How can you tell a book on spirituality, a guru, master, teacher, or religion, pod cast or course is real?
Any books or teachings that offer to help you understand yourself or help you become a better human being are nothing to do with mysticism.
But mysticism, that word created by humans to identify the mystical experience of a Reality that includes everything known and unknown, in which all things are a part, existed before time, certainly before the appearance of humans.
This Reality is the beginning and end of all evolution, including human evolution. It is spiritual, ethereal. And It is present, in charge of each of us individually, directly, not through any human ideology or collectivism such as politics, religions, gurus, masters or teachers.
This Reality reveals itself to individuals who have no apparent human qualifications whatsoever for such a grace. Not even being good, educated, wise, or nice, (as fleetingly and differently defined by human cultures, religions, idealogies, fashions and taboos from time to time), are not qualifications for the mystical experience of Reality it seems.
The Mystical Experience of Reality is essentially about the awakening of something unique in every individual, not about any human idealism, however well intentioned.
Reality has also created what humans call Seekers. These people are the ones with a lifelong passion of hunger and thirst for what the Christian bible calls “righteousness” – a wrongfully misinterpreted anthropological word that should be understood instead as, ‘Reality’.
Religions, gurus, teachers and books satisfy Seekers somewhat at first but never quench this deeper thirst for existential satisfaction.
We tend to use the norms of our social upbringing to understand those quiet inner promptings of mystical Reality and can’t. Reality is not interested in social norms.
Thus we block ourselves from Realisation, from quenching our hunger and thirst. We clutter ourselves. We distort our development, our very purpose for being.
So what does the Seeker do? Discriminate! That is the answer.
One has to dismiss all parts of religions, books, lectures, lessons, gurus, masters and teachers that teach human ambitions as the be-all-and- end-all of ultimate existence.
To master discrimination you have to practice it. The more you practice it the more discernment develops like a spiritual muscle memory. You learn there are more important things afoot than being merely human.
December 2019. No copyright!
It is interesting that those of a purely quantitative and scientific frame of mind deny the existence or even the possibility of the existence of a glimpse into ultimate reality. Everything must be quantified, proved in mathematical terms. Can you quantify a quality? Can you quantify a quale like a mystical experience? Perhaps you can describe or quantify the brain state of such a person having such an experience – in fact I am sure you can. But to quantify a quality, to quantify the feeling of what it is like to have such an experience seems an unlikely possibility.
I don’t know the answer. The boys at Qualia Computing believe that qualia can be quantified and reproduced or caused. The believe a quale can be described by maths and that a quale is probably caused by symmetry in brain waves.
Well perhaps these experiences will eventually be able to be accurately described and indeed induced. But for the present time it seems they can not.
But to deny they exist, or that they are a dead end or cul de sac – as many do? That seems arrogance in view of our current pigmy like view of what reality is.
Currently, experience must trump intellect as far as mysticism goes. As to the future, who knows what will be possible? Maybe we will be able to play with reality itself.
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I didn’t know ‘qualia’ is plural and has a singular qualification – ‘quale’, so thank you, Anthony!
Word Web: Noun: quale
(philosophy) an ineffable conscious experience, as distinct from any physical or computational process.
Best regards, Keith.
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