In this paper, it is argued that “higher states of consciousness”–or mystical experiences–have two
main sources: they can be caused by a disruption of the normal homeostasis of the human organism
and also by an intensification of the “consciousness-energy” that constitutes our being.
(These are termed HD and ICE states). The author investigates examples of both types of experience,
and compares and contrasts them. It is concluded that the second type of experience is
the only one which is truly positive and which can become a fully integrated and permanent
higher state of consciousness.
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