Art

Cosmic artist leaves a legacy of world harmony

by Liane Wakabayashi

Cosmic artist Sachiko Adachi knew intuitively that her art was powerful, so she went to great lengths to dispel any misunderstanding that she was playing with fire.

“The Flow of the Universe” by Sachiko Adachi, 1991-92

“I put inspiration into action, knowing that if things don’t work out, that’s how it goes,” she said. “It won’t kill me. And if it does kill me, even that doesn’t really matter. When I die it means that my role on Earth is finished. Death is the message that I have done the best I can and I’ve done enough.”

Less than six months after Sachiko made this matter-of-fact statement to an Osaka audience, her role on Earth came to an end. She had spent June 20, 1993, hanging an exhibition called “Infinite Cosmic Consciousness” in an art gallery in Machida, in western Tokyo. She told her friends she had a headache and wanted to go to bed early. The next morning, the day the gallery was to open, Sachiko was found dead from an aneurysm.

Many who knew Sachiko were shocked by the sudden departure of the spunky, energetic 47-year-old artist. But according to Sachiko’s brother Ikuro, Sachiko always said that her last sojourn as an Earth being was going to be her final run with a physical body.

“When she completed her mission she wanted to return to her star (Taigeta in the Pleiades star cluster) and play a bigger role,” he said. “She seems to have realized her wish.”

The legacy of Sachiko Adachi continues through one of her last lectures, delivered in Osaka in December 1992, which was made into a book titled “Aru ga Mama ni Ikiru.” The book has sold more than 200,000 copies, mostly by word of mouth, and an English translation, “To Live As We Are,” was published in February of last year.

To fully explain what cosmic art was about, Sachiko used to give lectures to accompany her art shows. Pure art comes from the cosmos, not the ego, she would say. Cosmic consciousness was accessible to everyone, simply by freeing the mind and allowing inspiration to come.

“Whenever possible do not use your brain,” Sachiko coached her audiences. “In the past we created ideas in our heads, which brought about frustration and suffering. The brain is limited by the experiences we have had and the knowledge it has accumulated. It can’t produce original ideas.”

“I Come to Understand Fulfillment” by Sachiko Adachi, 1993

Today there are less than 100 drawings and paintings in the possession of the Adachi family, yet this small, unique body of works continues to travel widely throughout Japan and overseas under the direction of Sachiko’s elder brother, Takuro. Sachiko’s art is also available in book and lithograph form due to another supporter, Yoshie Teraoka, who bought the copyright to many of Sachiko’s designs only months before her death.

Sachiko always insisted that she didn’t have any special powers. She would tell her audiences that when she wanted some information, she would “turn on the switch” and it would arrive as inspiration.

Sachiko believed that everybody could receive the power of cosmic consciousness by developing their intuition and not making decisions with the ego.

In 1997, Teraoka opened an art gallery in her home as a tribute to Sachiko. The spacious room in the sunny front room of Teraoka’s home attracted people from all over Japan. World Harmony Tera now occupies the entire Teraoka house, with a natural foods store and health food restaurant, healing space, rental art gallery and Sachiko Adachi showroom.