There are so many claims to spiritual states and experiences. What's to say they don't all boil down to auto-suggestion?
Sure, that claim is made as well. Of course it overlooks the idea that our everyday state of consciousness is already one based on auto-suggestion.
Then who or what is doing the suggesting?
That's the key question, for our daily state becomes automatically continuous and self-reinforcing. Whatever thought and action we do helps maintain the programming that keeps our mind in tow. This creates a constant flow of suggestions that echo in our daily hypnotic state. Ultimately, do we dare say, it's Self Itself that triggers the most basic underlying suggestion, the prime directive, that we are God Unconscious becoming God Conscious, and that our travail of limited consciousness is our labor of love serving that goal.
Wait....that was quite a leap.
No, it was really just a suggestion.