Visionary Art: Mati Klarwein

Visionary Art

Mati Klarwein (1932-2002)

Nativity By Mati Klarwein

Mati Klarwein was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1932. His father was an architect and later designed the Knesset Parliament Building in Jerusalem. His Mother was an Opera singer. The Klarwein family fled Nazi rule and settled in Isreal. Mati later studied in Paris at Ecole des Bauex Arts with Fernand Leger. Mati’s work become heavily influenced by surrealism and visionary art. He went on to be mentored by Ernst Fuchs an Austrian artist famous as a pioneer in visionary art and co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Ernst Fuchs taught Mati the painting techniques of the Dutch masters which he would utilize for his entire career. He spent about a third of his life in Deya on the Northern coast of Majorca in Spain. Mati describes Deya in 1983 as, “A community of misfits and artists, founded in the 1920′s by Robert Graves, he is still living there, Deya is a timeless and naked singularity.” Mati embraced the newly emerging paradigm of planetary consciousness, creative community, consciousness exploration and the arts. He love the Black American musicians like Miles Davis , Jimi Hendrix and Yusef Lateef immortalizing their images on record covers and in his art.

Bavarian Angel By Mati Klarwein

Mati Klarwein’s work is ecstatic vision and psychedelic cosmic consciousness expressed using tempera paint on canvas. His paintings stand as early masterpieces and help define visionary art. His works graced the cover of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, transmitting his inner vision into the minds of millions viewers.  He expressed the oneness of humanity by painting people from all parts of the globe together peacefully co-existing. He created a new holistic visual languages to express  ecstatic depths of communing with the entire web of life. His images reveal a luminous reality and utilize a new symbolism to represent the depths of human experience. His work invites the viewer to slip into another state of mind and to explore the deep cosmic ocean that lives in the imagination.

Moses By Mati Klarwein

Mati’s impact upon the surrealist, psychedelic and visionary art scenes is paramount. His images remain some of the most viewed works in the psychedelic art movement. Mati was an artist of uncompromising vision he demanded that his art books be published in the way he wanted leading him to start his own publishing company to publish his own art books. His art flows like the music of the times, eclectic, vibrant, electrifying and avant-garde. Using techniques of the distant past, infusing it with new styling, utilizing new paradigm ideas of consciousness exploration, and radical innovation of old forms. His work has spiritual motifs from world cultures as well as figures from the world over. All infused with a lysergic aesthetic  which stands as a defining style in the psychedelic art movements to this day. Open your inner sanctuary to the vistas of Mati Klarwein and explore the depths of human experience.

Time By Mati Klarwein

Lost Poets By Mati Klarwein

Annunciation By Mati Klarwein

Sun-Moon By Mati Klarwein

Bitches Brew By Mati Klarwein

Live By Mati Klarwein

Mati Klarwein – Twins

Mati Klarwein Astral Body Awake 1969

Mati Klarwein Yusef Lateef

Mati Klarwein

Mati Klarwein Grain of Sand


Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel. The Electric Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art. Grafiche Damiani, Bologna, Italy. 2001.

Saints of India: Babaji

Saints of India


Mahavatar Babaji and Haidakhan Babaji

Part One

Mahavatar Babaji

Babaji has manifest in various forms throughout history, sometimes in human form and other times appearing to people on the astral. Babaji is considered a highly spiritual entity whom exists in realms beyond the conscious experience of the people of earth. He transverses the dimensions of existence being held in material and subtle forms, a mystery even to those he appears to. Babaji’s followers believe he is a container for spiritual wisdom and one of the most revered and admired yogic masters in history. “The deathless Babaji is an avatara…In Hindu scriptures, avatara signifies the descent of Divinity into flesh. …avatars, like Babaji undertake work that is concerned more with the slow evolutionary progress of man during the centuries than with any one outstanding event in history.”(Yogananda 347).

Babaji is credited with preforming all manner of miracles such as, bringing the dead back to life, miraculous healing, telepathy, manifesting objects and incredible synchronicity that occurs to those who are in his presence. Babaji seems to be united with a spiritual life-force beyond description, a life force which is the essence of creation. Yogananda writes, “  ’Babaji’s spiritual state is beyond human comprehension,’ Sri Yuketswar explained to me. ‘The dwarfed vision of men cannot pierce to his transcendent star. One attempts in vain even to picture the avatar’s attainment. It is inconceivable.’ ” (Yogananda 345).

“the old” Haidakhan Babaji

Babaji has taken many forms in many time periods including with-in the last century and many stories have been spoken of Babaji in the distant past. “One such manifestation of Babaji recorded in a number of books and witnessed by many local people, was sometime in the year 1800. He is remembered by several people even today. At the time, Babaji traveled extensively in the Kumaon region, gathering around him several devotees and disciples… Seating Himself on the surface of the water at the confluence of the Rivers Kali and Gori, and disappearing in a ball of light, He dematerialized this form in 1922. This event too was witnessed by several devotees.” (Haidakhan Samaj UK).

Mahendra Baba AKA Mahendra Maharaji

Following his dematerialization, Babaji came to Mahendra Baba when he was the age of five. Mahendra Baba developed a relationship with Babaji who would appear to him.  He developed a following and made a small temple in Kathgaria and installed a murti of Babaji on February 24th 1957. The night before its installation thousands witnessed the materialization of Babaji from a great ball of light. Mahendra Baba became known as Mahendra Maharaji and preformed many miracles all of which he attributed to the influence of Babaji. He preached over and over that one day Babaji would come and change the world. Vishnu Dutt friend of Mahendra Baba became divinely inspired and began to write poems which at one point described the coming of Babaji with remarkable accuracy. In 1969 Mahendra Maharaji predicted that Babaji would come soon and even said that he would come in 1970 (in the 1950s he predicted 1968 or 1969). Mahendra Maharaji died in 1969.

