THE DIVINE ESSENCE

“Using Allah, (celestial) Buddha, God, ha-Shem, Ishvara, or other words does not change eminent Reality as the holy One in All and All in the wholly One. Soul is simply a word for our spiritual essence, now separated from the ocean of Reality by a cloud of ignorance. Like rain, it does come from that ocean and it will eventually return to it. The billions of souls on Earth are just as surface ripples in the vastness of the universal One.” — Ron Krumpos*

*From his eBook, The Greatest Achievement in Life: Five traditions of mysticism, Mystical approaches to life, 2012, pub.

COMMENTARY

This book is deeply researched, produced out of experience and spiritual study, from worldwide travel, living mystics, and ancient and modern texts. It is well accepted academically, and to those who have had the mystical experience of Reality and are finding what is left of their humanity thereby a sometimes tedious daily challenge, this work is a seminal, validating comfort.

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MYSTICS AS INTERMEDIARIES? No!*

An excerpt from the conclusion to the book, PATHS BEYOND EGO, by Dr. Roger Walsh and Dr. Frances Vaughan – with a dissenting COMMENT by mysticexperiences.net.

EXCERPT

“Carl Jung spoke of the importance of gnostic intermediaries, those people who transmit a wisdom tradition by imbibing it themselves and then translating it into the language and concepts of another culture.

“Perhaps the transpersonal movement can function as a collective gnostic intermediary, whereby the timeless wisdom of traditional transpersonal disciplines can be translated. tested, and winnowed, and then can inspire and transform contemporary culture.

“Yet the transpersonal movement is more than a gnostic intermediary. For in addition to translating knowledge it is actively involved in creating knowledge. New techniques are being devised, data generated, and both ancient and contemporary claims are being tested scientifically, philosophically, clinically, and experientially.

“The long-term effects of this enterprise may be far more than we can imagine. Already we have seen a shift to a more generous view of human nature and possibilities. We have moved from a perspective that encompassed only a single, healthy waking state of consciousness to a recognition of multiple states; from viewing normal development as our ceiling to seeing it as a culturally determined limit; from denying lucid dreaming to exploring it in the laboratory; from regarding meditation as a regressive escape to appreciating it as a developmental catalyst; from dismissing mystical experiences as pathological to recognizing them as beneficial; and from devaluing non-Western psychologies and philosophies to appreciating that some of them are, in their own unique ways, highly sophisticated.

“These shifts and more may make transpersonal studies an essential cornerstone in the emerging paradigm. These shifts also may change each of us, for what we do reflects our beliefs about who and what we are.

“The transpersonal vision of our possibilities may therefore call forth our individual and collective efforts to actualize them. This actualization may be crucial for the survival of our planet and our species …”

COMMENTARY

If my experiences of these “transpersonal” psychological experiences of Reality (MER) are anything to go by, there were no indications they were meant to make me an intermediary to the human race.

Any direction I got regarding humans was to avoid them as a distraction, counter-indicative to an understanding of the existence of the greater Reality being revealed.

Drs. Walsh and Vaughan seem to see a role for humans in the existence of mysticism despite lack of any evidence it is a human invention, or anything humans can control. No one as yet has any verifiable notion of its purpose.

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rogerwalsh1ROGER WALSH graduated from Australia’s Queensland University with degrees in psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and medicine, and then went to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. He is now at the University of California at Irvine where he is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, as well as a professor in the religious studies programme. He is a proponent of the development of “transpersonal psychology” that includes phenomena such as MER (Mystical Experiences of Reality).


vaughanbw-210-expFRANCES VAUGHAN, Ph.D. is an author, educator and retired psychologist in Sonoma County, CA.

TWO SERIOUS OMISSIONS? A REVIEW OF ‘THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT OF LIFE’

Five traditions of mysticism.

Mystical approaches to life.

In Review: The Greatest Achievement in Life by R.D. Krumpos © 2012. 

COMMENTARY BY MYSTICEXPERIENCES.NET

The greatest achievement in life? Living in conscious oneness of ultimate reality, found in Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Kabbalah, Sufi, and comparative mysticism. This ebook summarizes many similarities among those five traditions and outlines mystical approaches to life.

It states science has only addressed five per cent of ultimate reality.

The book was impressively inspired by the author’s meetings with 19 mystics in 12 countries*.

