DOES THE MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE OF REALITY HAVE A PURPOSE?

Q What do you think the mystical experiences of Reality are all about; their purpose? Do they have any?

A: Something throughout history has been causing some people to have experiences of as much of Reality as their current state of existence can bear, creating massive, ineffable, personal epiphanies – an indescribable but undeniable awakening to a conscious Reality of existence.

This is an awe provoking, overwhelming experience of truth, humility and veneration, the memory of which still shakes me deeply.

It erodes your humanity so as to enable you to be something other, something that is your true, secured destiny for ever. That, to me, seems to be its purpose.

Q Do you know what that “other” is?

A: Well, the epiphanies are a profoundly joyous state while you’re in them, less so when you come out of them. We are much accepted, loved, that’s for sure. Whatever you are in that state is what you always have been and always will be. You are a permanent fixture of a Reality much greater than being merely human.

The experiences are a mighty but benign, accepting, loving power beyond human experience. They are of an existence beyond ourselves.

After the epiphanies, you develop a growing understanding, consciousness, that everything is Reality; where everything that exists, known and as yet unknown, is only a part of that Reality, including humanity.

Q So what does it all mean? How does this effect the human race?

A: Well, the epiphanies raise the question, are we being harvested? Are we being seeded and grown? I don’t think the experiences are a seeding process. If they were, humanity would be a great deal less primitive than it is now, wouldn’t it?

Whatever we think the meaning of these experiences are they can only be speculative.

But I think we can rule the experiences out as any product of the brain, physical or otherwise – they are not imagination, creativity, intuition, logic or reason or merely biological – the experiences are too completely beyond human knowledge or comprehension. This leads me to speculate that the brain of the mystic is just a receiver suddenly awakened.

There is no total concensus on what existence/consciousness of Reality is, or even IF it is – even the scientific world cannot agree on that yet … (laughs).

However there is an historical consistency in the witness of mystics that this Reality does exist outside the merely human experience.

We don’t even know why the experiences only seem to happen to individuals – contrary to all human instinct to huddle, to adopt ideological collectivity of one sort or another that always change for the very worst and historically fail anyway.

What the experiences of Reality also seem to reveal is that everything we call human is in a transitional state. Everything, human and non human, is progressing towards complete integration with the consciousness that is Reality. Some scientists are even suggesting humans won’t exist eventually. I find that plausible from what I’ve seen of Reality.

Q So how does this affect those who have had the experience when they come back into the human present?

A: The knowledge of the existence of this greater Reality makes me, for instance, realise there’s nothing in the human experience worth studying or even worthy of note in the greater scheme of things.

I must warn you that’s only my experience. You can only really know things by personal experience. You have to know what I’m talking about from your own experience, not from anyone else’s.

Q So would you finally conclude the human race is being “harvested” then, for instance?

A: Well, so far as the human condition goes, there’s no overwhelming human evidence these ancient epiphanies have produced a very effective seeding result so far, is there? (laughs).

Nevertheless, I don’t have any better guess than “harvesting” as an explanation of what these experiences of Reality are all about.

Q Could such harvesting be by other beings?

A: I think not. Reality doesn’t seem to be controlled by “beings”. Reality would do its own “harvesting” or “seeding” – like the natural processes of birth or the chrysalis effect.

Q So back to the first question – “What do you think the mystical experiences of Reality are all about; their purpose?”

A: Unfortunately, too many human beings are still enthralled by the negative principles of human existence – lust, anger, greed, myriad mental/emotional attachments, and ego.

Consequently, many aspects of the current human condition are in the primitively ugly state of “much ado about nothing,” causing unending unrest and chaos when there are more important things to attend to than being merely human. Mystics have dubbed the majority of humans as “sleep walkers”.

So in the meantime, Reality goes on with or without probably 90 per cent of the human race’s cognizance of Reality’s existence or purpose. We are all on one side or the other of knowing the existence of that benign enigma.

Perhaps these are early days in humanity’s destiny. We are after all supposed to be less than four billion years old compared to the known universe’s 15 billion years, not including the rest of the unknown universees.

Q Does any sense of your own duty or destiny arise from these “epiphanies” you experienced?

A: No, no sense of duty, evangelising, prosylitising or moneterising whatsoever.

Q Why this Blog then?

A: The blog started as a means of analysing my experiences, meditating on them, contemplating them, sometimes being prompted by them, unburdening myself of my humaness. I wanted to contact anyone else who might have had them too.

Writing can be a uniquely profound way to discovery and meaning. This subject particularly demands nothing less than using writing’s ability to deliver total integrity and precision.

I also hope others having the same experiences of Reality, or who are genuinely called as Seekers, get some shared validation, some comfort and encouragement from my experiences. They are submitted respectfully.

