Apparently, anti-mystics as well. The Vineyard Movement, whose members are the subject of Luhrmann's study, come into tremendous criticism from more conservative Protestants. Part of the critique turns on whether charisms are truly Biblical, and almost amusingly, if bigotry can be amusing, whether they are "too Catholic." But another part concerns "opening oneelf up" to ungodly beings. That part sounds much like the pious case against Ouija boards.
The Vineyard Movement itself split over something called "The Toronto Blessing." One of the Vimeyard churches, Toronto Airport, found that laughing fits among the congregants were a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. When laughter became "animal noises," more conservative Vineyardists encouraged the Toronto church to go its own way.
So, it seems that there may be a real problem identifying the source of things. Also, I think the Toronto Blessing story illustrates that when you unleash what is hidden within, you may be surprised with what comes up.
I look at things from a Jungian perspective. It's all unconscious contents as far as I am concerned. The problem is how to allow contents to enter consciousness without overwhelming consciousness, and to get all aspects of the self working together harmoniously and fruitfully.
Ego inflation (searchable) is a definite danger among people who make progress in exploring the unconscious contents. The source of difficulty isn't so much a pre-existing concept of self-worth, but rather the interpretation of experience, experience which is, after all, a reason to think that the consciousness is "special," not only when compared with other people, but also among the functions of the mind and self.
Inflation is another way in which consciousness can be overwhelmed by this stuff, subtler than be being rendered incoherent and bewildered (like a 60's stoner on an acid trip), but dysfunctional all the same.
Edited by eight bits, 15 July 2012 - 06:20 AM.