Murtis of Haidakhan Babaji and Mahendra Maharaji

Babaji most recently appeared as Haidakhan Babaji in June 1970 until February 14th 1984. He came from a cave at the foot of Kumaon Mount Kailash. He had no family no home and appeared as a youth 18 to 20 years of age. Haidakhan Babaji demonstrated great wisdom, power and was recognized as a great embodiment of the lord Shiva.  Haidakhan Babaji said in his teachings to have appeared dating back to before the time of Christ. “Shri Babaji, in his recent incarnation, mentioned on a few occasions that he was the teacher of Jesus Christ during his years between twelve and thirty…He also initiated Shri Shankara and the poet Kabir into yogic practices. He told others He lived in Tibet as the Buddhist saint Milarepa in the 11th and 12th centuries AD.” (Shyam 25). “Several Tibetan lamas, who came to visit Him, recognized Him as Lama Baba who had lived in Tibet centuries ago. There are tales of his appearances in Nepal also.” (Haidakhan Samaj UK).

Haidakhan Babaji

Yogananda founded the Self Realization Fellowship which published Autobiography of a Yogi and continues the teachings of Yogananda. The SRF believes that Mahavatar Babaji and Haidakhan Babaji are not the same being, other disagree and say the two are one and the same. Haidakhan Babaji, “stated that He was the Shiva Mahavatar Babaji, referred to in the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.” (The Haidakhan Samaji UK). There is no way to know with certainty and a dense fog of mystery surrounds all aspects of Babaji. In this article I will introduce both Mahavatar Babaji in part one and Haidakhan Babaji in part two and reference both in disclosing historical information.

Mahavatar Babaji was described most extensively in the Autobiography of a Yogi written by Paramahansa Yogananda which was published in 1946. The teachings of Mahavatar Babaji are presented by Yogananda as being the most important teachings received by his gurus. Yogananda speaks about Mahavatar Babaji as a non-physical being that appears at will to deliver teachings and initiations. Lahiri Mahasaya was visited by Mahavatar Babaji in 1861.  Lahiri Mahasaya’s student Sri Yukteswar was visited by Mahavatar Babaji in 1863.  There are books written in India which speak of Mahavatar Babaji appearing.  Sri Yuketswar, Mahendra Baba and Vishnu Dutt wrote numerous books and poems based on the teachings of Mahavatar Babaji in the 19th and 20th centuries, some commissioned by Babaji himself.

Lahiri Mahasaya tells Yogananda of the promise Mahavatar Babaji made to stay embodied for all human existence in the presence of Lahiri Mahasaya and Ram Gopal. The story goes as follows:

Babaji appears in spectacular form near the Ganges as a whirling light in the sky which comes to terrestrial earth. Mahavatar Babaji emerges from the light and says, “Blessed sister, I am intending to shed my form and plunge into the Infinite Current.”

Mataji begs Babaji not to, “ever relinquish your form.”

“Be it so,’ Babaji said solemnly. ‘I shall never leave my physical body. It will always remain visible to at least a small number of people on this Earth.” (Yogananda 352).

Later Ram Gopal who witnessed the event said, “Babaji has been chosen by God to remain in his body for the duration of this particular world cycle. Ages will come and go – still the deathless master, beholding the drama of the centuries, shall be present on the terrestrial stage.”  (Yogananda 353)

Mahavatar Babaji had the power to bring people back from death into life displaying his ability to alter reality in inexplicable ways. Lahiri Mahasaya was witness to one such event recounted in Autobiography of a Yogi. A man climbed to a secret meeting on a inaccessible ledge deep inside the Himalayas. The man addressed Babaji saying, “Sir you must be the great Babaji!’ The man’s face was lit with inexpressible reverence. ‘For months I have pursued a ceaseless search for you among these forbidding crags. I implore you to accept me as a disciple.”

“When the great guru made no response, the man pointed to the rock-lined chasm below the ledge. ‘If you refuse me, I will jump from this mountain. Life has no further value if I cannot win your guidance to the Divine.’”

“Jump then,’ Babaji said unemotionally. ‘I cannot accept you in your present state of development.”

“The man immediately hurled himself over the cliff. Babaji instructed the shocked disciples to fetch the stranger’s body. After they had returned with the mangled form, the master placed his hand on the dead man. Lo! He opened his eyes and prostrated himself humbly before the omnipotent guru.”

“You are now ready for discipleship.’ Babaji beamed lovingly on his resurrected chela. ‘You have courageously passed a difficult test. Death shall not touch you again; now you are one of our immortal flock.’ Then he spoke his usual words of departure, ‘Dera danda uthao’; the whole group vanished from the mountain.” (Yogananda 349-350).

Lahiri Mahasaya’s first encounter with Babaji reveals wisdom about the nature of the universe and shows the unimaginable powers of Mahavatar Babaji.  Lahiri Mahasaya was working in autumn of 1961 when he heard a voice calling out to his from the forest. He ran to find the voice which was mysteriously calling. He came to a cliff side area with numerous caves. He ascended toward the voice when a man appeared on the ledge next to a cave and said, “Lahiri you have come! The magnificent palace will be the scene of your initiation tonight into Kriya Yoga. All your brothers here join in a paean of welcome, rejoicing at the end of your exile. Behold!” The simple cave instantly turned into a palace of unimaginable beauty.

