Master Key for the Doors of Perception for Huxley
The legendary writer Aldous Huxley was not the only intellectual of his time who used hallucinogenic drugs, but was the first who described his experience to the smallest details – paying too high the price of his knowledge, in fact the drug was the master key for perception of Huxley. As the author of the novel Counterpoint of Life (1928) and Brave New World (1932) which show the nihilism that prevails in the early nineteenth century, and ironic vision of a future utopia, Aldous Huxley was already a legend in world literature. Then he stepped into the world of hallucinogenic drugs and very strikingly described his experience in the essay The doors of perception and Heaven and Hell.
The streets that flow into the Sunset Boulevard and houses in the Hollywood Hills that flash on the Sun and remind of the glowing particles of the new Jerusalem. This is how Huxley described the journey that lasted for 8 hours he took under the supervision of a psychiatrist dr Humphry Osmond – Huxley’s first time to try mescaline, an alkaloid found in peyote. The psychiatrist didn’t want to be remembered as a man who introduced the famous writer into madness, he decided to stay with Huxley during his first trip and carefully writes down all the influences this drug has on him and how he reacts to music, pictures and various objects that surrounds him. In fact, several months before the event Dr. Osmond began to investigate the effect of hallucinogenic drugs in people with schizophrenia. Aware of the danger he feared the reaction of Huxley. It can be seen from doctor’s records that in one moment Huxley was in panic because “the common garden chair made him believe he was before the dreadful tribunal“.