HAVE YOU A CHOICE?

The spiritual life is a calling. You cannot decide you will have a spiritual life because you think it’s probably a good idea, because you want to be a better human being, or because you’re curious.

Though certainly you will become a better human being – automatically, axiomatically, if you have in fact through no fault or goodness or even qualifications as yet not known to mankind, become a Seeker.

Not to worry if you’ve not got to that stage. There are no failures, no one is left behind. You are as precious as the first even though you may think you are the last. In fact there are no first or lasts. All is well, and in good order.

The true Seeker however will eventually know that what he or she thought they sought, seeks them.

The whole idea was put in your mind. It was not your idea. If you are a Seeker, you are ready whether you know it or like it or not. You are accepted, much loved, much nurtured, and protected on levels of understanding no man, woman can transfer to you, but which will be revealed to you personally. You are being readied. All is well; then, now and for ever.

Note: There are citations for all these assertions. You’re very welcome to present them. But I thought you would prefer to hear my personal experience at this early stage, not just acquired, secondhand, regurgitated references anyone can access.

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HAS THE EXPERIENCE HAPPENED TO YOU?

Throughout history some people have experienced a Reality of existence utterly different to that commonly experienced by humans. This experience is documented and is much the same whether it was experienced thousands of years ago or yesterday. It has come to humans who had no written language as well as those who had, the educated and the uneducated, the sophisticated or the unsophisticated, rich or poor, powerful or weak. There seems to be no human qualification to have the experience. It can come entirely new to the person concerned, and be unknown and unexpected.

Basically it asserts that:

All is well, whether this is understood or not;

Everything that exists now has existed and will exist forever, in different forms;

Everything that exists, including individual humans, belongs in its essential elements and cannot be expunged.

This everlasting Experience is pure engulfing joy in an all pervasive sense that cannot be fully described in human terms.

The Experience brings growing, lasting knowledge of all existence, wisdom and discernment.

The incidents are fleeting.

When they leave, they leave those experiencing it with a profound sense of loss.

Reality is constant. You can trust it, it is the one steady, changing, changeless thing in existence, then, now and forever – benign, accepting, reassuring, strengthening, caring, comforting, experiential, teaching understanding (as opposed to learning), joyful. It never lets you down. Is being human a distraction or a learning process, an experiment even? Are we wired to know, yet?

The lives of the humans who experience this are then increasingly divided by an inner spiritual life and an outward human life that now seems to be a dead end. Only the Experience exists for ever.

Having had this Experience several times a year from the age of 15 to 35, the author feels a need to present this phenomenon to a wider audience than the private schools, academics, physicists, theologians, intellectuals and religions that have come across it and either kept it to themselves or have attempted to suppress its examination. There is much bafflement and confusion.

Some Sufis say the Experience is an extension of Darwinism, bringing matter into spirit, our true existence.

University scientists acknowlege the phenomema and suggest the experiences could be psychotic episodes.

Some of the literature can get itself rabidly inconclusive, but deeper digging produces much light and personal understanding if not the actual experience.

The intention here is to go as deeply as possible with you into examining this subject, providing complete references, good or bad, whatever their source. Your participation, challenge and validation or even reasoned rejection is warmly invited, wherever you stand on the learning curve of this seminal phenomenon.

What’s It All About?

I am a mystic, a contemplative and a quietist. I had spontaneous experiences of what I call “Ultimate Reality” from the age of about 15 to 35. I have been absorbing the subject by osmosis ever since, as well as by prodigious reading on as many known aspects of the subject as I have been able to find.

Before that I was a hapless members of the Church of England. Afterwards,  I was a deliberate Quaker for many years, then passing a year’s observances, was initiated into a Sufi Knowledge School.

Consequently, though I am of no religion I was accepted and dubbed a “Contemplative” after a tailored personal version of the long and rigorous Jesuit course on “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola” under a strict Father Director. Ever since, I have lived a life of conflict between this Calling and the duties and responsibilities of earning a living, marrying, and being a father in a demanding human environment, despite being alienated from humanity to some extent.

So what this Blog is about is reaching out to those who have been taken through the obscuring veils of normal human experience into the Reality of Existence, also to scholars, and those who are studying the phenomenon seriously.

I also hope this will reassure those who are keeping their heads down as suggested in Dr Marsha Sinetar’s book, Ordinary People as Mystics and Monks, that they are not alone, not psychotic, and might be precursors of what the human race is going to be.

So join in with your comments. Don’t use your real name if you’re diffident about coming out. Those who share the Experience will recognize your authenticity.

Keith Hancock

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