Cosmic Consciousness

Cosmic Consciousness

by M.D. Richard Maurice Bucke
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Cosmic Consciousness by M.D. Richard Maurice Bucke

Wildly arrogant, stunningly bombastic, and undeniably fascinating. This 1901 work-the masterpiece of an eclectic genius whose life encompassed medical science, mystical transcendence, and prospecting for gold-posits a higher form of sentience that only a few humans have ever achieved, among them Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Dante, William Blake, and the author himself, of course.

As Bucke shares his metaphysical experience of the "cosmic consciousness" and offers evidence for the few instances in history of its occurrence ("it may as well be frankly stated at once that the view of the present editor is that Francis Bacon wrote the 'Shakespeare' plays and poems"), the reader may well be moved to throw this bizarre and highly intriguing book furiously across the room... if the reader can put it down at all, that is.

Canadian mystic and doctor RICHARD MAURICE BUCKE (1837-1902) was a pioneer in the medical treatment of mental illness; his famous friendship with Walt Whitman was the subject of the 1992 movie Beautiful Dreamers. He also wrote Man's Moral Nature (1879) and an 1883 authorized biography of Whitman.

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ISBN-13: 9781602069671
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 11/02/2007
Pages: 404
Sales rank: 422,331
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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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