A HUMBLE HEADS-UP FOR SEEKERS (In My Experience)

 

If you are involved as a spiritual Seeker in a religion, in science or other human inconsequentia, you are not a mystic, not yet.

If you are still in the morass of politics or other demanding human mythomanias you haven’t even got far with real evolvement, not even to Seeker stage.

But, if some Sufi tradition is right, then evolution will ensure you will move away from human distractions and such self identifications.

There is not much you can do about it when Reality calls to complete you. There are no failures in Ultimate Reality, however long it takes.

You probably think you are seeking Reality but you will come to realise that Reality is reaching out for its own, for you.

(Sufis ‘discovered’ this evolutionary process before Darwin. They recognised it went further than the physical limitations of his time).

Ironically, by the time you get to being a mystic it wont matter anyway – there are no names in Reality …

So, there are two things you can do to assuage your hunger and thirst for the truth of your being:

Let go. Be still. Keep letting go. Listen. You are being helped. Keep listening. Remain still.

Lust, anger, greed, your myriad human attachments, even your ego, will be lifted like invisible veils, almost without you noticing because you will be experiencing revelation

Or you can wait for religions, science, human stuff, to eventually release you as they wither away anyway. This could take time!

All Is Well.

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THE DIVINE ESSENCE

“Using Allah, (celestial) Buddha, God, ha-Shem, Ishvara, or other words does not change eminent Reality as the holy One in All and All in the wholly One. Soul is simply a word for our spiritual essence, now separated from the ocean of Reality by a cloud of ignorance. Like rain, it does come from that ocean and it will eventually return to it. The billions of souls on Earth are just as surface ripples in the vastness of the universal One.” — Ron Krumpos*

*From his eBook, The Greatest Achievement in Life: Five traditions of mysticism, Mystical approaches to life, 2012, pub.

COMMENTARY

This book is deeply researched, produced out of experience and spiritual study, from worldwide travel, living mystics, and ancient and modern texts. It is well accepted academically, and to those who have had the mystical experience of Reality and are finding what is left of their humanity thereby a sometimes tedious daily challenge, this work is a seminal, validating comfort.

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REALITY, CONSCIOUSNESS, NOT PHYSICAL OR MATERIAL !?

 

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” — Nikola Tesla

 

“I incline to the idealistic theory that consciousness is fundamental, and that the material universe is derivative from consciousness, not consciousness from the material universe… In general the universe seems to me to be nearer to a great thought than to a great machine. It may well be, it seems to me, that each individual consciousness ought to be compared to a brain-cell in a universal mind.” — Sir James Jeans

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SPIRITUAL METAMORPHOSIS?

 

By David Robertson

I was an atheist for most of my life until about five or six years ago. And I was very anxiety ridden, filled with constant concerns for what I wanted to do in the future. I worked endlessly to try and fulfill these goals that I thought I wanted, and was terrified of the prospect of not being able to achieve them. This stopped me from realising the beauty of just simply living life in a more present way. It didn’t make me happy, it didn’t make me a better person, I was just too busy working towards some non-existent future. This is a story for another time, but I slowly became more interested in spirituality and gradually developed a strong belief in a loving God and that the universe was divine (including myself). As a result, a concern for death and the future became less of a factor.

I started to trust in the divine more and more, and countless opportunities started appearing for me. I also realised my early goals weren’t what I wanted in life. A trust in God gave me the courage to simply jump into the unknown, and I just knew in my heart that things would work out for the best. And in the end, it has. I traveled around India and Nepal without planning much; ended up doing jobs that I quite loved; discovered and pursued a passion for writing that was always hidden a little bit below the surface; found myself teaching English in China; and of course, I found the love of my life. For me, the results of trusting in God and the universe speaks for itself.

I wrote this piece today because my partner is going through quite a stressful time, most of it to do with our future plans over the next year and whether she can achieve them. She asked me at one point, “how can you not be so worried about all of this?” So I guess this post is in part an answer to her question, and I hope she finds something of value in it that can ease her suffering, even if it’s just a little bit.

Read David Robertson’s Trust: Surrendering Yourself to God and the Universe in full.

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SEVEN “GIFTS” OF CATHOLICS

Is this where we went wrong?

These seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (MER?) are excerpted from an article by Frank X. Blisard in the December 1 1960 edition of Catholic Answers magazine:

1. “Wisdom is both the knowledge of and judgment about “divine things” and the ability to judge and direct human affairs according to divine truth (I/I.1.6; I/II.69.3; II/II.8.6; II/II.45.1–5).

COMMENT:  So, is this the very heart and soul, of where religions get it wrong? Is this where the devil, so to speak, thwarts MER by diverting the truly divine into the merely human fabrications of “faith, hope and belief”?  These three myths signify that those who practise them are ignorant of Reality. When you have experienced MER you don’t need “faith, hope and belief”, you know.

2. “Understanding is penetrating insight into the very heart of things, especially those higher truths that are necessary for our eternal salvation—in effect, the ability to “see” God (I/I.12.5; I/II.69.2; II/II.8.1–3).

3. “Counsel allows a man to be directed by God in matters necessary for his salvation (II/II.52.1). ***

COMMENT:  No one needs salvation. Salvation is an irrelevant manipulative human concept, nothing to do with a sinless Ultimate Reality. It is an oxymoron, an ignorant unspiritual presumption.

As for “the ability to to see God”, I expected to see “God” in my MER experiences, though I was disappointed when I didn’t. I was however humbled by the joy of Ultimate Reality’s acceptance of me; and by the awe of its revelation of Existence.

