Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.

Wolf totem


‘To transcend something is to go beyond it to the point of ceasing to identify with it, so it becomes an object of our awareness. When this process is healthy, what’s been transcended is not excluded from our being (any more than clouds are excluded from the sky) but rather is “repositioned” and related to in ways that serve our well being. When transcendence is unhealthy, what has been transcended is excluded from our being, resulting in escapism and disconnection. Where healthy transcendence embraces what’s been transcended, unhealthy transcendence avoids it, making a spiritual virtue out of rising above whatever is deemed “lower” or “darker” elements of nature. This is dissociation disguised in holy rag.’
Spiritual Bypassing: Learning to recognize and transform the obstacles that keep us from living life fully. Robert Augustus Masters, Phd

Well my fellow humans, is it not possible that a change in thought is an act of of what freedom remains?

Fotomahaloness – Wolf totem dreamtime: a painting made possible by a dream and, a sojourn to a river wilderness retreat, a place where wolves thrive, and where I connected with my totem companion.




Author: hälts

Mahaloness is an art blog documenting the inner spirit and artist journey of Shane Haltman, also referred to as 'hälts'. He lives, breathes and makes art in Canada. Hälts often travels to remote and exotic locations to produce community spirit murals and paintings using available materials. He is unconventional in his approach to art and chooses unique projects and sometimes they choose him. He is known for guerrilla lawn art shows, painting helmet art for a Canadian Olympic Athlete, and once painted a magic bus out of this world. Mostly he is human as anyone else, however very driven and disciplined with respect to his artistic practice. He has experience working with the bereaved and helping people who are experiencing, or who have experienced trauma in their lives. He also enjoys working with the youth and passing on his wisdom, usually in the form of art jams. Hälts is a full spectrum artist, living and breathing art, as a daily practice, in this mixed up beautiful world.

2 thoughts on “Wolf totem

  1. You are amazing!!! Soooo creative and talented!!!

    I was in the Colorado mountains celebrating my 72nd birthday this past Monday and was surrounded by wildlife including the night howlings of coyotes. I was so struck by your wolf totem because it reminded me of my meditation about transformation that morning and the coyotes. Thank you for all you share! I love your work. Judy – Denver, CO

    • I have been to some pretty spectacular wolf habitats, and on all of those occasions I saw signs of wolves but no actual wolf sightings. Last December I went to see my folks in British Columbia, a small town in the Columbia River Valley where they live. They are also in the 70’s clubs quite avid hikers and outdoorsy types. Well when I was visiting them I decided to go for a walk, it was Christmas day, I left the house and as I was walking along a road in the middle of town I noticed an animal, what looked to be a dog, up ahead, upon first glance. I remember smiling and thinking to myself, that kind of looked like a wolf. I looked ahead and sure enough a wolf, a lone wolf, wandering along the opposite side of the road, heading towards me, albeit at a healthy distance away. We walked towards each other until that is a truck came around a corner, I looked at the truck and than looked back at the wolf and it was gone. I have always felt at home in the areas where wolves live, and I have been told it is my spirit animal. The painting has a little bit of that moment in it, my search documented through paint. thank so much for your feedback Judy, happy belated birthday, really appreciate the comment. Mahaloness

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