Q. I have a question that worries me.
Q. You say ordinary study and lifestyle, different methods of achieving transcendence, reading, don’t necessarily mean you will experience the mystical experience of Reality, (MER), and that MER is the only true enlightenment?
A. Yes. True enlightenment is not human, not biological, not induced by mind or brain, It is outside human experience, directed to specific humans who apparently have no obvious qualifications to receive It.
Q. People like you?
A. Yes, people somewhat like me in their ignorance of such matters.
Q. How did this come to you then?
A. From my spontaneous, annual, multiple MERs from the age of late 14 years to 35 years of age.
Q. Spontaneously, not from any religious influence, studies, practices, methods, religions, paths?
A. Yes, only spontaneously.
Q. But what about those very educated people, professionally and academically qualified people, gurus, yogis, even scientists, who express or seem to know what you write about and write papers and books, have disciples and followers, even give courses and lectures?
A. There is a difference between intellectually realised people and experientially realised people, mystics. The better part, the fuller experience, the grace if you like, is spontaneous. MER is generally accepted in the ancient and modern mystical traditions, so far as I know, as “caught, not taught”. Experience of MER is the real beginning of knowledge and ultimate enlightenment
Q. You’re saying you can’t induce It or, presumably even influence It?
A. Yes, I am. MER is pathless.
Q. So those who you say have “a hunger and thirst” for MER can’t do anything about it?
A. No. The very fact they hunger and thirst for MER means It is already present and working in them. You may not believe in Reality but Reality believes in you. What do you think put that hunger and thirst there in the first place? It was Reality. And Reality is doing something about it. As the Christian bible says, BE STILL, AND KNOW REALITY, AND KNOW THAT REALITY IS ALL. (With apologies to King James).
Q. Be still. That’s it?
A. Yes, It’s everything. Reality is permanent. All else passes. Give it a try. You’ll see, nothing will ever be the same again … It gets easier and easier because, as you’ll discover for yourself : “That which you seek seeks you …”.
Q. Finally, what do you really think MER is all about?
A. I think MER is a process of awakening to Reality. Everything that exists will go through MER eventually, including humans.
“All Is Well”.
Humans are only useful to a mystic or seekers because they lay down warning boundaries between human impermanences such as spirituality, (religion, faith, hope and belief), politics, governance, culture, and idealogies versus the realness of the human condition as exemplified in the mystical experience of Reality (MER).
Contemplation of this void between the mystic way and the human way is all mystics and seekers need to exercise their Calling daily.
This contemplation delivers the realisation MERs aren’t experiences, events, as some scientists suggest might be the case – in my case, Reality was me and I was Reality. My MERs were a transposition the uncalled have not yet experienced.
To assuage the hunger and thirst mystics and seekers have to achieve and remain in this state of MER, Sufis and enlightened Yogis warn of being misled, distracted from MER by “mindstuff” – emotions. MER is not an emotion.
For instance, speaking anecdotally, a Jesuit priest spoke approvingly of what he saw as my emotional understanding/feelings for religion. He gave me the impression he thought human emotion was the basic requirement of religion/spirituality.
My uncontrollable trembling and unbidden tears he witnessed were prompted by the sudden unexplainable but undeniable presence of Reality in a quotation from the Bible used in The Spiritual Exercises Of St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, in which we were engaged. (Ironically, Ignatius suggested the revelation of mystics is, “the better part” of the religious way). What my Course Director priest saw in me was not a full blown MER but probably what some Muslims might recognise as ‘baraka’.
I think it was what the priest asked me to read from Isaiah in private that triggered the episode. It was such an astonishing personal message from a such a faraway stranger. It hit me like the kick of a mule. It almost sent me to my knees. I was rendered bloodless, speechless.
I was overwhelmed with the thought Isaiah, this raggle taggle old man of God out of the dust of history from before even the advent of the biblical Jesus should send his message so unerringy into the etherialness of the millennias to find one the old prophet knew would receive and understand it.
I tremble still at MERs’ far reaching perennial powers. MER is not new, we are.
