©1954 Aldous Huxley; (P)2009 BBC Audio
a gateway to expanded consciousness without drugs.
The reader! His voice is beautiful and deep, and puts me in a meditative state.
That perfect voice.
no, but 2 or 3 would do it.
Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in higher consciousness. Just listening will get you there without drugs!
If you're interested in eloquent descriptions of hallucinogenic experiences, this is a good listen. Although, I had some trouble connecting to the narrator, a little too slow for my liking. For this kind of text I much prefer the more 'scientific' sounding voice of DMT-The Spirit Molecule.
But never the less a good listen.
This was an interesting listen. Not very long. It was insightful to hear someone talk about the benefits of having our perception altered chemically. Maybe some of these very old cultures had a point.
everyone . . . a tad boring . . .
Aldous Huxley holds forth using his experience in an altered state as the center of his intellectual examination of the place of altered experiences in "todays" world. (1950s)
If you want to read every book on Consciousness you can get your hands on you might find this as a "To Do" item on a checklist.
But, I found this book boring and was glad The Doors of Perception was shorter than most books.
I've had this book on my list for awhile and finally got to it. The audio version made it much more entertaining and easy to read. I've heard of this book but didn't know he was such a genius. And way ahead of his time!!
What I took away ... author was seeking, seeking everything and felt he might find it in a drugged stupor. What he found was that in his drugged condition he did not become or experience anything really new, but he did grow to appreciate the little things ... the chair in his office and all of the things that had to happen in a particular order, particular fashion to make that chair a chair ... the wood from a tree grown over many years, the logger who cut the street, the craftsman who saw the chair in the raw materials, the fabric from overseas, the family that wove the fabric, the farmer that grew the food to feed the craftsman, the logger, the seamstress ... and on and on.
Many people take drugs as a means to get more insight into themselves or the divine. While taking drugs must be a blast (I wouldn't know), having someone sit down and meticulously write down every single sensation they feel after taking mescaline, and then prefacing that with a long, academic discussion on the history of the drug and its uses....well, frankly, it was putting me to sleep. It's a highly cerebral book, perhaps too cerebral for me because my mind kept wandering as I listened and eventually I gave up. I'd have rather just taken mescaline myself than listen to 10 hours of someone else's slow trip.
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