"By living your life, by producing works of art, you contribute to the work of the collective awakening of our people;
helping them to touch the seed of joy, of peace, of happiness in themselves, helping them to remove and transform the seeds of discrimination, fear and craving. The artist can do all this....Nothing can be compared to that kind of joy, knowing that your life on earth is beautiful and is helpful"
Thich Nhat Hanh, Answers from the Heart, 2009
"Whether it's in music, literature, or great art, there is something in humans that recognises that creative essence and can put them in touch, at least to some degree, with their own inner essence."
Eckhart Tolle in 'Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine', Issue 50
The Awakened Artists platform has been set up by artist Alexander de Cadenet to showcase specially invited artists whose work accesses a deeper spiritual dimension. This platform was inspired by a meeting with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle in 2016 and discussions about the spiritual dimension in art.
The Awakened Artists is an international community of visual artists who believe that the production of art is a spiritual act and contributes towards the evolving consciousness of those that create it and also those that experience it.
Our goals are:
1. To contribute towards a deeper awareness and consciousness in people’s lives through art.
2. To offer insights into ‘yugen’ – the traditional Japanese Buddhist practice of experiencing the profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe.
3. To inspire and encourage new and existing artists to make art that contributes towards a deeper awareness and consciousness in people’s lives through their own artwork.