As for my personal destiny, I have seen it. The bad news is now having to endure being partly human. The good news is, being partly human is only temporary, terminal. (Laughs).

In the meantime, there is much comfort and encouragement in the specific, spontaneous, meaningful assurance my experiences gave me in my thirties:

“All is well”.

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RESTLESS? JUST SHUT UP?

“If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. It is your restlessness that causes chaos. ”

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

WALES UNIVERSITY RESEARCH QUESTIONS ON SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES

 

Wales University has over 6,000 case histories of spiritual xperiences. The archives were originally established by Dr Alister Hardy at Oxford University. (See post “JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE”, University of Wales).

Here are some of the answers the University is looking for in inviting scientists from all over the world to add to and study their growing archive. Mysticexperiences.net has answered as follows:

Q: In what ways do people negotiate, interpret, and integrate ordinary experiences into their beliefs systems?

A: This question seems to be prompting/presuming anthropological answers. Not everyone has “belief systems”. Even if they did their “belief systems” would be of no interest to Reality. In my experiences, mystical experiences are out of this world, ineffable, untranslateable by present human abilities or understanding.

In my case there has been no negotiation or integration into any belief systems. There was no such thought, proposition or accommodation. For instance, I was absorbed into Reality, from which there is no such thing as negotiating or deliberating anything, not “integration”, no implication of free will whatsoever. Reality was revealed as everything – of which “I/me” is a part.

Q: Can such experiences account for the origins of religious beliefs?

A: I assume so, though I have no empirical evidence. It’s possible the originators of religions thought the phenomena could be evangelised, propagated. However, my inclination is to think it’s caught not taught. Is this why religions failed from lack of spiritual experience – just became purveyors of human morality and ethics, of mental, emotional manifestations of human excitement?

Q: Are extraordinary experiences ‘all in the brain’?

A: I’m not aware of any empirical proof of that. My feeling is that the brain is a receiver for these true mystical experiences of Reality.They reveal but don’t demand,. (Like a gardener watering streams of revelation?).

Q: In what ways does culture influence experience?

A: Not at all in my experiences. I was disappointed my cultural expectation of the existence of God, for instance, was nowhere to be experienced during and after my mystical experiences of Reality. Nor was my expectation of being “taken up” at least. Hitherto, I had not experienced anything like my MERs. They made no human sense at that time.

Q: Do extraordinary experiences challenge or support cultural-linguistic constructivist assumptions concerning religious phenomena?

A: In my experiences of the phenomena, Reality does not challenge Itself, nor anything going on in Itself. The concepts in this question ( “ …challenge or support cultural-linguistic constructivist assumptions concerning religious phenomena”) have no meaning or relevance in Reality. They are anthropological concepts. These academic words denote merely human constructs, jargon limited to human interests.

Q: What are the implications of extraordinary experiences for debates surrounding terminology in the Study of Religions (e.g., ‘religion’, ‘religious experience’)?”

A: I frequently ask myself that! So far, I can only assume religions are nothing to do with Reality or Reality with religion and that religions are therefore not a lasting requirement in the development of the human condition or in any exploration of the existence of Reality.

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NEUROSCIENCE READIES FOR A SHOWDOWN OVER CONSCIOUSNESS IDEAS | Quanta Magazine

by Philip Ball for Quanta Magazine

Some problems in science are so hard, we don’t really know what meaningful questions to ask about them — or whether they are even truly solvable by science. Consciousness is one of those: Some researchers think it is an illusion; others say it pervades everything. Some hope to see it reduced to the underlying biology of neurons firing; others say that it is an irreducibly holistic phenomenon.

The question of what kinds of physical systems are conscious “is one of the deepest, most fascinating problems in all of science,” wrote the computer scientist Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin. “I don’t know of any philosophical reason why [it] should be inherently unsolvable” — but “humans seem nowhere close to solving it.”

Now a new project currently under review hopes to close in on some answers.

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Source: Quanta Magazine

 

 

ARE YOU MATURING INTO REALITY?

 

Q: What is the context of humanity in relation to Reality?

A: Anthropomorphism has no exclusive context in Reality. So to what can you compare Reality?

In my experiences of Reality It did not try to justify Itself by comparing Itself to anything because Reality is everything.

It did not make any comparison to humanity or the world in any way. The experiences were pure, unrelated existence showing Reality is enough in Itself, incomparable. It cannot be defined by comparison.

Q: So what is the proof of Reality?

A: The only proof of Reality is in experiencing It.

Q: But where does the human race fit into all this?

A: My feeling is Reality does not give the human race any consideration whatsoever. Reality only reveals Itself to individuals – mystics.

Q: You mean individuals who only become mystics after they’ve had what you call the mystical experience of Reality, MER?

