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The Embodied Mind

Altered States of Consciousness and Ghost Hunting

By R. Wolf Baldassarro

We live in a time when science has eroded traditional spiritual beliefs so thoroughly that they are mutually exclusive for most people. This modern paradigm of the mind, body, and spirit being completely separate and unaffected by each other has warped our perceptions of the universe around us; but we need a sense of spiritual meaning in both a physical and psychological sense. We’re all familiar with the concept of mind over matter, the belief that the mind is more powerful than the body and can thus affect change and healing within the body. Medical journals are filled with colorful anecdotes and clinical studies involving placebos and faith-based healing.

Dr. Charles T. Tart is an American psychologist and parapsychologist known for his work on the nature of consciousness (particularly altered states of consciousness), as one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, and for his research in scientific parapsychology. His first books, Altered States of Consciousness (1969) and Transpersonal Psychologies (1975), became widely-used texts that were instrumental in allowing these areas to become part of modern psychology.

Dr. Tart brings modern knowledge of parapsychology, altered states of consciousness, and transpersonal psychology together to show that, properly applied, scientific method actually gives us a strong basis for seeing ourselves as genuinely spiritual beings embodied in a marvelous body and nervous system. Such knowledge provides a needed basis for a general healing of body and mind.

Read the original article at: Pagan Pages

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