The Doors of Perception

The Doors of Perception❧ [KINDLE] ❀ The Doors of Perception By Aldous Huxley ➠ – Heartforum.co.uk The Doors of Perception is a philosophical essay released as a book by Aldous Huxley First published in 1954 it details his experiences when taking mescaline The book takes the form of Huxley's recoll The Doors of Perception is a philosophical essay released as a book by Aldous Huxley First published in it details his experiences when taking mescaline The book takes the form of Huxley's recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon in May The book takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's poem 'The Marriage of The Doors Epub / Heaven and Hell' Huxley recalls the insights he experienced which range from the purely aesthetic to sacramental vision He also incorporates later reflections on the experience and its meaning for art and religion.

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family He spent the latter part of his life in the United States living in Los Angeles from until his death in Best known for his novels and wide ranging output of essays he also published short stories poetry travel writing and film stories and scripts The Doors Epub / Through his novels and es.

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  • 63 pages
  • The Doors of Perception
  • Aldous Huxley
  • English
  • 15 March 2015

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  1. B0nnie says:

    November 22 1963 That fateful day Yes the day Huxley died His last words were “LSD 100 micrograms IM” He took psychedelic drugs less than a dozen times in his life but he always did so with a deep spiritual purpose never casually The Doors of Perception is a detailed account of the first time The title comes from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 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 Huxley attempted to open up that door and find the perfect state of grace that he believed was possible for all The session was recorded and he was able to reconstruct the trip and his thoughts very thoroughly It is uite evident the man truly had a beautiful mind He is erudite witty and full of good will toward men Ironically part of the trip occurs at the world's biggest drugstore where browsing through some art books he waxes elouent on art and culture His thoughts on drapery make you believe that folds in a piece of cloth are the most important thing in the world And I would have to agreeIn the average Madonna or Apostle the strictly human fully representational element accounts for about ten per cent of the whole All the rest consists of many colored variations on the inexhaustible theme of crumpled wool or linen And these non representational nine tenths of a Madonna or an Apostle may be just as important ualitatively as they are in uantityThey had seen the Istigkeit the Allness and Infinity of folded cloth and had done their best to render it in paint or stone Necessarily of course without success For the glory and the wonder of pure existence belong to another order beyond the Power of even the highest art to express But in Judith's skirt I could clearly see what if I had been a painter of genius I might have made of my old gray flannelsTimothy Leary read Huxley’s book and they had met at Harvard However Huxley was dismayed that Doors had been used in the launch of the counterculture of the 1960s That he ends up on the cover of Sgt Pepper's was not exactly what he intended But if he inspired Within You Without You rather than come on baby light my fire I think he would not have minded We were talking about the space between us allAnd the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusionNever glimpse of truth then it's far too late when they pass away George HarrisonHuxley second last row third from the leftSome of Huxley's stoner thoughtsOn Cézanne's self portrait What pretensions I kept repeating Who on earth does he think he is? The uestion was not addressed to Cezanne in particular but to the human species at large Who did they all think they were? It's like Arnold Bennett in the Dolomites An hilarious art anecdote One day towards the end of his life Blake met Constable at Hampstead and was shown one of the younger artist's sketches In spite of his contempt for naturalistic art the old visionary knew a good thing when he saw it except of course when it was by Rubens This is not drawing he cried this is inspiration I had meant it to be drawing was Constable's characteristic answerVermeer For that mysterious artist was truly gifted with the vision that perceives the Dharma Body as the hedge at the bottom of the garden with the talent to render as much of that vision as the limitations of human capacity permit and with the prudence to confine himself in his paintings tothe manageableThe Le Nain brothers They set out I suppose to be genre painters; but what they actually produced was a series of human still lives in which their cleansed perception of the infinite significance of all things is rendered not as with Vermeer by subtle enrichment of color and texture but by a heightened clarity an obsessive distinctness of form within an austere almost monochromatic tonality The schizophrenic a soul not merely unregenerate but desperately sick into the bargain His sickness consists in the inability to take refuge from inner and outer reality as the sane person habitually does in the homemade universe of common sense the strictly human world of useful notions shared symbols and socially acceptable conventions The schizophrenic is like a man permanently under the influence of mescalin and therefore unable to shut off the experience of a reality which he is not holy enough to live with which he cannot explain away because it is the most stubborn of primary facts and which because it never permits him to look at the world with merely human eyes scares him into interpreting its unremitting strangeness its burning intensity of significance as the manifestations of human or even cosmic malevolence calling for the most desperate countermeasures from murderous violence at one end of the scale to catatonia or psychological suicide at the other55 µg's

