PERENNIALIST vs. MATERIALIST “INCONSEQUENTIAL”?

In all the confusion of human attention to the perennialist view of the world versus the view that the only explanation of existence is the physical, material world, the mystic experience of Reality MER tends to get lost.

The materialist view is that Reality is what we experience by touch, sight, hearing, and a brain/ mind limited to experiment, logic and reason, not personal experience.

Materialism rejects subjectivity, ‘feelings’ and emotions as pathological, twisting things from the truth.

On the other hand, the full perennial explanation is that Reality is everything and we are a part of That – everything directly experienced but also everything material, physical, personal, biological, botanic or anything else. We are part of a Reality that rules everything. Reality is beyond infinite.

Nevertheless, many perennialists lose the way by assuming perennialism is obviously all about the human condition. It’s not.

The rarely acknowleged actual direct personal experience of Reality that mystics encounter, (MER), encompasses both perennialism and materialism/matter, as well as all things beyond present ordinary human comprehension or experience.

Are mystics part of a cosmic evolution, a direct, personal growing consciousness of Reality beyond present ordinary human or perennialist and materialist ability to comprehend?

If the Pareto principle that only 10 per cent effort produces 90 outcome can be applied here, then if seekers and mystics are 10 per cent of the world’s population, are there possibly millions of living humans called to be, or who already are mystics?

Is consciousness growing through seekers and mystics, (with or without mainstream human cognition)?

Is real infinite cosmic consciousness only revealed to individuals selected for reasons yet unknown who are seekers and mystics?

If so, is the argument between perennialists and materialists utterly inconsequential to Reality’s purpose?

All Is Well.

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“CONTEMPORARY VIEWS” OF MYSTICISM

Taken with permission from Ron Krumpos’ book, The Greatest Achievement In Life. This free ebook has been downloaded over 70,000 times and is being republished as a printed book.

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Many contemporary mystics are laypeople who seldom speak about religion, although most are quite religious. Mysticism, for them, is considered a mode of being, not a question of their faith.

These people are not trying to convince you or asking you to agree with what they say. They are merely attempting to explain their own direct awareness. They have no desire to describe their mystical experiences. Application to living is far more important. It is all-embracing discernment.

Almost every person feels that their life is lacking in some way, although they are seldom able to define it. There always seems to be something missing. True mystics feel wholeness often. It is not a temporary absorption in divine union. Rather, it is identifying with the divine essence everywhere. Living, for them, usually expands beyond their own immediate sentiments, thoughts and sensing.

“Just let it be.” Many mystics today have said that, in various ways. We frequently do try to control our lives. To some extent that is possible. Much of what happens, however, is beyond our control. Acceptance is a positive spin on surrender. We must accept what is, or actively change it to something better. Mark Twain said “the worst things in my life never happened,” yet caused needless worry. Conversely, the best things in life often occur without any planning or expectations. Dealing with what is should be our priority. We must live in the present, rather than dwell on the past or the future.

Existence is not just a mental exercise, despite what some Eastern schools of mysticism may seem to imply. There are emotional and physical factors of equal importance, which might be stressed too much in the West. For mystics, mind and body, and their emotive interaction, are less significant than the spiritual essence underlying them. A mind without spirit would be lethargic; a body without spirit would be ailing; lacking spirit in both can actually cause physical death. Life is not only becoming, it is being here and now.

Rebirth is conceived as being born in another body, after death in this life. For “born again” Christians, it is reaffirmation of their faith while still alive. Contemporary mystics sometimes speak of being born again. After absorption in oneness, they view existence from a broader perspective. The universal essence, which had engulfed them, is later felt as background to everything they experience. Living has greater purpose*, even if they cannot explain it in words. Realizing eternal life is present currently, they do not fear death.

Religions today usually concentrate on earthly being, within the confines of space and time. They seldom mention either mysticism or eternity. Many books about Judaism, Christianity and Islam omit their mystical tradition. Much current literature by Buddhists only touch on the Dharmakaya or Nirvana. The mystical quest for unity is still a vital part of Hindu movements, but most people in modern India are now more concerned with secular interests.

Many mystics disassociate themselves from orthodox beliefs and practices, which is resented by many of their religion’s members. Some reinterpret the scriptures and prophesies of their faith, which upsets some of its leaders. The priorities of mystical traditions are frequently at odds with the mainstream of their institutional faith. They concentrate on the eternal here and now, partially manifested in space and time, yet also transcendent to each and both.

“What about eternal life?” Most people who even consider it may regard it as after passing on. It can, however, be realized both consciously and presently. What we call this life might be just like watching and performing in a play on stage. The concluded acts we call the past. The following acts, termed the future, have yet to be presented. For true mystics, here…now…this moment is Reality. It is not merely an intermission. It is truly boundless and endless.

Many of these essays use symbolic terms, as did most quotations of mystics. “How do they relate to everyday living?” If you looked at a movie film (not digital), frame by frame, you would not grasp the meaning of the complete picture. When you look at this life, hour by hour, day by day, you cannot see it in its whole context. Even if you could review one mortal life in its entirety, its greater spiritual significance would be missing. Life is all of existence.

