Mind is complicated matter. And consciousness is not an easy subject. Up until today, we do not have a definitive understanding where it originates. There is still a broad debate on even the most fundamental questions and assumptions.
Conventional science distinguishes two states of being: the conscious state where we spend most of our waking hours, carrying out our daily activities and sustaining ourselves in the physical world, and the unconscious state, where we are unaware of ourselves and our surroundings, such as the sleep and dream states, or anesthetically induced unconsciousness.
“According to the current scientific worldview, consciousness is an epiphenomenon of material processes; it allegedly emerges from the complexity of the neurophysiological processes in the brain. This thesis is presented with great authority as if it has been scientifically proven beyond any reasonable doubt. On closer inspection though, we discover that it is a basic assumption of materialistic science that is not supported by facts and actually contradicts the findings of modern consciousness research.”
– Stanislav Grof,
MD, PhD, The way of the psychonaut
In the Psychedelic state, we can experience a spectrum of consciousness considerably larger and deeper than the ones we are familiar with. You can, for example, feel a deep connection with the universe and can experience oneness with all of creation. In our Masterclass, we refer to non-ordinary or altered states of consciousness as the Psychedelic state because we use naturally occurring psychedelic substances to attain these states.