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States of Consciousness

By Dean Cvetkovic,Irena Cosic
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Isbn : 3642180477
  • Pages : 282
  • Category : Medical
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In this accessible overview of current knowledge, an expert team of editors and authors describe experimental approaches to consciousness. These approaches are shedding light on some of the hitherto unknown aspects of the distinct states of human consciousness, including the waking state, different states of sleep and dreaming, meditation and more. The book presents the latest research studies by the contributing authors, whose specialities span neuroscience, neurology, biomedical engineering, clinical psychology and psychophysiology, psychosocial medicine and anthropology. Overall this anthology provides the reader with a clear picture of how different states of consciousness can be defined, experimentally measured and analysed. A future byproduct of this knowledge may be anticipated in the development of systematic corrective treatments for many disorders and pathological problems of consciousness.

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This book contains some silent monologues and outer dialogues coming from situations that arouse insight. Some entries date back to the early 1970s when this author first arrived in Canada yet they are relevant in today’s parlance as they highlight the gradual emergence of answers to some questions the poems raise. Though, in poetic format, this book is also an account of participant observation research wherein the observer comments on some very central questions in society around democracy, social inequality, sex discrimination, gun violence, subtle classroom discrimination from the perspective of six and seven-year olds, to mention but a few gems in this book. The title, `States of Consciousness’ as used in the book, refers to stages of growth of an individual or a collective. The states represent levels of growth or awareness in self- or group- understanding. In essence the book represents the writer’s journey along the highways to “Love”. The reader will grasp what is meant by “Love” as she/he reads through the heart of this work. Often great teachers in our midst are so busy living life and doing great things for humanity that taking time out to share life’s lessons and blessings becomes tedious. Facing this challenge, this author met some great non-human motivators as you are about to find out by reading this book.

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By Michael Mathiesen
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  • Pages : 150
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Every living thing with a brain has some form of Consciousness, or an awareness of who or what they are and the role they play in the universe. But few of the living really know what to do with that information. Electrons make up the first state of Consciousness. We now know that they can learn about each other and bind together for life like a marriage in what's known as 'Entanglements.' Whenever the state of one 'Entangled' electron is changed, the other one in the pair knows about it and it changes instantly to show unification. This happens instantly no matter how far away the two may be from one another. How do they know? The only answer is 'Consciousness'. From there, the forces of Nature allow the Electrons to pass their subatomic level of Consciousness up to the level of Atoms, structured out of the building blocks of the electrons, protons, etc. From there, the Atoms, or Elements are able to pass up their form of Consciousness to the molecular level. Remember the Avogadro's Number? From the molecular level, molecules are able to pass on their level of Consciousness to all living things, the 4th and highest State of Consciousness for all living things - what I call the Feedback Loop. We are all part of that loop. It's a loop because even at the highest level of Consciousness, we still use Electrons to create and transport our thoughts throughout our brains. This book is an answer to some of the greatest questions of all time and they are: 'Where do we come from?' 'Why are we here?' and 'What can we do about it?'

Psi-Conducive States of Awareness

By Charles Honorton
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  • Publisher : Cosimo, Inc.
  • Isbn : 1944529330
  • Pages : 27
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Until recently, little systematic research has been directed toward examining the role of subjective state of awareness factors in psychic func­tioning. In this essay, chapter 27 of Psychic Exploration, recent experimental studies are described involving the elicitation of ESP through dreams, hypnosis, and meditation-type procedures. The full volume of Psychic Exploration can be purchased as an ebook or paperback version from all major online retailers and at cosimobooks.com.

