Skip navigation

Altered states of consciousness, mental imagery and healing

Altered states of consciousness, mental imagery and healing

Luke, David ORCID: 0000-0003-2141-2453 (2012) Altered states of consciousness, mental imagery and healing. In: Simmonds-Moore, Christine, (ed.) Exceptional Experience and Health - Essays on Mind, Body and Human Potential. McFarland, Jefferson, NC, USA, pp. 64-80. ISBN 9780786459667 (Print), 978-0-7864-8867-4 (E-Book)

Full text not available from this repository.


The long-standing practice of using mental imagery for healing is virtually inseparable from the use of techniques for altering states of consciousness, be it through hypnosis, ingestion of psychoactive substances, breathing, chanting, dancing, drumming or any other means. Altered states, generally, give rise to increased mental imagery. This essay considers the use of two specific types of altered state - dreaming and those states brought about through the use of psychoactive substances - to explore ancient and contemporary uses of mental imagery in healing, in both the so-called Old World (Afro-Eurasia) and New World (Australia and the Americas).

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Reading found in Part One: Belief, Mind and Body: Chapter 2. Altered States of Consciousness, Mental Imagery and Healing.
Uncontrolled Keywords: altered states of consciousness, dream, psychoactive substances, ayahuasca, mental imagery, healing, shamanism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
Related URLs:
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:10

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item