Mastering your Creative Power

Paperback, 174 pages
A Blue Angel Publication

Book of Creativity

The ultimate guide to harnessing the vast well of creative potential within you.

Imagine creating something truly original without hesitation, conflict or doubt Ė simply free to express the extraordinary creative energy at the heart of your being and apply it to any area of your life that you want.

The Book of Creativity is a guide that takes the reader on a journey to wander into the spontaneity and mystery of life as an unfolding adventure when we are open to the infinite creative possibilities along the way.

About the book

Imagine creating something original without hesitation, without conflict, and without doubting yourself and who you are. This book is an invitation to embark on a journey to the source of inspiration, where we enter the magic and freedom of childhood, to live and create intuitively. It is a guide for adults to re-create the boundless joy of free play to reconnect with the source within themselves that will guide them to create in ways they never dreamed they could do!


The book answers the provocative questions: How do we bring creativity into every aspect of our lives? Why is it that certain people seem to naturally be more creative than others? How do we tap into their secrets and apply them to our own lives? The author Rassouli who is an internationally renowned artist, teacher and guide, who lives a profoundly creative life, responds to these questions and reveals life-changing secrets and personal methods that can benefit everyone. He takes us by the hand and invites us to many experiences of his own life to guide us see through the eyes and heart of an artist to touch the beauty within each one of us and to envision the world in a new way. 

Selected Poems from the Divan of Shams

Direct Translations & Mystical Expressions by Rassouli

ISBN: 978-1-922161-38-3
Paperback, 260 pages.

Rumi Revealed

In this book, Rassouli has translated some of Rumi's most inspirational  poems  directly from Persian, and has described their life-altering mystical concepts.
This is a book in which poetry, mysticism, theology and philosophy merge into each other in the form of conversations with
the beloved. It is where human being is the hero who journeys inside the self to conquer the ego and unite with his infinite creative power.

This book also introduces influential mystics of the east and what they have offered to humanity.

Foreword by Michael Bernard Beckwith
 Founder, Agape International Spiritual Center


About the book

Rumi has been introduced to the western world primarily as a poet, but the scope of his creative power and the range of his vision shine far beyond the literary genre of poetry. Rumi was often in an exalted state when he shared the revelations of his poetic expression. Playing a sitar and singing and dancing his joy wherever he went, Rumi exhibited a tireless energy to proclaim the unlimited potential of the human being.

Many centuries later, we are still mining truth from the work of this visionary mystic. Rumi has hidden the secrets of the universe in his metaphors and stories and offers a continuing invitation to be true to the expressions of the heart. One verse can open a vision to reveal the richness and beauty of a new life hidden within our dreams and imagination.

In 'Rumi Revealed', mystic artist and author Rassouli, who was raised as a Sufi, reveals the deeper essence of Rumi through his direct translations and visionary interpretations of Rumiís ecstatic verses.

Creative Expression through the Heart

This book includes works of 26 artists who have been influenced by Rassouli




About the book

For the past three decades, the name Fusionart has been connected with the art of visionary artist, Rassouli. After years of creating from the heart and sharing the process with others across the globe, he brings his creative concepts and ideas into expression in this book for those who seek to live more creative life.

By using the artworks created by 26 Fusionartists, who have painted together under his direction, Rassouli has developed guidelines for anyone who is attracted to discover their own potential abilities and develop ways to express them creatively.

This book offers concepts and insights as well as techniques from an experienced artist that can guide you to bring a heightened joy into every aspect of your life. It is a guide to create your moments, your days and ultimately, to create yourself.

Selected Poems from the Divan of Shams
Paperback  158 pages

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In this book, Rassouli has written an exciting story in which the world, the soul and humanity are considered as the offshoot of the clashes between Positive and Negative powers. Entire existence is deemed to be the arena where the clash of these two powers takes place. The soul defines the individual that results, but the individual soul is powered by both light and darkness. The same duality exists in the universe as dwells in the human body.

There is no opinion or theory of good and evil to discriminate one from the other, but rather each possesses portions of both light and dark.

About the book

How our world came into existence, and how we came into being on the planet Earth is something that people of the past have always wondered about, marveled at, reflected on just as often as we do today. We have our theory of the big bang event at the present time, just as the people of the past came up with their own versions of the mythology of creation, which was based on their cultural, traditional, or religious beliefs.

