Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
This Timeless Moment: A Personal View of Aldous Huxley.
Huxley, Laura Archera. (1968).
New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.
Description: First edition,
xiv + 331 pages.
23 unnumbered chapters.
Excerpt(s): After half
an hour, the expression on his face began to change a little,
and I asked him if he felt the effect of LSD, and he indicated
no. Yet I think that something had taken place already. This was
one of Aldous' characteristics. He would always delay acknowledging
the effect of any medicine, even when the effect was quite certainly
there; unless the effect was very, very strong, he would say no.
Now the expression on his face was beginning to look as it did
when he had taken the moksha-medicine, when this immense
expression of complete bliss and love would come over him. This
was not the case now, but there was a change in comparison to
what his face had been two hours before. I let another half hour
pass, and then I decided to give him another 100 mm. I told him
I was going to do it, and he acquiesced. I gave him another shot,
and then began to talk to him. (page 306)
"Easy, easy, and you are doing this willingly
and consciously and beautifully-going forward and up, light and
free, forward and up toward the light, into the light, into complete
The twitching [of Huxley's lower lip] stopped, the
breathing became slower and slower, and there was absolutely not
the slightest indication of contraction, of struggle. It was just
that the breathing became slower-and slower-and slower; the ceasing
of life was not a drama at all, but like a piece of music just
finishing so gently in a sempre piu piano, dolcemente ... and
at five twenty the breathing stopped. (pages 307-8)
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