Cleanse the Doors of Perception

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow gaps in his cavern. – William Blake

Our lives are truly a wonder. The light of the universe animates our spirits with luscious radiance. We only need to see clearly through the red dust, as the ancient Chinese saying goes. Imagine the hustle and bustle of daily life raising clouds of dust that obscure everything beyond the most immediate. These things, although necessary, keep us from seeing past the mundane into the infinite.

There are dark things we each carry with us. Melancholy shadows of past misdeeds, regrets, and afflictions stain our souls. These miseries fester in our guts and weaken our resolve. We can feel as if no one would understand why we did this or that, or why we continue to bear this corrosive misery. Lay down those burdens of the past. Clear away that grievous debris from the celestial threshold. Forgive yourself. Begin to heal.


Modern life can entangle our thoughts with a multitude of impediments disguised as amusements. In no time at all the snarled nets have snared your perceptions. Extricating oneself from these decoys of reality takes determination and time. To quote the poet Carl Sandburg: Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how to spend it. Be careful lest other people spend it for you. Step out from the madding caverns and through the doors of perception into the light.

Liberate your spirit. See the world around you clearly. Open yourself to the miracle of YOU. No matter the past; and no matter your station in life – You are remarkable. You are the light of the Universe.

Published by everythingisbeachy

Read my books at: amazon.com/author/wheelerce Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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