altered state of consciousness

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altered state of consciousness (ASC)

Etymology: L, alter, other
any state of awareness that differs from the normal awareness of a conscious person. Altered states of consciousness have been achieved, especially in Eastern cultures, by many individuals using various techniques, such as prolonged fasting, deep breathing, whirling, and chanting. Researchers now recognize that such practices can affect body chemistry and help induce the desired state. Experiments suggest that telepathy, mystical experiences, clairvoyance, and other altered states of consciousness may be subconscious capabilities in most individuals and can be used to improve health and help fight disease.

al·tered state of con·scious·ness

(awl'tĕrd stāt kon' shŭs-nĕs)
General term indicating that someone is failing to interact with environmental stimuli in a normal manner.
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These key features seem to add up to one primary kind of PK experience that involves an altered state of consciousness with a narrowing of attention and a loss of sense of surroundings, a sense of connection, dissociation from the individual ego identity, suspension of the intellect, the frequent presence of peak emotions or playfulness, a sense of energy, focused intent, lack of effort, release of attention, openness to the experience, a sense of impact, a "knowing," and an overlap between ESP and PK states and/or energy.
12) A well-known example of free-response testing that included an altered state of consciousness was the dream ESP work conducted at Maimonides Medical Center during part of the 1960s and the 1970s.