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Drinking Lightning: Art, Creativity and Transformation Hardcover – September 1, 2000
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The author, Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, email@example.com, 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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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." Babette gave both food to the soul and to the physical body and was, therefore, also a real soul giving artist like Van Gogh and Jacobson.
Professor Patricia Herron
Patricia is an artist and writer who also teaches Philosophy and Religious Studies at Chemeketa C College, Salem, Oregon firstname.lastname@example.org
In the process of painting it may happen, that one forgets the ego, dives deep into the creative flow: then it is not "me" who paints, but "it paints". There may be other ways to reach this state of mind but for the one who achieved control on the technique art may serve best, because it creates a picture: it materializes directly. The picture may contain more than the artist was conscious of during painting, and which may be seen by some viewers or by the artist himself later, thus providing insights and increasing consciousness for both of them.
Creation and perception of art is described convincingly as a powerful way of healing in the basic meaning of becoming whole.
For me, reading this book became a creative process by itself, where own ideas continually emerged like sprouts from the words I read. This was possible since the book is not dogmatic at all, the text is open for the reader's own thoughts and imaginations. All what is told is based on personal experiences, ranging from ecstatic states of mind during a year in an Indian ashram to a life threatening health crisis. Wisdom from spiritual traditions and other philosophers is integrated after critical selection and proof and in an application oriented way.
Basically the book gives an introduction to (mainly Buddhist based) wisdom as perceived and adapted via art by a hard working Western white man with a strong will to get the maximum out of his life. That provides credibility and applicability of things he tells to the reader, even when they are beyond his/her personal level of experience. It is no escapist space-talk but it is centered "here and now" in the middle of all human struggle for light, between will and surrender, sceptics and naive openness, transpersonal mystic and everyday business. And all is connected with a good sense of humour.
It also should be mentioned that this book is beautiful: large size (7"x10" or 18x26cm), 41 excellent quality color reproductions from contemporary visionary paintings and 53 b/w figures, some more paintings, some photos from the author.
I am sure that many readers, at least those who already got in touch with the healing potential of art will greatly profit from reading this book.