Suchlike milder ‘events’ than MER come often but not so dramatically. I wouldn’t call that episode an organic abnormality, an emotion, any more than I would call finding myself suddenly thrust out of the comfort and warmth of indoors into a sea of freezing water an “emotional indulgence”.
Love, as another human emotion, an organic reaction, is sometimes an indulgence of lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego, whereas MER is a benign, all engulfing experience from outside any current human experience.
I felt no human or other emotions whatsoever in my main MERs, simply because ‘I’, the human body and mind, wasn’t there to have such feelings.
I did not feel like shouting my MER experiences from the rooftops like a lovelorn teenager, desperate to share such ego massaging. Instead, my human ego’s defences took over when I came back after the MERs. They shut me up, guarded me from non MER human reactions. I kept them to myself, though nowadays it’s safer for mystics to be more forthcoming, I hope.
Nevertheless there have to be boundaries between the enlightened and the as yet unenlightened who will never understand MER until they too have experienced It. The Christian bible’s parable of the pearls illustrates the point somewhat.
So it’s best for a true mystic or seeker to nod benignly in silence whenever they get into proximity with people with a passion for religions, politics, metaphysical studies, science, ideologies, ambitions and suchlike.
My spiritual ‘boundary strategy’ is to practice friendly reclusiveness, keeping my distance by writing instead of speaking about MER. If you’re a mystic or a seeker, try it. Works for me.
A Follower who feels he is a mystic has sent me emails on how Ultimate Reality is made up by humans. He quotes biblical references that make him sound religious.
This apparent confusion made me think of stories how “The Devil”, (or what nowadays I see is called, “The Negative Principle”), insinuates into and pollutes the truth of Reality’s existence…
This is how the correspondence developed:
ME: My experiences direct me and my Blog to serious Seekers, mystics, scientists and academics who are examining the phenomena of spiritual awakening to Ultimate Reality, not to people just wanting to be better humans.
Consequently, I avoid anything that identifies with mere human experience which, in my view, is not worth studying, including mythomanic human constructs such as religions. I avoid expressions of merely human experiences like “super hero” or “alter ego” (words that the Follower used).
I realise this might be provocative, even challenging to present day humans, so when a Master advised me to ignore social media when distributing the Blog I did so immediately. The consequent dissipation of such spiritually fatuous social media distractions has been dramatically purifying …
FOLLOWER: But you are still a human, right?
Not for long, just temporarily. As a mystic my experiences of Reality indicate I am in progress. I have duties and responsibilities as a human while I’m here but they are spiritually insignificant attachments that will disappear with the mind and body as the human experience dies and evolves into pure Ultimate Reality.
FOLLOWER: Mystics must embody the human experience too, or it seems they have excluded a part of the Whole, the One. They say that Jesus was fully divine AND fully human, not either-or (hypostatic union). He was fully both, as are you and me.
ME: The Jesus Conference of international metaphysicians, scientists, academics, theologians, religionists have frequently met and published their findings, studies and experiments. They have arrived at the conclusion the biblical Jesus left only a dozen or so words attributable to him, and no spiritual teachings, only human morality and ethics.
Bishop Spong, an attendee, says the spiritual is more important than the religious.
FOLLOWER: God or Ultimate Reality incarnates itself as human, as us, in all of our broken and suffering humanity.
ME: No. My experiences of Reality delivered no evidence of any God or gods or any religious teachings whatsoever. Humans seem to have little or no significance in the infinitely, ineffable, bigger picture of Ultimate Reality. I could be wrong about my use of the word, “little”.
FOLLOWER: … we are both human AND divine, we are both a part and the One, simultaneously. We can’t ignore or dismiss this embodied manifestation, it seems to me, or we’ve missed a critical part of the totality, the very expression of Reality on Earth and in this particular finite embodied body-mind.
ME: Reality is not an expression of anything. It IS absolutely all things in Itself, unique, of which humans are merely a part; in my experiences of Ultimate Reality.
FOLLOWER: I would go so far as to say, as Eckhart does, that God or Ultimate Reality doesn’t exist apart from our embodied nature in any manifest way.
