"There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe" -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Human beings throughout history have endeavored to account for their subjective experiences and sought to explicate the phenomena of consciousness. While investigations of the human condition have spanned the millennia, pre-modern societies have devoted a substantial amount of time to the exploration and explanation of consciousness, and unlike their modern counterparts, they have not been culturally discouraged from accepting consciousness as worthy of study. These earlier investigators have left us with an incredible body of knowledge detailing consciousness as well as a sophisticated lexicon developed to describe phenomenological experiences; experiences contemporary researchers (proponents of the Newtonian-Cartesian worldview) have in large measure disavowed, ignored or denied. Speculations concerning consciousness, particularly non-ordinary states and issues of the metaphysical and the transpersonal have been (until very recently) banned from the literature and the laboratory. The dominant reductionist paradigm is declining; it is no longer keeping pace with observation nor with the expanding phenomenology of human experience, notably Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and Pre Birth Experiences (PBEs). It is no small irony that the conquest of the quantum world by both the medical and physical sciences is responsible in large measure for the decline of the prevailing reductionistic model. The revolutionary world of quantum physics does not behave according to the postulates of Newtonian physics nor does the realm of the transpersonal.