Friday, March 10, 2017

John Mack talks about altered states of consciousness - audio and video

Important lecture from 2002

The same talk has been saved as an MP3 audio file
for easier listening

I've been making the effort to transfer youtube videos to audio

This is the audio of a talk given by Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Mack at the International Conference on Altered States of Consciousness in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was recorded October 25, 2002.

The synopsis of the lecture reads: "UFO encounters, near death experiences, shamanic journeys, and spontaneous religious epiphanies all have the power to bring about a significant transformation of consciousness. By this is meant that the experiencers’ worldview, as internalized in the course of their upbringing and inculcation in this culture, is shattered. This, in turn, results in the potential opening of heart and spirit to a wider appreciation of reality and a (re)connection to realms of the sacred and divine. In this lecture I will discuss how this process occurs in specific cases, and its implications for social and cultural change."

At the 6:45 time count Dr. Mack says:
"It's really strange, in our discussion [with experiencers present] every time we start by talking about light and vibration, and we end up talking about God." So it's as if these experiences all lead to some kind of spiritual opening as the awakening occurs.
I wrote something similar on page 121 of The Messengers:
"If you start out talking about little lights in the sky, you’ll very quickly start talking about God. You’ll end up wrestling with the really big questions. Who are we? Why are we here? What does it all mean?"
I say essentially the same thing. The question is, did I watch this presentation at some point and just kind of absorb what he said? Did he cover this theme in one of his final two books on the abduction subject? I really don't know. All I can say is that he's right.

Also—At the 57:00 minute mark he takes a question from a person in the room. From her voice, I am quite certain that this is Rosemary Ellen Guiley! This is a great interview with her HERE.

More excellent audio and video links to Dr. Mack's work linked HERE

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