Rassouli's myth of creation is based on a dualistic view of positive and negative forces or energies. This is not synonymous with good and evil, but presented simply as a view of opposites. The hypothesis is that the Power of Light, which is not all omnipotent, was opposed by the semi-eternal Power of Dark. This myth is in juxtaposition with the contemporary discoveries and modern belief of the existence of two opposite powers, which are equally real and equally powerful.

Adventures in Fusionart & Manifest Love

Artworks of Rassouli - Text by Manifester Yada



MEETINGS ..............................................7

ALPHA PEARLS......................................63
BETA PEARLS........................................85
GAMMA PEARLS..................................107
OMEGA PEARLS..................................129
THE AUTHORS.....................................151

About the book

This book describes the meeting and coming together of two extraordinary artists whose individual, life-long pursuits into the mysteries of Love beautifully and powerfully intersect.

It is a journey of spirit, shared in two languages, sung with two voices, whose harmonies weave masterfully into one song. An ode to the joy, depth and power of love, the fusion of their artistic gifts embodies the very meaning of art in the age-old search to discover what unites us.

The Manifester Yada is a writer whose melodic prose speaks to the deep places in us, stirring the rivers of the Soul until they become fountains. Rassouliís stunning visual imagery awakens our longing for Union, its exotic rhythm unfolding the layers of the heart, reconnecting us with our own creative impulse.

The destined friendship of their spirits has produced a work of art that is truly and uniquely compelling. Pearls of Writ is a testament to the riches that can be found within two hearts, and an invitation to search out our own.

Artworks of Rassouli - Poetry of Richard Cohn



FOREWORD BY JEAN HOUSTON....................5
INTRODUCTION BY RASSOULI.......................7
PAINTINGS INDEX.................................. ....142
ABOUT THE AUTHORS......................... ......147

About the book

The marriage of Images by Rassouli and sensual words by Richard Cohn creates a multidimensional experience for the reader, both physical and emotional. As you connect with the visual three dimensional form, you simultaneously align with the feelings that will carry you to a place of being one with the letters and words. A place where there is no separation between artist, poet and you.

What you experience through this book is meant to be repeated and appreciated many times. The intent is to provide you a holistic, ongoing moment that will touch on all levels, from the heart of the authors to your heart. The thoughts, emotions and feelings expressed in the art and in the words are there for you to savor and enjoy and share with someone you love, especially yourself.


Paintings of Rassouli
Words of Patricia Cota-Robles



FOREWORD ..................................5
INTRODUCTION...... ......................7
PAINTINGS INDEX......................132
ABOUT THE AUTHORS..............138


Eight pages from the book

About the book

This book contains exquisite Art and passages of Divine Love to open your heart and mind and to align you with Earth's newly birthed Renaissance of Divine Love.

As you allow the beauty, color, images, words, and Divine Love pulsating on each page to resonate in the depths of your Heart Flame, you will become an instrument of God, the Open Door, through which the patterns of perfection for Earth's Renaissance of Divine Love will tangibly manifest in the lives of Humanity and all Life evolving on this blessed Planet.

This is a colorful art book that opens the heart and expands the consciousness.

53 artworks by Rassouli
dream interpretations by Kelly Walden

Dream Oracle Cards 

ďEveryone dreams, and now there is a jewel-like guide that is perfect for any dreamer to enter the portal of dream decoding. Let Rassouli and Kelly Walden escort you into one of the most revealing journeys by teaching you how to interpret your hidden wishes and insights and, above all, how to take action in materializing them.Ē

Michael Beckwith

About the cards

Dream Oracle Cards are beautifully rendered cards featuring the art of world-renowned Fusionartist Rassouli and best-selling author and dream expert Kelly Sullivan Walden. Theyíre based on the 53 most common dream symbols among modern dreamers and filled with innovative and ageless wisdom.

Aside from over fifty images created by Rassouli, these cards are powerful tool to assist you in tapping into your dreaming mind or subconscious.
The accompanying 136-page guidebook contains a message, a meaning and a mantra for each card, providing in-depth insight for beginners and seasoned pros alike. These cards will interpret your life and fulfill your wildest dreams.

Dream Oracle cards are valuable and fun for your gatherings, as well as personal affirmation whether youíre in the living room, bedroom, studio, or private sanctuary.

