In 1954 Aldous Huxley’s hugely influential book “The Doors of Perception” was published. Huxley’s title is taken from William Blake’s 1793 book “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”. In this Blake makes the following observation: “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.”
Opening the Doors to Perception will update Huxley’s work and suggest process and procedures whereby man can, indeed, perceive reality in its true glory.
The book will be in two sections. The first will discuss in great detail a concept I first introduced in my book The Daemon: A Guide to Your Extraordinary Secret Self. I termed this the “scale of transcendence” and suggested that there is a scale of perceptions whereby the doors of perception are slowly opened and, bit by bit, they reveal the true nature of “reality” as suggested by most esoteric teachings and mystic traditions. Most human beings perceive the doors as being securely closed. However there are occasions when the doors become slightly ajar and allow fleeting glimpses of what the Gnostics called “The Pleroma”. For “normal” people these glimpses are experienced during fleeting “noetic” experiences. However for others the doors are prized upon by certain neurological processes starting with migraine and progressing through various “alteredstates” such as temporal lobe epilepsy, bi-polar syndrome, autism and finally, when the doors are fully open, schizophrenia.
About the Author
Anthony Peake is the author of bestselling titles The Out-of-Body Experience and The Infinite Mindfield. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, The Scientific & Medical Network, and the Society for Psychical Research. In January 2011 he was offered, and accepted, a research fellowship at the Giordano Bruno Global Shift University. In August 2011 he was listed as one of the 200 “Visionaries” for the twenty-first century. He has been interviewed in, or written articles for, many magazines, including Kindred Spirit, Mindscape, Odyssey, New Dawn, PKD Otaku and Paranormal. His work was also featured in the Fortean Times Paranormal Handbook.
This book not only opens the doors to perception, its careful attention to scholarship and exceptional intellectual clarity throws them wide open.--Whitley Strieber, Author ofCommunionand co-Author with Dr. Jeffrey Kripal ofSuper Natural: a New Vision of the Unexplained Anthony Peake s fascinating book explores the underlying nature of consciousness as it is revealed through various syndromes and disorders. The book combines scientific evidence with philosophical inquiry in an elegant way, posing deep questions about what we experience as reality. A great read!--Daniel Pinchbeck, author of How Soon is Now? and Breaking Open the HeadIn this deeply insightful book, Peake discusses the neurological, neurochemical, physiological and psychological correlations between pathological conditions and anomalous states of consciousness that are often associated with these conditions. Peake draws attention to commonalities between some of these conditions in regards to how they are linked on the spectrum of consciousness and highlights that a renewed perspective on consciousness could remove the seemingly "paranormal" labels given to anomalous states. More importantly, it gives us a deeper understanding of pathological conditions such as epilepsy, migraine and schizophrenia and provides us with insight into how to develop potential therapeutic strategies for those who live with these conditions.--Dr Penny Sartori, author ofThe Wisdom of Near-Death ExperiencesAnthony Peake is engaged in one of the most important strands of ontological inquiry of modern times, unravelling the Gordian Knot that is the mystery of our existence. Boldly researched, patiently detailed and with clearly explained examples of ?experience anomalies?, this book underpins his non-mystical model of immortality, showing how our bi-cameral brains might interface with the universal Pleroma.--Bob Rickard, Founder Editor ofFortean Times"
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 1st September 2016
Publisher: Watkins Media
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.6 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.35