If you want to know the speed at which science has already accepted MER ‘states’ and is now galloping to a full recognition of the phenomenon and it’s influence on human development then watch Roger Walsh MD., PhD., being interviewed on “Enlightenment and Transcendence” in this short clip:
Dr Walsh is an Australian professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, within UCI’s College of Medicine, according to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia says he is “respected for his views on psychoactive drugs and altered states of consciousness in relation with the religious/spiritual experience…”
“He has spent nearly a quarter century researching and practicing in the world’s great spiritual traditions. His critically acclaimed book, Essential Spirituality, is a summary of that wisdom, outlining the seven spiritual practices common to the world’s major religions.”
A search of his name in this blog will show several appearances of Dr Walsh and his published work on this subject.
He has written a number of popularly accessible books, judging by a preliminary search. However, all of them appear to have titles that suggest an anthropological approach to the subject. This is to be expected I suppose, but disappointing.
My view from my spontaneous multiple annual mystical experiences of Reality, (MER), from the age of about 15 to 35 years of age, is that human existence is not so exclusive to Reality as humans assume.
Nor, according to my MER experiences can MER be experienced by human effort, a common view Dr Walsh seems to be validating in his interview.
If you watch the interview please share your Comments below.