Consensus trance


Following up to “Most people seem content to sing an endless round of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat …”” and “Why do so few unwrap the gift of Santa Claus?” and “Why art matters, and how literature professors could, too“.

According to Wikipedia about Charles Tart

In his 1986 book Waking Up, he introduced the phrase “consensus trance” to the lexicon. Tart likened normal waking consciousness to hypnotic trance. He discussed how each of us is from birth inducted to the trance of the society around us. Tart noted both similarities and differences between hypnotic trance induction and consensus trance induction. He emphasized the enormous and pervasive power of parents, teachers, religious leaders, political figures, and others to compel induction. Referring to the work of Gurdjieff and others he outlines a path to awakening based upon self-observation.

Concept sounds reasonable, but the mention of Gurdjieff is worrying. And Wikipedia also mentions that

He supports Joseph McMoneagle’s remote viewing claims that McMoneagle has remote viewed into the past, present, and future and has predicted future events.

Hmmm. See also the Wikipedia entry on “Consensus reality“.


3 responses »

  1. Travel makes salient the existence of a consensus trance, because there are different consensus trances in different societies.

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