Meditation, Trance, Sensory Deprivation, Lucid Dreaming and the Collective Unconscious
Something weird happens to us when our waking conscious mind shuts down. This can be in dreams, in sensory deprivation tanks, trance states, active meditative states or even certain drug induced states.
We see things in our minds.
These experiences are all very similar. It seems that our waking minds keep us centered and contained by limiting our sensory input. When this limiting factor is removed images and for lack of a better word, non visual experiences, occur. These images are often very illuminating. In some way we can tap into experiences we have “forgotten” or even, inexplicably at least for now, experiences which are not our own.
Since there is no supernatural this must have a natural and scientific explanation. The experience is just too common to be discounted. My personal belief is that somehow, through the mechanism of DNA, our brains can access some sort of experience from our human past. Shamans and religious people have given us supernatural explanations much in the same way that people used to blame demons for mental illness.
There MUST be an electrochemical mechanism for this.
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