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.