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Peak States of Consciousness: Theory and Applications, Volume 1: Breakthrough Techniques for Exceptional Quality of Life Paperback – July 6, 2004
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In the 20th century, Dr. John Lilly, inventor of the floatation tank, was a visionary 'psychonaut' and explorer of peak states. His books are filled with his struggles to make sense, quantify, objectify and document often incomprehensible and seemingly unbelievable experiences during altered states of consciousness.
I have great respect and compassion for those who willing to "go there", knowing they risk themself and their professional reputation, as well. Negative comments about pseudo-science etc. miss the point entirely. Any scientist understands that exterior measurement of internal states are correlates at best, and that traditional empirical scientific research has many limitations in this domain of study. That, however, does not make it "unscientific".
Like the authors of Peak States, I too have explored "Alternity", as Dr Lilly called it. For more than 30 years, I have pushed the envelope of consciousness and been richly rewarded in my own growth and insight. Any serious and intrepid explorer of the inner world will find this book an excellent start. Peak States Of Conscious volume 2 is even better.
Keep up the good work fellas!
My interpretation of this work is that the techiniques aim to heal what their theory says are the traumas that block "optimal functioning" (my words) of the "self". I'll let the book speak for itself, but it is unique (in my experience) and refreshing.
I didn't give it 5 stars only because it seems some of the core meat will be in Volumbe 2. Granted, this Volume 1 does have a number of techniques and does explicity state it is a book on both theory and applications. The techniques are user friendly and I am excited about Volume 2 whenever it will be issued.
If you are serious about wanting to "upgrade" your "self" I strongly and highly recommend this work.
In this book, the author gives precise informations about the functionning of consciousness at a deep level, unifying psychology, biology and spirituality into a single, comprehensive, and science-based framework.
Reading is indeed a bit challenging, and not for the profane. However, anyone interested into getting peak states of consciousness cannot ignore Grant McFetridge's model, as it probably is the most thorough and complete one, describing many many states of consciousness.
I also really like that the book is describing the steps for acquiring peak states, using the trauma-resolution approach. The book also describe other approaches for acquiring peak states of consciousness, including brain biofeedback, polarity resolution, and the psychological choice for better state through Aldana's 15 minute miracles.
As this field is new and very innovative, many won't believe what is described in the book. All too bad, the experience is true, and available to anyone willing to put some efforts in it. However, this material is still under research, and the Institute has made tremendous progresses since this book was released. Still, this is the foundation of a whole new way of looking at "Being Human".
this is the product of a scientific approach and research on peak states of consciousness. It proposes an interesting realistic model for health and quality of life. this book is packed with knowledge derived from experiments and research.
i lived in a peak state myself for a while and now thanks to this book i can see my life from a different perspective. at the time i though mine was a god-given experience and in the same way god did take it from me. NOPE. this book showed how actually i got into, it, how i lost is, and more importantly how i can claim it back, something that i have been trying to do all my life.
you should definitely buy this book if you think you know waht a peak state or peak experience is. i actually recommend this book to anyone, even though i know it amy be difficult for people who do not know what they talk about unless they suspend their disbelief.
well worth your bucks.