SCHOLASTIC PAPER CONCLUDES NEED FOR MYSTIC ACCEPTANCE

Following is the Abstract of a paper by George Drazenovich and Celia Kouric of the University of South Africa called Mysticism and Mental Health, published September 2010. 

Selected excerpts follow the Abstract. They warn of the dangers of ignoring the mystic experience:

“ABSTRACT

“Contemporary research suggests that a path is now open for critical dialogue between mysticism and mental health.  

“Data are accumulating regarding the frequency which mystic experience occurs in the general population. 

“Social science researchers are undertaking studies to determine whether people can differentiate between the pressure of a mystical experience and other types of experiences that occur in their lives.  

“Psychologists are developing clinical criteria by which the mystical experience can be differentiated.  

“Neuropsychotic researchers are experiencing the effects of the mystical experience by the way of enhanced brain energy. 

“Theologians are opening up the received wisdom of the mystical tradition and applying it to present historical content.

“This paper drew these diverse disciplines together to demonstrate an emerging consensus with respect to the efficacy of mysticism in the field of mental health.”

EXCERPTS

(Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s mystical experiences are mentioned.  Having taken his lengthy stringent emotional course, “The Spiritual Exercises”, with an experienced Jesuit Master, I was interested in the reference that reveals Saint Loyola’s battle-battered personal history.  After that apparently he had profound, life changing recurring spiritual revelations. It’s said they lead him to create the Jesuits. 

“Saint Ignatius warned about the ‘battlefield…on which our souls are engaged in the struggle that frustrates the integration of our destiny’ “.

 “…the neurological basis of the mystical mind allowing us to appreciate the fact that the mystical experience is a constitutive aspect of our natural human life.”

“Given the frequency of reported mystical experiences, the scientific exploration of this dimension of human experience is important.”

“Contemporary research in mysticism illustrates that the mystical experience is an integral aspect of the human person and the recovery of the mystical experience will fulfill a much needed void in society.”

“A society that denies the mystical…will fall into various forms of pathological pseudo mysticism…nationalism, militarism, fascism, technology, consumerism, fundamentalism, new ageism, asceticism, and psychologism.”

“Neuropsychology and the social sciences have joined with spirituality in the articulation of mysticism…leading to an emerging consensus with respect to the efficacy of the mystical experience in people’s lives.”

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BEST DESCRIPTION OF THE MYSTIC EXPERIENCE?

“It is a condition of consciousness in which feelings are fused, ideas melt into one another, boundaries are broken, and ordinary distinctions transcended. Past and present fade away into a sense of timeless being. Consciousness and being are not different from each other. In this fullness of felt life and freedom, the distinction of the knower and known disappears. The privacy of the individual self is broken into and invaded by a universal self which the individual feels as his own. The experience itself is felt to be sufficient and complete. It does not come in fragmentary or truncated form demanding completion by something else. It does not look beyond itself for meaning or validity.”

By Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Past President of India 1962–67, Vice President 1952–62, Professor, Oxford University 1936–52.

Forwarded by Ron Krumpos, follower of mysticexperiences.net, author of the ebook, THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IN LIFE with 70,000 views on the Internet.

THE LANGUAGE OF REALITY?

I’ve already expressed my instinct that a form of telepathy is Reality’s mode of communication.

This fits my long time intuition that in Reality, where all things are perfect, there are no ‘names’ so presumably no word-language either …

I realise I mistakenly thought I had ‘heard’ words in two of my particular experiences of the mystical experience of RealIty (MER).

I’ve come to realise there’s even more to it than that. The times I thought some experiences were in heard words, they weren’t.

Though the communications were clear and precise, which made me think they were words, I realise now the experiences enveloped my brain and body without word-language more like a very subtle infusion.

Now I also feel the messages were mystic intuitions, “unlearned knowledge … profound insights into the unlearned knowledge”* transmitted through what some might call a form of telepathic instinct.

This is what leads me to think Reality is beyond using the human logic and reason of mere ‘language’.

If true, this goes a long way to understanding the “eureka” principle of scientific discovery, the instincts and intuitions that are such a part of scientific endeavour.

*Dr H. Spencer Lewis, PhD.

