What is EXSTATICA?
EXSTATICA is an approach to wellbeing, focused on what is meaningful for you, and how to express it through your cognitive, emotional and behavioural/physical wellbeing. It is inspired by the same principles and spiritual sparkles that ignited the Italian Renaissance. While we are all well aware of the artistic, economic and spiritual glory of Renaissance, it was also a time of sudden changes, instability, and polarization between forces who wanted a more open, inclusive and evidence-based society on one side, and obscurantism and repression on the other. The similarities with our World today are very strong.
What does EXSTATICA bring to me?
EXSTATICA brings you inspirations and tools to understand what really matters to you. It does not tell you what to believe, or what not to believe. It gives you an opportunity to understand what you are doing due to conditioning, and what you really want to do. And then it makes easier for you to align your life to what is important for you, staying receptive to the feedback you receive from live itself.
Is EXSTATICA about the past or the future?
It is about the present. We are not advocating a return to the past. We are taking the inspirations that made the Renaissance possible. Integrating them with advancements that followed the Renaissance, like contemporary research (especially in the ares of cognitive and physical wellbeing). And putting EXSTATICA at a service of personal wellbeing, to cultivate a more joyful and open society now.
What else does EXSTATICA stand for?
EXSTATICA also wants to remind us the importance of honouring the feminine component of the Universe. The masculine aspect of behaviours, emotions, cognitions and even beliefs, have been over-represented for a long time in our history. The feminine component is still not fully expressed. Call this principle Shekhinah, Yin, or identify it with the beloved women of the Dolce Stil Novo, Dante’s Beatrice, Botticelli’s Simonetta Vespucci. Call it as you wish, but instead of projecting on the feminine the masculine idea of it, let the feminine component express it as it is. In society, politics, relationships, business, art, etc.
Who and what inspired EXSTATICA?
It would not make sense to try to summarize in few words all the people and ideas that brought us the Renaissance, and the ones who followed. But we can surely highlight the main ones.
You do not need to know this historic background in order to make EXSTATICA work for you. It would be enough to remember that the Renaissance expressed itself in Italy before anywhere else, but its contributing elements and people came from many places, from Spain (especially Barcelona) to Byzantium. But if you want to dedicate a few minutes to this, and maybe do some research on your own if you so desire, it will help you to understand where EXSTATICA come from. The Italian Renaissance was made possible by several factors and people. That includes:
– geography: Italian artists and thinkers had easy access to Roman architecture and literature. Plus, thanks to old translations of Greek classics conserved in Italy, and the influx of old books and sages from other parts of the World, Italy and especially Florence became the hub for Classical studies. This is the environment where Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola grew and worked, inspiring artists like Botticelli
– economy: new, dynamic families and business were growing in importance in Italy. Dynasties like the De Medici brought fresh ideas and supported arts, sciences and a more open discussion about the very nature of being human
– political: Italy was not a unified kingdom, like others in Europe. It was a patchwork of indepedent regions, in some cases almost city-states, that required art patronage in order to differentiate themselves from their neighbours. Still, one can only wonder how powerful the impact of the Renaissance would have been, if all the players would have joined forces to build something together
– Abraham Abulafia’s Ecstatic Kabbalah: sadly, the spiritual sparkle of the Italian Renaissance is still unknow to the general public. Many of the Florentine thinkers were clearly inspired by Neoplatonism, and everyone knows that. But the translations of old texts from Arabic and Hebrew done by Flavio Mithridates (including the work of the Spanish kabbalist Abraham Abulafia that he admired and respected) were seminal for the work of Pico della Mirandola. Abraham Abulafia approach to Kabbalah, and well his life in general, were very different from most of other other kabbalists. He developed and spread an experiental Kabbalah, that is open to everyone. However, most of the people think of Kabbalah more like a descriptive one, like expressed in the Zohar. The challenge is that the Zohar was written for people who are already experiencing ecstasy, as a description of what they already witnessed. Abulafia’s work, on the other hand, can help people to get to that state of awareness.