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The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell Paperback – Abridged, 1963
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"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite." ......William Blake from his work 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' Huxley's book is about a research program involving a drug test. A company was looking for volunteers to participate in a drug study, and Huxley volunteered to join the program. Basically, the story takes place within an 8 to 10 hour time period after Huxley consumes the drug "Mescaline." He then recorded the entire experience so that when he wrote this essay, he could give exact quotes of how he had felt while on the under the influence. In the book, Huxley said he was not really concerned about space, which Dean found really interesting. He also liked the various details about life that Huxley discussed. Aside from that, Huxley was very focused on natural occurrences. The whole book was really intriguing. Huxley's 'Doors of Perception' is an intelligently written work of art.
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The title was taken from William Blake who had said, "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite." That quote and this book would later help Jim Morrison in naming his band, "The Doors."
I read it with rapt attention. I was entranced. When I reread it recently, I was amazed at how much I remembered and how much of my life choices it had influenced.
I do remember that I promised myself at that young age, that when I was older, I would try these drugs as the search for "God" and spirituality was very important to me then and is still now.
In particular, I recall the passage where, staring at a simple chair, Huxley waxed eloquently about what the chair revealed about its maker. Most of all, I recall his referring to perceiving the "isness" of the chair.
This book was originally published in 1954. It was an important book then and it remains so now. It is a "must-have" for the library of any seeker of the truth, any who seek "higher learning", (pun intended and not), any who are investigators of world spirituality. Very highly recommended.
"Most of these modifiers of consciousness cannot now be taken except under doctor’s orders, or else illegally and at considerable risk. For unrestricted use the West has permitted only alcohol and tobacco. All the other chemical Doors in the Wall are labeled Dope, and their unauthorized takers are Fiends."
Heaven + Hell - note's on the spectacle of the ancients religious practices, the use the sun's radiance to hit buildings just right to make them appear larger tan life ( mystical). (50pgs). The appendix at the end (50pgs). Might be the best part of all. Yes look closely it is there.
Fueled by the War on Drugs, and rampant fear-based propaganda, modern America is as afraid of a change in perception as ever; while Huxley comes to the same conclusion as I, (albeit in a far more poetic description) that; an altering of consciousness is not always such a bad thing, and can in fact offer very profound insight into the workings of the human mind, as well as mild understandings of our very existence here on Earth.
In the words of Hunter S. Thompson, "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." Open your minds, folks, consider every argument.
Profound. Insightful. Expansive.
A good read.
When I read the book at that time, I read it as an endorsement for the use of mescalin. However, times changed, and when I read it again, I read it as a rather erudite writing on the use of the drug, as well as the experience. Some of that earlier, innocent, magic was missing in this re-reading of the book.
Having said that, it is a very good book. The appendices are well worth the read, and while he does reduce some mystical experiences to the level of an increased amount of carbon dioxide in the body, I don't think that he debunks the actual experience.
This is a remarkable book, by a remarkable author.