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Altered States of Consciousness
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Publish-date-icon March 27, 2011
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"The more a man knows about himself in relation to every kind of experience, the greater his chance of suddenly, one fine morning, realizing who in fact he is..." (Aldous Huxley)

An altered state of consciousness is any condition which is significantly different from a normal waking beta wave state.

An ASC can sometimes be reached intentionally by the use of sensory deprivation, an isolation tank, sleep deprivation, lucid dreaming, hypnosis, meditation, prayer, or disciplines (e.g. Mantra Meditation, Yoga, Sufism, dream yoga, or Surat Shabda Yoga).

ASCs can also be attained through the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as alcohol and opiates, but more commonly with traditional hallucinogens of indigenous cultures, plants such as cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, ayahuasca, Salvia Divinorum or datura (though less common and incredibly more lethal). Other modern hallucinogens that some attempt to use for a similar purpose are (D)-methorphan, LSD-25, substituted phenethylamines, substituted tryptamines, and substituted amphetamines such as those listed in the books PiHKAL and TiHKAL by Dr. Alexander Shulgin (credited with the popularization of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, especially for psychopharmaceutical use and the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. In subsequent years, Shulgin discovered, synthesized, and bioassayed over 230 psychoactive compounds.)

Another effective way to induce an altered state of consciousness is using a variety of neurotechnology such as psychoacoustics, binaural beats, light and sound stimulation, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, etc.; these methods attempt to induce specific brainwave patterns, and a particular altered state of consciousness.

Mixed by Nicholas Miller

Timothy Leary - Psychedelic Experience
The Future Sound Of London - Environments T1
Chronos & CJ Catalizer - The Call
Asura - Galaxies
Miwon - They Leave In Autumn
Abakus - A Whole New Way Of Looking At The Day
Sample from the movie Easy Rider
H.U.V.A. Network - Distances
Shulman - Consciousness Revoked
Master Margherita - Super Dry
The Black Dog - Disinformation Desk
Yestegan Chay - Blue Cat
Pitch Black - Altered State
Sounds From The Ground - Gather
Cheikha Rimitti - Nakhla
The Future Sound Of London - Environments (Part 1)
The Future Sound Of London - Environments: Thunder
Nawang Khechog & R. Carlos Nakai - Peace Chants
Entheogenic - Kashmir Day Trip (Kuba Remix)
Shulman - Unexpected Visitor
The Future Sound Of London - Environments: Birds
Aes Dana - Haze (Celestial Mix)
Solar Fields - Insum
Master Margherita - Deepchandi
Makyo - Jasmine
Irina & Todd - Mermaid (Toires On The Pillow Mix)
Koan - Two Moon Butterflies
Natasha Atlas - Solace
1 Giant Leap featuring Michael Stipe & Asha Bhosle - Way You Dream

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