HOW SPIRITUALITY FOUND ME

By: Dr. Tara Cuskley

I’ve contemplated writing about my spiritual awakening experience for a while now, but it has never quite felt like the right time. Words aren’t always adequate to capture an experience that’s both deeply personal and is best understood as a felt, embodied sense rather than something that can be described and analyzed. But I am going to try my best because it feels important to begin sharing how my own path has included twists and turns for those who may have had their own interesting, unexplainable experiences…

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62ba03a3cbbc5b5426d2c3b3dc058bf0Tara Cuskley is a psychologist and blogger passionate about all topics related to personal growth, healing, and spirituality.

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MYSTICISM AND CONSCIOUSNESS

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.”


Publisher’s note: 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).

CONSCIOUSNESS – The Scientist, Religionist and Mystic Views

 

“Scientists say our consciousness is the product of our brains, with purposes set by evolutionary fitness.

“Theologians believe our consciousness reflects the God who created it, with majestic purpose of eternal life.

“Mystics hold my consciousness is a drop in the ocean of cosmic consciousness, with cycles and return.

“For sure, consciousness is a test case.”


Dr. Rokuhnbert Lawrence Kuhn has a doctorate in brain research and is the author and editor of over 25 books. He explores cosmic consciousness and mysticism with some of the world’s leading scientists, scholars and philosophers in a freeTV series called Closer To TruthHis paper on Consciousness appeared in Skeptic Magazine. It is a comprehensive, up to date examination of mankind’s experience and exploration of the fundamental question of existence.

CONSCIOUSNESS, by Keith Hancock.

There is human consciousness and there is the vast  consciousness outside human experience that according to those who have experienced it makes human consciousness only a small part of a real consciousness completely outside common human experience.

Scientists, in their attempts to construct a verifiable platform of experiments to understand human consciousness – why are humans conscious and how – are coming across persistent historical but unverifiable evidence of the existence of a human experience of a far greater consciousness than the one that only defines mere human experience*  (The one I call the Mystical Experience of Reality, MER, and which some scientists have referred to as the “magical” * experience).

This MER phenomenon has happened spontaneously to individuals who had no known human attributes that qualified them. Why them? Nobody knows.

Scientists are finding this experiment versus experience challenging, an apparent dead end to all further human enquiry.

So, what is happening?

Perhaps human consciousness is in a process of evolutionary development that some mystical schools claim is leading to the dissolution of the human race into a pure spirituality that is merging with the vastness of a yet unknown consciousness so far only experienced by mystics?