Peak Experiencers and Mundane Experiencers A Tract Book Essay By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq.

, Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar In his book, “Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences,” Psychologist Abraham Maslow distinguishes those persons who have genuine spiritual experience, from the mundane, who do not. In his studies, Maslow, at first thought that only a small percentage of the persons he studied would have peak spiritual experiences, but he soon found the opposite to be true. Most of the persons that he interviewed, even some atheists, had peak spiritual experiences. Maslow found that these two categories of people, the intuitive, spiritual people and the sensate, mundane people, are polar opposites. Maslow also found that the differences also played out in other areas. Spiritual people have spiritual experiences and also have higher values. Mundane people do not have spiritual experiences and denigrate higher values. In philosophy, spiritual people tend to be Critical Thomists, while mundane people tend to be logical positivists. The same is true is psychology, psychiatry, and other professions. No matter how discredited a position logical positivism is, the mundane cling to it like a drowning person clinging to a life preserver which is not boyant enough to keep the person above water level.

Peal spiritual experiencers, according to Maslow, tend to have the following attributes: 1. Reality is experienced as having a Higher Unity. 2. An ethical attitude of non-judgmentalism. 3. Being Cognition characterized by a broader, higher, more Objective view of Reality. 4. Transcends the selfish ego in favor of the Higher Self. 5. Find Higher Meaning in Life. 6. Find Intrinsic Value is some experiences. 7. Experience time as a Flow, not just linear. 8. The World is seen as Good. 9. Compassion. 10. Have Being Values, such as valuing the intellectual-spiritual life. 11. Attentiveness. 12. Do not fear Death. 13. Dialectical thinking where opposites are reconciled. 14. Lack of Fear. 15. Transvaluation of Values. 16. Higher, Heavenly point of view. 17. Developes the Higher, Real, Self. 18. Creative, having free will. 19. Ego is transformed into the Transcendental Ego. 20. Higher Love.

21. Becomes Authentically Subjective. 22. Active Inactivity. 23. Feel Lucky and Graced. 24. Transcends the pride/humility dichotomy and is appropriately assertive. 25. Finds Higher Unity in the Good things of life. Thus, it is apparent that there is a set of characteristics which can be attributed to those who have peak, spiritual experiences, and these characteristics tend to be the same as those found in the philosophy of Critical Thomism. Thus, there is empirical support for the existence of the Critical Thomist position. Logical positivism is once again discredited.