Devoted to the study of Spiritual Experiences and their impact on our lives.
Rev. Karen E. Herrick PhD.
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SANE HALLUCINATIONS Mental health professionals need to know about the term Sane Hallucinations used in the 1880’s by colleagues of William James, sometimes called the Father of American Psychology. Unfortunately, America followed Sigmund Freud instead of Wm. James so sex is used to sell us everything from toothpaste to cars. In 1898 in Paris, France, at the International Congress of Experimental Psychology research began in 1894 in five countries: the United States, England, France, Spain and Russia which proved to be highly statistically significant that people zero to twelve hours after death of their loved ones saw them.
They usually appeared in early morning hours while the person was in bed. The deceased loved ones had come to say they were fine, that they were going “home”, not to worry about them and that they loved the person to whom they were appearing. They usually wore clothing that the person recognized as having seen them wear the last time they were with this person. These experiences were called Sane Hallucinations.
We need to bring this term back to the profession of psychology! Psychology today includes many models of psychotherapy that studies the mind and behaviors of people. In 1890, Wm. James defined psychology as “the description and explanation of states of consciousness and such” (1890, p. 1). It’s important to note that Wm. James and his colleagues studied techniques such as crystal gazing, automatic writing, clairvoyance, telekinesis, ghosts, apparitions, deathbed images, etc. The process of understanding spiritual experiences and states of consciousness in psychology is about maturing and integrating new and old frameworks with individuals connecting the personal with the transpersonal (going across the personal to a Higher Power or God) realm. We need to go beyond the mind and behaviors of people to their different states of consciousness. I believe, this is key to understanding what people are experiencing.