The Art of Love and Forgiveness in Action and In “Still Life”

A Course In Miracles International Visual Artists Release Old Baggage in New Collaborative Ventures for International Forgiveness Week and Weekend of Perfect Peace.

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Healing Is A Collaborative Venture

Sonja and Rashmi - Peonies - "Healing Is A Collaborative Venture"

Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. Attack is gone, and madness has an end.

Wisconsin Dells, WI (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

As a warm-up for “The Art of Love and Forgiveness”, a major ten-day visual arts exhibition, planned as part of the event program for International Forgiveness Week and Weekend of Perfect Peace (September 14 -23, 2012), at the Miracles Healing Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI, about twenty-four artists, all Teachers of God, and most of whom will be represented in the exhibition, have been flexing their creative muscles through participating in new and unusual collaborative visual arts projects.

Teacher of God and Event Coordinator, Sonja Madsen today sent out the following call: “To All Visual Artists and Visual Communicators… Art Project No. 2 is ready to start! Once again we are collecting names to put in a draw to create partnerships. The deadline for putting your name forward is this Saturday (2nd June) by 12, noon!!! The theme for this project is a "Still life". It can be expressed in an infinite number of ways: painting, sculpture, photography, collage, drawing… The partnerships will be posted on the front desk [of the Academy] by Monday 4th June, with a brief outline of the project.”

A mini private exhibition was held yesterday at Endeavor Academy in Wisconsin Dells, to showcase the results of “Art Project No. 1”, the last collaboration effort of artists working in pairs through partnerships formed by names randomly drawn out of a hat. Each pair of artists presented their pieces, giving a brief account of their emotional experiences of the exercise, and how a synthesis of radically different disciplines, skill and style was achieved, to produce the final works. In almost every case, the individual artist overcame considerable misgivings and doubt, and emerged transformed, with a more profound feeling of love, gratitude and freedom towards his or her partner. The resultant pieces were beautifully eclectic, rich and vibrant.

Sonja Madsen, who also participated in the exercise said “My partner, Rashmi (a great artist) and I came up with something that reflected neither of our individual styles! The joining brought about something completely unexpected, yet very beautiful. The purpose of this art exercise of forgiveness and healing guarantees a joyous outcome, no matter how rocky the beginning appears to be. That's just how it works!”

Continued Madsen, “This is forgiveness in action. As Jesus Christ reminds us in the workbook of A Course In Miracles, 'Forgiveness ends all suffering and loss. Forgiveness paints a picture of a world where suffering is over, loss becomes impossible and anger makes no sense. Attack is gone, and madness has an end. What suffering is now conceivable? What loss can be sustained? The world becomes a place of joy, abundance, charity and endless giving. It is now so like to Heaven that it quickly is transformed into the light that it reflects. And so the journey which the Son of God began has ended in the light from which he came.'

“And here is the prayer, 'Father, we would return our minds to You. We have betrayed them, held them in a vise of bitterness, and frightened them with thoughts of violence and death. Now would we rest again in You, as You created us.'”

International Forgiveness Week and the Weekend of Perfect Peace will be observed worldwide on September 14 – 23, 2012.

A Course In Miracles International will hold special celebration events at the Miracles Healing Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI, and in affiliate centers around the world.

Visual artists from around the world are invited to participate in the Exhibition by submitting digital images of their work to be displayed in a continuous slide show.

For more information about all planned events, and how you can participate, visit http://www.forgivenessweek.org/events.php.