Ann Ree Colton Foundation of Niscience, Inc.
Founded by Ann Ree Colton and Jonathan Murro
The Art of Ann Ree Colton
and Jonathan Murro
Both Ann Ree Colton and Jonathan Murro were prolific in their artistic expression, creating well over 700 pieces of art, including paintings, sketches, mosaics, ceramics, mandalas, and sculpture. Their paintings incorporated a number of mediums (oils, pastels, water color, charcoal, etc.) and styles. Their lives were a testimony to the creative expression that is a natural part of the spiritual life.
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"The Resurrected Jesus" or "The Etheric Jesus" by Ann Ree Colton
Ann Ree writes: "A painting of the Lord Jesus as He appeared in His etheric Body immediately after His resurrection....The look in His eyes reveals infinite sadness and compassion for the suffering in the world."
"Madonna" by Ann Ree Colton
"Master R on an Island of Light" by Ann Ree Colton
"Terrestrial Angel" by Ann Ree Colton
"The Ascended Jesus" by Ann Ree Colton
"A Solar Archetype" by Ann Ree Colton
"Judas at Gehenna" by Ann Ree Colton
"Joan of Arc" by Ann Ree Colton
"The Amitahba" by Ann Ree Colton
Ann Ree writes: "Note this mandalla was painted by me of the Amitahba or, the great Buddha who gives "awareness" - according to the East or the Buddha line: everyone is a potential Buddha. Amitahba overdwells ALL Buddhas. According to Niscience, "Awareness" is obtained by and through Contemplation on the Devata or Devotion heart level. To use this mandalla as a Devata, look into the "heart" rather than the eyebrow."
"The Venerable One" by Ann Ree Colton
No Title by Ann Ree Colton
"Queen of Heaven" (Mary, Mother of Jesus) by Ann Ree Colton
"The Tongues of the Holy Ghost" by Ann Ree Colton
"The Three Angels of Initiation" by Ann Ree Colton
Ann Ree writes: "The Angel on the left is the Angel of Grace. A devotee on the Path first comes under this great Angel and receives instruction through the heart initiation. The second Angel represents the recording Angel who presents him with his soul’s record. The Angel in the mosaic is holding the book of his soul’s record. Then the probationer ascends the stairs during the initiatory process and enters the great door to the higher world's mysteries and secrets. The third Angel opens the door of illumination through the portal between the eyebrow center, and initiates him into the temple of the soul where he makes union with God. The great Angel is handing the initiate the atom of illumination as a gift of God’s inheritance for him."
"Pyramid Initiation" by Ann Ree Colton
"The Sun's Nebula and Stirring of the Atoms in Creation, and Sealing the Eternal Sustaining Atoms" by Ann Ree Colton
"The Garment of Jesus" by Ann Ree Colton
"The House" by Ann Ree Colton
A Being of Light in the Heaven Worlds, by Ann Ree Colton
"The Tree of Knowledge" by Jonathan Murro
"Sunburst Mandala" by Jonathan Murro
Interpretation by Ann Ree Colton: A mandala is the product of the soul's medallion. To create a perfect mandala, one must be at one with his soul's pulsation.
The process of making a mandala stills the emotions and the thoughts, and enables the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the superconscious mind to be at one, thus clearing the field of karma.
A mandala portraying the sun enables its creator to open the third eye within, setting up a process of light in the mind over-directed by the soul. In ancient times, the sun was thought to be the eye of God. Men worshiped the light proceeding from the eye of God.
Light is the vehicle for meditation and revelation. This mosaic mandala created by Jonathan Murro, portraying the sun's effulgence, is an initiatory seed-mantra disc.
A seed-mantra contemplation gives steadiness and control of the mind; it also opens creativity, and union with the soul. If one desires, he may use the color reproduction of the mosaic "Sunburst Mandala" as a seed-mantra contemplation disc. It is suggested that the color print be framed, if possible, and placed approximately three feet away on the eye level.