“Before us stood a vast palace of dazzling gold…Towering archways were intricately inlaid with great diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds… I followed my companion into a spacious reception hall. The odors of incense and roses wafted through the air, dim lamps shed a multi-colored glow. Small groups of devotees, some fair, some dark-skinned, chanted softly or sat silently in the meditative posture, immersed in inner peace. A vibrant joy pervaded the atmosphere.”

“Feast your eyes; enjoy the artistic splendors of this palace; for it has been brought into being solely in your honor, my guide remarked, smiling sympathetically as I exclaimed in wonder.”

Templo Sacrosanto By Pablo Amaringo

“Brother,’ I said, ‘the beauty if this structure surpasses the bounds of human imagination. Please explain to me the mystery is its origin.”

“’I will gladly enlighten you.’ My companion’s dark eyes sparkled with wisdom. ‘There is nothing inexplicable about this materialization. The whole cosmos is a projected thought of the Creator. The heavy clod of Earth, floating in space, is a dream of God’s. He made all things out of His mind, even as man in his dream consciousness reproduces and vivifies a creation with its creature.”

“The lord first formed the earth as an idea and then matter came into being. He coordinated earth atoms into a solid sphere. All its molecules are held together by the will of God. When He withdraws His will, all earth atoms will be transformed into energy. Atomic energy will return to its source: Consciousness. The earth idea will disappear from objectivity.”

“The substance of a dream is held in materialization by the subconscious thought of the dreamer… A man closes his eyes and erects a dream creation, which, on awakening, he effortlessly dematerializes. Similarly, when he awakens in cosmic consciousness, he effortlessly dematerializes the illusion of a cosmic-dream universe.”

“In tune with the infinite all-accomplishing Will, Babaji is able to command elemental atoms to combine and manifest themselves in any form. This golden palace instantaneously brought into being, is real – in the same sense that the earth is real.”

“Whoever realizes himself as a son of God, even as Babaji has done, can reach any goal by the infinite powers hidden within him. A common stone secretly contains stupendous atomic energies; even so, the lowliest mortal is a powerhouse of divinity…”

“We entered an immense hall. In the corner stood a golden throne, encrusted with jewels that shed a dazzling medley of colors. There, in lotus posture, sat the supreme Babaji. I knelt on the shining floor at his feet.”

“Lahiri, are you still feasting on your dreams desires for a golden palace? My guru’s eyes were twinkling like his own sapphires. Wake! All your earthly thirsts are about to be quenched forever. He murmured some mystic words of blessings. My son arise. Receive your initiation into the kingdom of God through Kriya Yoga.”

“Babaji stretched out his hand; a homa (sacrificial) fire appeared, surrounded by fruits and flowers. I received the liberating technique before this flaming altar.”

Lahiri was instructed to close his eyes and upon opening them the palace had vanished and he was in the cave with the Babaji devotees. Then Babaji materialized food for everyone present.

“Few mortals know that the kingdom of God includes the kingdom of mundane fulfillments, Babaji observed. The divine realm extends to the earthly; but the latter, illusory in nature, does not contain the essence of Reality.”

“…My divine guru approached and passed his hand over my head. I entered nirbikalpa Samadhi state, remaining unbrokenly in bliss for seven days…I penetrated the deathless realms of Reality. All delusive limitations dropped away; my soul was fully established on the altar of the Cosmic Spirit.” (Yogananda 357-365).

Sri Yuketswar

This initiation experience marked the reintroduction of the forgotten Kriya Yoga to humankind. Sri Yukeswar, the student of Lahiri Mahasaya, also had an encounter with Mahavatar Babaji and received the Kriya Yoga initiation. Sri Yuteswar met Babaji at Kumbha Mela under a tree. The sannyasin, who is later reveal to be Babaji, said to Sri Yuketswar.

“Welcome Swamiji, ‘he said affectionately.”

“Sir,’ I replied emphatically, ‘I am not a swami.”

“Those on whom I am divinely directed to bestow the title of swami never cast it off.’ The saint addressed me simply, but deep conviction of truth rang in his words; I was instantly engulfed in a wave of spiritual blessing.” (Yogananda 388).

“I saw that you are interested in the West, as well as in the East.’ Babaji’s face beamed with approval.’ I felt the pangs of your heart, broad enough for all men. That is why I summoned you here.”

“East and West must establish a golden middle path of activity and spirituality combined, ‘he continued. ‘India has much to learn from the West in material development; in return, India can teach the universal methods by which the West will be able to base its religious beliefs on the unshakable foundations of yogic science.” (Yogananda 389).

Babaji gives a prediction that Yuketswar will have a devotee that will spread the spiritual message of India to the west; this devotee was Paramahansa Yogananda. Babaji requested that Sri Yuketswar write a, “…short book on the underlying harmony between Christian and Hindu scriptures,” (Yogananda 390). This book was written and called “The Holy Science”. Later Yogananda spread the teachings of his gurus to America selling millions of copies of Autobiography of a Yogi completing his mission assigned by Mahavatar Babaji and Sri Yuketswar.

“The ancient sage Patanjali, foremost exponent of yoga, who wrote: “Kriya yoga consists of body discipline, mental control and meditation on Aum.” (Yogananda 277). “Kriya Yoga is twice referred to by Lord Krishna, India’s greatest prophet, in the Bhagavad Gita. One stanza reads: “offering the inhaling breath into the exhaling breath and offering the exhaling breath into the inhaling breath, the yogi neutralizes both breaths; thus he releases prana from the heart and brings life force under his control.” Another stanza states: “That meditation-expert (muni) becomes eternally free who seeking the Supreme Goal, is able to withdraw from the external phenomena by fixing his gaze within the mid-spot of the eyebrows and by neutralizing the even currents of prana and apana [that flow] within the nostrils and lungs; and to control his sensory mind and intellect; and to banish desire, fear and anger.”(Yogananda 279). The practice of these techniques leads to deep peace and a rejuvenating feeling and should not feel forced or strenuous in anyway.

