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Mysticism Defined by David Lukoff

  Some in the psychiatric community have tried to differentiate psychotic states from mystical experiences. David Lukoff, a licensed psychologist in California and a specialist on "spiritual emergency," co-authored a section of the widely used psychiatric manual for diagnosis and treatment on this issue. He defines mystical experiences this way:

"The mystical experience is a transient, extraordinary experience marked by feelings of being in unity, harmonious relationship to the divine and everything in existence, as well as euphoric feelings, noesis, loss of ego functioning, alterations in time and space perception, and the sense of lacking control over the event."

Source: Spiritual Emergency Resource Center, Diagnosis and Treatment, "Mystical or Unitive Experience.



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