conflagration:  fire; especially :  a large disastrous fire

The fear… was of being overwhelmed, of disintegrating under a pressure of reality greater than a mind, accustomed to living most of the time in a cozy world of symbols, could possibly bear.” 

My Comment:

We awake in the morning and almost immediately begin thinking of things to do in this day. After our particular personal morning routine we begin with various activities that keep us busy until we are tired and then retire for the night. This passage from Aldous Huxley’s “Doors of Perception” describes an”event” as he calls it, which is the perception of the stark Reality of primal energy that makes up manifestation. In this case, the manifestation – as conventionally termed – is a garden chair seen in a certain light. In his state of heightened awareness under the influence of the chemical mescaline, he perceives the ‘energy state’ that our mind/concepts then translate to a finite form which we label with the word “garden chair”. His report then continues to explore the feeling of overwhelm that he experienced: The event was this succession of azure furnace doors separated by gulfs of unfathomable gentian. It was inexpressibly wonderful, wonderful to the point, almost, of being terrifying.In the course of this exploration he comes to a description of the kind of intensity that a direct perception of Reality entails, which is why only in the state of “cleansed perception” is one able to bear it. Continue reading

the unlimited world

the direct perception of Reality

In the Spring of 1953 Aldous Huxely volunteered to experiments with mescaline. His report on what he experienced is found in the short book “Doors of Perception”, which was published in 1954. The excerpt below highlights the altered quality of his perception as well as his understanding of how this shift occurred. I find his description of his perception of objects to be identical to the state of consciousness that occurs when “the veil” drops and we perceive Reality beyond the small mind. Perhaps this is the consciousness state that humanity as a whole is about to experience as the ‘quantum leap’ in our evolution that is underway? Were it so, it would instantly end all violence and wars and all possibility of domination of one being over another. Fear of injury or death or other dangers to our physical body would subside, removing the basis for controlling your fellow man/woman. Continue reading

my business is is-ness

“My Business Is Is-ness”



Sometimes someone succeeds in putting into words the indescribable experience that can never be repeated and the memory of it is just a faint residue of the actuality. The vitality of the direct perception of Reality in this physical realm is captured in the following passages by Aldous Huxley from Doors of Perception.

Aldous Huxely:

“I was sitting in my study, looking intently at a small glass vase. The vase contained only three flowers-a full-blown Belie of Portugal rose, shell pink with a hint at every petal’s base of a hotter, flamier hue; a large magenta and cream-colored carnation; and, pale purple at the end of its broken stalk, the bold heraldic blossom of an iris. Fortuitous and provisional, the little nosegay broke all the rules of traditional good taste. At breakfast that morning I had been struck by the lively dissonance of its colors. But that was no longer the point. I was not looking now at an unusual flower arrangement. I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creation – the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence. Continue reading