My intention in
the first volume of OPUS was to introduce the reader to subject matter
not commonly associated with my work as a comics artist
or as a painter of new romanticism. In the essay "This Is Not Reality" I
described two incidents from my past that illustrate the confusion that
can sometimes arise when our everyday sense of reality is challenged by
uncommon events. The stories display entirely different reactions from
two individuals facing the unknown, or what they perceived as such. In
one, the individual participant wanted to lash out from animalistic fear.
In the second, the observer passively withdrew from the uncommon event
rather than face its disturbing reality.
In "Time Rise," I
recounted my very uncommon experiences during a three-day period in
early June of 1973. In telling this story for the
first time 26 years after the fact, I let fall from my shoulders a burden
that had grown with secrecy and time.
this second volume, and in others to come, I shall attempt to make
use of the information and insights so generously offered by the learned,
the inquisitive, the speculators, and the experiencers who,
the self doubt that, I know so very well, comes with the territory
of philosophical inquiry, have been inspired to step forward
counted as explorers in the realms of transpersonal experience