Getting to “God” takes many interesting paths.


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People who reported having experienced
personal encounters with God
or the “ultimate reality”
either spontaneously
or while under the influence
of psychedelic substances
rated their “God encounter” experience
as among the most meaningful
and spiritually significant in their lifetime.

The people who said
they had a God encounter experience
when on a psychedelic reported
that these experiences happened
at age 25 on average,
whereas those
whose experience was spontaneous
reported having it at an average age of 35.

A majority of respondents
attributed lasting positive changes
in their psychological health
(e.g., life satisfaction, purpose and meaning )
even decades after their initial experience.
More than two-thirds of self-identified atheists
got rid of that label after their ”God” encounter,
regardless of whether it was spontaneous
or while taking a psychedelic.

Although both psychedelic
and non-psychedelic groups
reported a decreased fear of death,
70% of participants in the psychedelics group
reported this change, compared with…
57% percent among non-drug respondents.

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine


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