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From another forum that focuses on Zen Buddhism, but I found it interesting:
From poor monk 'Thus it came about that, one bright May morning, I swallowed four-tenths of a gramme of mescalin dissolved in half a glass of water and sat down to wait for the results'...
'I took my pill at eleven. An hour and a half later I was sitting in my study, looking intently at a small glass vase. The vase contained only three flowers... Fortuitous and provisional, the little arrangment broke all the rules of traditional good taste. At breakfast that morning I had been struck by the lively dissonance of colours. But that was no longer the point. I was no longer looking at an unusual flower arrangment. I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creation - the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence.' (Aldous Huxley - 'The Doors of Perception')
My experience of psychedelics leads me to believe that what Huxley was describing was not really an experience of unadorned reality, but life through the lens of the drug. The change in perception is just a rearrangement of mental formations, it is interesting, but doesn't represent any great leap forward in knowledge or understanding.
That said, in 'Heaven and Hell' Huxley discusses the inducement of religious visions by adrenalin metabolites - which is quite interesting.
This was in response to a thread about the nature of psychedelics and their use as a tool along the way to enlightenment. Here's a response to that post
Quote: From Number9 From Poor Monk: "My experience of psychedelics leads me to believe that what Huxley was describing was not really an experience of unadorned reality, but life through the lens of the drug. The change in perception is just a rearrangement of mental formations, it is interesting, but doesn't represent any great leap forward in knowledge or understanding."
Drugs taught me at an early age that what I perceived through my senses was not what was actually there. All those little flecks in the formica couldn't really flow in rivers now could they? Seeing should not actually be believing.
So I learned that my senses were animal attributes, and then I began to compare my sense organs to those of other animals. Our sight is foremost, while others depend mostly on smell. Others can't see or smell, but are equipped well for their needs.
The leap forward is in understanding that each perceives according to its needs. Working with ghosts in this hotel has taken that to another level still. Perception is infinitely variable, but always immediately practical.
Seeing others' perspectives is always interesting.
-------------------- "I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery."
- Aldous Huxley
Can't read bulk paragraphs, so I'll just mosey along to the next thread. Thanks.
-------------------- The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. -Teilard
it was pretty dense. but I think what is happenning is that extensions into the supernatural are being tried ghosts on one hand biblical expressions on the other. and a yearning for some meaning of psychedellic experience.
the always practical approach does truly serve well when recovering from a journey into the unknown.