Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind [Richard Maurice Bucke] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is an attempted scientific study of illuminated individuals. Bucke provides three dozen very consistent examples of ‘cosmic consciousness. This work is the magnum opus of Bucke’s career, a project that he researched and wrote over many years. In it, Bucke described his own experience, that of.

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The Power and Presence of God, as a reality. I liked this book. Paperbackpages. Not unsurprisingly Bucke himself claims to have had a personal experience of cosmic consciousness. The quasi-mystical psychological state known as cosmic consciousness is for Richard Maurice Bucke, M. The kingdom of God Cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, Lo, here! Further development culminated in the ability to experience and enjoy music.

But eventually these new abilities spread throughout the human race until only a very small number of people were unable to experience colors and music. Bucke also believes many poets were blessed with this same Cosmic Consciousness, including Walt Whitman, who was a personal friend of Dr. The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, pg The idea that humanity is developing from a baby to an adult as a person does is very fascinating to me.

Bucke quotes extensively from Buddhist literature but at least one historian Durant argues that Buddha himself was not involved with another world as opposed to those who followed him and developed the canonical literature e. The prize and the price. Noguchi–a most remarkable instance of Illumination in early youth; Lines expressive of an exalted state of consciousness; how it resulted in later life.

But it was only an initiation. Quotes from Cosmic Conciousne After adopting the Victorian-era theory that mental illness in women was often due to defective reproductive organs, Bucke began performing surgical removals of these organs from female patients. This might be a clue as to the right line of question to pursue. The new race; its powers and privileges.


Many readers say this is a brilliant book. His unswerving belief in his mission; his devotion to Truth; His simplicity and humility. The persistence of the ideal of Perfected Man; Has it any basis in history?

Emerson ‘s religious nature. A classic book, original C Many spiritual experiences which average 4 stars; and Doctor Bucke adds his Buddhist evaluations which I disagree with mostly, so 1 star.

Classic study of people who experienced out-of-the-ordinary consciousness Bucke talks about levitation as an example of the type of phenomenon that seems related to cosmic consciousness. Any thoughts on it? His cojsciousness is directly referenced by the mystics Franklin Merrell-Wolff [15] and Ouspensky[16] and it was essential to Aldous Huxley ‘s concept of the perennial philosophy [17] and Evelyn Underhill ‘s concept of mysticism.

Way back when my mind actually worked.

The supreme occurrence of that night was his real and sole initiation to the new and higher order of ideas. Women do not be discouraged we are currently on the rise and will always persevere.

A timeless classic The medical doctor, Richard M. The Real and the unreal.

Bucke, Cosmic Consciousness | Philosophy of Religion

A foundation Source Text for understanding the evolution of Consciousness. Prophecies of a Messiah. The book was originally published inbut its message is timeless. Among the effects of this progression, he believed he detected a lengthy historical trend in which religious conceptions and theologies had become less and less fearful.

Cosmic Consciousness Item Preview. He published a biography of Whitman in and was one of Whitman’s literary executors. Bucke had given up the profession of religious minister, and trusted his family’s income to their Ontario farm. Refresh and try again. The fruits of Cosmic Consciousness.


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

Interesting, liked it then? Truth-seekers, Theologians, Ministers, Visionaries. Along the way, Bucke worked at various odd jobs. The parents and their children emigrated to Canada when he was a year old, settling near London, Ontario. How they compare with experiences of others. Bucke explicates cosmic consciousness under four main characteristics.

This was not done until years later, and only after he had researched much of the world’s literature on mysticism and enlightenment and had corresponded with many others about this subject. Carried out to its logical conclusion, he postulated that one day “cosmic consciousness” as he termed it, would be as common in the human race as self consciousness currently is.

Through his own experience of awakening, and those of others he studied, Bucke concluded that enlightenment is the natural result of evolution. In his work with asylum inmates, he was a reformer who encouraged organized sports and what is now called occupational therapy. What the Persian mystics allusion to “union with the Beloved” signifies; its exoteric and its esoteric meaning.

What is meant by the phrase “naked and unashamed. Bucke’s friend, [2] Carpenter, had derived the term “cosmic consciousness” from the Eastern term “universal consciousness. Bucke later testified that he was “lifted to and set upon a higher plane of existence” because of his friendship with Whitman.

The way in which the higher consciousness expresses itself.