The Mystic Shades of Alex Grey

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Alex Grey is a remarkable force in the field of art, and spirituality.  He’s an author, teacher, vajrayana practitioner, and a visionary artist. Born in 1953, Grey showed an innate disposition towards drawing, which led him to pursue a formal education in the field. Besides paintings, over the years his art portfolio has grown to include installations, sculptures, performance art, and process art.

Alex Grey’s unique style is so realistic, that it creates the mind-boggling illusion of making the viewers feel as though they are under the influence of a powerful hallucinogenic, like DMT or LSD.  Grey is highly revered in the visionary art world, and has through the course of his career acquired a cult following for being a pioneer in reproducing visual archetypes of the psychedelic state of mind, a feat no other artist has been able to execute as superbly as he does.

A psychedelic trip transformed your life, could you share the extent of the impact it had on you?

The impact was a total reformatting of my psychic hard-drive. Back in 1975 I was a depressed 21 year old artist on my way to suicide. One morning I prayed to a God I did not believe in to show me a sign that I should continue my meaningless existence. Within 24 hours I had taken LSD for the first time and met the love of my life, the artist Allyson Grey. I went from an atheist to a mystic in a day. Your readers know, the miracle is in our midst.  Psychedelics turn on people’s antennae for God consciousness. In the wake of our psychedelic journeys, my wife and I got the vision we needed to build a new kind of sacred space to house art that was based on the psychedelic mystical experience. So we co-founded a church and are building Entheon at CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors a retreat and cultural center in upstate New York, about an hour and a half away from New York City.

Alex Grey Painting

The Entheon is a novel project. What are its goals?

Entheon means a place to discover the God within, it will be the Sanctuary of Visionary Art at CoSM. Entering this elaborately sculpted building, the Narthex Gallery will feature annual rotating exhibitions of the worldwide visionary art movement, popular throughout festival culture. Entheon is a community based Art project. Entering this building surrounded with huge ornamental sculptures of interconnected faces bearing symbols of humanity’s wisdom traditions will generate the metaphor of symbolically walking into God’s head. The three-story high Entheon, now under construction, will exhibit the Sacred Mirrors, and the CoSM collection and include many unique psychedelic relics, like Albert Hofmann’s glasses, worn on April 19, 1943, the day the good doctor took the world’s first LSD trip, the lens through which he saw reality transform.

Your brush technique is unique. What inspired you to paint in such a remarkable manner?

The visions one sees in the mystic state are elaborate and ornate, I am only trying to point to these impossible-to-describe dimensions with a crude stick, hair and greasy pigment.  Surprisingly, people who have journeyed there invariably understand.

The definition of spirituality varies from soul to soul. What does it mean to you?

Spirit, God, Primordial Transcendental awareness is the ground of all being and existence, yet is also outside of time. Spirit is infinite love and is the basis of creation. We are the scintilla, the living sparks of the cosmic creator. Evolution is in our hands as our creative life.  Our true nature is timeless. I love all the great traditions, each has unique gifts with which to make God contact.

You’ve called Ayahuasca, the “Green Jesus” can you tell us why?

I’ve called ayahuasca the Green Mary too, because the Santo Daime and UDV churches are syncretic Christian churches.  2000 years ago, the first coming was when Jesus demonstrated the Divinity of Humanity, the second coming is NOW when the Green Jesus and Mary demonstrate the Divinity of Nature. If we do not live by that message and save the life-web, humanity will self-destruct.

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Do you consider DMT to be the ‘spirit molecule’?

DMT opens us to the Divine Imagination, the only place to find God.  Once you find God or Spirit within, then you see God everywhere, in everything, life becomes meaningful and filled with joyful work for God’s sake.  We should not idolize the molecules or we will become idol-worshippers and miss the main event, God loves you and wants you to have an awesome life co-creating together.

Who/what is your muse?

Allyson Grey is my muse and my favorite artist and friend for many lifetimes. We celebrate 40 years together in love this year.  I am so lucky.  We have continued to journey throughout our time together and have both been inspired by the sacramental psychedelics.  We believe the inevitable consequence of love is the building of temples.

