Sometimes called transformational or objective, it is art that has as its intention and underlying basis the aim of transforming and evolving consciousness on an individual, worldwide and universal level. Unlike subjective art which has different unconscious effects and meanings for each individual that experiences it, transformational art awakens consciousness to the realization of the underlying unity and oneness of all existence, in which uniqueness and undividedness are inherent in everyone and everything.  There is no limit to the creative ways in which such art can be manifested. Whether it is transmitted through the various visual art media, or through music, movement, mime, dance, theatre, literature, architecture or any newly formed expression, the core symbols of the art always reflect and invoke a process of multi-dimensional understandings that grow, deepen and transform in correspondence with the individual's conscious evolution. Symbols do not describe the sensory blueprints or models by which reality can be represented or imaged; they refer to formulae by which relational processes rather than solid "things" are expressed. Expansion of a symbol is the development of its unexpressed reference. Every symbol represents essential aspects of reality before reality has been conceptually or experientially transformed into a dualisitic apparency composed of "nature and human" in diametric opposition and conflict with the "supernatural and superhuman". In terms of living knowledge and understanding, both the literal and metaphorical aspects of a symbolic situation are required for a balanced and impartial "view". However, such a view is "grounded" in the transcendence of any ground whatsoever.

The symbolic knowledge imparted by these works, whether created by humans or not, directly connects all participants into the primary archetypal laws that both generate and transcend phenomena. This encoded symbolic knowledge substitutes a variant for a "literal copy" of something, and precisely by its variation something other than "itself" is suggested or symbolized. The inexactitude or inconsistency within the symbol acts in such a way as to reflexively bring the focus of attention back upon the source of attention. The intuiter's intuition is molded in the very process of intuiting in such a way as to make the intuition a symbol for the non-intuited. This transformed symbol now acts as a gateway to yet another transformation to an even more refined symbol of that toward which all symbols are pointing....... Regardless of whether it is "subjective" or "objective" there is never an ultimate meaning for a symbol. Sooner or later the symbol and that which is symbolized, i.e. transformation, are no longer possible to differentiate. 

In other words, certain works of art/architecture try to take human consciousness beyond the subject/object dichotomy, beyond concepts and percepts, into a realm BEYOND separateness and duality. This is the realm beyond "ego". No "otherness" exists here. In a sense, the artifact acts as a catalyst for turning one's attention back upon itself, so that instead of looking outwardly at external objects as cues for finding out about reality and its source, the attention now focuses inwardly upon itself, seeking to see who it is that is doing all the "looking" in the first place. When one sees the Seer, one comes in direct confrontation with one's essential identity. Gnothi seauton. Know thyself. This is the preliminary aim of all such art - to bring the knower to know itself. There seems to be a recognition factor within consciousness itself that allows for the disengagement from the almost total fascination with external phenomena back into an aspect of reality that is not limited by the constraints of subjects and objects. This conscious factor within the consciousness of Being (with a big B) is what allows every potential to be actualized. Because this factor is effectively beyond the influence of all phenomenal dualities, no matter how fragmented or incomplete an existence may appear from within the context of any phenomenal viewpoint, in fact every phenomenal event and lifetime is the actualization of its archetypal potential. Because every phenomenal event is in fact a manifestation of an eternal archetype, and because every archetype is an emanation of the primordial sourceless, beyond-perfect reality, THE ESSENTIAL NATURE OF EVERYTHING IS THIS PRIMORDIAL REALITY ITSELF. Conscious art tries to shift the attention away from the apparently limited and fragmented views and identifications accumulated within phenomenal existence and experience, back into the conscious non-phenomenal view of an unbroken and unified view of Self... which shifts into the process of letting go of Unity. This is analogous to penetrating into the very essence of what zero is, what infinity is - and then living from that basic beyondness. This is a voyage into a realm of consciousness that leads into aspects of reality that are truly indefinable to the mind, although comprehensible to Being, and when not comprehensible to Being then accommodated by Unconditional Consciousness.... Yet ultimately there is NOTHING that can contain or define anything - all is completely/fulfillingly void. This is the nature and essence of everything....


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