ME: Eckhart is wrong about Ultimate Reality but right about “God”, if my experiences mean anything. God is a human construct. Reality is not. Reality is not God in the general, cultural accepted sense. Reality is outside humanity. Reality is enough. It cannot be taught or learned, only caught, experienced. The experience of Ultimate Reality is the beginning of all wisdom.
FOLLOWER: If we did not exist, Reality would not exist, it would only be unmanifest formless potential.
ME: No! Absolutely not. I would be astonished to hear an experienced mystic say that.
Reality is not manmade, in my experiences. It’s the other way round. Humans could not exist without Reality, nothing can. Reality is enough, It existed long before and will after humanity’s existence. It is beyond infinite, beyond even mere alpha or omega …
FOLLOWER: … Reality finds actuality, in my view. This body is Reality’s actualized form.
ME: No; nowhere near the case, in my experience. Reality is ineffable – completely beyond human understanding or imagination.
FOLLOWER: When we know our divinity fully we also know our humanity fully. We realize the Anthropos (fully “Human One”, or “Son of Man”).
ME: No. When we eventually know Reality fully then humanity ceases, is fufilled.
I agreed when the Follower said we disagree! However, my experiences are of Reality, not human “ideas” or experiences as the Follower suggests. I am guided not to clutter my experiences of Ultimate Reality with temporary human distractions, what one Sufi school calls “manmukh”.
Ultimate Reality is very pure, perhaps what the bible meant when it said, “I am a jealous God”, (Exodus 20:5; Dueteronomy 5:9; 2Corinthians 6:15; 2Corinthians 11.2).
FOLLOWER: I think the reason that we speak and write such “ideas” about our “experiences” is that Reality wants to express itself, it wants to guide humans to it, to knowing it as it is, and it does so through us. I agree that none of these “ideas” is pure Ultimate Reality as it is in itself, as it is experienced directly, but this is rather all a pointer, a symbol, a metaphor, a relative truth that points to that Reality.
ME: I don’t think you can reduce Reality to being a penitent. My experience is that Reality doesn’t need our help. I was made helpless when Reality called. Aren’t all mystics?
Reality does it’s own work. Human attachments and ego get in the way. Just look at the human practice of “spirituality”, its history. (“The Negative Principle” at work again?). Some ancient, we could say perennial, mystery schools have millions of followers but keep themselves safely hidden from human effects, the spiritual tourists, the curious and spiritually uncalled, those unprepared by Reality. Reality happens when we’re utterly still.
FOLLOWER: All that we say is human “ideas.” Every word, yours and mine.
ME: Not if you’re a mystic.
FOLLOWER: Why have a blog if you don’t want to clutter the experience with such human distractions?
ME: Good point. I resisted the uncalled for, long delayed promptings to start a blog on my experiences for a long time, then, giving in to what seemed the inevitable, the penny dropped and I began. It’s been an eye opener, a serendipity of spiritual profusion and validation. Truly, All Is Well.
So I was determined not to tell readers what to think, as the religions do, but lay out my Mystical Experiences of Reality for those who were already seeking, who to some extent understood as much as what was said as unsaid, whose discrimination was already under Reality’s will. Only consciousness can understand consciousness, (as Deepak Chopra has obviously experienced, and expressed publicly, (though he was referring to the limits of science).
My determination was somewhat achieved eventually by “unqualifying” social media followers as well as those whose hunger and thirst are still deeply entangled at a non spiritual level.
Some find the process of the Blog helpful, easily assimilated, natural – others difficult. Few seem to give up its personal challenges once committed to having it sent regularly to their email.
However, I wouldn’t presume to put a value on the work. Suffice it to say the spiritual processing I get as a result of publishing it has been beyond understanding, immensely humbling, benign and ineffably loving. I could not have been changed, or shown what I have been shown, without Reality. Sharing the Blog is simply obeying and communicating what I know of the Reality I have been shown, come what may …
Here are just some of the conclusions I have drawn from my experiences. They have already been published in the Blog.
