the snow dog asked me to start this thread in 'this i believe'. i dont know if he/she was having a go at me or not. here it is anyway. i figure if it's not of anyones interest it will just pop off the page. perception is all we have to find answers in this world and we are often foolish enough to say 'if i dont see it, it's not there'. not true. our perception must be limited, and if it is, how would we know? we dont know what we dont perceive. we're living in a cardboad box with holes cut in it. a hole for eyes, nose, ears etc. my box has been cut in a larger way because i have been dead and in a coma, and had ghosts in my house. these experiences really opened me up to the limitations of our perception in our everyday life. when i was in a coma it was 10x more real than any vivid dream. it was in real time also. did i create that in my head? are we doing the same now? everything fits as if it were real. i walked thru doors. my family completely ignored my presence in the house. i opened a draw in my bedroom that my family said was open and none of them had opened it. the last night before i woke up from the coma i arrived home late, walked thru my bedroom door and opened the other door into the sitting room where my parents were sitting quietly and looking very sad. i said 'goodnight' and got no response. they later told me one night my bedroom door [the one that goes into sitting room] opened, and it was strange. on wednesday, the day my parents were told i wouldn't live thru the night, i was riding in sydney when the harbour bridge broke off it's structure and crashed down before me like the gates of heaven, which i swerved to avoid. -------------------------------------------- anyway the question is, why is it that a person on drugs can cause a person to see things that appear to be as real as real when others cant? is it really there? do our minds have doors that can be opened with drugs? do you believe we, as we are, can perceive everything there is? or is there a whole world of different dimentions we are only seeing a very small part of?