By Yulia Ustinova
Caves and the traditional Greek brain analyses concepts of looking for final knowledge in old Greece. The Greeks perceived psychological reviews of outstanding depth as because of divine intervention. They believed that to percentage within the immortals' wisdom, one needed to release the soul from the weight of the mortal physique via reaching an altered country of cognizance, that's, via merging with a superhuman being or via ownership by means of a deity. those states have been usually attained through encouraged mediums, `impresarios of the gods' - prophets, poets, and sages - who descended into caves or underground chambers. Yulia Ustinova juxtaposes old tales with the result of sleek neuropsychological learn. This novel process permits an exam of spiritual phenomena not just from the skin, but in addition from the interior: it penetrates the cognizance of people that have been engaged within the imaginative and prescient quest, and demonstrates that the darkness of the caves supplied stipulations important for his or her actions.
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First, physical duration of the trance state may be very limited. Second, notwithstanding the brevity of the rapture, the patient experiences the apprehension of the divine, oneness with God, and the inWnity of the universe. Third, in many cases this short experience(s) may change his entire life and force him to share his illuminative knowledge with other people. Altered states of consciousness induced by diVerent techniques often feature similar characteristics. Thus, in his study of Ayahuasca, 63 Ramachandran and Blakeslee 1998: 183; cf.
64 Ramachandran and Blakeslee 1998: 179. 65 Ibid. 180, 185–7; cf. Winkelman 2000: 152; Newberg et al. 2001: 110; Andresen 2001: 268. 66 Ramachandran and Blakeslee 1998: 180. 67 Persinger 1987: 18. 26 Cave Experiences and the Human Mind B. 68 Altered states of consciousness create ‘an enhanced sense of reality’,69 their noetic quality manifests itself in the feelings of illumination and ultimate salience, and they change the experiencer’s attitude to life. Obviously, these deductions are of utmost importance for the study of religious phenomena in general, and Greek in particular.
After a while, he collects himself and becomes more accustomed to his odd condition. He notices that he still has a ‘body,’ but one of a very diVerent nature and with very diVerent powers from the physical body he has left behind. Soon other things begin to happen. Others come to meet and help him. He glimpses the spirits of relatives and friends who have already died, and a loving, warm 157 Cf. Siegel 1980: 913. 159 Geyson 2000: 461. 158 Blackmore 1993: 4–5. 160 Blackmore 1993: 25–33. Cave Experiences and the Human Mind 43 spirit of a kind he has never encountered—a being of light—appears before him.
Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth by Yulia Ustinova