WHAT ARE ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS, REM SLEEP AND NON-REM SLEEP?
What is an altered state of consciousness?
Most would cite an extreme example such as the hallucinatory
state that certain drugs induce. Yet in normal everyday life, we do not
experience consciousness in the same way, but experience different states of
consciousness. We sleep, we meditate, we enter in deep concentration, and we
daydream, each activity being quite different in nature to the other.
Therefore, we can say that an altered state refers to a clear change in the
normal, waking level of awareness, such as when we drift into a daydream, doze
off, sleep or dream, or focus intently on an activity.
When we daydream, our awareness of our immediate physical
surroundings decreases and is replaced by a heightened awareness of our
thoughts, feelings and mental images. We allow our focus to drift from one
thought to another, without defining logical connections. Some people are
capable of daydreaming…
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