Program Details


February 8 / 7:30 PM - February 10 / 5:00 PM

Parts One: Coming to Your Senses The creative process has more to do with perception than talent. The creative process requires that we first perceive our world as it is before we can represent it in some form or use it as a launching pad for expression. Meditation helps this process by clarifying our perceptions, relaxing our relentless self-dialoguing, and revealing the source of creativity. We also learn through meditation that we can rest in “square one,” a state of mindfulness and awareness where our mind, body, and environment are synchronized and self-expression can transform into pure-expression.

Part Two: Seeing Things as They Are Through meditation we come to see things as they are as opposed to how we think or imagine they are. We discover that everything has a felt presence to it as well as a thought sense that we bring to it. What we create and perceive communicates through signs and symbols. Signs communicate primarily information and the thought sense of things. Symbols on the other hand are primarily about non-conceptual direct experience, the presence and the felt sense of things. Seeing the difference between signs and symbols, thought sense and felt sense, as well as how they work together empowers our creative and viewing processes

Tom Semmes first started practicing with the Shambhala Center in 1987, attracted to the center in part by Chogyam's teachings on art and his example as an artist. He has been a member of the Shambhala Center since 1989 and became a teacher of Shambhala Art in 2001. He began painting and drawing at a young age and used that background to develop a career as a graphic and web design consultant. He recently moved to Frederick, MD.
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