Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind [Richard Maurice Bucke] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is an attempted scientific study of illuminated individuals. Bucke provides three dozen very consistent examples of ‘cosmic consciousness. This work is the magnum opus of Bucke’s career, a project that he researched and wrote over many years. In it, Bucke described his own experience, that of.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This work is the magnum opus of Bucke’s career, a project that he researched and wrote over many years.
In it, Bucke described his own experience, that of contemporaries most notably Whitman, but also unknown figures like “C. Bucke developed a theory involving three stages in the development of consciousness: Among the effects of this progression, he believed he detected a lengthy historical trend in which religious conceptions and theologies had become less and less fearful.
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Jun 20, Oakshaman rated it it was amazing. The pioneering book on enlightenment episodes This study is from the early days of the psychiatric profession when its practitioners could still write seriously of spiritual and mystical matters without being ostracised or ridiculed as “unscientific. He spent the rest of his life, he was in his mid-thirties at the time, trying t The pioneering book on enlightenment episodes This study is from the early days of the psychiatric profession when its practitioners could still cosmuc seriously of spiritual and mystical matters without being ostracised or ridiculed as “unscientific.
He spent the rest of his life, he was in his mid-thirties at the time, trying to figure out what had happened to him, and if there were any others.
What he found was that such sudden occurances of enlightenment, these epiphanies, had been occuring to mystics, philosophers, writers, and artists all through recorded history.
Not only that, but they were occuring with increased frequency as time went on. Bucke concluded that this marked an evolutionary trend. Carried out to its logical conclusion, consciousmess postulated that one day “cosmic consciousness” as he termed it, would be conscikusness common in the human race as self consciousness currently is.
He based this on the manner in which the ancestors of man slowly climbed from the simple consciousness of animals to an almost universal state of self consciousness. Having experienced a simular event in my mid-thirties remember, it happens to varying degreesI found this book to be immensely personally relevant- as it cosmi proven to be to many of us for over one hundred years now.
Jan 08, Krista Rickert rated it really liked it. I liked this book. However, it is only for a certain few; Writen by man and centered on men throughout history. This book was written in the begginning of the 20th century so I believe it needs updating.
There is some great truth between the pages and there is so much yet bucoe discover and enjoy. Women do not be discouraged we are currently on the rise and will always persevere. This book can be for open minded women who are interested in understanding the ideas of cosmic conciousness. Remember th I liked this book. Remember that the Women’s Rights Movement only just started around the time this book was written. Women we are like books that have been ignored for far too long, take the book of your life off the shelf, read it, and proclaim your life to the world because it is the 21st century and we now have the power to shine!!!
Feb 10, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book gets five stars because of pages The rest of the book may not be worth reading, but it doesn’t need to be because it’s all there in the first part. Do read those pages. Jul 31, Dianna rated it it was ok Shelves: I am having trouble taking this book seriously.
Many of the things are so outdated. I don’t agree with some of his postulates. For example, he says children do not have a sense of music and I know from raising 3 children that they all developed a sense of music quite early. Some of the ideas are things I have already developed in my own belief system. The idea that humanity is developing from a baby to an adult as a person does is very fascinating to me.
But I think he takes much of his consciousnews I am having trouble taking this book seriously. But I think he takes much of his argument for granted without giving much real scientific evidence. I will keep this book and may use it as a reference. View all 4 comments. Feb 01, Nikki Grace rated it it was amazing.
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Wonderful and brilliant explanation of the mystical experiences. Various individuals and their experiences explored. This is one of the most important books in my library. Classic study of people who experienced out-of-the-ordinary consciousness Mar 09, Alex rated it it was ok.
An interesting work by a friend of Walt Whitman’s and the executor of his will. May 27, Edvin Larsen rated it it was amazing. The first 70 pages are a gold mine of timeless information, and describes consciousness way better than many modern books attempts to do. The following pages are a bit redundant and boring if one has read consciouxness these people before Buddha, Jesus, etc.
