The gateway to the invisible must be visible. This is a cardinal rule of the Western imagination, that helps to express a crucial difference between the Western way of accessing other worlds and Eastern approaches (especially as misrepresented by Westerners) that discount imagery and dreams.
The statement comes from René Daumal’s unfinished novel
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In his original article, the narrator explored the symbology of the mountain as the path between heaven and earth. The problem is that today, thanks to explorers and mountaineers, the mystic mountains of the past that had recognized addresses (Mount
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The novel makes the first literary use of the strange word "peradam", one worth adding to our vocabulary because it exactly defines something that adventurers in consciousness will know: a peradam is an object that is revealed only to those who seek it.
"The Ascent of Mount Analogue" by Remedios Varo. Illustration from the 1952 edition of the novel.