Study: Spiritual Experiences Remedy Mental Health Issues
Researches at John Hopkins University have found that people who’ve experienced a feeling of ‘ultimate reality’, ‘oneness’, or ‘God’, whether spontaneously or via psychedelics, have shown marked improvements in mental health.
The findings echo increasing concerns that the contemporary world has lost its sense of transcendental purpose.
In this vacuum, mental health issues and addictions have been seen to be spreading as individuals seek to fill a gap in consciousness.
The study pointed to changes in consciousness, whether spontaneous or while under the influence of psychedelic substances, that have occurred after a spiritual experience.
Researchers said that 75% of subjects stated improved life quality often decades after an experience.
The findings are described in a paper published in PLOS ONE.
Lead Researcher Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., said: “Experiences that people describe as encounters with God or a representative of God have been reported for thousands of years, and they likely form the basis of many of the world’s religions.
“Although modern Western medicine doesn’t typically consider ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ experiences as one of the tools in the arsenal against sickness, our findings suggest that these encounters often lead to improvements in mental health.”