Mahavatar Babaji revealed the nature of the universe to be the thought of God held together by will and initiated Kriya Yoga, the control of life force in order to unite with the Divine reality. He spoke of the necessity of combining the wisdom of the East and West and of having our hearts open to all existences and all peoples.  Mahavatar Babaji is said to be embodied in all times to help humanity. He is the deathless yoga master who guides humankind by giving the best techniques for spiritual realization in any given age. Mahavatar Babaji revived the ancient science of Kriya Yoga in the 19th century, however, Haidakhan Babaji appeared in the 20th century and taught Karma Yoga (conscious work), Japa Yoga (repeating holy phrases) and Truth, Simplicity and Love. The teachings and stories of Haidakhan Babaji will be covered in Part Two.

Haidakhan Babaji

By: Transpersonal Spirit


Paramahansa Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. Self Realization Fellowship. 1946, 1974, 2005.

Rdhe Shyam, I am harmony a book about Babaji.  The American Haidakhan Samaj. Crestone, Co. 1990, 2006.

Haidakhandi Samaj. The Teachings of Babaji. Haidakhandi Samaj Haidakhan Vishwamahadham. 1984, 2004.

Haidakhandi Samaj. The Teachings of Babaji. Haidakhan Samaj. Haidakhan Vishwamahadham. 1983, 1990.

The Haidakhandi Samaj (UK).

Visionart Art: Isaac Abrams

Visionary Artist

Isaac Abrams

Visual Matrix – Internal
Oil on Canvas. 55″ x 63″ (139.9cm x 160cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007

“Isaac Abrams was born and raised in the New York area. He is a self-taught artist with an academic background in literature, history, science and psychology. He founded the first gallery of Psychedelic Art in the world in 1965. He began working as a self-taught painter in the beginning of 1966. He began working as a sculptor in the 1970′s. He began extensive work as an animation artist in 1981. He has always painted.” (

Isaac Abrams is an elder of the psychedelic art movement and has had many exhibitions in major galleries throughout the world. He started CODA gallery which was the first gallery to feature psychedelic art. He began sculpting in the 1970 in Santa Fe. Starting in the 1980′s he began to display multimedia artwork for raves and large dance hall events in collaboration with his son. These multimedia performances stopped once the New York dance and rave scene was shut down through city ordinances. In 1995 he designed and created a 10-minute computer animated film for the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, NY. In 1996 and in 1997, he developed two more computer-animated videos for the Kaleidoscope, entitled, “Peace on Earth,” and “Spring (Metamorphosis). He has created many hundreds of paintings in his career, some of the most recent examples are posted here.  He has been committed to art in its many forms and is one of the founders of psychedelic art.

Tree of Life One
Oil on Canvas. 63″ x 92″ (162.5cm x 231cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007

Until his first LSD session in 1965 at the Dream Laboratory in Brooklyn with Psychologist Stanley Krippner, Isaac Abrams did not consider himself an artist. After that mind-expanding event, he began to paint and his paintings displayed an intensely individual and vivid style. He started painting because he had a unique vision of what psychedelic art would look like. His images are dream like images display oceanic, microscopic and cosmic images. When speaking of his work he describes it as being realistic and it portrays the unity of the universe and the interconnectedness of nature through macro and microcosm united upon the canvas.

Walking Through Oneness
Oil on Canvas. 48″ x 63″ (122cm x 160cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007

When Speaking to Isaac Abrams he talked about psychedelics and the art scene of the psychedelic. He commented about how some artwork is not truly psychedelic but rather it is drug art, in other words, it’s art which which pays homage to drugs and not the psychedelic. Psychedelic literally means “mind manifesting” and art of a psychedelic nature is art which makes manifest the realities of the mind. The multivalent levels of the mind are often indescribable and many artist throughout time have attempted through art to show these inner mind states to others. Amongst this select group of artists Isaac Abrams has shown a unique personal vision of the depths of the mind and the images and themes of the dream like nature of the mind. He shows how the inner and outer realities, the personal and the other, the micro and the macrocosm are interrelated and inseparable.

Red One
Oil on Canvas. 48″ x 63″ (122cm x 160cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007

Meta Morphic Overdrive 1
Oil on Canvas. 54″ x 66″ (137cm x 167.6cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006

Meta Morphic Overdrive 2
Oil on Canvas. 47″ x 58″ (119cm x 147cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006

A Psychedelic Observation II
Oil on Canvas. 40″ x 48″ (101.5cm x 122cm)
Isaac Abrams 2007

A Tiger In the Garden
Oil on Canvas. 40″ x 40″ (101.6cm x 101.6cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006

Night Swimming In An Electric Sea
Oil on Canvas. 32″ x 32″ (81cm x 81cm)
Isaac Abrams 2005

A Dancing Wu-Li Master
Oil on Canvas. 32″ x 36″ (81cm x 91.5cm)
Isaac Abrams 2005

A Psychedelic Observation
Oil on Canvas. 36″ x 40″ (91.5cm x 101.5cm)
Isaac Abrams 2005

Micro Travels
Micro Travels I Graphite on Paper 2005 23.25″ x 32.25″ (59cm x 82cm)
By Isaac Abrams

Oil on Canvas. 40″ x 40″ (101.6cm x 101.6cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006

Oil on Canvas. 36″ x 40″ (91.5cm x 101.6cm)
Isaac Abrams 2006

More on Isaac Abrams

Isaac Abrams The Shape of the Mind. Published by FYR Arte Comtempoanea, Firenze Italy.

