Hidden Observer

For years, Ernest Hilgard of StanfordUniversity has investigated an enigmatic aspect of personality that he calls the hidden observer.

No matter what our conscious state is, whether we are sleeping, anesthetized, under hypnosis, or drugged, we have another aspect of self that is always alert and aware of everything going on, and that responds intelligently. The hidden observer displays an unemotional, detached intelligence, more powerful and cohesive than our ego-self. It seems to me that we are one with this hidden observer until about age seven, at which point our intellect begins to form and a split takes place.

– Joseph Chilton Pearce, Evolution’s End

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