Mysticism

The Mystic Heart: Psychosis or Mystical State?

This is part 5 of the discussion between Wayne Teasdale and Ken Wilber. Here they take questions from the audience and talk about how you can tell the difference between a spiritual experience and something that might be psychotic. See part 1 here.

With genuine spiritual insight there’s no dissociation, but you do have clarity and positive outcomes that arise from the vision.

You have to be very careful if you think God is talking to you. Mystical experiences tend to be very private and are actually quite hard to communicate, mainly because whatever comes through has to be filtered through the human personality.

Ken Wilber explains St Teresa’s system for discerning where the voices are coming from by dividing them into pre-personal, personal, and transpersonal categories. You basically only want to listen to the transpersonal ones.

Real mystics are very wary of voices and visions. They don’t trust them.” – Wayne Teasdale.

 

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