What other projects are you currently working on?

I am always painting and imagining sculptures and architecture for our grounds here at CoSM. New products are being released on a regular basis, such as the Entheurn, for your ashes or your stashes.  All of the sales from CoSM Shop go toward building Entheon.  Allyson and I have held full-moon ceremonies since January 2003, and every single month since.  We started with friends in our Brooklyn loft, moving within months to Manhattan, and now upstate where we are building.  Every month hundreds join with us, empowering each of our collective creative lives, praying together and raising awareness, support and money to complete and open Entheon for our global community. Humanity hungers for a righteous task.  Building a temple is a righteous task.

Allyson and I feel fortunate that the Sacred Mirrors, a project inspired and named by Allyson, and painted by me could become the iconic centerpiece available and open to the public in perpetuity.  We warmly invite all readers to visit and become involved. Make a donation to build Entheon. To leave something of mystic beauty for the future of humanity is an historic opportunity for a community that recognizes their Oneness.  Envisioning humans walking this Earth hundreds of years from now and contemplating an uplifting artistic offering from the international love tribe of the 21st century, this vision restores the soul.

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Your life philosophy?

God is the Divine Artist and cosmos is the evolving masterpiece of Creation. Visionary mystical experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with God and are the creative source of all sacred art and wisdom traditions. The best currently existing technology for sharing the mystic imaginal realms is a well-crafted artistic rendering by an eyewitness.  This is why Visionary Art matters.

For pilgrims to the sacred inner dimensions, visionary art provides validation for their own glimpses, and proves the universal nature of the imaginal realms. Reflecting the luminous richness of higher spiritual worlds, visionary art activates our light body, empowers our creative soul, and stirs our deepest potential for positive, transformative action in the world.

Humanity’s materialistic worldview must transition to a sacred view of Oneness with the environment and cosmos or risk self-destruction due to continued abuse of the life-web. Artworks can call us to imagine our higher unity as humanity evolves toward a sustainable planetary civilization. The visionary festival culture that mushroom magazine serves is a seed of this new worldview.  

Alex Grey on Spirituality and Psychedelics

Alex Grey shares some insights on Consciousness, Psychedelics and Spirituality. He speaks about love being the cosmic force, as well as the anchor of the self. The interview touches upon DMT, and the awakening it brings. Psychedelics  are an important part of understanding that there is more than meets the eye. Alex states that Cannabis is one of the most important herbs that benefit humans:

Allyson & Alex Grey and Life

This is an insightful speech by Allyson and Alex Grey deliver the closing talk at Palenque Norte 2012:

“God is the Divine Artist and cosmos is the evolving masterpiece of Creation. Visionary mystical experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with God and are the creative source of all sacred art and wisdom traditions. The best currently existing technology for sharing the mystic imaginal realms is a well-crafted artistic rendering by an eyewitness.  This is why Visionary Art matters.”
-Alex Grey

“If it’s a psychedelic family business, then you’ve got to consider the ‘top line’ [as contrasted with ‘the bottom line’]. What’s the top line? The top line is: You have one unique life, and what do you love to do? What do you want to spend your life doing? What is the highest impact you can have on the world in a positive way?”
-Alex Grey

“We know that in the wake of our psychedelic experiences we’re awakened to a oneness with the environment and with a sense of the need to protect it. And at least the dream of Eco-sustainability and how could we possibly manage that at this point in our trip. And yet it’s up to us to take responsibility for it. All of these things kind of naturally evolve in the wake of the psychedelic experience for many people.”
-Alex Grey

“If you really want something big to happen in your life you have to make promises that you don’t know how you’re going to keep, and you have to keep them. That’s all. That’s all it takes.”
-Allyson Grey

Rumors of Alex Grey’s death are greatly exaggerated!

Dear Internet, Alex Grey has NOT died!

The legendary visionary artist Alex Grey, according to a picture making it’s rounds on facebook, has died.
It reads: “The web of life, love, suffering and death unites all beings.” and below it says “Alex Grey RIP: 1953-2016.”

