Volume II  Page 84  §  The Place of Occultism in Spiritual Life
DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

The Place of Occultism in Spiritual Life

Part I
THE VALUE OF OCCULT EXPERIENCES

SPIRITUAL emancipation of consciousness brings with it an unfoldment of many psychic capacities which are latent in the human soul. Psychic capacities help or hinder emancipation This unfoldment increases the scope and range of human consciousness. New elements often play an important part in helping or hindering the spiritual emancipation of consciousness. Therefore, the aspirant not only has to understand the value of such occult experiences as unusual and significant dreams, visions, glimpses of the subtle world and astral journeys, but also has to learn to distinguish such occult realities from hallucinations and delusions.
        Contempt for occult experiences born of ignorance Although it is customary to exaggerate the importance of occult experiences, it is not uncommon to doubt their validity and to treat them with a contempt which is usually accorded to all forms of mental aberrations and abnormalities. The attitude of unqualified contempt for occult experience is of course most pronounced in those who