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A Visit to the Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors

A large but soft-spoken crowd gathers in the foyer of the Alex and Allyson Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (COSM), which overlooks a notorious stretch of nightclubs on West 27th Street.

An unfelt air current tickles prayer flags hanging from the ceiling; Nietzsche's infamous quote "God is dead" sways next to a less controversial statement attributed to God: "Nietzsche is dead." The other flags offer inspiration from a wide range of sources: German theologian Meister Eckehart, Bahai's founding prophet Bahaullah, Lao-tzu, Mr. Rogers, William Blake, Alcoholics Anonymous, Monty Python, Nine Inch Nails, Aldous Huxley, Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Tool, and the Dalai Lama. The crowd, like the flags, is amassed from similarly far-flung backgrounds—a Russian woman who discovered Alex Grey's artwork on a bottle of imported liquor; an 18-year-old college student from Argentina who is an avid fan of Tool; a tattoo artist from Columbus, Ohio; a onetime hippie mother and her 14-year-old daughter from Boulder, Colorado; a spiritual-healer-in-training from Venezuela; a 32-year-old game designer from Long Island. What they all seem to share is an interest in mystical experience that has been tapped and, in some cases, ignited by the artwork of Alex Grey.

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Posted on: 2006-09-13 18:00:31