Surreal Paintings by Ilene Meyer

Ilene Meyer (1938-2009) was a self-trained oil painter whose work combines realism, fantasy, surrealism, and psychedelic colours and patterns. Her art was used on the cover of books by science fiction writers, including Philip K Dick.View Post

The Visionary Art of Pablo Amaringo

Pablo Amaringo (1938-2009) was a painter from Pucallpa in Peru, whose paintings are all inspired by his experiences with ayahuasca. Amaringo originally worked as a vegetalista which is a traditional word for a shaman in Latin America who works with plants and vegetables to cure physical and spiritual illnesses. He was also part of the mestizo…View Post

The Long-Term Effects of Mystical Experiences

It’s difficult to define a mystical experience. What exactly does it involve? Do they all share some basic elements? It’s probably a good idea to broadly define mystical to include the different kinds of experiences that people report as being mystical. What’s also interesting is that it is common for mystical experiences to have lasting effects,…View Post