About the Artist

Lisa Marie Persaud is an artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born in Guyana, “the land of many waters”, a tiny South American country bordering the North Atlantic coast. Lisa Marie grew up, and spent most of her life in Brooklyn, New York.

She enjoys painting and writing, existential and process philosophy, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, and deep ecology and cosmology. She created MorphogenicMe.com in 2013 to share her art and thoughts with the world. Lisa Marie’s art is inspired by the human condition, the diversity of species on Earth as well as the heavenly bodies that adorn our universe, and the mysteries that underlie our cosmos. Her art is an expression of the harmony, inter-connectedness, and interdependence that exists between all forms of nature, and strives to offer the observer-participant a moment of transcendence.

Lisa Marie is an Existential- Humanist who focuses on the healing potential of ecotherapy and altered states of consciousness. She is especially interested in sublime and awe-inducing experiences that catalyze cognitive shifts that foster insight, well-being, spirituality, transcendence, and a deeper connection to oneself, or the natural world. She believes that recognizing our being part of nature is necessary for mental health and social solutions to the global challenges facing us today (e.g., climate change; water, land, air, and space pollution; loss of biodiversity; racial, social, and economic injustice; famine, and war).

Lisa Marie attended The City College of New York and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre (2009). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University (2018) and Master of Science in Education in Counseling and Mental Health Services from the University of Pennsylvania (2021).

She is also a member of Frank White’s Overview RoundTable, a network of STEAM visionaries inspired by the beauty, awe, and promise of the Overview Effect and space exploration. Lisa Marie is a Cosmic Sister and the recipient of the Cosmic Sister Emerging Voices Award in partnership with MAPS Canada.

Lisa Marie practices silent meditation and mindfulness, and she loves Sci-Fi and stargazing.

 

Her favorite quote is from the theoretical physicist, Richard P. Feynman:

“This universe has been described by many, but it just goes on,

with its edge as unknown as the bottom of the bottomless sea of the

other idea—just as mysterious, just as awe-inspiring, and just as

incomplete as the poetic pictures that came before.

But see that the imagination of nature is far, far greater than the

imagination of man. No one who did not have some inkling of this

through observations could ever have imagined such a marvel as

nature is.”

Lisa Marie states: “The most fascinating aspect of nature is its ability to wonder earnestly of itself.”

A few of her influences include: Carl Sagan, Loren Eiseley, Richard Feynman, Jane Goodall, Viktor Frankl, Frank White, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, E.O. Wilson, David Attenborough, Arne Naess, Felix Guattari, David Abram, Erich Fromm, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Carl Jung, Karen Horney, David Bohm, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Alfred North Whitehead, William James, Soren Kierkegaard, Rollo May, Albert Hofmann, Stanislav Grof, Seneca, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Charles Dickens, Thich Nhat Hanh, Aldous Huxley, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, R.D. Laing, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, J.R., Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Mary Shelley, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, Alex Grey, Johannes Vermeer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Matsuo Basho, Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists, William Blake, Buddhist Philosophy, the Bhagavad Gita, and Dynamic Systems Theory, etc.

 

Publications:

Nezami A., Persaud L.M., White F. (2021) The Overview Effect and Well-Being. In: Crawford I. (eds) Expanding Worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History and Cosmic Perspectives. Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings, vol 58. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70482-7_10

 

Lisa Marie’s art was first published in Stem Magazine commemorating the Total Solar Eclipse which coincided with her 31st birthday on August 21st, 2017:

Biography of a Universe Enthusiast: Lisa Marie Persaud

 

A short interview conducted by Charity Cason (2017), a then student of Evergreen State College, can be found here:

http://www.mouseakins.com/blog

 

Character Strengths

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

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Leadership

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Curiosity & Interest in the World

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Creativity, Ingenuity, & Originality

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Fairness, Equity, & Justice

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Welcome to a cosmic perspective.