The author says the manuscript was sent to 10 religious leaders/scholars of the five faiths and 10 professors who teach comparative mysticism across the U.S.A. Their suggestions led to many revisions prior to posting on the Internet.

These people freely gave the author their advice, time, erudition and experience. As a result, the author has made this important, seminal review of contemporary mysticism free of charge.

Download the ebook

However, in a serious omission, nowhere is there mention of mysticism being a spontaneous life-changing mystical experience of Reality.

Throughout this otherwise excellent book, the assumption is that it can be achieved by human effort, though this is never stated explicitly.

All my experiences of MER (the mystical experience of Reality) were spontaneous. I have never come across evidence that it can be produced by human effort or ability, however saintly.

My experience suggests MER comes from outside, not inside humans. As Dr. Deepak Chopra says, it is not a human invention. Others agree, like St Francis of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesuits, and Professor Puri of Sant Mat in his book on Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. Even the biblical “Jesus” says it comes and goes, from and to where, nobody knows.

Another issue that arises is the author’s apparent dislike that “a few” mystics don’t care to share with other humans.

Buddhists understand those particular mystics who feel humanity is a distraction from their path to Nirvana. They call these enlightened ones, pratyekabuddhas, or paccekabuddhas, the so-called “silent buddhas” who do not try to share their realization with the world.

Pratyekabuddhas are said to achieve enlightenment on their own, without the use of teachers or guides, by “dependent origination”, (spontaneous rebirth?).

Traditionally, Paccekabuddhas give moral teachings but not enlightenment. (See unedited descriptions in Wikipedia).

In my experience of MER there is nothing to be learned from the study of human beings. Deus sufficit. Or, in mystic parlance, Ultimate Reality is enough.

Despite those two caveats, this book delighted me, not only for its clarity and English but for having what Jan de Hartog wrote in another context: “… the indescribable but undeniable presence …” of Reality.

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*Those mystics interviewed were: A Nobel astrophysicist in Chicago, a Vedanta scholar/spiritual director and the chairman of a global bank in New York, a professor of philosophy in Kyoto, a Zen abbot and a Cistercian monk on Lantau, a Quaker missionary in Victoria, Hong Kong, a Therevada monk at Nakhon Pathom, a Hindu priest on Bali, a Vajrayana abbot in Kathmandu, a sadhu/scholar in Lucknow, the Vice President of India in Delhi, a Sufi shaykh in Teheran, a professor of political science (and shaykh) in Cairo, a member of the Knesset, a professor of history and a Greek Orthodox monk in Jersusalem, a retired police inspector in Copenhagen, and an Anglican bishop in Bath, England.

TWO SPIRITUALLY WRONG ASSUMPTIONS?

Some books on MER are predicated on humans having to make spiritual efforts. That is not my experience. All my spiritual experiences were given. I did not know such things existed. I did not, could not, cannot ask for them. They dominate my life without my effort.

Another assumption of such works is that MER exists solely for human improvement. This is not my experience.

While it is axiomatic that humans who have the Mystical Experience of Reality will automatically conform to Reality so becoming “better” in human terms, the value in becoming better humans is only of value to the human condition, not to Reality.

In my Experiences, Reality has its own agenda without dependence on human goodwill or “help”.

All is well.

MYSTICISM AND CONSCIOUSNESS

In Review: What Does Mysticism Have To Teach Us About Consciousness? By Robert K.C. Forman, The Forge Institute and Program in Religion, Hunter College, CUNY. Originally published in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1998, pp. 185–201.

EXCERPTS

“A key strategy for understanding a complex phenomenon is to look at its simplest manifestations. The gene structure of E. coli, for example, has contributed significantly to our understanding of gene functioning in more complex organisms.

“Mystical experiences may represent the simplest form of human consciousness and thus, by the same token, may provide valuable insights into the nature of human consciousness.”

“Not everyone who meditates encounters these sorts of unitive experiences. This suggests that some may be genetically or temperamentally predisposed to mystical ability; borrowing from Weber, the “mystically musical.”

“One might suggest that the mystic’s awareness is categorically different than other peoples’, i.e. that it is connected to the world in an ontologically deep way that the rest of ours is not.

“I find this unconvincing since every mystic I have read says he or she began as an “ordinary,” i.e. non-mystical, person and only came to realize something of what he or she “had always been.”

“Whichever explanation we opt for, however, it is clear that there is some ability the mystics have been able to develop — through meditation or whatever — that most of us have not.”

