Justiniano – On Archetypes from Nature

“Instead of talking of the imprinting of the imagination as coming directly from “above” … this passage looks at it from “below,” as a process of ascent. In it can be seen a way of speaking of the transfiguration of sense-perception in the creative act. In other words, it suggests the possibility of not having solely to rely on the illuminations coming from above to depict the archetypes.”

Fr. Silioun Justiniano (2013) ‘Archetype and Symbol III: On Noetic Vision.’ Retrieved from Orthodox Arts Journal

Wentzel Jamnitzer (1508-1585) The intelligible made sensible – Platonic Solids

Don’t Be Afraid of Your Own Voice

1. Five principles of inspiration for sacred art creation.

  • Acknowledgement of Divinity
  • Love of Wisdom, as the essential basis of civilization
  • Spiritual vision as the life-breath of civilization
  • Maintenance of the revered traditions of mankind
  • Understanding of tradition as continual renewal

These are five of the main principles of the Temenos Academy – which seeks to give space to poets, artists, writers and thinkers who subscribe to the belief that we are firstly spiritual creatures with spiritual needs which have to be nourished if we are to fulfil our potential and be happy.  They also have a journal devoted to the arts of the Imagination. ‘Temenos’ means a ‘sacred precinct’.

2. A few of Artist’s Kirsty Deetz’s writings on the “Artist’s Guide for True Engagement in the Creative Process”. I’ve just chosen a few to avoid complete plagarism. But I recommend you read them all here!

  1. Lazy Boy Recliner on the Edge of the Great Abyss
    Be comfortable with not knowing what you are doing.
  2. Sisyphus Says
    Be willing to start over any number of times.
  3. Order out Chaos
    Organize your time obsessively.
  4. Knievel’s Leap
    Take risks in your work.
  5. The Voice of Terror
    Don’t be afraid of your own thoughts.


Kirsty Deetz, 2009-2012. Lazy Boy Recliner on the Edge of the Great Abyss. Retrieved from: http://www.uwgb.edu/deetzk/writing.html. University of Wisconsin–Green Bay; Wisconsin, USA.

The Temenos Academy, 2013. Retrieved from: http://www.temenosacademy.org/temenos_work.html. Kent: UK.

2. Meister Eckhart

“The hills, the valleys, the beasts, the vineyards, the sacred meadows on our earth and body – they shall pass and ascend as all form does, tiring of the space within a cage; for all crowds the soul but the infinite. Ascenders to god we are. … What a womb God has – what wild love He must have made to Himself for days and days without stopping to have given birth to all you can imagine, and to all you cannot conceive. Draw a circle around the frontiers of space, barely can God fit a toe there. … Everything I see, hear, touch, feel, taste, speak imagine – is completing a perfect circle God has drawn.”

MEISTER ECKHART (1260-1328) [Ladinsky, Daniel. (2002)  Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from East and West  New York; Penguin.]

G. Barnes, 2013. Detail of 'Origin Orante' [burnished embossed gold and egg tempera proplasmos on oak].
G. Barnes, 2013. Detail of ‘Origin Orante’ [burnished embossed gold and egg tempera proplasmos on oak].
GB: Currently reflecting on the circle, the infinite, the womb of God, and our heliosphere.

Wassily Kandinsky

“Every work of art is the child of its time; often it is the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own, which cannot be repeated. Efforts to revive the art principles of the past at best produce works of art that resemble a stillborn child.”

WASSILY KANDINSKY Concerning the Spiritual in Art