Depression: A Transpersonal and Archetypal Perspective

Depression: A Transpersonal and Archetypal Perspective

By: Transpersonal Spirit

Alex Grey Despair

Depression is extremely common in the USA today. Pharmaceutical companies are making millions on anti-depressants and at the same time making millions on pain killers which put one in a depressed state.  We live in a manic society where the pace of life is very rapid and many are whipped up into incredible stress with little time to sleep and nearly no time to relax. Depression seems to be the antithesis to the fast paced life style of America, and I believe that many of us could use a little more time to relax and unwind. However, if we spend too much time unwinding we are labeled as depressed.

Often times fatigue and depressed states can be an indicator that our body wants to slow down and recharge, however, our cultural upbringing tells us that this time to relax is lazy and should be medicated with a stimulant. This approach to life leads to many dangers including increased accidents from tired drivers, and a long list of health issues related to unmanageable stress.

There are many forms of depression to consider, in extreme situations a person will be unable to function and stay in bed for months at a time, other times people become suicidal depressed, and others become agitated, angry and anxious.  In these cases medical intervention can provide great relief but not for everyone, in fact, the side effects of depression medication include suicidal thoughts, insomnia, chemical addiction to the anti-depressant and decreased ability to experience pleasure and sensation.  Many of the medications on the market have proven to be less or as effective as a placebo. This all indicates that there is a misunderstanding about the nature of depression and a misapplication of treatments.  Let’s take a look at depression from a fresh perspective using transpersonal and archetypal psychology to get a better understanding of what this “depression” is.

In archetypal psychology depression is associated with the archetype of Saturn. Saturn represents heavy material states of being and is associated with hard work, sowing seeds, plowing the land, cycles of time and endings. The density of Saturn combined with the hard work necessary gives way to confusion, fatigue, hopeless, depression and the need for inner strength.

Saturn Devouring his Son, 1636 (oil on canvas) by Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640)

Richard Tarnas states, “It governs the material world, time, tradition, the past, aging, death, and the endings of things. The Saturn archetype is associated with the Greek mythic figure of Kronos, the stern father of the gods, the Roman Saturn. Called the Great Malefic in traditional astrology, it is associated with such archetypal figures as Fate, Father Time, Death, and the Grim Reaper. In Jungian and archetypal psychology, Saturn is often called the senex.

Saturn represents the hard structure of things, the reality principle, the bottom line. It is in many ways the opposite of Jupiter in nature: where Jupiter expands and grants success, Saturn contracts and inhibits; where Jupiter is liberal and magnanimous, Saturn is conservative and strict; where Jupiter uplifts, Saturn oppresses. Indeed, Saturn can well seem to be an one-sidedly negative planet in the astrological pantheon, though in fact the situation is much more complicated. Saturn opposes and limits, but in doing so, it strengthens, grounds, forges, gives our soul substance and gravitas, makes us real.” (

Many psychologists today talk about overcoming depression or curing depression; however, in transpersonal and archetypal psychology depression is associated with Saturn and is just one archetype in a polytheistic universe of being. Rather than overcome the depression perhaps one should learn to use depression and integrate depression into their lives in a positive way in order to gain many benefits such as grounding, strength, and inner resolve. Many people have wondered what would have happened to artists like Van Gogh or Michelangelo if they had been given anti-depressants. Would they have still had the artistic vision and sensitivity to create some of the world’s most cherished artistic accomplishments? Even American Blues pioneers Robert Johnson and Lead Belly changed music forever with their music which was inspired by this archetype of Saturn.

In many ways this archetype can provide us with many gifts including creativity, compassion, empathy, and can even allow us to learn about the depths of our psyche. Depression often times causes individuals to isolate themselves from others and to do nothing for long periods of time. Culturally, in American we view this as being counterproductive and demonize it as laziness. This leads the person in these states to feel they are fundamentally flawed and even useless to society. Furthermore, since the state of depression is often involuntary they feel they have lost control, are diseased, psychotic and can never amount to anything in the future because of their current condition. This feeling is compounded by the fact that it can last for many years at a time with little to no break.

Vincent van Gogh – Skull with Burning Cigarette

This time of isolation and doing nothing can be a sign from our bodies that we need to recharge or even that we need to expand the understanding of our psyche. In Eastern traditions for example, extended periods of isolation and contemplation of one’s inner being are used for spiritual development. Also in Western science studies of voluntary isolation such as in sensory deprivation tanks and meditation can reduce depression, anxiety and self-judgments as well as introduce individuals to transcendent states of consciousness which can aid a person in healthy spiritual development. It is possible that by attempting to suppress the depression we are preventing it from teaching us its lessons and thus the depression knocks with increasing volume at our conscious door. It is also possible that the anxious, angry form of depression is increased in intensity by the continuous attempt to suppress and prevent its full expression.

Depression can be very serious and can lead to death through suicide; however, it can function as a rite of passage into a deeper understanding of the self and give empathy for others. Many who go through this experience can reach rock bottom and plunge into despair so profound and existentially nihilistic that they must end their old way and start over by seeking support.  If one survives this ordeal they can become “the wounded healer” helping others to overcome their trails.

