Distinguishing between what is real and what is not is always a challenging exercise. Most of us can remember sights, sounds and feelings that we have had in the past (nostalgia can be a beautiful feeling!), and almost all of us have had dreams. Yet how can we tell the difference between the memory or the dream and the real world around us?
What if you were to dream, and in that dream you were to pick a flower, and when you awoke that flower lay across your chest?
Modern science is getting better at modelling our profound experiences. If you stimulate our serotonin system (our neurotransmitter usually associated with feeling ‘good’) in a particular way, you can induce a deeply powerful mystical experience in some people, to such an extent that two months later most of them still regard it as one of the most spiritually significant experiences in their lives.
Is that God working through the magic mushrooms?
Does God work through hypnosis, mass hysteria and disindividuation? Or is that humanity playing God?