To be human yet know the love of Reality,

To be thrust into such agony,

Such dissolution, remorse, humility and acceptance …

Such transcendent joy …

Tears nor death can assuage this love.

Reality’s love surpasses even the need for redemption.

Reality is enough.

KH. 28 Feb. 2016.



Edited with extra findings

Is scientific research into the human condition unable to compete with MER?

According to Dr. Jeffery A. Martin* being interviewed at, there are 20 names scientists around the world have discovered for MER, (Mystical Experience of Reality): 

(Dr. Martin’s name submission is, “Persistent non symbolic consciousness”, the name of his centre to study the subject).

Based on this study of the phenomenon, he says MER (Mystical Experience of Reality) is about:


Designing human experience,

Taking us on an evolutionary track, (see Dr. Marsha Sinetar and Dr C.M. Bucke), and

Being a transitional life form,

The human race might be in rehab.,

Is a positive state,

The greatest state,

A developmental continuum.

He doesn’t say if he has had MER himself, but he has been very influential in setting up the worldwide study of 1200 subjects who have had MER. His study criteria is scientifically severe. (His conclusion MER can be taught however is doubtful if my spontaneous experiences are anything to go by … see Some conclusions he has come to so far include:

There is no emotion in MER,

MER produces tremendous wellbeing,

MER offers no choices,

It is freedom,

There is dissipation of individual self,

There is a sense of being an agency as humans.

There is also a suggestion that MER is brought on by individual volition, such as personal disatisfaction for instance, but that’s not my experience. I believe there is an ingrained propensity in MER experiencers to  “seek”, “knock” (as some religions aver), or to “lust after righteousness” that comes with them when they’re born.

Interestingly, Dr Martin suggests that meditation might be the only human thing worth doing. I find this astonishing from a scientist. Does this mean Dr. Martin has given in, that he sees an end to scientific progress in understanding consciousness? (See the ABYSS post).

* Dr. Martin is a Harvard trained psychologist and author. Over the last 10 years or so he has conducted the largest international study on persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE), which includes the types of consciousness commonly known as: enlightenment, nonduality, the peace that passeth understanding, transcendental consciousness, unitive experience etc.


By Professor Glen Olives Thompson | Mexico News Daily

Our species is in a sense a victim of our big brains: we seek to understand, and when knowledge is unavailable we make things up and call it knowledge.

We are pattern-seekers, explainers, believers in the idea that everything happens for a reason, every effect has a cause, every problem has a solution, and that justice will be served – in this world or the next.

The fathers of modern epistemology – Hume, Kant and Schopenhauer – produced an impressive body of philosophical work that indubitably demonstrated that objects conform to our knowledge of them, and that because of our very biology, some things will remain forever unknowable to us (what Kant called the “noumenal” to differentiate it from that which is observable and discoverable by humans – the phenomenal).

To illustrate by way of analogy, a beetle might “know” Octavio Paz’s The Labyrinth of Solitude as a comfortable place to build a nest or eat its pages, but because of its biology, it will never be able to know it as the brilliant intellectual work on Mexican society and culture that it is.

And so it is with us – we can only observe what our biology will allow. Of course, unlike the beetle, we have developed a very powerful tool of apprehension called the scientific method. But even this has limitations and is often misunderstood, even by scientists.

Karl Popper showed us that nothing in science is provable through observation and that we cannot indeed even observe causation. But when science is slow in giving us easily digestible answers, we are too easily inclined to grasp for anything that might, even if the answers are spurious.

We’re not machines that operate on algorithms: we’re gloopy globs of flesh and bone and nerves with blood coursing through our veins with the same salinity of the oceans from which we came. And scientists are people too – perhaps more aware of, but nonetheless subject to, the cognitive biases inherent in our neurobiology.

glen-thompsonGlen Olives Thompson is a professor of North American Law at La Salle University in Chihuahua, a specialist in law and public policy and a regular contributor to Mexico News Daily. Some of his other nonacademic work can be viewed at



The Abyss is the darkness or the light that fills the endless dimensions of the unknown between scientists on one side of it, and mystics on the other.

To the scientists it is filled with blank darkness from which flickerings sometimes tantalisingly appear to appease their curiosity. To the mystics, the Abyss is filled with an absorbing  benign joy and fulfillment, awe and wonder that explains everything, everything known and unknown, then now and forever.

Some scientists refuse to even look at the Abyss. They say there is nothing to prove it. They use the human mind, brain and experiences to come to their conclusions.

Others scientists reveal their acknowedgement of the Abyss’s possible existence by denying it with experimentation to show that the Abyss is a product of human mind and brain. They refuse to go further, so denying their brains and minds the sustenance of the Abyss that created and sustains those brains and minds, those experiential devices.

Mystics have had all such human attachments dissolved. Roots deep in the Abyss entwine them, guard them guide them, feed and assuage them, remove the veils of their limited temporary human existence.

Some scientists see, feel, and come close to the edge of the Abyss but cannot give up their tenure. They remain unripened, ripening. Others persist, keep knocking, listening, energised by more than the mere curiosity at best that cripples their colleagues.

When all is eventually done to satisfaction, neither side will exist.

Keith Hancock,

REALITY – A Mystic’s Experience of Psalm 23.


Reality designed me,

Nourishes me,

Creates me, body and soul,

Reveals Its purpose.


Though my humanity is impermanent,

It guards, guides and comforts me.


Despite my human lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego,

It claims me for Itself.

It dissolves me in Its alpha and omega,

It fulfils me; “My cup runneth over.”


Slowly but surely, It returns me to Itself

And I am in Reality for ever …


Keith Hancock, La Penita, 2016