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Category: On Spirituality

The unexamined life is not worth living—so said Plato. And to lead an examined life is to lead a spiritual life. I don’t subscribe to any particular doctrine. Nor does my art seek to promote any one doctrine over another. I am interested in living a full and vibrant and loving life and examining the nuances of that experience along the way. These are some reflections on that experience.

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Mansions of the House

By Michael Divine

I’ve got to step up inside myself and stand there at my door sometimes; you know, not hang out deeper inside the mansions of my mind, thinking someone might find me back there, painting or daydreaming, biding my time, enjoying the view. Sometimes I’ve got to step up and be the doorman. Welcome! Welcome I […]

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One’s Craft

By Michael Divine

The artwork I create has to do something to ones spirit. Otherwise, it is simply decoration. While I am a craftsman, I am not just a craftsman. The same goes with being an artist: while I am an artist, I don’t want to be just an artist – to be “just” anything is to be […]

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On Marriage

By Michael Divine

Marriage is a spiritual contract not just between two people but between two souls with the whole of the world as witness to their union. This spiritual contract, this union, is based on trust, commitment, admiration and, most of all, love. This love has no fine print, no conditions, and no murky sub-clauses. It is […]

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The Soul in Nature

By Michael Divine

Walking in the woods, sitting alongside a river, surrounded by tall mountains and blanketed by a silver layer of clouds I find myself once again. I find myself sitting, in a pause, loosing myself in the sound of a river rushing past- in the birds, in the reflections upon the ripples of the sky and […]

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The Incessant Quality of Mind

By Michael Divine

All thru’ the day I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.All thru’ the night I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.Now they’re frightened of leaving itEv’ryone’s weaving it,Coming on strong all the time,All thru’ the day I me mine. –“I, Me, Mine” – The Beatles What is it I spend all […]

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How We Give

By Michael Divine

I’d planned on painting this evening but the current painting is finished. Instead, I found msyelf working on the second in the series, having finished the fifth. After drawing for a while and once again asking Fi (the cat) to graciously not curl up his twenty pound body on the drawing pad on my lap, […]

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The Song We Play

By Michael Divine

The silent stillness of late night surroundings finds me solitary and drinking a glass of red wine with a side dish of cheese and olives. It is a usual place for me on a late night Monday night these days listening to late night music like Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma. What a weird collaboration of soundscapes […]

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Breaking through the Boundaries

By Michael Divine

They say: “Trust in [insert your god’s name here] but [lock, tie, secure] your [car, camel, canoe]”. What’s this mean anyway? It means trust in the rhythms of the divine but take precautions because precautions are necessary. Are you precipitating disaster? By thinking you might get robbed are you manifesting theft? Just because I have […]

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Holographic Visualization

By Michael Divine

Loving the soft warmth of unbleached titanium white as it mixes with dioxanine purple. I spent so long caught up in the throes of cadmium yellows and oranges, deep pthalo blues that I missed these soft heavenly tones. Now I find them and they seem to whisper to me through their golden dawn hues… eyes […]

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Spontanaeity

By Michael Divine

I have been exploring other modes of painting creativity. I get very detail and precision oriented- and, right now, am working on a very tight mandala kind of painting which is growing into something very beautiful and softly gorgeous. But then my arm wants more because it can only hover in a kind of holding […]

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