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A profoundly important contribution to transpersonal theory, drawing on broad scholarship, three decades of Vajrayana practice and systematic psychedelic therapy, and disarming humility and open minded inquiry Poses huge implications for the relationship of the individual psyche to the collective, karma and reincarnation, and the nature of and potential deep approaches to our planetary crisis Truly awesome I first heard Christopher Bache on a YouTube video and was very impressed and interested So I paid full price for the kindle version of this book I m so glad I did This book was VERY interesting to me It s about the collective unconscious and the author s quest to become as fully conscious as possible He does this via the use of LSD with a minder present throughout his journeys He follows Stanislov Grof s methods.I have had a major enlightenment experience in my first enlightenment inten I first heard Christopher Bache on a YouTube video and was very impressed and interested So I paid full price for the kindle version of this book I m so glad I did This book was VERY interesting to me It s about the collective unconscious and the author s quest to become as fully conscious as possible He does this via the use of LSD with a minder present throughout his journeys He follows Stanislov Grof s methods.I have had a major enlightenment experience in my first enlightenment intensive many years ago, and many mini experiences in subsequent intensives I could easily relate to many of the experiences the author had in his psychedelic explorations, so I know it to be truthful As many NDE ers say, one KNOWS the truth when it is experienced It never leaves one s consciousness thereafter.Yes, there are many, many very dark experiences as the author suffers through all the pain and horrors in the life of the entire human race There are eons worth of pain, torture, evil doings, etc in our collective field that rise up to the surface to be healed I honor those who have the courage to embark on such a path, for I do believe that becoming conscious at deeper levels does heal humanity so we may evolve into higher,joyous consciousness.This book held my interest completely until I got to the chapter where he discusses Tarnas work in this field either Chpt 7 or 8 The author is a retired professor of religious studies I have a degree in philosophy and a minor in religious studies so I was familiar with the language, but I found it so tedious and boring I no longer want to read what I always thought of as mental masturbation where philosophy professors kind of show off their vocabulary and high falutin ideas to their peers I had to just skim this chapter because I simply could not stomach the language Then the author returned in the next chapter to writing for laypersons and I was again drawn in He s very humble other than in this one chapter, as I experienced it.I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone interested in deepening consciousness and accessing the species mind, or nonlocal mind It s a very important contribution, in my opinion Christopher Bache explores the deep ecology of mind as it reveals itself in nonordinary states in in this book p.16 Bache s contention is that we need to expand our frame of reference beyond the individual human being and look to the living systems the individual is part of p.16 He believes that one of the greatest challenges facing psychology and philosophy today is to grasp the full implications of our interconnectedness p.115 He thinks that the fundamental polarity of our natu Christopher Bache explores the deep ecology of mind as it reveals itself in nonordinary states in in this book p.16 Bache s contention is that we need to expand our frame of reference beyond the individual human being and look to the living systems the individual is part of p.16 He believes that one of the greatest challenges facing psychology and philosophy today is to grasp the full implications of our interconnectedness p.115 He thinks that the fundamental polarity of our nature is the polarity of individuality and wholeness, and wholeness includes both depth and breadth p.115 it is not individuality itself that is the illusion but our sense of being isolated from the whole p.264.Dark NightThe book s title points beyond the individual to the collective dark night p.16 Christopher Bache is convinced that we have entered a time of unprecedented disruption of life at fundamental levels that will soon reach catastrophic proportions p.16 He believes that theclearly we understand the deep structure of events that are overtaking our lives, thewe may be able ease the pain of the transition humanity is being called upon to make pp 16 17 At a deeper level, this will involve a deep shift in how we collectively feel about each other and the world at large p.231.Transpersonal ParadigmChristopher Bache thinks that we are so deeply habituated to thinking of mind as a private phenomenon that recognizing its collective component is extremely difficult and triggers a chorus of objections p.205 What is required , he says, is that individuality is relocated within a transpersonal paradigm p.205 This allows us to recognize the dynamics that are visible if we are open to new and startling observations drawn from carefully scrutinized experience p.205 While not abandoning our skeptical edge, we must push our critical faculties to explore uncharted territory p.205 Because we are constantly taught that only individual beings have minds, we fail to recognize instances of transindividual mental functioning operating in our everyday life p.183 Transpersonal experiences arise from a complex interaction between the mind doing the exploring and the larger Mind being explored p.30 This means that we must use mind to explore mind p.30 We must also ask what the implications of these experiences are for human existence p.7 We need to besensitive to the