Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind
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Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

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This classic study on the evolution of the human mind is as valuable today as when first published in 1901. Dr. Bucke makes the case that at intervals throughout history certain individuals have appeared who are gifted with the power of transcendent realization or illumination -- and that instances of such ilium nation are on the increase. Enthusiastically acclaimed by Wil...more
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Published October 5th 1991 by Penguin Books (first published November 30th 1900)
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Oakshaman
The pioneering book on enlightenment episodes


This study is from the early days of the psychiatric profession when its practitioners could still write seriously of spiritual and mystical matters without being ostracised or ridiculed as "unscientific." Briefly, the author personally experienced a sudden episode of enlightenment and rapture that, while it was only of brief duration, changed his outlook on life forever. He spent the rest of his life, he was in his mid-thirties at the time, trying t...more
Krista Rickert
I liked this book. However, it is only for a certain few; Writen by man and centered on men throughout history. This book was written in the begginning of the 20th century so I believe it needs updating. There is some great truth between the pages and there is so much yet to discover and enjoy. Women do not be discouraged we are currently on the rise and will always persevere. This book can be for open minded women who are interested in understanding the ideas of cosmic conciousness. Remember th...more
Dianna
I am having trouble taking this book seriously. Many of the things are so outdated. I don't agree with some of his postulates. For example, he says children do not have a sense of music and I know from raising 3 children that they all developed a sense of music quite early. Some of the ideas are things I have already developed in my own belief system. The idea that humanity is developing from a baby to an adult as a person does is very fascinating to me. But I think he takes much of his argument...more
Bob Nichols
Bucke's book is an interesting attempt to tie evolutionary theory to expanded states of consciousness (that James also noted in his "Varieties of Religious Experience"). Bucke's thesis is that life has moved from simple (animal) consciousness to self-consciousness (human reflective), and is now moving toward cosmic consciousness. The latter, at this time exhibited by only a few individuals who he references, is characterized by a feeling of living in eternity now and by moral elevation. There's...more
Rah~ri
Aug 22, 2008 Rah~ri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rah~ri by: aliens?

Read this about 15 years ago or so.
Interesting, liked it then?
It's basically about folks having "risings"(yer word here.)
Goes thought a bunch of peoples lives,
Bacon,Carpenter,Whitman,Behmen,Blake,Dante,Yepes,
and sure, Jesus, Buddha,Mohammed, and others I don't remember at all.
Was big into this shit back then.
Now am just old and jaded and thinking the world is full of cra...
: )
But any way!
Think this was good?
Might have been one of the last books on spirituality
that really caught my attention...w...more
Robert
In this book, Richard Bucke described the common mystical experiences in a wide variety of people including Jesus, Paul, Buddha, Plotinus, Dante, Bacon, Pascal, Blake, and Walt Whitman. According to Bucke, these experiences suggest an emerging faculty within human consciousness. Cosmic consciousness has been described in various ways by all of the world's mystical traditions.
Matthew LaFave
This is a well written book from the late 1800's. A nice overview of people the author suspected of having been illumined, or being an instance of "cosmic consciousness". I believe it is the only book the author wrote in his entire lifetime, and have a feeling he spent a great deal of time on it. I have realized that Edward Carpenter looks similar to Daniel Day Lewis....
Kailash Bruder
Such an important early effort (c. 1900) at identifying individuals who have evolved their consciousness to an extraordinary (even superhuman) degree. Bucke abstracts the procedures used to achieve transformation. Some few distractions (e..g., a long-winded speculation on the identity of Wm. Shakespeare & Francis Bacon) do not diminish the value of the book as a whole.
Harrison
This books helps to see, if you can believe it, where the human race is going. The next stage in evolution won't be physical, it will be mental. An increased awareness of the world is destined to change humanity permanently.
Ryan
This book gets five stars because of pages 1-82. The rest of the book may not be worth reading, but it doesn't need to be because it's all there in the first part. Do read those pages.
Nikki Grace
Wonderful and brilliant explanation of the mystical experiences. Various individuals and their experiences explored. This is one of the most important books in my library.
Dennis
Classic study of people who experienced out-of-the-ordinary consciousness....Fascinating
Bruce Michael  Hubbell
A foundation Source Text for understanding the evolution of Consciousness
Alex
An interesting work by a friend of Walt Whitman's and the executor of his will.
Vincent Campa
Should be classified as a Conscious altering substance!
Leah
A slow, meticulous read, but I'm enjoying it so far.
Karen
Oct 08, 2007 Karen added it
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Awesome read!
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