“Look, and it can’t be seen. Listen, and it can’t be heard.

“Reach, and it can’t be grasped.

“Above, it isn’t bright. Below, it isn’t dark.

“Seamless, unnamable, it returns to the realm of nothing.

“Form that includes all forms, image without an image, subtle, beyond all conception.

“You can’t know it, but you can be it, at ease in your own life.”

“Approach it and there is no beginning; follow it and there is no end.

“Just realise where you come from: this is the essence of wisdom.”

From the TAO TE CHING translated by Stephen Mitchell. Published by HarperCollins, available as an ebook from Google Play Books for CA$11.99.


A follower of this blog wrote he had tried meditation but had become depressed, attracted to the idea of “exiting”.

I know him through his many struggles with his humanity as a truly called long time Seeker.

This wrestling against the powerful attachments of human culture from birth is a well-known phenomenon in Seekers.

I wrote:  “All we can do is shut up, close our eyes and listen. The rest eventually follows as the day the night.”

To me this powerfully simple expedient really does fulfill the deepest needs at the very heart of the Seeker’s journey.

All Is Well.


“The Tao is like a well: used but never used up.

“It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.

“It is hidden but always present. 

“I don’t know who gave birth to it. 

It is older than God.”

From the TAO TE CHING translated by Stephen Mitchell. Published by HarperCollins, available as an ebook from Google Play Books for CA$11.99.

This magnificent English translation of Lao Tsu’s famous work says it all. I began to shake uncontrollably as I read it, absorbed into Reality again, Reality’s overwhelming presence was indescribable but undeniable. 

This book is a thorough account of what the mystic experience of absolute Reality, (MER) is all about. Its absolute truth took me over again, body, mind and soul, just as my experiences did years ago. 

Although the TAO TE CHING is addressing Lao Tse’s experiences to mankind, as mine did not for some reason, I can attest it is powerfully true in all its ineffable glory. It reaffirms everything I have been given.

The TAO TE CHING is what the spiritual experience is all about.

I am humbled again beyond words. We are not body, we are not mind, we are TAO, Reality.



Watch “Sadhguru’s Brilliant Answer on Why Meditation Doesn’t Work For Many People | Mystics of India | 2018” on YouTube

I found this serendipitously very enlightening, a tap on the head reminder …

For me, it remains a great ‘aha’ of recognition. A must read for everyone if ever I saw one, wherever we are on the Path … 

For instance, the recognition that trees are the other half of our human lung system was an awakening to what real meditation shows us and what mystics have already experienced – that we and everything else are in the Absolute Reality of entire existence.

All Is Well.


Reblogged from absolutespiritdotco

I have meditated in various ways. Some of these ways were from reading, others directly from spiritual masters, even for three hours at a time over one period. But I never experienced any observable use or benefit.

I put this down to the fact I had already experienced absolute Reality several times a year from the age of about 15 years to 35 years of age. Achievement of meditation’s spiritual purpose had been thrust upon me spontaneously without me having any apparent qualification, previous knowledge or preparation.

However, absolutespiritdotco’s approach to the discipline, as reblogged below, impresses me with its evidence of in-depth experience and integrity that matches my experiences and the continuous lessons I have been given ever since:

“Meditate without clinging to methods or shapes.

“If you concentrate enough on meditation, the flow of time will disappear, the direction will disappear, the unnecessary sound will disappear, and the moment will come when you become one with everything. That’ll be when you’re in complete silence. Just then you’ll realize that you’re in a vast universe and only live for that moment without any thoughts or expectations.

“In order to live in such a state, we need to be able to meditate naturally like breathing, but don’t cling to a particular state or a particular method of meditation. Even if you try to achieve it in a particular way, only your mind (ego-self) will prevail and you will never acquire natural meditation. It’s important for us to keep connecting with the essence, and observe oneself without any judgment.

“It’s always about making a habit of the deep self-inquiry. That alone can improve concentration and it will make it easier to meditate naturally. Keep practicing so that you can do it unintentionally.



