From the jacket
Mirror of Consciousness ambitiously traverses a wide range of themes pertaining to art creativity Knowledge and theory. Its unique perspective lies in its exposition of Vedic Science as brought to light by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and in the application of the principle of this science to a preliminary analysis of the Vastusutra Upanishad. No other publication comprehensive vision.
To do justice to the topic of universal value in art and theory, the author has delved into several areas that impact the visual arts – late twentieth- century debates in art theory models of historiography new definitions of culture and tradition in the context of the individual’s own consciousness or simplest form of awareness. Though comprehensive and detailed it will appeal to those who are curious about trends in the visual arts the advent and impact of new technologies and the development of collective consciousness in our time.
Back of the Book
“Mirror of Consciousness is an innovative, timely work that will set the tone. I believe of 21st-century scholarship in literary theory art history and aesthetics. With its keen analysis and thorough representation of the most subtle levels of aesthetic experience in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science Bonshek’s work supplies the missing link in the equation between aesthetic theory and practice, namely, the understanding and experience of higher of consciousness.
“Mirror of Consciousness should become a textbook on all conventional courses in art history, philosophy and literary studies. This assertion is hardly far-fetched considering the growing interest among the scientific community and the public at large in the (misnomered) ‘hard problem’ of consciousness.”
William Haney III, Ph. D
Professor of Literature
Eastern Mediterranean University
“Dr. Anna Bonshek’s book Mirror of Consciousness achieves a unique integration of art theory and practice language sound form and meaning. Her explanations of the experience of higher states of Consciousness and their relevance too all stages of artistic endeavor allow her to effectuate a kind of ‘grand unification’ of individual creativity and artistic practice that is quite impressive.
“It would be no exaggeration to state that the knowledge contained in Mirror of Consciousness is cosmic in significant and scope.”
Frederick R.Worth, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Romance Language
Author of the Book
ANNA BONSHEK is an English multimedia artist whose internationally exhibited work explores concepts of infinity and transformation. Holding B.A (Hons), M.A, and Ph.D. degrees in fine art and the science of creative intelligence from the Slade school of fine art and Maharishi University of management bonshek has lectured world wide and received awards for her work from the National Endowment for the arts and the royal society of Arts
Her articles have been published in journals including body, Space and Technology, Artlink New Art Examiner Modern Science and Vedic Science and as chapter on art theory in Visibly female and Reframing Consciousness Bonshek has been involved in establishing institutions of higher education in Cambodia and Australia and is the founder and Director of Akkshara an organization that promotes collaboration across film, video, music and the visual and performing arts.
In the past 50 years the field of the visual arts has in some ways changed dramatically and yet in other ways, seems relatively unperturbed by our new global information revolution. With the re-evaluation of art and aesthetics in the digital era, the question of art’s universal value seems no longer paramount. Despite this, critics and theorists continue to grapple with the idea of universality. How can the many divergent and contradictory experiences, influences and phenomena that inform cultural discourse, our sense of identity and aesthetics, be comprehended in this light?
Maharishi Science of Creative Intelligence curriculum developed in 1972 by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, articulates the possibility of a universal state of consciousness the ability to live this permanently in individual and social life and the potential to express universality in art. It is the Science of Creative Intelligence that connects the main principles of Maharishi Vedic Science to the main conclusions of modern disciplines. The science of creative intelligence presents a unique understanding of creativity – explaining how life unfolds according to the inner dynamic of a universal field of consciousness and thereby establishing a platform for a discussion of universal value in art. Maharishi Vedic Science encompasses a wide range of disciplines and specific technologies of consciousness. (In addition to Maharishi’s Science of Creative Intelligence and Maharishi Vedic Science, Maharishi Vedic Science and Technology Maharishi’s Technologies of Consciousness (including Maharishi Transcendental Mediation program Maharishi TM-Sidhi program and Yogic Flying) are also discussed in this book). It should be noted that the diagrams used in this book as far as is possible in order to maintain accuracy follow diagrams used in publication on Maharishi Vedic Science.
Due to the resources and unique educational approach provide by Maharishi University of management a detailed and systematic study of the nature and mechanics of creativity from this unique perspective is now possible. Maharishi Vedic science has the potential to benefit humankind in every generation and all walks of life being practical and universal in its application. For this reason the department of the science of creative intelligence at Maharishi University of management formulated and initiated the Ph.D program in the science of creative intelligence- facilitating scholarly research and study in this field. This book evolved from research completed while I was a student of this pioneering doctoral program. Although the Ph. D program in S.C.I has been taught for ever science.
Throughout the 1970s and into the 1990s curriculum development new core course undergraduate and graduate offerings in art history and studio and design course- have been developed and continue to evolve under the chairmanship of Michael Cain and the art department faculty at Maharishi university of management teaching tools such as the art unified field chart and an extensive art appreciation video series discussing major works of art in the light of the science of creative intelligence are important historical markers of this consciousness-based approach to art education.
Building upon this Dr. Lee Fergusson researched archives at the Universal- documenting lectures on art and creativity given by Maharishi. In collaboration with the art faculty he structured new foundation courses and curricula: these were evaluated and continue to be updated and taught a Maharishi University of Management and the substantial volume of research generated by Dr. Fergusson is a resource for some material in this book.
Generally speaking the contents of this volume was first explored in the late 1980s; but it was later as part of doctoral research that the connection between Maharishi Vedic science and contemporary art theory were more systematically examined. For this reason. I am particularly grateful to the faculty of the science of Creative Intelligence Department the Art Department and Maharishi University of management as whole for making it possible to study and investigate in detail this unique field of knowledge. I would like to thank Dr. Bevan Morris, Dr. Geoffrey Wel