The eleven diamond forms surrounding the golden spherical center of the mandala represent self-realization. Self-realization is correlated to the planet Uranus. Uranus rules all initiatory energy mastery. This mandala is an energy solar disc. It dissolves negativity, stimulates, and ignites.
Contemplation Technique: Using a steady gaze, look into the center of the mandala for a period of one minute each day the first week. Increase to two minutes a day the second week, increasing one minute each week until four weeks have passed. Thereafter, if desired to be used as a permanent seed-mantra, maintain a five-minute contemplation once a day.
To make a mandala and thereby make union with the soul's medallion and the soul's potential, one should use the Niscience technique of color freshets. Through regular practice of the use of color freshets, a mandala eventually is created, giving an inward satisfaction and freeing grace. One should not expect to make a perfect mandala in the beginning of his freshet creations. In time, his soul will lead him to perfect a coordinated, spherical, unifying color disc outpicturing his identity and soul.
"The Chalices of Grace" by Jonathan Murro
Jonathan writes: "White: Spirit of God. 8-Pointed Star: Christ Jesus, sacrifice, renunciation, resurrection, illumination. Four chalices of grace: Prayer, Meditation, Fasting, Tithing. Holy Dew: Spirit of God pours into open chalices through mediation of Jesus. (Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6, refers to each of the four chalices or four cornerstones of the higher life."
"Solomon's Seal" by Jonathan Murro
Solomon: "A word aptly [fitly] spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." (Proverbs 25:11)
"Music of Motherhood" by Jonathan Murro
"Father, Forgive Them; For They Know Not What They Do" (St. Luke 23:24) by Jonathan Murro
"Jesus and the Cross" by Ann Ree Colton
"Dream Veils" by Jonathon Murro
"And They All Forsook Him and Fled. Mark 14:50. (A Study In Triangles)" by Jonathan Murro
"Telepathy" by Jonathan Murro
"Mary" by Jonathan Murro
"Judas" by Jonathan Murro
"The Golden Road" by Jonathan Muro
Interpretation by Ann Ree Colton:
The symbol of a turtle seen in a vision or dream or used as an identifying figure in a color freshet means TO GO SLOW, or to maintain one's equilibrium and poise.
The turtle having another turtle on its back signifies that the one involved in the painting must share his spiritual life and instruction and must carry a lesser initiate or "turtle" on his back.
The path shaped in the form of a fleur-de-lis shows that one can be led to the left or the right in the slow path.
To the left, the field offers the temptation of relaxation and rest. To the right of the turtle, the pool of blue water indicates the indulgence of the emotions or the enticing immersions into emotional affairs.
Ahead of the path is a crossroad which the turtle or initiate must next encounter. The symbology indicates, however, that the turtle's sight is fixed on the centered point of light beyond the crossroads. This is his goal and even though ladened with a lesser initiate on his back he is striking out with his right foot, showing that he will not be misdirected or misled by any of the enticements on either side. His goal is the central sun, a golden disc centered upon the horizon.
The brown mountains ahead, before he reaches this goal, indicate that he must master the forces of matter before he enters into the light.
This painted "freshet" is symbolic of all who enter the path. Temptations are ever nigh, but one must keep his eyes fixed on the goal or the light.
The footprints behind the turtle indicate that he is leaving his mark or message of his struggle to reach the light.
"Steps to Initiation" by Jonathan Murro
Interpretation by Ann Ree Colton:
This freshet painting by Jonathan Murro, painted in January, 1953, was one in a series of initiatory paintings.
The unusual facet of this painting was that Jonathan had had no previous metaphysical or philosophical training in this life. The painting relates to initiation into the Hall of Learning in which one must enter and gain mastery over two portals or doors to spiritual consciousness.
The black and white floor represents the great alternates that the initiate must master before entering triune doors of consciousness. The alternates represent the duality laws of the earth and the necessity to master the dark and light forces within his own nature. In certain teachings they are called the feminine and masculine principles, the yin and the yang. In the scientific world of the West these forces are called the dark and the light.
