IS THIS WHAT HUMANITY IS ALL ABOUT?

This blog is a first hand account of a modern mystic’s personal lifetime development that resulted from multiple, spontaneous, yearly experiences of Ultimate Reality.

After four years of writing the blog, my conclusions about this phenomena were summarised in the blog and on the back cover and page 402 of the Amazon five star book, Mystical Experiences Of Reality that I wrote.

Now I think that summary might be usefully repeated here for new readers. However, before that I would like to give my answer to the question, ‘Were my mystical experiences of Reality real or merely a product of my mind or brain?’

The experiences were more emphatically real than anything I have ever experienced before and after they started and continued every year from the age of about 15 until my late thirties.

My intuition is that my brain was not the creator but the conduit for these experiences and the lifetime development they brought.

As for my mind, it never played a part. It wasn’t and still isn’t in the same league as the Reality I experienced, all of which was completely outside anything I have experienced since. This mystical experience of Reality is a phenomena traceable back 12,000 years.

Here are my conclusions again:

There is an Ultimate Reality over all existence, over everything known and unknown.

Humans exist as part of it.

Nothing exists outside it, including humans.

It is not biological.

It is outside general current human experience.

It only manifests to individuals, for reasons yet unknown.

It is not created or influenced by humans.

Humans have no control of it whatsoever.

Nothing human affects that Ultimate Reality.

With human individuals it is benign, accepting, nurturing, giving an ineffable joy.

It is indifferent to human constructs such as family, culture, country or creed, or any social organisation.

Humans could be absorbing into this Ultimate Reality, eventually making these temporary human bodies and minds extinct for something ethereal.

Is this what human beings are all about?

All Is Well.

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WHY MYSTICS ‘FAIL’?

A correspondent reacted to me sending him a copy of an excellent video by a well known ‘guru’ on the necessity for Solitude and going into the Silence, by saying:

“Gotcha … Quite the celeb. And a character.”

I replied:

“Yes, he is. But he scatters his spiritual seed in the hope there is some significant harvest despite the known 80% wastage.

“My approach is only to address those who have been invited into Reality and understand what I’m saying, like Seekers, who are compelled by their undeniable Calling, and Mystics who are already enlightened even if only somewhat.

“********’s, approach is traditional, like the mission of Jesus of the Christian bible, which failed.

Human spiritual history is scattered with mystics’ failed missions to the world, mystic sharers who the world forgot or ignored. Who’s ever heard of Molinos, Guyon, or Vasishta?

It seems from the human point of view that Reality never gives up. But how can it? We are Reality too. Reality will always out.

Mystics might fail but Reality doesn’t. Reality is, and we are that forever.

All Is Well.

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MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE IS NOT HUMAN MIND STUFF!

“The subconscious mind motivates almost all actions, behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and the choices that you think you are making in your lives — it is the key to transformation.” Richard Haight, richardhaight.net

Is Richard suggesting it’s the subconscious mind that produces what I call the mystical experience of Reality (MER), that people can transform themselves into being better human beings?

The existence of an independent ‘sub conscious’ mind is an unproven human suggestion.

All we can be sure of is that the brain works on an as yet not fully understood practical complex of hydraulic, hydrodynamic, electric, synaptic and chemical levels. But little else can be assumed with any certainty. All we understand about the brain is that it services and maintains the body’s functions. So far as we know, that’s it; nothing spiritual available for human manipulation that has yet been discerned about the brain.

I certainly never got the impression I had anything I could do about my MERs. I was helpless and incredibly joyous about them; humbly so. They were completely spontaneous and inexplicable. So much so I have a strong instinct the stewardship of existence has deliberately excluded any interference by our comparatively new human race. MER is caught, not taught. Reality Rules.

As my multiple experiences of MER attested, these experiences are not meant to ‘improve’ humans but to aid the process of advancing us beyond mere human existence.

All Is Well.

