An Altered State?
altered state of consciousness is a term coined by Charles Tart, and
given to describe changes in brainwave activity that causes a shift in
one’s normal sense of perception.
quality of an altered state in consciousness is highly variable ranging
from subtle and transitory (such as the runners ‘high’) to dramatic
and permanently life altering. The latter is commonly associated with
highly sensational experiences such as euphoria, ecstasy, out of body
experiences, astral travel, remote viewing, lucid dreaming, channeling,
premonitions, transcendence, and what can only be described as other
who experience such dramatic altered states of consciousness often
report a radical, but positive, shift in their perspective on life and
view of existence in general. Associated with such transformations, the
altered state in consciousness is a highly sought after experience.
An altered state can come
about spontaneously through lack of sleep, oxygen deprivation, nitrogen
narcosis (as a result of deep water diving), trauma, fever, shock or
pain. Sometimes it can be induced by the use of sensory deprivation
devices (e.g. floatation tank) and mind-control techniques such as:
hypnosis, meditation, chanting, and prayer.
Ingesting psychoactive drugs such as alcohol, opiates, LSD, peyote,
marijuana, mescaline, psychedelic mushrooms etc, can also cause one.
Another effective way to
experience an altered state is by using a variety of neurotechnology
such as psychoacoustics (brainwave
entrainment using binaural beats) and
cranial electrotherapy stimulation. These technologies are designed to
induce specific brainwave patterns causing particular altered states.
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how binaural beats can induce an altered state:
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