Painting the Cosmos: a metaphysical universe

For many, the most important and challenging work produced by the co-founder of the Theosophical Society, Helena P. Blavatsky, is her book The Secret Doctrine. In its pages, one finds a sometimes poetic, other times philosophic, and quite often obscure description of the origin and evolution of the cosmos and humankind. Painting the Cosmos offers a novel approach to connect us with the highly metaphysical concepts found in The Secret Doctrine.  By skillfully using the technique of abstract painting, Carolyn Wayland, presents a series of paintings illustrating the main topics dealt with in Blavatsky’s work, from the ultimate absolute reality to the manifested cosmos. Aided by a short summary of Blavatsky’s teachings on these different topics, a quiet contemplation of the paintings will help us embark on a meditative journey and catch glimpses of these universal truths.

CAROLYN WAYLAND is an artist, teacher, and student of the ancient wisdom traditions. She has been a member of the Theosophical Society for 35 years and a long-time practitioner of Buddhism. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in Comparative Literature and went on to receive a Master in Education from the University of Rochester and a Master in Art Education from the University of Oregon. Carolyn has 32 years of teaching experience in both the elementary and high school settings in Oregon and Washington. Her paintings are in private collections and currently for sale at the artXibit online gallery and on her website. www.carolynwayland.com

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