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ARTIFICAL MERs v. REAL MERs!

I think the differences between the genuine mystical experience of Reality, (MER), and other induced or merely posited experiences claiming to be the real thing are twofold.

First, in my experience, you can’t induce the genuine mystical experience, (MER) by any means known to mankind. Such human experiences are the mere product of artificial interference with the brain’s real, created functions. These results are limited by the human condition to the human condition.

Secondly, genuine mystical experiences are not concerned with the human condition. For some unfathomable reason they prepare some human recipients for something else, something unknown, something ineffable and humanly indescribable, something the human brain simply isn’t ‘wired’ to know, create or communicate on it’s own.

(I’ve often speculated the brain is only spiritually engaged by MER as an inert conduit at best).

All Is Well. Reality Rules.

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REALITY MANIPULATIBLE?

“The subconscious mind motivates almost all actions, behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and the choices that you think you are making in your lives — it is the key to transformation.” Richard Haight, richardhaight.net

Is Richard suggesting it’s the subconscious mind that produces what I call the mystical experience of Reality (MER), that people can transform themselves into being better human beings?

The existence of an independent ‘sub conscious’ mind is an unproven human suggestion.

All we can be sure of is that the brain works on an as yet not fully understood practical complex of hydraulic, hydrodynamic, electric, synaptic and chemical levels. But little else can be assumed with any certainty. All we understand about the brain is that it services and maintains the body’s functions. So far as we know, that’s it; nothing spiritual available for human manipulation that has yet been discerned about the brain.

I certainly never got the impression I had anything I could do about my MERs. I was helpless and incredibly joyous about them; humbly so. They were completely spontanious and inexplicable. So much so I have a strong instinct the stewardship of existence has deliberately excluded any interference by our comparatively new human race. MER is caught, not taught. Reality Rules.

As my multiple experiences of MER attested, these experiences are not meant to ‘improve’ humans but to aid the process of advancing us beyond mere human existence.

All Is Well.

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INTUITION THE INNATE COMMON “LANGUAGE” OF REALITY?

I’m told mystics are intuitive. As a mystic, I haven’t noticed. But maybe I’m not identifying the experiences I have as being ‘intuitive’. My mystical experiences have lead me to understanding some things effortlessly, easily, naturally, accurately and truly. Is that intuition? It never occurred to me everyone doesn’t have it.

But sometimes when I read my posts, although I can be most impressed even though I almost can’t believe I wrote them, I am profoundly humbled, uncontrollably, beyond my humanity.

My posts are received from these direct experiences of Reality. They are conveyed to me innately, not by any human language except in one instance when it was revealed “All Is Well”; as I have described elsewhere in this Blog.

Perhaps others do have this intuition but don’t pay attention or don’t trust it or themselves?

Even cursory research shows there is widespread, modern and historical acceptance of the MER experience. It’s real.

There are lots of words/phrases for it: hunches, inference, instinct, cognition, gnosis, apprehension, insight, inspiration, sixth sense, impression, suspicion, direct knowledge, common sense, insights, opinions, enlightenment, transcendence, altered state …

(Gnosis springs out to me from that tentative list. In its pure, historical meaning it stands for the experience of the union/knot with ultimate existence. It implies intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths. According to Wikipedia “it signifies a knowledge or insight into humanity’s real nature as divine, leading to the deliverance of the divine spark within humanity from the constraints of earthly existence.”(The word gnostic exists in the Christian bible. It is also self used by a modern cult ‘religion’ purportedly made up of gnostic humans. I avoided such ‘gnostics’ after they insisted there are different forms of the experience such as Jewish gnosticism, Catholic, Anglican gnosticism, etc. Such distintions don’t exist in Reality. Their leader wanted to make a worshipping religion of gnosticism with ceremonies, prayers, priests and robes – Reality reduced to human mythomania).

More seriously, some psychologists say intuition is the brain rapidly sorting out hunches generated by the unconscious mind …

My intuition is they are wrong if they assume the brain creates intuition. I intuit it doesn’t!

