Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.

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Spiritual Bypassing

The following is an excerpt from a book by Robert Augustus Masters PHD called ‘ Spiritual Bypassing: When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters’
Published 2010 North Atlantic Books Berkley, California

‘Spiritual Bypassing, a term frist coined by psychologist John Welwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. It is much more common than we might think and, in fact, is so pervasive as to go largely unnoticed, except in its more obvious extremes.

Part of the reason for this is that we tend not to have very much tolerance, either personally or collectively, for facing, entering, and working through our pain, strongly preferring pain-numbing “solutions”, regardless of how much suffering such “remedies” may catalyze. Because this preference has so deeply and thoroughly infiltrated our culture that it has become all but normalized, spiritual bypassing fits almost seamlessly into our collective habit of turning away from what is painful , as a kind of higher analgesic with seemingly minimal side effects. It is a spiritualized strategy not only for avoiding pain but also for legitimizing such avoidance, in ways ranging from the blatantly obvious to the extremely subtle.

Spiritual bypassing is a very persistent shadow of spirituality, manifesting in many forms, often without being acknowledged as such. Aspects of spiritual bypassing include exaggerated detachment, emotional numbing and repression, overemphasis on positive, anger-phobia, blind or overly tolerant compassion, weak or too porous boundaries, lopsided development (cognitive intelligence often being far ahead of emotional and moral intelligence), debilitating judgment about one’s negativity or shadow side, devaluation of the personal relative to the spiritual, and delusions of having arrived at a higher level of being.’
pdf link to more on Spiritual Bypassing

Fotomahaloness -paintamentaries and images capturing me working in the field. I have witnessed and experienced ‘spiritual bypassing’ both in myself and in those I have observed, it is an area of research that brings new insight into what is to be human. There is more work to be done here, future blogs no doubt whereby I will be sharing my own research in this area of interest







Question everything.

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I sit here and push it out.

The weather: partially cloudy, mostly cumulus, relatively high humidity, sunny, fair weather spring conditions.


Behind the art lies work, experience, dedication, integrity, compassion, magic, sweat, tension from pressure when pushed out good things happen, family, lover, those of you who I have met over the years, animal companions, students, peers, friends, those who lived on this land before me, the land, the ocean, the sky, Earth, all of it ends up in the work. Is it original? Yes. Original to me though common to many, who live and breathe life in goodtimes and badtimes, and in between. The window is how I see it, if you see it similarly than I think we have something in common. The work continues, the drive no less than it has been ever before, why? Indeed, ask. Questions, question and find new ways of seeing a world that no mater how you see it: materialist, communist, capitalist, religious, psychedelically, funkadelically, musically, romantically, pessimistically, atheistly, all the stars and galaxies. Perhaps some of the mystery of life have been revealed, though the mystery seems beyond human possibility, I don’t really know exactly. And there lies a truth, a revelation, information sharing vital to the survival of our species who all live on this planet, or however you want to see it, we call Earth. Thank you very much.
Fotomahaloness -progression and some paintings produced by me over the years and my other work and a sunset.












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Open space

The elements that I find myself in shape my perceptions. The open prairie is one of those places where thoughts are not obstructed by skyscrapers filled with steel. It is here where the prairie wind migrates west creating beautiful vistas and something I cherish, open space.



The last image is the White Tara painting, it is a modern version, I do custom tara paintings specific to the client, for more info please leave a comment. If you like this painting please go to my Saatchi online site where you can order high quality prints, they do it all, including shipping it right to your door.
Saatchi link to my online gallery

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Strange encounters along the way

Fotomahalness – this is a combination of old and new, analog and digital, painting and technology,
Title: the effects of technology on art and the reflection, or mirror, of my artificial self and where I am to that in relation to a full circle. Subtitled: make funnier jokes 2013
For any of near or far readers of the Mahaloness and you like my art and would like my art on your wall, or you simply just want to online peruse, you can, through Saatchi online

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Note: I am always looking for any international art opportunities, suggestions, if that clicks please do send a message.

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Imagination, work, experience, work, magic, work, luck, work, determination, work, resiliency, work, focus, work, concentration, work, listening as opposed to talking, work, observing, work, immersing, work, facing adversity, work, changing, work, transforming, work, diligence, work, endurance, work, listen to your gut, work, write, work, listen your heart, work, smoke, work, meditate, work,eat, work, make love, work, writing ideas down on napkins might work for some, working works every time.

In other works…

“I feel like shit” may function as what Dr. Eric Berne called a Wooden Leg Game — the attempt to shirk responsibility by feigning incapacity. (Quantum Psychology)

Fotomahaloness -the good work and my true freedom, no matter what the world might think, or how it will be judged, the work is what has to be done. I was once asked, ‘When will it stop?!’ I am working on it.











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