Text taken from my mandala diary: 1st of April 2011
“This is the first mandala I’ve done in a long time, it doesn’t seem that long ago but looking at the date on my last mandala, it’s been at least 6 months. I guess 2 of those months were spent in SE Asia, either way – time really flies! I decided to colour this mandala in with paint; it’s a much more time consuming process than using pencils, but it makes it a lot more vibrant and I think the finished product looks worlds better! Besides, this is how most Tibetan monks construct their mandalas, not that this matters at all.
‘Can you pass the acid test?’ was a question put up on Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) and the Merry Prankster’s posters advertising their acid test parties in the 60s. At the parties, guests were dosed heavily with LSD, while the Grateful Dead, also dosed on acid, would play live music; some people experienced a dissolution between themselves, their ego, and the outside world, while others simply had a good time. The term ‘acid test’ refers to the process of using a very strong acid to distinguish gold from the base metals, figuratively it means a test of ones character. By taking large doses of ‘acid’ people at the parties would either dissolve and break through, revealing ‘gold’ enlightenment, or they would fizzle away like a common metal and freak out. Internal alchemy, turning oneself into gold by dissolving our layers of ego and illusion. Life is an acid test, can you pass it?”