By follower

Zenothestoic’s writing has a penetrating, lighthearted seriousness that wryly illuminates the struggles and successes of his personal spiritual journey profoundly. Here is an example:

On Facing Daemons

In days gone by, a daemon was a reality, a physical presence that could come and grab you and drag you down to to Dante’s Inferno or the Lake of Gehenna…. Read More

“MYSTICISM AND MIRACLES”, an ebook by Dr. Jon Mundy

The description of mystical experiences even in the first few paragraphs of Part One of this book made it an interesting read.

There are apparent insights into what seem like actual first hand experiences.

Dr. Mundy certainly adds to the current corpus of literature on the subject, producing a comprehensive delving into a different length, depth and breadth of this ancient human experience of the infinite cosmic experience of mysticism.

He quotes a myriad of all manner of past and present ordinary folk, famous people, authors, scholar, mystics, historic and current wisdom from around the world – while staying readable!

His 42 page ‘Alphabetical Index of Mystics, Masters, Sages, Saints—and Just Regular Folk’ at the end of the book is an outstanding illumination of the mounting evidence that mysticism is a widespread historical evolutionary development of the human psyche.

His seven pages of bibliography are an indication of the depth of his reading on and around the subject of mysticism then and now –  bearing in mind some mystics don’t read books on mysticism in case they corrupt the purity of their own experiences’ purposes for them as individuals.

However the use of the word miracle in the title and text in the same context as mysticism suggests this book is a humanised view of mysticism, that it does not speak from the actual experience of the mystic phenomena.

A ‘miracle’ is a made up human explanation of something unusual, incomprehensible, that can’t be understood, something unnatural. But the mystic experience is of an actual, absolute Reality. It is real. There are no ‘miracles’ in Reality where there is no need of such explanations.

This book is also a disturbing indication of the way mysticism might be entering the mainstream. Should such a growing number of academics, physicists and philosophers busily analysing the subject into little palatable pieces with their mere human tools of logic, reason and analysis worry us?

Perhaps not! Mysticism is impenetrable, only obtainable by Reality’s invitation to the actual personal, not communal, experience.

On the one hand Seekers might find the book personally validating on the current direction of their paths. On the other hand mystics don’t need human validation!

Jane Sutherland* who recomends this book in her blog goes so far as to say it is probably the only book we will ever need to read on mysticism … It certainly is comprehensive.

Dr. Mundy certainly does bring a refreshing, validating, focused, uncluttered, explanation to the subject.

However, summing,up, while some of the content matches my mystical experiences, there’s a lot that doesn’t. The book’s references to Christianity and anthropomorphism in particular distort the purity and purpose of the mystic experience, in my view.

Mystics can’t verify, for instance, the author’s suggestion the MER experience ‘Whets the appetite’.

What appetite? Mere human appetite? Does this imply Dr. Mundy is recommending self will, mind stuff, versus Reality?

The experiences of mystical Reality (MER) that engulfed me so absolutely did not allow any ‘me’ or any thought by ‘self’ to exist … There was no such choice.

The book’s narrative also uses words to the effect that, ‘It takes a great deal of effort to eradicate the effects of the ego.’ No it doesn’t. The mystic experience does that for you automatically, axiomatically … Spiritually undeveloped human effort doesn’t matter.

You don’t even have to obey or submit when you have the mystical experience of Reality. You can’t. Reality engulfs you in Itself.

There is also an extraordinary exhortation to ‘talk’ to ‘God’ directly. Really!!!!?

Mystics know everything derives from Reality in Reality’s own good time, including humans and ‘mysticism’. We have no say in the matter. Reality communicates with us, not the other way round.

Reality communicates Reality whenever and wherever Reality likes, whether we like it or not. (And I’m not aware Reality even ‘talks’ by using words anyway).

All we can do is shut up, close our eyes and listen. The rest eventually follows as the day the night – also whether we like it or not!

There is also much mention of ‘Hell’, ‘Heaven’ and ‘God’ in this book. These are religious, human cultural constructs, primitive shadows of the real thing. Religions, God or gods did not exist in my MERs in any shape or form. They are no part of humanity’s destiny.

