Art, Awakening, and the Evolution of Consciousness

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The Creative Furnace
Conversations with Integral Artists

In this new series of informal conversations, musician and composer Steve Banks talks to Integral artists about their work.  The series will include visual art, music, poetry and film. The conversations will be sparked by looking at or listening to specific works, picking up themes as they emerge, such as: What makes an artwork Integral? Evolution, and the many levels of consciousness. Unity-in-diversity. Integral spirituality. Integral art as a movement and its relation to the zeitgeist. The transformative power of Integral art. The context in which we experience art. The Kosmic creativity inherent in us all.

In this first conversation, Steve talks to Canadian Integral artist, Gaia Orion. Gaia starts off talking about how she came to Integral, her experience of living an Integral lifestyle, and putting together exhibitions of Integral artists at the Integral European Conferences since 2016.  Steve and Gaia go on to talk about three of Gaia’s exquisite paintings, which are shown on screen:


Along the way, Steve and Gaia touch on: 

  • What is Integral art? – is it immediately recognizable as, say, impressionism or cubism? The beginning of a new movement.
  • Portraying the depths of consciousness, and the Kosmos becoming aware of itself through the evolution of human consciousness.
  • The transformative effect of experiencing Integral art, and the importance of the context in which we experience it.
  • The sacred feminine, wholeness, our connection with the earth. Art which is intensely personal, and yet speaks to the collective zeitgeist. 

See more of Gaia’s art at https://gaiaorion.com/.

Listen to a demo recording of Steve’s Blue Pearl: A One World Oratorio at www.stevebanks.info where you can also buy tickets for the world premiere on 14th May 22, in London or live stream + 7 days on demand.


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Gaia Orion

About Gaia Orion

Gaia Orion has gained international recognition and received awards of excellence from, among others, the Manhattan Arts International and the Eurasian Art Union in Russia; as well as being favorably reviewed by New York art critic Jill Conner. She has exhibited in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Moscow; as well as in Mexico, Columbia, Spain, Germany, Hungary and Bali. Gaia Orion has gained international recognition and received awards of excellence from, among others, the Manhattan Arts International and the Eurasian Art Union in Russia; as well as being favorably reviewed by New York art critic Jill Conner. She has exhibited in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Moscow; as well as in Mexico, Columbia, Spain, Germany, Hungary and Bali.

Stephen Banks

About Stephen Banks

Steve is deeply immersed in Ken Wilber’s ‘Integral’ theory and has presented at the Integral European Conference. In 2013 Steve set out to compose a large-scale choral work giving expression to the Integral view of humanity and our place in the Kosmos. The result is ‘Blue Pearl: A One World Oratorio’, a ground-breaking, inspirational work which will have its world premiere on 14.5.22 in London and streamed online live and on demand. Ken Wilber has described the oratorio as a ‘A superb, exhilarating, magical piece of music.’ You can listen to a demo recording of Blue Pearl, and read more about it, at Steve’s website, www.stevebanks.info. As a violinist, drummer and singer, Steve has performed classical, folk, and world music with ensembles as diverse as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Carnival Band. He has been writing and arranging songs for 30 years. Alongside music, the other main stream of Steve’s life has been a rich and varied journey of psycho-spiritual healing and exploration. This included training as a Psychosynthesis counsellor, which he went on to apply in leadership development. He has been practicing meditation in the Buddhist tradition for many years.

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