This is a discussion on Are Spiritual Awakenings Actually Psychotic Episode's? within the General Psychology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by Kintsugi There is a lot that western psychology does not understand. There are many practitioners of psychology, ...
I don't know if I answered this before, but a good rule of thumb is to follow is 1) make sure it's not egotistical, if someone is sure they are a completely enlightened guru after an acid trip, you can be pretty sure they aren't and 2) is their behavior ethical because someone claiming God told them to murder people, or even drink raw animal blood is fucking dangerous. There's no shortcut to enlightenment. You could have a breakthrough on drugs but if you imagine you are the Dalai Llama after eating some mushrooms it's more likely that you are an arrogant and delusional piece of shit.
I think people who don't do comparison to world religions and or science, and just claim all things are good or permissible as long as it feels good, that person is an asshole, and possibly should be sent to rehab or maybe just college. I have strong opinions on the tendency of white Western people to say things are moral as long as it feels good. This is completely and utterly narcissistic magical thinking.
Last edited by Kintsugi; 07-20-2019 at 10:13 AM.
Not always. Some "awakenings" can occur under the influence of psychedelic drugs.