QUESTION: If, as you infer throughout your blog and book, Reality rules, do you mean to say we’re puppets without free will?
ANSWER: We only have free will within the limits of our present humaness, just as beetles, for instance, have all the freewill they can handle within their beetleness. It’s the same in all existence – in matter, spirit, nature – throughout creation. That’s my understanding. (‘A place for everything and everything in its place’?).
According to mystic experience, the above describes the human state in its evolutionary development into Ultimate Reality, whether we know it or not, like it or not.
Q: So you mystics, are not concerned with freewill, then; self improvement?
A: What could be described as Reality’s definition of ‘self improvement’ is very different to any merely human version.
As has been said, Reality’s ways are not our ways and our ways are not Reality’s.
Q: So human effort is useless? If that’s the case why don’t we slip into apathy, leave it to Reality, not care about anything?
A: Because Reality rules otherwise.
Q: Oh yes?! So what is this so called ‘otherwise’ your Reality ‘rules’?
A: It’s the simple realisation persisting throughout mystic experience that our ultimate existence serves some unknown purpose, as illustrated by mystic realisation that we are given all we need to exist. So what else should we want? Why would we interfere and interrupt our progress in Reality?
However indiscernible to some, progress in Reality is ineradicable and in Reality’s time, not our time. Our being true to our real selves fills this purpose.
This profoundly fundamental existential lesson teaches that apathy is yet another word for a merely human experience that has no meaning in Reality. Accordingly, apathy has no relevance to mystics, who have experienced Reality.
Consequently, Mystics, Seekers, the wise and the thoughtful, find themselves recognising their full potential and destiny in living with a core of simple contentment; (as much as their efforts allow them in their times).
Mystics become uncluttered by the ultimately extinct ever-changing mentality, ideas and distractions of the short lived human condition of their times.
Q: What do you mean, ‘short lived human condition’?
A: If my mystical experiences of Reality are anything to go by, humans are at a very primitive, early stage of evolution.
Humans are on their way to extinction into their full meaning in Reality. According to scientists we only have a shelf life of 120 years in a cosmos billions of years old.
(Are mystics, seekers, the wise and the thoughtful, survivors of the human race’s final evolution? Burke and Sinetar suggested this in their books when they wondered if mystics, for instance, might be a different species).
Q: So mysticism leads to what psychiatry calls alienation?
A: What is psychiatry’s definition?
Q: According to Google, it is:
“… a state of depersonalization or loss of identity in which the self seems unreal, thought to be caused by difficulties in relating to society and the resulting prolonged inhibition of emotion.”
A: Absolutely right about ‘difficulties in relating to society’! Tell me about it! But the psychiatrists are wrong. It’s society that causes apathy. Apathy is a product of spiritual ignorance. Eighty percent of the population is prone to it, among other human weaknesses.
Narcissistic, hubristic human emotion such as ‘apathy’ are irrelevant in Reality where all humanity is finally extinguished in the knowing, infinite belonging and joy of Reality in which we live, breath and have our temporary human existence.
Personally, I would describe my own “difficulties in relating to society” not as apathy but as a feeling of being marooned here, as expressed in my poem, MAROONED* (below) that I posted in the blog some time ago.
I don’t know what I did to deserve my maroonment but I’m coping. Solitude helps … (Laughs loudly).
(Shakes his head). I sometimes wonder if earth is a cosmic penitentiary we inmates have to endure until we get it right … (Laughs longer).
All Is Well. Reality rules.
Here’s the poem:
Divinity’s insouciant servants of the Light
Fly beneath my fears, over my plight,
Indifferent to my day as to my night.
Marooned in the humanity of my time,
Tired by glimpses of the divine,
Save me soon, make me thine.
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