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A poem by Thomas S. Jones, Jr.
‘Across the fields of yesterday
He sometimes comes to me,
A little lad just back from play —
The lad I used to be.
‘And yet he smiles so wistfully
Once he has crept within,
I wonder if he hopes to see
The man I might have been.’
(This poem is in the public domain).
Thomas S. Jones, Jr. (1882 – 1932) was an American writer and editor. Born in New York, he was a graduate of Cornell University and worked for several years at the New York Times. Some of his poems were set to music.
I don’t think this poem applies to mystics. They have no choice about life after experiencing Reality.
As for Seekers, they are on their way and have no choice about the direction of their lives either.
As for those as yet uninvited by the Mystical Experience of Reality (MER), it seems to me the poem would be a good place to begin a deeply honest review of life, without ego or personality or any other such human traps. Infinitely profound integrity is what real spirituality is all about.
Ignoring needs and wants, just being content with where you find your true self, whether it met or meets your ambitions is enough.
Then, when the real facts of where life has brought you is achieved, consider the possibility that’s just where you’re meant to be for now.
To avoid contamination of the purity of such self examination, there’s no need to compare or share this very personal process with anyone else, in my experience.
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‘For know, rash world, that in this star crost world Reality drives us all to find our chiefest good in what we can, and not in what we would.’ *
‘What we would’ is cosmically wrong because it ignores what Reality has in mind for all existence, including us.
Ideologies, religions, fashionable fads and thoughts, human logic and reasoning are ‘What we would’ rather than Reality. They are mental constructs, myths and imagination, not the real thing. They are what produces and maintains human chaos – including the painful warlike kind – as well as anarchy, anger, attachment and ego.
‘What we can’ is, for instance, the secret heart of Zen, ‘going with the flow (of Reality)’.
Mystics will also present you with the possibility of ‘going into the Silence’ for all the answers you’ll ever need.
The idea we can do anything otherwise is a cosmic joke and never very funny throughout human history …
Some identify our wilfulness as an evil that bedevils humans and humanity.
The good news is, Reality is apparently unperturbed by human chaos. It always prevails eventually.
(From when I was assured ‘All Is Well’ in one of my Mystical Experiences of Reality – MERs – I can only pass on that Reality’s time to get things done is not our time, and our time is not Reality’s …).
*With apologies to George Bernard Shaw, Irish born British author, playwright and political activist, 26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950, who used the words ‘Fate’, not Reality and ‘rash youth’ not rash world …
After reading his Blog’s “About” section by Old Chinaman*, I wrote him a Comment, as follows:
“One of my last mystic experiences after 15 years of them every year was of observing the human ‘me’s’ back as it stood unperturbed at the edge of a profound nothingness. All was well.
“From the traditions you quote I wonder if this observer was ‘my’ real identity revealed after casting off its human chrysalis? I don’t know if that’s idle conjecture or more enlightenment.”
Old Chinaman replied:
“I’ve been following your blog for a while now and waited for an opportunity to share some notes so to speak.
“The main thing that intrigued me is why did you have to experience your MER so many times, every year from when you were 15 till 35?
“Going through your blog site, I’ve got the impression that you are still facing a similar dilemma as I had many years ago, namely how to reconcile our mystical heart and our critical mind. On your blog home page, you wrote: “This is a BLOG for Seekers and those who have had the mystical experience of Reality (MER) and are humbly, joyfully dedicated to it – bringing their remaining personal humanity to terms with it.”
“… it seems to me that you have reached what Zen Buddhists and non-dualists are trying to achieve with their meditation, the pure awareness of the void/emptiness.
“In The Ultimate Unification Theory, it is symbolized by the second symbol, the Circle with a Centre point – The Source becomes aware of IT-SELF. Yet, you also see your human body, which indicates the question nagging to be answered: “What am I doing here ‘marooned’ in this human body”.
“In the Javanese Mystical Tradition, we believe that we are eternal being inseparable, (be ONE) with The Source/GOD (manunggaling kawula lan gusti) and metaphorically consider our incarnation on this planet as just a short visit for a cup of tea (sangkan paraning dumadi) and we do it many many times through reincarnations.
“When We (Ingsun – the spark of The Source/God) are born, we are dressed with the four elements of this planet. Four represents our physical body (Earth/Solid, Water/Liquids, Air/Gaseous, and Fire/Heat/blood) and three represents our non-physical body (our individual mind, our genetic/ancestral/racial mind and the human/planetary mind or our collective unconsciousness).
