Altered States

There are many types of conscious awareness. However, modern Western society recognizes only one type of awareness as “normal.” This normal type of awareness is governed by rational thinking and is based on the physical world of form, time, and space. Any other state of awareness is commonly referred to as an “altered” state.

Most people experience altered states of awareness every day.

The spectrum of altered states is broad, and includes extreme experiences at one end of the spectrum (such as an out of body experience) and subtle experiences at the other end (such as feelings, thoughts, or images that emerge as we begin to awaken from sleep). Included in the spectrum of altered states of awareness are emotions, moods, dreams and daydreams, and imaginative thinking.

Thinking Outside the Box

Your ability to think logically and follow a linear train of thought is a crucial aspect of intellectual development, but rational thinking is not the only tool you have in your toolbox!  Imagination, dreaming, and curiosity are essential aspects of being a happy, fulfilled, and successful human being. In the words of Albert Einstein, “We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.”

A big part of your unique personality comes from the ways your own altered states trickle up into your everyday world of work, play, and relationships.

Becoming comfortable and fluid with altered states enables you to utilize the unique wisdom from each of these parallel worlds whenever you want to create more ease, depth, liveliness, and meaning in any area of your life.

Altered state awareness is immediately available to you at any time –  your creativity, your ability to think outside the box, and your particular flavor of personal genius come from tapping into various altered states of awareness.

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