Unleash the transformational power of Art
to expand your sense of vision, break free from the limitations of your mind, and enter as a co-creator into the synergistic space of Art (even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist)
If you love the art of painting…
But know you aren’t fully tapping into its power to inspire and transform your life…
(which, by the way, is true for every single one of us, because this power is infinite).
If NOW is the right time for YOU
to expand and deepen the presence of Art in your life,
to discover the deepest secrets of seeing and practice this sublime art with help and inspiration from its greatest masters,
and to integrate their insights into your moment-to-moment experience of life and its creative expression (whether or not it has anything to do with painting…)
And if (especially if!) you often feel imprisoned by your own mind and by the objective realities of your life…
Please keep reading, because I created this program for you!
The thing is, there is much, much more to looking at paintings than “meets the eye”
(But then, you know this as well as I do… )
A single encounter with a great painting can become a peak experience, which transforms your life and uplifts the state of your being… even in your darkest hours.
Because each great painting is a revelation, a unique insight into the nature of reality, beyond anything our talkative rational minds can possibly process or imagine.
It expands the realm of visible, and thus, the realm of knowable…
It transcends all false dualities that constrain and distort the human experience.
And all we really have to do is simply open our eyes, hearts and minds to these experiences, to these insights…
This simple, almost child-like, act allows you to share in the artist’s vision, to see more, to see through the mind’s limitations and projections, and in doing so, to transcend these limitations and grow into your highest potential.
But the objective realities of life have a way of interfering with our connection to this sublime, ever-present, synergistic field opened (and made visible!) by Art…
There are so many (seemingly) more urgent things to do… and pausing the flow of life simply to look at paintings may feel like an indulgence.
It is so easy to forget, in the relentless flow of modern life, that not only your body and your mind need nourishment, but your spirit as well … that in order to breath out — to produce, to create — you also need to breath in…
(this is what inspiration means, after all).
But Art is always present, is always here for us to breath in, to cleanse our eyes and minds from the visual noise of (post-)modernity, to be inspired.
But even if you know that this presence is vital to your state of being, to your very sense of being alive, the multiple demands of “real life” may keep getting in your way…
(Especially if you live far away from major museums and cultural centers, isolated from any art-focused cultural institutions and social structures).
Here is what it comes down to:
If you know that deepening and expanding the presence of great art in your life is essential for your well-being (and for your work!) — but struggle to integrate it into your life…
If you want to expand your sense of vision and to break free from the limitations of your mind with the ever-present help from the world’s great artists…
And if you wish you have had some guidance, some support structure, some space & time to do so HERE AND NOW, then you have landed on the right page,
because I have a solution!
But before I go any further, let me briefly introduce myself…
My name is Elena Maslova-Levin (although some people know me as Lena Levin, and some, as Elena Maslova). My very name, for me, is an expression of synthesis and (finally!) integration between two aspects of my life: an artist and a scholar…
But beyond and above that, I am a lover of great art, forever and ever fascinated with its miraculous ability to liberate the human mind from the prison of its own making, to open our eyes and awaken our hearts to the sheer beauty of the world we live in, and, ultimately, to expand and intensify our conscious experience of life itself: to cleanse the doors of perception (using William Blake’s famous words).
And so it has become my life’s work to truly see, to fully experience what the greatest artists have shown, and to comprehend how this process works
(so that I can integrate it into my work — and share it with you…).
I experienced and witnessed this process for decades, in museums, and in my studio, and everywhere really… through deliberate looking, and reading, and painting, and contemplation.
Here is the most important thing I have learned:
Every great painting is both a unique insight into objective reality and an intrinsic part of the eons-long co-evolution of art and human consciousness, this synergistic project in which artists are explorers and pioneers (often far ahead of all other realms of human inquiry).
A grandiose, larger-than-life, project of synergistic seeing, in which the human sense of vision gradually expands by transcending its own limitations, again, and again, and again.
And in this project, the spectators’ job is no less important then the artists’:
it is to open our eyes, minds, and hearts to truly see the works of art, to embody their insights, so as to live and work from this newly expanded vision, thus becoming conscious co-creators in this synergistic space.
There are three key qualities that transform a spectator into a co-creator, a conscious participant in the evolution of human vision:
You see the evolution of Art and vision as a whole, so that you experience each work of art as a part of this unfolding story and understand the essence of its unique insight in this expanded context.
You open your inner space to the insight expressed in the painting, so that you begin to see in the world around you what the artist has shown in the painting. The boundary between the space of art and the space of art dissolves.
