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The Highest State of Consciousness. Paperback – February, 1973

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John White is an author and educator in the fields of consciousness research and higher human development. He has been Director of Education for The Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research organization founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to study human potential for personal and planetary transformation, and President of Alpha Logics, a school for self-directed growth in body, mind and spirit. Mr. White is author of The Meeting of Science and Spirit, A Practical Guide to Death and Dying and the forthcoming books Enlightenment 101: A Guide to God-Realization and Higher Human Culture and America, Freedom and Enlightenment: An Open Letter to Americans about Patriotism and Global Society and other books. He has also edited anthologies, including The Highest State of Consciousness, Psychic Exploration, Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment and What Is Enlightenment?. His writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, The New York Times, Esquire, Omni, Woman's Day and other publications, and his books have been translated into ten languages. Mr. White was born in 1939. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College (1961) and a master of arts in teaching from Yale University (1969). A Vietnam veteran, he attended college on an NROTC scholarship and then served four years as a naval officer, primarily in antisubmarine warfare and nuclear weapons. He and his wife Barbara have four children and five grandchildren, and live in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Doubleday (February 1973)
  • ISBN-10: 0385045328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385045322
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,473,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Far out, man! This fascinating anthology is full of a diverse bundle of articles, all of them serious, open-minded attempts to study and explore mystical, transcendental experiences: what they are, what they mean, what their significance may be, and what they indicate of humankind's latent potentialities--all from a kaleidoscopic range of perspectives. This variety also makes the book somewhat difficult to categorize. It gives equal space to speculative effusions on mystical traditions and coldly clinical analyses of their possible biological determinants. It gives credence to all sorts of ways of inducing these experiences, from good old-fashioned prayer and meditation to newfangled things like hypnosis, biofeedback, sensory deprivation, and (yes, this was the 60's and still considered scientifically legitimate) drugs like LSD or peyote. Most of the contributions are by psychologists of many different stripes, but amply represented are a number or religious leaders and scholars too, as well as the odd anthropologist or novelist or such.

Almost all of the articles are reprinted from prior sources, a few of which are still easily obtainable today but most of which are from now hard-to-find journals and magazines or rare books long out of print (a fate which this book itself seems to be undergoing), and some are even from well-nigh unobtainable sources like organizational newsletters and conference notes. The book also has a handy appendix with short biographical notes on the authors, suggested further reading, and lists of magazines and organizations dedicated to the study of higher states of consciousness.
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This is possibly the most important book on the subject of consciousness and altered states of perception. With works by all the major philosphers and theologians regarding altered states; both synthetic and natural, one undertsands the importance of the varieties of religious experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can find it.
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This is my second copy of this book. The old one must have gotten lost in one of our moves. This new edition is in a larger format, and seems to feature more entries than the original. Altogether these works have inspired me to more deep reflection and insights than any of the many other works on spiritual and metaphysical matters that I've read. It's a pleasure to read these excellent selections once again.
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John White (editor), The Highest State of Consciousness, Doubleday 1972; 2nd edn. Brighton, U.K., White Crow Books, 2012, 492 pp. ISBN 978-1-908733-31-3

This book provides an exploration, by a range of authors drawn from different disciplines, of the transcendental state of being. In his Introduction the editor states that this book is about enlightenment, mystical experience or any one of many other terms that are used to describe this mental state associated with specific (mainly eastern) spiritual beliefs. Transcendence is the goal of the most devoutly religious and this book explores the way 33 different mystics and philosophers see what is often called satori, nirvana, samadhi, moksha, the tao . . . the list goes on. But this will give readers a clear indication of what this book is all about – transcendence to the spiritual state of the afterlife while still in human form on Earth.
With so many contributors to this volume I can give no more than a general overview of the book and pick out certain subjects or contributors that resonated with me. In the opening chapter, American psychologist Stanley Krippner defines twenty states of consciousness for us. The British writer and follower of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Kenneth Walker, sets the tone of his short contribution with a quote from Goethe: ‘The greatest happiness of the thinking man is to have fathomed those things which are fathomable and to reserve those things that are not fathomable for reverence in quietude’. Professor of linguistics and anthropologist Roger Wescott concentrates on the role of the ego and its apprehension at the prospect of death: he explores the concept of a ‘collective ego’ in our establishment of group identity.
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