The process works through the generation of complex, multilayered audio signals, which act together to create a resonance that is reflected in unique brain wave forms characteristic of specific states of consciousness
In Buddhism, the mind is composed of momentary states of consciousness
that are constantly arising and dissolving, much as a flame or a river is constantly changing in a ceaseless becoming of dependent origination.
Trance states are considered to fall into a broader category called altered states of consciousness
They have discovered a test that can distinguish between states of consciousness
using a simple electroencephalogram (EEG) and some mathematics.
With today's technologies, scientists and researchers are validating what these ancient teachings have affirmed: that meditative practices have definite and measureable beneficial effects on the brain; that the 2,500 years of Buddhist cultivation and training of the mind is a powerful transformative tool; and that healthful altered states of consciousness
can be attained and maintained without the use of drugs.
s book represents an important contribution to a more positive evaluation of altered states of consciousness
Specifically, it is contended that the concept of craving cannot be fully articulated in the absence of a consideration of Husserl's notion of the intentional structure of human consciousness and related concepts such as phenomenology, discrete states of consciousness
and altered states of consciousness
Both international and interdisciplinary in scope, the meeting focused on the many forms of music and dance that encompass a form of ritual or altered states of consciousness
The Wisdom of Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas further reveals how to apply this wisdom to one's own life, emphasizing the importance of seeking not simply to know God, but rather to know God through higher states of consciousness
While there are multiple schools, styles and types of meditation, each with its own unique aspects and components, meditation itself is perhaps best viewed as a practice that emerges from an innate human capacity that comprises a broad spectrum of states of consciousness
, all of which relate to some type of reflective cognitive activity.
After this article was written, Wilber  revised his conceptualization of the suprapersonal realm such that the paramental/gross, metamental/subtle, overmental/causal, and supramental/nondual are no longer viewed simply as stages of development in the same sense as the basic structures of consciousness [vertical axis], but more as states of consciousness
The scientific study of the relation between brain states and states of consciousness
has come alive in the past several decades.