What is EXSTATICA? Is it good for self-help?
EXSTATICA is an approach to self-help, 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 creative 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 does EXSTATICA keep in consideration?
EXSTATICA facilitates awareness of what matters for you, plus your cognitive, emotional and physical/behavioural wellbeing. It is often applied to personal wellbeing, creativity, relationships, career, business, financial wellbeing.
What is Exstatic Wellbeing?
Instead of focusing on short-term pleasure and happiness as a result of what you get from life, EXSTATICA facilitates living a meaningful life where the joy comes from inside. That is Exstatic Wellbeing, a wellbeing that you cultivate for the benefit of all, including yourself but not only for yourself. If you do not take care of yourself, who will? And if you take care only of yourself, who are you? And if you do not start now with EXSTATICA, then when?
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 far from being fully appreciated, in all its importance. 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:
– Mantegna Tarots: it is quite entertaining to think that the so called “Mantegna Tarots” were not made by Mantegna, nor were they Tarots. With their directness and interactivity, they are a key in unveiling the wisdom of the Italian Renaissance, and making it applicable to our contemporary times. One reason being that big parts of the culture that made it possible is no longer here. That includes several ideas, books, authors that shaped the Renaissance approach, but now are the domain of a limited number of researchers. Like Georgius Gemistus Plethon. Abraham Abulafia’s Ecstatic Kabbalah, that Pico della Mirandola cultivated with the help of Flavio Mithridates. “De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii” (“On the Marriage of Philology and Mercury”), a book by Martianus Capella who greatly influenced the iconography of the Mantegna Tarots engravings. Etc.
– 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