Philosophy through ART is living the matrix anchored in the processes of acceptance, reflections and transformation. In this process, you engage, balance and better understand your identity matrix.

Writing specifically on each part of the ART path can be found at the following links. In its most simple terms, ART is the acronym for…

~ Accepting ~

~ Reflecting ~

~ Transforming ~

Moments of spiritual enlightenment and personal growth can be consciously experienced, in different ways, throughout our human existence.

Philosophy as an art of the matrix

With philosophy, we get to delve into topics of interest more analytically. The five basic branches of philosophy are metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and aesthetics. For the purposes of our central philosophy of life and mind, I tend to the metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and aesthetics branches.

the philosophical essay

The ART essays will look into philosophical questions and various related concepts, arguments and theories. This will involve thinking critically to consider alternative ways of thinking and feeling.

By outlining, comparing and evaluating, the philosophical essay develops answers to philosophical questions. The individual essay posts will present questions to expand our understandings of how to live full and healthy lives.

the philosophy of the matrix narrative

Our identity — body+mind+heart+soul+spirit — can be best visualized as a helix-shaped, interconnecting framework.

The narrative is your story (the forest) and you are the protagonist — the main character. Or, you could think of this personal narrative story as a tree in the forest that needs understanding and nourishment in order to reach your potential.

When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.

–Stephen King

Think of it as an alchemic mix of energy — a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or recombination of the elements. And yet, it is not only essential natural — you have a conscious, mind-based, say in the matter.

chemistry dissolves the goddess in the alembic

Venus, the white queen, the universal matrix

down to the molecular hexagons and carbon chains

–Kathleen Raine

In ancient times, a matrix was a female or parent plant or animal whose seeds were used for producing other plants. Inherent in the concepts of the ART matrix is that you are parenting the seeds of the narrative of your identity–of the story of your life. This puts you in the driver’s seat where you belong.

the journey towards mental health is finding joy and purpose

The identity matrix — body, mind, heart, soul and spirit — is about unravelling and continually ‘re-booting.’ It is about conscious integration of the A. R. T. of accepting, reflections and transformations.

This is a truth-seeking, interconnected, holistic framework of authentic living, with integrity.

embrace the difficult wisdom of paradox
open your energies within
ground them with energies around

shaping ourselves 
into visionaries 

with the artistry to revitalize 
our enchanted 

the human psyche

In its mature fullness, the human psyche grants us multiple ways to heal our psychological wounds and grow from them.

With the ART of living the matrix, we become more consciously intelligent, aware and attuned. It takes work and it takes an intentional attitude.

Transformation isn’t always sweet and bright. It’s can be a dark and murky, painful and pushing. An unraveling of the untruths you’ve carried in your body. A practice in facing your own demons. A complete uprooting may necessary before becoming.

–Victoria Erickson, Edge of Wonder

the art of ‘uprooting’ is the a.r.t. of connecting

Through the ART processes of accepting, reflecting, and transforming continually adapt our identity matrix, in part and holistically. Uprooting reflects change from attachments that are unhealthy.

Ironically, it is a process which involves rooting into nature and those connections within and with the world around us which sustain healthy growth.

With a well-developed Self, you can seek to restore and enhance the more-than-human world and to co-conceive and co-create a healthy, mature, life-enhancing, inclusive life.

Understanding and establishing balance, cohesive all 5 attributes of the life matrix and participating in the healthy evolution of the species and our planets is a purposeful, cooperative, inter-connected existence.

If we engage the earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like trees…

–Rainer Maria Rilke

The more consciously engaged you are with these processes, the more agency you have in the transformations of your narrative.

the ART of unravelling the deep structure of Self

The ‘Self-Matrix’ is composed of the physical body, the mind, the heart, the soul and extends to the spirit and the external earth world. The deep psychological structure of the mind, writes Bill Plotkin, can be further understood, using the 4 directions.

1~ the West facet is fundamentally about romance, transformation, metaphor and deep imagination

2~ the South facet is about wildness, indignity, belonging, and full-bodied feeling

3~ the East is about innocence, wisdom, paradoxical humour, and full-presence sensing

4~ the North is about nurturing, generativity, visionary action, and heart-centered thinking.

revitalize by expanding awareness

dream the impossible
romance the world

feel and honour
relationship with all species with all habitats

embrace the difficult wisdom of paradox

shaping ourselves
into visionaries

with the artistry to revitalize
our enchanted

and endangered

As we heal our individual wounds, we enhance our abilities to contribute to the world. This involves cultivating a conscious relationship to the Spirit. In doing so, we enjoy an intimacy with all of life, experiencing our oneness with all things and with the universe as a whole.

Preparing our souls is why we live, in our bodies, in this world. With a well-developed Self-Matrix, we have a conscious relationship with our souls. This enables us to save the world most effectively as initiated adults and teachers.

With good intentions, an open mind and heart, active engagement in the A.R.T. project enables growth through the individuation process. This process is more effectively engaged when we consciously choose to cultivate our relationship with our 5-fold identity-matrix.

Thank you for reading.🕊

Namasté, Leah

© 2019 Leah J, M.Ed. Psychology writer/artist/teacher
The ART of Living the Matrix

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