“Every time we incarnate, we are wearing those seven elements, and our mission is to refine those elements through our refined thoughts and actions.
“In time, with many incarnations, we are slowly assisting Gaia (planetary consciousness) to evolve. (ngracut busananing manugsa / weaving the human dress/body).
Bambang / Old China Man”
I replied, (with additional thoughts now added) :
“So far as I know, this is the first analysis of my mystic state. Thank you.
“You seem to have discerned the repetitive theme of my experiences of alienation from the human condition, which I hadn’t paid any attention to..
“I’m now compelled to distinguish this recurring theme as fundamental to those experiences. It seems from what you say that other cultures have already noted this condition as part of the mystic way. This is a welcome serendipity I shall address with interest.
“You also reported the question, “how to reconcile our mystical heart and our critical mind.”
“To me, mind is at the heart of humanity’s problems. It is an impenetrable impediment to reconciliation with Reality. In some traditions it is considered as the heart of all evil. In my experiences however the experience of Reality limits the negative effects of mind,
“You also suggest our mission is to refine elements of being human through our thoughts and actions.
“That is not my experience! Human thoughts and actions are of no consequence to Reality in Its vastly infinite scheme of things. Any ‘progress’ towards human destiny is in being successfully rid of all humaness to merge more fully into spiritual Reality, in my spiritual understanding.
“You particularly asked ‘why did you have to experience your MER so many times, every year from when you were 15 till 35?’
“I have no idea. Perhaps I needed the repetition? The experiences became much more profound, focused, with time …
“I’ve also come to realise the acquisition of infinite awareness and knowledge that Reality brings into creating mystics is continuously at work in mystics’ lives after their awakening. I have experienced much greater understanding and knowledge.
“I also realise now while the actual fundamentals of the experience of Reality are the same in all true mystics the individual lifelong outcomes are not.
“As a result, I have had the thought/intuition that the simple existence of mystics is to influence humans throughout their evolutionary destiny into spirit, not to meddle in the changing world of human affairs, none of which are permanent and will disappear eventually anyway.”
*After High School Old Chinaman attended university in Germany where he attained a degree in electrical engineering. He reports personal mystical experiences. Later, he presented his paper, “The Ultimate Unification Theory” (The unification of Science and Mysticism) at The Fifth International Conference on THINKING at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia.
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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.
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.”
“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.
They don’t! Mystics with very developed experiences of mysticism regard music, love, beauty. art and emotion as human experiences, distractions that die with humans.
In mystics they evaporate as the mystic evolves.
For this reason you often hear the description of Seekers and Mystics as people who are, “in the world but not of it.”
Human love for instance is made up of lust, anger, greed, perennially actual or mythomanic attachments, and of course ego, the last to go …
But the love experienced in MER, (Mystical Experience of Reality), is primarily complete oneness of existence in all things as all things are one in you.
The result is a powerful joy beyond anything as singular as mere human love. Human love is motivated essentially by selfishness, ego, self satisfaction.
Music appeals to ordinary humans on different levels. Mainly emotional, on escapism as exemplified in pop music for instance, particularly in rock and roll, or classical music like Bach that stirs more biologically refined, deep, personal, existential, visceral feelings.
Art rearranges the make up of our currrent human perception, our chemistry and physics too, but is just self pleasure.
Art takes us nowhere spiritually. It’s not permanent because as its name implies, it’s not real, it’s just artifice, artificial, a copy, idea or indulgence expressed in human opinion.
Beauty can be described as the same non lasting self serving state too. Beauty is another visceral womb that can become equally distractive in the call of Reality to Seekers.
Emotion can become a human addiction too. It can overcome the fundamental evolutionary human need for logic, reason and pragmatism, with much else needed to preserve balance in personal and community life.
All these attributes are merely human cauldrons of impermanent, boiling ingredients of development at a very basic level.
You can see why some spiritual paths warn their pupils of these wasteful, distractive powers and suggest going into the Silence as a means of defeating them.
It’s interesting to note that the wisdom schools (and replicas of them like the original, pure Quakerism, Taoism, Buddhism, for examples), don’t or didn’t go in for any of the above clutter in their practices.
For all these reasons it can be seen why monks and wisdom schools separated 80 per cent of the population from themselves, why they only invited truly called Seekers and Mystics into their sanctuaries.
The sanctuaries that didn’t use this discipline are either a spiritual irrelevancy nowadays, or extinct.
This doesn’t seem to be a problem though. My experiences reveal the call to Reality is only for individuals who are, in ways yet unknown to us, called to a permanent Reality even in these early, primitive days of human evolution.