COMMENTARY BY MYSTICEXPERIENCES.NET

Dr. Forman’s thoughts seem to be predicated on the mystical experience of Reality (MER) being a human emanation. Also that it’s directed to the human condition. In my mystical experiences over several times a year for 15 years, neither of these limited anthropologic conclusions are evident.

I am more inclined to accept there are fields of non-human consciousness some humans experience spontaneously, as in my case, not necessarily by will, and that the brain is a receptor of an outer, non-human consciousness.


smiling bobDr. Robert K. C. Forman is a long-term TM-practitioner and a critic of the constructionist approach to mystical experience. He was a professor of religion at the City University of New York, author of several studies on religious experience, and co-editor of the Journal of Consciousness Studies. (Wikipedia).

THE END OF MATERIALISM?

Are we at the beginning of the next stage of human evolution? materialismDr. Charles T. Tart explains why he wrote his seminal book: The End Of Materialism – How Evidence Of The Paranormal Is Bringing Science And Spirit Together, published by New Harbinger, USA (2009).

EXCERPT

“The main thrust of The End of Materialism is to give readers the kind of data that allowed me to reach a personal resolution where I can be both devoted to science and trying to develop and practice my spiritual side. If two living people, for example, can occasionally demonstrate telepathic communication under tightly controlled laboratory conditions, something we have considerable evidence for, is the idea of prayer, an inherently telepathic kind of communication with someone/something beyond us inherently nonsensical? I don’t think so!”

Tart says The End Of Materialism is perhaps his most important work. One of many testimonials for Tart’s book reads as follows:

“Prescient! This book represents the next step in the geotransformational processes that are altering modern concepts of borders, social structures, wealth and governance.”  – John B. Alexander, Ph.D., Society for Scientific Exploration


profile_charles_tartDr. Charles T. Tart is internationally known for his more than 50 years of research on the nature of consciousness, altered states of consciousness (ASCs) and parapsychology, and is one of the founders of the field of Transpersonal (spiritual) Psychology. His and other scientists’ work convinced him that there is a real and vitally important sense in which we are spiritual beings, but the too dominant, scientistic, materialist philosophy of our times, “masquerading as genuine science, dogmatically denies any possible reality to the spiritual.” He says this hurts people, it pressures them to reject vital aspects of their being.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Infinite You

infinite you_BOOK REVIEW: “Infinite You, A Journey to Your Greater Self and Beyond” by Pamala Oslie

After decades of living with enhanced abilities, exploring spiritual principles, and delving into quantum physics (see her post on this web site) Pamala Oslie discovered there is more to reality and who we are.

She does not believe we are mere biological machines that age and cease to exist. “There is more to our existence than biology,” she says. We are “infinite beings”.

From the experiences of her consltancy clients she believes everyone reaches a state of “bliss and unconditional love”.

Everything is one consciousness, she says, one mind and one being.

The spiritual experiences give us a knowledge of our true abilities. “We appear to be transforming”.

She approves of the quote by Nikola Tesla (1836 – 1943), the famed futurist, inventor and engineer:

“The day science begins to study non physical phenomenon, it will make more progress in one decade than it has in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

She thinks quantum physics seems to be the bridge that is bringing science and spirituality together.

A list of physicists questioning “our old narrow materialistic definition of reality” is published in her book.

She asserts consciousness is not limited to the brain and draws on her observations of her client’s “unusual experiences and phenomena”.

We rely on technology to do things for us now that we are inherently capable of doing without technology at all, she claims. “Our brains have the same capabilities.”

“Holding fast to our old beliefs about reality … prevent us from reaching our ultimate potential.”

She suggests spiritual experiences seem to be introducing us to the wider, deeper, profounder realities of our existence.

However, she gets into the perennial controversy of whether such experiences are spontaneous or taught. My many experiences every year for over 15 years lead me to believe the experience is only spontaneous. It is caught, not taught. You can not evangelise the experience of reality.

Finally, one of the impressions of this readable book is the power and authenticity that comes from the clarity and honest simplicity of its language. This is a true mark of the mystic tradition.

La Penita. 2016.

YouTube Video: HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS

Clearly the makers of this production have not experienced the Mystical Experience of Reality.

The film is not about Higher Consciousness. It is about the human spirit, not the higher spirit of MER. The Real Experience of the higher reality is completely outside human imagination, as mystics have attested. This video uses human criteria to “prove” higher consciousness, and as such is stuck at the lower, human level.

