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Altered States of Consciousness



An altered state of consciousness, also called a non-ordinary state, dream state, or trance, can be any state that is generally different than a normal state of consciousness. There is no clearly defined boundary between “normal” and “altered” states of consciousness, but it’s generally understood that in an altered state, a person feels “awake” but in a manner different than a person normally experiences it. This state can be reflected physically—in how one senses one’s own body—and mentally—in how one is processing information. Though they are most commonly associated with the use of psychedelic drugs, altered states can sometimes purposefully be brought about by hypnosis, hallucination, or meditation or accidentally through witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event, undergoing a brain injury, or suffering from oxygen deprivation, among other triggers. Many report having religious, mystical, or spiritual experiences while in an altered state, though the experience is not always pleasant or enlightening. There is great interest in both the scientific and spiritual community in the interplay between consciousness and the physical body that occur during altered states.

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Altered States: Crash Course Psychology #10

You may think you know all about hypnosis from the movies. Zoolander, The Manchurian Candidate, etc... but there's a whole lot more going on. In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank tells us about some of the many altered states of consciousness, including hypnosis.

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Far Journeys

The sequel to Monroe's Journey Out of The Body is an amazing parapsychological odyssey that reflects a decade of research into the psychic realm beyond the known dimensions of physical reality.

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DMT: Gateway to Reality, Fantasy or What?

The phenomenon of encountering non-human entities under the influence of DMT has inspired debate about what these might actually be.

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FindCenterMost of us, even if only for two minutes in our lives, have experienced at some time or another an inexplicable and random sense of complete bliss, unrelated to anything that was happening in the outside world.

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Altered States of Consciousness: There’s Nothing Supernatural About It | Jamie Wheal | Big Think

Altered states of consciousness are documented across cultures, from shamans to Silicon Valley coders. As different as these experiences seem, there are four neurological features they all have in common.

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Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

Sacred Knowledge is the first well-documented, sophisticated account of the effect of psychedelics on biological processes, human consciousness, and revelatory religious experiences. Based on nearly three decades of legal research with volunteers, William A.

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Varieties of Ritual Involving States of Consciousness

Rites of passage with a spiritual focus have for a long time been absent in the modern world.

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FindCenterScience—the science to which I’ve devoted so much of my life—doesn’t contradict what I learned up there.

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Holotropic States of Consciousness

Psychiatrist Stanislav Grof explains how he coined the term "holotropic" to describe non-ordinary states of consciousness that are healing, transformative, and moving toward wholeness.

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The Natural Mind: A Revolutionary Approach to the Drug Problem

A bestseller in its original edition, The Natural Mind was Dr. Andrew Weil’s first book and the philosophical basis for all of his resulting beliefs and tenets on health, healing, and the mind.

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