Every white square represents a white or pure aspect of action. Every black square represents the adversary and the unmanifest to be mastered by the initiate.
Before an initiate may mount the stairs containing the 9 steps, he must balance these alternate forces within his own nature. He does so through dream initiation and mastery over the astral world.
The four columns in the painting represent the initiation into the four cosmic points of the earth - north, south, east, and west. The initiate is introduced into the universal laws upholding the continuity of the earth through the mastery of the cosmic forces.
The hand-railing supporting the walk up, contains 22 balusters. This represents the mastery of the number 22, again relating to 4, or one's own supporting physical body through which he expresses himself in the physical world - the physical body, the emotional body, the etheric body, and the mental body.
The 9 steps to the Hall of Learning represent the 9 portals or openings in the physical body. These portals are outlets and antennas for the 5 senses of man. In reaching up for spiritual consciousness, the initiate must shut out the lower sense action which worked through the 9 openings of the body, that he may rise upward into communing with the spiritual planes.
The blue carpet represents the plane of akasia or mental plateau of mind or rational initiation.
The 2 circles in which a golden triangular form is seen represent 2 spheres of consciousness to be mastered. The circle represents protection. The golden triangle represents supreme consciousness.
The door to the left or the triangle opening within the circle represents the mystic mind of high purity watched over by the Bodhisattvas and Saints. This relates to the First Heaven. One entering this mystic door is instructed and led into the higher atmospheres of Holy Mediation. He becomes aware of the angels, of their helps and ministerings. He must master heart initiation or love.
The centered circle with the head of the Master on a pedestal-like form indicates that the initiate experiencing this freshet is being led into the second door of the archives, records of the soul, and is now ready to prepare for the telepathic communion with the Masters.
The third circle - unformed - to the right shows that the disciple at the time the freshet was painted had yet to open the third door. This door takes the initiate into the archetypal world.
All initiated into higher consciousness must enter these three doors. Through life after life, the soul seeks to open the door to the Higher Worlds.
The majority of men in the earth are still struggling with the black and white alternates and have yet to take command over their sensuality, so that they may rise upward to the lighted regions of the golden promise of the soul and the mind.
"'And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.' St. John 1:15" by Jonathan Murro
"Samson" by Jonathan Murro
No Title by Jonathan Murro
"Divine Mother" by Jonathan Murro
Jonathan states: "During several years, I was guided to make a series of mosaic mandalas. This mandala is titled "Divine Mother," and it shows the Mother of the World looking down on the solar system -- the sun and the planets. Behind her are a company of angels who work with her. There are 88 angels in the mosaic."
"The Woman and the Seven Brothers" (St. Mark 12:18-27) by Jonathan Murro
Interpretation by Ann Ree:
Black background - the one who asked Jesus the question - the after-death state to him is a black mystery.
The woman is virtuous, and withdrawn - standing on her own rights in Heaven, she sees each man as he thought he was.
The one in beige-pink was pious and thought he was an angel while living, so he thinks now he is an angel in heaven.
The next brother in blue, was a just man, kind.
The one to the right with upturned nose was a muscled body and a cunning mind.
The one with the white beard was a leader. He had a vaporous mentality, always curious and wondering about the man over the hill, wasting his thoughts upon things he wondered about.
The woman is saying, "You didn’t ever know me - any of you!"
The one in the brown in the lower right was a virtuous man, helpful, a kind husband; he died too young to suit her.
The one in green is still moldering in the grave, but she looks on him as one who gave favoritism to the half-brother who had died before him; as he held him up in the physical world he feels he must now hold him up in the after-death state.
The one in the orange was a "half-brother" among the seven. He was a mere boy when she married him and was unable to fulfill his conjugal duty.
The woman is saying, "Here in heaven, I belong to myself and to God. What you were in my life, does not touch me now. I was a good wife; I am insulated from you by my virtue which is intact in heaven." (story by ARC some by JM)
No Title by Jonathan Murro
Jonathan states: "An angel holding the atom of illumination and the spiraling path that leads to illumination."