Altered States of Consciousness

By Marc Wittmann
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  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Isbn : 0262347741
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Psychology
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What altered states of consciousness—the dissolution of feelings of time and self—can tell us about the mystery of consciousness. During extraordinary moments of consciousness—shock, meditative states and sudden mystical revelations, out-of-body experiences, or drug intoxication—our senses of time and self are altered; we may even feel time and self dissolving. These experiences have long been ignored by mainstream science, or considered crazy fantasies. Recent research, however, has located the neural underpinnings of these altered states of mind. In this book, neuropsychologist Marc Wittmann shows how experiences that disturb or widen our everyday understanding of the self can help solve the mystery of consciousness. Wittmann explains that the relationship between consciousness of time and consciousness of self is close; in extreme circumstances, the experiences of space and self intensify and weaken together. He considers the emergence of the self in waking life and dreams; how our sense of time is distorted by extreme situations ranging from terror to mystical enlightenment; the experience of the moment; and the loss of time and self in such disorders as depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. Dostoyevsky reported godly bliss during epileptic seizures; neurologists are now investigating the phenomenon of the epileptic aura. Wittmann describes new studies of psychedelics that show how the brain builds consciousness of self and time, and discusses pilot programs that use hallucinogens to treat severe depression, anxiety, and addiction. If we want to understand our consciousness, our subjectivity, Wittmann argues, we must not be afraid to break new ground. Studying altered states of consciousness leads us directly to the heart of the matter: time and self, the foundations of consciousness.

Alternative States of Consciousness in Shamanism, Imaginal Psychotherapies, Hypnotherapy, and Meditation Including a Shamanism and Meditation Inspired Personal and Professional Training Program for the 21st Century Psychotherapist

By Allen Holmquist
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  • Publisher : Universal-Publishers
  • Isbn : 1581123574
  • Pages : 600
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Shamanism, hypnosis, imaginal psychotherapies, and meditation are based on the use of what we in the modern western world think of as non-ordinary human consciousness. These four modalities have fundamental similarities and differences in purpose, theory, technique, type of alternative consciousness, and their application of non-ordinary reality. Shamanism, the oldest and most intertwined with the cultures in which it is practiced, will be explored as a model for individual healing and transformation and professional training. The shamanic way will also be explored as a model of consciousness and a world-view that offers individuals, groups, and society much needed coping mechanisms, healing techniques, and transformative values that may be helpful in dealing with this trying and important transition time for humanity. Imaginal therapies, meditation and hypnosis all have their roots in shamanism, although in some parts of the world at certain times in history, shamanism borrowed from meditation in its adaptation and development.

Knowing the Facts about Altered States of Consciousness

By John Ankerberg,John Weldon
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  • Publisher : ATRI Publishing
  • Isbn : 1937136795
  • Pages : 27
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Altered states of consciousness comprise unusual conditions of perception achieved by the deliberate cultivation of often abnormal mental states. This practice continues to increase in popularity today. The most recent pop culture example of this teaching is found in Eckhart Tolle's writing. His teachings and books were featured as part of Oprah's popular talk show resulting in study groups of his teachings across America and beyond. The authors share the major problems and potential dangers that are involved as well as give a biblical evaluation of this practice.

Tantric Buddhism and Altered States of Consciousness

By Louise Child
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1317046773
  • Pages : 206
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 466
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This book explores the role of altered states of consciousness in the communication of social and emotional energies, both on a societal level and between individual persons. Drawing from an original reading of Durkheimian social theorists (including Mauss, Hertz, and Hubert) and Jungian psychology, Louise Child applies this analysis to tantric Buddhist ritual and biographical material. She suggests ways in which dreams and visionary experiences (including those related to the 'subtle body') play an important and previously under-explored role in tantric understandings of the consort relationship.

Neuroimaging of Consciousness

By Andrea Eugenio Cavanna,Andrea Nani,Hal Blumenfeld,Steven Laureys
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Isbn : 3642375804
  • Pages : 261
  • Category : Medical
  • Reads : 137
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Within the field of neuroscience, the past few decades have witnessed an exponential growth of research into the brain mechanisms underlying both normal and pathological states of consciousness in humans. The development of sophisticated imaging techniques to visualize and map brain activity in vivo has opened new avenues in our understanding of the pathological processes involved in common neuropsychiatric disorders affecting consciousness, such as epilepsy, coma, vegetative states, dissociative disorders, and dementia. This book presents the state of the art in neuroimaging exploration of the brain correlates of the alterations in consciousness across these conditions, with a particular focus on the potential applications for diagnosis and management. Although the book has a practical approach and is primarily targeted at neurologists, neuroradiologists, and psychiatrists, it will also serve as an essential reference for a wide range of researchers and health care professionals.

The Other Side of the Valley

By Linda Edwards
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  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Isbn : 1780998252
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Health & Fitness
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A journey from sceptic to passionate practitioner. Blending research with personal stories and drawing from healing paradigms from around the world, The Other Side of the Valley distils reams of scientific and subjective experience into a coherent and simple approach to life. Whilst charting the author's personal journey from sceptic to complete acceptance of healing through altered states of consciousness the book is also designed to provide a pragmatic approach to healing and well-being.

