The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
In the early 1950s, Aldous Huxley, already an acclaimed novelist & keen intellectual, ingested mescaline and wrote about the experience in The Doors of Perception. Instead of a luminous inner world, Huxley found himself transcending his own consciousness, and becoming one with the outer world, concluding that although psychedelic drugs did not offer enlightenment as to life's ultimate purpose, still, going through and then, coming back through the 'doors of perception' produces a mind-altering experience. In the 1960s, Huxley's essay became an underground touchstone of the psychedelic experience, part of the 'mind-altering arsenal'. With the essay 'Drugs That shape Men's Minds.'
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