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A Consciousness-Based approach to art education
by Craig Pearson, Ph.D., and Matthew Beaufort, M.A.

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6 August 2012

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In the conclusion to the thoughtful new essay, 'Tapping into the wellspring: Art, creativity, consciousness, and education', Dr Craig Pearson and Matthew Beaufort explain that throughout history, the artist has served as a visionary, providing images in all manner of media that point toward the field of infinite creativity that is our own innermost being.

The profession of art rests at the pinnacle of culture. Ideally, the artist's work serves to awaken individuals and the culture as a whole to the spiritual ground of existence. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains this in the following way, using the term Being to describe the field of unbounded pure consciousness deep within everything:

'If the artist is really living Being, Infinity, his piece of art will speak of the maximum value of life. . . . The initial and most vital need of an artist . . . is living Being—maximum Being, fullness of Being. If fullness of Being could be a living reality in the life of the artist, every piece of his art would breathe life and eternity.' [6]

The authors also describe how, at Maharishi University of Management, all the students, faculty and staff practice the Transcendental Meditation technique. This practice has special relevance in the programs in Art and Media and Communications. Not only do students grow in creativity from within, they gain a profound understanding of the nature and purpose of art.

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[6] Lee Fergusson, Maharishi's Vedic Science and Post-Secondary Art Education (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Dissertation Abstracts International, #9205205, 1991), 161.

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