There is a connection between spiritual awakenings and psychotic episodes, as well as other abnormal brain functioning. But there is a second element which is more connected to spiritual awakenings. That is the dream state. I believe the dream state is the same as the mind state one is in when they have a spiritual awakening, which I prefer to call a enlightenment caused by a mystical experience. I think we need to study psychotic episodes and other abnormal unhealthy brain states, as well as study the dreams state in order to learn more about spiritual awakenings. I believe that a mind that is susceptible to psychosis and other serious bizarre mental disorders, are also more open to spiritual awakenings. Perhaps spiritual awakenings are a certain kind of healthy psychosis, assuming one can handle it, which allows one to see the "truth". A "truth" which human minds used to know but became considered as "a break from reality" over time, due to the brain's evolution. I have a few theories about what I'll call mystical experiences.