A: Yes. My feeling is the collective, totalitarianism, communism, ideologies, nations, socialism, liberalism, etc are primitive constructs that will whither as Reality continues its evolutionary function with individuals. Being merely human is not what it’s all about.

I feel myself thinking the human race will be discarded eventually, presumably when humanity has finally matured into Reality.

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BOOKS ON MYSTICISM? BURN ‘EM!

 

Q: What books can I read about mysticism?

A: The question makes me shudder.

Q: Oh. Sorry …

A: Wherever people gather in the name of mysticism/spirituality/religion, there in the midst is Satan. Same with all such books not based on spiritual experience.

(There are some Seekers who are so well read in the mystic phenomenon, who have searched and studied so deeply and profoundly through ancient and modern texts, written books about it, lectured on it widely, travelled with such learned focus, experienced all manner of mental and physical regimes to achieve spiritual experience of Reality that they have become deeply empathetic followers, as near to the realisation of Reality any human can be without actually having the mystical experience of Reality).

However, the spiritual experiences of Reality given to me were not compelled by human sources or expectation. They were caught, not taught. Everything else is distraction.

So far as I understand these experiences of Reality, humans, like dung beetles or as yet undiscovered species deep in the seas, or in the far cosmos, are an as yet unconsciously developing part of Realty, a Reality so large it is beyond present human development to understand.

We are awakening.

The awakening comes from Reality which is infinite, not from the mind, books or mete experimentation, logic or reason, which are all temporary anyway.

So your question about the books to be read about mysticism is like asking your God or gods to name their favourite books.

Reality is way beyond all such concepts. The arising human religious concepts of God and gods is just that, merely human, existentially irrelevant, what one teacher with millions of followers calls “mind stuff”. (Interestingly, George Fox, the founder of Quakerism also abjured what he called “notionalism”).

Q: (Laughs). So true Seeking is spiritually worthless?

A: If you “hunger and thirst” after what the Christian bible calls “righteousness”, are a Seeker, you have no choice in the matter. You have to Seek. That’s your destiny. What you Seek Seeks you. You are caught. You are in process. You can interfere all you like but you’ll find it best to get on with human life by being constantly alert for the promptings of Reality. Everything else is a far lesser perspective of existence.

Experience is the beginning and end of all existence. To spiritual experience the mind is a distraction. So are books.

‘Be still and know that I am’ (Reality), is a profound tip. I got it from a book! Probably the only life changing ‘spell’ ever worth printing and parsing*.

*Parsing: Studying, analysing, dissecting. Try it: Be still and know Reality.

All Is Well.

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AN EXCERPT FROM THE JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, University of Wales

Below is an excerpt from the current special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (JSRE) on Religion, Culture, and Extraordinary Experience

Introduction to this issue by guest editor: Gregory Shushan, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales Trinity Saint David 

“Despite longstanding theoretical and methodological objections, scholarly research into so-called ‘religious experience’ continues to flourish. This issue of the Journal for the Study of Religious Experience is dedicated to exploring the relationships between religion, culture, and unusual experiences which are commonly viewed in religious, spiritual, or mystical terms within their own local contexts. Examples of such experiences include (but are not limited to) unitive, visionary, transcendent, numinous, mediumistic, near-death, and out-of-body, as well as other kinds of deathbed phenomena, supernatural healings, and divine revelations, voices, and precognitions.

“The contributions here are grounded variously in historical research and ethnographic  and sociological fieldwork, though are all characterized by sound theory and method.  It is especially gratifying that many are of an interdisciplinary nature.

“The kinds of questions underlying this issue include:

“In what ways do people negotiate, interpret, and integrate extraordinary experiences into their beliefs systems?

“Can such experiences account for the origins of religious beliefs?

“Are extraordinary experiences ‘all in the brain’? In what ways does culture influence experience?

“Do extraordinary experiences challenge or support cultural-linguistic constructivist assumptions concerning religious phenomena?

“What are the implications of extraordinary experiences for debates surrounding terminology in the Study of Religions (e.g., ‘religion’, ‘religious experience’)?”


About

*The Religious Experience Research Centre houses an archive with over 6,000 accounts of first-hand experiences of people from across the world who had a spiritual or religious experience.

Founded by Sir Alister Hardy in 1969 at Manchester College, Oxford, the RERC moved to Lampeter in July 2000. The Centre’s aim is to study contemporary accounts of religious or spiritual experiences. In addition to fits archive of accounts the RERC houses a specialist collection of books and journals.

The Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (JSRE) is promoted by the Centre (RERC). It publishes original papers promoting theoretical, methodological and ethnographical developments in the research on spiritual or religious experience.

