In a darkened room a man sits alone. His body swept by muscle spasms. Indescribable sensation and sharp pains run from his feet up his legs and over his back and neck. His skull feels as it will burst. Inside his head he hears roaring sounds and high-pitched whistling. Then suddenly a sunburst floods his inner being. His hands burn. He feels his body tearing within. Then he laughs and is overcome with bliss.
A psychotic episode? No, this is a psycho-physiological transformation, a rebirth process as natual as physical birth. It seems pathological only because the symptoms are not understood in relation to the outcome: an enlightened human being.