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,


  1. I do believe that seeing into some of the deepest mysteries of the universe will involve acceptance of consciousness in all its diffuse ( throughout creation) and very dense (in brains) manifestations. Science is still clinging to the Enlightenment era concept of only physical things that can be measured are possible to examine thru their methods.

    It is true. So they will have to develop new methods! They will resist as forcefully as the Pope did Galileo’s ideas.


  2. I am a little puzzled as to how a scientist might begin looking into the abyss, even if he wanted to. How would a scientist describe the “abyss”? How would he go about looking for it? I am assuming that the abyss is not a physical place? It is not the inside of a black hole for instance, or a time warp or wormhole?

    The trouble is that a scientist would have no means of even understanding what the abyss was. Although there have been scientists of course who have held the physical universe we see around us in great awe. Who have suggested we do not need to invent gods because the universe is mysterious and wonderful enough as it is.


  3. I think it was physicist David Chalmers who abjured his fellow scientists about facingbthe problems of science with the “hard question”, by which I think he means consciousness, emergence, subjective experiences – in other words, MER, the mystical experience of Reality. He was emphasisi g how scientists are stuck with experimentation to discover what mystics actually experience. Ie: the abyss between scientific experiment and mystic experience. Scientific experimentation appears to be a dead end. Mystic experience is infinite. This is “the abyss”.


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