Alex Grey Journey of the Wounded Healer

This dominance of Saturn in one’s life can lead to a healthy integration of the archetype of Saturn and depression can become a great teacher and initiator. Through the trials of depression one begins to slowly open to the possibility of other archetypal energies being of primary influence in their life and they can live in a pluralistic universe expanding beyond their current limitations and reaching toward wholeness. Depression is a harsh teacher and its lessons are hard to swallow but by re-framing our situation and opening to the potential benefits it holds one may be able to find healthy integration for this force in their lives.

By: Transpersonal Spirit


Bache, Christopher. Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind. State University of New York Press. 2000.

Estrin, Jesse. “Depression, Soul and Growing Down in a Manic Culture.” Lecture at on 4/13/12.

Grof, Stanislav with Richard Tarnas, How Deep is Deep: Depth Psychology, Consciouness Research and Archetypal Astrology. Wisdom University tele-seminar May 15 2012

Grof, Stanislav. Healing Our Deepest Wounds The Holotropic Paradigm Shift. Stream of experience Productions, New Castle Washington 2012.

Tarnas, Richard. Cosmos and Psyche.

Tarnas, Richard. “An Introduction to Archetypal Astrology Analysis.”

Visionary Art: Maura Holden

Visionary Art

Maura Holden

Maura Holden

Maura Holden’s artwork is filled with highly detailed images using layered transparent floating colors. The pictures show another world filled with destruction, creation, surreal creatures and hallucinatory vision. She is a part of a new emerging visionary culture inspired by visionary plants, shamanic renaissance and novel creativity.  In this post I will let Maura Holden speak for herself as she explains her interests, reveals the ideas which permeate her art and expresses common themes in the visionary art movement with exquisite clarity.

“I was born in 1967 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. I am self-taught… The visionary side of my work comes from the strange lands and mind-bending dimensions I have experienced, to a large extent through entheogens. Part of my goal in painting is to synthesize some of my longest standing interests – geometry, mythology, architecture and various optical obsessions – into unique visual matrices, or “keys”. Just what they will unlock is in the eye of the beholder.” Maura Holden (

“I’ve communicated some of the beauty and intensity of the inner hallucinatory worlds… I’ve always been fascinated by dreams, particularly the mythic/cosmic type. They inspire awe and a feeling of profound awareness or meaning beyond words.” Maura Holden (

THANATOS WAVE by Maura Holden

“The 20th Century has embalmed, debunked, stretched, snapped, spliced and nuked the spiritual question. Today, just past the threshold of the 21st, many intuitive and creative people have either invented their own religions, or extracted the seeds of truth from orthodox faiths’ dead, interdictory hulls – then poured on a dose of electric fertilizer. The result has been a mutinous beanstalk of wild, inspired, living sacred art.” (

Divisions of Neptune By Maura Holden

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“This marks a new age of spiritual expression, and we can now begin sanctifying curious stripes of numinous experience such as encounters with aliens, plant spirits, and even the many sincere but recherché resurrections of Jesus Christ. 20th Century art movements such as Surrealism, Symbolism, Visionary, Fantastic, Outsider and Entheo Art have done much to expand the scope of the sacred. By opening the doors to imaginative inner worlds and dreams, they have also admitted our inner gods. Considering the psychic and sacred liberation these movements offer, it is not difficult to see why they have endured for decades, and now blossom once again as they enter the 21st Century…. New hybrids of psychedelic digital imagery and painting send fiber-optic tendrils spiraling into the future…. while simultaneously twining around the sturdy primordial roots of indigenous shamanic Art….” Maura Holden (

Phone Call From God By Maura Holden. Ink, pencil and color pencil on paper.

“The longer one looks, the more it appears that contemporary shamanism is one in many renaissances of an extremely ancient universal complex of values, and is largely informed by the templates of its older brothers. The tradition of sacred plant art appears in every culture, and reaches back to Neolithic times, when our ancestors made rock art depicting the magic mushroom and its myco-active connoisseurs. Shamanic experience may even be the seed from which today’s major religions have sprung. Whatever the case, today we are witnessing a peak in shamanic awareness and innovation, and with it the perennial rebirth of the ancient nature wisdom that has enabled so many cultures to sustain ecological harmony. Our civilization, long at odds with its earthly matrix, is now awakening to the consequences of a poisoned planet, and the dire need of ideological reform.” Maura Holden (

Cuteness Mania By Maura Holden. Egg tempera and oil on panel

“Shamans regularly surrender themselves to symbolic death – a vivid, dramatic and emotional experience. These warriors emerge from death more unified with life than ever before. They are reborn with a direct knowledge of their connectedness to other life forms, the earth, and the archetypes contained within human consciousness. One of these archetypes is the creator. Visionary artists who have had shamanic experiences are now poised to perform a healing role in culture. Simply by manifesting their diverse spiritual visions, they can demonstrate to humanity that the creator lives within us all. No authority need intercede between a human being and her experience of the divine. Indeed, we are all creators, and our sacred communal creation is this ever-changing world.” Maura Holden (


“Psychedelics are very important to me. I’ll go so far as to call them my sacraments. To me, they are absolutely sacred allies… Mind you, I don’t recommend psychedelics to others. People have different experiential capacities. Some people can be psychically injured, or swept into harmful delusions, or they may just never break through into the profound… That said, I’ll maintain that under their influence I have traveled through the most sublime and terrifying realms, and beyond all realms — into the Great Unity. The images for all of my major pictures have come to me under the influence of psychedelics. I’ve done lots of drawing  — those preliminary sketches, as well as highly polished drawings — under their influence. Painting is another matter. My methods of painting are exponentially more complex than drawing. While tripping I need a fast, direct vehicle in which to chase the moving hallucinations.” Maura Holden (

