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Kate Valentine and Fahrusha were very happy to welcome Anthony Peake, prolific author on the subject of consciousness, who has written nine widely acclaimed books on various aspects of non-physical realities (or are they?), time and consciousness. We speak with him primarily about his book Opening the Doors of Consciousness, the title of which is based on the Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) book The Doors of Perception the title of which in turn comes from a poem by William Blake (1757-1827). It brings to mind the image of great thinkers through time standing on the shoulders of the one before and building upon knowledge.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake
We also touch upon two of his other books Time and the Rose Garden: Encountering the Magical in the life and works of J.B. Priestley and A Life of Philip K Dick: The Man Who Remembered the Future. Both Priestley and Dick explored the subjects of time and consciousness in an unorthodox and thought provoking manner.
We discuss the difficulties of exploring consciousness anomalies using the paradigm of the materialistic scientific method. Does substantial first person experience data equal proof? Are we just meat puppets with accidental biological consciousness or are we part of an infinite consciousness which is eternal? Is reality holographic and are we living in a simulation? Peake explains this through the vocabulary of Gnosticism.
How can we break through the doors of perception? Humans can experience other realities through dreams, schizophrenia, psychotropic drugs and other processes. Are these realities any less real than 4-D? Only in the sense that in 4-D we can have the perception of consensus with other humans. This is called “consensual reality” and on a certain level unprovable due to the fact that individuals see the same event very differently.
I shall close this recap of the podcast with a quote from Aldous Huxley that I find germane to our subject: Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.