I think there’s a difference between a spiritual experience that’s significant and meaningful to the individual and that they want to share, and one where someone’s saying they’ve effected real changes in the outer world because of something that defies probability or the laws of nature.
So long as people are clear on what they’re describing, then expectations on both sides remain rational and realistic: if I describe an astral battle with corpses who represent something from my own subconscious, or an inherited family curse, or something that exists in that plane but doesn’t automatically affect the earth, that’s a different thing to saying I single-handedly defended the White House from a zombie invasion.
But a little common sense usually shows when someone’s talking internal alchemy and external BAM “I made a sports car appear right on my drive” kinds of events…
We all want results in the outer world but while it would be great to read a post that goes, “I evoked the spirit of Elvis and he appeared right there in his white suit and handed me $10,000, and it’s happened everyday since to me and all my neighbours, and now you can do it too just by chanting ‘Love me tender, love me tru’” - magick doesn’t always work like that.
There’s techniques to understand, there’s internal work, there’s improving your scrying, astral and clairvoyancy skills, mastering TGS and the things you can see and do with it, all of which at some point involve stuff that’s going to sound a little wacked out.
It might also be good for everyone here who posts to remember the majority of the industrialised world thinks this stuff is silly at best, dangerous con-game or mental illness at worst, and that atheists, agnostics, and straightforward religious folks all think we’re out of line for different reasons.
The idea we could even be arguing that “My invisible friend is so much more real than your invisible friend” is classic parody material!
We know better and have a rough consensus of terminology for mental states, non-physical locations and types of appearances that spirits can take: and because this stuff involves serious matters of belief and real-life hopes and dreams that we all have, and profoundly powerful forces that can really help or harm, we owe it to people here to try and make those clear, especially when we post something a bit far-out, but also to have the humility to remember that 99% of our own experienceas and practices would be mocked out of existance in the everyday world.
Just my 2¢.