The Major Ordeals of the Mind
Henri Michaux

Dazzling descriptions of the operations of the normal and abnormal mind, revealed in controlled drug experiments.
HB 267 / 1966

Post     Dust

Heraclitus & Michaux


Fragments (Phoenix Presocractic Series)
Heraclitus of Ephesus

Greek philosopher, known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, and for establishing the term Logos in Western philosophy as meaning both the source and fundamental order of the Cosmos.
Fragments / 1986



              After the unprecedented and somewhat counter-natural acceptances, one must expect recurrences of such refusals; however, there is a part that cannot be erased or reversed, which continues to function, living on the margins of the Unforgettable… Evolution in progress…

How can one escape that which never sets?


              Too many things are going on around me. Evening has come… I see avenging hands reaching towards me… Passionate, maddening, unbearable, pulling back and again reaching out toward me, without stopping… It is difficult to give my mind another direction, to pretend that this furious and aggressive accusation against me is not going on.

Into the same river you could not step twice, for other — and still other waters are flowing.


              Perhaps it is worth the trouble, for someone who has put himself in this infernal situation, to know the same disorganizing flux, the same frenzied surge which overflows in every direction, which cannot be controlled, retained, or contained, this same disorganizing force may become, for someone who knows how to deal with it, the very springboard of transcendence.

For human nature does not possess understanding, but the divine does.