Images by Rassouli
Insights by Michael Beckwith of Agape




About the book

"Acclaimed spiritual teacher Michael Bernard Beckwith combines some of his most uplifting quotations and affirmations with the paintings of Fusionartist Rassouli. The result is a book that celebrates the sacred poetry of the heart and the spiritually transcendent nature inherent within all people.

Inspirations of the Heart is a rendition of what the landscape of our being looks like and feels like. It challenges us to take a hard look into our fears and to see beyond their minimizing effects the incommensurable brilliance of our being."

From the foreward by Malidoma Patrice Some

Artistic expressions by Rassouli
Poetic expressions of three poets

Language of Souls



DREAMS AND TIME.........................19





Hard cover , 136 pages
7" x 10" x .70"

About the book

Language of Souls is a remarkable
coffee table book combining fine art with poetic expressions about humanity. Three internationally published poets take you from dreams and time and move you through the realms of people and human nature, life and retrospection, moons and introspection, and intimacy and spiritual dimensions.As you make your way into the book, the pencil sketches by the world class artist, Rassouli, take you on another spiritual voyage.

"Language of the Souls is a hauntingly beautiful book. The images, both written and visual, meld so naturally that your step from hustle and bustle into dreamscape and timelessness is seamless. Each poet speaks with a distinct, recognisable voice: yet a fine balance is created. Read language of the souls when you have time to experience it fully: rush it, and you deny fulfillment.

Anne MacMillan, UK's Forward Press

Artworks by Rassouli 
Guidance by Alana Fairchild - Poetry of Richard Cohn


ď...Rassouli expresses his experience in what has been called spiritual surrealism; Richard Cohn uses poetic brilliance to evoke the physical presence and eros of mystical union, while Alana Fairchild offers wise and fertile words to accomplish release of the imprisoned splendor you carry in your heart. Together, they show that the universe in all its parts is alive and love is its life force... Ē

From the Foreword by Jean Houston

About the cards

Featuring 70 illuminating paintings by Rassouli, the cards in 'Journey of Love' are bursting with vibrant hues and stunning mystical depictions of feminine and natural beauty that help you connect deeply with the love that is at the very heart of everything in existence. Accompanied by exquisite poetic verses by Richard Cohn and profound messages of guidance by Alana Fairchild.

These cards are designed to assist you to find your authentic path through the opportunities for growth presented to you in all aspects of life, especially in your relationships, not only with others, but in your sacred relationship with yourself.

Ask the oracle whatever it is you yearn to know, then be carried on a journey through the mists of time, where your answers await

JUNG: A Journey of Transformation
by: Vivian Crowley
Includes 12 full page artistic expressions by:


Carl Jung


Jungís Childhood
Jung Discovers a Map
Persona and Ego
Personality Types
Anima and Goddess
Myths for Men
Dark Side of the Psyche
East Meets West
Eternal Sun
Journeyís Goal

About the book

Come along on an engaging journey to explore the spiritual psychology of Carl Gustav Jung, while enjoying 12 full page color images of Rassouli as they illuminate insight into the nature of the psyche.

Through carefully selected images, this book illustrates how Jung has profoundly influenced our concept of ourselves, the renewal of interest in world mythologies, and the inception of the twelve-step program---one of the most widespread spiritual practices of today. Jung believed our primary purpose is to fulfill our deep, innate potential, just as the acorn becomes the oak, or the caterpillar, the butterfly. Only in this way can we become a true individual and contribute meaningfully to the world.

Aside from many in-depth images, this lively, entertaining book beckons the reader with simple explanations of Jung's major concepts and lighthearted exercises for self-discovery.

A Place Where Love Lives on
Artworks by Rassouli  -   Story by Jody West
A Full-Color Children's Book

Memory Land
Front Cover
Memory Land
Backt Cover

About the book

This book describes in a language understood by children what happens when people pass away, what happens to their bodies and where the energy goes. It is a colorful artistic book that makes the vision of death and dying easier to understand and aids children to be at peace with the process of letting go while holding on to the memory of the beloved.

Author and Fusionartist Jody West has tastefully combined her poetic language and emotional photographs  with Rassouli's artworks to create a great gift for children of all ages. A book by Light Technology Publishing.


