Gateway
to the Unknown

Sulphur

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” 

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake.

Our senses are limited. This door/ gate here pictured is the metaphor of these limits and we have the clear notion there is an entire new world on the other side.

A couple of days ago we read something about cats and other mammals seeing in ultraviolet. How many times you saw your kitty focusing on something you cannot see? The lens of human eye blocks ultraviolet light so probably cats see a very different world.

 It’s scary, some people say they are able to see errant spirits. But is it that silly? There are an infinity of sensorial stimuli difficult or impossible to us to interpret. Maybe these limitations block us to understand some paranormal stuff and the way we are linked to religion and spirituality.

In a different perspective, Aldous Huxley in “The Doors of Perception” interpret his psychedelic experience with mescaline as a mystical achievement. 

The mystical experience is doubly valuable; it is valuable because it gives the experiencer a better understanding of himself and the world and because it may help him to lead a less self-centered and more creative life.

The so called “transcendental experiences” could offer us a shortcut to open a “Gateway to the Unknown”. But is this an amplification of our senses or just a distortion of the reality? 

This door is closed for us now but in the right time the secrets of Universe will be revealed.

“Porta Alchemica” engraving by Henry Carrington Bolton based in the Alchemical Door built by Massimiliano Palombara in his residence in Roma. 1678-1680
“The Gates of Hell” by Auguste Rodin, 1880-1917
“the Portal of St. Anne- Notre Dame, Paris” Photograph by Achille Quinet, c. 1860.
“prayers in the chapel” Coloured aquatint by F.C. Lewis, 1813.
“Astronomy: the 28 phases of the moon in a lunar month” from Ars Magna Lucis et umbrae in mundo by Athanasius Kircher. Engraving by P. Miotte, 1645–1646.
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