The Laboratory of Visionary Play: Beyond Mind-sturbation July 24, 2017 – Posted in: LaboratoryofVisionaryPlay – Tags: alex grey, amanda sage, beau lotto, bodymind, consciousness, flow, mind-sturbation, neuroception, perception, sacred sexuality, shamanism, spirituality, stephen porges, tantra, temple arts, terence mckenna, visionary play
Visionary play – A ceremonial offering of self
The code of visionary art is very deep. It transcends culture and time. It is an affirmation of what human beings see in dreams or are feeling. It is a flash of a reminder of a place we have been to before. We may not have seen this waking state before but it invokes something inside, a memory of the past or future, or of the multi-dimensional reality we are living in.
Visionary art is as old cave art of our paleolithic ancestors. My favorite contemporary visionary artists, such as Amanda Sage, Allyson Grey, Android Jones, and Alex Grey are continuing a tradition that traces its lineage to the sacred art traditions around the world of the last few thousand of years, back to cave art, tens of thousands of years old.
The artist’s mission is to make the soul perceptible. Our scientific, materialist culture trains us to develop the eyes of outer perception. Visionary art encourages the development of our inner sight. To find the visionary realm, we use the intuitive inner eye: The eye of contemplation; the eye of the soul. All the inspiring ideas we have as artists originate here.
The visionary realm embraces the entire spectrum of imaginal spaces; from heaven to hell, from the infinitude of forms to formless voids. The psychologist James Hillman calls it the imaginal realm. Poet William Blake called it the divine imagination. The aborigines call it the dreamtime; and Sufis call it alam al-mithal. To Plato, this was the realm of the ideal archetypes. The Tibetans call it the sambhogakaya; the dimension of inner richness. Theosophists refer to the astral, mental, and nirvanic planes of consciousness. Carl Jung knew this realm as the collective symbolic unconscious. Whatever we choose to call it, the visionary realm is the space we visit during dreams and altered or heightened states of consciousness.
– Alex Grey, Visionary Artist
Visionary play, like inter-dimensional art is a ceremonial offering of self. It honors curiosity like the artist honors the mystery. It celebrates the spirit of – I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m going to trust fearlessly in the power of the creative spirit, and take a lunge forward. Play is one of the first learning tools we use as children, which is a sacrifice we make to becoming adults.
“..if movement is,
a language,and touch is,the grammar of language,then I,want to,write poetry,using play..”
– by me, Binoy Milton D’souza, “Touch, and be touched”
The myth of perception
I was taught in school, like some sort of universal truth that humans have 5 senses – seeing, hearing, tasting, listening, and touching. However spending time in dance and tantric environments, I began to appreciate otherwise not-celebrated senses. For example, proprioception, awareness of different body parts in space or neuroception, a term coined by behavioral neuroscientist Dr Stephen Porges to describe our sub-conscious sense of detecting threat and safety.
Beyond the narrow confines of our collectively celebrated and frowned upon, friction-focussed mind-sturbation, we have the opportunity to transcend our senses. We can stay in our bodies to experience states of consciousness other than the alert, problem solving state of consciousness; non-ordinary states of consciousness, such as the flow state.
In these non-ordinary states of consciousness, we break through our collective conditioning, our cultural operating system of perceiving the world around us with our mind.
We give ourselves the gift of experiencing reality using the wisdom of the bodymind. Especially so, in the state of flow such as in peak states of movement, dance, adventure sports or breath-work, during a full body energetic orgasm, or well-contained sexuality or plant medicine focussed group fields.
Immersing in the spacious-ness, timeless-ness & effort-lessness of the *DEEP* now, we open ourselves to receiving revelations, downloads about ourselves.
Beau Lotto, a neuroscientist, is the founder of the Lab of Misfits, the world’s first neuro-design studio and public perception research space. His research into perception has shown that we don’t see the real world; just our version of it. It’s a version we’ve evolved to perceive, to favor certainty over uncertainty. Most of us take reality for granted. Altering how and what our brains perceive is a tough challenge. Our senses are telling us stories.
“ Finding freedom in delusion and creation in chaos can require us to deviate from the bounds of perception and awaken from habitual thought patterns. Perception underpins everything we think, know, believe, or love. To understand perception, is not just to understand our neuroscience, but to understand what it means to be human. The more differently we look, the more is revealed. Our perceptions are an ongoing, ever-growing. ever-changing story, and our brain allows us to be not just passive listeners to that story, but also the storytellers as well.”
– Beau Lotto, Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently
“Only psychos and shamans create their own reality”
― Terence Mckenna
The Laboratory of Visionary Play intends to gently, playfully challenge how we perceive reality. It’s a visceral experience of a third-eye drop. Like an ongoing improvisation, the Laboratory of Visionary Play seeks to integrate subtle facets of reality, providing a positive vision of what humanity can evolve towards.
The intention of the Laboratory of Visionary Play is to connect humans in extraordinary, embodied ways using different expressions of flow states.
To magnetize beings together through play, aliveness, intimacy, and ceremony.
To collectively dream & manifest ways to support human beings to make living-life on the brink-of laughter or orgasmic-ally as normalized as the present reality of waking up and checking smart-phones.
To viscerally improve somatic literacy by creating*PLAY*shops around the planet.
To act as a tool for personal (spiritual, sexual & shamanic), community, and planetary growth and transformation.
To build bridges between otherwise disparate individuals & communities (tantric/sexuality focussed; spiritual; shamanic; plant-medicines, flow arts such as yoga, dance, meditation) all exploring flow states in different expressions. (other articles about flow appear here & here)
How fortunate are we to be alive at this moment, at the cusp of a world between stories. We have the choice to not only witness this metamorphosis but also co-create, co-write, co-produce, and participate in this story. Life is incredibly mythological on this pale blue dot of rock floating in space in the cosmos. We are a part of this story, not just a victim or passerby, and reality depends on us to actively, viscerally, somatically create what we experience.
– Binoy Milton Dsouza. Last upated – 24 July 2017
Amanda Sage – http://amandasage.com/2011/08/ana-suromai/
Alex Grey – http://www.alexgrey.com/media/writing/essays/what-is-visionary-art/