 Online Videos Reflecting Rassouli's Art

A selection from videos created or approved by Rassouli
Click on the image to watch the video

developing painting Celestial Journey
Eternal Feminine
Rassouli in                                            his studio
Fostered Children
Prague Tower
Painting Retreat
Freydoon Rassouli
Heaven and Earth Lovers
Divine Light India Exhibit
Mystical encounter
Union of Love
Queen of Flow

 A selection from some recent interviews with Rassouli

A Candid Interview with Artist Rassouli

Written by Lauren Ashley Golt


Southern California is privy to an artist whom is both unique and inspiring. Using a skillful technique, known as Fusionart, Rassouli creates works of art that reflect spiritual experience by expressing images from his subconscious. Fusionart, a fusion of mysticism and European painting technology, is a style that Rassouli himself has created, registered and currently teaches. With smooth strokes, bright colors and a consistent theme of elegance, Rassouli, uses his creative talent to illustrate his spirituality.

When asked what inspires him, Rassouli says, ďMystics such as Hafiz and Rumi, artists like Gustave Moreau, William Blake and Jean-Honoreí Fragonard. I do not start a painting with sketches, I do not paint on location and I do not work from photos. Instead, many mornings, before the dawn, I climb a mountain to its peak. There, sitting in solitude, I observe rising of the sun. I watch plants open their leaves, buds tear up their dresses and the birds sing to the arrival of their creator. There is an interconnected serenity that allows all creatures to experience the divine unity. Having felt that creative energy, I rush to my studio, dip my brush into paint, and let it move freely on canvas.Ē

Born in Isfahan, Rassouli came to the United States at the age of 15 where he studied painting and architecture at the University of New Mexico. Now Rassouli has hundreds of solo and collective exhibits, including three murals in California, two in Los Angeles and one in Venice.  The mural in Venice, entitled ďAngel of Unity,Ē is 120 feet wide by 45 feet high and is viewed daily by thousands of California residents and visitors.

Rassouli, 65, not only uses his craft to express himself but he also teaches Fusionart at the University of Transformational Studies in Culver City, The Wheel of Wellbeing in Los Angeles and he holds monthly full day painting retreats at the Mayfair Hotel in downtown LA. Rita Roberts took his one of his classes and says, ďAside from being extremely talented, he is a fascinating individual.  Iíve taken one of his painting workshops and he actually teaches his students to allow spirit to paint through them and much to our amazement, when we do this, human images often appear in the paintings without you having deliberately painted them.  You really have to experience it!Ē

Currently Rassouli is developing various programs to focus on bringing out the creative child within. He believes, ďOnce people realize how creative they are, they will begin to use that in their everyday life in order to bring them balance and more joy ď. During the fall and winter, Rassouli will be working on a coffee-table book that features his artwork along with inspirational messages. He will also hold various art classes as well as full day and weekend painting retreats.

Signature Magazine

Sitting Down With: Rassouli

By Kerri Blackstone

Fusionartist, Mystic Painter and Author

Gazing at any of Fusionartist Rassouliís creative works provides a glimpse into the mystic loving eye with which he looks at the world. Rassouli has been a celebrated and innovative painter since childhood who later trained as an architect. Born in Isfahan, Iran, and currently living in Southern California, Rassouli has developed an artistic style known as Fusionart. He feels this art form is an expression of cosmic unity, a coming together of mysticism and artistic expression.

The development of Fusionart has been his entire lifeís work, initiated in his childhood influenced by the historic and gorgeous home he grew up in, a mystic uncle and hours watching the whirling dervishes spin. Fusionart and his paintings blur the line between dream and reality Ė intentionally, since Rassouli sees the two as coexisting.

Rassouli is a prolific artist who has exhibited in solo and group shows worldwide. His work has appeared in and on the covers of a long list of publications and the Agape International Spiritual Center has showcased his paintings. Inspirations of the Heart is his most recent book; it contains a fusion of Rassouliís evocative art with Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwithís meditative musings. Rassouli also creates murals in public space and one of his more recent, titled Angel of Unity, can be seen by people walking at the ocean end of Washington Avenue in Venice. The Angel, like many of the women Rassouli paints, is radiant, flowing, like the breath of the cosmos herself.

Understanding his view on life, love and painting may come best from his own words. He started his interview with Los Angeles  magazine by talking about his painting Eternal Sun.


