Alex Grey (born November 29, 1953 in Columbus, Ohio) is an artist specializing in spiritual and psychedelic art (or visionary art) that is sometimes associated with the New Age movement. Alex Grey is a Vajrayana practitioner. His oeuvre spans a variety of forms including performance art, process art, installation art, sculpture, visionary art, and painting. Grey is a member of the Integral Institute. He is also on the board of advisors for the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and is the Chair of Wisdom University's Sacred Art Department. He and his wife Allyson Grey are the co-founders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, aka CoSM, a non-profit institution supporting Visionary Culture in New York City.
Alex Grey does make use of low dozes of Psychedelics such as LSD to get into a meditative visionary state from where the magic flows effortlessly ! In his own words, " Myron Stolaroff recommended really low doses of acid as a catalyst for deepening meditational experiences, and this practice may have merit for painting in my focused way. I have some friends who take a substance and then set down to draw. One of the most fun art-things to do while under the influence is to draw large spirals. I start drawing the outside circle and wind my way in. By the time you reach the center, your mind has been flushed, drawn down the purifying art toilet to the other side of the universe "
Alex Grey's CoSM ( Chapel Of Sacred Mirrors )
As you might have noticed Alex uses the Eye a lot in his artwork. When asked about the significance of the disembodied eye Alex said, " We have all heard that the eye is a window to the soul. This is true. The open eye is a symbol of awareness or consciousness. If it is repeated endlessly, you have a symbol of infinite awareness. One lady who had a near death experience saw my painting, Dying, with the figure dissolving into a field of spirallically interconnected eyes and said that she too, had gone down a tunnel of eyes. When you are in the visionary world, anything can grow an eye, from the sky to the stones at your feet. This symbolizes the re-cognition of our presence by the greater field of presence, which is nature and cosmos, inner and outer space... "
Alex's Word on Psychedelics
Sometimes if Allyson (Alex's Wife) or I are working on a painting and there are problems with it, marijuana can give us a new perspective on our work. We don't get stoned that often though. The visionary tsunami of LSD is my favorite choice in terms of an immersive experience of significant duration, with potential to access all levels of Hell or Heaven. Other people have other preferences.
Quite frankly, many of my images come to me unbidden at odd times having nothing to do with intake of exogenous entheogens. But since DMT is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter, there are always bio-chemical correlations to vision states, that is, as long as you are trapped in a skin bag. I think the pineal gland, the ol' melatonin pumping third eye, is the brains illicit drug factory. Big brother arrest yourself for your own naughty visionary neurons. It's the stuff dreams are made of...
Alex Grey on Aliens and other inter-dimensional entities
"There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in our puny philosophies..." My thoughts on those buggers don't count, if you've experienced them in one form or another, and I have, then you accept that they are part of the inner mind scape. Of course, some astral neighborhoods you avoid if you possibly can, because there are some malevolent jerky kind of spooks that just love to mess with your head.
Of course, "the other" is a weird delusion of Samsara, the dualistic world we take for reality. My worldview comes more out of a sense of Oneness, Infinite Oneness. The astral creepy crawlers are just part of the One. They do their job, they reflect our minds scary creativity.
Alex was asked, Why do you think that many people in Western society have such a hard time incorporating the visionary state and direct experience of God into their lifestyles?
Alex : BECAUSE GOD AND THE INNER VISIONARY WORLD IS NOT EVEN SUPPOSED TO EXIST! GOD CAN'T BE SEEN AND VERIFIED WITH A TELESCOPE, AN OSCILLOSCOPE, OR A MICROSCOPE...CAN'T BE BOUGHT AND BROUGHT HOME FROM IKEA...SO IT DOESN'T EXIST, IT DOESN'T EXIST "OUT THERE"...BUT IT CAN BE KNOWN, IT CAN BE KNOWN, AND THE MILLENNIA OF MYSTICS PROVES THAT!
People can smell a threatening worldview from pretty far away. Mystics don't have an easy time of it, so folks try to avoid the mystics life, even though it does hold the promise of ultimate liberation.
Alex Grey At The World Psychedelic Forum
Alex Grey's Movie Torrents
ART Mind The Healing Power Of Sacred Art
Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM)
Credit : Alex Grey . Net
Alex Grey Paints Obama's Portrait
Freddy Silva's Stairways To Heaven Practical Magic Of Sacred Spaces
The Awakening : All Is One ; One Is All
The Pineal Gland / All Seeing Eye Crop Circle
Entheogen : Awakening The Divine Within
Rick Strassman's DMT The Spirit Molecule