All Is Well. Reality is in charge.
Mystics are still human, even though Marsha Sinetar suggested in her best selling book, Ordinary People as Mystics and Monks, as did Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke in his best seller, Cosmic Consciousness, that mystics could be a separate species!
So, while most mystics remain invisible to most humans, they still have to live and earn their keep among humans.
I am more inclined to the words of a spiritual Master I knew. He always told his pupils they must remember that though they were, or were becoming, spiritual beings, they still had to maintain their human body and mind and live among humans at this stage – “in the world but not of it.”
This requires mystics’ habitual practices must be legal, decent and honest, avoiding contention, maintaining a balance between Reality and living with at least ninety percent of humans who probably have no idea of Reality or Its benign power over them …
A fortunate trait of mysticism for mystics however is their lives are not attractive to most humans so they can practice quietness and solitariness without being too laden with human expectations.
I was kindly warned when initiated into a Sufi wisdom school that my reading habits, choice of friends, conversations, earning a living, aversion to parties, large gatherings and religions, even choice of solo sports or exercise, would become more insistent as I was drawn into the life of what I came to realise was that of a “secular monk”.
Mystics also tend to avoid theatre, cinema, publications of fiction, dramas that rely on violence, violation, tension and suspense.
So mystics are not gregarious!
(My fellow senior initiate did not know our Master was the only one I had told of my continual experiences of mystical Reality (MER) so did not know I was already aware of these changes in me).
However this mystic way of human avoidance can be aggravatingly distracting to a mystic as it has to take into account the ever changing, sometimes faddish, mostly primitive or mythological, ego driven human moralities and ethics of their times, even though these human attributes don’t exist after death anyway.
So left to themselves, mystics wouldn’t need human morality or ethics. They are axiomatically, automatically, good people.
Fortunately, in a growing part of the human world today, this effort by mystics to hide themselves is not the life threatening necessity it once was and still is in some parts of the world.
All Is Well. Reality Rules.
“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.
QUESTION: If, as you infer throughout your blog and book, Reality rules, do you mean to say we’re puppets without free will?
ANSWER: We only have free will within the limits of our present humaness, just as beetles, for instance, have all the freewill they can handle within their beetleness. It’s the same in all existence – in matter, spirit, nature – throughout creation. That’s my understanding. (‘A place for everything and everything in its place’?).
According to mystic experience, the above describes the human state in its evolutionary development into Ultimate Reality, whether we know it or not, like it or not.
Q: So you mystics, are not concerned with freewill, then; self improvement?
A: What could be described as Reality’s definition of ‘self improvement’ is very different to any merely human version.
As has been said, Reality’s ways are not our ways and our ways are not Reality’s.
Q: So human effort is useless? If that’s the case why don’t we slip into apathy, leave it to Reality, not care about anything?
A: Because Reality rules otherwise.
Q: Oh yes?! So what is this so called ‘otherwise’ your Reality ‘rules’?
A: It’s the simple realisation persisting throughout mystic experience that our ultimate existence serves some unknown purpose, as illustrated by mystic realisation that we are given all we need to exist. So what else should we want? Why would we interfere and interrupt our progress in Reality?
However indiscernible to some, progress in Reality is ineradicable and in Reality’s time, not our time. Our being true to our real selves fills this purpose.
This profoundly fundamental existential lesson teaches that apathy is yet another word for a merely human experience that has no meaning in Reality. Accordingly, apathy has no relevance to mystics, who have experienced Reality.
Consequently, Mystics, Seekers, the wise and the thoughtful, find themselves recognising their full potential and destiny in living with a core of simple contentment; (as much as their efforts allow them in their times).
Mystics become uncluttered by the ultimately extinct ever-changing mentality, ideas and distractions of the short lived human condition of their times.
Q: What do you mean, ‘short lived human condition’?
A: If my mystical experiences of Reality are anything to go by, humans are at a very primitive, early stage of evolution.
Humans are on their way to extinction into their full meaning in Reality. According to scientists we only have a shelf life of 120 years in a cosmos billions of years old.
(Are mystics, seekers, the wise and the thoughtful, survivors of the human race’s final evolution? Burke and Sinetar suggested this in their books when they wondered if mystics, for instance, might be a different species).
Q: So mysticism leads to what psychiatry calls alienation?
A: What is psychiatry’s definition?
Q: According to Google, it is:
“… a state of depersonalization or loss of identity in which the self seems unreal, thought to be caused by difficulties in relating to society and the resulting prolonged inhibition of emotion.”