“The paintings are often representations of journeys, and I have various methods of unlocking gates, and of drawing aside worldly veils. Most of the practice is just concentration and meditation while painting, but I have used prolonged retreat in the forest, as well as plants which shamans use to take journeys. In conjunction with good planning, and a day of meditation and preparation beforehand, I have found the plants extremely helpful in translating multidimensional spiritual experiences into fixed visions.” Maura Holden (!prettyPhoto%5Bg8%5D/1/)

Traveler’s Moon By Maura Holden

Traveler’s Moon (detail) By Maura Holden

“I am particularly fascinated by the aspect of knowledge called “being at one with the whole” in which, in a transcendent state of meditation, I am vividly aware of the interconnectedness of all creation – something most humans don’t consider while cooking an egg or tying a shoe. Reconciling the fact that “I am at one with the whole” with the more generally accepted fact, “I am an individual”, is a little bit like reconciling the square and the circle…One of the many things I love about imaginative art is that it reconciles another dichotomy: the rift between reality and dreams. In imaginative art the two worlds are harmoniously married in one form, and this is very exciting for those of us who love both worlds and experience them together. I am extremely encouraged by the new wave of talented artists who understand this.” Maura Holden (!prettyPhoto%5Bg8%5D/1/)

Enlightenment of the Dominators By Maura Holden

Dark Mother By Maura Holden

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Goddess of the Rocks By Maura Holden

Ganesha By Maura Holden

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HYPNOHERM by Maura Holden

Jesus By Maura Holden


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Visionary Art: Roman Villagrana

Visionary Art
Roman Villagrana
Roman Villagrana is a visionary painter from the emerging interdimensional  consciousness of humanity. His artworks speak to the expanded senses of the human being and display the incredible universes beyond the material reality.  “Yes, we are becoming an interdimensional civilization and for those that are so stuck on one dimension, they are likely experiencing, “the End of the World”.  On the opposite side is the SynchroMystics using mythic vibes and stories of multidimensional beings so we can reflect and ground the existence of interdimensional presence. Art as all other offerings such as spirituality have the power to reflect this presence.” Roman Villagrana (

Goddess of the Moon By Roman Villagrana

“Interdimensional Art Movement as a reflection of the true “I AM”, a platform for artists that represent the healing of our fragmented world through harmonic synchronization in the act of free creative expression…The best art is the art that allows the viewer the perceive outward and inward with presence.  There are consistent symbologies in our contemporary visionary community, like meditating beings, central columns of light, goddess imagery, sacred geometries, and other empowering motifs.  These images are attached to beings that have opened themselves up and given birth to them…. Often times through entheogenic ritual, but always through a moment of focus ,when we are centered enough to bring forth these perceptions that are beyond ourselves.  It isn’t until we share those perceptions with others that we realize this is not the total truth of it.  These images are ourselves not beyond us!  When artists open up, with intention, a collective spirit that lives with-in us all comes through.  Artists that feel they have a duty to envision a collective well being without the viewer are fabricating dreams. Through art and expression we unite in our creative center. With the right intention, we take flight and ignite the truth that is infinitely with-in us all.” (Roman Villagrana 
Interdimensional Traveler By Roman Villagrana.
In “Interdimensional Traveler” Roman Villagrana reveals to us his vision of the interdimensional traveler. The image is built on an architecture of sacred geometry and uses the classic eastern motif of the seven chakras and the godhead above. The lower part of the image shows the most material chakra filled with sacred geometry.  A divine light rises along the central energetic axis of the figure uniting heaven and earth. The image is rainbow colored following the chakra system with red at the bottom and purple at the top. Each of the seven chakras contains with-in it a whole dimension of being. When all chakras are activated the energy of the kundalini serpents rise up the spine to the crown chakra. The person enters a deeply altered state of consciousness which for Villagrana is described as interdimensional travel. The consciousness moves into a vast dimension of being.
Back To Creation By Roman Villagrana

Un Sol Galactico By Roman Villagrana

Green Tara By Roman Villagrana

Our Most High By Roman Villagrana

Healing the Nation By Roman Villagrana

Roman Villagrana says that visionary artists often open up to creative ideas through entheogenic ritual, in other words, they are transported into alternate dimensions of being by the sacred and spiritual use of psychedelics. These substances are catalysts for profound spiritual awakening and for understanding the human condition. Throughout history and currently ceremonial use of psychedelics has been accepted as an important spiritual and medical treatment for the whole of the community. In the Native American Church the they say the medicine, grandfather peyote, unites the tribes, it heals the peoples, it brings community closer together in a divine purpose. Most importantly, it gives their prayers and expressions of appreciation more power the be heard by the spirits in the spirit world. These prayer are often answered and incredible synchronicities occur in one’s life following these ceremonies. In western cultures many individuals and groups have taken to using entheogenic medicines with similar intentions. Artist like Roman Villagrana are displaying the visions received from the heart of their most sacred moments. The art is for communal healing, realization and becomes a channel for an interdimensional presence which is teaching and healing the Earth community.

Medicine Buddha By Roman Villagrana.

Mother of Creation By Roman Villagrana.

Unified Polarity By Roman Villagrana

Birth of a New Era By Roman Villagrana

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Visionary Art: Luke Brown

Namaste By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Visionary Art

Luke Brown

“Luke Brown is an intrepid explorer, part of a new generation of visionaries reconstructing the templates of culture as we know it. His art speaks of the spiritual mysteries in the human imagination.

