Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind is the title of a 1901 book by Richard Maurice Bucke. In it, Bucke developed a theory involving three stages in the development of consciousness: the simple consciousness of animals; the self-consciousness of the mass of humanity (encompassing reason, imagination, etc.); and cosmic consciousness an emerging faculty and the next stage of human development.<quoted text>
"Higher states of consciousness"? What are you? Some kind of hippy? Picked a few too many mushrooms perhaps? Maybe you've communed with the minor god, Mescalito, a time or two too often. Besides 'living' and 'dead' how many states of consciousness do you think there are? Inducing some kind of trance state is merely isolating oneself further from reality than you, clearly, already are. How about increasing your AWARENESS? You are most fully aware when you correctly and accurately assess your environment, not by chasing fairy tales. LOL. Imagination and creativity are wonderful things but you can't let them interfere with your perception of reality. Psychosis is NOT a higher state of consciousness.
Alexander Zelitchenko in his "Svet Zhizni" (Light of Life, History of Humankind in Psychosphere of Earth) continues this line, joined the directions of thought of Oswald Spengler, Lev Vygotsky, Lev Gumilev, Carl Jung tracing the transformations of human consciousness in course of history.
According to P. D. Ouspensky, as man evolves into higher states of consciousness, e. g. cosmic consciousness, he needs the tools of a higher form of logic, Ouspensky calls Tertium organum given to the title of his 1912 book. Buckes conclusion was that these individuals were "gifted" in the direction of cosmic consciousness and then developed this consciousness through self-discipline.
Some modern psychologists and theologians make specific reference to Buckes work. They include Carl Jung, Erich Fromm, Robert de Ropp, and Abraham Maslow. Others who have used the concept of cosmic consciousness, as introduced by Bucke in 1901, include Albert Einstein, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Alan Watts.
Tell me, bubba. How can you increase your awareness of "reality" through sensory perception when humans have such pathetically poor sensory perception compared to animals? And do you really believe Einstein discovered the theory of relativity via sensory perception?