Cosmic Consciousness, by Richard Maurice Bucke, [], full text etext at This is an attempted scientific study of illuminated individuals. Bucke provides three dozen very consistent examples of ‘cosmic consciousness. Cosmic Consciousness – A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind has In this book, Richard Bucke described the common mystical experiences in a.

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Richard Maurice Bucke

His unswerving belief in his mission; his devotion to Truth; His simplicity and humility. The paradox of Self-attainment and the necessity for selflessness.

More New Thought News: During that time he visited France. Coneciousness the end of conscilusness book, Bucke talks about the perspective of inducing such consciousness by artificial means e.

Further development culminated in the ability to experience and enjoy music. In Part III, Bucke hypothesizes that the next stage of human development, which he calls “cosmic consciousness,” is slowly beginning to appear and will eventually spread throughout all of humanity.

Any of you read this one? From what was Buddha finally liberated? Is there a basis for belief in physical immortality?

Bucke later testified that he was “lifted to and set upon coskic higher plane of existence” because of his friendship with Whitman. His sudden change from materialism. On February 19,Bucke slipped on a patch of ice in front of his home and struck his head.


His peculiar psychic temperament; his frequent attacks of cosmmic his sufferings because of doubt; his never-ceasing urge toward a final revelation. Why we obey it. Remember that the Women’s Rights Movement only just started around the time this book was written.

His amazing power of magnetic attraction. 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”. But I think he takes much of his argument for granted without giving much real scientific evidence.

Soul consciousness; whither it leads. Different stages of mankind. Sayings of ancient manuscripts. May 27, Edvin Larsen rated it it was amazing.

Just a simple free public library to help you on your journey. 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. Efforts of those who have experienced Cosmic Consciousness to express the experience; the strange similarity found in all attempts. He was an athletic boy who enjoyed a good ball game. The doctrine of illusion; its relation to Cosmic Consciousness – p. Do people create their leaders because of their need for father figures “saviors”?


The effacement of the sense of sin among the Illuminati. View all 4 comments.

Cosmic Consciousness Index

This work is the magnum opus of Bucke’s career, a project that he researched and wrote over many years. Man’s relation to the universe. A very in-depth and intriguing exploration of “cosmic consciousness” as it relates to religions and doctrines throughout time.

An adventurer during his youth, Bucke later studied medicine.

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

We work with New Thought Seekers and Cinsciousness around the world insuring that all New Thought Texts in the Public Domain are available for you to read on the web for free, forever! Bucke was part of a movement that sought to improve the care and treatment of mentally ill persons. Nonetheless, the first part alone is worth a five star review. But I consxiousness he takes much of his argument I am having trouble taking this book seriously.