Altered States of Consciousness: A Book of Readings by Arnold M. Ludwig, Arthur J. Deikman, Milton H. Erickson,

By Arnold M. Ludwig, Arthur J. Deikman, Milton H. Erickson, Gerald Vogel, M. Bertini, David Foulkes, Frederik van Eeden, Kilton Stewart, Visit Amazon's Charles T. Tart Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Charles T. Tart,

The research of the character of human attention, a dormant and infrequently taboo subject in psychology, is once more constructing right into a revered box of inquiry. this can be the 1st publication to supply a large medical viewpoint for the research of various distinctive states of recognition.

The editor combines a humanistic strategy, which include an expertise of the good strength richness in human adventure indicated by means of ASCs, with the disciplined precision of a scientist. He brings a certified standpoint to the statement of the more and more common use and resultant results of drug, Yoga, self-hypnosis, and different technique of generating ASCs that are popularly considered as comprising both an immense social challenge or an indication of optimistic switch in a materialistic civilization.

Studies of ASCs produced through psychedlic medications, for instance, are positioned during this publication inside a vast, illuminating viewpoint that incorporates papers on mystical reviews, hypnagogic (between waking and drowsing) states, dream awareness, meditation, hypnosis, and mind wave feedback-produced states.

In this quantity, Professor Tart has introduced jointly 35 clinical papers which illustrate the range of ASCs and their results, which describe the various concepts, either historic and glossy, for generating ASCs and, possibly most vital, which exhibit that ASCs will be studied scientifically with out destroying their inherent human richness.

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If the hypothesis of sensory translation is correct, it presents the problem of why sensory translation comes into operation in any particular instance. In general, it appears that sensory translation may occur when (a) heightened attention is directed to the sensory pathways, (b) controlled analytic thought is absent, and (c) the subject's attitude is one of receptivity to stimuli (openness instead of defensiveness or suspiciousness). Training in contemplative meditation is specifically directed toward attaining a state with those characteristics.

Even these [three] are indirect aids to seedless [concentration] (Woods, 1914, pp. 203208). Elaborate instructions are found in Yoga for the selection of objects for contemplation and for the proper utilization of posture and breathing to create optimal conditions for concentration. Such techniques are not usually found in the Western religious literature except in the form of the injunction to keep the self oriented toward God and to fight the distractions which are seen as coming from the devil.

On the basis of sensory isolation experiments it would be expected that long-term deprivation (or decreased variability) of a particular class of stimulus "nutriment" would cause an alteration in those functions previously established to deal with that class of stimuli (Schultz, 1965, pp. , 1961, pp. 226-237). , 1961). Thus, renunciation alone can be viewed as producing deautomatization. When combined with contemplative meditation, it produces a very powerful effect. Finally, the more renunciation is achieved, the more the mystic is committed to his goal of Union or Enlightenment.

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