Art and Spiritual Transformation: The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth (Google eBook)

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 26, 2009 - Art - 400 pages
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The primal role of art in awakening and liberating the soul of humanity

• Presents a seven-stage journey of transformation moving from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination

• Provides a meditation practice to experience the spiritual energy embedded within art

• Includes artists Alex Grey, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Walter Gaudnek, and others

Art and Spiritual Transformation presents a seven-stage journey from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination that is possible through the world of art. Finley Eversole introduces a meditation practice that moves beyond the visual content of an art form in order to connect with its embedded spiritual energy, allowing the viewer to tap in to the deeper consciousness inherent in the artwork and awaken dormant powers in the depths of the viewer’s soul.

Examining modern and postmodern artwork from 1945 onward, Eversole reveals the influences of ancient Egypt, India, China, and alchemy on this art. He draws extensively on philosophy, myth and symbolism, literature, and metaphysics to explain the seven stages of spiritual death and rebirth of the soul possible through art: the experience of self-loss, the journey into the underworld, the experience of the dark night of the soul, the conflict with and triumph over evil, the awakening of new life in the depths of being, and the return and reintegration of consciousness on a higher plane of being, resulting finally in ecstasy, transfiguration, illumination, and liberation. To illustrate these stages, Eversole includes works by abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko and modern visionary artists Alex Grey and Ernst Fuchs, among others, to reveal the powerful and liberating forces art contributes to the transformation and evolution of human consciousness.

  

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This is a rich, complex, and ultimately rewarding smorgasbord of art, culture, philosophy, religion, and psychology. Eversole uses selected works by Jackson Pollock, de Koonig, Mark Rothko, and eight ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Note on Viewing and Interpreting Art
17
The Overview
23
The Art
83
Part III The Creative Promise of the Coming Age
271
Bibliography
336
Art Credits
350
Index
356
Books of Related Interest
367
Backcover
370
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About the author (2009)

Finley Eversole, Ph.D., has lectured widely on the arts, philosophy, metaphysics, and creativity. He served as executive director of the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture from 1966 to 1969, collaborating with Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, W. H. Auden, and Alfred H. Barr Jr., founder of the Museum of Modern Art. He is the author of Christian Faith and the Contemporary Arts and lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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