Consciousness states

The levels of inner energy

from John Lilly's works

excerpt from "Le Cinquieme Reve", a book by Patrice Van Eersel


Dr John Lilly: pionneer of the communication with dolphins, inventor of the sensory deprivation tank, researcher and explorator of the cousciousness states. Author of "The Eye of the Cyclone", quoted here by Patrice Van Eersel.

Patrice Van Eersel : journalist, author of two essays which became best-sellers in Europe: "Le Cinquième Rêve", and "La Source Noire", scientific et spiritual quests, from NDE (Near Death Experience) .to dolphins.






To start, it is necessary to imagine the state of total emotional neutrality, when you are simply present in the world, attentive, with a clear mind. This is the state in which we should be when we are in society, when we communicate with other people, when we teach or when we learn. According to John Lilly, it is in this state, and that one only, that we can rationally reprogram our "biocomputer".

To this neutral state of consciousness, we makes correspond the center point of a sinusoid curve, to which we allocate (arbitrarily) the value of "48".The higher branch (on the left) thus goes up until "positive infinite", and the lower branch goes down until "negative infinite". Whoever you are, whatever your degree of evolution and your mood of the day, your inner state is constantly included in this large S.

Center of neutrality around which we are generally moving, almost always shifted a little, either upward or downward.

The "professional" state, in which we can set ourselves in "autopilot" to achieve a task (at the wheel of a car for example, when driving with a sure hand, we can allow ourselves to think about other things).

Imagine yourself sick, nauseous. Or when your boss hardly cast doubt on yourself. Or when you are deserted by your love. But forced to drive or go to work nevertheless. You are into -24 state, known as "basic negative state", where one can still act, but badly, and where one becomes a danger to the others. You still can dance, but what a hard labour!

The ecstacy, the state of grace. You are not completely any more present on Earth, and yet that the world seems beautiful to you! All shines brightly. You are madly in love, in a cosmic state of love You do not dance more, you "are danced", the music literally take hold of your body.

The horror. Out of the question to go to work, nor to drive. You are only suffering. The world appears to you through a nagging and dreadful fog.
You doubt to have
ever know how to dance. Moreover what does this word means? This state is simply called extreme negativity.

+ 6
The state of Buddha. Your being is reduced to a point of intense consciousness, you are traveling through the universes, carried by an unutterable energy of love. This is the level of reality which know some NDE experiencers.

- 6
This point of consciousness starts the entry in hell, in the kingdom of total loneliness and absurdity.

+ 3 / - 3
Last known levels of the scale of Self, they are almost defying to the words. Self is completely dissolved there: on one side in the pure essence (it is the great Satori, what the dervishes call Fanaa, the dissolution in the Whole), and on the other side in the absolute Ego, the quintessence of negativity and loneliness.





excerpt from "Le Cinquième Rêve",
a book by Patrice Van Eersel, editions Grasset, Paris, 1993



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