This study explores the boundaries of consciousness and the possibility of awareness expanding beyond the neural constituents of the peripheral and central nervous system. This thesis investigates whether consciousness is localized in the physical body and the present moment or is nonlocalized, transcending the physical confines of matter and time. Nonlocal consciousness, a modern reverberation of Carl Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious, stems from the idea that consciousness can be informed by nonlocal, nonordinary perception. This theory was examined utilizing a hermeneutic process of investigation, analyzing texts from depth psychology, neuroscience, physics, shamanism, and parapsychology. The findings of this thesis, that consciousness is not confined to the physical body and neural constituents of the five senses, support the possibility that depth psychological practices increase receptivity to nonordinary perception, and the validity in therapy of drawing upon images from the unconscious and both synchronistic and transpersonal experiences.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Neurosciences, Psychobiology, Experimental psychology|
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