Monday, August 1, 2016



+ God is an artist and the universe is his work of art.
-- Thomas Aquinas

+ The Way of the Arts might be your primary road into spiritual learning and practice. For many artistic learners, spiritual experience is best conveyed and experienced through creative expression. Words and intellectual concepts often fail to capture, for example, an epiphany of the transcendent, the marvelous geometric designs of existence, the mysterious shapes and colors of creation, the beautiful galaxies of the universe. But in the poetry of Rumi, the music of Mahler, the dance of Fonteyn, or the paintings of Michelangelo, something of the grandeur and profundity of these experiences might be expressed. Our natural affinity for aesthetics inspires us to expand and deepen our own sense of the sacred.

+ With this post we begin exploring the essential practice of Heavenliness through the lens of the Mandala Process created by Edward Bastian.  We will move through the 12 styles in alphabetical order. 

We begin with the style of the Artist.  We are called to appreciate the artistry of creation.  We are called to be creative artists and to appreciate those who develop the gift in ways which move us, inspire us and transform us.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not an artist.  We are made in the likeness of God and God is an artist.  I urge you to find the time to develop this gift in one way or another.  I would love it if you would share your artistic accomplishments and intentions in a future post.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” or “Art” to

+ The 12 styles of Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian are listed in SE206.

+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213.  They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation.

+ To get inspired and illuminated by Ed Bastian, I invite you to set aside some time for these videos:
·         SevenSteps of InterSpiritual Meditation (11 minutes)
·         2 hour lecture & conversation

+ Spirituality & Practice emphasizes the practices of Beauty, Creativity, Imagination & Wonder: The Practice of Beauty | The 12s Gallery on Beauty | The 12s Gallery on Creativity | The Practice of Imagination | The 12s Gallery on Imagination |  The Practice of Wonder | The 12s Gallery on Wonder

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenlinesspage.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to

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