It’s as if a salesman at the time radio was discovered is introducing wireless programmng as if it’s the radio set that’s doing the programming.

MER is not about how Reality is Experienced. It is about what is Experienced.

This video offering is a distraction to Seekers because it suggests this higher consciousness it talks about can be achieved by human effort. It can’t. The real MER is spontaneous and comes to people without any human attributes that would qualify them for the phenomenon, as history shows and the sudden burst of interest in the worlds of modern scientific and scholarly research since the 60’s is beginning to reveal.

Clearly, there are far more important things in Existence than being merely human.

ORDINARY PEOPLE AS MONKS AND MYSTICS

In review: Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics by Dr Marsha Sinetar (Paulist Press)

EXCERPTS

“Mystics are the ones who hunger and thirst after righteousness .. the ones who yearn for continued or increased union with the other reality they themselves feel is the real reality – the real reality which heals and makes all things new again. Their yearning is their most distinctive mark and has been called by some ‘a deep and burning wound’, because it propels them towards the transcendent nature of life much as a lover is drawn toward the objective of love.

“Anyone who answers the yearning of the inner self is called, has a vocation, in the original sense of that word, which was ‘to be addressed by a voice’. The clearest of such vocations can, of course, be found in those who have a religious calling, or who are driven to express some form of genius. But I believe that the word vocation should have a broader interpretation. Those who are called to find the law of their own being, for example, who answer the call obediently, even if hesitatingly, have a vocation. Those who sacrifice the things of this world, the conventional way of living or perceiving things, have a vocation. Anyone can be called – not just the religiously inclined or the great gifted ones, since many of these may not, in fact, be true to themselves as individuals.

“In order to know what within is true and of most value, whenever these sorts of instincts come, the individual detaches experientially from the rules, customs, belief systems, conventions and various idols of the external world. Social transcendence is a way to answer this inner call – be it a physical response (such as moving one’s home, moving away from a home-town, or changing jobs etc.) or just an emotional detachment from societal conventions and expectations as with a woman, let’s say, who decides not to marry, not to have children, even though that’s what she sees her friends doing and knows that that is what her family expects her to do. These kinds of detachment may be signs that an individual has begun the process of actualisation.

“Fortunately, as time goes by, the demands of the Self are easier to hear.

“It is through hearing – and obeying – the demand to make a life-adjustment that the ability to face oneself grows.

“Thomas Merton: ‘The paradox that one must face, if he really takes the truth seriously, is the pragmatic fact that sincerity means insecurity.’

“It is this individual who ultimately overcomes the feelings of separation, fear and anxiety which are symptoms of powerlessness and an underdeveloped character structure.

“The person can feel inordinately sad, vulnerable or moved. He can be touched instantly by waves of strong emotion at little or no provocation. One person in this study told me that during a meeting, for no apparent reason, some heroic quality in a colleague so moved him that he had to fight back tears.

“… when an individual starts to grow within himself, starts to develop his intuitive, transpersonal self, he may find it necessary to pull back, to learn how to be alone.

“It is often difficult for the true mystic to find rapport with (religious organisations), his own heightened sensitivities to God made profane by the mundane perceptions of those who want to hear about – but who themselves do not experience – the sacred reverence and humility of the Transcendent.

“The remarks of the study participants may lead some readers to think that a physical break with conventional life is necessary in order to become actualised. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“Detachment from the world’s idea of what is good or proper is an absolute requisite in order to be one’s own person. But detachment does not mean withdrawal. Nor does it mean those most common types of non-conformity people use to protest society’s falsehoods: vain little adjustments of dress or diet, neurotic self-involvement and self pity, the psychosomatic inability to function, or, worse, the psychotic, perhaps even criminal, antisocial or insane outlet which so negatively poisons everything it touches.

“Anyone, of any age and any culture, having the sincerity of heart and the strength of intention to identify and express for what for him is true and good, can be whole.

“Three distinct skills of the study participants (are that they are) autonomous and authentic persons; adaptable; intuitive.

“If we cannot make it without old habits, toxic relationships, our addictions – whatever they might be – we are not free to choose our good.

“What we seek, seeks us. The goal of our life – whatever we want to call it – is within us, always present as the very life-source in us. All we need is to recognise, perhaps at first through faith, that inside is a profound, mysterious power which pervades our existence and which can heal, guide and inspire us.