I think intuition could be the way Reality communicates throughout all existence. As mystics know, in Reality, in which all things are perfect and everything is at peace wih itself, there are no names or languages. Is this another indication intuition is in fact the transmitting language of Reality?

Is this why the historical admonition to “Know Thyself”, or the urgings of the wise to listen to our “still, small inner voice”, to recognise our ‘intuition’, (that we see in dogs, horses, cows, etc.), why monasteries insist on evidence of your ‘vocation’, ie: ‘voice’, before becoming a monk, why gurus tell us to meditate?

Are mystics the only ones currently developed enough to use intuition as part of their daily lives?

As I have written here before, I think intuition is a human word describing how mystics are conscious of widely experienced things humans also see but don’t notice, that intuition is “an ineffable conscious experience, as distinct from any physical or computational process*”. Intuition seems as common to humans as their blindness to it.

Nevertheless, is intuition the human ‘eureka’ principle, those sudden, logically and intellectually unsupported sudden scientific discoveries we hear so much about?

Is intuition just Reality at work, despite most humans being biased against anything that is not widely experienced or accepted by their human cultures – ie: collective cultural blindness?

Will intuition generally develop eventually through basic human intelligence to full blown attributes of intuitive observation, conclusion, action and communication? Will human languages die? Is this intuitive process part of the evolutionary process?

I intuit the brain is just a receiver when it comes to intuiting knowledge. Reality uses the brain to receive and transmit ‘intuitions’, to guard, guide and direct us personally, directly.

Why do some use this intuition and others don’t? Perhaps some aren’t ‘wired’ enough for it yet, or just not aware of its existence, or of their personal ability to try listening to it? The human race is still in evolutionary development so maybe the answers to who has what, and who still doesn’t, lies in the future somewhere?

Is intuition the human word to describe the ineffable experience of MER? Mystics would say partly, yes, because any experience, any consciousness, particularly the experience of the Mystic Experience of Reality, is the beginning of all wisdom.

For me, my experiences of Reality are far more believable, profoundly impelling beyond question, than anything merely human.

Therefore, so far as my experiences are concerned the answer to the question, Is intuition the innate, common “language” of communication in Ultimate Reality? is, most likely, YES!

*Wordweb dictionary for ‘ineffability’.

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MYSTICISM IS NOT A PHILOSOPHY.

Mysticism is not a philosophy. It is a personal, individual experience of a Reality beyond human consciousness, logic, reason or intuition.

This is why those who have experienced it have such an ineradicable conviction of the phenomenon’s existence.

They have experienced a powerfully non biological, creative, joy of giving, knowledge, a oneness of all embracing existence of everything, even matter, that is completely beyond mankind, on a level beyond all human consciousness, measurement or interference.

Philosophy on the other hand is all supposition, mind stuff like logic and reason for instance; ideological like socialism, communism or religions, none of which even have successful human experiences to support their mythomania.

All Is Well.

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A “MYSTIC SUMMIT”!

A “MYSTIC SUMMIT”! February 1-6

“Including 40 scholars, teachers, contemporary mystics”

A follower of this web site sent me this notification in January. She asked me what I thought. This is my edited reply:

“Very depressing. They think mystics are here to help mankind. That was not in any of my experiencs of Reality.

“In my experiences, mankind is a seething obstruction to Reality of lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego.

“True mystics, from my experiences and awareness of the historical phenomena of mysticism, are deliberately withdrawn from this world as part of the mystic processing that takes them far beyond human existence. I am.

“Furthermore, mysticism is caught, not taught, cannot be evangelised or prosyletised nor can it be used as a palliative for the human condition. Experience of it is guarded by an impregnable security system – the actual experience of Reality itself. Even the religions don’t have that. It’s baffling science, too.

