Are Spiritual Awakenings Actually Psychotic Episode's?

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    Are Spiritual Awakenings Actually Psychotic Episode's?

    What's the scientific explanations?

    I'm more interested in those that aren't drug induced
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    It's psychosis when you don't know how to cope with it.

    https://realization.org/p/mantak-chi...psychosis.html

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    Thought a lot about this, and this is where I finally landed.

    My kid plays a lot of Minecraft. And one day it occurred to me: enlightenment is just a texture pack. You're still playing the game, but it got a whole lot cooler. And now you think you're not in it, but you're still glued to the screen.

    That's why there's a Zen saying: True enlightenment is not enlightenment.

    Turning off the game is the only way out. That's what indifference and non-attachment are all about. Harder to do than it is to have wacky experiences with spirit guides.
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    But, then again, maybe I'm just saying that because I'm jealous that I'm not enlightened, and have never had wacky experiences with spirit guides. Sour grapes and shit.
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    Honestly, I think, that Jung's "awakening" was kinda psychotic or at least truly belonging to abnormal psychology.
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    The rogue apostrophe in the title makes me feel psychotic.

     
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    It is a right brain experience and from the perspective of left brain thinking it will never understand.
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    I reckon if anything, psychotic eposides are more like uncontrolled spiritual awakenings than the reverse.

    When you think about it, our "normal" perception of reality is just as much a product of our imagination as when we perceive it during an awakened or intoxicated state; it's just that we've been conditioned all our lives to make sense of one resulting set of figurations, while the other is foreign to us to such an extent that it upsets us... but IMO we shouldn't make the assumption that one particular perception is more "real" than another merely because it's shared among the collective and we're accustomed to it.

    Scientifically speaking, I know almost nothing. A quick google search seems to reveal that neurologists have observed correlations between psychosis and changes in activity in certain regions of the brain, as well as links with hormones and the limbic system... but I have no idea what to make of that. I mean, the implications of such correlations depend heavily on what you believe consciousness is in the first place. I refuse to let science tell me that spiritual experiences are merely the result of brain chemistry, at least as long as the hard problem of consciousness is an unanswered question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneM View Post
    Thought a lot about this, and this is where I finally landed.

    My kid plays a lot of Minecraft. And one day it occurred to me: enlightenment is just a texture pack. You're still playing the game, but it got a whole lot cooler. And now you think you're not in it, but you're still glued to the screen.

    That's why there's a Zen saying: True enlightenment is not enlightenment.

    Turning off the game is the only way out. That's what indifference and non-attachment are all about. Harder to do than it is to have wacky experiences with spirit guides.
    Yup, was just trying to explain this to a friend who's just experimented with acid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kynx View Post
    What's the scientific explanations?

    I'm more interested in those that aren't drug induced
    No. Spiritual awakenings differ from psychotic episodes in that in psychotic episodes the person loses touch with reality. Spiritual awakenings just expand reality in a spiritual sense. Though I do think they can accompany each other too. A psychotic delusion means someone believes something that simply isn't true. (Not to be confused with just being wrong about something.) I suppose one could have a spiritual delusion, believing something spiritual that isn't true, but the difference is there is no way of knowing what is the truth and what isn't the truth because spirituality is not grounded in physical reality like that that can be measured with science. So a psychotic delusion can only be determined with concrete proof that what they are thinking isn't true.
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