You deliberately and consistently practice the new way of seeing, so that it becomes an intrinsic part of your vision, your moment-to-moment visual experience of life.
But the time we live in doesn’t make it easy for us:
- The relentless push towards specialization means that there are few people in the world who have the bird’s eye view of the whole story of co-evolution of Art and Consciousness. (And every single day, I thank my life for the remarkable and quite unique opportunity I was given: to spend decades exploring and integrating this view, free from the usual demands of building a career or making a living…)
- The modern cultural stories around Art keep it firmly separate from life, in a closed space, so that its transformational power cannot be unleashed.
- And it is notoriously difficult to create and integrate new habits and rituals of deliberate practice without support structures, feedback, and guidance.
Which is why I am so excited to introduce this new program, a crystallization of all my decades of studies, research, and studio work, into four months (or much more!) of inspiration, guidance, and support for you:
Introducing the Art of Synergistic Seeing
But before I go into any details about how it works, let me tell you something very important.
Because at this point, a presentation of an innovative learning program is supposed to turn towards a fascinating description of results you are going to get.
This may be the single most common modern way of “framing” our life experiences: we do one thing in order to (or “so that”) we can do or have something else entirely.
But this is not how the Art of Synergistic Seeing works…
(Nor how anything in the realm of Art works…)
This program is not here (just) to give you “results” in the future, but to expand your experience here and now. It is not for your “future self”, but for you.
It is designed to create islands of freedom and inspiration in your life, where you do something not “in order to” achieve something else, but for the sake of the experience itself.
You practice seeing simply to see, to indulge in the liberating, uplifting experience of seeing, to become fully present to your own visual experiences as they emerge.
“It feels like an indulgence” —
This is what one of my students, Terrill Welch, told me…
And the thing is, this is exactly how it is supposed to feel.
It is not like a business trip you undertake in order to make a deal (or achieve some other business objective).
It is like a journey you embark on simply to travel, to saunter, to see, with awe and gratitude, the miracles of human spirit and the wonders of nature.
But as you expand the presence of certain experiences in your life, they begin to transform your state of being.
If you paint a lot, you become a painter.
And if you consistently practice synergistic seeing, you become someone who is deeply, intrinsically, ever and forever, connected to the synergistic field of Art, across time and space, and always present to the sheer beauty of the world we live in.
There is no word yet invented for this state of being (at least not that I know of)…
But you know the question I am most frequently asked as an artist?
Here it is: “Where do you get your inspiration?”
The truth is, in this unnamed state of being, such a question cannot even arise, because the inspiration is ever-present….
And now, with this aside out of the way:
Here is what you will find inside:
There are three modules in this experiential program, which you can “mix and match” to create a perfect transformational journey for you (wherever you are), a perfectly individualized experience of synergistic seeing (more about this in a moment).
You can think of them in terms of “Mind”, “Heart”, and “Will”…
Mind: opening your mind to a new way of seeing and creating daily rituals of synergistic seeing
Art of Seeing Masterclass
This Module addresses all three fundamental qualities of synergistic seeing: knowing, experience, and integration:
It introduces you to the key insights into visual reality achieved in the art of painting since the Renaissance, bringing you to the very edge in the evolution of human vision.
It creates a support structure for you to introduce and integrate daily rituals of synergistic seeing: a masterpiece a day, with contemplative prompts and email reminders.
It gives you specific seeing practices designed to integrate the artists’ insights into your moment-to-moment visual experience.
In short, it gives you the foundation and tools to open your mind to the new way of seeing, and learn the sublime art from its greatest masters (in just 10 minutes a day…)
This module consists of four ten-day workshops:
Where we contemplate paintings by Gustav Klimt, Pieter de Hooch, Edgar Degas and Claude Monet to see through the fundamental illusion of vision: the illusion that we actually see separate objects in a linear three-dimensional space
Color and light
Where we explore the inner dimensions of color and light, guided by three geniuses of color: Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and Vincent van Gogh. The seeing practices introduced in this module will deepen and expand your color perception (even if you are an accomplished artist!)
Self in Space
Where we contemplate masterpieces by Rembrandt van Rijn, Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne and Vincent van Gogh to practice a more compassionate way of seeing our fellow human beings, and our own selves.
Which brings us to the very essence of the art of painting, and the key challenge of our age: time. And time-transcendence. Our guides in this module are William Turner, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and, once again, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Claude Monet.
Heart: opening your heart to the sacred bond between Art and Life
“The Right Eyes”
The heart doesn’t respond to “teaching”, it responds to experience and inspiration, when someone shares their own journey fully, with open heart and poetic precision.
