Alex Grey went to the Columbus College of Art and Design for two years. Later he attended the Boston Museum School for one year. During this period he had a series of induced mystical experiences that transformed his agnostic existentialism to a radical transcendentalism. Alex then spent five years at Harvard Medical School working in the Anatomy department. He also worked at Harvard's department of Mind/Body Medicine with Dr. Herbert Benson and Dr. Joan Borysenko conducting scientific experiments to investigate subtle healing energies.
Philosopher and paranormal investigator Jonathan Zap presented the concept that "mind parasites" (a term first coined in a sci-fi novel by Colin Wilson) could be feeding off the energy of humans and instigating their baser instincts.