  2. Lyn says:

    An erudite artist and scholar tripping on mescalineDecades before other drug culture manifestos and hippy folios cool cat Aldous Huxley first published his Doors of Perception in 1954 the same year as Poul Anderson’s The Broken Sword and Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend The initial part is a first person narrative about his experiences taking peyote and his descriptions of the insight Of course what makes this stand out from the legion of trip and tells is his intellectual observations Huxley’s heightened appreciation for art music psychology and philosophy is the antithesis to the Homer Simpson “doh” or Cheech and Chong weed humor His drug induced musings reminded me of the The Exegesis of Philip K DickThe second part though is what really hooked me Huxely’s essay for the promotion of mescaline is all the timely as we enter the beginning stages of our growing social acceptance of marijuana and the approaching end to that ridiculous prohibition Huxley speaking from the early 50s does the green libertarians one better by advocating for mescaline Like the persuasive argument today about how tobacco and alcohol are far harmful than illegal pot Huxley goes on to articulate how mescaline is the spiritual and beneficial for society and even for religionA surprisingly entertaining and illuminating essay

  3. Lisa Reads & Reviews says:

    Increasingly I'm learning that perception is far complicated than I ever imagined Sight as an example isn't simply eyes acting like cameras sending image data to the brain for interpretation An article in the online journal Nature described the mechanism by which the brain sees what our eyes are going to see before our eyes see it This is why we don't view the world through what would otherwise look like a hand held camera Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has shown that the human retina can transmit data at roughly 10 million bits per second What the brain does with this data is amazing For one thing it compensates for anything that prevents us from seeing things as normal In 1896 George Stratton experimented with eyeglasses that inverted his vision After a few days his brain adapted and Stratton saw everything the right way up The brain needing to process data rapidly is predisposed to see a perceptual set which means we see what we expect to see based largely on prior experience No wonder children look at the world with such wide eyes they are truly looking whereas adults are watching re runs All this is necessary from an evolutionary point of view since survival depends on uick data interpretation and reaction useful for escaping lions for example In The Doors of Perception published in 1956 Huxley recounts his personal experience with mescalin and its effect on his senses and thought processes An interesting springboard into the discussion was Huxley's admission of being uite ordinary in artistic skills yet wanting to see the world as an artist sees it Likewise he wanted to see and feel about the world as would a mystic Most of the essay described exactly that An interesting section which I expect has been thoroughly researched by now discusses adrenochrome a product of the decomposition of adrenalin Huxley wrote that adrenochrome can produce many of the symptoms observed in mescalin intoxication But adrenochrome probably occurs spontaneously in the human body In other words each one of us may be capable of manufacturing a chemical minute doses of which are known to cause profound changes in consciousness Certain of these changes are similar to those which occur in that most characteristic plague of the twentieth century schizophrenia Mescalin it seems along with chemicals found naturally in the body can shake up the way the brain normally filters and manipulates data input Huxley thought it prevented the brain from filtering input from our senses thereby making everything intense and amazing The end result was to make other things less important such as the idea of the individual and our self importance If we have a finite capability for 'input' then it stands to reason that turning the valve on the senses will change other aspects of our world view Huxley coined a term Mind at Large which I rather liked “Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful According to such a theory each one of us is potentially Mind at Large In any case I enjoyed this slim volume as it connects scientific inuiry with what seems to me to be a higher pursuit of our consciousness The other edge of the sword is that one cannot operate or navigate in this world outside a lock down mental facility with other than a brain that functions within certain margins of filtration While under the influence of mescalin Huxley lost interest in relationships and all sorts of trivial pursuits necessary to sustain life in society Seems we are as we need to be and if one wants to pursue other avenues of consciousness they'll have to do so within certain limitations Sidenote from internet search On his deathbed unable to speak Huxley made a written reuest to his wife for LSD 100 µg intramuscular According to her account of his death in This Timeless Moment she obliged with an injection at 1145 am and another a couple of hours later He died at 521 pm on 22 November 1963 aged 69One can't help but wonder what that trip was like

