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 – Wikipedia

No royal road to Illumination. An interesting work by a friend of Walt Whitman’s and the executor of his will. An adventurer during his youth, Bucke later studied medicine.

He was part of a travelling party who had to fight for their lives when they were attacked by Shoshone Indianswhose territory they were trespassing. Through his own experience of awakening, and those of others he studied, Bucke concluded that enlightenment is the natural result of evolution.

This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat The frequent reception of the Light. Read it around the same time i was into the tao of physics, going to lectures on science stuff, physics, ufo’s, fucking this self up with meditations, and following a friend who followed Maharaji This books helps to see, if you can believe it, where the human race is going.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Written at the end of the 19th century before the subject was even vaguely in vogue and following a momentary period of higher consciousness he experienced himself, Bucke, a physician, undertook an extensive study of such persons as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, etc. Rights Item is in Public Domain. To what was due Tolstoi’s great struggle and suffering?


Within self-consciousness, there exist gradations among individuals in their degrees of intellectual development and talent.

Richard Maurice Bucke

Awakening of the divine man. About Richard Maurice Bucke. The institutional care of the consciousjess in the United States and Canada. The Real and the unreal.

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

One Hundred and Ten years after its original publication and it is as relevant a reference as ever. I don’t agree with some of his postulates. How he attained and lost spiritual illumination. According to Bucke, these experiences suggest an emerging faculty within human consciousness.

Divine Library is a free bukce public library that includes free eBook downloads and free audio books. McGill University, was a psychiatrist, adventurer, and mystic, whose work on what he called “cosmic consciousness” borrowing from the poet Edward Carpenter came to form part of the underpinning of transpersonal psychology. No trivia or quizzes yet. Various individuals and their experiences explored. A very in-depth and intriguing exploration of “cosmic consciousness” as it relates to religions and doctrines throughout time.


Along with William James ‘s classic work The Varieties of Religious Experience which cites BuckeBucke’s Cosmic Consciousness has become part of the foundation of transpersonal psychology. Revolutionary results that follow. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The “Way of the Gods. Wonderful and brilliant explanation of the mystical experiences. There is some great truth between the pages and there is so much yet to discover and enjoy.

The following pages are a bit redundant and boring if one has read about these people before Buddha, Jesus, etc. Efforts of those who have experienced Cosmic Consciousness to express the experience; the strange similarity found in all attempts.

Cosmic Consciousness – A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind by Richard Maurice Bucke

Consciousness the essence of everything. Bucke considered that no doubt there would be gradations within the level of cosmic consciousness, as well. A puzzling instance of rkchard of consciousness. You may find this book online, free to read, or buy a newer reprint or re-publication.

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