and a quote from Mr. Blake
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
and Mr. Huxley:
The various “other worlds,” with which human beings erratically make contact are so many elements in the totality of the awareness belonging to Mind at Large. Most people, most of the time, know only what comes through the reducing valve and is consecrated as genuinely real by the local language. Certain persons, however, seem to be born with a kind of by-pass that circumvents the reducing valve. In others temporary by-passes may be acquired either spontaneously, or as the result of deliberate “spiritual exercises,” or through hypnosis, or by means of drugs. Through these permanent or temporary by-passes there flows, not indeed the perception “of everything that is happening everywhere in the universe” (for the by-pass does not abolish the reducing valve, which still excludes the total content of Mind at Large), but something more than, and above all something different from, the carefully selected utilitarian material which our narrowed, individual minds regard as a complete, or at least sufficient, picture of reality.”
-Adlous Huxley, The Doors of Perception
and now some doors (the occasional gate – and a sprinkling of always-welcome-blooms) to illustrate from our morning walks yesterday and Terribly Early today.
as you scroll down – look for the cat, the fly and Mr. E.T on a window sill – all lounging happily in the sunshine of southern california.
To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.
and now we must return to our Study.
we’re helping who-we-are-in-RL as she reads up on dark matter, string theory and really-mind-blowing-advances-in-technology.
isn’t life delicious? – and s t r a n g e…..