Light of the Heart


Rassouli: Scientists were male so they call it the Big Bang. But what does Big Bang mean? Somebody hit something and a Big Bang happened? The truth is that it was a Big Birth. It was the divine feminine power that gave birth to the universe. We have the masculine power and we have the feminine power and theyíre in complete balance. Itís just like darkness and light. Theyíre completely opposite of each other and they coexist. Life is the union of opposites.

Kerri Blackstone: Do problems and chaos come to be because the powers are out of balance?

Rassouli: Chaos and problems are judgments. The truth is the chaos, problems, potential Ė all of this is one. The union of opposites. Is a sunset beautiful? Is a sunset ugly? A sunset is a sunset. Itís the way we see it that makes it beautiful or ugly. If you were to be executed at sunset, the sunset would be ugly to you. Why does the sun shine? It doesnít have any reason. We must accept that the darkness and the light co-exist. One cannot destroy each other.

KB: Sometimes it feels like we have an obligation to fight against the darkness. What do you say to people who feel that accepting something, maybe a bad thing, is the same as giving in to it?

R: There are two ways of fighting. One is to retaliate; the other is to prevent the attack. To prevent is absolutely necessary which means we have to become enough to face that opposition. If Iím mad at somebody because they destroyed something that I had, then Iím going to be attacking them out of retaliation. That is what is not right.

KB: By attacking out of retaliation, weíre just causing more hate and anger instead of trying to solve the problem?

R: Right. Instead I develop myself so that Iím able to face it. Iím working on a book that is about how we can become empowered through the opposition. I talk about the power of limits. We think limits limit us but itís the limits that make an artist begin to express herself.

KB: When weíre given limits Ė creatively, financially or personally Ė they force us to become even more creative in order to get around them and reach our goals. Maybe those limits that seem like a bad thing, actually are helping us go further than we might have gone without them?

R: Exactly. It is the union of the two Ė the body and the soul. The spirit and the body have become one and thatís how we create. Imagine if existence were just gases Ė hydrogen, oxygen Ė it wouldnít have any meaning. The union of these things together Ė the outside and the inside Ė gives it meaning, like a balloon. The air and the skin of the balloon together make the balloon. The air without the skin would expand to infinity. The skin without the air would be a piece of rubber that we usually bury six feet under. That air is the soul, infinite, no limits. The skin is the body that the soul goes into and gives it form.

KB: Do you believe the soul is eternal? Is it something that has always been there and then it comes into our bodies for a time to allow us to create in this form and then returns to being infinite?

R: Soul is the flow. Soul is energy. It has no identity, no personality. Imagine the soul is a river thatís flowing. Whateverís inside that river isnít aware of anything; itís just in the flow. But then it comes into a little brook and it ends up somewhere, like a dead end. That part of the river that is inside the brook is us. That part of the river is not happy and it wants to join the flow. If it has big high rocks or mountains around it, it gets trapped and canít get back to the river. If it doesnít have any of these, then it finds its way back.

KB: What are the rocks and edges in our lives? Fears, doubts and limits we put on ourselves?

R: No, those rocks and edges are our culture, heritage, upbringing, education, what our mothers taught us from childhood, what teachers tell us, what society tells us, what our religion tells us, what everything tells us. The more weíve learned, the more difficult it is for our spirit to get back to the flow.

KB: That makes it sound like learning is a bad thing that keeps us separated from our true nature.

R: Learning is not a bad thing or a good thing. Education is one thing, training is something else. Learning (or education) is to unify us. You and I read the same book, 30,000 people read the same book, three million people see the same movie or listen to the same lecture. Thatís one side. On the other side, training is to individualize us.

KB: By training, do you mean doing what we need to do to prepare for our profession?

R: I mean doing what you love to do. Doing what you love to do has nothing to do with your education. You might love to cook or you might love to meditate. Developing yourself to do what you love, developing your deepest self Ė thatís the training. Education and training have to work together for us, for the individual.

KB: A lot of people today feel stuck inside a consumer lifestyle where weíre convinced we need to spend our lives working for the things that will supposedly make us happy. They follow that path but at the end of the day, thereís no meaning to it. How do we get away from that?

R: We have to accept it. Accepting it means bringing it into our life. We adjust ourselves to the night. Weíre not saying night is bad or night is good. We accept it and we deal with it. I could yell and scream at night forever, ďWhy are you here? Iím going to destroy you! Iím going to blow you up!Ē I could do that but the truth is we have to live with night. This is not a matter of destroying day or night. Itís a matter of living with both. Yoga is finding a balance between my physical being and my spiritual being.

