Experiences of unifying consciousness

This category includes, in particular, the so-called peak experiences as examined by Abraham Maslow (Maslow, 1976). We can also talk about spontaneous mystical experiences.

Their description contains the following elements:

According to research, people who have experienced similar self-actualization, have the ability to enjoy life, etc., have had a generally positive effect if experiences were not interrupted.

This can be related both to the research done by Maslow and to the experience of Murphy who asked about the spiritual experiences of top athletes (Murphy, 1978). In the book Psychic Face of Sport, in addition to the difficulty of communicating because of language shortages, there is some resistance to "communicating at all". In this case, it may not be a concern about the diagnosis but the lack of a safe interaction field for the "sacred". For a framework of interaction to help, it is important to be aware of this and to keep the vocabulary available. In its preparation, we can examine our own resistance and link it to our own experience of religious education or education that did not respect the place in us from which we referred to "something higher than ourselves".

Additional information about this category /quotes from the book: Grof, Stanislav. Grof, Christina. Crisis of spiritual development. Prague: Chvojka Publishing, 1999. ISBN 80-86183-09-2/

In these states, the individual experiences the feeling of dissolving the boundaries of one's own personality and the subsequent unification with other people, nature or the entire universe. This process has a very sacred character and is perceived as a merger with creative cosmic energy or with God. Common categories of space and time seem to be completely exceeded, and the individual experiences a feeling of infinity and eternity. The emotions associated with this state go from deep peace and tranquility to exuberant joy and ecstatic trance.

American psychologist Abraham Maslow, who studied these experiences in hundreds of individuals, called them "peak experiences" and in their description strongly criticized Western psychiatry for its tendency to mix such conditions with mental illness. According to Maslow, these experiences should be viewed as supernormal, not abnormal. Unless they are disturbed or restricted, they usually lead to an improvement in their own lives, to "self-actualization" - the ability to fully unlock their potential. We highly recommend Maslow's works for further study.