in the psychiatric community have tried to differentiate
psychotic states from mystical experiences. David Lukoff,
a licensed psychologist in California and a specialist
on "spiritual emergency," co-authored a section
of the widely used psychiatric manual for diagnosis and
treatment on this issue. He defines mystical experiences
"The mystical experience
is a transient, extraordinary experience marked by feelings
of being in unity, harmonious relationship to the divine
and everything in existence, as well as euphoric feelings,
noesis, loss of ego functioning, alterations in time
and space perception, and the sense of lacking control
over the event."
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