A mental process involving the joining together of behaviors, affects, sensations, or knowledge that are normally dissociated in ordinary waking consciousness; unification and incorporation. The inhibition of normal subject/object ("self/not-self") differentiation; the perceptual/experiential incorporation of that which is generally agreed to be (part of) "not-self" into that which is generally agreed to be (part of) "self." See text, Chapter 10. See also, " Altered State of Consciousness," " consciousness," " dissociation," " hallucination," "hypnosis," "regression, " " State of Consciousness" and " Transpersonal Consciousness."
Association contrasts with dissociation. In dissociation, you see yourself "over there." Generally, dissociation removes emotion from the experience. When we are associated we experience all the information directly and therefore emotionally.