[quote author=“Iisbliss”]The pathology or process of “esctasy” or euophoria, both religious and non-religious.
Non-religious euphoria requires a transportation of the psyche into a mental environment that is not the one that one experiences under standard mental conditions.
The standard path to follow to euphoria in today’s world requires a chemical change in the brain. Endorphin, naturally produced by the body during exercise or sex, stimulates the brain toward euphoria.
An individual that is a true masochist does not enjoy the pain so much as the rush of endorphin that coincides with the pain.
Another non-religious method in through the use of drugs. Most drug use began in religious ritual to allow the individual to attain a heightened state of awareness. Heroin produces a result, many times enhanced, almost precisely the same as endorphin.
Tobacco was used by American Indians to commune with God.
Coca was used by Peruvian Indians to commune with God.
Mescaline was used by the Yaqui? Indians to commune with God.
Cannabis has been used for centuries to change conscious awareness.
Czechoslovakian psychiatrist, Stanislav Grof, for years treated people with lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD to create a state of euphoria that allowed the individual to step inside himself and change his/her mental awareness of reality.
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A SUGGESTION TO USE DRUGS, SIMPLY AN OBSERVATION.
Saint Teresa of Avila used prayer and meditation in a manner that parallels those of Hinduism and Buddhism.
The problem with reaching for euphoria is that it can be highly addicting, physically and mentally, through the use of drugs or through the use of religion.
Euphoria, a stepping into heaven on Earth, can not be prolonged indefinitely.
At some point the chemicals that have caused the brain, naturally produced by the body or introduced in the form of drugs, to create the euphoria will subside.
Individuals that have been in the ‘presence’ of God, in the heightened state of euphoria, naturally want to recapture such a state. This is how cults succeed in gathering adherents.