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Altered states, imagery and healing

Altered states, imagery and healing

Luke, David ORCID: 0000-0003-2141-2453 (2009) Altered states, imagery and healing. In: Health, Mental Health and Exceptional Human Experience Conference, 7 September 2009, Liverpool Hope University, UK.

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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: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shamanism, mental imagery, healing, dream, ayahuasca, altered states of consciousness, psychoactive substances
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:10

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