Alex Grey died

According to a viral image on Facebook, our beloved Alex Grey has switched dimensions. This fake information originated from a Wikipedia hack.

Alex Gray is alive and doing well, we have that confirmed. This is what he told us:
“Still very much alive and appreciating it everyday. Thanks Mushroom Magazine for documenting that wack wiki entry. Not sure of the mental stability of the prankster though, they are childish and cruel. Hope they take some mushrooms and heal their pain. Much love and blessings to everyone who was distraught over the hoax. If you want to know what we are really doing, check out our Entheon project, now building a temple for visionary art at Alex”

Apparently someone hacked his Wikipedia page, something that is not really hard to do as anyone can edit the articles on Wikipedia and add data, and someone else was quick to make a pic which has now been unleashed on the internet.

Here you can see the hacked version of his Wikipedia entry:

And this is the corrected version:

Alex Grey Video Gallery

Visit the Alex Grey Website

Alex Grey on Facebook

19 hours ago

Alex Grey

"A solitary vision can totally transform a million realities."
—Maya Angelou
Featured art: "Oversoul," by @alexgreycosm, 1998-99, oil on linen.
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A solitary vision can totally transform a million realities.
—Maya Angelou
Featured art: Oversoul, by @alexgreycosm, 1998-99, oil on linen.

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Amazing piece of art! Thank you❣️

And you have!! Eternally grateful to you and Allyson for forging the path of light and awareness for so many of us.... Giving us the visual language to connect, to understand, to explore, to believe! I met you both many years ago, when Cosm was a dream ...a vision...a possibility! You nourished your vision until it came alive! So much love and light to you both! I thank you... on behalf of humanity!❤️🙏🏻

Synchronicity! If ever I needed to hear or read these words, it was in this exact moment as I am struggling with holding onto my own vision. Anytime I want to give up I am reminded that it is all about helping others. It just often seems such a monumental task for one person to take on. Particularly one who is misunderstood as I am. Thanks for posting. I love reality.

This is my favorite piece!

Always one of my favorites

The message of this quote is true. It can happen and has happened.

ahhh. My back piece.

My background 🙂

"Planetary counsciousness, becames cosmic counsciousness throu human counsciousness" 💜💙💚💛❤️🙏

love u dude.

We're on the level buddy.

My home/lock screen.


🙆🏼‍♂️❤thx for this


will be ready soon


One of my phone screensavers





this reminds me of a qoute i have retained over many years from a very close friend and also Symbiotic Mentor whom saddly passed away at a young age in 2009 but has had powerful rippling effects upon my life that continue to this day and beyond "YOU ARE ONLY EVER ONE SINGLE THOUGHT AWAY FROM SOMETHING SO PHENOMENAL (Potential State) THAT THE VERY FABRIC OF YOUR REALITY WILL FOREVER BE ALTERED!"-Gunnar N (as an artist he was Also known as Saintantric and Darks Pandemonium)

20 hours ago

Alex Grey

Last nights Tool concert in Newark NJ was extraordinary. Drawn in the dark these Tool concert sketches are ways of jotting a seismograph of my feelings. Love these heroes. @toolmusic @adamjones_tv #justinchancellor #maynardjameskeenan #dannycarey #AdamJones @ Prudential Center ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for your amazing artwork!! This poster is incredible 🤩🤩🤩

My son and I were at the show last night. Amazing experience. Thank you for sharing the drawings with us. We truly appreciate it.

Thank you for your beautiful art ! What an amazing night musically and visually 💜🎶🙏

amazing gestures! Your work is amazing and inspiring thank you so much!

Great sketches. I was hoping to sketch when I go to the concert in a few days.

It would be the coolest thing on Earth for you to do a massive painting of them playing live and an individual piece of each member in the zone, all in your beautiful visionary style. It would be a wonderful homage to our heroes! Love the sketches! 🙏🏼

These are amazing! Unique yet instantly recognizable. Thanks for all that you do.

