Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Antipodes of the Mind

I'm reading Aldous Huxley's HEAVEN AND HELL in which he describes visionary experiences as the "antipodes of the mind."

Here are a few quotes from the book:

"Preternatural light and color are common to all visionary experiences.  And along with light and color there goes, in every case, a recognition of heightened significance.

"...their meaning consists precisely in this, that they are intensely themselves and, being intensely themselves, are manifestations of the essential givenness, the non-human otherness of the universe."

"For most of us most of the time, the world of everyday experience seems rather dim and drab.  But for a few people often, and for a fair number occasionally, some of the brightness of visionary experience spills over, as it were, into common seeing, and the everyday universe is transfigured."

"Everything seen by those who visit the mind's antipodes is brilliantly illuminated and seems to shine from within."

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