Consciousness of Presence

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Consciousness of Presence is a syncretic term for what on the LP we refer to as an Intuitive Glimmering or just Glimmering. It is, as William James noted, "a feeling of objective presence, a perception of what we may call 'something there.'" [1]


Notes

William James

"It is as if there were in the human consciousness a sense of reality, a feeling of objective presence, a perception of what we may call something there,' more deep and more general than any of the special and particular "senses" by which the current psychology supposes existent realities to be originally revealed."[2]

He relates the experience of a friend of his... "I have several times within the past few years felt the so-called 'consciousness of a presence.'" [3]

"There was not a mere consciousness of something there, but fused in the central happiness of it, a startling awareness of some ineffable good. Not vague either, not like the emotional effect of some poem, or scene, or blossom, of music, but the sure knowledge of the close presence of a sort of mighty person, and after it went, the memory persisted as the one perception of reality.[4]



References

  1. James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature (p. 57). Kindle Edition.
  2. James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature (p. 57). Kindle Edition.
  3. James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature (p. 57). Kindle Edition.
  4. James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature (p. 59). Kindle Edition.
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