‘Human beings were created to contemplate and reflect the universe.  They are not themselves this great perfection, but are particles of perfection.’  ~Cicero

I am primarily interested in the enigmatic connectedness of landscapes and archetypal symbols, taking influence from Eastern philosophy, astrophysics and the work of Jung and Joseph Campbell.  In our unsustainably materialistic, shockingly destructive, tech-alienated world that appears evermore squeezed by fragmented rationalism – a sort of ‘anti-creativity’ possessing scant regard for spiritual nourishment and the environment – I have become intrigued by the artist of today as having the role of a kind of shamanic mediator between organic mysteries.  The following extract from physician Larry Dossey’s ‘The Inner Life of the Healer,’ articulates eloquently some of my concerns:

‘What we desperately need from shamanism is far more important than the shaman’s trappings: it is the soul of the healer we need to recover, for that is what we have lost. . . . “Soul” is a new mode of awareness . . . a way of seeing that rescues all of life from the sterile vacuity that has become synonymous with modernity. . . . This, then, is the great legacy of shamanism for the modern healer: a way to make life alive; a way to discover that the world is enchanted and not dead.’

I’m particularly drawn to recent research linking the restorative effects of nature in art and how this might contribute to a ‘new mode of awareness’ in the context of a broader ecological consciousness.

truth is vibe.

Christopher Sharp

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