DOES GOD EXIST?

Does God exist?

No. But for some, for the time being, yes.

No, because the name God is a human word and in Reality, where all things are perfect and known, there no names.

(If you are a mystic you know that of course because you experience that).

If you have not had the mystic experience but seek such knowing, then until you are a mystic you have to become used to human words to at least start addressing the questions about Reality that arise from your inner promptings as a Seeker.

(If you are not a Seeker you wouldn’t be reading this).

On the other hand, you should know that one aspect of the mystical experience of Reality is that there’s nothing about the human condition that’s worth studying. Reality is beyond that, which might be one of the reasons humans are recycled so quickly …

Just bear in mind that religions and their gods/God have to rely on faith, belief and hope that the gods/God actually exist in the absence of any real spritual as opposed to religious experience.

The word God is just a pointer, not the real thing, just as a menu is not the food. Menus don’t nourish – the food does.

Though the word God is probably used in its various formats more often than any other word in any human language, that usage is very limited because it can’t deliver the experience of Reality.

Also, whatever way the word God is used by humans, it’s describing a small god with human attributes, not the immensity and power of Reality that has no known human attributes. Religious gods are too small. They’re limited to human understanding.

Even the title of Creator carries no evidence of a human-like creator. So far as science is concerned, for instance, all creation is caused by the existence of not always identifiable parts following rules that bring them together or take them apart to re-form infinitely as something else beyond “rules”. Science follows this procedure in the hope when they understand everything they will know everything. This is not the mystic experience.

As impressive as this spectacle of scientific effort can be to humans, the process and its results are not proof of human-like involvement by what humans like to think of as a god or even an ultimate God.

Take love for instance. Human love is made up of lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego. You can see evidence of these attributions to God in religions. But the mystics know that Reality’s love is a total, irreducible, benign acceptance of everything, conveying a joy so beyond mere human experience as to transform all such existence. Reality is by its nature benign, accepting, inexorably powerful, knowing and caring. This historically undeniable experience defies full human expression or description.

By comparison, religions are mired in belief, trust and hope – each of which is admitting religion doesn’t know – doesn’t have spiritual experience. Their resultant gods/God are small, weak, powerless, uncaring and unknowing. Whatever humans eventually become will only ever be a shadow of Reality.

Remaining human is not the ultimate destiny.

Humans are becoming whole, becoming realised in a Reality that was, is, and will be forever. Reality is, and we are That. We are not merely human.

Reality orders our existence as no human gods/God can. All is well.

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MYSTICISM VERSUS RELIGION AND SCIENCE?

I read Thomas Merton* many years ago and came to the conclusion he had not had the Mystical Experience of Reality (MER). He was not a mystic.

If he had the MER he would have avoided use of the word “God”. The name is so adulterated with cultural layers of linguistics, logic, reason, mythomania, politics, faith, hope and belief that the word “God” now confuses all credulity, sense and understanding.

Also, based on his mystic experience he would not have expressed himself in the religious terms of his or any other “church”. I had the feeling he was in the church because there was no better life on offer in those days for a Seeker, a human who is called. But religious terms, even human terms, are not the terms of the Reality experienced first hand by the mystics.

Non religious scientists avoid this confusion by using the mind and experiment to get closer to truth. They are fundamentalists. They prefer to use the word “reality”, with a lower case “r”, avoiding religious/cultural accretions.

Mystics on the other hand use the word Reality, with a capital “R”, the meaning of which is only penetrated by experiencing Reality at first hand.

All these approaches are historically well documented. Current state of play is that religions are dead or dying; science, say some scientists, is at a dead end; only mysticism might have the answers say other scientists.

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merton_thomas* Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. was an American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion.  — Wikipedia.

 

“THE CHURCH CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT …” ?

“The Church cannot exist at all without a measure of mysticism, but as soon as mysticism begins to gain ground, it begins to do away with the need for the Church’s ministers and their services.

In the extreme case, the mystic may dispense with the Scriptures and even the Incarnate Christ himself, and seek to relate directly with the uncreated, absolute godhead. Mysticism appears to make the Church and institutional religion unnecessary and thus a threat to the established Church even when it operates within a total orthodox theology.”  HAROLD BROWN, O.J., “Heresies”, p 285 – 6.

“DISSOLVING” religions?

“The Jungian psychologist Erich Neumann observes that mysticism tends to dissolve the traditional forms of religion and worship, and the writings of Bernadette Roberts confirm this point.” – Going Beyond the Jesus Story by Douglas Lockhart. (Bernadette Roberts is a former nun, author of “The Experience of No-Self” and other such books about the Experience of Reality, which she has experienced perhaps more deeply than anyone alive today). Every Seeker should be aware of the work of these authors. Lockhart is an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Tasmania’s School of Philosophy.