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PHILOSOPHY v. MYSTICISM

A doctor discovered this blog and remarked he considered me a philosopher so I attempted to put him right, as follows:

The following is the point by point description of the contents of my book, Mystical Experience Of Reality. It illustrates the actual, real lessons taught me by the mystic experience:

Real enlightenment + The Reality of all existence, not just human existence + Reality in charge not humans + Reality is benign + experience of Reality caught, not taught + Why Jesus’ mission failed + Real humans emerging + No God or gods + Religions temporary reflection of Reality + Worldwide scientific, academic acceptance of “ineffability”, “hard question” of mystic experience + Spirituality, experience and personal destiny + Mystic consciousness as human evolution + The mystic message: “All is well”.

I also shared the following introduction from the book. I think it shows the practicality of the mystic experience of Reality as opposed to the mere conjectures of philosophy:

‘The Mystical Experience of Reality is a well known non-biological, non-human historical phenomena that engulfed the author as a 14year-old several times every year until his late thirties, filling him with the experience of a Reality in which all things known and unknown exist at Its behest, guarding, guiding, accepting everything that exists separately, personally, individually. It is benign and uninterested in human wants or constructs such as religions, politics, ideologies.

”The author is what Buddhism would call a pratyekabuddha, a silent buddha whose experience of this Reality was spontaneous, without having been requested or by given human help – a mystic. He insists the experience of Reality is caught, not taught, that it cannot be evangelized or proselytized, worshipped or used. Reality rules. Its ways are not our ways. Our ways are not Reality’s.

Then I shared the following Review of the book. This review illustrates an aspect of the real effect, the practicality of the mystic experience’s absolute existence as opposed to the fading theories or ideas of philosophy – mind stuff:

There are certain activities or states of mind which trigger in me what Abraham Maslow calls “peak experiences”. Reading Keith Hancock’s book, "Mystical Experience of Reality" does just that. Phrases in Keith’s book take me to treasured places. When reading Keith’s words, I feel a deep calling to that state of disembodied serenity. So much of what Keith says, so much of what he describes and the way he tells it rings true to me, speaks of the experiences I have felt. Keith had a series of mystic experiences and in this book he describes both his own mystic experiences and quotes extensively from the writing of others on the subject." - Anthony Garner, zenothestoic.com

Mysticism is practical, real, repeated throughout human history in all languages and climates, it is not philosophical surmise.

Mysticism is actual first hand experience, it is far more rooted in the reality of existence than mere human, philosophical notions …”

More importantly, the mystic experience of Reality is not created by the brain. The brain is merely a receiver of MER. MER comes from outside the human condition, from beyond the brain or mind – or any other source but Reality Itself. Mysticism is far beyond philosophy.

So I am not a philosopher. I am a mystic. That is, one who has experienced the non human, non biological phenomena of a non human, non biological Reality in which all things known and unknown, matter or spirit, even humans, actually exists independently.

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THE CERTAINTY AND EFFECTS OF MER.

The certainty of mystics about the authenticity of the Mystic Experience of Reality, (MER), is because there is nothing human about the experience, nothing in human existence or human history that is comparable to Reality.

This incomparability is what makes Reality so impossible to describe. As scientists and scholars put it, the experience is ineffable.

Also, human languages, being based on the need to share human experiences and thoughts, are of no use in describing Reality because Reality is not human, nor even biological if my MERs are anything to go by.

Google says ineffable means, “too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words”.

Reality encompasses much more than humans can presently understand without experiencing it, if ever.

Another reason for being so unarguably convinced about Reality’s existence is that Reality stays with you all your life by changing your basic knowledge and understanding.

Experience of Reality changes the way your life develops, is lived – e.g., your values, ethics, choices, rejections, discriminations, relationships, reading and learning, habits, core centre, commitments and loyalties; your very character and personality.

There’s nothing you can do about it or are expected to do about it, your re-creation just happens almost without you noticing, though you begin to understand how you don’t fit in with most of humanity, and enjoy solitude. You are not ordinary.

By human standards you are extraordinary so keep your head down. Humans are more civilised nowadays but have a violent history with the extraordinary …

These factual observations about Reality’s existence and Its effects also help us distinguish real seekers and mystics from those who claim to have had the mystic experience but relate it to being all about humans. The mystic revelation is much more real and effective than humanity.

All Is Well.

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A NAUGHTY CHALLENGE.

