The implication would seem quite clear that all experiences had by any organism, no matter how simple or complex, are potentially experientially available to any of us in supraconsciousness states. Each of us either contains this information or has access to it within a holographic universal system. Another implication which seems to be even more incredible is that inorganic systems may also share some type of experiential existence and form of consciousness.
These concepts are very difficult for science to deal with and evaluate. Because of the rigid criteria that the scientific method demands, utilizing controlled experimentation, this offers a tremendous challenge to those who think of themselves as scientists to become involved in the evaluation of this data. It would seem that the only ways that the truth or falsehood of transpersonal experience might conceivably be determined is on the basis of the overall consistency or inconsistency in reporting by those individuals who have had the experiences; and by evaluating any insights or predictions made, which were previously unknown, that can later be verified as valid. Those having transpersonal experiences typically are convinced that they have access to new information which pertains to the universe that extends from the microcosm to the macrocosm. This should be testable, just as the Integrated Theory of Intelligence is being given as a test of the validity of peak experience.
Grof has developed his technique of holotropic therapy, which parallels the same achievements of psychedelic therapy, but without the same risks involved in the usage of drugs. The main contribution of holotropic therapy is the recognition of the healing, transformative and evolutionary potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness.29...He combines the use of hyperventilation with relaxation, meditation and background music to achieve a supraconsciousness state while under close observation by a trained therapist.
Transpersonal experiences, whether induced by holotropic therapy or psychedelic agents, present a radical view of existence which must be explained in any worldview. Traditional science and psychology fall far short of achieving this goal. Anyone who has a transpersonal experience is suddenly aware, as never before, that consciousness and intelligence are primary attributes of existence and not simply an epiphenomenon of matter.
Science to date has not been able to adequately define or explain consciousness, nor will it ever be able to accomplish this operating under its present rigid guidelines that allow no room for the evaluation of transpersonal experiences.
Even though science finds little evidence to suggest that consciousness and intelligence extend much beyond human form, there is mounting evidence which would tend to indicate that both are primary attributes of the universe at least equal to matter-energy and space-time, and that all organic and inorganic systems have some experiential quality and are thus permeated with consciousness and intelligence. It is now my firm belief that it will eventually become established that this is in fact true.
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