By Alan Watts
This research of the need of mystical faith, additionally exhibits how conventional Western doctrine might be reconciled with the intuitive faith of the Orient.
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Extra info for Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
Some recall past events by remembering the visual image of the scene and looking at the relevant details, while others use complex verbal processes, remembering words, with little visual imagery involved. This means that person A may be able to have certain kinds of experiences in his ordinary d-SoC that person B cannot experience in his ordinary d-SoC, no matter how hard B tries. This may result in B's thinking that A is insane, too imaginative, or a liar, or B may feel inferior to A. Conversely, if A takes B as a standard of normality, he may himself feel odd or abnormal.
Physical things are generally much easier to verify, but this does not eliminate the need to achieve testability of our theories about spiritual phenomena and d-ASC phenomena. Let us construct a hypothetical example to show how this is done. " Suppose they further report that when they have been physically ill while in that d-ASC, with some kind of illness that affects one part of the body more than another, they find they can feel less of this psychic energy in the afflicted part of the body than in the rest of their body.
T h i s was succinctly illustrated when this proposal was first presented (Tart, 1972). A m o n g t h e m a n y letters to t h e editor c o m m e n t i n g on m y proposal was a pair of letters (not selected by the editors of Science for publication) f r o m a psychiatrist. His first letter was severely critical of the proposal, arguing that it could not improve on the o r d i n a r y state-of-consciousness science we already have. His second letter, written a few days after t h e first, stated t h a t he h a d been in a d - A S C t h e night before, had t h o u g h t about this proposal, and, from the perspective of that d-ASC, saw that it m a d e perfect sense!
Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion by Alan Watts