A Wikipedia essay on the history of human mystic experience says:

“Since the 1960s scholars have debated the merits of perennial and constructionist approaches in the scientific research of “mystical experiences”. The perennial position is now “largely dismissed by scholars”, most scholars using a contextualist approach, which takes the cultural and historical context into consideration.”


I have a naughty suggestion for those who only take ”the cultural and historical context” into consideration and dismiss the actual (perennial) mystical experience.

They should explain to the world ”by means of observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic … by empirically tested methods” (Google) how a schoolboy in his early 15th year could have Mystical Experiences of Reality (MER) several times a year right into his late 30’s and that he had no known human or biological origin or reference whatsoever to help him understand what was happening to him.

Some scientists today refer to these experiences as ”ineffable” ie: ”too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words”, (Google).

The boy was me. I had no knowledge of the word mystic and had never heard of or had such odd experiences. I kept quiet about them for nearly 60 years or so because I wondered if I had a mental problem.

What I experienced was not about and did not reference anything biological, nothing known to mankind. My experiences were and still are ineffable because there is nothing humanly familiar in them. They were inconcievable, undeniable, indisputable, indelibly certain.

They certainly weren’t the cannibalised hand me downs of spiritually inexperienced scholars however religious they may be …

The experiences weren’t surmise, temporized for present thinking, nor by tradition, cultural taboos or imagination, not even by reading and experiment.

They were not tailored to human mythomanias, religious or political idealogies.

They are infinitely absolute, meant solely for the individual on whom they are bestowed, impervious to evangelization or proselytization.

All Is Well.

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ARE MYSTICS THE ONLY ONES TO SURVIVE DEATH?

Consciousness exists whether humans exist or not.

For this reason true mystics who have experienced this Consciousness are absorbed into It. They really have no need of ‘identity’ other than the ultimately immaterial ones imposed on them by human conditioning from birth.

(I can’t tell you what a relief it is not to take this well intentioned stumbling manifestation of Consciousness that humanity labelled Keith Michael Hancock, seriously! It is a relaxingly uncluttered state of affairs I have been granted for which I am humbly delighted … !).

True mystics have become or are still becoming Consciousness. Their human identity is almost totally obliterated as they develop.

Little remains for mystics to enable themselves to identify themselves wholeheartedly with the human condition.

Some of them welcome the facility of small talk to ease into this unusual dichotomy. This enables them to avoid mystic subjects that are meaningless to those who have not experienced them anyway, because they are unbelieveable, illogical, unreasonable, ineffable without having experienced them.

Is the existence of a non biological, omniscient, independent cosmic Consciousness why, when we die, all our humaness, (body and brain and all they have experienced) are absorbed back into this Consciousness?

Then the question arises – do all humans go through this final process into Consciousness, or only mystics?

All Is Well.

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‘ALL IS WELL’ v. ‘WOKE’?

The late British Lord Sacks was an Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, author, peer and public figure. As the spiritual head of the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in the UK, he was the Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox synagogues.

His YouTube reflections on two important books about the demise of western civilisation, even civilisation itself, caught my attention.

He said something to the effect the basic rights of humankind were born of religions.

They were not. Religions only came after MERs.

His Lordship seemed to acknowledge this when he added the rights were revealed by what he called ‘God’.

He was still wrong because they weren’t issued by any mere ‘God’, not if my MERs are anything to go by.

The basic rights of all existence everywhere, known and as yet unknown, including humanity, come from the Reality historically experienced by true mystics.

I think his lordship would have agreed with the way I would put this, as follows, as a result of my mystic experiences of Reality (MER) – that the individual’s evolutionary path arises out of and is still guided by the Reality that created and nurtures all things. The human ‘God’ is too small to do this.

Lord Sacks goes on to warn us of the ‘new’ trends in society that challenge our basic human rights. He claims they are challenges to our fundamental (ie. spiritual), roots. He says these trends are far more dangerous than climate change or environment challenges.

But my experience tells me we will surely survive the ‘modern’ versions of what human-made history continues to throw at us by way of ‘wokeness’, religions, idealogies etc. in all their modern guises – none of which ever endure. ‘Obvious danger obviates danger’ is still as true today as when I reported it in a newspaper editorial in my early twenties …

Sadly, Lord Sacks and the two world leading best selling authors* he was reviewing represent the peak of human thought. One of the authors is an atheist, one a defender of Christiany, and Sacks of course was a leading religious Jew. Yet they feel they and their world are under threat of being abandoned to barbarity.

