Alex Grey is the artist who painted these amazing paintings. He has many pieces which are thought provoking and intense. In ARTmind (2004) Alex Grey explores the healing potential of sacred art. CoSM the movie, was released in 2006 and features Grey giving a tour of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors exhibition on display (2004-2009) in New York City. Grey appeared in the 2006 film Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within, a documentary about rediscovering an enchanted cosmos in the modern world. Mann, Rod (Director) (2006). Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within (DVD video).
I like his art because he has a dark underside which always shines through. His detail is absolutely amazing and his visual images stick in your mind. Grey is a man who believes in entheogens. Literally meaning generating the divine within, this is the use of a drug or other altering substance for a religious or spiritual or growth experience.
Many works of literature have described entheogen use; some of those are:
- The substance melange (spice) in Frank Herbert‘s Dune universe acts as both an entheogen (in large enough quantities) and an addictive geriatric medicine.
- Consumption of the imaginary mushroom anochi [enoki] as the entheogen underlying the creation of Christianity is the premise of Philip K. Dick‘s last novel, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer,
- Aldous Huxley’s final novel, Island (1962), depicted a fictional psychoactive mushroom — termed “moksha medicine”
- Bruce Sterling‘s Holy Fire novel refers to the religion in the future as a result of entheogens, used freely by the population.
- In Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Book 1 of The Dark Tower series, the main character receives guidance after taking mescaline.
- The Alastair Reynolds novel Absolution Gap features a moon under the control of a religious government that uses neurological viruses to induce religious faith.