“Oh how beautiful the butterflies are, Little Red Riding Hood said, “I am ever so sorry to see them leave.” She bravely travels deeper into a forest that she sees changing before her eyes. “I must look into myself, change my heart. If I ever hope to save this place, I must transform she whose story of this earth is at odds with it’s flourishing…”
About 95% of the painting on this stunning work was done live at Maui Mystic, Lucidity Festival, and Bicycle Day events. Even though there was no model for this painting, her personality and humanity slowly showed up before my eyes as I painted. With lush thick brushstrokes and fine detail, it is a lovely sight to behold.
Prints of her are now available along with a lot more inspiring and magical art for the Holidays HERE.
Get your 2015 Art Calendar or Holiday gifts HERE:
Look for Yurik’s art at the 2014 Wisdom 2.0 conference in the hall as you approach the main area.
The conference specifically wanted art that addresses the blending of tech and spirituality in our modern lives. Yurik was an obvious choice.
Info on the conference:
This year’s outstanding lineup includes technology leaders and wisdom teachers including: Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Byron Katie, Sharon Salzburg, Roshi Joan Halifax, Meng Tan (Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow”), singer and recording artist Alanis Morissette and executives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. More speakers continue to be announced.
Featured in the New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Financial Times, Forbes and many other business magazines, the Wisdom 2.0 Summit has sparked an ardent discussion in Silicon Valley and New York business circles of the value of mindfulness in our high-speed, interconnected age.
– Eckhart Tolle author: “The Power of Now”, “A New Earth”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Wherever You Go There You Are.”
– Bryon Katie: author: “Loving What Is”
– Sharon Salzburg: best-selling author, “Real Happiness”
– Roshi Joan Halifax, Upaya Zen Center
Abha Dawesar, Author, “Babyji”
Dan Siegel, Mindful Awareness Research Center
Meng Tan, author: “Search Inside Yourself,” Jolly Good Fellow, Google.
Alanis Morissette, Grammy Award winning singer
Peter Deng, Vice President, Instagram
Melissa Daimler, Head of Organizational Learning, Twitter
Karen May, Vice President, Learning & Development, Google
Fred Koffman, author “Conscious Business”
Jonathan Rosenfeld, Leadership and Change Strategy, Medium
Arturo Bejar, Director of Engineering, Facebook
Rachel Macy Stafford, HandsFree Momma
Jessica Matthews, CEO, Uncharted Play
And more to be announced.
We try not to be the usual sit-and-listen conference — this is a think tank-style interactive gathering with hosted conversations, yoga rooms, enchanting decor, community-led break outs and more.
Join us for:
– Hosted Community-Led Conversations (engage directly with other participants on topics that matter to you!)
– Yoga and Meditation Rooms (stretch, move, and refresh yourself; or take an opportunity for quiet contemplation.)
– Participant-Led Break Outs (stay tuned for ways to submit your talk or program to be presented on our People’s Stage!)
– Interactive Parties (dance, consciously connect, and have fun together!)
– Optional Monday Intensives (spend all day Monday after the conference diving even more deeply into one important topic.)
– And many more ways to interact with other participants and make meaningful, lasting connections…
Wisdom 2.0 strives to bring this conversation to the world in an accessible, innovative, and inclusive way.
A gathering of business leaders, health practitioners, entrepreneurs, wisdom teachers, and social change workers seeking to create lives, workplaces, and a society of deeper purpose and meaning.
This looks to be a rare event where people in positions of power will be exposed to conscious art. Very Exciting!
Wish me Luck!
I was honored to find out, upon my return from a 10-day vipassana meditation retreat, that my art had been selected to grace the cover of the latest MAPS Bulletin.
MAPS, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, is a 25 year old organization. Their mission is to develop psychotropics and marijuana into legal prescription medicines for therapeutic applications such as Glucoma and PTSD. They are active in developing and funding clinical trials with human subjects in accordance with guidelines set forth by the United States’ Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, and the International Council on Harmonization (ICH/GCP). In the process, they are training therapists to administer psychedelic drugs in therapeutic settings. In essence, MAPS is actually a non–profit pharmaceutical reseach company.
- MAPS also engages in efforts to educate people about the benefits and risks of psychedelics and medical marijuana. Whether or not you are someone who choses to use these substances, it is comforting to know that serious research is being done.
- MAPS Facebook page
- MAPS Website
- View “Return Home” in my gallery
- For you running fans, another great organization
People ask me what the painting, 21st Century Goddess is about:
In 1970. Toffler defined the term “future shock” as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies – a personal perception of “too much change in too short a period of time“.
On a related note, Wikipedia ‘s definition for The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is seen as an occurrence beyond which events cannot be predicted.
And so I introduce the concept of
The Spiritual Cyborg:
We will increasingly draw from ancient wisdom and blend it with modern technology. My vision is a people who use the teaching of the Buddha, self help and life-hacking gurus, ancient religion and ritual, and a new technology that helps brings depth rather than breadth, enables us to get back to a flow and sustainable relationship with a world with which we feel we are slowly loosing connection. This technology will bring us closer, not further from our own spirituality. Neuroscience is already doing this by hooking monks up to brain monitoring devices. personal devices are sending us reminders to meditate and real time feedback on our internal state. The internet is creating connection between strangers half a world apart, crowd-sourcing is helping to solve problems for farmers in Africa. We are capable of doing what we dream. our technology is serving its original purpose. We also understand that using technology in inevitable. We understand that we will eventually become Cyborg (part Man- part Machine), but we can do in a way that serves us. No machine can ever match a cyborg. The 21st century Goddess/God is born.