ONLINE: IAL: THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL

December 25, 2021, 2 pm CEST

With artworks from the integral artists Gaia Orion, Jenny Baird, Martina Höss, Magali Bouteloup, Sandrine Bataillard Syama, and others
and with the facilitation by Ute Weber-Woisetschläger, philosopher, art historian, transpersonal researcher

Structure:
Arrival – check-in – meditation/contemplation – body exercise – deepening dialogue – encountering and perceiving art/spontaneous journaling – generative dialogue – check-out

Duration:
120 minutes

Since time immemorial, various rituals for cleansing, forgiveness, renewal, transformation, etc. have traditionally taken place at the end of the year. The winter solstice in the northern hemisphere on December 21st is a hopeful turning point in the cycle of nature: from now on the days will become longer, the light of the sun will empower again. Winter, darkness, stillness and death give way to confidence and birth to new life. The moon, the sun and the stars, which existentially influence life on earth, have a magical-mythical effect on people.

In spiritual traditions the life force that the light of the sun gives to beings in the life cycle of nature is recognized in the process of a light-filled awakening to universal wisdom. This enlightenment which is revealed in man and connects us to the universe, has a great attraction. Since time immemorial we have tried to unite with this origin and magical, mystical, religious and integral practices invite us to rediscover this source within us, to remember this origin and this universal connectedness.


Jesus Christ is considered one of the awakened beings. On 25 December Christians all over the world celebrate the day of his birth.

The Birth of jesus Christ, 4th century (roman sarcophagus from 386, Basilica Sant‘ Ambrogio, Milan/Italy)


The birth of Jesus Christ was only taken up by the early Christian pictorial tradition in the 4th century (see above!).
The earliest depiction can be found on a roman sarcophagus from 386, that is preserved in the Basilica Sant‘ Ambrogio
in Milan/Italy. It shows a newborn child in a feeding trough, ox and ass and two birds. Ox and ass are interpreted as a reference
to the prophetic words of Isaiah 1:3: „An ox knows its master, and an ass the manager of its master; but Israel does not know it, and my people do not hear it.“ Bishop Gregory of Nyssa (died after 394) delivers a symbolic representation of Judaism and Paganism,
the origins of Christianity.

Earliest written references on the nativity are found in the Gospel of Luke 2, 1-20.

In later representations the cave, the simplicity in nature and the star become essential elements.

Birth of Jesus Christi, Hosios Lukas, 10th century

In meditation and contemplation, in encountering and experiencing representations of nature – moon, sun, stars and life on earth – of interdependencies with the cosmos and reflecting on the constructions of our sense-making interpretations, we intend to become aware of our own source, origin and inner light, that in the field of generative dialogue may rediscover and consciously reconnect with many other aspects of it and unify to unity again.

Various artists contribute selected artworks to this contemplation:

Gaia Orion, Jenny Baird, Martina Höss, Magali Bouteloup, Sandrine Bataillard Syama, and others

We invite you to explore, to experience, to reflect and to share with us!

  • What do we know about earlier mystical traditions?
  • Which rituals do we practice until today?
  • What meaning do the light, the moon, the sun and the stars have then and now?
  • What does the birth of a child in the darkness of the night in the middle of winter mean to do?
  • What hope emerges with the joy of a birth of a child in challenging times?
  • How do you experience light, receiving and giving love?
  • What does enlightenment mean to you?
  • Have you had a mystical experience that gave you access to a higher dimension?
  • Do you practice meditation/contemplation?

The Integral Art Lab

The Integral Art Lab (IAL) is a research project at the interface of perception, awareness and creativity in which we explore whole body experiences and personal consciousness development through integral and transpersonal approaches in acknowledging multiple human faculties as sources of creative knowledge.

The IAL is a U.lab 2x 2020-prototype (please see below) that applies a combination of various interactive methods based on essential theories and practices, to access multiple ways of knowing (somatic, vital, emotional, mental, contemplative and mindfully inquire) from four spiritual centers of the Heart, the Gut, the Feet/Whole Body and the Head.

In each IAL we focus on a topical question and invite participants to engage as co-researchers in the multidimensional totality of human experience and to explore and cultivate in a dynamic process the spiritual and epistemic potential of the body.

In a special IAL we focus on THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL with Art by various artists with the intention to facilitate a learning experience for the whole person, inspired by the participating and experiential approach. Founder, Host and Facilitator of the Integral Art Lab Hub is
Ute Weber-Woisetschläger.

The format offers a clear structure that allows a dynamic process in five steps – Meditation, Contemplation/Dialogue, Embodiment/Transparent Communication, Resonance Exploration/Journaling, Dialogue/Sharing – over 120 minutes. For gaining research data the whole process will be recorded.

U.lab 2x is designed to help teams, organizations and larger networks to facilitate this shift in their stakeholder systems. Participating teams whose work relates to one of the key acupuncture points for societal transformation will join a four-month, online and offline innovation journey that includes systems mapping, rapid cycle prototyping and a global action research network for knowledge sharing. By the end of the journey, participants will have created new collaborative initiatives, or new types of collaboration within existing initiatives, that help to bring about more sustainable and equitable social systems worldwide.

This kind of access was not common in the traditional encounter with artworks. We have created a framework that includes meditation/contemplation, movement, empathic dialogue, resonance exploration, journaling and generative dialogue to enable an expanded, integral approach and to the source of our own creativity.

Process:
After a gentle arrival and a meditative immersion, you connect with mindful physical movements, and deepen some guiding questions regarding your own memories on feats and rituals at the end of the year, on nature and on light in a dyad/triad. With the aesthetic experiences from these connections you encounter artworks on THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL and choose one of them with which you personally resonate. You immerse yourself in this painting by means of guiding questions and share your perceptions with us. The diversity, the complexity, the fresh insights that we generate during our dialogue, the wonderful inspirations that we notice and become aware of are the essence of this process towards creativity and higher consciousness.

For your participation please use this link to meet-up or send an e-mail to: contact@integralartlab.com

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