Only you could do this in the middle of a concert of this nature, where so much energy moves. What an amazing being you are Alex Grey. Thanks for sharing <3

Saw them a few weeks back in Tulsa and you definitely captured their stage essence. But I felt a little something coming from Maynard sitting on a large box.

Love these. Was there too. That was the most incredible concert experience I’ve ever had. Picked up a shirt with your design too!!

Thank you so much Alex for signing my poster last night. It was a pleasure to meet u. I will cherish it always.

Awesome!! We are going on Tuesday! Cannot wait

We said hi to you at the rest stop!! 😃👋🏼 Being able to open the new CD, and have our first listen at CoSM added soooo much meaning to the experience! THANK YOU for that opportunity! ❤️

They are amazing. Thank you for your art! It pairs perfectly with their music :)

Brilliant! I always wanted to do this for live music! I’m so onto it now! Inspired!

You truly have a special eye for the unseen. ❤️🎶🤘

They are inspired again. An awesome force of nature.

I would love to see the world through your eyes for a few minutes

Last night's show was incredible!!! Travelled all the way from Wappingers Falls ourselves!

I ended up sketching the Toronto show. Great way to feel the band. Especially half in the dark

That's pretty amazing actually. & I can see how they were done in the dark.

Amazing! Simple but significant

These are incredible for having been drawn in the dark! 😍

Man, the way your mind can take"Snap Shots" of certain places in time and space, is always amazing to me. My favorite artists are Alex Grey and Nature. ☺️

When Danny gave benediction to the star before chocolate chip trip. The energy was so stellar.

1 day ago

Alex Grey

Holy Tool thank you for the Miraculous Inoculation @toolmusic @adamjones_tv @ Prudential Center ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you so much for your art! Always an amazing sight!!!

Great time thanks so much TOOL and Alex. Love the poster!

I saw ya last night. We all thanked you for your artwork. But couldn’t find a poster to save my life.

Great show last night, awesome vibes!!!

Amazing shoooowww!!!!! This was my first Tool concert, all the way from COSTA RICA!!!! Thank you for tonight!!!!!!!!

Amazing tour

Amazing how the universe clings to synchronicity. Just got home from a long day of work, and decided I'd give the new album yet another listen, and pulled up facebook for a second, to see this at the top. The last, and only time I had the privilege to see Tool was at the bill graham civic auditorium in San Fran, 2014. This takes me back. ❤️

Such a great show!

Best surprise of the show!

Alex Grey Missed out on the poster last night unfortunately. I was so excited when I saw you were the featured artist. Alas, they were snatched up immediately! Too bad, too! You did a fantastic job!

So far so good!

Show was amazing as always!

Image showing up to the venue and standing next to you is Alex a Tool show! 🤯

Are you going to the Philadelphia show, Mr. Grey? If so, it sure would be nice to meet you!

thanks to you!!!

Love love love ❤

It really is a great show. The new songs are just massive!

Man I wish I can see you guys on the 21st at Mohegan Sun. And Alex, call me crazy but I have been thinking about an idea for TOOL for any other future album ideas if you are interested? Maybe a collaboration of our artistic styles and incorporating the runes with your beautiful psychedelic artistry with a touch of Impressionism? If you like the idea, feel feel to message me directly on Facebook messenger as soon as you’re available 😊👍🏻.

I’ve never seen Danny not smiling!

Screaming to Maynard, "Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil but so are you" ..... PRICELESS... Nov 14th TD BANK BOSTON MA. YA that was me!!!!!! Hey MAYNARD, you're right I might be under 30 but I'm still smart enough to know you sold your soul!!!!!! 🖕n killing joke was purgatory... If telling the truth isn't polite, then I guess we'll have to fight....Love you🙃

Beautiful holographic poster sold out instantly 😕

I attended both Toronto shows this past week, absolutely phenomenal. The new songs were unreal live. Hope to god it isn't another 13 years for more Tool!

Best show of the decade

Maynard can’t even take a pic with you and the band? Just to cool I guess. Sad.

Loved the poster

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