“As the Christian book says, “Many are called, few are chosen”. So if as it seems, these people have not experienced the mystic experience of Reality (MER) enough to even lift them out of this worldly activity they’re advertising, they’re just stumbling. They’re not mystics yet. Their qualifications and reasons for any mystic identity are doubtful, to say the least …

“The best I can say for these people is they may be sincere but they are sincerely wrong. Their present state of existence cannot help humanity, not even real Seekers.

“Anyway, so far as the human condition is concerned, Reality is in charge, not us.

“Thanks for telling me about this though – sad as it makes me …

Big social distance hugs,
Keith.

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SPIRITUAL RESISTANCE?

Academia.edu sent me a doctoral paper on resistance to MER, the mystical experience of Reality. I didn’t know such an impossible thing existed and that it apparently has a such a name in psychology.

I deleted the paper as irrelevant to the focus of this website. But it is fascinating for its glimpses into the kind of analysis scholars are bringing to the subject, though I think they have it wrong when they call it ‘resistance’. Why?

Because any real, spiritual resistance is the teaching of MER Itself. MER teaches not to discuss the personal, individual experience with anything other than Reality Itself. Those who do will get imprisoned in the very life entanglements MER is there to abolish.

Human history is littered with the remnants of those imprisoned, tortured, killed, defamed, had their work burned, were banished or what one ‘universal’ church presumptuously calls “excommunicated” from practicing only that church’s ‘truth’, or wiped out like the Templars and ‘heathens’. Another still promises violent punishment for rejection of their ‘peaceful’ faith. Look what happened to the biblical Jesus. Molinos too, despite Papal support, and Guyon, though who has heard of these blessed individuals nowadays?

True mystics keep their experiences to themselves, don’t evangelise, teach, preach, prosyletise or explain. Marsha Sinetar found this out in her attempt to study the MER phenomena for her book, ‘Ordinary People As Monks And Mystics’. She could only get 300 very reluctant participants. Even they only seemed to respond to her specific questions rather than offer very much personal about their MERs. (Even though the good lady gave warm support to my early website she was reluctant to get into the subject personally too …).

So the obfuscating phrase “spiritual resistance” is a human phrase meaning resistance to human interest, not MER interest. (There we go again – egoistic human arrogance assuming humans are the underlying value against which all experiences, ie.consciousness, must be appraised. Such hubris).

If scientists, scholars, Muggles, and those of their ilk can’t get over their inbuilt prejudicial, bigoted idea humans are the centre of all cosmic reality then they’re doomed to eternal defeat of their own purposes.

After all human endeavour to understand MER is done, experience of Reality is still the only key to Reality. ‘Resistance’ is unthinkable, impossible. Surrender is more like it.

All Is Well.

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QUESTION: How Do You Know Your Mystical Experiences Of Reality Are True?

QUESTION: How do you know your mystical experiences of Reality are true?

ANSWER: Because of the ineffable but undeniable, implacable, benign power that revealed my true existence as an eternal non human being since the beginning of all things, Its revelation of my inclusion of belonging then, now and forever. It was literally stunning to feel so accepted, loved, freed. This was my destiny, my reality. I was and am always Reality and Reality was and is always me.

I never wondered about any of this. I had no idea of the existence of such an experience. It was entirely unthought of, beyond anything I had ever experienced, or ever expected anyone to experience, totally spontanious, assuring.

Q: How could you live as a human after that!

A: With lasting difficulty. I kept these experiences to myself for 60 years. I had them several times a year from about 15 years of age into my 30’s.

Q: You never wanted to shout them from the housetops as the saying goes?

A: Never.

Q: Why not?

A: I never understood them.

Q: So what made you ‘come out’ when you did.

A: I came across a book of yoga that seemed to hint at my experiences. I began to wonder if the phenomena might be known after all. The book, by Paul Brunton, didn’t make me feel any urge to take it further though.

Some time later, in my fifties I came across an older couple at a house of a group of friends who spoke with familiarity about what I thought were my exclusive experiences. I was astounded.