The Natural Problem of Consciousness

By Pietro Snider
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Isbn : 3110525577
  • Pages : 257
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 562
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The “Natural Problem of Consciousness” is the problem of understanding why there are presently conscious beings at all. Given a non-reductive naturalist framework taking consciousness as an ontologically subjective biological phenomenon, how can we rationally explain the fact that the actual world has turned out to be one where there are presently living beings that can feel, rather than having developed as a zombie-world in which there would be no conscious experiences of any kind? This book introduces the Natural Problem by relating it to central problems in the philosophy of mind (metaphysical mind-body problem, Hard Problem of consciousness) and emphasizing the distinctive interest of its diachronic dimension. Ranging from philosophy to biology and neuroscience, it offers a thorough analysis aimed at better understanding what could explain why phenomenal consciousness has been preserved throughout evolution by natural selection. This is an original, engaging, and thought provoking philosophical study of a neglected but fundamental question regarding the nature and origin of consciousness.

The Reflexive Nature of Consciousness

By Greg Janzen
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  • Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing
  • Isbn : 9027291683
  • Pages : 186
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 217
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Combining phenomenological insights from Brentano and Sartre, but also drawing on recent work on consciousness by analytic philosophers, this book defends the view that conscious states are reflexive, and necessarily so, i.e., that they have a built-in, “implicit” awareness of their own occurrence, such that the subject of a conscious state has an immediate, non-objectual acquaintance with it. As part of this investigation, the book also explores the relationship between reflexivity and the phenomenal, or “what-it-is-like,” dimension of conscious experience, defending the innovative thesis that phenomenal character is constituted by the implicit self-awareness built into every conscious state. This account stands in marked contrast to most influential extant theories of phenomenal character, including qualia theories, according to which phenomenal character is a matter of having phenomenal sensations, and representationalism, according to which phenomenal character is constituted by representational content. (Series A)

Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness

By Daniel Pinchbeck,Ken Jordan
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  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Isbn : 1583945172
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 505
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A diverse group of authors journey into the fringes of human consciousness, tackling psychic and paranormal phenomena, lucid dreaming, synchronistic encounters, and more. Collected from the online magazine Reality Sandwich, these essays explore regions of the mind often traversed by shamans, mystics, and visionary artists; adjacent and contiguous to our normal waking state, these realms may be encountered in dreams or out-of-body experiences, accessed through meditation or plant medicines, and marked by psychic phenomena and uncanny synchronicities. From demons encountered in sleep paralysis visions to psychic research conducted by the CIA, the seemingly disparate topics covered here congeal to form a larger picture of what these extraordinary states of consciousness might have to tell us about the nature of reality itself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Altering Consciousness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives [2 volumes]

By Etzel Cardeña,Michael J. Winkelman
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Isbn : 031338309X
  • Pages : 800
  • Category : Psychology
  • Reads : 232
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This authoritative, multidisciplinary overview of altered states of consciousness (ASC) shows how their study is necessary to gain a fundamental understanding of human culture, history, and biology. • Contains various illustrations in the two volumes • Presents a bibliography of representative references to the literature on altered states across various disciplines and languages • Provides convenient cross-referencing of subjects across chapters

Consciousness

By Antti Revonsuo
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  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Isbn : 1135164797
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Psychology
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The study of consciousness is recognized as one of the biggest remaining challenges to the scientific community. This book provides a fascinating introduction to the new science that promises to illuminate our understanding of the subject. Consciousness covers all the main approaches to the modern scientific study of consciousness, and also gives the necessary historical, philosophical and conceptual background to the field. Current scientific evidence and theory from the fields of neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, brain imaging and the study of altered states of consciousness such as dreaming, hypnosis, meditation and out-of-body experiences is presented. Revonsuo provides an integrative review of the major existing philosophical and empirical theories of consciousness and identifies the most promising areas for future developments in the field. This textbook offers a readable and timely introduction to the science of consciousness for anyone interested in this compelling area, especially undergraduates studying psychology, philosophy, cognition, neuroscience and related fields.