I thought I would share this idea and see what others have to say about it:
"There are two styles of consciousness. One uses symbols (sings, words, pictures, song, language, etc.), the other does not."
It's exceedingly simplistic, put that way ... but, it seems to perceptually make sense... especially when you allow that the either/or of it actually posits two ends of a single continuum.
Totally separately, persons just beginning to explore altered states of consciousness might find the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" (http://www.amazon.com/New-Drawing-Right ... 0874774241
) useful. It was written by an art teacher that spent decades learning how to get students to see
. It turns out that left brain (symbolic) thinking gets in the way of that big-time, and so she designed a way of teaching people to force themselves to shift into right-brain-mode. (It's actually not forcing.... you do certain exercises and the left brain simple says something along the lines of "The heck with that! I'm not doing that! There's no labels or names!"