Alan Watts suggested that after the mystical experience one could commit suicide or hang about to see what happens …
Alan Watts was a profound student of the historical experience of spiritual transcendence, a humorous, prolific author and public speaker on the subject as well as on Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, Zen and Buddhism. He was a Zen Master and Buddhist. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began his Zen training in New York.
This Blog is a summation of a lifetime’s experiences and personal development as the result of multiple, spontaneous yearly experiences of Ultimate Reality.
After four years of writing about these experiences on the web page, mysticexperiences.net, I can summarise my conclusions as follows:
- There is an Ultimate Reality over all existence, over everything known and unknown.
- Humans exist as part of it.
- Nothing exists outside it.
- It is outside general current human experience.
- It is not biological
- 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, gives ineffable joy.
- It is indifferent to human constructs such as family, culture, or social organisations national or otherwise.
- Human evolution 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?
A long time follower of my Blog said, “You are getting too dogmatic. It is either your way or it is wrong. There are many paths to the same goal, whether that is MER or any other objective in life.”
It was not the first time the follower had expressed disquiet about my witness to the absence of religion in any of my experiences of Ultimate Reality.
But experience of that absence seems an important prompting for the spiritually engaged – it seems worth sharing that religions are not the way, and certainly not the goal of existence, human or otherwise.
But I agree. I had mentioned my concern to others that my posts were getting didactic.
I’m afraid there’s no remedy that immediately suggests itself to my dogmatism because I determined right from the start of sharing my experiences I would not allow non-MER influences to veil, obscure, or impose on what I am given. It is not in my gift. I describe what I can then it’s up readers to make up their own minds about their destiny if they can.
Some readers will find my experiences and those of other mystics meet their spiritual condition of awareness and seeking. Others will not, especially if they’re not ready.
When I say people who are not ready, I mean they will be like those who when Dr Stephen Hawking likens the mind to being the programmer of the brain, then the “not readies” will be as humans running just on one outdated app. They will be mired in others’ old, secondhand, religious truths about human destiny, unmoved by their own unique promptings.
It should be remembered that though a religion sprung up after the biblical Jesus’s death, this Jesus did not leave any spiritual teachings. Even what the bible purports to reveal of his mystical experiences of Reality are hidden, veiled from everyone except those who have had those experiences too.
I have experienced religions in their various forms. The only kind way I can describe them positively is to suggest they are sincerely wrong and very often the words sincere, truth and integrity collide violently in them all.
Tao and Buddhism are not religions but are increasingly impurified by aspects of that enemy of Ultimate Reality, the human mind.
On the other hand I have experienced MER, which I found to be pure, incomparable, incompatible with religions. It gives on all levels of existence, even human existence – never takes. As the Bible says:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth”. 1 Corinthians 13 1
Paul was describing aspects of the mystical experience of Reality not human mind stuff like religions.
Experience is truly the beginning of wisdom and truth. MER is “The Greatest Achievement in Life” as Ron Krumpos has titled his widely read book on mysticism. I agree. I cannot betray my MERs, however dogmatic I might seem.
However, the blog Follower does have a point. I agree I’ve probably written enough on MER’s promptings on religions versus spirituality.
Anyway, as MER seems to be the primal factor in the evolution of all existence, religions on the other hand seem to be a dwindling consideration in pondering the human condition. Is this a sign of humanity growing up?
As for mystics and their different paths, I agree again. “No two mystics are alike,” says the Follower. “That is also true of any two physicians, financial advisors, physicists, or any other function.”
Seen through a human lens that makes sense. But mystics are a different lens. Actually, they don’t even need a lens to experience a conception of Ultimate Reality that is beyond current human comprehension. Their paths are significantly beyond ordinary human reach and their paths are not religious.
Ultimate Reality’s ways are not human ways, and human ways are not Ultimate Reality’s.
All Is Well.
Contemplatives from eight different religious traditions—Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, Native American, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, and Roman Catholic—met at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, to define their experience of Ultimate Reality as mystics.
