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This is my current inspiration; there are a few images I've been carrying in my head, experiences from The Ritual. These are places beyond the psychedelic patterns, which are mostly a user interface that sometimes shrouds other layers. These are things that happened years ago by now, and I've been slow in painting them because they are basically such simple images, and it's mostly about conveying the feeling, the presence of being there - which is not a simple task. Attempts of painting the psychedelic patterns are plentiful and easy to find on the net, but are seldom deeper in meaning than fireworks, so I haven't been that inspired to paint those. I decided to paint the sceneries etched in my mind rather expressionistic, making it up to the mind of the beholder to fill in and create an image as close to the real event as possible.

Enjoy the first five paintings, a few events from my journey, random in chronology and importance. More will soon come. I will most likely use some of them to illustrate eventual future editions of my book. All are for sale, both as originals and prints, contact me if you are interested:

Unicorn 67 X 41 cm

This one borders to the world of the psychedelic patterns. This experience is about the granting of an "all penetrating weapon". An aspect of the mind which always creates a way forward; erases obstacles from space and time as if they never ever existed.

"Strange we never saw that path before, still it must have been there always." ...Or haven't it?

Transfiguration of planet size object 67 X 41 cm

A sequence when the White (or Clear) Light was shaded by a dark planet sized object, which was removed by transfiguration. This is how healing and/or mind alterning events can occur during The Ritual; there are seldom labels and explanations.

A familiar voice shouts: It is for real! 67 X 41 cm

Behind a hill, through interferences and over that great distance, a familiar voice was shouting "This is for real, this is for real!". It sounded like my dead grandmother or her (also dead) sister.

The mind turning event 67 X 41 cm

This is one of the steps in achieving The Philosophers' Stone. The body temporarily "dies" and there's a total out of body experience where the mind is perceived as being a transparent brownish red drop fastened to the wall of some vast complex, the inside of The World Tree I presume. The sphere is detached, lifted and rotated 180 degrees and then reattached again. This is over in a few seconds and then the spirit is returned to the physical body. After this experience the psychedelic patterns comes forth as a understandable language. The difference between up and down in the physical world also had less significance afterwards.

This happening is also described in the "Hanged man" Tarot card, in the tale of Odin hanging upside down in Yggdrasil and in the eight illumination from Splendor Solis. I have written about this on page 134 in the Swedish paperback version of my book Magnum Opus (a part which is yet to be translated).

Three chambers of gold 67 X 41 cm

I once asked what I had gained in values during all my existences - if there was such a thing as a cosmic bank account, and what was my balance if so - and I was shown three cavernous halls filled with gold.

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The painting Godmaker (90 X 111 cm).
Målningen Göra gud (90 X 111 cm).

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On the left is an alternative cover for Magnum Opus, used on Barnes & Noble. The content is the same.

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The painting The Burning Heart (140 X 140 cm).
Målningen Det brinnande hjärtat (140 X 140 cm).

I paint large paintings again, three years since last time.

Jag målar stora målningar igen, tre år sedan sist.

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This is a commissioned work; a netsuke like elephant made from pink ivory wood with intarsia and tusks made from mammoth ivory. The wood is neither treated nor coloured; it becomes this shiny just by polishing it.

I do take on commissions - I can do just about anything - from time to time, so, let me know if you have any work for me.

Below are a few pictures from the making of the elephant. No mammoth was killed for the ivory; it was a roadkill.

The wood is hard as a pool ball (which is no overstatement; it has been used for making such) and blunts the knife in minutes. If I used all strength I could put into it without breaking the blade I chipped of flakes as large as those seen on the picture. Later on I used a Dremel-like tool I had stored in Sweden and had to wait for to be sent to me, but with that one in my hands the work continued a bit smoother. The magic started to work quite early in this one, and the silvery thing is a drill that broke when the elephant got hold of it with its trunk. For a while I considered leaving it there.Pink ivory was sacred for the Zulu people, and a few hundred years ago those not of royal blood found possessing it could be punished with death.

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An English translation of the first part (of a total of three) of Magnum Opus, my book on how to achieve The Philosophers' Stone, is now available as an E-book:

Magnum Opus on Amazon

This is a test by the people behind this release to check if there's sufficient interest for it to be a good idea to invest in the work necessary for making the remaining two parts available in English.

I believe that what I've written is of importance and can be of help for many people, therefore I would like to ask you to help spread the word of this book, in social media and real life - if you find it worthy. Your effort can be what makes the difference.

Please do not forget to review the book on Amazon when you have read it.

"In this practical handbook renowned and prolific Swedish artist Max Magnus Norman shares some of his personal story about the discovery of a method for recovery and optimization of body and mind for personal greatness, consisting of special physical practices, diet and the healing use of natural hallucinogenics. A method in which the first step is to heal, cure and unite mind and body completely, and the second is to function as a guide on the path towards the spiritual enlightenment known as The Philosopher's Stone."

Below is a spread from the Swedish version of the second part of the book.

Den svenska versionen av boken finns tillgänglig här.

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If you haven't checked out the paintings page then you might have missed that I've made a lot of new paintings recently. You can easily and safely order signed art quality prints from them via Etsy.

Har du inte kollat in sidorna med målningar kan du ha missat att jag gjort en hel del nya målningar den senaste tiden. Du kan beställa signerade tryck från dem av högsta kvalité via Etsy.

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I sign the first prints. The quality is really good and in some ways they turned out even better than the originals. It's now possible to order prints from paintings made in 2015 and onwards. The prints cost from €50 plus freight. Payment can be made via PayPal.

You can buy single prints for your own use or large quantities for hotels and restaurants etc. The prints are numbered and limited to 150 copies per motif.

Contact me to place your order.

Jag signerar de första trycken. Kvalitén är snudd på litografisk och på vissa sätt blev de till och med bättre än originalen. Det går nu att beställa tryck från alla målningar gjorda 2015 och senare. Trycken kostar från 500:- styck plus frakt.

Det går lika bra att beställa enskilda tryck för privatpersoner som för konstföreningar, hotell och restauranger att göra stora ordrar. Trycken är numrerade och begränsade till 150 exemplar per motiv.

Kontakta mig för att beställa.

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