The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness by Jeff Warren

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By Jeff Warren

A global right away universal and unimaginably unusual exists throughout us–and inside us. it's the international of awareness, a protean psychological panorama that every people is familiar with in detail in bits and items but is familiar with in its totality scarcely in any respect. Tied to the physique and the mind, recognition is still past our skill to degree or quantify. regardless of the makes an attempt of scientists and mystics, poets and dreamers, crackpots and geniuses, to map its contours and clarify its mystery workings, the brain continues to be mysterious. And the extra we find out about it, the extra mysterious it becomes.

But that's not to assert that we all know not anything approximately awareness. in truth, as gonzo technological know-how journalist Jeff Warren demonstrates during this provocative, frequently hilarious, and consistently attention-grabbing synthesis of state of the art learn and private adventure, simply how a lot we do comprehend is nothing short of staggering. And while Warren matches the items jointly, the results of that wisdom are, good, staggering.

Warren starts off with the perception that attention isn't an easy on-off proposition, with inflexible demarcations isolating waking know-how from the murky depths of sleep, yet particularly a round the clock continuum regulated via typical biorhythms. He then units out to discover, and to adventure for himself, the probably striking, all-but-untapped strength of the human mind.

From the full-immersion digital realities of lucid dreaming to the esoteric disciplines of jap meditative practices that experience reached outposts of cognizance some distance past the seize of Western technological know-how, from options of hypnosis and neurofeedback to such unique states of knowledge because the Watch and the natural awake occasion, Warren takes us on an immense trip via our personal heads–a trip carried out with the adventurous spirit and highbrow interest of a Darwin coupled with the sensibility of a slapstick comedian.

Part user’s handbook and half commute advisor, The Head journey is an quick vintage, an excellent summation of awareness stories that also is a realistic advisor to bettering creativity, psychological future health, and the adventure of what it capacity to be human. Many books declare that they're going to swap you. This one delivers the instruments to alter your self.

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And then there was something more. There was something from guts to guts. LUCIA: Is the relationship from guts to guts somehow formed through what is happening in the sand, or is the relationship that is happening being held by what is happening in the sand? KAY: That’s the holding place. LUCIA: So it’s an entirely different relationship than it would be if we were talking. MARIA: Sandplayer and therapist are both being impacted and responding to what’s emerging in the sandtray. KAY: At first it’s that, and then it gets deeper, it engages us, guts to guts.

And sandplay gives us access to that nonverbal part. Exactly. You know, I think in terms of being a therapist—just thinking about this now—that the client comes in and starts working in the sand, and it’s almost like the client gives me an opportunity to once again experience the Self, that numinous place, the nonverbal place. You experience it sometimes when you see a rainbow or hear a child’s laughter. There’s that moment when everything in the world is perfect and the way it should be—just a moment.

For this reason events must possess an a priori aspect of unity” (1963, par. 662). The squared circle is an alchemical symbol representing the synthesis of two opposing realities: the circle of the mysterious and the square of concrete matter. Schwartz-Salant believes this is a clear statement of the basis of Jung’s view of psychotherapy: It posits the necessity of both understanding a person’s process in terms of causal interactions, whether they stem from childhood or present situations, and linking these processes to their a priori aspect of unity.

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