After sharing their conclusions with other contemplatives and mystics they issued what became known as, “The Snowmass Conference Eight Points of Agreement”, as follows:
1. The world religions bear witness to the experience of Ultimate Reality, to which they give various names.
Comment: No, religions do not, as the slightest examination of some religions will show how mysticism is ostracised if not worse, derided, punished and far from accepted as mainstream or even allowable.
2. Ultimate Reality cannot be limited by any name or concept.
3. Ultimate Reality is the ground of infinite potentiality and actualization.
Comment: For Reality, yes. If the implication is humans can attain it under their own volition, No! There is no evidence humans can achieve this enlightenment on their own. Reading and deep stud might bring humans to a realisation of Ultimate Reality, even a sympathy and empathy, but not the actual experience of this Reality.
4. Faith is opening, accepting, and responding to Ultimate Reality. Faith in this sense precedes every belief system.
Comment: Faith, hope and belief are for those who have not had the mystical experience of Reality. Those who have had the experience, (mystics), have no need of faith, hope nor belief because they KNOW. They do not need to “Fake It To Make it”.
Belief systems may be invented around the experience but with the actual experience these systems will eventuality fall under the weight of their lack of real foundation, as we see today.
5. The potential for human wholeness—or, in other frames of reference, enlightenment, salvation, transcendence, transformation, blessedness—is present in every human being.
Comment: The “potential for human wholeness” is a gift of Reality, comes only by the will of Reality (“grace”?). We are limited by human attributes, abilities, and species evolution in a reality created and nurtured by Reality alone.
6. Ultimate Reality may be experienced not only through religious practices but also through nature, art, human relationships, and service to others.
Comment: There is no “religious practice” nor “human service” or involvement that can create the experience of Reality. It cannot be experienced through artifice, ie., “art”, “nature”, animism “human relationships” or “service to others”.
The experience is caught, not taught. It cannot be evangelised, prosyletised or politicised.
The experience It is not abandoned by Reality to the vagaries of human stewardship, gifting, human effort, or human qualification. It is uniquely spontaneous and non human.
7. As long as the human condition is experienced as separate from Ultimate Reality, it is subject to ignorance and illusion, weakness and suffering.
Comment: Yes. But Reality is taking care of all that. Reality’s expectations are not yet our expectations, nor our current expectations Reality’s. Reality is in overall charge, not us.
8. Disciplined practice is essential to the spiritual life.
Comment: No it isn’t. It is essential for the religious life – concocted however sincerely by humans – but is not a requirement of experiencing Ultimate Reality. That, evidently, has been too important to Ultimate Reality to be left to humans.
… spiritual attainment is not the result of one’s own efforts, but the result of the experience of oneness with Ultimate Reality.
Number 8 seems to contradict itself. There’s muddle.
Summary of Comments
I’m puzzled by the idea these eight contemplative results of the experience of Reality are being associated with the idea religions can now take charge of some implied need for “religious practices”, for “faith”, for the need to worship nature and love each other etc, when the very experience of Reality expunges all need for suchlike human preoccupations.
The mystical experience of Reality (MER) makes it axiomatic we become better human beings while we are human but there is more afoot than being merely human, as MER primarily attests. If we don’t get this we don’t get MER.
The fruits of the experience of Ultimate Reality are not mere human mind stuff, emotion, mythomania or meme. As part of human evolution into Reality, MER rids us of these old, materialistic human rigidities.
The message of Ultimate Reality is that Ultimate Reality is in charge of creation, which includes the human condition, and that humans have been given no stewardship of this reality whatsoever.
Yet I see the same assertive human distortions, (power grabbing?), in some of the eight points that also misled the biblical Jesus and lead to the failure of his mission.
It is sad to see such spiritual hubris persisting to this day by way of religions. It brings to mind the C.S. Lewis tale of the elder Satan comforting the younger Satan for letting his pupil have feelings for “God”. The elder Satan counselled the young Satan to divert his pupil into Christianity.
While these eight points are a welcome demonstration of the human condition emerging from its chrysalis to awareness of its spiritual identity, it’s sad to see it’s still being stifled by the demands of human mindsets like religions. Is this the innocence of evil at work?