So for this module, we invoke the help and guidance of Rainer Maria Rilke. It is based on his book, “Letters on Cezanne”, and designed to recreate for you his experience of synergistic seeing, the experience of “finally getting the right eyes”.
The unique place of painting in humanity’s endeavor to comprehend reality is a core theme of these letters, but Rilke also elucidates its inherent connection with the universals of human condition and the artist’s experience in the world.
And in doing so, he opens the path for us, to follow in his footsteps.
Will: entering the space of co-creation
Inner dimensions of a masterpiece
The last module takes your understanding of the inner workings of painting to a whole new level of co-creative experience, through in-depth synergistic exploration of three painting masterpieces and a toolbox of new, more active practices, of synergistic seeing.
If you are an accomplished painter, these synergistic studies will expand the context of your work and open new pathways to your next breakthrough…
If you are a beginner, they will teach you the deepest secrets of the art of painting…
And if you do not paint at all (nor even wish to), they will give you an “insider” view of the art of painting and open up new vistas for your life’s creative expression (whatever it might be).
Each module is available in two forms: as a personal journey and as a synergistic group experience
- A personal transformational journey allows you to start at the time most convenient for you, and go through the material at your own pace. It also includes complete private journaling space for your notes and reflections.
- In synergistic group experiences, where we go through the process together, as a group. The daily steps are delivered daily to the discussion area, so that you can share your experiences with other participants, read about their experiences, and co-create a meaningful conversation. I am present in these communities every day, to respond to your comments and answer any questions.
I keep these groups small, so as to make it possible to co-create meaningful conversations and respond to everyone’s questions and concerns.
You can take each module in both forms, because each has its advantages and disadvantages:
- The personal journey allows for more private (and perhaps deeper) reflections, and allows you to go at your own pace — but you don’t have the support of the group, nor daily reminders (which are particularly useful at the beginning stages). And in “The Right Eyes”, module, it creates the experience of exchanging letters with Rainer Maria Rilke…
- The synergistic experiences are more structured and supportive, and they add a whole new level of synergy, allowing us to see through one another eyes and truly connect with one another.
And the material is so infinitely deep (after all, these are the greatest artists of all times!) that it may be more than helpful to go through each module two (or even more) times.
Moreover, it is incredibly helpful to join the (seemingly) same synergistic experience two or more times: it becomes a completely different experience, both because you are different and because you are interacting with other people.
This is why (as the first bonus) the program allows you to join a synergistic experience as many times as you wish throughout the year (for the same price)!
Plus, there are three other bonuses:
NO-TIME: A practical guide to time-transcendence
An eight-days mini-course to help you create enough time for anything you choose to do (so that you have time for the Art of Synergistic Seeing experience, and much more…)
Synergistic Seeing Space
Life-long membership in a private community for practitioners of synergistic seeing (to help you sustain and integrate these practices)
How to make the most out of this program
A workbook and a live introductory call (with all your questions answered) to help you individualize this experience for wherever you find yourself in this journey of life.
Plus, every month I reserve time slots for six private, one-on-one, calls on how to make most out of this program by tailoring it to your specific desires and challenges.
Here is exactly how this is going to work:
The moment you join, you become a member of our “hub” circle, “Art of Synergistic Seeing”.
From there, you have immediate access to the following options:
- NO-TIME challenge bonus module.
- How to make the most of this program
- Including registration for the introductory Q & A call and a link to my calendar to check whether there are private consultations available.
- “Art of Seeing Masterclass” as a private journey
- “The Right Eyes” as a private journey
You can also immediately join the circles for the next synergistic experiences for the “Art of Seeing Masterclass” and “The Right eyes” (so as to secure your spot in these small groups).
Module 3, “Inner dimensions of a masterpiece”, opens for you once you have completed the “Art of Seeing Masterclass” (either as a private journey, or as a synergistic experience).
During group synergistic experiences, we have Questions & Answers calls every month (and you can always ask me any question in the community area of the program!).
One final note (if you haven’t decided yet)…
This program can dramatically increase the quality of your life, and open up the potential for breakthrough in your creative expression (whether it has anything to do with visual arts or not).
In terms of the depth of material we are covering, the transformational potential of the program, and the level of personal support, you might find something like this in some finest art schools, but not anywhere else. And this option, of course, would carry a rather exuberant price tag, in thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars.
I have decided, however, to always keep the tuition fee for this program below $1000, to make it as affordable as possible.