KB: Do you feel like you were born an artist or is it something that developed as you were going through your training and education?

R: First, letís define artist. I donít consider myself a painter. I am an artist. Art is a verb. Art is bringing the two together. Art is about union. So when you say ĎIím art-ingí, thatís bringing the two hearts together.

Imagine a necklace of pearls. Each pearl has two holes for the string to go through. This pearl is called heart. If my pearl does not have a hole, the string is not going to go through it. The string that goes through these pearls is what we call love. Some call it God. Michael Beckwith calls it Agape, which is a Latin word for unconditional love.

Now if there is only one hole, the string is going to go in there and stop. Thereís got to be another hole for that string to come out in order for the necklace to be formed Ė the union of the pearls Ė which is what Iím calling Ďheart-stormingí. The medium that does that is God or love or Yoga Ė which are all the same.

KB: Are we all born with two holes in our pearl? If so, what causes one of both of these holes to get blocked along the way?

R: Weíre all born with the two holes but very quickly we begin to lose the child within us. We begin to not use the holes so they get rusty and pretty soon, they close.

Itís the same as the blood that goes through the heart. The mystics call it the wine. That wine or blood goes into your heart, gets purified and comes back out. The same thing happens with love. Weíve got to put love into everything we do in order to experience that pure oneness, to develop that unity, to be part of that Yoga. Just like this magazine which is called Los Angeles Yoga: the union of the angels.

KB: Why do you think some people are able to realize that God is inside of them, when most spend their time searching for God in the external world or some other dimension?

R: Because I am a mystic, I know that God is inside of me. Whenever I need to ask something, I ask my heart, ďWhat do I do nextĒ and my heart tells me what to do. Nobodyís heart is ever wrong. Even when it seems to be going the wrong way, it is going the right way.

KB: How are we able to tell the difference between what our heart and what our rational mind is telling us based on what weíve learned and been conditioned to believe?

R: The soul is on Earth to enjoy it. The tree is doing its treeing because it enjoys treeing. The roots are rooting, the branches are branching, the fruit is fruiting. Theyíre not thinking about anything but loving what theyíre doing.

The tree is making love all the time Ė whether its winter or fall, it is still making love. ĎGod-ingí is what we call love. To ĎGodí means loving because thatís what God does Ė loves. We are created to enjoy every moment, to be the creator, to love. God has made us to be God. The whole idea for us is to love.

We have this rational mind for the protection of the body, thatís it. Without the rational mind, I might walk into the street and a car hits me, or I walk into a wall or I go outside in the winter and catch cold. My soul doesnít need protection Ė my soul is connected with my heart. If my mind wants to decide for my heart, itís going to be wrong. And if my heart wants to decide for my mind, itís going to be wrong as well. The two have to work together.

On Sundays early in the morning, I climb the mountain in the dark, sit on the peak of the mountain and wait for the sun to come. I love walking in the dark because mystery is the essence of creativity. Without mystery there would not be artists or scientists Ė itís the mystery that attracts us. I watch the transition from darkness to light, from cool to warm, from blues into yellows. I watch and I meditate. I am asking the Sun, my creator to wash away all the darkness inside me, whatever has captured me this last week. I go through my complete Yoga, knowing Iím being cleansed in the process. I have become one with everybody and everything Ė mountains, sea, sky. In that waiting for the beloved to appear, I experience true union. That is the unity that prayer brings to us; that Yoga brings to us. Then I come to my studio and begin to paint.

KB: Do you feel youíre still in a trance and/or meditative state when you come down from the mountain and start painting? How do you keep yourself into that state?

R: Oh yes. But it depends. Whenever I feel good, I paint and whenever I paint, I feel good. I donít paint to make a painting. When I paint Iím dancing. And as Iím playing with paint, I begin to fly. Iím conscious, but Iím not aware of what Iím doing.

Thatís the problem with people who use external means of getting high. When youíre using internal means of being high, itís empowering, and the next morning you can build up on it. If I drink and get drunk, in those moments it feels good but next morning itís a problem because Iím down again. If I get high from my inner being, the next morning I build up on it and get even higher. Every painting I do is in a different zone and at a different level than the one before. Everything keeps building up so Iím transforming constantly.This is how you can judge a work of an artist. Does the work come from a divine power or someone who is under an external influence?

