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The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley
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Sep 17, 09

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"Occasionally.... messages from the Other World are transmitted by means of a subject drawn, not from real life or history, but from the realm of archetypal symbols. There hangs in the Louvre a "Meditation du Philosophe," whose symbolical subject matter is nothing more nor less than the human mind, with its teeming darknesses, its moments of intellectual and visionary illumination, its mysterious stairways winding downward and upward into the unknown. The meditating philosopher sits there in his island of inner illumination, and at the opposite end of the symbolic chamber, in another, rosier island, an old woman crouches before the hearth. The firelight touches and transfigures her face, and we see, concretely illustrated, the impossible paradox and supreme truth -- that perception is (or at least can be, ought to be) the same as Revelation, that Reality shines out of every appearance, that the One is totally, infinitely present in all particulars." p. 119

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Jonathan High doses of Mescaline are advised while reading this book.

message 2: by Sandy (last edited Sep 15, 2009 04:46PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sandy Huxley is a natural high!

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