A moving initiation into the sources of the spiritual in art. Van James explores for the reader a visual account of consciousness in the images, symbols and sacred sites from prehistoric times to the present. The book opens our perception to spiritual truths, provides glimpses into primal awareness, and will surely ignite the creative imagination of the artist in all of us. —Astrid Fitzgerald, author of The Artist’s Book of Inspiration and Being Consciousness Bliss
“As an art student in the late sixties, I recall how painfully dry and intellectual my art history classes were. I thought to myself, or rather felt to myself, ‘There must be something more’” —Van James
Artist Van James offers that something more. This is a richly readable and lavishly illustrated text that reveals how, at every stage, human consciousness has evolved through the medium of art. It makes the case for a hidden stream that has put forth art works and art movements throughout history, in an ongoing visible revelation of invisible spiritual currents.
Art, originally a part of the secret Mystery cults of the ancient world, has become an expression of the individual creative intuition. At every stage, Albert Einstein’s comment applies: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
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