Philo - On drunkeness
Type of Spiritual Experience
To be 'drunk' in spiritual terms is to be 'filled with the spirit', drunk on spiritul input
A description of the experience
Philo – On ‘Drunkenness’ [spiritual inebriation]
Now when grace fills the soul, that soul thereby rejoices and smiles and dances, for it is possessed and inspired, so that to many of the unenlightened it may seem to be drunken, crazy and beside itself …. With the God possessed, not only is the soul wont to be stirred and goaded as it were into ecstasy but the body also is flushed and fiery, warmed by the overflowing joy within which passes on the sensation to the outer man, and thus many of the foolish are deceived and suppose that the sober are drunk.