Barbarity, domestic and foreign, is hateful while it lasts, but it does inevitably fall under the weight of its own evil. Reality prevails.

All Is Well.

* Yuvel Noah Kararti, ‘Sapiens’, and Douglas Murray, ‘The Strange Death Of Europe’.

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MANIPULATIVE?

Question: Your posts seem deliberately terse, brief. Is this accidental or deliberate?

Answer: Deliberate.

Interestingly, another reader of this Blog sent me her observations on how and what I write:

“Your message is ‘authentic’ and only those who have the instinct will truly be able to follow.

“The simplicity in your messages is working.

“You are passing the questions to the seeker.”

I try to stick to the point, examine it in detail, expound it simply, avoid the temptation (not always!) of deviations, additional explanatory material or background. I use my short ‘one sentiment per sentence’ formula, with no more than three sentences per paragraph, (also not always!). No clutter.

Q: Is that to make it easy to read and digest?

A: It’s to manipulate the mind not to skip through the post – speed bumps if you like …

Q: Oh! (Laughs). A friend and I were just discussing how the posts can stick in your mind! Almost like meditations … spell-like.

A: Yes, the posts can be treated as meditations. Used as such they can take you to the depths of Reality’s intentions. Depends how deep you can go, how spiritually advanced you are.

Different aspects of the depths of these posts might be explored for life, depending on how far you mature spiritually – they’re only the surface of what you and Reality are all about.

Q: But won’t different people get different answers?

A: Variations, yes. Depends on how deep their spiritual lungs can take them through the levels of experience.

Each level of discovery is different, a bit like experience or age bringing new levels of thinking and awareness into ordinary human life.

Q: Wow, I had no idea about all this … No idea … it’s like you’re casting spells. (LOL).

A: Mystics and Seekers may pick up resonances that cause them to slip into meditation. The results could make the ‘spell’ bloom, filling them with what Sufi’s call its ‘spiritual perfume’.  

Q: Alright … so whatever post you might make of this communication could be a ‘spell’?

A: Here it is, take a deep breath, try it!

All Is Well.

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KNOWING YOU’RE CALLED

Q:  How do you know you’re called?

A: I think the description of someone being ‘called’ is an inaccurate human reference to the mystical experience of Reality, (MER), that make some humans into mystics. 

Mysticism isn’t a calling as if it’s some practise/profession of human activity. Mystics aren’t called, they’re absorbed into Reality and released back into humanity.

Q:  Why?

A:  No one knows. Even serious scientists who accept the phenomenon say it’s ineffable, indescribable.

Q:  Why is that so?

A:  Because Reality is not human, it’s nothing to do with humans as humans are now. That’s my intuition. There were no humans in my MERs, even I found myself watching myself disappear eventually. There was nothing biological involved whatsoever.

Q:  The monasteries were said to examine would-be entrants for a personal ‘calling’ before they were admitted. 

A:  I don’t know the entry rules for today’s monasteries but real gurus of today do look for genuine Seekers in order to assuage what the Christian bible calls such people’s “hunger and thirst for righteousness”, (Matthew 5:6).  This passion is unique to true Seekers everywhere.

Q: Jesus said he had faithfully delivered his message to those already prepared by God. Isn’t this what mystics should be doing?

A:  No. I think it was that human desire to spread the word that inexorably made Jesus’ mission fail and finally brought the religions to their end days. Religions lack the real thing, spirituality, because MER is spiritual, and it’s caught not taught. It’s not a social ideology either.

Q: What can I do to find out if I’m really called?

A:  if you are truly called, the posts on mysticalexperiences.net may help you identify yourself as a made, genuine Seeker – separate from about 80% of the human race whether you like it or not. Each post in the blog is as genuine a representation of my MER experiences as I can make them. 

You won’t have to read the whole blog to know if you are in fact a humble, submissing Seeker or not!

All Is Well. Reality Rules.

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SHEDDING FEAR OF LETTING GO

One of this web page’s followers commented in a personal email that, “Perhaps my problem has been my fear and that going with the flow would assuage all this.”

By “all this” he meant the depressing view we both hold of the human race’s repetitive history. 

The Head of the Sufi organisation I was initiated into had a remedy. 

He suggested we initiates deal with the world by remembering that though we were spiritual beings we were still partly human until our fully awakening process was over.

