Mystical Light

By Ron Esposito - June 2011 

I’ve been paging through “Sacred Mirrors” and “Transfigurations” two books of paintings by Alex Grey.  After viewing these works it is hard not to be convinced that we are the crown of creation like Jefferson Airplane intoned forty years ago.

The philosopher Ken Wilber has stated that “Grey’s work, like all great transcendental art, is not merely symbolic or imaginary; it is a direct invitation to recognize and realize a deeper dimension of our very own being.”  Alex Grey’s paintings depict the cosmic metastructure of humanity and the innate urge toward cosmic unity that is at our core.

Grey moves from anatomically exact realism to a rendering of spiritual/energetic systems that define the body’s living field of energy.  Bodyworkers and energy healers will be enthralled by Grey’s paintings. Students of mysticism will be enraptured by the depiction of various states and stages of consciousness relating to spiritual evolution.

In “Sacred Mirrors” check out “Universal Mind Lattice” as well as “Void/Clear Light” and “Praying.”  These works inspire awe and humility.  The titles cue you into the depth of Grey’s creations.  Words from “The Tibetan Book of The Dead” reflect the vibration of Grey’s work: “Thine own consciousness, shining , void and inseparable from Great Body of Radiance, hath no birth, nor death and is the Immutable Boundless Light.”

The paintings in “Transfigurations” show our divinely illumined core through the complex interplay of the anatomical body and the glowing subtle energies of the soul, unveiling the relationship between our finite self and infinite spirit.  “Theologue” and “Namaste” elucidate the charkas and nervous system in radiant bodies in meditative poses.  “Oversoul” conjures the cosmic content of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words: “We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within us is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty; to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal One.”

The interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit are replete through Grey’s paintings.  At the heart of his work are the depictions of birth, sustenance, death, shamanic descent, disintegration and transmutation of the self.  His themes depict the second tier consciousness endemic to the world’s great spiritual systems.  Grey paints for the radiant mystic in all of us.


Ron Esposito is a certified Life Coach, Enneagram Consultant and Addiction Recovery Facilitator at the Conscious Living Center in Mt. Auburn.

Email:  513-621-3600

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