Cosmic Consciousness

Cosmic Consciousness

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by Richard Maurice Bucke
     
 

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2010 Reprint of 1905 edition.This work is the magnum opus of Bucke's career, a project that he researched and wrote over many years. In it, Bucke described his own experience, that of contemporaries (most notably Whitman, but also unknown figures like "C.P."), and the experiences and outlook of historical figures including Buddha, Jesus, Paul, Plotinus, Muhammad,

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2010 Reprint of 1905 edition.This work is the magnum opus of Bucke's career, a project that he researched and wrote over many years. In it, Bucke described his own experience, that of contemporaries (most notably Whitman, but also unknown figures like "C.P."), and the experiences and outlook of historical figures including Buddha, Jesus, Paul, Plotinus, Muhammad, Dante, Francis Bacon, and William Blake. Bucke developed a theory involving three stages in the development of consciousness: the simple consciousness of animals; the self-consciousness of the mass of humanity (encompassing reason, imagination, etc.); and cosmic consciousness - an emerging faculty and the next stage of human development. Among the effects of this progression, he believed he detected a lengthy historical trend in which religious conceptions and theologies had become less and less fearful. A classic work.

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ISBN-13:
9780821600009
Publisher:
Carol Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1961

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Cosmic Consciousness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This study is from the early days of the psychiatric profession when its practitioners could still write seriously of spiritual and mystical matters without being ostracised or ridiculed as 'unscientific.' Briefly, the author personally experienced a sudden episode of enlightenment and rapture that, while it was only of brief duration, changed his outlook on life forever. He spent the rest of his life, he was in his mid-thirties at the time, trying to figure out what had happened to him, and if there were any others. What he found was that such sudden occurances of enlightenment, these epiphanies, had been occuring to mystics, philosophers, writers, and artists all through recorded history. Not only that, but they were occuring with increased frequency as time went on. Bucke concluded that this marked an evolutionary trend. Carried out to its logical conclusion, he postulated that one day 'cosmic consciousness' as he termed it, would be as common in the human race as self consciousness currently is. He based this on the manner in which the ancestors of man slowly climbed from the simple consciousness of animals to an almost universal state of self consciousness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a rare book, a gem! Wisdom that dates back over 100 years on the mistery of the amazing power of the mind and its different levels. It is a must read. This book along with "Man, the unknown" is an amazing read that will take you into a different dimension of thinking, a world unknown as it explains the amazing power of your mind. These books are rare and will not be available for long! So secure your copy now.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Bucke is a wonderful crackpot, and this is just one of many things he accomplished. This was the 'serious' book that Whitman's literary executor wrote as a diversion of his day job directing an insane asylum. Among his other intellectual persuits include the Shakespeare-Bacon controversy. Oddly, he died slipping on his veranda.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worthless 7-28-2012