The greatest challenge I have faced in putting this material together has been to find a way, by means of metaphor and previously established verbal expression, to present each concept in comprehensible fashion. Although much of the beauty of this theory is in its comprehensive nature and the way all parts of it interrelate, the presentation may appear somewhat fragmented. The more understanding the reader already has of the various concepts discussed, the easier it will be to integrate the theory. I have liberally used the words of others in this text and have tried to give credit when due. I chose to do this for two reasons. First, I believe that it gives the work greater credibility; and second, the individual writer often expressed the concept more cogently than I would have been capable of doing. The higher-level understanding that I achieved during the peak experience was totally nonverbal, and I have put forth a great deal of effort to expand my vocabulary for the purpose of expression. Even so, the result remains incomplete. A great deal of the information gained during the peak experience has been lost to conscious memory. Hopefully it still resides in unconscious memory and is yet retrievable. As already indicated, most all of the present text was initially lost to conscious memory, but was brought back very laboriously over an extended period of time through introspective meditation.
Even though a great deal of the understanding that I achieved during the initial peak experience was new to me at the time, in reading the literature it became apparent only a few of the concepts gained are likely pristine. The beauty of the theory lies in the way that the various concepts integrate into the whole, and even more importantly, the way in which the theory was obtained.
I believe that the study of this theory gives science a unique opportunity to validate peak experience as a legitimate means for acquiring creative, insightful, higher-order concepts. There are those who already accept this to be true. Although peak experiences are usually spontaneous, there are apparently a variety of ways which can be utilized to facilitate the onset of one. If this process can be harnessed, the implications stagger the imagination. It potentially provides a way for the continued non-linear evolution of intelligence and consciousness. It is of utmost importance to determine whether or not higher-order reality concepts not available to ordinary consciousness can in fact be obtained during altered states of consciousness, thus allowing rather ordinary people to achieve extraordinary progress in whatever direction they might choose.
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