And while the book’s detailed round up of the story of mysticism seems valuable at first, the book degenerates into an attempt to codify the uncodifiable by making mysticism a teachable, utilitarian human construct. It evangelises, preaches and teaches at length …

Sadly the point of view of the book throughout is stubbornly human oriented. Yet the mystic experience shows the human condition is relatively inconsequential to Reality. Reality’s destiny for us – the impermanent, short lived human race – is cosmically different to what we are now.

However, not to throw out the baby withn the bath water, there might be genuine MER experience here too. Some early parts of the book could “speak to your condition” as the Quakers say.

Not everything in it will be relevant to you all the time but the book might be worth keeping by you so long as spiritual discrimination and discernment are applied.

You might find it useful for dipping into for personal relevance as long as you avoid the cookie cutter preaching and teaching attempts to do what only Reality can do.

*Visit Jane Sutherland’s blog

(Ms. Sutherland’s post where this book is mentioned could also take you into depths that might make it worth carefully reading her other writings for insights, possible first hand experiences, validations and kindly suggestions. This address takes you to her other blog posts).


A previous post under the above heading said, “Being everything I am and nothing of what I am not.” A follower wrote to me with two comments:

QUESTION: “…nothing of what I am not” does that refer to being devoid of any traits derived from ego and being human?

ANSWER: Yes! From birth, history shows how our true identity is entombed in the cultural consequences of human lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego. We believe this is our true identity. It’s not.

Mystics have seen a very different destiny for humans after death, a joyous, loving, spiritual destiny where we truly belong, not a material nor necessarily biological one.

We think we’re here to become better humans. We’re not. Historic mystic experience of Reality, (MER), proves otherwise. 

Q: A pure being here on earth is an impossible achievement for 99% of the population I think.

A: The nearest we get to ‘purity’ is the experience of the mystics and seekers. They are probably 10% of the world’s population at any time.

Mystics know what they have experienced of Reality is caught, not taught so generally keep to themselves. Reality is the only teacher of Reality.

Seekers are those the Christian bible refers to as those who were born with the instinct to hunger and thirst after righteousness. They know merely being a better human is not our life’s purpose, though they acknowledge their responsibilities as a spouse, parent, friend and citizen while here. Do No Harm could be their motto …

The remaining 80% of the population are generally oblivious to Reality or the existence of mystics and seekers.  They’re often unkindly referred to as sleep walkers. I prefer to think of them as being worthy of great respect as Reality’s seedlings.

Why I posted ‘Being everything I’m meant to be and nothing of what I’m not’ was to emphasise my encouragement to a long time follower of the Blog. He realised he is a Seeker and has been battling his worldly attachments ever since. Occasionally he loses the thread, gets frustrated, depressed …

The human path to Reality is like that! Life is like ricocheting down a tunnel, frequently banging ourselves on the sides, out of control, suffering each time as a consequence. But Seekers eventually find themselves more in control, then stay calmly centred as they’re supposed to be – like developed mystics …

All Is Well.


“Enlightenment is a constant state, not (just) an instant experience.” Mysticism and Miracles

In my experiences I was certainly “instantly”, spontaneously “enlightened” as to the Reality that rules existence. The influence of these experiences has remained as my guide, guard, comfort and provider ever since.

It was only when I was thrust back ‘kicking and screaming’ into the world that I discovered I am marooned in this runaway brain atop a biological ‘human’ robot that produces and wallows in the unreal, mythomanic human condition.

I was not comforted then and am not now.

Ford said “history is bunk”. Was he implying “humanity is bunk”?

More charitably, mystic experiences suggest humanity is simply at a painfully primitive stage of an evolutionary progress.

Mercifully, we’re told the human/robot’s brain and shelf life are limited to 80 to 120 years …

All Is Well.


“Personality,” being the illusion of separateness, is the root cause of all selfishness and evil. It has to be conquered and crushed before the lower is united with its higher counterpart.”

Dr. Nikolai Ivanovich Pirogov (1810–81) was a popular, skilled Russian surgeon also famous for his agnosticism, some called it atheism. Yet he was secretly anything but …

His posthumously published work entitled in Russian: Voprosi zhizni. Dnevnik starago vracha, i.e., Life’s Problems. The Diary of an Old Physician revealed a deep mystic understanding, as reported by H.P. Blavatsky in her paper, THE THEOSOPHY OF NIKOLAI IVANOVICH PIROGOV, free epub. Google Play Books, from which the above excerpt is taken.


