Art Church: Self & Godself



Sunday, November 15, 2020

8:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Presale: $10
  • General Admission Day Of: $15

Save the date! Details to follow.

Self & Godself

Esteemed architect, Christopher Alexander, said that the greatest art is a reflection of the “Eternal Self.” Our sense of self conditions how we shape our reality and is a central organizing element in our worldview. The perennial philosophy, as put forward by Aldous Huxley, states that humanity has two aspects of self — a contracted egoic smaller self, which is protective of its boundaries and defensive in order to survive, and the eternal self, the self with a higher or transcendental aspect, the Godself.  The Mighty I AM presence, holds the thought, vision and relationship with Divine Presence within and above us, an image of the idealized Self.

Self Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1887
Vincent van Gogh / Public domain

Self Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, 1887

Depicting the physical self through art can reveal the eternal self, sometimes masterfully, as in the work of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Frida Kahlo. 

Self-portrait in a Cap, Laughing by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1630
Rembrandt / Public domain

Self-portrait in a Cap, Laughing by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1630

Arthur Schopenhauer stated, “A person’s face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than their mouth, for it is a compendium of everything their mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all their thoughts and aspirations.”

Self Portrait as a Tehuana by Frida Kahlo, 1943
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Self Portrait as a Tehuana by Frida Kahlo, 1943

The process of looking into a mirror and drawing or painting a portrait allows for an authentic reflective encounter with our true nature, our Godself. Participants in the upcoming Art Church, “Self & Godself” can look forward to drawing and painting their physical and emotional appearance as well as their shadow and higher possibility.  We will look at the masters of artistic self-revelation and discuss our higher self. Spend a beautiful fall Art Church in discovery and revelation at CoSM.

Self Portrait Age 41 by Alex Grey, 1994

Self Portrait Age 41 by Alex Grey, 1994

Art Church begins with art as a spiritual path. Bring drawing and/or journaling materials.

With Your Hosts: Alex Grey & Allyson Grey

The mystic paintings of Alex Grey articulate realms of psychedelic visionary consciousness, revealing interwoven energies of body and soul, love and spirit, illuminating the anatomical core of each being. Alex’s visual meditations on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, have reached millions through his five books including three monographs, the exhibition and extensive reproduction of his artwork, speaking appearances including a popular TED talk, stage sets for major rock bands, video animation, and Grammy award winning album art.


Allyson Grey is a painter, social sculptor, Alex’s creative and life partner since meeting in art school in 1975. Chaos, Order and Secret Writing comprise the essentialized world view portrayed in Allyson’s paintings. Chaos represents the material world, Order, the interconnected realm of energy and light and Secret Writing articulates the mystic realm of creative expression. MFA, Tufts University. Allyson has long been an art educator, event organizer and a muse to artists worldwide.


Together, the Grey’s co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, a spiritual creative retreat center outside of New York City. On the forefront of a movement in which painters join musicians on stage, the Grey’s have painted together live before tens of thousands of dancing young people at New York Broadway theaters, at sold-out festivals and arenas in dozens of international cities across five continents. As long-time advocates of “cognitive liberty,” a growing international “sacramental culture” has embraced the Grey’s as important mapmakers and spokespersons for the visionary realm.

What is Art Church at CoSM?

Each of us carry a spark of the Almighty Force of the Universe that seeks expression through our lives and works. We gather as community to activate our creativity as spiritual practice. The Universal Creative Force is the Divine Artist and Cosmos is the evolving masterwork of Creation. When we make art together, a new way of seeing may emerge. As Sacred Mirrors, we reflect and reinforce the redemptive transformative power of art in each of our lives.

At CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Art Church is a Sunday afternoon event led by Alex & Allyson in the Grey House, where we draw our visions to music and discuss the topic of the month. Bring basic drawing materials, your favorite transportable art supplies — a sketchbook, pens & pencils. You can also bring a journal for noting thoughts or writing poetry. Paper, pencils and pens are also available at the door. Alex & Allyson open the session with welcoming thoughts and reflections on the topic that might stimulate a vision. Inspiring spoken word poetry opens the silent drawing meditation accompanied by inspiring music. The meditation is followed by sharing the experience of creative silence together and the art or writing that resulted from the session. A break is next, to meet community members, visit The Mushroom Cafe and CoSM Shop. After the break, the topical presentation and discussion begins in the Library.

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