Subsequently I have come to know more about my evolution into pure spirit. As this process develops in me the human condition becomes less relevant. Humans became a lessening aggravation. I never felt fear of letting go. I had no choice, it just happened. I didn’t have, nor could I have ‘grasped’ or ‘reached’ for my mystical experiences of Reality, nor for the spiritual gifts that have come ever since the phenomena.

Now I wonder if human death is there to take us into an even greater refinement, into a fuller experience completely detached from the human condition, maybe a final absorption into Reality and Reality into us?

That perspective is not fearful to me. It brings contentment –  a rare fruit of the spirit not known to many humans yet.

From what he has shared of his experiences, I don’t think my friendly email follower is far from finally shedding the pain of his subtle and not so subtle human attachments of his Path …  In my experience it was never his choice. We are caught, not taught.

All Is Well.

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EXPERIENCE V. OPINION

QUESTION: You say you have no doubts about your mystical experiences and that has given you “the certainty of one of the spiritual gifts, discernment”. Can you explain this?

ANSWER: Yes. It’s being able to realise experience beats conjecture and the foolishness, even danger, of expressing unproven opinion or conjecture.

I realised I had been alienated all my life by what turned out to be appeals for me to believe in and support actions based on opinion; secondhand stuff; gossip; hearsay; mindreading; supposition; logic or reason; faith, hope, or belief; custom; morality or ethics; suspicion; indications, etc, etc., etc.

I think these states of mind are common human afflictions. They go a long way to explaining the chaos of modern and ancient human history.

Since being given the ability to discriminate, I see the difference between what is real and what is not.I can see that if what someone is telling me – either in person or by press radio, television, parliaments or cultural traditions – aren’t based on their personal experience then it likely doesn’t exist. Simple as that.

Such gullible artificiality goes a long way to explaining the historically uncertain results of the human condition.

Consequently, the human condition is a seething brew of discontent that never fully slakes anyone’s longing for any kind of reality, human or Real.

Q: Does this explain why you say you are withdrawn from human contact?

A: Yes. Experience is the basis of all true knowledge and understanding. If someone is caught inextricably in the human state of artificiality as so many are, what is the point of fostering what can only be an empty delusional relationship with them?

Q: Doesn’t this alienation dismiss 100 per cent of all interaction with the human race?

A: Mostly! But not 100 percent of the human race because The Pareto principle states that roughly eighty per cent of all effects comes from twenty per cent of their cause. So this could mean twenty per cent of the human race (7,800,000,000 people as of March 2020 according to Wikipedia) means about 39,000,000 people are mystic or becoming mystic at any given time – but someone better at sums had better check that percentage calculation!

This doesn’t mean this twenty per cent is available to me. After all, what would we in the twenty per cent have to say to each other anyway? They don’t want to engage in human small talk any more than I do. They wouldn’t need to talk about our shared mysticism either because it’s beyond our ability to influence the phenomena.

Q: So you’re left with no one?

A: Yes!

Q: Isn’t that sad?

A: Well, for humans with a need for gregariousness it might lead to loneliness or worse but to me it removes a major aggravation. To me, as a mystic, solitude is contentment, a spiritual gift; a rare human commodity …

Eighty per cent of people get hung up on what other eighty percenters like themselves say and think. They never know themselves. They’re secondhand.

The mystical experience of Reality reveals true Reality.

However if this sounds like bad news, there is good news – the human race is terminal – just like the other ninety nine per cent of sentient life on earth that we’re told has become extinct! LOL!

Onwards and upwards!

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SPIRITUAL DOUBT.

By retired surgeon Anthony Good, a follower of mysticexperiences.net

Introduction: This is a remarkable first person document of lasting value to Mystics, Seekers, and those academics and scientists around the world who study our subject. It was an easy decision to ask for permission to re-propagate its contents here, for which permission was given immediately. – Keith.

Spirituality has, for me, always been immersed in doubt. I was brought up an atheist until I could think for myself when I moved onto the agnostic fence.

I could find no logical way to God, and even Soren Kierkegaard, the nineteenth century existential philosopher and theologian said that at some point there had to be a leap of faith, which I found hugely disappointing. How could faith be relied upon, when so many put their faith even in everyday things and are let down? I sensed a risk of falling into wish fulfilment.

