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A emergência da TP e como surfar na onda

criado em: 11:33 16-12-2022

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Em 2017, o escritor participou de um retiro de ayahuasca na selva amazônica, onde teve uma experiência positiva, mas ao retornar à civilização, começou a se sentir desconectado de seu entorno e de outras pessoas, e questionou se eles estavam em um sonho ou em uma falsa realidade. Estes sentimentos se intensificaram ao longo de uma viagem às Ilhas Galápagos, e o escritor voltou a Londres sentindo-se como se estivesse em uma realidade falsa e insegura do que era real. Eles experimentaram um "ego-meltdown" temporário e tiveram dificuldade de funcionar normalmente, mas foram ajudados pelo apoio de amigos e sua familiaridade com o conceito de "emergência espiritual", uma experiência temporária que pode ser um sinal de crescimento espiritual. Após duas semanas, o escritor voltou a um estado normal de consciência e a vida foi retomada como de costume.


As weird as it sounds, I look back on my own experience fondly. I am none the worse for it, and it gave me an insight into unusual states of consciousness and the artificiality of the everyday self. I still sometimes feel our ordinary reality is a dream, but it’s a collective dream, not a solitary one. My experience also gave me confidence that wisdom practices still ‘work’ in these unusual states – perhaps Tibetan Buddhists are right, and these practices also work in the afterlife.

The Grofs wanted to distinguish ‘spiritual emergency’ from ordinary psychosis. I don’t think there’s necessarily a hard border between mysticism and psychosis, more of a continuum. As the comparative religion scholar Joseph Campbell said, ‘the psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight’.

The term ‘spiritual emergency’ is not perfect – the Grofs insisted that such experiences always lead to better outcomes, to greater wholeness. But life is ambiguous, and mystical or unusual experiences are particularly ambiguous. We don’t have to rush to stamp them as ‘totally good’ or ‘totally bad’.

Either way, this sort of experience is happening more and more, as people try psychedelics or pursue intense spiritual practices. Psychedelic practitioners, in their rush to legalise psychedelic therapy, need to be honest about people’s sometimes-messy experiences. So do spiritual or ‘transformational’ communities. We need to upgrade our cultural understanding and support for these experiences.

I hope Western culture can stop defining psychosis as something totally Other to rational civilisation, something frightening, shameful and bad, and instead see that altered states of consciousness are just something that happens to lots of people. They’re neither totally bad nor totally good – it depends on how we process them. The good news is that we can sometimes learn to swim in them, and we can share our experiences with each other.