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Interview on Vedic Art for the MMWarszawa portal

“They change with a single brushstroke.”

I am talking to Adriana Mościchowska, an artist and the coach of the Vedic Art method of intuitive painting about the pictures which have souls.

Marta Chowaniec: Some people have a writing talent, some others can dance or paint. If someone has no gift for painting and takes a brush in their hand, the result is: daubs.

Adriana Mościchowska: And this is where I disagree. I believe that everybody can paint. It is not a question of talent. The majority of people who attend my workshops have not been painting ever since their elementary. At their art lessons many were told that they can not paint. Vedic Art is painting which originates in the depth of your heart. To paint like this, you do not have to be a Fine Art’s Academy graduate. You do not paint what you see, but what you feel and in this way you express yourself and your individuality with no rules, or principles. You do not have to be able to paint or be familiar with artistic techniques for you just take paints in your hands, choose colors spontaneously, you form shapes and structure them… and it is done....

Naive painting?

Vedic Art undergoes no classifications though it is quite characteristic style of painting. I can tell whether a picture has the soul or whether it has originated from the mind.
The intuitive artists never know what they will paint. You just need to calm down and enter into the state of meditation. In that silence you can hear the voice of your heart and start painting what it, or rather you yourself want to tell yourself. How do I feel today? What color would I use to express it? What color is my soul?

What are the colors of the soul?

The soul does not have any shape or color. Everybody can express it individually. It is the pure inner light. Our fear and limitations created by the mind are the darkness. Those presented in the pictures are not always so beautiful and harmonious.

Where does Vedic Art come from?

The method has its source in the Vedas – the records of the universal truths about the universe, human potential and human being essence. Master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi wished the wisdom of the Vedas be known to the people of the West. He knew that the truth can liberate them and make them live happily. So, he was searching for the ways that would let him communicate the knowledge. In the 1970s he met the right man, Curt Källman, and taught him the Vedic wisdom along with the 17 principles. In turn, Curt designed a painting “school” thanks to which we can find out the truth about ourselves to discover our creative potential. The principles as such are not recorded anywhere. In order to comprehend them, you shall experience each of them while painting. If I recited them right now, they would seem froth despite the great wisdom they carry inside.

What is the first principle?

It is the LINE. By drawing a line with your eyes closed and by letting your hand to draw it we are connected to our heart, intuition, we calm down our mind – which is just the very beginning of the adventure.

The higher consciousness and the knowledge of the laws of nature and universe, and the permission for God’s manifestation inside you... doesn’t it sound a bit sectarian-like?

Well, that’s your opinion. Everybody has the right to have their own opinions. If somebody is dishearted by such things then it is their problem. People who come to my classes tell me they want to change their lives and after the course they regain the sense of existence and feel the part of something much bigger. Nobody can be forced to join such workshops. Almost everyone who finds the way to my classes does it because such is his/her hearts’ desire. Actually, there is no such thing as a friend bringing a friend; the other person may not be ready for a meeting with his/her Self yet.  I help people by making them open their hearts to themselves. After that, they want to change their lives.

What does this transformation consist in?

Lately, a woman about 60 has attended my classes, and she introduced herself as Shocking Sonia – she just retired and she did not know what to do next.  After the workshop-course she was dancing and singing, and said she is happy now and she is fulfilled, and she has just found her dreams. She has found them in the heart, not in the mind. There are also cases of people who turn their whole lives upside-down. They cease to make compromise and start to live according to oneself and make the heart’s dreams, so far suppressed by the limiting mind, come true. People start to believe that it is them who create their realities and they do not want to be victims any longer.
Yes, but…


Such profession must always be asked about the “but” thing.
I know it sounds snazzy and unreal. Only the practical experience of Vedic Art. Painting lets you comprehend the way it transforms us.

People who have the full control over their lives will not come to you, then?

Sometimes our control over the life is too strict. Once there was such a person. She had a job which required from her constant control and paying attention to details. It was difficult for her to enter into the process of painting as she has gotten used to the idea that each single move has its significance. She controlled herself so much that she did not allow herself any spontaneity. It took her some time to finally give herself some freedom. Then the hand was moving, floating, on its own. Some people, after the course, start to be more careful. They are reflecting on what gives them joy and what does not. When they swim, they swim up-stream. They also work with their own limitations. They re-paint their fear into the courage, their darkness into the light. They sometimes cry at the workshop classes. With a brushstroke they will clean their emotions but they must answer themselves this question: what do I want in my life? The whole knowledge is inside us and just need to start to listen to ourselves.

So, you offer a therapy?

This is not a therapy but, indeed, people change, and they change their attitudes towards themselves.  They become more optimistic. Vedic Art gives therapeutic effects but it is more like a transformation that a therapy. Some people continue painting, and some others do not. For some attendees the workshops are going to be an impulse for further searching of something else, but still – it is going to be searching.

What are the paintings like?

They are just like their authors because everybody paints him-/herself. There is no “pretty-ugly” assessment in Vedic Art. The method teaches you not to judge yourself and others. None of the participants assess themselves, or others. The worst thing is that we tend to estimate ourselves negatively. The picture can always be re-painted, and it can be re-done until you start to like it. This is a magic moment for it is when the approval of what you really are and what you do is born.
Thank you for the conversation.

Marta J. Chowaniec