Nonetheless, the first part alone is worth a five star review. Oct 29, Stephen Coates rated it it was amazing.
Written at the end of the 19th century before the subject was even vaguely in vogue and following a momentary period of higher consciousness he experienced himself, Bucke, a physician, undertook an extensive study of such persons as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, etc. The hypothesis he presents provides a very plausible evolutionary mechanism that credibly explains the conditions these persons experienced, that does not see their experiences Written at the end of bucks 19th century before the subject was even vaguely in vogue and following a momentary period of higher consciousness he experienced himself, Bucke, a physician, undertook an extensive study of such persons as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, etc.
Consciounsess hypothesis he presents provides a very plausible evolutionary mechanism that credibly explains the conscuousness these persons experienced, that does not see their experiences as exclusive, their teachings, being recorded conciousness others notwithstanding, as infallible or precluding others from having comparable bufke. Bucke’s book is an interesting attempt to tie evolutionary theory to expanded states of consciousness that James also noted in his “Varieties of Religious Experience”.
Bucke’s thesis is that life has moved from simple animal consciousness to self-consciousness human reflectiveand is now moving toward cosmic consciousness. The latter, at this time exhibited by only a few individuals who he references, is characterized by a feeling of living in eternity now and comic moral elevation.
There’s Bucke’s book is an interesting attempt to tie evolutionary theory to expanded states of consciousness that James also noted in his “Varieties of Religious Experience”. There’s a strong religious overtone associated with this consciousness and experience of “Brahmic Splendor.
This cosmic state is not supernatural or supernormal at end of the book he indicates that if he had more time and room he would have explored miracles, and sensible connections with others and perhaps higher spirits, and cases where man directs powers outside of himself. Rather, Bucke consciouzness outlining the psychogenesis of humankind where, in cinsciousness, this cosmic capacity will form a new race of people that will “possess the earth.
Looking from conscciousness perspective of modern cosmology such as it might be understood e. Does the “love thy neighbor” principle that Bucke sees in some of his examples refer to human kind or to just one’s tribe? Bucke quotes extensively from Buddhist comic but at least one historian Durant argues that Buddha himself was not involved with another world as opposed to those who followed him and developed the canonical literature e.
It is difficult to find an erroneous answer to this question; for the Master left the point obscure, and his followers have given the word every meaning under the sun. More than a few others have claimed cosmic visions but were dismissed as nutcases, so why one and not another?
Exactly what kind of visionary was Plotinus? Could it be that those visionaries who love moral elevation were the nurturing types who really, truely love human kind or life itself because of their biologically-given capacity?
Do people create their leaders because of their need for father figures “saviors”? Whitman, one follower Bucke quotes, could hear the coosmic grow and the leaves leaf.
Such were his powers, as seen by revering followers. At the end of the codmic, Bucke talks about the perspective of inducing such consciousness by artificial means e.
This might be a clue as to the right line of question to pursue. What, biochemically, explains expansive cosmic states? Bucke talks about levitation as an example of the type of phenomenon that seems related to cosmic consciousness. I think such a phenomenon as that along with ghosts and spirits is widespread and wonder how it might be explained by alternatives other than the one put forward by Bucke.
Read this about 15 years ago or so. Interesting, liked it then? It’s basically about folks having “risings” yer word here.
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Was big into this shit back then. Now am just old and jaded and thinking the world is full of cra Think this was good? Might have been one of the last books on spirituality that really caught my attention Just found it with it’s home made grocery bag book cover, it took me a while to read and carried it around for awhile.
Read it around the same time i was into the tao of physics, going to lectures on science stuff, physics, ufo’s, fucking this self up with meditations, and following a friend who followed Maharaji Looked into going to Australia for coxmic work study thing to help build an ashram, LOL.
Never tell a guy your looking for knowledge!!! Way back when my mind actually worked.