New Insights into Hallucinations, PSI and ASC
14 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2017 Last revised: 8 Oct 2017
Date Written: April 27, 2017
Our research is based on the empirical documents which give experiential descriptions of various altered states of consciousness (meditation, mind-altering drugs, hypnosis, physiological lesion and so on). Firstly, we summarizes four essential phenomena (hallucinations, paranormal phenomena, the more sensitive awareness and mystical experiences) in ASC after an initial clarification. Then, by probing into the consistence, breakdown and re-consistence of the five senses resulted from the changes in the relation of their strength when internal false stimulations and external objective stimulations affect perception together, the relation between paranormal phenomena and hallucinations is originally revealed: When internal stimulation is far stronger than external stimulation, one is in deep hallucinations in which the five senses originating internally are consistent; Extrasensory perception (ESP) happens as a result of internal false stimulation being mistaken as external objective stimulation which enters through sensation and external objective stimulation being mistaken as perception which does not result from sensation; In such a situation, one would naturally treat the inconsistent and “unexplainable” external stimulation as information acquired through psychic abilities such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy or precognition. By similar logic, our model can also explain the generation mechanism of other paranormal phenomena such as out-of-body experiences, synesthesia and even psychokinesis in ASC. After that, a new filtering hypothesis is presented to explain the more sensitive awareness and its potential value is explored. On such basis, a unified analytical framework will be made to reveal the essence of ASC: The reduction of self-awareness results in three mechanisms (the more sensitive awareness, hallucinations and jhāna samādhi) and the relation of them is figured out. Finally, this paper also reveals the essence of the Buddhist deep insight and the mystery of cessation and insight.
Keywords: Extrasensory perception (ESP), hallucinations, paranormal phenomena, altered states of consciousness (ASC), filtering hypothesis
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