QUESTION: You say you’re not a teacher, a guru etc. You say you’re not here to pass on your experiences of Reality. So what do your experiences mean?
ANSWER: I am growingly persuaded my experiences are for my benefit, so are tailored accordingly just for me. I don’t know why.
They are not experiences with a general meaning applicable to everyone, though they do have basic physical similarities with other historical experiences of Reality.
I feel my experiences are still developing me beyond just being a present day human.
Q: So your experiences have no message for humanity?
A: Not directly from me, no. My example might help, but that would be a process that’s not in my hands.
Q: Is that why you don’t teach, invite pupils, get into social internet sites, ask for money?
A: Yes. I’m directed and developed by my mystical experiences of Reality every moment of my life. There are more important things afoot for me than being merely human. For me, extraneous human clutter is dealt with by the fruits of discernment and avoidance.
I have the code word humans gave me when I was born – my human name. But now I wear the masks my experiences have given me. They help me endure the human experience.
Q: Presumably you have none of the natural human problems?
A: There’s nothing usual about human problems.
All human “problems” are man made, creations of the mind. The mind, like the “problems” it creates, dies on death. (Is everything outside Reality in entropy?).
Even if your troubles seem to come from another person or exterior circumstances, it is you that has allowed yourself into that situation. You are oblivious to the consequences you have allowed your mind to sleepwalk you into …
Your mind is in default most of the time, just going along with other defaulting minds without ever thinking for yourself – just going with the human herd. Do you have any real values, do you need what values you think you have or have you just accepted what stuck as you slept through a life without examination?
The mind works autonomously as a means of evolution. But uncontrolled, running mostly on default, it’s an impediment to human development. It denies humans the real contentment that MER (The Mystical Experience of Reality) indicates is every human’s true inheritance. Contentment is snatched away by minds running on default.
In Reality there are no problems. There’s no need for them this side of Reality either.
Q: What’s the answer?
A: I can only suggest just being still, getting down to examining the very roots of the “problems” you’ve allowed yourself to get into. This will need persistence, change.
Just persist. The practice becomes a habit, a powerful, transcending habit.
There are no “troubles” in Reality or real ones out of Reality, none whatsoever …
All your lifetime’s un-examined accretions of lust, anger, greed, all your personal, family, social relationships, ideological attachments, attitudes, and finally, ego are nothing to do with the real you buried under them. As you progress they will peel off as if you never had them. The real you will emerge in full bloom.
If you’re called to be a Seeker the process will soon grip you and lead you on. It’s an easier process for you. You were born for it.
However, all humans can find themselves, know themselves and be content this side of Reality.
Reality seeks you as much as you seek Reality. Reality is the real reason for being.
Long-time follower of this Blog, Ron Krumpos, starts the debate.
Ron has degrees in philosophy from Northwestern University, Lucknow University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His book, The Greatest Achievement In Life, is a comprehensive account of mysticism as experienced today. Ron interviewed 10 mystics from around the world to write it. It is a free reprintable pdf book with more than 70,000 downloads so far.
Ron: Keith, you said about MER, “It’s caught, not taught.” In religious terms what is ‘caught’ is grace. Divine grace is spiritual assistance not specifically earned by its recipient. Most mystics believe that divine grace is offered at all times
Keith: Grace is “A state of sanctification by God” according to Word Web dictionary. But that’s just an historically religious statement that gives the words “sanctification” and “God” old cultural meanings that have nothing to do with my experiences of Reality every year from the age of about 14 years to my late thirties.
Is there any empirical or experiential evidence that the experience is offered at all times? It’s not an option.
If MER (Mystical Experience of Reality) is an evolutionary factor could this suggest we will all become this Ultimate Reality finally anyway, grace or no grace? (Is that what the biblical Jesus meant when he said, I and my Father (God) are one?).
Ron: … in all places and to all beings, the sentiments, thoughts and actions of the ego self, and individual isolation, block its entry.
