States refer to the consciousness and the state someone is in. For example, waking, sleeping or dreaming. The different states are actually different worlds we can dwell in. The way we most of the time experience our world is also a state of consciousness. Most Western people, for example, look at the world as a concrete experience in which you can hold objects and can interpret statements literally. However, people also know other states. There are states of consciousness in which, in a subtle way, a different reality can be experienced. These subtle experiences are sometimes also called peak experiences. Peak experiences are temporary and give people the ability to gain insights to levels of consciousness, which were invisible for them before. During these temporarily states of consciousness, people gain new insights with great clarity, which goes beyond the familiar ways of thinking, feeling and acting. These temporary states of consciousness may be transformed to permanent ones via (long term) training, for example mediation training.