Definition of an "Altered
An altered state of consciousness is any condition which is significantly different from a normative waking beta wave state. The expression was coined by Charles Tart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered..._consciousness) and describes induced changes in one's mental state, usually temporary. An associated body of research has been conducted in trance and this is becoming the predominant auspice terminology. Trance includes all "altered states of consciousness" as well as the various forms of waking trance states.
An altered state of consciousness can come about accidentally through, for example, fever, sleep deprivation, starvation, oxygen deprivation, nitrogen narcosis (deep diving), or a traumatic accident.
It can sometimes be reached intentionally by the use of sensory deprivation, Isolation tank, or mind-control techniques, hypnosis, meditation, prayer, or disciplines (e.g. Mantra Meditation, Yoga, Sufism or Surat Shabda Yoga). The ingestion of psychoactive drugs, plants and chemicals such as LSD, DXM, 2C-I, peyote, marijuana, mescaline, Salvia divinorum, MDMA, psychedelic mushrooms, ayahuasca or datura (Jimson weed) can also induce an altered state. A variety of neurotechnologies such as Hemi-Sync, psychoacoustics, Mind machines, light and sound stimulation, Cranial electrotherapy stimulation, and other such methods attempt to induce specific brainwave patterns, and thus a particular selective altered state of consciousness.
Naturally occurring altered states of consciousness include dreams, lucid dreams, euphoria, ecstasy, and psychosis as well as purported premonitions, precognition, prophesying or forth speaking, telepathic communication, out-of-body experiences, and "channeling". Causes for these may include spiritual pursuits or experiences deemed "speculative" or "subjective" in nature by the secular world, including but not limited to spirit possession (demonic or otherwise), apotheosis, active and present reception of gnosis ("downloading" a knowledgeable demon), or establishment of conscious "contact" with a non-human intelligence through the use of ceremonial magick or other occult tools, techniques, and psycho-spiritual technologies.
Dissociative amnesia: This is characterized by a person blocking out critical personal information usually traumatic in nature. Unlike other forms of amnesia, dissociative amnesia does not occur from a blow to the head. Dissociative amnesia can be also divided into several sub categories including localized the loss of memory is confined to a specific window of time, selective when a person only recalls small parts of a traumatic event that occurred, generalized when the amnesia encompasses all of that persons life and systemized when the amnesia only affects all the information in one specific category of a persons life. For example: they may forget everything about a specific family member; including spouses, children etc.
Dissociative fugue: This is a rare disorder, a person suffering from dissociative fugue can all of a sudden take physical leave from their surroundings and embarks on a journey which can last from several hours to many days. In some cases individuals affected by dissociative fugue have traveled over several thousand miles. They are unaware of or confused by their identity. Shamans force themselves into this state through a trance. This leaves them very vulnerable to demonic infestation.
Dissociative identity disorder (DID): formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Individuals affected by dissociative disorder have more than one separate and distinct personalities that surface in the individual on a semi-regular basis. The disorder is also marked by differences in memories between the host and alters. Evil people will force youth into DID by torture or trauma and modify the new personality to be loyal to them.
Depersonalization disorder: This disorder is characterized by the person feeling detached or distant from their own body, their experiences and is perhaps the most common dissociative disorder that people have experienced. The person "retreats" toward a psychotic state.More information can be found here
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edited: April 15, 2016 orderofsaintpatrick.org/relations/altered-state.htm