The phrase "altered state of consciousness" was coined in the 1970s and describes induced changes in one's mental state, almost always temporary. A synonymous phrase is "altered states of awareness." An altered state of consciousness can come about accidentally through fever, sleep deprivation, starvation, oxygen deprivation, nitrogen narcosis (deep diving), or a traumatic accident.
Definitions for an altered state of consciousness can vary depending on the source. Essentially, there is dissociation between the mind and body connection. Or alternatively, the self as perceived psychologically, is not dually perceived as necessarily connected to the body.
The dichotomous terms conscious and unconscious imply that consciousness is an, either/or state -- the brain is either on or off. Nevertheless the transition from wake to sleep is rarely like turning out the lights. More often there is a gradual reduction in consciousness with fuzzy, halfway states between.
The International Conference on Altered States of Consciousness evolved from this foundation. This new conference explored in a thoughtful manner the myriad experiences that we call altered states of consciousness.
In a similar ceremony called "Drawing down the Sun" or "Drawing down the Horned God" the Horned God is similarly invoked in a same manner as described in the "Drawing down the Moon." The high priest enters a state of altered consciousness in which he assumes the spirit of the Horned God.
The physical mechanism that could account for the extreme time distortion and speeding of information processing in altered states of consciousness is the relativistic one -- Provided that consciousness can be associated with an electromagnetic (EM) component of brainwaves which can move through the brain with relativistic velocities.
Another effective way to induce an altered state of consciousness is using a variety of Neuron -Technology such as psychoacoustics, binaural beats, light and sound stimulation, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, and such; these methods attempt to induce specific brainwave patterns, and a particular altered state of consciousness.
Mystical states of consciousness happen in the alpha state and they usually occur before and just after sleep. The Alpha State also occurs voluntarily during light hypnosis, meditation, biofeedback, day dreaming, hypnologic and hypnopompic states. His brain wave's activity ranges from 8 to 13 cycles per second.
At an average of 20 cap's., the beta state is the normal, everyday waking state. In this state we are predominantly engaged in left brain activity.
ASC (Altered State of Consciousness) n: a brain state differing with normal consciousness. Feelings experienced during an altered brain state can be both pleasant and unpleasant.
Swedenborg's techniques of achieving the state of altered consciousness or trance were introduced into spiritualism. One individual that actively participated in this introduction was Andrew Jackson Davis, an American and a student of Swedenborg.
Andre told the audience that medical science and psychology have determined the humans experience countless numbers of altered states of consciousness everyday of their life, such as day dreaming, internal scanning of one's inner states, joy, rapture, or sadness. Besides these states, there are the ones which everyone experiences: the normal waking state, sleep, and dreaming.
With the mind in a more relaxed state and access to its immense creative resources, it is naturally better disposed to deal with crisis and solve problems constructively.
Physical things, such as drugs, alcohol, sensory deprivation, fasting, staring, fasting, and fatigue, can cause altered states of consciousness.
Fragmenting consciousness, defined as a lack of integration among important segments of the total personality, often results in psychosis, severe neurosis, amnesia, multiple personality, or dissociation. Such a state of consciousness is induced by severe psychological stress over a period of time. It may also be brought about temporarily by accidents or psychedelic drugs.