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Mind uploading. Past life regression. Planes of existence. Pre-existence. Reincarnation in popular culture. Shanti Devi. Soulmate. Subtle body. Xenoglossy. Zalmoxis. Alegretti, Wagner, Retrocognitions: An Investigation into Memories of Past Lives and the Period Between Lives. ISBN: 0-9702131-6-6, 2004. Archiati, Pietro, Reincarnation in Modern Life: Toward a new Christian Awareness. ISBN: 0-904693-88-0. Atkinson, William Walker, Reincarnation and the Law of Karma: A Study of the Old-new World-doctrine of Rebirth and Spiritual Cause and Effect, Kessinger Publishing, 1997. ISBN: 0-7661-0079-0. Baba, Meher, Discourses, Sufism Reoriented, 1967, ISBN: 1-880619-09-1.

Éliphas Lévi

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However, Lévi diverged from spiritualism and criticized it, because he believed only mental images and "astral forces" persisted after an individual died, which could be freely manipulated by skilled magicians, unlike the autonomous spirits that Spiritualism posited. His magical teachings were free from obvious fanaticisms, even if they remained rather murky; he had nothing to sell, and did not pretend to be the initiate of some ancient or fictitious secret society. He incorporated the Tarot cards into his magical system, and as a result the Tarot has been an important part of the paraphernalia of Western magicians.


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Psychology seeks to understand mind and behavior, and neurology is the medical discipline that diagnoses and treats diseases of the nervous system. The brain is also the most important organ studied in psychiatry, the branch of medicine that works to study, prevent, and treat mental disorders. Cognitive science seeks to unify neuroscience and psychology with other fields that concern themselves with the brain, such as computer science (artificial intelligence and similar fields) and philosophy.


Henosis for Plotinus was defined in his works as a reversing of the ontological process of consciousness via meditation (in the Western mind to uncontemplate) toward no thought (Nous or demiurge) and no division (dyad) within the individual (being). Plotinus words his teachings to reconcile not only Plato with Aristotle but also various World religions that he had personal contact with during his various travels. Plotinus' works have an ascetic character in that they reject matter as an illusion (non-existent). Matter was strictly treated as immanent, with matter as essential to its being, having no true or transcendential character or essence, substance or ousia.


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Pranamaya means composed of prana, the vital principle, the force that vitalizes and holds together the body and the mind. It pervades the whole organism, its one physical manifestation is the breath. As long as this vital principle exists in the organisms, life continues. Coupled with the five organs of action it forms the vital sheath. In the Vivekachudamani it is a modification of vayu or air, it enters into and comes out of the body. Manomaya means composed of manas or mind. The mind (manas) along with the five sensory organs is said to constitute the manomaya kosa.

Altered state of consciousness

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• Meditation • Music therapy • Mystical psychosis • Mysticism • Near death experience • Neurotheology • New Age • Nitrogen narcosis • Out-of-body experience • Panic • Parapsychology • Peak experience • Presyncope • Psychedelia • Psychedelic drug • Psychedelic experience • Psychology of religion • Psychonautics • Psychosis • Religious experience • Runner's high • Sexual pleasure • Sleep • Sleep deprivation • Sleep paralysis • Syncope • Wakefulness • ;People • Bonny, Helen • Bourguignon, Erika • Castaneda, Carlos • de Ropp, Robert • Eisner, Bruce • Golas, Thaddeus • Gowan, John Curtis • Grof, Stanislav • Huxley, Aldous • Josephson, Ernst • Leary, Timothy • Lilly, John C. • McKenna, Terence • Monroe

Theosophical Society Adyar

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The Theosophy Society – Adyar is the name of a section of the Theosophical Society founded by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and others in 1882. Its headquarters moved with Blavatsky and president Henry Steel Olcott from New York to Adyar, an area of Chennai, in 1886. The designation 'Adyar' is added to make it clear that this is the Theosophical Society headquartered there, after the American section and some other lodges separated from it in 1895, under William Quan Judge.

Human body

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The human body is the structure of a human being. It is composed of many different types of cells that together create tissues and subsequently organ systems. They ensure homeostasis and the viability of the human body.


