It’s really important that we use clear and specific language when describing spiritual experiences. This will empower practitioners to be able to engage with their experience, rather than things being hidden behind smoke and mirrors that hold up power structures.
Alternatively, it can be made clear when we are being poetic and descriptive. Everyone has a unique experience and their own creative way of making sense of the world. Opening up this deeply personal and expressive way for people to relate to and share their experience can be incredibly powerful.
Most spiritual descriptions and texts were written before we had a modern understanding of things like psychology, physics and human biology. It’s important that our understanding of our experiences are grounded in the embodied reality that we share.
With all this in mind, here is some clarification around some commonly used terms and experiences, which I hope will help people be able to speak about these things in a more empowered, open, authentic and meaningful way.