Keith: “… sentiments, thoughts and actions of the ego self, and individual isolation, block its entry” is unlikely if my experience is to be trusted.
The phenomena is spontaneous and does not need or accept invitations or permissions. The idea that anything could “block its entry” seems self contrary.
I certainly didn’t want to block my special experiences, nor could I have resisted such an engulfment even if I’d known how … The ineffable joy, oneness with all things then, now and forever, the knowledge, understanding, and humility, all given without any taking is truly ineffable. I was my true self. I tried desperately, bitterly to resist being gently deposited back into my humanity when each episode ended. There was never any question of choice in any of it.
Ron: “God’s grace is the beginning, middle and the end. When you pray for God’s grace, you are like someone standing neck deep in water and yet crying for water.” Ramana Maharshi.
Keith: The implication of this quote seems to be that everyone can experience the phenomenon of their own volition if they just pay attention. This is not my personal experience. My experiences were spontaneous, as I’ve said.
Ron: “God continually showers the fullness of his grace on every being in the universe, but we consent to receive it to a greater or lesser extent.” Simone Weil.
Keith: By the same logic a tulip could consent to rain or refuse it. It seems unlikely MER has ever been or could be left in the care of humans any more than to plants.
The hard question here is, can we do anything personally about emerging into what the mystics tell us we truly are?
On the evidence of the biblical Jesus’s attempts to evangelise the mystical experience of Reality, and other such failed attempts of historical note, plus my own anecdotal witness, I’d have to say No.
The consciousness of the MER I refer to (see Mystics and Consciousness Part I) seems unique to mystics. It is that consciousness of MER that defines the mystic, in my experience.
I suspect there is an even greater consciousness even today’s mystics haven’t yet experienced. Even that greater consciousness might not be the limit of such evolutionary progress. There are likely many more, greater and greater levels of cosmic consciousness that both humans and mystics in their present form will never experience.
Present human consciousness seems limited to a primary human level of evolution. But mystical experience of consciousness are different. They do not have usual human biological limitations at all.
Mystics are not so much ‘wired’ differently but are used differently to experience vastly more about an endless, benign Reality. …
Mystic brains seem to receive their consciousness rather than create it, as some scientists propose. (This might explain why those who accept reincarnation claim mystics wont have to face the human experience again after bodily death).
The gift of mysticism?
Are the fruits of MER (Mystical Experience of Reality), not so much the analytical thinking, logic and reason of the rational human animal, the plodding, careful integrity of the scientific truth seeker that takes us through the practicalities, the physical aspects of life? Or is it the experience of Reality that is MER?
Is MER the evolutionary unveiling of a much truer, non-human perception of our existence?
Is it a profound insightfulness, intuitive empiricism, a dissolution of our materialism, an engulfment by the joy, love and true everlasting self of true wisdom, the complete knowing of the Reality in which all things really exist and have their true being?
Is our destiny nothing so mundane as the stars and planets? Are we more than that?
Are we emerging?
Is this what the historical phenomenon of mysticism is all about: that All Is Well?
Non mystics take their consciousness from the society or culture in which they find themselves.
Largely by default they absorb and are taught the commonality of their experience of existence by the entertainment industry, plays, films, books, TV, taboos, fads, fashions, trends, religions, cultures, societal norms, ideologies, politics and suchlike – all impermanences, mostly mythomanic.
This is the extent of their consciousness. Gurus call it “sleep walking”. This lower defaulting consciousness defines the limits of most humans. They are not mystics.
Mystics are given the big C Consciousness of the Reality of cosmic existence. This Blog calls the experience the Mystic Experience of Reality (MER), in which all things ever known and unknown, including matter and spirit have always and will always exist.
Some modern physicists are suggesting Consciousness is evolutionary human “emergence”. Elsewhere in this Blog I have likened the process to the chrysalis effect.
Whatever, that experience is what makes mystics fundamentally different. It’s probably why Drs Burke then Sinetar suggested mystics are a separate human species. Some of today’s physicists suggest this Consciousness could be the cosmos’s fundamental nature from which everything emanates (what older generations reduced to a diminutive worldly humanoid they called God?).
