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Altered States of Consciousness Paperback – Oct 1990

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (paper) (October 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385067283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385067287
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tart's article "Mutual Hypnosis" is a must read Aug. 17 2016
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The Chapter is "Mutual Hypnosis" IS A MUST READ. Probably the most important article I have read. Has to do with 2 people hypnotizing themselves while in hypnosis. Is this the key to life? From the article, it would appear so. No drugs needed -- consciousness opens the door to awareness beyond the ordinary.

Yes, I strongly recommend this book to hypnotists interested in mystical experience. Is this not the proper domain of hypnosis? Seems that we hypnotists, overall, are falling short of the potential hypnosis -- which is simply the process of communicating ideas effectively (Erickson) -- as a spiritual tool. Instead of using hypnosis to affect change in the body, hypnosis should be being used to help others reach higher consciousness. If someone wants to quit smoking ... have them find God. Then use that newly discovered unleashed energy to have them quit. The beginning is the end, the end the beginning, you see.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy with Book. July 4 2015
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Very interesting Book.
About Meditation, Hypnosis, Hallucinogens, Dreams, and like the title all kinds of states of consciousness.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WIDE-RANGING COLLECTION OF READINGS July 27 2011
By Steven H Propp - Published on
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Dr. Charles T. Tart (born 1937) is an American psychologist and parapsychologist, and one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology (he formerly taught at UC Davis). He is currently a Core Faculty Member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He has also written The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together, Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality, Transpersonal Psychologies, etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to the First Edition (1968) of this book, "An altered state of consciousness for a given individual is one in which he clearly feels a QUALITATIVE shift in his pattern of mental functioning... This book is concerned with those states of consciousness in which the individual feels one or more qualitative ... shifts in mental functioning, so that he believes himself to be in an ASC."

Here are some additional quotations from the book:

"When I created the first edition of (this book) back in 1968, I had some ambivalence about including this paper... I had some concern about its factuality... What mainly convinced me to include the paper, though, was the fact that as a child I had independently discovered and practiced the essence of dream control work..." (Pg. 202)
"Some ... artists, however, were wildly enthusiastic about their apparently increased sensitivity during the drug experience, only to discover, once the effects wore off, that the production was without artistic merit." (Pg. 339)
"...many psychologists, myself included, had high hopes that the INTELLIGENT use of psychedelics would be a major boost in the intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual evolution of humanity. This book introduced many educated people to these possibilities: some of them tried psychedelics, with great personal gains. I am pleased with that outcome. On the other hand, we had no real conception of the degree to which people could and would take these potential gifts and turn them into paths of personal and social destruction." (Pg. 389)
"One may conclude the passage of time by observing changes in experience, but it is not really an inference either. What seems to be described is the mental reviewing of the preceding changes which led up to the present point. Rerunning the succession in memory from some point up to the present gives the sensation of passing time." (Pg. 415)
"I have sheet after sheet of phrases dictated or written during the intoxication, which to the sober reader seem meaningless drivel, but which at the moment of transcribing were fused in the fire of infinite rationality..." (Pg. 436)
"I still find the books of Carlos Castaneda ... quite useful and provocative in thinking about and applying ASCs, in spite of the controversy ... over whether there really was a Yaqui Indian shaman named Don Juan who taught Castaneda this material..." (Pg. 460)
"The mystical experience seems the most difficult to facilitate, perhaps because of the as yet undermined roles of personality variables; but nonetheless, these phenomena are now sufficiently reproducible to allow mysticism to be studied under laboratory conditions." (Pg. 501)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic Sept. 14 2015
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A classic set of readings involving different states of altered consciousness. I read the university's copy front to back many times as a student and I was glad when I saw it on amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure House of the Varieties of Human Conscious Experience Dec 23 2015
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This book is so extraordinary it took me two years to read it. I would read one or two of the papers, then walk around spaced out for a few months, then another one or two chapters.... For the adventurers in human consciousness this book is a treasure house. Written on both a high intellectual and also a highly conscious level, it offers what is possibly the best collection of glimpses into the varieties of human consciousness. I was so taken by this book that I made it a point to go meet the author where he was teaching at UC Davis. One of the biggest names in the pioneering of human consciousness.