I know what you mean, man. But by reading such articles some people may simply assume that these experiences are merely chemical (pathological) disturbances in the brain... and this bothers me personally.
i think the bias that "merely chemical" = pathological is what limiting your appreciation of the usefulness of the post
why you are not saying wow
but, more to the point,
why is it a bad thing if some ppl assume they are merely chemical?
as opposed to gifts of gods grace
or glimpses into the collective unconscious
or tools of the devil
or whatever ...
i think the wide variety of opinions that people develop are necessary to their journey
they reflect their purposes
and insofar as they do not conform to reality
they represent the field of personal work
beliefs affect your life, they shape choices and lifestyles
I believe that this world-view is outdated because it's too simplified and it's dangerous in such disciplines as dealing with human consciousness. I've had a chance to read some advanced papers about treatment of schizophrenia because I knew a person who had a psychiatrist in the family and oh my Lord - if this is the right approach of dealing with the mental then for the sake of eternal happiness we should all be on some new, long lasting MDMA/Fluoxetine analogue. For only 99.95$/month. Blah, fucking materialistic world :P:horse:.
i feel like you are arguing for some kind of anti-materialist spiritualist approach to treating schizophrenia and another mental illnesses
meds work to restore an approximation of a functional state for many who
experience very disorganized states.
i dont think its useful to compare tripping to mental illness anyway
thats the point i thought grof was making
that there are states, induced by ingesting chemicals, that are not normal, that are not functional in the everyday sense
but they are not pathological