The altered state of consciousness, or ASC, can be found throughout the paranormal.
It is the dream state, the trance of the medium, the state achieved in hypnosis, and maybe even the state we achieve when tired and suffering extreme emotion, when many paranormal events occur.
It is a state when our calibration of the senses seems to collapse and the mind creates its own ideas, often externalising them into the real world through hallucination.
But it is also the path of the mystic. Wilson and Maslow: British writer Colin Wilson gives us the best description of this state with his understanding of ‘close-upness.’