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 through narrow chinks of his cavern.

William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790–1793)

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/William_Blake

Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception takes its title from this quote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doors_of_Perception

The full text is available at Erowid: http://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/writings/huxley_doors.shtml

The measure of a metaphor lies exclusively in its power to model a situation in such a way as to most frequently provoke the most appropriate response to stimulus. Period.

the Teafaerie, on interpreting “entity encounters” in psychedelic experiences

Quote in context: “The measure of a metaphor lies exclusively in its power to model a situation in such a way as to most frequently provoke the most appropriate response to stimulus. Period.    

If your tobacco addiction presents to you as a demon, and you choose to deal with it that way, awesome. 

 For some people that’s a good lens to use. For others it might be better to stick with the chemical feedback loop model. Maybe it’s just different ways of seeing and saying the same thing.

[…] “I think I got lucky, in a way, having lost my religion as a little kid. My touchstone images have always been taken out of mythic movies and psychedelic science fiction, so I’m not prone to taking this stuff too literally. If you’re Catholic, and the Virgin Mary appears to you in an ayahuasca trip, you may be susceptible to believing that the Holy Virgin herself in fact paid you a visitation.  

When Yoda appears to me, I know damned good and well it’s not really Yoda, because the real Yoda is a muppet.”

From “To Believe or Not to Believe” (2009): http://www.erowid.org/columns/teafaerie/2009/11/02/to-believe-or-not-to-believe/