  4. Jason Koivu says:

    This must've blown minds when it came out Now though it's lost its edge Full disclosure I'm here because of The Doorsof the Jim Morrison sort Being a HUGE fan of him and the band I absorbed all I could of them back during my teens I even read his poetry Hell I even read William Blake's poetry simply because it apparently influenced Morrison However I never did get around to reading Aldous Huxley's The Doors of Perception the book title from which the band was named WHAT THE HELL KIND OF A FAN AM I???Well the reasons for me not getting to it until now are even boring and inconseuential than this sentence The point is I've finally read the damn book I needn't have bothered It's pretty much what I figured it would be and there's nothing within it I needed to know Backstory Bookish brainiac Huxley decided to try out the cactus drug peyote In The Doors he describes his trip It's not half as interesting or entering as I'd hoped Here's a entertaining though less enlightening example Nowadays this stuff is so commonplace as to make this book almost uaint And the parts that aren't outdated are just not interesting enough to make this a winner in my book In fact Huxley spends so much time too many pages imo on art and artists that I began to doubt the need for a book on the topic I mean if you've got to use filler in a 60 page novette the book probably could've just been a lengthy article or pamphlet I get the connection he's trying to make between the artist mind and that of one on mind altering drugs it's just that I don't find it all that enthralling Still and all this has its value Some of the points Huxley makes herein are still valid He was clearly an intelligent well read man I guess I just didn't have the same mind expanding experience as Morrison had when reading this

  5. William Strasse says:

    I need to read Huxleymaybe I'll finally dig in to the copy of The Perennial Philosophy that I've started on several times although probably not until after A Brief History Of Everythingthose two at the same time would be just masochisticAlthough I did get a lot out of this book the single thing that really made an impact was the discussion of our brain as a sensory limiting mechanism which is concerned most of the time with filtering out all but what we need for survival at any given moment That is how our brain has evolved and how we have risen to the top of the food chain but look at what we eat We have a little leeway these days but what do we do with it? Watch Rock Of Love? We are at a point in history where we have the capability to evolve and create things beyond our wildest dreams but we've generally made life so meaningless that most of us just consume increasingly better expensive products in an attempt to fill the void staring us in the facethat is the void that was always there and the one we've created to forget that one He doesn't get into all thatthat's or less my depressing rant but perception and consciousness are important words for methey are the keys to any kind of meaningful life and our collective future Part of the reason this made such an impression is that right before reading this part of the book I was waiting on a bus thinking that I must be getting old because I was actually early for somethingit seems like not that long ago it was a small miracle if I was on time I thought about how old people always want to be ridiculously early for everything Then I theorized that most people go through their lives gradually concerning themselves and with only the mechanics of lifeBirth School Work Death in the words of The Godfathers I'd add bills doctors appointments etc Then I opened the book andvee ola So even just in the course of an individual life the brain gradually imposes tighter limits on itself until all you have is bills and doctors appointments Of course it doesn't have to be this way

