Beyond Death: The Gates of Consciousness by Stanislav Grof

By Stanislav Grof

Discover a very outstanding variety of pursuits, philosophies, religions, and cultures -- from alchemy to angels, Buddhism to Hinduism, delusion to magic. the celebrated authors carry a wealth of data, visionary considering, and obtainable writing to every interesting topic in those lavishly illustrated, large-format paperback books.

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It is only now that we can see again that these mythologies and concepts of Cod, heaven and hell do not refer to physical entities, events in time or geographical locations, but to psychic realities experienced during altered states of consciousness. These realities are an intrinsic part of the human personality that cannot be repressed and denied without serious damage to the quality of human life. For the full expression of human nature, they must be recognized, acknowledged and explored, and in this exploration, the traditional depictions of the afterlife can be our guides.

Tradition has it that the shadow aspect can take on inde­ pendent life and merge with the twilight. At this point, the shaman's body will appear transparent. (Citipati, fresco in the Monastery of Dungkar, Tibet. Applique design or m o l a of the Cuna Indians, San Bias Island, Panama. ) Images of the infernal punishments biblical monster Leviathan. His are strikingly similar even when they helpers fan the flames and torture reaches his verdict after consulting spring from very different cultural the condemned souls.

In An Aztec otherworld landscape the underworld landscapes, it shows the dead floating face-down carries the souls of the dead in in a swirling river arising from the turbulent rivers or entraps them in base of a tree of life. A soulbird foul swamps. stands at one side of the river, a sun The Egyptian Happy Fields are temple at the other. (Papyrus of nourished by the Celestial Nile. Here-Uberkhet, Egypt, 21st Dynasty. ) god, Amen-Ra, is shown kneeling In ecstatic mystical states, such as sometimes immediately precede death, it is not unusual to hear music of supernatural beauty; in worship, harmonious sound mediates the worshipper's approach to the Divine.

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