The religious cultures I found so foreign, with constant referrals to faraway times, places, and ideas. Religious folk unfortunately are sometimes the worst exponents of the moral principles their creed advocate. (As I write there is a continuation of the unfolding sex abuse scandal in the English Roman Catholic Church.) How can the organised religions be so convinced of their God and yet reject each other’s; who is right, who am I to believe, where am I to put my faith?

Though many folks have a sense of spirituality outside the mainstream religions, it is poorly organised and without support outside the secret societies of the Masons and Rosicrucians who are often held in suspicion, and can attract hostility. So where does one turn?

Then there is the enormity of human suffering, from wars, failed political ideologies, disease, natural disasters I need not go on. How is all that accounted for in God and spirituality?

Nor was there evidence that God did not exist. Doubt looked both ways.

A Spiritual Opening

The existential crisis and spiritual opening were the game changer. There had been a couple of hints in past years but now this was like a slo-mo spiritual party cannon explosion of dreams, reveries, living mythologies, visualisations, spirit encounters, revelations, and far too many improbable coincidences. Before this curtain opening in my late forties, I would have considered its significance highly doubtful. It had to be experienced to be believed, then things will never be the same again.

I was pulled off the agnostic fence to at least follow this opening. There was no doubt about the experiences, but what they meant, or where it was taking me that was different. However, what appeared to be new truths were being laid before me and this was a kind of embodied living of what was happening rather than just some kind of thinking thing. It’s not willed, it breaks in, it is not lead by thinking, it leads.

The journey stripped away the old dependable truths, to the point where I was alone looking into darkness, a broken deconstructed character, and new truths doubted. I felt on the very edge of sanity.

Diminishing Old Doubts

Spirituality, had to be directly experienced, when it brings its truth value. Could I accept truth without having to understand it? The mystics say this experienced truth is higher than the trickster intellect. After all how many rational arguments and lines of logic have found their way into false conclusions?

I found my experiences were consistent with the mystics whether psychologists like Carl Jung and Roberto Assagioli, those from the main religions, and even the great artists, writers, and poets. They formulated an interconnected tapestry of consistent truths that revealed the push and pull of our existence.

Is it not unfair to expect the followers of the organised religions to be perfect, or even live up to their ideals, can anyone else do that? They are caught up in human failings like the rest of us even if also like us they cannot see, or even want to recognise them.  

I found faith in the authenticity of my experiences, without them I would have stayed on the fence, faithless, and doubtful as before.

My perspective on my life is of course human with an egoic orientation, but the true reference point for our lives may be the soul wanting to learn and grow into wholeness, holiness.  Oh, and how convenient to blame something else for our errors, an all supposedly loving God. Mankind has free will, and so how could God be omnipotent; man has to take responsibility, at least until man’s free will is perfectly aligned with God’s will? There is though enormous not knowing.

So if it’s true that we are looking at the work of effectively an infinite mind no wonder there is doubt and we need guides to find our way through. So many people seem to think they know the unknowable God. An egoic trap?

New Doubts on the Journey

Gradually, day by day experiences, contemplations, revelations, and more, have built up internal and external consistencies formulating what looked like the truth. Doubt has been diminished but waxed and waned.

For example, I recently had this dream; I was looking up at the sky with my dear wife and birds were flying over us when a big shaggy dog appeared jumping across the sky. I told her that when I saw Pegasus in the sky that is what it looked like, seemingly impossible but still able to walk on air. Then I saw the dog as a sheep, and then it broke up into birds. All along what I had thought was a dog running over the sky was an illusion of just birds coming together like the murmuration of starlings or swirling of a shoal of fish.

Is all experienced as spirituality merely a misinterpretation? Derren Brown the extraordinarily talented English illusionist when asked if he believed in God said he did not because he knew how the mind could deceive itself. The dream could have referred to sheep following dogma. Was I at risk of forming my dogma out of illusion and following that, sheep-like? Yes, of course. 

More recently I read the excellent book, ‘The Master and His Emissary’ by Iain McGilchrist (he is on YouTube). It is an up to date account of lateralised brain function, and how the relative predominance of left and right brain function has influenced history.

