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The Highest State of Consciousness. Description What is the highest state of consciousness? Paul called it "the peace that passeth understanding" and R. Bucke named it "cosmic consciousness. Jann rated it liked it Sep 24, Rhonda Woodard rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Josef rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Sean rated it really liked it Sep 17, Al rated it really liked it May 02, Decibelzzz rated it liked it Jun 24, Gary added it May 26, Joe added it Oct 05, Krysta marked it as to-read Nov 11, Tommi marked it as to-read Mar 25, Alicia marked it as to-read Jun 02, Harry John Venema marked it as to-read Dec 03, Tyler Kendrick marked it as to-read Jan 13, Kamilitoi marked it as to-read Feb 25, Korin marked it as to-read May 26, Daniel marked it as to-read Jun 10, IX marked it as to-read Jul 18, Arlo marked it as to-read Oct 14, Ava Homa marked it as to-read Dec 05, Danielagomes marked it as to-read Dec 20, Michael Sharp is currently reading it Jan 29, Yasser Kareem marked it as to-read Apr 02, Christina Browne marked it as to-read Oct 21, Patrick marked it as to-read Nov 01, In other words, the true revolution is revelation.

Where does one begin? The following readings have been chosen from the literature available in English as some of the best descriptions of the highest state of consciousness. But it must be emphasized that they are only guides, not guarantees. Description is not enough. The liberated have continually stressed that words are only about truth, not truth itself.

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Truth cannot be known except through direct experience, through enlightenment. And often language is a barrier to knowing the truth because there is a confusion between beams of non-verbal intuition and that learned arbitrary framework called language. Language is symbolic; language-thinking is symbol-thinking. And symbols are always less than the realities for which they stand. As such, language constricts consciousness and places limits on understanding. One must go beyond words and other symbols to a direct, unmediated vision in which perceptions are not filtered through a linguistic screen existing in the mind.

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Another aspect of the mystical state is emotion. No love of beauty or love of a mother for her child could ever be felt with too deep an intensity. The fact that the mystical state is a highly emotional state must therefore be accepted. There is a fusion of insight and instinct which results in a new condition of being. Rather it is holistic; it involves the whole organism.

Understanding comes to the one experiencing liberation through the total use of all channels for sensation and perception. Part of the difficulty in altering consciousness, though, resides in those very channels, and the difficulty is both biologically and culturally determined. Those who study perception have learned that our senses are blinded in many ways. Anthropology has taught us that the world is differently defined in different places.

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The very metaphysical presuppositions differ: The central importance of entering into worlds other than our own. A quest for ultimate knowledge of reality must account for various culturally determined realities. Biology also contributes to our state of sensory repression because sensory processing is the initial stage in determining reality. Consider the fact that vision is more than just an event in which light is passively received by the retina and transmitted to the brain for interpretation.

The process of seeing is an active one, in which some signals and perceptions are deliberately blocked or filtered out by the optic nerve and reticular activating system so that others can be attended to by the brain. If a human being were to allow every signal that bombards his senses to rise into consciousness as seems to be the case when under the influence of LSD and other powerful drugs , he would be unable to focus awareness on the simple tasks for survival.

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This suggests by extrapolation to homo sapiens that nature has constructed us on a basis of sensory repression; it was necessary for evolution. A biological-cultural process developed our everyday state of consciousness and separated us from animals by giving us a self-concept, by making us aware that we are aware. But by that process we were also separated from that organic unity which animals have with the natural world. Normal self-consciousness which seems to develop in humans at about the age of two is both a biological advance and a biological handicap.

In terms of development of the race, it was necessary for survival. In terms of development of the individual, it is no longer necessary and now appears, unfortunately, to be the major cause of our rush toward extinction. Our normal state of consciousness shuts off awareness of our affinity with creation, our union with the divine. This is what seems to occur in many experiences of ecstasy, where the subject becomes hypersensitive to all kinds of stimuli.

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Ecstasy, ex stasis, is the transport out of a biologically and culturally ordered mode of thought and perception into the mystic mode. In that mode man returns to the primal state of affairs. But the return is on a higher level. It is both a circle revolution and a linear progression evolution: Man regains his primitive condition, but rather than being unconscious or unaware of it, as animals are, he is superconscious of it.

By recovering his animal nature, man becomes God. In terms of the brain, enlightenment seems to involve a repatterning of neural networks.

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However it is accomplished in neurophysiological terms, though, the result is a new state of consciousness. How can a person attain the highest state of consciousness? There are many doors to the same room. Some have been discovered; others have been developed. Classic trigger-situations have been dance, fasting and diet, self-torture, electric shock, sensory isolation, sensory overload, psychotic episodes, trauma and birth by ordeal, extreme fatigue, sexual relations and simply gazing on natural scenery.

The more systematic approaches, often requiring strict adherence and discipline, include prayer, yoga, Zen, Sufism, tantra, transcendental meditation, psychedelic drugs, hypnosis and occult methods such as those of Gurdjieff and Madame Blavatsky.