High Times Greats: ‘Moksha’ By Aldous Huxley


In conjunction with the anniversary of Aldous Huxley’s death last November, we republished Jay Stevens’ article from the January, 1988 edition of High Times, originally titled “Door to Perception: Huxley Drops Mescaline” (excerpted from Stevens’ book, Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream). Now, in honor of the anniversary of Huxley’s birth on July 26, 1894, we’re republishing portions of Aldous Huxley’s Moksha: The Uncollected Pieces on Psychedelic and Visionary Experience, which was featured in the Oct/Nov, 1975 issue of High Times, complete with an introduction by Michael Horowitz and Cynthia Palmer, who also happen to be Winona Ryder’s parents.


The publication of Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception (1954)—amidst the intellectual wasteland of Eisenhower’s America—had a cultural impact few books have ever achieved. The British author’s fortieth book describes the day in Los Angeles when Huxley, then nearly 60, “cleansed” his “doors…



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