An altered state of consciousness (ASC), also called altered state of mind or mind alteration, is any condition which is significantly different from a normal waking state. – Wikipedia


Different from a normal waking state means almost any state is considered altered.   And, if our normal waking state is mid to high beta brain wave then normal is a state of stress! In our current societies that state has become normal.


It is, however, very easy to flip out of beta and into alpha brain waves.  In this altered state, you feel more relaxed, able to focus on what you’re doing, life and work go smoother and more easeful here.  This state, which is considered altered, is very natural to us.  You access it every time you smile from your heart.

Theta and delta brain waves are associated with sleep states, and they can be accessed in walking states with a little practice.  Self-hypnosis and lucid dreaming are just two examples.

Our brain and body are capable of and do produce chemicals the same as, or similar to, some plants that are used to create altered states of consciousness.

When we experience a bliss state our brain is flooded with anandamides (similar to THC in cannabis).  Here’s the definition of anandamide:

Anandamide, also known as N-arachidonoylethanolamine (AEA), is a fatty acid neurotransmitter derived from the non-oxidative metabolism of eicosatetraenoic acid (arachidonic acid), an essential omega-6 fatty acid. The name is taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means "joy, bliss, delight", and amide.

We are deeply complex and capable of so much more than we have been allowing ourselves.  We are a walking chemical laboratory capable of having a multitude of altered consciousness experiences, we just don’t always recognize them.


Are you familiar with runners high?  With the calm exhilaration of extreme sports?  With effortlessly manifesting an experience you desire?  With the flow of perfectly executing a sequence?  Those are all altered states of consciousness and states that we desire. 

Altered states of consciousness are built right into you.  Learn about them from experts and from scientific research.  Think about your life and where you have already experienced some of them.  By expanding your conscious awareness you expand your awareness and capacity to experience altered states of awareness.



p.s.  In the new Conscious Evolution Magazine, we explore levels of conscious awareness.


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