The couple subsequently introduced me to what has been called a little known school of Sufism that teaches millions of its world wide adherents what only I thought I knew – my experiences.

That eventually lead to my “coming out” to the then Master of the School. Later, after preparation, I was finally initiated.

The School impressed me by inviting its adherents to stay in its growing new town in India for free for three months every year in modern western style accommodation in the cool season. We were never asked for money, even told not to send postage for the Master’s replies to any letters he encouraged us to write to him about our progress. He said, “adequate funds are provided.”

It was here I first learned about mystics. Much later, from outside the School, I came across the Buddhist reference to pratyeka buddhas, which leads me to believe that’s what I am, but not a buddha. A pratyeka buddha has personal experiences of Reality like me, and does not teach, preach, evangelise or prosyletise from these experiences either.

Q: Quite a journey. Why are you here do you think?

A: I think mystics like me could be part of some purpose of developing consciousness. I’m not sure yet.

Q: Human consciousness?

A: No, not human consciousness! Ultimate consciousness, of which human consciousness could be a part on some level.

Q: You’re not curious?

A: No, I’m not curious. I’m content. I’m in good hands. All Is Well.

Q: Can other ordinary humans have these mystical experiences?

A: If they “hunger and thirst” for Reality as the Christian bible suggests, then they are already called. I was just one of those that didn’t hunger and thirst, but “That which you seek seeks you” the Sufi Master told us. People who do hunger and thirst are in good hands too. “Seek and ye shall find”, also from the Christian bible, is another truism that rings as authentic to me. Again I didn’t seek, but once found, I knew Reality.

As I say, whatever your way, All Is Well. “There are no failures” I’m told.

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IN REVIEW: The Fifth Dimension – An Exploration of the Spiritual Realm by Dr John Hick

In this excerpt from his excellently illuminating book, The Fifth Dimension – An Exploration of the Spiritual Realm, Dr Hick acknowledges a general, but mistaken, public attitude to the mystical experience of Reality, namely:

Excerpt: “Experience of the natural environment is forced upon us, as we noted earlier, whereas experience of any supra-natural environment seems to be optional.”

No! There was nothing “optional” about my spontaneous MER experiences.

This spontenaity is not generally mentioned in the academic literature on the subject. It is commonly assumed it is experienced after much scholarly reading, the presence of a guru, or a strong adherement to religious doctrines. It is not.

Ancient and modern eastern literature agrees with me. It stresses MER cannot be achieved by learning. It’s “caught, not taught”. Did the biblical Jesus hint at this in his reference to the wind? The Dr Puri who wrote a book about Guru Nanak, (pub. SANT MAT), claimed it is spontanious too. The buddhists recognise this spontenaity, they call it pratyeka. Otherwise I haven’t come across any scholarly works that even mention the word “spontaneous”. But such scholarly works are mostly anthropomorphic anyway. They give the impression they believe the sun and moon only exist to revolve around the earth exclusively for humans ,,.

Dr Hick set out to show there is more than just matter, the physical existence of things, that there is also non matter – a “fifth dimension” not known by science, experiment, religion, philosophy, physics, the senses, logic or reason, only through experience of It: “the spiritual realm”.

All Is Well.

John Harwood Hick (20 January 1922 – 9 February 2012) was a philosopher of religion and theologian born in England who taught in the United States for the larger part of his career. In philosophical theology, he made contributions in the areas of theodicy, eschatology, and Christology, and in the philosophy of religion he contributed to the areas of epistemology of religion and religious pluralism. (Google).

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OFFERS TO PROMOTE THE BOOK

My Reply:

No thank you.

I’ve found my new book, MYSTIC EXPERIENCE OF REALITY, pub. BookLocker, is finding its own readers – those who are bewildered by an apparent calling they don’t understand, as well as by scientists and academics who are puzzled by the historical mystic phenomena the book is all about; and others, still secret mystics, who are comforted by the validation the contents offer. They are the ones who have moments of sudden understanding when they come across contents in the book they thought only they had experienced.

