What governs the laws of physics and makes one man’s reality another man’s hallucination? How many points of view does it take to make a consensus? If reality is in the eye of the beholder, why should we believe anything which we can’t see for ourselves? And if our beliefs and perceptions are creating our reality, isn’t it time we asked ourselves what—or who—is shaping these beliefs, and to what end?
Juxtaposing ancient myths and occult teachings with the modern folklore of global conspiracies, satanic rituals, and alien abductions, The Lucid View traces hitherto unexplored parallels between paranoid awareness, magikal thinking, and Surrealism, and finds they all share a common goal: to forge new perspectives out of the raw material of the unconscious, and to shatter the frozen lake of the consensus with the axe of the impossible.
Drawing freely on the works of Blake, Rimbaud, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Poe, Jung, Kafka, D.H. Lawrence, Camus, Breton, Dali, H.P. Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, William Burroughs, Carlos Castaneda, Philip K. Dick, Jacques Vallee, Terence McKenna, John Keel, Whitley Strieber, and Robert Anton Wilson, The Lucid View covers a wide spectrum of paranormal phenomena and visionary perspectives, and weaves them into an original and spell-binding tapestry. This is a newly revised and updated edition.