- Transpersonal psychology and altered state of consciousness
- Quantum biofeedback system
- Cybertherapy basics
- Transpersonal cybertherapy and FlexiHub
The following material is based on scientific work by Dr. Raul Valverde “A Quantum Biofeedback and Neurotechnology Cybertherapy System for the Support of Transpersonal Psychotherapy”. Full work can be accessed at spectrum.library.concordia.ca.
Transpersonal psychology and altered state of consciousness
Transpersonal psychology is a subfield of psychology that combines modern psychological concepts, theories, and methods with traditional spiritual practices. It covers states of consciousness, transpersonal experiences, altered states of consciousness, religious experience and the full potential of man. Transpersonal psychology is based on the ideas of non-duality, exceeding the limits of ego, self-development of the individual and mental health.
Transpersonal is something that lies outside personal experience or history. These phenomena include meditative experiences, dreaming, experiences induced by psychedelics, peak experiences, cosmic consciousness, enlightenment, mysticism, out-of-body experiences, channeling trance, near-death experiences, etc.
An altered state of consciousness (ASC) is any mental state(s) which differs qualitatively from a baseline state, recognized by the person himself or by an objective observer. ASC can be induced by various psychological, physiological, or pharmacological agents and represented by a deviation in the subjective experience. This deviation can be characterized by a greater awareness than usual with internal sensations or mental processes, the deterioration of the test of reality to varying degrees, or awareness of oneself in the form of hallucinations or illusions that lead to the global change of representations.
Quantum biofeedback system
Biofeedback is a type of therapy that uses sensors attached to your body to measure the key physiological relaxation indicators, such as skin temperature and muscle tension. The technique helps better control some body functions and provides a deeper understanding of health and healing.
Classic biofeedback is based on an electrophysiological monitoring method called electroencephalography (EEG). EEG measures the electrical activation of the brain from scalp sites located over the human cortex. This method allows a user to receive information about the electrical activity at each cortical site and consciously change their internal reactions to modify the brainwave state.
Quantum Biofeedback expands classical biofeedback technique and allows a user to link both conscious and unconscious levels. To detect and analyze the response of the built-mind-spirit body to various types of stress indicators, Quantum Biofeedback uses galvanic skin response (GSR) together with modern computer technology. By interacting with all cellular matrices of the body, this technique lets a user control the reaction of the body to various stressors.
Advances in computer technologies have made it possible for mental health professionals to provide their services over the network. Cybertherapy (or E-therapy) is mental health counseling held on the Internet.
Computers and Internet technology have recently become available to health professionals, who can now use virtual environments to help people work through phobias or other mental challenges.