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In the study, more than 60 percent of subjects described the effects of * in ways that met criteria for a “full mystical experience” as measured by established psychological scales. One third said the experience was the single most spiritually significant of their lifetimes; and more than two-thirds rated it among their five most meaningful and spiritually significant. Griffiths says subjects liken it to the importance of the birth of their first child or the death of a parent.
Two months later, 79 percent of subjects reported moderately or greatly increased well-being or life satisfaction compared with those given a placebo at the same test session. A majority said their mood, attitudes and behaviors had changed for the better. Structured interviews with family members, friends and co-workers generally confirmed the subjects’ remarks. Results of a year-long followup are being readied for publication.
Originally posted by InfinitePotential
I was once confident in my atheist beliefs as well, but words literally cannot describe the deepness of some entheogenic experiences. Whether they come from the depths of the psyche or some sort of spiritual realm, it can still be meaningful to both the inner self and the universe we live in. If used in moderation and with respect, I believe these experiences can be a real eye opener into the nature of reality.
Originally posted by strawberry91
I was an atheist back then, I use to redicule God so much!
Originally posted by SaturnFX
As far as drugs and spiritual experiences...drugs scramble your brain to where your senses do not understand what they are seeing...anything experienced under it is simply a false trick of the brain. Similar to that is smashing your head against the wall and seeing stars is not actually you going into space and seeing stars...its just a temporary neural distortion