Altered states of consciousness: a book of readings by Arnold M. Ludwig, Arthur J. Deikman, Milton H. Erickson,

By Arnold M. Ludwig, Arthur J. Deikman, Milton H. Erickson, Gerald Vogel, M. Bertini, David Foulkes, Frederik van Eeden, Kilton Stewart, Visit Amazon's Charles T. Tart Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Charles T. Tart,

The research of the character of human cognizance, a dormant and infrequently taboo subject in psychology, is once more constructing right into a revered box of inquiry. this is often the 1st booklet to supply a large medical standpoint for the research of various detailed states of attention.

The editor combines a humanistic technique, including an expertise of the nice power richness in human event indicated via ASCs, with the disciplined precision of a scientist. He brings a certified viewpoint to the remark of the more and more common use and resultant results of drug, Yoga, self-hypnosis, and different technique of generating ASCs that are popularly considered as comprising both a tremendous social challenge or an indication of optimistic swap in a materialistic civilization.

Studies of ASCs produced through psychedlic medicinal drugs, for instance, are put during this ebook inside a vast, illuminating viewpoint that comes with papers on mystical stories, hypnagogic (between waking and sound asleep) states, dream realization, meditation, hypnosis, and mind wave feedback-produced states.

In this quantity, Professor Tart has introduced jointly 35 clinical papers which illustrate the range of ASCs and their results, which describe the various suggestions, either historical and smooth, for generating ASCs and, maybe most crucial, which convey that ASCs should be studied scientifically with no destroying their inherent human richness.

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36 DEAUTOMATIZATI0N AND THE MYSTIC EXPERIENCE of depersonalization demonstrates the potential for an alteration in the sense of the realness of one's own person, although one's evidential self undergoes no change whatsoever. However, in the case of depersonalization, or of derealization, the distinction between what is external and what is interna] is still clear. What changes is the quality of realness attached to those object representations. * From a developmental point of view, it is clear that biological survival depends on a clear sense of what is palpable and what is not.

To answer this question I will examine the two basic techniques involved in mystical exercises: contemplation and renunciation. Contemplation is, ideally, a nonanalytic apprehension of an object or idea—nonanalytic because discursive thought is banished and the attempt is made to empty the mind of everything except the percept of the object in question. Thought is conceived of as an interference with the direct contact that yields essential knowledge through perception alone. The renunciation of worldly, goals and pleasures, both physical and psychological, is an extension of the same principle of freeing oneself from distractions that interfere with the perception of higher realisms or more beautiful aspects of 28 DEAUTOMATIZATI0N AND THE MYSTIC EXPERIENCE existence.

This report suggests that the perception of motion and shifting light and darkness may have been the perception of the movement of attention among various psychic contents (whatever such "movement" might actually be). "Attraction," "expansion," "absorption," would thus reflect the dynamics of the effort to focus attention—successful focusing is experienced as being "in the grip o f ' a powerful force. Another example: " . . when the vase changes shape . . 1 feel this in my body and particularly in my eyes .

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