KB: Itís fairly common for people, especially in the arts and music, to try to reach that trance state through the external influence of drugs and alcohol. How can they begin to find inspiration from an internal high instead?

R: Again, itís the relationship of creation and destruction. The creative one puts things out there and the editor is the destroyer who takes things away. If the editor leads the way, youíre in trouble because it shuts off the process before it even starts. This happens with many artists, they start editing themselves before they begin to create. It took Brahms twenty-five years to compose his first symphony because he was comparing himself to Beethoven.

KB: How do we keep our editor on the sidelines until itís his time to help?

R: Leila, creation and destruction, is going to take place at the same time. If you watch me paint, Iím creating at the canvas, and then I stand back and the editor can see, then Iím back at the canvas and painting. Iím in the trance state this whole time and the editor is well trained to do his job. Itís like when youíre driving. Your driver is your editor. Youíre in your own world, putting lipstick on, talking on the phone, thinking about your day, but the driver is your editor. The editor knows how to handle things without hurting the creative being. Letís say I take the pink brush and put some pink paint here, at the same time, Iím destroying the blue paint that was underneath. I am destroying and creating at the same time.

KB: When youíre in the trance, creating and editing a painting, do you have an idea or vision in your mind of what the end product will be?

R: Not at all. Actually, when Iím painting, a lot of times, I will turn the canvas upside down and work from that perspective and the painting becomes something totally different. I do this with students at my workshops and they see that what they were painting was an entire landscape that they didnít even see.

KB: When you teach, how do you help people get themselves into the trance state so that their creative energy can start to flow?

R: Itís always different. Sometimes, I have them close their eyes, get close to the canvas and paint without looking at the canvass. I tell them, ďIf you open your eyes, your painting is finished.Ē Once itís done, they can open your eyes and find out that it is completely different that it was in their mind. Now the editor starts comparing what youíve done to what you had in mind and now the creator can stand with the editor and really see what is there.

I often see things that I didnít know I had painted, they just come through. Iíll see for example the shape of an old man leaning over with a book in front of him and he seems to be writing on something. Now when my editor sees that, he can eliminate the parts that donít belong to that, the parts around it, so that what came through me can really pop out. This is the process of creating.

KB: I read a quote you gave that said ďIím not painting something abstract, but something more real than what we see.Ē Do you mean that what we see is an illusion and, if so, is there any value in it?

R: Reality is only one manifestation of the truth. For example: a bird and flight. The bird is only a manifestation of flight. Flight never dies but the bird dies. Truth is immortal but reality is mortal. What I paint is the truth. Not the changing reality. What you see in my paintings is not abstraction. Abstraction is not dealing with the reality or the truth or anything. It is innocent painting Ė Iíll just paint and people will see whatever they want to see in it. Itís their thing and whatever they want to do with it is there business. Thatís why painters who paint abstraction donít usually title their paintings. My paintings are about the truth beyond the reality.

Many students and artists follow my school of teaching and we have retreats and workshops. Itís all about play and I get them in the zone to play. At the end everybody discusses their process so the others can benefit from it. Itís a safe zone for people to play and itís a place of healing for everyone. No one is judging.

KB: Would you consider your workshops and retreats to be a form of art therapy?

R: With art therapy you are trying to open up the mind and here I am trying to open up the heart. I am a vehicle that allows people to take the journey of transformation. I explain that theyíre doing the act of creativity which is ĎGod-ingí. What do they have in the dictionary instead of ĎGod-ingí? Love. You want to be giving love. That is the creative process. I gave them pastels and paper and told them to do the act of love-making with the paper and the chalk. I told them not to create anything like anything else. Create like God. Play like God. Thatís how you can expand your love. And they got it.

KB: If you could share one piece of advice with people who want to follow their heart, what would it be?

R: Know that you are greater than even you think you are. You were the winner amongst infinite numbers of creatures in that drop of sperm. You were the messiah among millions.

So act upon it. Whatever you do, be the best at it. Rumi says, ďFootprints lead you to the shore of the sea, from there on no trace remains.Ē Learn from others, so you can find a way to get to the shore of the sea. There you are on your own. Dive in. And experience that infinite sea.

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