Spiritual experiences are held in the right brain which cannot directly vocalise; could we be tapping into this during the spiritual journey? Is this fascinating hidden part of the brain trying to create a seemingly legitimate false reality for our lives out of mostly lost memory cuttings?  I doubt that I have the imagination, sophistication, or creativity to construct what I have experienced spiritually, with its multi-layered complexity, intricacy, and revelatory push. But could spirituality be the dark side of the brain, and nothing more, or is our brain triggered into activity by something beyond it?

Could I be following a self-constructed elaborate fiction to live by, but then you don’t need to be in spirituality to do that! McGilchrist says that when people don’t believe in God, they find something less worthy to believe in.

Journeying with Doubt

Doubt is diminished by relating to events that go beyond our control or construction, such as synchronicities, predictive dreams, manifestations, and coincidences too improbable and frequent to dismiss easily, episodes of being rescued by unlikely circumstance or out of character individuals, and much more that cannot be explained by mere mental working and chance.

Maybe the most fundamental dissolver of doubt is a very solid and deeply felt sense of rightness about what is experienced (and not merely willed into creation by thought). Is this the faith that people describe; it’s not confected, wished, logicalised, but felt very deeply building up from experience and contemplation over years. It often, maybe usually, arrives without invitation, and is surprising.

Doubt, I have heard it said, is a necessary part of the spiritual journey, and will be with us to the end. The journey has eventually brought me to encounters that are more believable than not. There will always be a fear of self-delusion, but that diminishes with an honest appraisal of what I encounter. To wrestle with the truth and doubt and maybe God too is the surest way to find the right path on the journey to a purpose of our existence.

For now, I hope that in recognising my doubt, (and all its companions; faith, hope, wanting, fear, love, knowing and not knowing, and others) I can avoid being controlled and biased by it and relate to what comes in the next step with openness and balance as a seeker of truth.

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NOT BEING FAMOUS

QUESTION: Why aren’t you famous?

ANSWER: In my mind, I am! LOL!

But seriously, I started this blog and published the book, MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE OF REALITY as a means for me to understand my many spontaneous experiences of Reality every year from about the age of 15 to my mid 30’s.

Q: Has it worked?

A: Oh yes, and still is working. I was surprised to discover the phenomena is in fact very well known to the human race. Over the last thirty years it’s spread as a serious challenge to science through very active scholarly, scientific enquiries in universities world wide. I am now in correspondence with academics, scientists, Seekers and fellow mystics in New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Taiwan, and India, as well as papers on the subject and related enquiries from Academia,edu every day. I even found a hidden Sufi wisdom school with millions of followers around the world and eventually became an initiate. I now know what I am rather than who I am, and have that growing gift of the spirit, contentment – a much rarer human attribute than it should be – for which I am profoundly grateful.

Q: Could all that have been achieved by you anyway?

A: As natural human growth, you mean?

Q: Yes.

A: No! Where have you seen anything comparable? Contentment lasts, hapiness comes and goes if you’re lucky.

What similarities I have are only with mystics and mystics are usually clothed in what Sufi tradition calls, ‘The Cloak Of Invisibility’. This device is an ancient way of avoiding the crucifixion, burning, murder, torture, imprisonment and genocide committed against mystics in the past. For the time being, we live in better times but mystics realise they’re nothing to do with ordinary humans, anyway. There is nothing to be gained by studying the human condition for the real spirit of Reality rather than the mere human spirit. Even basic Reality has to be experienced to be known.

Q: So, fame is irrelevant?

A: Well the blog and the book do seem to be helpful to seekers and those interested in the subject. Amazon has now given the book five stars in North America, probably all round the world, after Europe first gave it five stars. So the blog and book are probably finding their own readers.

Q: You say you stopped sending the blog to social media shortly after it started.

A: Yes, I was getting a trickle of very odd followers and comments from social media mixed in with serious responses from non social media sources, so after correspondence with the present head of the Sufi school he mentioned social media “might not be helpful” – without me telling him it was already happening – I dropped all social media memberships immediately. I noticed the difference in quality of Comments and Likes from remaining Followers immediately.

Q: What happens if an enthusiastic reader in a position to get your writings before millions of people reviews your work glowingly?

A: It could be embarrassing. Emails are the best way for me to give thorough, thoughtful answers and avoid the merely curious, ego-fed or hubristic types. I avoid impromptu discussions in person for those reasons. I don’t do personal tours, appearances, or talks, either.

Q: No photographs of you, I see.

A: No. They’re a distraction too.

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