The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell | What's going on?
"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" ― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass In 1954 Aldous Huxley published an essay called 'The Doors of Perception' followed two years later by 'Heaven and Hell" in which he described his visionary experiences as user of mescaline, an ancient Mexican drug. He expected it to produce a different mode of consciousness but found out it resulted in an extraordinary heightened visual awareness which gave him 'a sacramental vision on reality'. By experimenting with this drug Huxley explores 'an unexplored New World of the mind, the antipodes of his normal conscious living, whose properties have a heightened significant pure intrinsic value. This world can have the characteristics of the Paradise or Fairyland of religion, but also negative emotions like fear, anger, hatred or