Paracelsus (1493/4 – 24 September 1541), born Theophrastus von Hohenheim (full name Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim ), was a Swiss physician, alchemist, and astrologer of the German Renaissance.

The Psychology of the Occult

The Psychology of the Occult is a 1952 skeptical book on the paranormal by psychologist D. H. Rawcliffe. It was later published as Illusions and Delusions of the Supernatural and the Occult (1959) and Occult and Supernatural Phenomena (1988) by Dover Publications. Biologist Julian Huxley wrote a foreword to the book.

George Gurdjieff

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Part of the function of these various methods was to undermine and undo the ingrained habit patterns of the mind and bring about moments of insight. Since each individual has different requirements, Gurdjieff did not have a one-size-fits-all approach, and he adapted and innovated as circumstance required. In Russia he was described as keeping his teaching confined to a small circle, whereas in Paris and North America he gave numerous public demonstrations.

Arthur E. Powell

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Powell's main topic was consciousness and was written about in these books and other texts: The Mental Body (1927). The Causal Body And The Ego (1928). The Solar System (1930). The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena (1926). The Etheric Double (1925). Human Astral Entities. The Mastery of Emotion. Astral Death. Clairvoyance in Space and Time. Kundalini. The Fourth Dimension. Rebirth. Discipleship. Chakras. The Development of Astral Powers. Sleep-life. Dreams. Invisible Helpers. The Astral Plane. Non-human Astral Entities. Thought Forms. The Magic of Freemasonry. Spiritualism. The Work of a Lodge of the Theosophical Society.

Mirra Alfassa

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During a later meeting, she experienced a complete silence of the mind, free from any thought. Richard lost the elections to Paul Bluysen whom he had supported in previous elections. Both Richard and Mirra were running out of money and decided to publish a review of the yoga of Aurobindo, and to be called Arya and be bilingual in both English and French. The Journal was first published on 15 August 1914 and ran for the next six and half years. Consequent journals published were later made into complete books. By this time World War I had erupted and Indian revolutionaries were being prosecuted by British for being spies of the German army.

Thelemic mysticism

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The most glorious experience on the Astral plane, let it dazzle and thrill as it may, is not necessarily in accordance with the True Will of the seer; if not, though it be never so true objectively, it is not true for him, because not useful for him. The Body of Light is more important than simply for astral travel—it is the storehouse of all experiences.


Esoteric healing. Livity (spiritual concept). Orgone. Prana. Reiki. Pneuma. Geist. Mana. Spirit. Article by Bing YeYoung "A Philosophical and Cultural Interpretation of Qi". The Skeptics Dictionary. Qi Encyclopedia.


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Kundalini is considered to occur in the chakra and nadis of the subtle body. Each chakra is said to contain special characteristics and with proper training, moving Kundalini through these chakras can help express or open these characteristics. Kundalini is described as a sleeping, dormant potential force in the human organism. It is one of the components of an esoteric description of the "subtle body", which consists of nadis (energy channels), chakras (psychic centres), prana (subtle energy), and bindu (drops of essence). Kundalini is described as being coiled up at the base of the spine. The description of the location can vary slightly, from the rectum to the navel.


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A new discourse developed, in which (humanistic) psychology, mystical and esoteric traditions and eastern religions are being blended, to reach the true self by self-disclosure, free expression and meditation. The distinction between the spiritual and the religious became more common in the popular mind during the late 20th century with the rise of secularism and the advent of the New Age movement. Authors such as Chris Griscom and Shirley MacLaine explored it in numerous ways in their books. Paul Heelas noted the development within New Age circles of what he called "seminar spirituality": structured offerings complementing consumer choice with spiritual options.

Third eye

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The third eye (also called the mind's eye, or inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept of a speculative invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight. In certain dharmic spiritual traditions the third eye refers to the ajna (or brow) chakra. The third eye refers to the gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. In New Age spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. The third eye is often associated with religious visions, clairvoyance, the ability to observe chakras and auras, precognition, and out-of-body experiences.