world, member of the Mayan Solar Order of Chichen Itza, and an artist. Guided by his teacher, Maestro Domingo Dias Porta, he has been following the trails of indigenous healing arts for over 37 years. Currently, Maestro Manuel travels around the world sharing sacred initiatic traditions, leading workshops, lectures, sweat lodges & healing rituals.
Extraterrestrial Civilizations: From Homo Sapiens to Homo Luminous and Homo Cosmos Maestro Rufino talks about the Egyptian, Mayan, Incan, Chinese and Sumerian Civilizations – about the many layers and dimensions of our universe and the cosmic connection to the center of the galaxy.
A psychoacoustic journey into the sacred sites, pyramids and mandalas of North Americas ancient Nahuatl cultures. The melancholy flute and water drum lead spirit back to its pristine origin, renewing our awareness of the resonant messages embedded in the rocks so long ago.
The Heart & Mind 2012 Festival is a unique platform for cross-cultural dialogue that moves beyond conventional approaches to seek practical solutions for the good of the global community. This festival is not an event – it’s a movement dedicated to the creation of a new vision for the way humanity relates to one another and the world in which we live.
The Heart & Mind 2012 Festival is a place where science and religion, philosophy and art, indigenous shamanic traditions and modern cultures come together. We are now in the process of tremendous change both internally and externally. The Maya refer to this auspicious shift as the beginning of the fifth sun. At this time, our collective consciousness is beginning to awaken and move into a higher awareness Let’s take advantage of this momentum and gather to embrace the definitive shifts of 2012 an dream the new vision together.
“Our modern day astrophysicists and astronomers, with all their sophisticated scientific instruments, are not the only humans that have wondered what may exist at the center of our galaxy. The superb astronomers and mathematicians of the ancient Mayan civilization, also pondered this question. The Mayans knew where in the sky the exact center of the galaxy was located and they even had a glyph representing it which is now named Hunab Ku ; it was known to the Mayans as The Galactic Butterfly. Their entire cosmology and extremely accurate calendars were based on the existence and location of Hunab Ku and they deeply believed that the future of mankind ultimately depends on what occurs there.” – John Ennis
Hunab Ku was, to the Mayans, the supreme God and ultimate Creator and was located in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It represented the gateway to other galaxies beyond our Sun as well as all of the consciousness that has ever existed in this, our own galaxy. Hunab Ku, according to the Mayans, is also the consciousness which organized all matter from a whirling disk – into stars, planets and solar systems. Hunab Ku is the Mother Womb which is constantly giving birth to new stars and it gave birth to our own Sun and planet Earth as well as the other planets found in our solar system. They also believed that the ultimate Creator directs everything that happens in our galaxy from its center through the emanation of periodic energy bursts of consciousness.
Today, modern astronomers have indeed verified that at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is found a “whirling disk” with a “Black Hole” at its center that is both swallowing and giving birth to stars. Could the extraordinary low frequency radio wave images discovered coming from the center of our Milky Way galaxy be programmed bursts of energy consciousness coming from the ultimate Creator… and actually be a modern manifestation of what the ancient Mayans believed? [...]
Paul D. Burley is an engineer and environmental geologist who has researched world mythology, pictographic and architectural symbolism, and sacred landscapes expressing spiritual traditions around the world. His journey to understand the meaning of Native American medicine wheels led him to study sacred symbolism exhibited by cultures over tens of thousands of years. His analysis of that symbolism has resulted in a new understanding of the sacred life ways of ancient and indigenous peoples. In 2003, author Paul D. Burley discovered a Native American Medicine wheel located in the Rocky mountains of Wyoming at an elevation of more then 10,00 feet. Researching prehistoric artifacts, ethnographic records, and cultural traditions and mythologies, he realized that the same circular and geometry is associated with all religions and indigenous life ways dating back to more then one million years.
Visit his website to learn about his new book, The Sacred Sphere, which explores modern, ancient, and indigenous traditions, demonstrating that cultures around the world, throughout time, communicated vital concepts with circular symbols each of which is a facet of a specific, yet until now, unrecognized universal spherical geometry.
Also, tune into Other World Radio on March 20, 2012 for a live interview. Topic: We will discuss with Paul the specific combination of nine great circles, the geometric constructs, and the concepts of dimensions of space and time and the relationships between physical and metaphysical universes.
Bio – At 23, Joel yearned to have his walls hanging with painted scenes from the tombs and temples of Egypt, but where to find them? Moved by a strange impulse, he put pencil to paper and astonished himself by the copy of a tomb portrait of Ramses II’s beautiful queen, Nefertari, which materialized before him. At that moment, something resonated deep within his soul. Eerily, for an instant, time seemed to melt away. It was as if a voice out of the mists of antiquity was calling him, urging him to awaken memories long lost to the lower consciousness, but alive and real beyond the veil of the physical.
Driven solely by a desire to follow the urgings of that voice, Joel embarked on a mission of self-discovery and artistic endeavor of which Ancient Egypt became the wellspring of inspiration. Focused on a realization of higher-self, Joel has battled everyday life and economics to find the retreat and solitude necessary to accomplish his work. Having no formal training in art, he had to discover the medium and techniques, the discipline and focus, which would allow him to capture his unending visions in increasingly sophisticated and complex works.
Joel understands that he is intricately connected with Ancient Egypt among other past cultures, the images, and mystical visions of which flash before his inner sight. It is in the spirit of gratitude and humility for this gift that he feels part of himself a “child,” or “one who was formed,” by this mighty, mysterious, radiant, and wise “model of civilization,” beloved by all enlightened souls.
Traditional knowledge must be an integral part of the global climate discourse
One important sign of the indigenous peoples being largely absent from the climate change policy and decision-making processes is the virtual lack of references to the existing traditional knowledge on climate change in the global, national, and local climate change discussions. To date, valuable insights held by indigenous peoples worldwide about direct and indirect impacts of, as well as mitigation and adaptation approaches to climate change, remain largely unrecognized. This is particularly apparent in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) Assessment Reports released every few years.
Bridging the gaps between traditional knowledge and climate science
To fill-in the gaps in available information on traditional knowledge (TK) and climate change adaptation and mitigation, and to promote respect for TK and the role of indigenous peoples in policy development, a partnership has been formed between the United Nations University-Institute for Advanced Studies’ Traditional Knowledge Initiative and the IPCC. Building on the UNU-IAS TKI’s previous work the partners have been working together to organize a series of workshops that would enable the expertise of indigenous and traditional peoples with climate change become an integral part of the next IPCC Assessment Report widely available to the global community. [...]
The Kallawaya are medicine men of the high Andes in Bolivia. They were considered the sacred healers of the Incas and are said to know over 600 plants and herbs. Today they continue their practice of ceremonial healing in the Bolivian high Andes near Lake Titicaca.
A documentary film crew (as portrayed in “Andean Healers, Secrets of the Kallawaya” directed by Thomas Wartmann) followed one such journey, as a Kallaway doctor traveled with his apprentice from deep inside the Kallawaya heartland to the highlands of Peru. Their destination was Machu Picchu. Their objective: to deliver one single medicinal plant to a friend.
As they travel, the Kallawaya collect botanical and spritual remedies, making their way through extreme latitudes, expanding their understanding of the universe. Over the centuries, their knowledge has exceeded the confines of what is known as medicine and reached a deeper, more powerful level.
Gerald Jay Markoe studied classical music at both Juilliard (B.A.) and the Manhattan School of Music (M.A.). Since the early 1960s, Markoe has studied meditation and astrology, and he specialized in translating the positions of the planets into music, often recording custom tapes based on a person’s astrological sign.