“The inner journey, whatever it costs, and whatever form it may take, is necessary for anybody who wishes to embody in thought, word and action all that he truly loves. In this way, he comes to know and to be his really balanced, most wholesome and generous self: his Highest Self.”

COMMENTARY BY MYSTICALEXPERIENCES.NET

Dr Sinetar made a scientific study of individuals who have had the Mystical Experience of Reality. She does not go into the greater consequences of this phenomena, which turns all historical, religious, scientific and scholarly experience of human existence on its head.

She concentrates on the Experience itself, and its effects on her subjects and, through them, society.

It is a seminal book that should be on your library shelves, as I think you will agree, along with Williams James’ “The Varieties of Religious Experience”, Aldous Huxley’s “The Perennial Philosophy”, Evelyn Underwood’s edition of “The Cloud of Unknowing”,  Dr.Richard Maurice Bucke’s “Cosmic Consciousness”, and “What is Self”, by former nun Bernadette Roberts, all seminal works.

It is a very readable book and has been a best seller since 1986. Dr Sinetar is an educator, organisational psychologist and mediator. Her research and writings have focused on the characteristics, thinking, and work styles of gifted leaders, creative entrepreneurs and the whole, actualised person.

However, as you will see from the last few paragraphs of this review, Dr Sinetar seems to imply you can have the Transcendent Experience (M.E.R.) by your own efforts.

That was not how my Experiences happened to me, nor have I seen any evidence in this book or anywhere else that the phenomenon is anything other than purely spontaneous. They are completely outside human experience or human ability to generate, in my experience. Nor does the Experience come to make us better human beings. The M.E.R. is about much more than mere humanity, to which, in fact, it seems indifferent.

Marsha Sinetar cover

RELIGIONS, VALUES, AND PEAK EXPERIENCES: Reviewer Needed

Here is the contents list of Abraham Maslow’s fascinating book, Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences. It could do with a contemporary review. Anyone up to it? If so, I can send them a .pdf file. Please click COMMENT to let me know. Thank you.

CONTENTS

  • Editorial Introduction and Preface I.
  • Introduction II.
  • Dichotomized Science and Dichotomized Religion III.
  • The “Core-Religious” or “Transcendent” Experience IV.
  • Organizational Dangers to Transcendent Experiences V.
  • Hope, Skepticism, and Man’s Higher Nature VI.
  • Science and the Religious Liberals and Non-Theists VII.
  • Value-Free Education? VIII. Conclusions
  • APPENDIXES: A.   Religious Aspects of Peak Experiences B.
  • The Third Psychology C.
  • Ethnocentric Phrasings of Peak-Experiences D.
  • What is the Validity of Knowledge Gained in Peak-Experiences? E.
  • Preface to “New Knowledge in Human Values” F.
  • Rhapsodic, Isomorphic Communications G.
  • B-Values as Descriptions of Perception in Peak-Experiences H.
  • Naturalistic Reasons for Preferring Growth-Values Over Regression-Values Under Good Conditions I.
  • An Example of B-Analysis Bibliography

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BOOK REVIEWERS NEEDED

We can supply the books free of charge as payment for your review of them. To start with we would like to see Dr. Marsha Sinetar’s books reviewed. And Karen Armstrong’s. Douglas Gulfinnan Lockhart has books on and around the Blog’s subject, too. COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS by Dr. Bucke needs a modern reading. You can suggest others.

The more scientifically or experientially disciplined the reviewed books, studies and commentaries are the better. Every author assertion or conclusion must be backed by references and where they aren’t, or are unsatisfactory, must be exposed in your review.

Suspicious words include, religion, soteriology, doctrine, eschatology, evangelism, Christian-gnosis, Judaic-gnosis and suchlike linkages, as well as proselytising, and faith, hope and belief.

We do like words such as mystical insight, human destiny, knowledge, and insight. Only a PhD., MA., or Experiencer will be allowed to get away with the word intuition. Even then the usage will be subject to dire scrutiny …

The Experience is challenging to the human condition and to the personal lives of the Experiencers, so the aim is to keep the subject as pure as possible, without extraneous, that is, human, ie: mental, emotional distractions of the times.

Experience in writing reviews will be a big asset, especially if you hold a university professorship in a department of philosophy that includes a wide contextual study of the subject, and/or departments including physics and psychology with similar interests in the Experience.

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