Any State of Consciousness that differs (whether or not that difference can be noticed by the experiencer or an observer) from the three theoretically discrete "ordinary" States of Consciousness â€” that is, waking consciousness, dreaming consciousness and sleeping consciousness. The number of possible ASCs is presumably infinite. See text, Chapter 10. See also, " consciousness," " State of Consciousness" and " Transpersonal Consciousness."
A mental state in which the balance between the conscious and unconscious mind is profoundly changed, such as in the case of " hypnosis" or the dream state.
On this site I use this term to describe a state of consciousness other than a normal waking state. I use this as a catch-all category for experiences that cannot be neatly defined as a dream, vision, past life memory, or ghost story.
A state of consciousness that is different from the normal waking state. The term refers to such states as sleeping, dreaming, hypnosis, trance, sensory deprivation, extreme relaxation, and meditation.
A term used to refer to any state of consciousness that is different from "normal" states of waking or sleeping. ASCs include hypnosis, trance, ecstasy, psychedelic and meditative experience. ASCs do not necessarily have paranormal features.
An altered state of consciousness is any state which is significantly different from a normative waking beta wave state. The expression was coined by Charles Tart and describes induced changes in one's mental state, almost always temporary. A synonymous phrase is "altered states of awareness".