Opening the Doors of Perception
Format: Trade Paperback
Price: $18.95 US/ $20.95 CAN
On-Sale Date: 9/13/16
What exactly are hallucinations, autism, epilepsy, migraines, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Savant syndrome? Are they actually doors to another reality?
Anthony Peake thinks so. In this stunning new book, Peake takes Aldous Huxley’s work with psychedelics and updates it using the latest information from such seemingly unrelated fields as quantum mechanics, neurochemistry and consciousness studies. This work follows on from Peake’s groundbreaking study of the pineal gland, The Infinite Mindfield.
Praise for Opening the Doors:
In 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 of The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences: How understanding NDEs can help us live more fully
Anthony 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 of Fortean Times.
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 of Communion and co-Author with Dr. Jeffrey Kripal of Super Natural: a New Vision of the Unexplained
In 1954 Aldous Huxley’s hugely influential book “The Doors of Perception” was published. Huxley’s title was 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 of Perception updates Huxley’s work and suggests processes and procedures whereby we can perceive reality in its true glory, without the use of mind-altering drugs. The book has three sections. The first discusses in great detail a concept Peake first introduced in his book The Daemon: A Guide to Your Extraordinary Secret Self. Most human beings perceive the doors of perception 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 migraines and progressing through various “altered-states” such as temporal lobe epilepsy, bi-polar syndrome, autism and finally, when the doors are fully open, schizophrenia.
About the Author
Anthony Peake (born 1954) grew up on the Wirral, near Liverpool, England. He was educated at Wirral Grammar School, Warwick University and the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, The Scientific & Medical Network and the Society for Psychic Research. He has been interviewed by many radio stations and magazines across the world and has appeared on British television discussing the explanatory power of this idea. He is also developing a reputation as an engaging and dynamic public speaker having now presented over 100 lectures across the UK, Europe and the USA. In July of 2009 he was a speaker at a prestigious “Platform Event” at the National Theatre in London, and two weeks later he presented a lecture to over 300 people in Manhattan, New York.
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