Ram Dass Inadvertently Declares Autism as Natural Enlightenment

Exploring common threads of spiritual experiencing between ASD and psychedelic journeying

Kelsey Jean Marie
Nov 5, 2020 · 10 min read

Become as little children
Become that trusting
open surrendered being
It is the same thing

Emotions are Simply Electric Charge

I Am That I Am

Expectations and Environment

Willingness to Trip

These experiences quickly became indescribable.

I couldn’t explain because it came down to this,

“To him who has had the experience no explanation is necessary, to him who has not, none is possible.”

And we would feel frusturation when they’d say,

“It sounds very interesting.”

(And we’d say, “In order to know, you’ve got to try it.”)

Firm Resistance

1. Bottom Rung: Hyper-Sensitive with Hyper-active thoughts

The first analysis we did showed up very clearly that the reactions were a function of set & setting —

a function of their expectations of what was going to happen, and the environment in which they took the drug…

all it did was intensify one’s experiences.


To Repeat

The most likely experience everybody had was a heightened sensitivity to all of their five senses and a speeding up of the thought process.

Mental Processing

2. Similarity Focused

The next type of experience that people would frequently report was an interpersonal shift of figure and ground,

where they would look at another person and see the way in which the other person was similar, rather than different from themselves.

— Baba Ram Dass, Be Here Now

And it was as if the whole western mind-training of individual differences had been made background instead of figure so that you’d look at another human being and say “Here we are”.

You’d see differences more as clothing, rather than core stuff. This was a profound perceptual experience for many people.

Imposter Syndrom

3. Intense Undeniable Similarity

“Then there was the still less frequent type of experience reported: a oneness, in which subjects would say,

I remember being in a dark room with another person and one of us spoke and one of us said, “who spoke, you or me?”

— Baba Ram Dass, Be Here Now

In Conclusion: Be as Little Children


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