SUPER CONSCIOUSNESS by Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson brings together his existential, psychological and occult ways of thinking in this his final book to produce one of his most important works. He explains that in order to understand the nature of freedom we first need to look carefully at the ‘mechanisms of despair’, the destructive states that boredom and lack of purpose can produce, and the immense importance of not attaching too much to temporary setbacks. He recognizes that consciousness is intentional and that when you ‘see’ something it doesn’t just happen: you have to direct your attention towards it. This in turn produces moments of Peak Experience or ‘power consciousness’. He goes on to highlight the Peak Experiences of many artists including Dostoevsky, Blake, Yeats and Van Gogh.
200pp, 216 x 135 mm, Paperback, 2019, RRP £14.99