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States of Consciousness

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States of Consciousness, a classic by world authority Charles T Tart, is a basic understanding of how the mind is a dynamic, culturally biased, semi-arbitrary construction and system. A systematic exploration of how and why altered states can come about and their possibilities. As a student of his remarked, "For the first weeks of class I didn't understand what those diagrams were about, but I've realized the book is all about the way my own mind works!" Useful in understanding some of the important ways your ...
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Overview

States of Consciousness, a classic by world authority Charles T Tart, is a basic understanding of how the mind is a dynamic, culturally biased, semi-arbitrary construction and system. A systematic exploration of how and why altered states can come about and their possibilities. As a student of his remarked, "For the first weeks of class I didn't understand what those diagrams were about, but I've realized the book is all about the way my own mind works!" Useful in understanding some of the important ways your mind works before you start altering it.
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Stanislav Grof
A beautiful piece of work on the theory of altered states of consciousness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595151967
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Section I States
1. The Systems Approach to States of Consciousness 3
2. The Components of Consciousness: Awareness, Energy, Structures 10
3. Conservative and Radical Views of the Mind 27
4. The Nature of Ordinary Consciousness 33
5. Discrete States of Consciousness 51
6. Stabilization of a State of Consciousness 63
7. Induction of Altered States: Going to Sleep, Hypnosis, Meditation 70
8. Subsystems 88
9. Individual Differences 140
10. Using Drugs to Induce Altered States 146
11. Observation of Internal States 156
12. Identity States 163
13. Strategies in Using the Systems Approach 171
14. The Depth Dimension of a State of Consciousness 182
15. State-Specific Communication 201
16. State-Specific Sciences 206
17. Higher States of Consciousness 229
Section II Speculation
18. As Above, So Below: Five Basic Principles Underlying Physics and Psychology 243
19. Ordinary Consciousness as a State of Illusion 258
20. Ways Out of Illusion 272
Bibliography 287
Index 297
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