limits of human understanding andopen to the unknown p.39 , especially if controversial data has been gathered according to the same methodological standards accepted in other contexts p.39.Conceptual FrameworkChristopher Bache tries to create a conceptual framework p.254 based on his work with psychedelic states p.9 , his experiences in the classroom p.184 , Richard Tarnas s overviews of Western philosophy p.22 , Stanislav Grof s study of the deep psyche p.48 , Rupert Sheldrake s theory of morphic fields p.78 , Kennet Ring s observations from NDEs near death experiences p.111 , and chaos theory p.241.Bache s observation is that Sheldrake s hypothesis of morphic fields meshes with Grof s experiential data p.80 He recognizes the similarity of psychedelic states to NDEs p.109 Studying the experiences of many persons together with the possibility of repetition in psychedelic therapy draws out the organic processes involved, showing how one state systematically unfolds into another p.109 His experience is that the individual and collective energies of everything that surrounds us creates a collective net of influences that flows through our conscious and unconscious awareness p.150 Our sense of identity is a transparent reality in continuous exchange with a larger field of awareness created by our previous life experiences pp.163 164 Our sensitivity to this exchange increases as our basic sense of identity shifts, becoming progressively deeper p.164.The most powerful context in which Christopher Bache has experienced the field dynamics of mind on a regular basis is in the classroom p.184 Bache thinks that at least some of his experiences in the classroom can better be thought of as the manifestation of a group mind p.195 Slowly he began to recognize the existence of these fields operating in his classes p.195 Eventually, it simply becameelegant to conceptualize his observations as symptoms of a unified learning field that underlay and integrated the class as a whole p.195 As he made the shift to thinking of this something as mental fields, a variety of conceptual and experiential pieces began to fall into place p.196.Provisional ConclusionsMany experiences through the years led Christopher Bache to draw a number of provisional conclusions p.196 Bache thinks that when a number of minds come together and integrate their individual capacities, it is as though they become phase locked in ways analogous to how individual neurons become phase locked in hemispherically synchronized brain states p.209 When persons open themselves to each other and focus on a common goal, their individual energies meld in a way that mediates contact with levels of intelligence and creativity that are beyond the reach of these individuals acting alone p.209 What cannot be accomplished separately becomes available to those who work together p.202.Christopher Bache believes that mental fields are always present whenever collective intention is focused in group projects of sustained duration and repeated form p.197 These fields appear to vary enormously in strength, reflecting a variety of factors p.197 The key ingredients for these fields to form seem to be 1 collective intention , 2 sustained duration , and 3 repetition p.198 It seems as sustained and repeated focusing of many minds on a single purpose creates strong currents within the larger field of mind p.199.Early DawnChristopher Bache thinks that we are only beginning to glimpse the collective dynamics of mind and wants to encourage increased discussion of these important issues p.187 The observation of energetic resonance and fields operating in educational contexts has the potential to transform not only education but a wide range of creative group processes p.209 The possibilities expand exponentially as we learn to enter into states of synchronized group awareness p.209 Bache believes that one of the most important theoretical and practical challenges is learning how these fields operate, how to work with them directly, and how to manage the enormous energies that are sometimes generated when they are activated p.187.Bache points out that our individual choices may have enormous ramifications if they reflect our highest potential and seek the greatest good of humanity as a whole p.244 As the inherent wholeness of existence becomes a living experience forandpersons, individuals will find new orders of creativity that could not have been anticipated as long as we were trapped within the narrow confines of an atomistic, self referential mode of consciousness p.256.SummaryChristopher Bache provides a creative and radically expanded view on what it means to be human, both individually and collectively He approaches the subject with a deep respect and wish to understand Bache takes the reader into uncharted territory I m not able or prepared to follow every step he takes in the book, but I think he has done a great job in balancing his deep trans personal insights with incisive thinking His writing is characterized by a combination personal and intellectual honesty which makes me willing to listen It s a fascinating book on an important subject Not a book for the faint of heart Excellent Exceptional *Free ↟ Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) ↠ A unique contribution to transpersonal psychology It is a product of creative imagination inspired by inner journeys to the farthest frontiers of the psyche and yet a work forged by a rigorous intellect and impeccable scholarship A fine example of a courageous pioneering venture into rarely traveled territories of the human psyche, it will remain a classic in the transpersonal field To Kill a Nudist-Book III of the Nudist Series Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) ↠ A unique contribution to transpersonal psychology It is a product of creative imagination inspired by inner journeys to the farthest frontiers of the psyche and yet a 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