“How can one person possibly relate to all of existence, let alone to the spiritual essence which underlies it?” That is what mystics are conscious of, sometimes momentarily and, rarely, throughout every day. “Can you believe in a personal God and be a mystic?” Most of them do. “Can you be an atheist and a mystic?” A few are. God is the supreme concept of that essence which is God beyond God.

“God is a concept and not a reality?” God is as real as you want God to be. The divine essence is Reality, even if you do not believe in God. It is another mystical paradox. “Why can’t it be simple?” It is simple…it simply is. It is our minds which add the complexity.

*Their feeling, thinking and actions become for the soul, the whole and all, not for “I, me” and “my.” Their sense of being reaches beyond limited personal concerns.

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THE GNOSTIC EXPERIENCE – ARE HUMANS RELEVANT?

Some mystics would tell us the only spiritual life worth talking about is the experiential kind, not the religious. 

Why we are here is based on inner experience, gnosis, not the expectations of our country of origin, tradition, culture, teachings or habits.

Gnosis is connection to Reality.  Those who have experienced it are marked by a reluctance to talk about it. 

What we know of it suggests it is spontaneous, though some religious teachers claim they can induce it in their pupils by special disciplines.  the Jesus of the Christian bible said his message was only for those already prepared by his God, perhaps a reference to the experience of gnosis. Bible and mystical references suggest it can’t be earned or deserved. 

Anecdotal evidence suggests the experience happens to those aged between 20 and 30. Each experience brings with it a sense of departure from the body. 

While it lasts, the feeling is of being infused as if anaesthetised with a profound sense of joy. Everything that exists or has ever existed belongs intensely to the one having the experience. There is no absence of time, just no such thing as time. 

It is as if the subject is being observed with benign indifference, as if their existence is unremarkable, as if they are an essential part of a reality in which they exist for ever.

The experiences come with an undetectable gentleness as if from an infinite, unassailable strength. There is a sense that the even greater Reality is waiting nearby. Afterwards, some subjects conclude they are given as much of the experience as they can bear. As the experience begins to leave the loss is fought against with agitation and sadness, and a panicky sense of loss.

The experiences do not lead the subject to want to be a better human being.  They can even make the subject impatient with being human at all. Being a “better”, a “good”, human being, become givens, “fruits of the spirit”. After such experiences these attributes seem axiomatic, automatic, needing no effort to achieve. 

This gnosis is not anthropomorphic, human centred, not even biological.

Gnosis makes a clear distinction between the human spirit and what humans call the Holy Spirit, that which is of man, (matter, morality and ethics), and that which is Real, pure, the soul.

The soul is a part of what those who have the gnostic experience then know as their true identity, an identity which is part of a whole to which they will eventually return permanently.

The sense is that the soul is merely placed in the human mind and body in order to experience matter and when that is satisfactorily accomplished, when the soul is pure spirit, then the body is discarded and the mind is shelved as no longer required. Only souls are eternal, not humans.

All Is Well. 
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SCHOLASTIC PAPER CONCLUDES NEED FOR MYSTIC ACCEPTANCE

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

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

“ABSTRACT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EXCERPTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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REALITY’S PURPOSE IS ….

The materialists in academia think the brain is limited to utilitarian human purposes. But mystics know that is not the brain’s primary purpose..

Scholars and scientists propose the brain makes up the phenomenon of the historical mystic experience of Reality (MER). To prove it they feverishly examine all aspects of the live or dead human brain’s structural, chemical, hydraulic, and electrical workings but to no avail spiritually, yet spirituality is what humans are all about ….

The brain is not a human tool that can be used to crack open a full realisation of the immensity of Reality.

One day they’ll acknowledge the failure of this materialistic approach. They’ll accept the brain is primarily a receiver of Reality’s intent. Everything we do, know and are flows from that.

‘Knowing’ this as I do convinces me the human individual is the prime purpose of Reality, not communality, collectivities, ideologies, ‘modern tribalism’, religious mindstuff and all such mass coercions inflicted on us by the primitive human mind …

That’s why an enlightened mystic can never be a mystic christian, muslim, hindhu, jew, left winger or right winger, etc. Suchlike is impure human ‘manmukh’ and as such, irrelevant to Reality’s purpose.

The individual, all individuality in all things, is Reality’s prime creation and purpose.

All Is Well.

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IS ‘REALITY’ JUST ANOTHER NAME FOR ‘GOD’?

NO!  

The true experience of Reality is defined by markers common to all such true experiences throughout history. But revealing them here could encourage pretenders so I won’t.

Sufficient to say the traditional tribal, cultural ‘God’ of war, threats, bullying, misogyny, land theft, exclusion, plagues, disasters, coercion, fantasy, deceit, anger, favouritism, anthropomorphism and religions, are no part of the mystical experience of Reality, (MER) which so ensnared our culturally limited, undeveloped ancestors. Is this why religion all over the world is now dying?