Mystical experiences, dreams, medicine journeys, and channeled lucid dialogues with the source of creativity itself, seem to guide and be guided by the colorful symmetries and living surfaces of his art. Much of his work emerges from a graceful synthesis of digital and painting mediums. Developing his work through mix and remix technologies, Luke is constantly redefining his style as a spiritual medium for growth. He is intent on mapping his hyper-spatial experiences with utmost accuracy, with whichever medium seems best suited, as a form of multidimensional cartography.” (

Apotheosis By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Apotheosis is a Greek word meaning the glorification of the subject to a divine level. This concept is similar to the practice of becoming the deity, embodying a divine energy for a time. In this type of transpersonal experience the person transcends the material and individual self and the divine reality becomes them, frequently when this occurs one experiences an archetypal image, energy, or dimension. These dimensions are shown in Hindu and Buddhist art as multi-armed deities of all flavors. Brown shows an abstracted figure whose hands are in a mudra (sacred hand position), the heart chakra is a luminous white light unfolding in crystalline sacred geometries of love and bliss. The crown chakra at the top of the head expands and opens and leads the experiencer into another hyper-spacial dimension. The dimension looks organic, vivid prismic reality filled with some intelligent and consciousness forms seen here as eyes imbedded in the mystic architecture.

He frequently uses Buddhist and Hindu symbols and motifs in his work showing his personal interest in spiritual practice and culture. Many individuals find that the Asian spiritual traditions offer great benefits to exploring the inner realities and for many mediation is the primary practice. Artists like Luke Brown use artistic expression as a form of meditation and spiritual practice. For Luke Brown and others the most vivid, important experiences come from years of regular dedicated spiritual practice. These years of experience often peak in intensity with the introduction of visionary compounds and plants at special times with healing and spiritual intention.

Foxymethoxy By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

In Foxymethoxy he titles the painting after a psychedelic substance, a relatively new chemical developed by Alexander “Sasha” Theodore Shulgin. This chemical is similar in molecular structure to other psychedelics and produces powerful and detailed inner visions which can last for up to 20 or more hours.  Currently there are no studies in medical science exploring the physical responses, healing potentials, or the spiritual potential of this substance. Luke Brown calls into question the validity of the total ban on legal use of this substance using his beautiful depiction of the visions created by this substance. He is with the emerging global call for freedom to explore inner realities using plants and chemicals to stimulate spiritualism, creativity and cultivate psychological healing.  The visionary art movement as a whole agrees that acceptance of extraordinary states of consciousness through visionary plants, chemical and spiritual practices are an essential part of being a holistic person and that this inner exploration leads to profound vision, creative novelty, and spiritual insight.

Salvia Divinorum By Luke Brown. Multi-media

The image above titled Salvia Divinorum shows an incredible picture of nature and the archetype of the mother.  Salvia Divinorum is an entheogen (producing the divine) also known as the diviner’s sage and has been used for hundreds of years by the Mezatec people of Mexico as a sacred sacrament in ceremony and ritual. They use it to call forth divine information from the spirit world. They would put the fresh leaves between the cheek and gums to experience vivid visions, communicate with the spirit world and travel to other dimensions of being. This other dimension of being is called the transpersonal realm in modern psychology. Authors, poets, philosophers, mystics, musicians and more have attempted to describe this realm but cannot to their satisfaction because it is far beyond description.

Luke Brown truly is a pioneer “mapping of hyer-spatial experiences” which transpersonal psychology has described in their research with non-ordinary states of consciousness. This image seems inspired by the overwhelming psychedelic vision catalyzed by smoking the leaf of Salvia Divinorum.  In research individuals consuming Salvia report that they were transported into another dimension and often lose contact completely with their body, the material and mental worlds they know of. They enter into the transpersonal dimension, the spirit world, the divine reality, another dimension of being. Visionary artists like Luke Brown return to the body ten minutes after inhaling the smoke and spend years depicting their visions from that brief encounter.  Salvia Divinorum is now a schedule one drug in the USA and can no longer be used legally for spiritual exploration, consciousness exploration and artistic inspiration despite its centuries of use and the many responsible users who view the plant as a spiritual teacher leading them to better understand the true nature of reality.

Crystal Forest By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Crystal Forest uses the theme of the transfiguration of Christ. The transfiguration was when Christ ascended to heaven for the second time in a mystical white light. In Luke Browns work the portal below reminiscent of the crown chakra activated through the dancing around the central fire. The transfigured figure represents the astral or spiritual self-emerging from the physical body by exiting the crown chakra into a crystalline net of being, transformed and transfigured into the divine light, the ultimate sacrifice. 

Alpha Centauri By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Fractal Feline By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Many of Luke Browns works show intelligent beings of a multi-dimensional nature. This experience of communication or identification with an astral, spiritual or other dimensional being is reported frequently among psychedelic therapy clients when they move into the transpersonal states of consciousness.   In shamanism these beings are spirit guides, ancestor, deities and other forms of spiritual beings. Luke Brown seems to suggest he has encountered this domain and experiences it as both identification with the divine and communication with the divine through direct contact and unity consciousness.

Inner Sanctum By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Cat God By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Yamantaka By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Kundalini By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

This picture shows the kundalini energy bursting forth and sending the spirit into subtle levels of consciousness and transpersonal experience. The page is covered in a mosaic of Sanskrit prayers showing the foundation of spiritual blessings and prayer.

Temple of Shambhala By Luke Brown.

Baphomet By Luke Brown. Multi-media.

Greenman – c. 2004 Luke Brown

Maitreya By Luke Brown

Jesterrestrial By Luke Brown

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