Blog reader Jason sent this email to the Blog’s Contact number. My replies are as follows:

“I appreciate the avenue that you’re making available for people to express and share the most spiritual and powerfully awe inspiring, “mystical” experiences of their lives…. Thank you.

“From the age of 12 and perhaps even earlier, this “vehicle” my parents named Jason has been blessed/cursed with “happenings”…. Moments where the personal mind, the CPU, has “turned off” to reveal the Stillness of the Timeless reality that encompasses all of us “behind” the sequential thought flow that makes up what we perceive as a time based “reality”. 

“As the years moved forward, these experiences would occur sporadically and spontaneously, broadening to include encounters w entities both dark and Light, telepathic “uploads” to the CPU of the grey matter between the ears, out of body experiences, severe psychological/egoic fractures and death experiences, Timeless levels of existence, “glitches” in the time/space simulation, events that defy the laws of physics, entering the Light to be embraced by All in One, yet never being able to stay, and much more.”

I haven’t come across such a comprehensively unique, personal, expressive description of the mystical experience of Reality, (MER) in any of my readings, discussions and comments.

“Throughout the years I’ve attempted to share these experiences with others only to see others “eyes cross” or roll back in their head figuratively speaking…. Never able to find the proper platform from which to express and convey these very intimate and seemingly important experiences. What frustration. What doubt and self questioning that’s resulted from being looked at as strange or even “certifiable” according to the current psychiatric definitions and terminologies of modern psychology….. Questioning one’s own sanity time and time again.

Very familiar!  After over 60 years of not telling anyone about my MERs, when I eventually answered inner promptings to publish this Blog, I discovered great solace in the discovery that the MER phenomenon has been well if not popularly known worldwide in all cultures. It was scientists who first used the word, ‘ineffable’* to describe the impossibility of describing MER. 

Some of today’s physicists refer to the abyss between scientific knowledge and actual mystic experience of absolute Reality in which everything known and unknown exists as “the hard question”.

“As my spiritual practice has evolved and grown, there have been indications from the Stillness, the “nothingness” which at the same time IS the Infinite Potential from which all things arise, to document all remembered experiences…. Or at least compile a list for future use. I followed the continual promptings in deeper states of “meditation” (not mentation**) and came up with a notebook page filling one side completely and half the backside, listing in very short, one line descriptions of each.

“I don’t feel comfortable expressing them verbally at the moment but have since childhood had the inclination to write, to express, to share, for whatever reason and/or purpose, in some sort of written format. I feel deep down that these experiences I’ve “suffered” and then the reassimilating process, the wandering, sometimes lasting weeks, attempting to readjust to a personal mind, encased in a temporary body, with an apparent time and space based manifest reality around it…. I feel these happening are extremely important and can benefit others, someone, somewhere, somehow.

Wales University has a 6,000 strong archive it is collecting on such experiences. The archives were originally established by Dr Alister Hardy at Oxford University. The University publishes the “JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE”. They might be worth contacting.

This is my first attempt in 43 years at reaching out to another, to see if Universe, with it’s masterful quality of synchronicity, might help in arranging something of a synergy with another/others in an effort to shine more light on and learn from the concept and direct encounters with these “mystical experiences”. I would be willing to write down and describe to the best of my ability, putting the ineffable into words, what happened in these events and what they felt like. I’m not sure to what end exactly but again I’m following the promptings of that still small voice that speaks daily, through the anxious noise and nervous rattling of the conditioned personal mind. As of yesterday, the soundtrack on the vinyl record we call the programming of the personal mind skipped and I heard “share your mystical experiences”. As if an inaudible voice were saying go online and search “where to share your mystical experiences”. And so I find myself writing you an email…..

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on what this might mean to you and what gets stirred within you as to what might be done with what I’ve shared. In essence I’m looking to share with the intent of helping other “wanderers” out there who are feeling isolated, alone and questioning their own sanity. Connecting with others who feel drawn, or “inducted” into this mystical level of understanding…. Never having asked for it, prayed for it or even really wanted the burden…. Would be such an honor and a blessing!

