Real-life psychic, near-death, and paranormal experiences are combined with cutting-edge science and vivid adventure stories in this energetic look at why extreme athletes and mountaineers take the risks that allow them to push the limits of consciousness, and what they encounter there.
States of Consciousness
The reflections of these consciousness pioneers on creativity have no less relevance now than they did a generation ago.
The symbolism of dreams can awaken us to our creative potential.
We practice letting go of the physical body in order to hone our spirits and souls for the journey that follows.
“The media restructure awareness in such a way that we are being trained to remain unmoved, to feel no compulsion to take contributory action,” says philosopher and Buddhist Hershock.
There’s no such thing as a “consciousness meter,” so how would we ever know if rocks, or plants, or other animals tingle with the spark of spirit? Philosopher de Quincey tells a story of one student who could not accept the possibility that rocks may be nonconscious. He points out that science aims to tell us about the actual world, while philosophy explores possible worlds.
What if you could dream 24 hours a day, even while awake? According to innovative psychotherapist Arnold Mindell, PhD, we already do. The seeds of dreaming arise in every moment of the day, in body symptoms, problems, relationships, subtile feelings, interactions, random thoughts, and fantasies. We're getting countless little cues from the unconscious every minute. All are signs from the world of dreaming. And, according to Mindell, we can be in this state of lucid dreaming all day long.
John Horgan, author of the best-selling The End of Science, chronicles the most advanced research into the mechanics—and meaning—of mystical experiences. How do trances, visions, prayer, satori, and other mystical experiences “work”? What induces and defines them? Is there a scientific explanation for religious mysteries and transcendent meditation? John Horgan investigates a wide range of fields — chemistry, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, theology, and more — to narrow the gap between reason and mystical phenomena.
Stimulating and often startling discussions between three friends, all highly original thinkers: Rupert Sheldrake, controversial biologist, Terence McKenna, psychedelic visionary, and Ralph Abraham, chaos mathematician. Their passion is to break out of paradigms that retard our evolution and to explore new possibilities. Through challenge and synergy they venture where few have gone before, leading their readers on an exciting journey of discovery.
Feelings of oneness with other people, nature, and the universe. Encounters with extraterrestrials, deities, and demons. Out-of-body experiences and past-life memories. Science casts a skeptical eye. But Dr. Stanislav Grof—the psychiatric researcher who cofounded transpersonal psychology—believes otherwise. When the Impossible Happens presents Dr. Grof 's mesmerizing firsthand account of over 50 years of inquiry into waters uncharted by classical psychology, one that will leave readers questioning the very fabric of our existence.