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Drinking Lightning: Art, Creativity and Transformation Hardcover – September, 2000

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The author, Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, jandm@flash.net, October 22, 2000

DRINKING LIGHTNING is an inspirational book presenting 'creativity' in all facets of life as an integral part of one's personal spirituality. I share parts of my own life as creativity in action, from a street fighter in New York to walking naked in India with a band of Sadhus. My book is also a philosophical treatise that has evolved through 'living it'. I touch upon the world wisdom traditions and the eclectic nature of contemporary spiritual movements and art history itself to reveal the oneness of art and spirit. I reflect on my development through my own art work, dream painting, journeys to India, and spiritual experiences . . . but in no way is this just another book from another 'artist on themself, as another artist, talking about their own art and nothing but their art - so help me God, how boring. In this book I have included the art of several dozen other visionary artists and comments from them on their work and my own perceptions of them, their creative proce! ss and creativity in general. My book explores the nature of artistic temperament, a transpersonal psychology and view on the question of inspiration and its source, art and healing, sociological and historical roles of the creative worker, and in our times, and how we in the postmodern age can connect to a creative process as a spiritual practice. The text is accompanied by over 40 full color plates and 50 b/w reproductions of about 25 artists, including some of my own drawings and paintings. I put love, passion - guts and soul into DRINKING LIGHTNING and I hope it lights a fire in you and that you thoroughly enjoy it! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

PHILIP RUBINOV-JACOBSON was born in Rochester, New York. He holds degrees in painting, printmaking and sculpture, as well as degrees in psuychology, philosophy, and comparative religion, and has exhibited internationally as an artist. In 1995, assited by a hand-picked staff, he founded and directed the School of Continuing education at Naropa University in Boulder,Colorado, anmd served there as a dean from 1991 to 1997. He currently works as an artist, writer and lecturer, and is conferring with Ken Wilber and Ernst Fuchs on his dream to establish the first International Museum and Acdemy of Visionary Art in America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Craftsman House (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9057034921
  • ISBN-13: 978-9057034923
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,124,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Drinking Lightening" is an intriguing discussion on the relationship between Art and Spirituality as revealed through three disinict facets- 1)-the story of the artist/authors' artistic/spiritual path and development 2)-an overview of Visionary art as a distinct movement, its roots, historical context, as well as a discussion of selected contemporary artists and their work. 3)-and of course the relationship between God , creativity and the artist. Rubinov-Jacobson gives an insiders view on the creative process by weaving artistic experience, spiritual teachings from various traditions on the relationship between creativity and God, a discussion of the artist as mystic and visionary, and the relationship of the creative worker to society. This reflection resonated so clearly with my personal experience I found it not only inspiring but comforting as well. "Drinking Lightening" is a gift to the creative community and an incredibly informational book for anyone interested in the connection between art and spirituality.
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"Drinking Lightning--Art, Creativity, and Transformation," by Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, published by Shambhala Publications in October, 2000 in the U.S. and Canada, is a powerful, partially autobiographical work, the mere reading of which has the power to transform the consciousness of the reader, if he or she be honest, alert, and thoughtful. Virtually every sentence in this unusual work springs from the domain of abstract mind, borne on metaphoric wings at high levels of intuition and inspired vision. In this seminal and much-needed work, Rubinov-Jacobson has demonstrated a sensitive and mature power to extract from his highly varied and rich life experience, an unusual depth of original, compelling, and fresh insight into the nature of human consciousness. Our author excites in the sensitive reader a greater sense of personal dignity, wisdom, and a larger desire to see creative greatness in all people, everywhere. The Light and Love from which these higher sentiments and ideals spring, fill the work to overflowing throughout. This new work is testament that the author is as accomplished as a writer and intellectual, as he is an artist and painter, for which he is already world-renowned. The reader is humbled by the obvious depth of Rubinov-Jacobson's deep, classical education covering so many fields of knowledge.Yet, there is no pedantry in his presentation of ideas. The reader never gets the feeling that the author is speaking "at" him or her. Rather, by and through the writer's loving spirit and genuine acceptance of the great goodness lying in the the heart of everyone, our author generously invites us aboard his often magical tour of great ideals, passionate sentiments, and the high spiritual potential of the soul in all of us. We are welcomed. We are accepted.Read more ›
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When I read this book I carried it with me everywhere I went, because I wanted to read more every chance I got. Amazon has listed this book as written by Ken Wilber and Philip Jacobson even though it is written by Philip and only a foreword is written by Ken. I am not sure how that can be remedied. However, I have studied the works of Ken Wilber and disagree with his take on art. Philip's theories and personal stories are wonderful. I work with children as an art therapist and this book gave me so much insight into the life of a boy who lost hs father at a very tender age and how art saved him time and time again. I was touched and I highly recommend this book.
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A Feast. A beautiful woven mosaic slowly emerges from the words imprinted in this book. Within this magic of written words the reader
becomes faithful with Jacobson's life experiences, profound in depth
knowledge and insights. As the words play in and out with these forms
of life, pain, suffering, joy and ecstasy are also encountered.
These qualities are celebrated in juxtaposition with the author's wit,
playfulness and serious nesting of the book.

The book is absorbing in its rich details, complications, puzzles, and insights that allows one's inner flow of life to connect with the author in an authentic dialogue.

Great ideas and insights are revealed in what seems like a beautiful
and easy manner, as there is an overflow or spontaneity that is exceptional. Jacobson, as a talented writer and creative, spiritual artist, in sharing his mosaic of words with others is rare indeed. It was his desire to unite these gifts in a book that is truly transformational. Certain aspects or attributes of the author's are evident in his description of Van Gogh. Extreme giving is also present in Van Gogh's emphasis on love and how it is connected to creativity. He had a passion for Universal love. He could find expression, for this intense love only in his painting, "Life at all Costs," rings out clearly. Although Philip has his own unique path, he also connects with the thought of "Life at all Costs." His relationships allow him to express this love, but he also must use the medium of writing and creative, spiritual art in order to give freely and passionately to others.

It is a Feast, a real Feast, that fills the spirit with soul food
and reflects the wonderful movie "Babette's Feast.
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