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|Subject: I can't see it||Date: 4/14/2012 1:42 PM|
|Author: discurro||Number: 398360 of 423560|
Interesting article on religious "visions"..
...Researchers studying hallucinations often focus on people with schizophrenia and other psychotic ailments who experience incessant, unwanted and distressing hallucinations. But emotionally stable, well-functioning individuals can have unusual sensory experiences too.
Luhrmann’s evidence suggests that this regular-folks brand of hallucinating is much more common than most people think, and understanding such hallucinations could offer new insights into how the mind works. People who effortlessly get caught up in imaginary worlds, nature and music are more likely to have hallucinations, for example. Luhrmann has also identified ways that, through practice, such hallucinatory abilities can be enhanced.
“Given the right training in how to pay attention to one’s mind, it’s easy to go on a walk with God,” Luhrmann says.
Nonpsychotic individuals do have hallucinations, other researchers agree. But, they argue, anyone who experiences hallucinations more than a few times in a lifetime probably falls on the functional end of a psychotic continuum and could be at risk for future psychosis. If true, the claim may bode ill for one Vineyard member...
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