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Choose your Own Adventure

QUANTUM AWARENESS

More and more every day modern science is coming to terms with what on the outset was an uncomfortable reality. That is that the observer (you and I) play not just an important role in reality or in our universal experience but actually that we are the deciding factor at the centre of it all. I think for the most part modern science has tried to stay an arm’s length away from any of the organised or generally accepted world religions and this is not necessarily a bad thing, while many of the world’s religions seem hellbent on destroying each other and have become so inflexible because of dogma. There is, however, one notable exception the Buddha Dharma. The Buddha Dharma is without a doubt the most peaceful, humanistic, and scientific of all organised religions. Please note that I personally do not subscribe to the fact that Buddhism is a religion, and…

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PERSONAL PURPOSE?

QUESTION: Is there a personal purpose for us all? Do we have to find it and fulfill it?

ANSWER: No. My experiences of Reality several times a year from about 15 years of age to my late thirties gave me no indication that I had a human purpose. Later I did begin to wonder if my purpose is simply to experience this mystical phenomena and its consequences.

Since then the experiences have affected all my consciousness of being a human self in process in a greater Reality of which all humans are part. They continue to do so.

Dr. Richard Bucke speculated in his book, “Cosmic Consciousness” and Dr. Marsha Sinetar in her book, “Ordinary people as mystics and monks” that those who experience MER, (Mystical Experiences of Reality) are a new human species. I have no idea.

So no, I didn’t get any suggestion I was to find my personal purpose for existence and fulfill it. Reality found me and has been processing me ever since – whether I like it or not … (laughs).

QUESTION: Do you mind?

ANSWER: It has never occurred to me that I have any will in the matter.

QUESTION: So you don’t mind, you wouldn’t resist this process, say no to it?

ANSWER: No, I don’t mind. I would never go back to whatever I was, or resist the process. I am Reality as Reality is me. We’re one. I am that. I’ll be glad when my human experience is over.

QUESTION: Would you say you are unique?

ANSWER: No, I don’t think so. Sir Alister Hardy compiled 6000 cases histories like mine when at Oxford University. The archive is now at Wales University under a Templeton grant. There is also much modern and very ancient history attesting to the MER phenomena.

QUESTION: What do you think it is all about?

ANSWER: I have no definitive answer, but the thought arises that those who have MER are emerging as if from a chrysalis from humanity into the next stage of Ultimate Reality.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT POEM: “MYSTICS”

 

Q: Can you explain two things in your poem about mystics?

A: Alright.

Q: Here’s the poem, with the question:

MYSTICS.

Few here of their kind,
Orphaned souls
No parents find
Entombed in man’s mortality
And man’s defaulting mind,
Neither human, nor sublime:
Lost, yet Divine.

Nanaimo, 2011.

Q: What does “ … man’s defaulting mind” mean?

A: Spiritually, mankind’s mind just ticks over, never gets used except in the more or less autonomous function of default in the absence of any spiritual input.

Actually, a lot of low IQ minds could be said to run in even less than even the fully autonomous functions that control the body’s inner and outer physical functions never mind the more spiritual/conscious features awaiting awakening.

Q: You use the word “Divine” when you have said that you never experienced God in your mystical experiences of Reality.

A: This is poetic licence. The word is a primitive, outdated identification of humans’ growing consciousness of an existence beyond current human knowing, except for glimpses of it by mystics.

“Divine” and “God” are two inadequately minuscule concepts crammed with spiritually inexperienced artificial meanings like “faith”, “hope” and “trust”. These empty words are akin to self hypnosis and on that delusional level might bring some relief in human concerns, that’s all; (“Fake it until you make it”).

Reality is reliable, steadfast and benign by its nature and we are a part of It. Nothing man made lasts or is anything like the totality of Reality. Reality is the only thing. The reason I used the word divine is because of its lingering archaic power in the present primitive state of human development. And because it portentously rhymes with the sonnet’s the word “sublime”.

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MYSTICS AND QUANTUM PHYSICS?

Q: Are mystics a quantum wave manifestation as well as a particle at the same time?

A: The proposition might defy human commonsense, but then so does mysticism, so it could be true. If the suggestion is true would it also explain the two part mystic experience of being everything, including the experience of being temporarily human − wave AND particle?

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WHY NO FOOTNOTE REFERENCES?

Q:  You never use footnote references to back up your posts.

A:  No, because I write and rewrite conscientiously to make sure the posts only come directly from my experiences, with the utmost integrity and absence of contamination from others’ experiments, experiences, ideologies or mythomanias.

The experience of Reality demands absolutely nothing less, and I obey to my fullest capability.

I also attempt within my skills to manipulate readers into their own experience of the subject because personal experience rather than  secondhand reportage is the way of Reality.

However, other reports and opinions on spiritual experience, particularly from established scientists in the field are posted separately under their names, sometimes with my comments from my spiritual experiences.

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