  6. André says:

    If the doors of perception were cleansed everything 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” William BlakeAldous Huxley a renowned writer mainly famous for his great dystopian work Brave New World 1931 blasts to the world his transcendental essay The Doors of Perception published in 1954In this philosophical essay Huxley describes his spiritual experience with mescaline taken one day in May 1953 The author makes a detailed description of his experience with 410 of a gram of this psychedelic plant The essay elucidates his visual and spiritual awareness in spatialtime analysis Art Nature Music Religion Sociology Education Philosophy and PsychologyHuxley got acuainted about the use of peyote after coming to the United States in 1937 He first became conscious about the cactuses' use after reading an essay written by Humphry OsmondAfter having read Osmond's essay he got curious about this psychedelic substance and decided to make his experiment with mescaline Osmond arrives at Huxley's house to accompany him during his spiritual experience After that the author's experience was so intense that he decided to tell the taleSpatialtime analysis Place and distance cease to be of much interest The mind does its perceiving in terms of intensity of existence the profundity of significance relationships within a pattern I saw the books but was not at all concerned with their positions in space What I noticed what impressed itself upon my mind was the fact that all of them glowed with living light and that in some the glory was manifest than in others In this context position and the three dimensions were beside the point Not of course that the category of space had been abolishedInitially Huxley was expecting to picture brightly colours but as he stated he was a bad visualiser however he experiences a detailed perception of the outer world The being is not separated from becoming and the living moment becomes timeless like a neverending present Colours from the outer world become vivid and therefore visual impressions are intensified I was looking at my furniture not as the utilitarian who has to sit on chairs to write at desks and tables and not as the cameraman or scientific recorder but as the pure aesthete whose concern is only with forms and their relationships within the field of vision or the picture space But as I looked this purely aesthetic Cubist's eye view gave place to what I can only describe as the sacramental vision of reality The symbolism of the chair is destroyed and it's perceived beyond a simple objectPhilosophy We live together we act on and react to one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone Embraced the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self transcendence; in vain By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude Sensations feelings insights fancies—all these are private and except through symbols and at second hand incommunicable We can pool information about experiences but never the experiences themselves From family to nation every human group is a society of island universesDuring Huxley's experience the ego disappears egolessness thus the perception about others begins to be lucid Every pattern becomes one and therefore the words and symbols are removed there is an 'obscure knowledge' that All is in all—that All is each This is as near I take it as a finite mind can ever come to 'perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe The author uotes the eminent Cambridge philosopher Dr C D Broad by saying to enable us to live the brain and nervous system eliminate unessential information from the totality of the 'Mind at Large This idea explores that the human mind filters reality and as a result of that psychedelic drugs are an important element to remove this filterWe walked out into the street A large pale blue automobile was standing at the curb At the sight of it I was suddenly overcome by enormous merriment What complacency what an absurd self satisfaction beamed from those bulging surfaces of glossiest enamel Men had created the thing in his own image or rather in the image of his favourite character in fiction I laughed till the tears ran down my cheeks Art Huxley reflected the following statement about the Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer That mysterious artist was truly gifted with the vision that perceives the Dharma Body as the hedge at the bottom of the garden He states that Vermeer's paintings are magnificent examples of life within In another hand Cézanne's Self portrait with a straw hat seems incredibly pretentious These experiences prove that even by being a bad visualiser Huxley managed to feel vivid emotions from those paintingsMusic Instrumental music oddly enough left me rather cold Mozart's C Minor Piano Concerto was interrupted after the first movement and a recording of some madrigals by Gesualdo took its placeBut as it turned out I was wrong Actually the music sounded rather funnyOnce again Huxley's auditory perception is changed becoming vivid and thus his initial perception about those music works has changedPsychology The schizophrenic is a soul not merely unregenerate but desperately sick into the bargain His sickness consists in the inability to take refuge from inner and outer reality as the sane person habitually does in the homemade universe of common sense the strictly human world of useful notions shared symbols and socially acceptable conventions The author elucidates that Schizophrenia can be heaven and hell because those who suffer this pathology doesn't distinguish the inner world from the outer world It's also stated that those who suffer from anxiety and periodical depression might have different experiences under the influence of mescaline Most takers of mescalin experience only the heavenly part of schizophreniaNature We drove on and so long as we remained in the hills with view succeeding distant view significance was at its everyday level well below transfiguration point The view from the hills became abruptly lucid just like the perspective described from those landscape paintersSociology Eually unsurprising is the current attitude towards drink and smoke In spite of the growing army of hopeless alcoholics in spite of the hundreds of thousands of persons annually maimed or killed by drunken drivers popular comedians still crack jokes about alcohol and its addicts The only reasonable policy is to open other better doors in the hope of inducing men and women to exchange their old bad habits for new and less harmful onesReligion Christianity and mescalin seem to be much compatible This has been demonstrated by many tribes of Indians from Texas to as far north as Wisconsin Among these tribes are to be found groups affiliated with the Native American Church a sect whose principal rite is a kind of Early Christian agape or love feast where slices of peyote take the place of the sacramental bread and wine Self transcendence can be found in religion and therefore Christianity and mescaline are well suited for each other however it is unlikely to happen as Huxley stated in his essay All I am suggesting is that the mescalin experience is what Catholic theologians call a gratuitous grace not necessary to salvation but potentially helpful and to be accepted thankfully if made availablea human being obsessed with words and notions but as they are apprehended directly and unconditionallyEducation In a world where education is predominantly verbal highly educated people find it all but impossible to pay serious attention to anything but words and notions The non verbal humanities the arts of being directly aware of the given facts of our existence are almost completely ignored Aldous Huxley managed to describe his experience in an enlightened way He elucidated his experience in such an illuminating way that it was impossible not to uote his standpoints The author's universalism is highly depicted in his philosophical and religious points of view It's asserted in the essay that spiritual experiences will transform anyone for the better and I couldn't agree I just personally don't agree that psychedelic drugs are well suited for Christianity or to any religion whatsoever Words prayers slogans are notions and symbols intrinsically correlated to Religion in general Psychedelic drugs are still seen with disregard and therefore it will not be intrinsically connected to Religion I personally believe that spirituality can be separated from Religion but that would be a detailed topic to discussI do practice meditation and I was tremendously curious to read this book I found very elucidative mind blowing and inspiring how the details were depicted throughout the text When I was younger I was very sceptic about these spiritual experiences but when I became older I realized that these transcendental experiences are uite relevant for self fulfilment either with psychedelic drugs or through meditation I recommend anyone to read this book even to sceptics It's undoubtedly a mind bending book that uestions our reality and gives new paths to our general perception of the worldNo wonder Jim Morrison baptised his band's name The DoorsRating 455 Stars

