The Center of the Cyclone
Published by The Julian Press, Inc., New York
Copyright 1972 by John C. Lilly, M.D.
In this new-age classic of scientific research, Dr. John
C. Lilly shares his ground-breaking theory of the interaction between
the mind and the brain. Using his personal experiments in solitude,
isolation, and confinement, he combines these states with LSD, mysticism,
and other catalysts to gain a new understanding into the inner spaces
of the human consciousness.
Dr. Lilly details his experiences in researching the far-out spaces
and demonstrates how he programs such spaces and experiences through
his method of self-metaprogramming.
Displaying a frankness that is refreshingly objective, The Center of
the Cyclone offers a rational scientific explanation of how the mind
works in those special states of consciousness.
"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true or
becomes true, within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally.
These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province
of the mind, there are no limits."
"The centre of the cyclone is that rising quiet central low-pressure
place in which one can learn to live eternally. Just outside of this
Centre is the rotating storm of one's own ego, competing with other
egos in a furious high-velocity circular dance. As one leaves centre,
the roar of rotating wind deafens on more and more as one joins this
dance. One's centred thinking-feeling-being, one's own Satoris, are
in the centre only, not outside. One's pushed-pulled driven states,
one's anti-Satori modes of functioning, one's self-created hells,
are outside the centre. In the centre of the cyclone one is off the
wheel of Karma, of life, rising to join the Creators of the Universe,
the Creators of us.
Here we find that we have created Them who are Us." -- John C. Lilly
Chapter 04: Following
Instructions and Going with the Flow