I’ve noticed very few people talk about their spiritual experiences, things that happen to them on the road to enlightenment. I understand there is some injunction in the vinaya about monks passing on their spiritual achievements to non-monks, but even in western Buddhism among non-monks, it doesn’t seem to get talked about when someone had an experience.
There is obviously the fear of being labelled hallucinatory or psychotic and taken away by men in white coats, but I think that’s the wrong way of looking at it. In most non-western societies people see the value in these experiences, and having knowledge of the ‘other world’ meant you were often marked out for shaman training.
Maybe we western buddhists should get back to that, and share some knowledge as shamans in training.