  7. Lindu Pindu says:

    Huxley Not on my list of great writers but an interesting person with ideas There are illuminating books on psychoactive substances but this would perform well as a primer for those completely brainwashed into thinking that drug takers are dazed hippies I see themus as seekers people seeking to believe in something they can see and experience in an age where we don't take words like mind soul reason for granted any This is exactly the point of view Huxley uses here Also imagining the guy hunching next to the bamboo legs of a chair whilst gazing at them with childlike delight is a nice little visual Read it it'll only take you one evening Keep an art booklaptop at hand there are uite a few references to works of art that you might want to see

  8. Mike says:

    Huxley's writing is brilliant and a joy to read The work is littered throughout with so much religious and philosophical allusions which adds to the thoughtful depth I found it to be uite fascinating However his conclusions leave empty Essentially it's religion achieved through chemistry And his conception of religion focuses purely on the subjective It's no surprise that he refers to Eckhart Boehme and eastern philosophy so often; he looks only at the inner light rather than considering an external objectivism

  9. Avishek Das says:

    This has opened some aspects still some are in mirage I would read again and again over the ages believe will be able to decode

  10. Quiver says:

    Thus it came about that one bright May morning four tenths of a gram of mescaline dissolved in half a glass of water and sat down to wait for the resultsWhat ensues is a description of the experience written retroactively with the help of taped conversations taken at the time and interspersed with commentary on art philosophy and the usefulness and abuse of drugs in reaching altered states Some themes mind as a valve that regulates how much the chaos and infinity of the universe we can access without the valve we'd be swamped; perception of time and space; mind and body separation; exploration of visual changes brought upon by mescaline less so the other senses; art and what it means to be a visionary; specific references to painters Van Gogh chiefly the attraction of draperies patterns and coloursUltimately it felt rather broken up mystical and chaotic—a little like the high he describes and perhaps deliberately so To the detriment of the reader however

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