Certain experiences in an uncertain world: transpersonal experiences in epilepsy and their transformative meaning
Some individuals with epilepsy report subjectively meaningful experiences related to their seizures which have a mystical, ecstatic or spiritual nature. These experiences are mostly known through medical vignettes supporting diagnosis. In this research, these transpersonal experiences were explored more deeply. Key findings include the understanding that the experiences are lucid and noetic. The transpersonal experiences are highly prized, and individuals who have them understand them as part of an introspective process that offers existential meaning to their lives. Importantly, the similarity between some of these transpersonal experiences in epilepsy and other exceptional experiences was highlighted, emphasising their transformational potential. The meaning given to these transpersonal experiences suggests that they extend beyond a personal epiphany, to a transformation where the insight is put into service for a wider community.