Whatever, this experience is why mystics ignore the unrelenting impermanence of human consciousness. To them and true Seekers mere human consciousness is a hindrance to evolutionary fulfillment.
There is not much of value at the level of ordinary human consciousness unless you want to stop evolution, just remain in comfortable stasis with the perennial struggle to be a better human being.
(Ironically, being a better human being is axiomatically, automatically achieved as a by-product of capital C Consciousness, MER).
Ignatius Loyola who despite founding the Jesuits was brave for his times by admitting mystic reality is nevertheless “the better part” of human fulfillment.
The kind of phenomena an earlier post introduced was about the kind of phenomena that tries to convince Seekers they have reached the ultimate mystical experience of Reality. This kind of phenomena, however convincingly powerful is a distraction on the path to what has been called enlightenment.
The real Mystical Experience of Reality has attributes that everyone on that path experiences. These attributes do not vary from person to person. They are the essential conditions of MER throughout the history of mankind, in all cultures, climates and personal circumstances. They are the signs of the true path. If any one of them are absent the experiences are not true MER. Such experiences are to be ignored as mere phenomena.
Such phenomena are autonomous, of the human senses, mind stuff, emotions, brain memory and activity. They are not MER. They are in fact non spiritual – just indiscriminate clutter, distractions to the true, focused, called Seeker.
MER is not subject to human phenomena.
If you have realised that through no fault or effort of your own you are a Seeker in the grip of a passion to know the truth you may have experienced phenomena that come with the condition.
This can be sphincter-movingly frightening or at least alarming and disruptive. They can awaken you from sleep or appear in your pensive or meditational states and cause thunder in your heart, or calm indifference if like me you have been alerted to the possibilities of such disruptions and how to deal with them.
My eldest son gave up all further attempts at meditation after his first encounter with the giant eye that regarded him with a calm but powerful examination. Regrettably, on still seeing his frightened apprehension when he told me about it long afterwards I broke into bent-over explosions of laughter, the tears running down my face. It felt good to be so alive in every fibre of my being as I shook with uncontrollable mirth. Mystics have a reputation for anarchical appreciation of the tragi-comic nature of the human condition.
But seriously, the Eye revealed my son was obviously not ready so I did not pursue the subject.
My experiences of phenomena
Compared to some of the phenomena I have read or been told about, my experiences were mild and nowadays less frequent. I am beginning to suspect they happen whenever I approach any aspect of MER’s diverse human or non human nature with an extra intensity or concentration, whether emotional or intellectual, of my own volition or not.
My experiences of phenomena include, among other less urgently dramatic examples, elderly, apparently mentally disturbed males or females, even couples, rushing anxiously into my space and being equally ruthlessly stopped in some instances by tall white, characterless apparitions behind them that make them suddenly disappear. The question still arises in me about whether the phenomena disappeared into my space or were stopped in time.
Later on, the phenomena of strangers appearing right in my face disappear in the disruptively awakening nano second I become aware of them. None of them are threatening. Some are as astonished as I am, even bewildered or, in one case, tearfully turning his back to hide his very agitated and unwanted nakedness.
So my phenomena are relatively benign. Other people have far more dramatic, frightening phenomena that threaten them. Mine never threaten me, despite their alarming suddenness.
I was taught that whatever stage I got to I was never to stop my seeking for the ultimate truth of existence, no matter how overwhelmed I was with the certainty, majesty, power, or benign attributes and assurances I have reached my ultimate goal. I was to assure myself I had not. I was to be respectful, but carry on; the phenomena would disappear. They would have no effect on me.
I have not experienced phenomena of that level, and hopefully never will. I’m hoping I have by passed them somehow. They seem totally irrelevant to my experiences of Reality (MER).
My experiences were devoid of personality, mine or anyone else’s, devoid of any matter, materiality, human taint, prior experience, expectation or emotion.
The journey continues. The fruits are abundant though not always immediately evident.
If you are a Seeker I hope this is helpful. All is well.