A: Absolutely right about ‘difficulties in relating to society’! Tell me about it! But the psychiatrists are wrong. It’s society that causes apathy. Apathy is a product of spiritual ignorance. Eighty percent of the population is prone to it, among other human weaknesses.
Narcissistic, hubristic human emotion such as ‘apathy’ are irrelevant in Reality where all humanity is finally extinguished in the knowing, infinite belonging and joy of Reality in which we live, breath and have our temporary human existence.
Personally, I would describe my own “difficulties in relating to society” not as apathy but as a feeling of being marooned here, as expressed in my poem, MAROONED* (below) that I posted in the blog some time ago.
I don’t know what I did to deserve my maroonment but I’m coping. Solitude helps … (Laughs loudly).
(Shakes his head). I sometimes wonder if earth is a cosmic penitentiary we inmates have to endure until we get it right … (Laughs longer).
All Is Well. Reality rules.
Here’s the poem:
Divinity’s insouciant servants of the Light
Fly beneath my fears, over my plight,
Indifferent to my day as to my night.
Marooned in the humanity of my time,
Tired by glimpses of the divine,
Save me soon, make me thine.
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QUESTION: When you see the state of the world how can you say All Is Well as you do?
ANSWER: That ‘All Is Well’ message was given to me aurally in one of my mystic experiences of Reality, (MER). It was my only aural experience in all my MERs. It was a powerful, life changing experience.
So the message, All Is Well, shares its full meaning when each of the words are taken separately into our meditation or contemplation as well as together.
When I use the phrase I am passing it on for those ready for it.
Secondly, my MERs taught me “the state of the world” is not a primary interest of Reality. We have been given all we need for Reality’s purpose. The rest is just human “mind stuff” – it’s all abandoned at death anyway.
The state of the world is powerless against the destiny Reality has for the whole of all existence, whether far away and near, known and unknown, including the world’s present configuration and contents, even humans.
The process of Reality has been likened to a mill grinding slowly but surely to produce Itself. (Bearing in mind Reality’s time is not our time).
The metaphor of milling is a profound, seminal meditation for those ready to be drawn into it.
MER experience reveals that the milling metaphor is an existential discovery, an acceptance of ourselves in Reality, and Reality as being latently in us.
For mystics, the metaphor of a mill is the definition of all existence, the answer to the perennial human question, ‘What’s it all about?’.
* The subject of ‘All Is Well’ was first posted several years ago. Read more
Question: Your posts seem deliberately terse, brief. Is this accidental or 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.
As commonplace as measles … he says.
This is one of the very best descriptions of mysticism and the human race’s experience, it’s useless attempts to express or use the phenomena, I have ever come across.
I think it will resonate profoundly with true mystics and Seekers.
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.
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.
Q: You say in the introduction to your blog, “You are at the wrong site if you are just seeking to be a better human being.” You don’t mean that do you?
A: Yes I do. The message of the Mystical Experience of Reality (MER) has been misinterpreted to mean it has to be spread to the world.
No it doesn’t. It can’t be. MER is caught, not taught. It can’t be evangelised or prosyletised. True mystics (those who experience MER) are only created by Reality, not humans.
The mystics of history paid a terrible personal price for trying to ‘spread the word’. They failed anyway – as the state of the human race demonstrates to this day….
Q: So what was the point of your MER experiences?
A: One of the things that was made quite clear to me was that I was to do nothing, just enjoy being human! (I’m still working on that enigma). The message was firm though: Reality is in charge of everything everywhere, including us.
This was further confirmed in one of my MERs when I was told, All Is Well. (It took me many years to understand this).
But I have an idea humans are in a chrysalis state of development. We don’t live long, then after death we become pure spirit. indestructible, belong to everything in ineffable joy as everything belongs to us, everything one in Reality.
Q: This is all very different to what people think … This is a new message! What about religions for instance, are they wrong?
A: I’m not going to prod that emotional malarkey with a stick! Let sleeping dogs lie … are you religious?
Q: I like to think of myself as spiritual rather than religious.
A: So, no, you’re not religious! So do you think religions are any of your business, then?
Q: (Stares). I guess not …
A: Religions have no existential experience of MER so preach non MER things like morality and ethics. These are mere human values that change from one lifetime to another. Reality is eternal.
Q. So being a better human being is irrelevant?
A: To mystics and seekers, yes! But being a better human becomes axiomatic, even automatic, once individuals find themselves on the spiritual path.
We might not believe in Reality but Reality believes in us!
All Is Well.