Mind Space and Time Stream : Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness (Paperback)

Author: Metzner, Ralph

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In this book I will be discussing the experience of life before birth, and the experience of life after death of the physical body. Doing so transcends the assumed boundaries of the Western worldview of scientific materialism. Mainstream medicine and psychology do not believe there is any prenatal experience to talk about ? and the mainstream agnostic worldview assumes that we can say nothing about life after death. Nevertheless, in the last fifty years in the West, there have been a number of new pioneering approaches for accessing these realms of consciousness that are at some remove from the presumed ordinary time-space reality.As a radical empiricist in the tradition of William James, I do not exclude any experiences or observations from consideration, just because we can?t account for them within the existing paradigms of reality. I prefer the approach of suspending my commitment to a particular paradigm, in order to consider the observations presented, my own and those of others, with impartiality. Inevitably, our reports and interpretations of subjective experience are bound up with our pre-existing worldviews and models of reality. Even in our ordinary, functional waking state it is not always a simple matter to distinguish what I am seeing (observation) from what I think about what I am seeing (interpretation).This approach is what the Dalai Lama has called ?first-person empiricism,? an empiricism that is inclusive of the subjective realm of personal experience. In such an approach, reports of first-person subjective experience are objectively studied in relation and comparison to the reported experience of one or more other observers. In Mind Space and Time Stream I wrote that ?a subjective experience communicated and recognized by at least one other person starts to become an objective observation. Hence: subjective + 1 = objective? (p. 22). We base our interpretations (as well as on-going re-interpretations) of reality on our own subjective experience, comparing and correlating them with what others have said or written about their own experience. In accord with the paradigms of empirical science, the accumulation of identical or similar observations from the same or additional observers increases the reliability of our findings and descriptions.

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Publisher Regent Pr
Mfg Part# 9781587901720
SKU 212819335
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1587901722
Release Date 12/1/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0149
Publisher Regent Press
Series Part 4

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