“In general, our contemplative maps of the journey come to an end with the discovery of the true self and it’s oneness with the divine.” Bernadette Roberts, ‘WHAT IS SELF? A Study of the Spiritual Journey in Terms of Consciousness’, pub. Www.sentientpublications.com

THE WORD “GOD” LOST ITS MEANING?

The word “God” has lost a lot if not all its meaning with the growing abandonment of religions. Religions stretch credulity to unacceptable levels with their insistence on “belief”, “faith and “hope”, each of which means the people who use such words simply don’t know.

Since the scholars and scientists of the world have from the 60’s, I’m told, accepted the existence of the phenomenon of the Mystical Experience of Reality, new names have arisen for what we used to be told to call “God”.

MER  is an historically consistent, spontaneous experience of a Reality far beyond the experience of mankind that apparently comes to people who from a human point of view have absolutely no qualifications to receive such revelations.

Of all the names the physicists are giving this extraordinary introduction of perhaps evolutionary change to the human condition, the new name, “Consciousness” seems to be gaining respectable ground. Whatever we call It, it’s changing everything.

GOD’S NEW NAME – QUANTUM PHYSICS?

 

“A profound shift is occurring in human consciousness.” 

What physics has discovered is that everything is energy and that this energy is everywhere – in space and in matter.

There is no such thing as empty space. It is filled with energy. They’ve discovered dark energy and dark matter (which isn’t in fact “dark” – it’s just invisible, we can’t see it.) The small percentage of “physical” matter that does exist in the universe is also just energy. So, bottom line – everything is energy.

All That Is/ Universal Intelligence/God – whatever name you want to call this – is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Omnipresent means present everywhere. There is NO place it isn’t. So whatever “Universal Intelligence” is – it is everywhere

Classical physics or Newtonian physics teaches that the universe is mechanistic and that everything is separate. This is the belief that we have based our lives upon for centuries – and this belief has limited our experiences and our possibilities. Quantum physics is revealing that classical physics isn’t explaining what we now know about “reality.” Among other things – there is an energy field from which everything emerges. The “seen” emerges from the “unseen.”

What physicists have discovered is this “field” of energy is a field of all possibilities – until an observer measures it or focuses on it. Then particles blink into light or something becomes “form.” (Let there be light.) So consciousness seems to be intrinsically connected with this field of all possibilities. We are literally creating (or co-creating) our own reality along with this energy.

“We are evolving into a more highly developed species, one with enhanced abilities and a greater level of awareness, and it is expanding our understanding of reality.” 

This energy seems to be “aware” – it responds to consciousness and is affected by the thoughts or energy of the observer. Physics now says there is no way to prove an objective reality because the observer always affects the outcome of the experiment.

Check out the research being done at Princeton University around the Random Number Generator. They are working to see how consciousness affects the results of experiments. Also check out the research being done around consciousness at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Everything is connected. We are all one. Nothing is separate from this field of energy. This is what mystics, spiritual masters, and indigenous people have taught for a long time.

Pam OsliePAMELA OSLIE, Auracolors.com.  Latest book, “Infinite You – A journey to your greater self and beyond” Google Books. “A profound shift is occurring in human consciousness. We are evolving into a more highly developed species, one with enhanced abilities and a greater level of awareness, and it is expanding our understanding of reality.”

ABOVE RELIGIONS

The  mystical experience of Reality, a phenomenon that has happened to certain people throughout history to this day, is far above religions, castes, creeds, heavens and hells, gods or “God”.

Reality is as yet unknown to most humans, at least for the time being, but the tradition is that there are no failures and everyone will eventually know Reality.

What is consistently reported by the Experiencers, is that Reality is benign and loving, though not in the sense of human love that is lustful, greedy, angry, attached and ego driven. Reality is caring, guiding, strengthening, guarding, non judgemental, totally itself, always the same, reliable; now, then and forever. It has its own agenda of which humanity is just a part.

It cannot be evangelized or proselytised. It permeates everything, including us. It has no name. It just is, and we are that.

K

BEYOND “GOD”?

A follower of this website was brought up as a Catholic. She had her first sailing experience with colleagues and friends when they were caught by a strong squall that had water pouring over the decks. She said she had a moment of epiphany and put it down to God.

I thought her movingly numinous story reflected her intensive religious background whereas experienced secular sailors would put it down to the well known phenomena of “Storm Ecstacy”. So would scholars and scientists known as “Constructionists”.