I too published this Blog partly as a way of searching for human answers and “looking to share with the intent of helping other “wanderers” out there who are feeling isolated, alone and questioning their own sanity”, as you say.

If my experiences are anything to go by all your answers will come from the source, MER. I no longer pay attention to the human condition except for my much watered down worldly duties as husband, father, friend, colleague, citizen. Humans are cared by a far more powerful source than other humans. Humans can only interfere rather than help.

The human mind, including our own, is also an impediment to our real growth, as human history and mystic experience reveal only too clearly …

“Please consider what I’ve shared and see if this resonates with you on some level. See if and how it moves you.

It certainly does! 

“I anticipate your response and whatever direction the Divine may choose to create a path for the expression of these spiritual/mystical “happenings”.

Well, this post on might bring forth further comments. Also, look up RECOMMENDED BOOKS in this Blog, or search for “ BOOK & FILM REVIEWS”  Check the Secretary at the Wales University Mystic archives. In the meantime, have you considered starting your own Blog to let your writing act as an inspirational tool for understanding?

All best wishes, Keith.

*Ineffable:  “Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable. Not to be uttered; taboo. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.” Wikipedia

** Mentation: Mental activity; thinking.The action or exercise of the mind or of its physical organ; mental activity; ideation; cerebration; intellection.”  Wikipedia


Reblogged from

Its statement that ultimately true love is our true nature rang so true of my mystical experiences of Reality, (MER) I paid more than usual attention to this post. I find its message rings with a unique authority associated with the actual spiritual experience of Reality:

Have you ever listened quietly to your own heartbeats? Have you ever felt the blood flow through all your body?

We are formless existence, and also formed existence at the same moment. Those relative states exist here simultaneously.

In other words, our true nature exists in the non-dual dimension.

There’s actually no enemy, nor mistake, nor individual experience, nor flow of time, even no distinction of anything here. Those separations only exist within illusions (of our minds).

Ultimately, true love which is our true nature is indescribable in words.

And if we don’t actually experience the profoundness of its love, we may be unable to realize what we truly are…

To recognize those relative states or what we truly are, we need to turn our consciousness to all our senses at the moment, instead of trying to understand what someone said.

(We need) to listen to the rhythm of (our) heartbeats quietly.

(This) will definitely lead you into the complete silence.🙏🌌💗

MEDITATION – Personal letters from a master to his pupil

The following are some of the words of a spiritual master to a pupil. They are taken from personal letters written over the years: 

“There are no words through which we can express our inner visions, these are only to be experienced. Sometimes we are given those experiences to encourage us on the Path. 

“Analysis activates the mind while we are trying to put a stop to all mental activity during meditation. Please avoid unnecessary analysis. The spiritual path is a long and arduous journey and requires all the efforts at the command of the disciple.

“The ultimate objective of meditation is not human health but God realisation. This is essentially a slow process. It requires the labour of an entire life to vacate the body below the eyes and to concentrate the attention at the eye centre*. 

“We are not in a position to assess our spiritual progress or the lack of it. Also we should not be concerned about it. Our sole concern should be to attend to our meditation …

“Your daily meditation will give you strength to face the onslaughts of your mind.

“Those spiritual fruits gained during meditation should be carefully protected and built upon for further progress. 

“Meditation alone will give us the grace and understanding to go through life in a happy and grateful attitude.”

*The ‘third eye’. Some research has indicated this area enables strong concentration.


A follower wrote to me recently:

“I have so often approached Blake’s Doors of Perception, so often been within touching distance of the Narnian Wardrobe and yet I am never granted full or lasting access.”

I replied somewhat as follows:

“I think every mystic living or dead could say the same.

“Enlightenment is individual, bespoke. Mystic experience shows you’re given only as much at a time as you are currently able to take in or bear.

“You might not be noticing the sometimes indiscernible but undeniable effects Reality is having on you.

“Overlooking the subtle changes being wrought in you is common in some enlightenment processes.

“It took a long time for me to realise what had and was going on with me …

“Keep on keeping on … “

All Is Well.