Doors of Perception: Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

This is one of the most intense books I’ve ever read purely based on the way my fascination and thoughts constantly cause me to get sidetracked and have to take notes, do some research and think. I’ve read plenty of thicker books in less time than this one (most recent example is the Da Vinci Code). This one is going to take some time to get through; here are the notes I’ve managed to make so far (last read – 09 Dec 2016, on page21):

 

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Page of Interest

 

 

Aldous Huxley – The Doors of Perception

 

California – believed climate would help eyesight; at some point, became convinced of the value of mystical experience. Book documents some of the experiences/experiments

 

QUOTE: if the doors of perception were cleansed, everything will appear to man as it is, infinite. – WILLIAM BLAKE

 

Anhalonium Lewinii, Desert Cactus, Peyotl

Mescaline – active principle of Peyotl, alkaloid

Lewin and Havelock Ellis

Quality of consciousness

 

Alienist – Archaic term for Psychologist, thought it was Alien enthusiast, perception/context

 

Place of mind in nature

Relationship between brain and consciousness

 

Psychology and Psychedelics

– similarities between Mescaline and Adrenaline, links to chemical imbalances related to schizophrenia

 

“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves.”

– how to get comfortable with loneliness

– “suffer and enjoy solitude”

– sensations, feelings, insights, fancies – all private,  incommunicable except through symbols and at ‘second hand’ (Da Vinci Code link)

– You give information about an experience, but you can’t give the experience – how to replicate feelings and experiences – QUESTION: ‘how do I get one person to experience what someone else is experiencing?’ – communication with other people, so they understand entirely, full comprehension, basic understanding, universal comprehensive communication for all

– Seeing ourselves as others see us and seeing others as they see themselves

– seeing the world/experiencing life/thinking the way others do – insane, genius, ordinary, etc. (directly mentions Blake twice)

 

– “There is an inside to experience as well as an outside”

– Changing the ordinary mode of consciousness

 

– Visionaries and visualisations, creating ‘life’ in the mind

 

Mescaline didn’t affect him the way he expected, he didn’t see all the crazy imagery usually described in paintings and art – because he was a poor visionary

 

For me personally, I would describe myself as a visionary, it feels weird to attempt to describe how to visualise, I don’t need to close my eyes to picture an image in my head, I can make it exist in my mind without thinking too hard about it, I can see it without physically seeing it my my eyes – maybe I can see it with my third eye…?

 

From SUZUKI ESSAY:

The Dharma-Body of the the Buddha is the hedge at the bottom of the garden….

 

Place and distance/measures and location became less important to him, on Mescaline, than normal (usmi L zku bin e of eyes), spatial awareness was still normal, but being and meaning was more important (new/adjusted primary concern of the mind). There also seemed to be “plenty of time” (an indefinite duration)

 

Istigkeit – ‘is-ness’ (Meister Eckhart)

The Being of Platonic Philosophy

Being and Becoming, The Idea

…divine source of all existence…

The Beatific Vision

Sat Chit Ananda

Being-Awarness-Bliss

 

Pure aesthetics of forms and their relationships within the field of vision/picture space – ‘sacremental vision of reality (describes it as ‘aesthetic cubist’s-eye view’) – convo with Ronnie about how what we see are really just frames stitched together to form a video, the eye makes constant snap shots, the same way a video camera works – cameras are based on the technology of the eye in the first place

 

Page 19 (Break)

 

Inner Light of all objects, infinite in significance

– Being able be and become, experience, live as all entities/objects, divine existence God-like omnipresence, no sense of ‘i’ or ‘them/they’ – maybe developed a sense ‘us’/’we’?

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