“Constructionists” believe all such experiences, including MER(Mystical Experiences of Reality), can be attributed to cultural conditioning.

“Perennialists”  on the other hand take their view from Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) who was an English writer, philosopher. He coined the phrase in what became a seminal book on the subject called, “The Perennial Philosophy”, from which the following excerpt is taken:

“At the core of the Perennial Philosophy we find four fundamental doctrines:

First: the phenomenal world of matter and of individualized consciousness—the world of things and animals and men and even gods—is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all partial realities have their being, and apart from which they would be nonexistent.

Second: human beings are capable not merely of knowing about the Divine ground by inference; they can also realize its existence by a direct intuition, superior to discursive reasoning.  This immediate knowledge unites the knower with that which is known.

Third: man possesses a double nature, a phenomenal ego and an eternal self, which is the inner man, the spirit, the spark of divinity within the soul.  It is possible for a man, it he so desires, to identify himself with the Divine Ground, which is of the same or like nature with the spirit.

Fourth: Man’s life has only one end and purpose: to identify himself with his eternal Self and so to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground.”

Dr. Persinger, a Sudbury University, Canada, professor, a cognitive neuroscience researcher with over 200 peer-reviewed publications has studied the experiences of the presence of God and claims to have developed a gadget you put on your head that can produce the presence of God at will.

He also suggests MER might be a psychotic state. A reading of the definition of psychotic makes it difficult to see where the good Professor gets this conclusion. Whatever, Dr Persinger can justify the title of “Constructionist”.

But other scholars and scientists have been aroused since the 60’s to study the historical phenomenon of the Mystical Experience of Reality, what Maslow called “Peak Experiences”, and other scholars and scientists by even more names. They take the subject as seriously as Huxley. They can be dubbed Perennialists.

My own MERs did not indicate God in any shape or form, which in those early days disappointed me because Jesus was my hero. I loved God with all my young heart and soul and strength.

My MERs were powerfully transcendent, out of body and mind experiences of joy, acceptance, humility. Everything belonged to me.

I was told that “All is Well”. I learned that in Reality, where all things are perfect, there are no names…” (I save space here by just giving the gist).

I have since realized that Reality is enough. It came well before religions or any human constructs of God, singular or plural …

There was no God of any man-made description in the transformational experiences I was given, none whatsoever.

Keith Hancock. 2015.

“RELIGIONS, VALUES, and PEAK EXPERIENCES” by Abraham Maslow – Reviewer needed.

Here is the Contents list of Maslow’s fascinating book.  It could do with a contemporary review. Anyone up to it? If so, I can send them a pdf file.  Please click COMMENT to let me know. Thank you – Keith Hancock.

Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences 1964 by Kappa Delta Pi and 1970 (preface) The Viking Press. Published by Penguin Books Limited ISBN 0 14 00.4262 PDF version by: D33k0n57r0k7’d 

Contents

Editorial Introduction and Preface I.

Introduction II.

Dichotomized Science and Dichotomized Religion III.

The “Core-Religious” or “Transcendent” Experience IV.

Organizational Dangers to Transcendent Experiences V.

Hope, Skepticism, and Man’s Higher Nature VI.

Science and the Religious Liberals and Non-Theists VII.

Value-Free Education? VIII. Conclusions

APPENDIXES: A.   Religious Aspects of Peak Experiences B.

The Third Psychology C.

Ethnocentric Phrasings of Peak-Experiences D.

What is the Validity of Knowledge Gained in Peak-Experiences? E.

Preface to “New Knowledge in Human Values” F.

Rhapsodic, Isomorphic Communications G.

B-Values as Descriptions of Perception in Peak-Experiences H.

Naturalistic Reasons for Preferring Growth-Values Over Regression-Values Under Good Conditions I.

An Example of B-Analysis Bibliography

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WHICH RELIGION WILL BE THE LAST TO GO EXTINCT?

The subject of extra-Real experiences is a mystifying one, but one I have discovered is being widely studied in the universities; more of which later as I delve into that world in later posts.

“Mysticism appears to make the church and institutional religions unecessary.” Harold O.J.Brown, Catholic scholar.

Why this Experience hasn’t got into the public domain yet could be because no one wants to be one of the small group of firsts to point out the religious Emperors don’t have any clothes on … one implication of the Experience is, after all, that religions will become extinct. We don’t need them to teach us morality or ethics, which in the absence of real spiritual content is all religions have to offer. So which religion would be the last to go extinct once the documented existence of the Experience is widely known and has by then become a common part of the speculation that surrounds human existence?

“… it is individual existence which reveals the divine to us, not theology.” Douglas Lockhart – see post above.

Chota Harti