“I want to introduce you to the phrase, “Through the looking glass”. It’s a great phrase to keep in mind if you’re going deep into the existential work that we do here.
The phrase comes from the title of Lewis Carroll’s famous novel, Through The Looking Glass, sequel to Alice In Wonderland. In the sequel Alice goes through the looking glass — looking glass is just an old fashioned word for a mirror — and of course discovers a strange and wacky alternative universe.
“Through the looking glass” is a metaphorical expression which means: on the bizarre side, in the twilight zone, in a strange parallel world where things are weird, loopy, and upside-down.
So what’s the point?
The point is, consciousness has dimensions to it which are through the looking glass. Strange, bizarre, loopy, surreal, maddening. This physical dimension of conscious which we call Earth is just one tiny dimension out of infinite others which are not limited by the laws of physics, logic, or even sanity. These strange realms can be scary and shocking to the unprepared mind that only expects reality to fit its narrow logical categories. It’s important to keep this in the back of your mind as you start doing spiritual work. Be prepared that one day you will find yourself through the looking glass. When it happens to you, don’t freak out, don’t panic. Stay calm and remind yourself that this was supposed to happen. This was the point of your work.
Especially you’re going to use psychedelics you’ll come to appreciate the significance of this phrase. Keeping these words in the back of your mind might help you to avert a bad trip.
What do you do when you suddenly find yourself through the looking glass? Enjoy the scenery, like an explorer in some uncharted land. As Terence McKenna said, “God is some kind of lost continent in the human mind.” Or more accurately, the human mind a tiny island in the mind of God.”