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The Role of Art

Is to validate to your conscious mind that your wildest dreams are true now. Not sometime in the future or past. That the Mysterium Tremendum is reality and that you are it, Tat tvam asi. It is not separate from you in some far off place incapsulated in the metaphor of a Supernatural being who is not you. You are who the metaphor is referring to. The thing that is stopping your senses from experiencing this is your ego, the most powerful complex in the psyche, that itself was crested by the Super Ego, the structures, establishments, demands of what we call “Society,” whose agenda over time grew from being a tool for the individual to instead controlling him. The Super Ego is the Labyrinth, and you are Theseus. A modern day metaphor for the Super Ego is the computer and Internet. Conceived of as tools to help the individual, they are now beginning to control us instead of us controlling them. The way to break the ego’s complex is meditation.

Art is organic symbolism trying to use an inorganic medium ( like words, steel strings, and synthetic paint) to express the experience of the sublime in nature. Sometime the medium is organic (vocal chords, colored sand, body movements) but the challenge is the same: the audiences’ ego tends to conceptualize, compartmentalize, and translate the experience in terms of societal constructs such as logic, reason, and meaning. “What’s the message?” is a typical response. That’s the ego trying to block out the experience because it threatens the ego’s paradigm. Art is not a message but a ritual, an experience intended to crack artficial complexes and release consciousness

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