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Mystical Consciousness: Crack in the Matrix
by Bob Benefield
Robert (Bob) Benefield is in his 47th year of college teaching. He is currently Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. He is also Professor Emeritus at LSU-Shreveport. He has been involved as a researcher and consultant-facilitator in conflict resolution, anger management, and creative problem-solving for schools, law enforcement, and community agencies. He received the PhD from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the MA from New Mexico State University, and BA from Louisiana Tech University. He currently a researcher in spiritual discernment as well as consultant and workshop facilitator promoting awareness in consciousness for positive behavior change.
Awareness in consciousness is a key to spiritual enlightment. This book offers a framework for examining consciousness research and one’s personal consciousness. Metaphysical and mystical states of consciousness are operationally defined and correlates of those states of consciousness are examined. Critical thinking skills are exemplified as applied in a self-management strategy called cognitive behavior analysis. The Analysis Zone (AZ) is illustrated as the prototype of critical thinking. Creative thinking skills are exemplified as activities of the Neutral Zone (NZ). The NZ includes the initial phase of brainstorming, flow experiences in music, art, and sport, mediation, meditation, and mystical consciousness. Metaphysical and mystical correlates of kingdom consciousness are developed. Awareness of the metaphysical constraints of ego or self (metaphysical awareness) permits its distinction from mystical (ego-free) consciousness. The book begins with a summary of the findings of the Spiritual Discernment Project and concludes with Kingdom consciousness ideas as expressed in the Christian public domain.
Robert L. (Bob) Benefield, PhD