MER is the very antithesis of such ‘godlike attributes’.

There are many names throughout history for phenomenal experiences, including the word ‘God’. Not all of them are true mystical experiences of Reality. 

I was brought up to believe in a God before my experiences began. I expected, and was bewildered, disappointed, when there was no ‘God’ of any description in any of those experiences, then or after.

I am beginning to think the make up of the Reality I experienced throughout 15 years of my life from the age of 15 is made up of the same elements found in the cosmos, including humans.

We’re told these elements include water, oxygen gas, O2, and most organic compounds, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, proteins, nucleic acids and thousands of others science doesn’t have a reason for them being there …

Nevertheless, the Reality mystics experience is not human. Reality may have all these ingredients but they are on a completely different, commanding, creative level to our as yet undeveloped selves.

Reality is in charge, according to my revelations. Reality is beyond our limited free will. It is benign, asks for nothing, not even worship or prayers. In my experience Reality is only interested in individuals. It is loving beyond human experience or description. And we are of it. The experience of Reality is an experience of total joy and trust beyond description. That’s the very basic mystic experience of Reality. 

The word ‘God’ in any language describes a false, human fantasy, ‘God’ is not the Reality in which we really live – whether we know it yet or not.

All Is Well.

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THE LANGUAGE OF REALITY?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Dr H. Spencer Lewis, PhD.

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ARE SCIENTISTS AND ACADEMICS PURSUING THEIR OWN HUBRISTIC TAILS?

Are Science and Academia pursuing their own tails when they insist on being able to reduce Reality into human understanding? It can’t be done, not in my experience.

I came to this doubt again whilst watching Dr. Marilyn Schlitz and others being interviewed on YouTube’s otherwise excellent, “Closer To Truth” broadcasts.

I realised as I watched how for reasons as yet unknown, Reality only invites some humans, (who become known as mystics), into the experience of Itself.

This actual, individual, personal experience is the most secure pass key known to man. It only enables some humans, for reasons yet unknown, to experience Reality.

However, even these mystics don’t seem to have the attributes to experience the fullest length, depth and breadth of Reality’s existence, not this side of death anyway …

And scientists and scholars are not presently going anywhere. Perhaps they’re not mean’t to … despite Albert Einstein’s conclusion:

“… the sensation of the mystical .. is the server of all true science.”

All Is Well, human hubris notwithstanding.

Keith.

PHILOSOPHY v. MYSTICISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE CERTAINTY AND EFFECTS OF MER.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Is Well.

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HUMANITY IS MERELY TRANSIENT

To a mystic the human experience is transient, human history seems to have little effect on evolution, wallowing as human experience does in its own worldliness.

There are more important things afoot than being merely human, as going into the Silence and listening would affirm.

Some have abandoned their own and humanity’s wilful efforts and are already there …

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REALITY

QUESTION:  I’ve heard you say “we’re not ‘wired’ to know the whole of Reality yet’’.  I think I understand, but could you go into that a bit more?

ANSWER: What humans in general and physicists in particular regard as reality, that is, everything that’s physical, material, (as well as everything that’s physiological and psychological, eg. moral and ethical), are only transitory products of our current stage of evolution. 

Our knowledge of existence is currently limited to such material properties and whatever the ages we live in dictate. They are temporary.

Some world shaking physical laws like the theories of relativity for instance, evolution and DNA are only a generation or so old. As for our morality and values they seem to change with each generation.

Q: So are you suggesting reality is always changing?

A: Human reality, yes! But the Reality the mystics know should not be seen as just changing. It’s developing. And It develops us from stage to stage.

Q: Are you suggesting what you call Reality exists independently of our will and that it’s causing us to discover it?

A: Yes, real Reality is all existence, outside and inside all creation – but No, we’re not slowly “discovering” real Reality. We’re just uncovering entropic, material and human ‘stuff’.

Reality is developing everything, including us. Reality is revealing Itself – from outside ordinary, dying human experience …

Q:  So why do mystics experience this and not the rest of humanity?

A: I don’t think anyone knows. I was certainly not qualified by any standards known to humanity at the age of 15 when I first started having what I have come to know as mystical experiences of Reality, (MERs). 

Q:  A psychologist once said you are hundreds of years ahead of the rest of us!

A: Yes, but I don’t know if that’s true. I haven’t noticed particularly. The question is more of a human concern anyway.

It could be this particular psychologist thought she recognised traditional spiritual descriptions of the mystic phenomenon that she surmised described me. Her father was Brahmin. 

Q: In other words she was saying you, all mystics, are ‘wired’ to know more about existence than the rest of us?

A: I can’t speak for her, but yes! mystics are ‘wired’ to know more about existence than the rest of us.

Q: So are mystics what we are going to be?

A: Yes! Mystics are at a more developed stage of evolution. They are more ‘wired’.

All. Is. Well.

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A NAUGHTY CHALLENGE.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Is Well.

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SELF EXAMINATION?

SOMETIMES

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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