The book is not meant for the merely curious who are not called to it by their inner promptings.

I’m also seeing this happen with my blog, mysticexperiences.net.

PSYCHODELIC DRUGS TO INDUCE MER?

NO! Absolutely not.

Not even as an entheogen!  – a psychoactive plant or chemical used to experience the Mystical Experience of Reality (MER), or take for ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ uses.

Drugs work on the brain. But the brain does not induce MER. Nothing humans can do can induce MER.

Reality uses the brain to receive MER. The brain is for this purpose a receiver not an originator, if my experiences are to be trusted.

All drugs of any such kind interfere with Reality’s perpetual  communication through the brain, whether unobserved, or overtly observed like MER.

Such drugs might have emotional effects. But emotion is a human attribute and plays no part in MER. Emotion does not fulfill our destiny in Reality, whereas MER delivers personal existential, fulfillment – a destiny far beyond being merely human.

Neither can such drugs deliver what traditionally, spontaneously experienced MER’s deliver permanently. On the contrary they are often reported to deliver destructive, crippling brain effects as well as unwanted enhancement of human attributes such as ego and hubris, even fear. Their strange negative effects can linger.

In the old days belief in or teaching of the existence of Shaitan, the Devil, was commonplace. The Devil opposed what humans knew as “God” in those days. The “Devil” spread the “evil” that humans don’t need “God”, that humans are enough in themselves and can enjoy the material things of the earth without “God” because that’s all that exists. In many ways, the same old battle exists today in other words …

In the meantime, the process of MER, known or unknown, is inexorable, with or without our belief in it, or our help.

All Is Well.

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April 2020

SPONTANEOUS AWAKENING EXPERIENCES: BEYOND RELIGION AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

By: Steve Taylor, M. Sc., PGCE Leeds, United Kingdom

This academic paper appears to describe the experience of my spontaneous, unrelated religious or spiritual experiences of what I call MER, (Mystical Experience of Reality) every year for over 15 years.

I thought you might be intrigued by this investigation into and conclusion about the phenomenon. The abstract of the paper follows. The full paper is available in pdf., free of charge, from Academia.edu as well as on the author’s website.

ABSTRACT

“‘Awakening experiences’ have been misunderstood to some degree by their long association with religious and spiritual traditions and practices. The research reported here –161 reports of awakening experiences –suggests that most of them occurred outside the context of spiritual or religious traditions. Neither were they induced by spiritual practices such as meditation or prayer. Most occurred ‘spontaneously.'”

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March 2020

ACADEMIA POURING OUT CONJECTURE ON MYSTICISM

Academia.edu tells me the web page has found 25,450 papers on comparative mysticism written by academics in leading universities around the world.

I’ve downloaded and read three. If these are anything to go by, academia is merely pouring out papers on mysticism that are cannibalised from other works, some famous, some obscure, some historical, some newer – with conjecture and commentary thrown in using jargon presumably aimed at other academics who will be deciding the authors’ academic reputations/careers. (Is Dr David Chalmers’ plea for science and academia to jettison jargon falling on barren ground?).

Not all the conjecture and commentary is new or originally expressed, either. Nevertheless, the impression is given of a wider and growing scientific/academic acceptance of the phenomena and its main attributes. I don’t know if this is a good or relevant thing or not. My experience is that Reality, having given existence all it needs, isn’t much distracted by human wants.

None of the three papers I read claim any actual experience of the mystical experience of Reality, (MER).

Based on my multiple annual experiences of MER over 15 years or so I conjecture that those who have had MER are receivers of an outer, non biological ineffable experience, and are not mere generators of MER based on their human wishes, experiences, brains, minds, consciousnesses, or souls as some of these works suggest.

Where did and do these wild assertive imaginings come from?

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