Interplay: An Artist's Approach to Spirituality
by Makram Abu-Shakra
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Pub Date 16 Sep 2013 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2014
Driven by the pursuit of inspiration and breakthrough experiences, musician, artist, and writer Abu-Shakra explores the inner terrain and develops a spirituality centered on attaining higher states of mind.
Interplay shows the benefits and risks of intensely energized, minimally disciplined spiritual development and emphasizes evoking the balancing process directly from life’s experiences.
Weaving memoir with fiction, discussions on art and music, and unique observations on the nature of reality, Interplay traces the author's progression from skepticism to groundbreaking revelations on synchronicity, mysticism, and the process of initiation.
Makram Abu-Shakra is a critically acclaimed experimental musician, artist, and writer whose interests lie in exploring consciousness and uncovering expressions from the deeper self. Working with the subtle and the ambiguous led him to develop a multi-faceted creativity. As he writes in his debut book Interplay: An Artist's Approach to Spirituality, he wishes to "create a matrix through which an audience could freely maneuver to see, to read, to watch, and to hear from various positions of their choosing, much as one would shine light through a crystal from various angles." Most of his work is available online at www.shiftingshadow.net.
Abu-Shakra's spiritual side emerged when his early inspired moments turned mystical in nature. Recognizing the elusiveness of spiritual matters and capable of experiencing higher states of mind on his own, he developed his spirituality independently of outside influence, and his artistic and spiritual paths retained a strong link. He reasons that an artist functions like a scout, capable of going beyond the horizon of conscious understanding and bringing back new insights to be integrated with the self as a whole. His work can be viewed less as "art for art's sake" than as "art for evolution's sake."
Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1971, he has resided in California since high school. He obtained degrees in computer science and currently lives and works in San Francisco.
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"As a story of spiritual transition and transcendence, this is a book that will be of great interest to many people. Open-minded readers will find a great deal to ponder." --BookIdeas.com
"A dynamic and thought-provoking account of one man’s spiritual and artistic evolution....This book acts as a challenge to skeptics and a heartfelt appeal to the open-minded....serves as a powerful treatise on spiritual discovery and provokes thoughtful introspection in regards to one's spirituality." --San Francisco Book Review
"Interplay may turn away readers who lack the patience required to share this intimate inner world, but devotees of art and spiritual exploration will find much to contemplate in Interplay. Weaving various art forms together with spiritual and psychic exploration cannot help but motivate those who wish to use their own art as a means to awakening." --ForeWord Clarion Reviews
"In every stage of his development—both spiritual and creative—this musician/artist/fiction writer/philosopher creates a complex "palette" of perspectives. Beginning with this multiplicity he strives to reach a simplicity that retains the original rich complexity, much like the miraculous harmony that comes of mixing the color on a palette....the reader will return again and again to "Interplay" in search of anchor points, synchronicity and synthesis in one's own spiritual journey." --BookReview.com
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