Good point. That's why understanding how the brain does this by
erecting many of the veils of illusion is so important to
understanding how to experience the reality beyond those veils.
On Oct 10, 2008, at 8:33 PM, <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>Good point. And we actually are conscious of only the minutest
the reality around us at any time.
In the DOORS TO PERCEPTION published in 1954 the author Aldous Huxley
proposed that the brain, rather than emanating knowledge, actually
acts as a
FILTER of knowledge. He goes on to propose that hallucinogenic or
experiences (between which he draws only a fine distinction) are a
a breakdown in the brain's filtering function. This breakdown can
anything that deprives the brain of oxygen (such as chanting or slow,
controlled breathing like zazen), or glucose (such as fasting or
like LSD and mescaline), or introduces chemicals (such as self-
fasting also increases the quantity of toxic wastes in the blood
flight/fight reaction or any number of other drugs).
Another good book on this subject is VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
published around 1905 and authored by William James.