Michaux, Henri - Miserable Miracle Mescaline - The jerking building
Type of Spiritual Experience
Michaux was not only a very ill man, he had also abused his body with drugs, as such the images he obtained of his 'castle' were not likely to be that optimistic.
A description of the experience
By slow cantings, by fissurations, by indiscernible slidings, I see, being formed, unformed, re-unformed, a jerking building, a building in abeyance, in perpetual metamorphosis and transubstantiation, sometimes appearing to be the rough draft of an immense and almost orogenic tapir, or the still quivering pagne of a negro dancer who has collapsed and is about to fall asleep. But out of the sleep, and even before it occurs, the building majestically rises. And here it is again just as it was before, with more stories than you can count, with a thousand rows of spasmodic bricks, a trembling oscillating ruin, crammed stuttering Borobodur...............
..........There were psychologists and psychiatrists who attributed to Aldous Huxley's subconscious the ruins that appeared to him under Mescaline. Actually they appear to almost everyone who takes the drug. The result – probably – of the tremulous motion of the images of real or imagined objects, making them seem to be in ruins or about to collapse