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Is the Concept of Ways to Alter Consciousness a New Idea?

May 24, 2008
Everyone's talking about this thing called 'altering consciousness.' But what does it all mean? Some say it means improving our IQ or memory or sleep patterns. Others think it is becoming psychic, meditating and levitating, or clairvoyance. Still others say it's all about being able to roll with the punches- and be calm in the face of any storm. Perhaps it is all of this. I'm inclined to think that altering consciousness is shifting, at our core, our entire way of thinking and being in the world in order to live a better life.

And I will admit, all of this sounds very new-agey and far out, and in many ways it is.

For instance, when I speak of this you probably think of Echart Tolle and THE POWER OF NOW or A NEW EARTH. I bet you also consider THE SECRET and manifesting your dreams. You may think of an life-shifting course called The Landmark Forum. But you also may consider time-honored things like Yoga, meditation, Buddhism, and karma. I'll bet some of you even bring to mind various world religions or even Christianity. I know when I think of ways to alter consciousness, I think of timeless quotes like "There but for the Grace of God Go I" and "Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. "

And as people ponder all of this, they sometimes realize one profound thing... the idea of altering consciousness is not so very new.

You see, people have been trying for centuries to alter consciousness. And there has been a long standing idea regarding 'in what direction' we should actually alter it. Who disputes, for instance, the concept of living on this earth in peace with all mankind? Who argues against tolerance, love and good judgment? What person would say it is better to harm people than to help them? Who thinks it is not a good thing for all beings to live their lives in happiness, joy, and with complete fulfillment?

Honestly, altering consciousness is not such a new idea. So what is suddenly so all- fired important about it? Why does the idea of altering consciousness hit the media like an atom bomb and spread like wildfire? Here is my profound belief. Suddenly the whole idea of a new world order has become a possibility. We as a human race are actually ready to begin to try this idea out. We don't say it's probable. We don't say it's assured... but we do say- like the frenzied Gene Wilder in the movie Young Frankenstein- "THIS COULD WORK." And such a thought has never occurred in the minds of so many masses of people, until now.

The question is, what will we do first? Will we kill ourselves off? Or will we actualize this possibility?

If you're an optimist like me, you're trying to beat the clock. You and I will try to pull for humanity to find ways alter consciousness, and quickly. And in my articles and blogs, I will give you some good ideas of how to do this. Some are time-honored and take work and practice. Others like brain entrainment are simpler to do and may work more quickly. So stay tuned as we explore this whole new, but old, world. And with that I will say, namaste, and peace be with you.
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