After his recent inner experiences a follower wrote to me, “Somehow something of the ‘I’ had to remain to be influenced, to grow myself and maybe those I encounter.”
My experiences are entirely different.
My reply was that in my experiences ‘I’ gets in the way of spiritual development. ‘I’ clutters spiritual progress.
‘I’, being human, and particularly the mind with its cultural accretions, have nothing whatsoever to do with human development. They are attachments.
All human lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego get in the way. Fortunately they wither under Reality’s influence.
But the followers’, “‘I’ had to remain to be influenced, to grow myself and maybe those I encounter”, particularly worries me.
As I have shared many times, Reality is caught, not taught. We can’t do Reality’s work for it!
As human history shows, we, including mystics, can’t evangelise, teach or prosyletise, the mystic experience of Reality, (MER). The experience is ineffable, not explainable. Only Reality can gift it.
Even scholars and scientists admit to MERs absolute ineffability.
So ‘I’ certainly doesn’t “have to remain”. But not to worry. If the follower is under Reality’s influence ‘I’s eventual disappearance will become joyfully apparent in Reality’s own good time …
All Is Well.
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No mind, no problem as some exponent of Buddhism and meditation said. Or do they all say it? I have often assumed life as an oak tree in some forest remote from human presence would be a pleasant form of existence. Not much concept of I there, I would have thought. The human species is not something that any kind god should bring into existence and nor is “I”. I hope reality has something better, kinder up its sleeve.
Much kinder, Anthony. Joyousness, total individual acceptance, are just two of the many attributes of our existence in Reality that is beyond present ordinary human experience. This is the witness of most mystic attempts throughout world history to describe the indescribable.
Best wishes, Keith.
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