If life-changing spiritual experience can be produced simply by altering our brain chemistry, then what does this mean for spiritual experience in general? Can spiritual experience be reduced to a neurological explanation?
As someone who took LSD whilst training as a film student, I was often struck by the notion that the sheer magnitude and pan-dimensionality of the acid experience could never be even remotely contained within the circumscribed parameters of film – but at the same time I understood the irresistible urge to try nevertheless.
The mechanistic view of the universe, where everything is separate, creates isolation and depression and loneliness and hopelessness. But when we step into this bigger picture of the Living Universe, then all of a sudden we are independent free agents, but we’re also supported by this deeper web of relationship that makes us feel empowered.
Participation in information flows and streaming is representative of the era we are moving into, as the visible plane dissolves its technological objects into the realm of the invisible. Our digital identities, traces, networks, and lives become merged with our physical footprints.
As a global species we may be in the throes of a transition towards a different state of consciousness. characterized by quantum properties such as coherence and non-local field information. Such a ‘consciousness field’ would transform how we relate to other people, the world around us, and expand our perceptual realities.