Κυριακή, 15 Αυγούστου 2010

The doors of perception

The book describes and comments Huxley's first encounter with the drug mescalin. What fascinates me most about it are Huxley's theories about perceptional filters, that our brain has been developed to filter away perceptions that contradict "common sense".

According to Huxley, mescalin reduces the functionality of those filters, thereby allowing the taker to have experiences beyond "common" perception.
When on mescalin, Huxley can sit and watch ordinary everyday things and be amazed by their importance and how they are full of meaning. He writes:

A bunch of flowers shining with their own inner light. Those folds - what a labyrinth of endlessly significant complexity! I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his own creation - the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence.

A couple of years after , Huxley writes the follow-up, ”Heaven and hell”. This book is more of an essay about different ways to reach into the hidden areas of perception, to open the doors, and how it is being done in different cultures


it showed that power lay in the ability to make other people accept your view of the world, and that this uniformity of perception killed the human spirit.

One path around perceptional conformity, Huxley noticed, was through mystical or religious states of mind.
His book The Perennial Philosophy had picked out the common threads in the world's religions, quoting at length from the various saints and mystics that had taken human consciousness to another level.
One of these was English visionary William Blake, who had written, "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite

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Hello. yellow.. I'm black.... I know it has been a while (like a century), but so much has happened. First off, Ahaziah just died, just like his good for nothing daddy....Papa Doc Duvalier of Numidia, like father like son, he will not buried in the Valley of the Kings with Soh Ares the mighty of The Big FAT GODS. To bad though. He was so young (less than 70)and eager to be pleased.
Although that is very sad indeed, it's the East chance to be Judah's sole monarch. There is only one way to do it, though.
That's right. The East have to kill off the House of David. And they have just sent out the men to do the job. That means many babies must be put to the sword. Kind of sad (not really). After that, West will not be the true Queen of Judah. West need puppet kings no more. WEST as Judah