An interesting passage from page 346 of the book Religion, Altered States of Consciousness and Social Change (Ohio State University Press 1973):Why bother posting a brief mention of scn from a book published almost 40 years ago? There are probably hundreds of these.
Regardless of what you call it or whether it has any significance, there are many thousands of such experiences related all over the place without sensory deprivation, drugs or meditation. The passage is explaining exteriorization in scientific or realistic terms. At the top of the scn "Bridge" along with being "at cause" over everything is the supposed ability to be exterior with full perception but I always thought that was unrealistic and I never bought into it.An interesting passage from page 346 of the book Religion, Altered States of Consciousness and Social Change (Ohio State University Press 1973):
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American "marginal" religious groups employ a variety of means to induce altered states of consciousness. For example, Whitehead (n.d.: 53—54) speaks of the phenomenon termed "exteriorization" by Scientologists ("the sense of being outside one's body") and relates it to stimulus deprivation; she suggests the similarity of this state to the hallucinations produced in sensory deprivation experiments. The Scientologists, thus, are seen to resemble the Vincentian Shakers, described by Henney, in their technique of inducing an altered state. Whitehead adds that this experience of ' 'exteriorization' ' is what "makes Scientology so attractive to those experienced in drugs and meditation. '
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