But if by “God” this “gift” means Reality, then there is nowhere Ultimate Reality isn’t and we ARE Reality – whether Reality is seen, known, realised or not. In so far as we are chosen then we experience Reality AS us, and we are Reality.

4. “Fortitude denotes a firmness of mind in doing good and in avoiding evil, particularly when it is difficult or dangerous to do so, and the confidence to overcome all obstacles, even deadly ones, by virtue of the assurance of everlasting life (I/II.61.3; II/II.123.2; II/II.139.1).

COMMENT: Seekers not yet fulfilled will find fortitude a necessary discipline perhaps, but not those who have experienced MER, to whom fortitude is no longer relevant. There are no obstacles of manmade “spiritual” inventions, not even human darknesses like “evil”, in Reality. 

5. “Knowledge is the ability to judge correctly about matters of faith and right action, so as to never wander from the straight path of justice (II/II.9.3).

COMMENT:  “Judge”, “faith”, “right action” and “path of justice”, are clear intentions to direct the experience of MER into mere human concerns. This is purely ignorant human religious devilry, however innocent; an attempted coup against Ultimate Reality. 

6. “Piety is, principally, revering God with filial affection, paying worship and duty to God, paying due duty to all men on account of their relationship to God, and honoring the saints and not contradicting Scripture. The Latin word pietas denotes the reverence that we give to our father and to our country; since God is the Father of all, the worship of God is also called piety (I/II.68.4; II/II.121.1).

COMMENT:  The Reality experienced in MER cannot be reduced to any concept of “fillialness”, “piety”, “worship” or “duty”, “(national) patriotism”, or “saints”. These are man-made words; mindstuff. The god that requires such obeissance is insignificantly small, a human fiction. There are no names or descriptions in Reality.

7. “Fear of God is, in this context, “filial” or chaste fear whereby we revere God and avoid separating ourselves from him—as opposed to “servile” fear, whereby we fear punishment (I/II.67.4; II/II.19.9).” 

COMMENT: Fear of Reality is another oxymoron, a spiritually ignorant human supposition. MER is humbleness (not humility),  joy, bliss, acceptance, belonging, complete oneness in everything that exists. Fear is a product of human darkness. It does not exist in Reality.

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ANTI RELIGION?

Added to, December 2017 – see “Jesus”. No spiritual lessons.

 

 

Q: Are you anti-religion?

A: As a mystic, I’m not qualified to answer that.

Q: Why not?

A: To me, only spiritual questions are relevant.

Q: So you’re saying religions are not spiritual?

A: Mystics are by definition spiritual. But religions have nothing to do with spirituality. They are more a spiritual hindrance than help for the truly called.

Q: But humans take religions very seriously, even the ones who don’t practice them. Can you expand on that?

A. Religions are a human attempt to create the mystical experience of Reality, but can’t. The experience of Reality is for individuals only. It can’t be induced by humans.

As such, religions’ goals are reduced to producing “better” human beings, being focused instead on morality and
ethics, on non-spiritual, human stuff.

Q: Aren’t mystics interested in bettering humans; in this “human stuff”?

A: The Jesus of the bible is not the only enlightened one who thought improving the human race was what the mystical experience of Reality is all about. But the Experience is caught, not taught and can’t be retransmitted.

That is why Jesus’ mission failed. It inevitably deteriorated through ordinary human beings into mere morality and ethics, human practices and religious “churches” of rituals and dogmas. These are are not spiritual.  There are no biblical records of actual spiritual lessons from the biblical Jesus.

But some people are called to higher things and avoid such distractions, as Deepak Chopra suggests:

“. . . there are a few people who enjoy stillness more than activity, and they dive as deep as they can to find where the water stops running, a point so still and deep that one isn’t touched by the surface waves at all. Having found this stable centre they experience themselves to the maximum and the outside world to the minimum.” – The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Q: So Jesus’ mission failed?

A: Your personal answer lies in 2000 years of human history. Just look around you to see how the promises match the human reality. What attempts there were to introduce spirituality by for instance people like Guyon or Molinos were smothered vigirously by the western religions of the day.  Enlightened Sufis were put to death by Islam in their day.

Whatever the spiritual experiences were of certain individuals from whom religions were created, those experiences have long since been dissipated by the human impulsions of lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego, for instance.

From my experience as a human, then through no effort of mine as a mystic with experiences of Ultimate Reality, I can say that humans will not fulfill human destiny through anything they can do themselves.

Only the same Ultimate Reality that creates mystics can fulfill human destiny, and even then being human is not the ultimate destiny of humans anyway.

Q: You don’t offer people generally and religious people in particular much comfort, do you?

A: Humans are in good hands. Fortunately, the human race is apparently not allowed to take over the direction of its destiny. It is not qualified yet.

Anyway, real Seekers, those who are called, impelled despite themselves, who, as the Christian bible hints, “hunger and thirst”, who have been given a passion to know Ultimate Reality, will inevitably find themselves searching through religions but then rejecting the spiritual inadequacy they find there. They will discern the difference between human spirit and the spirit of Ultimate Reality. They are not called then abandoned.

Eventually, for reasons as yet unknown even to mystics, some of these Seekers may experience Reality. When they do, they will never have to engage in primal human distractions ever again.

Some Searchers will even bypass religions, experience Reality directly without ever touching religions or teachers or any human influences. They are caught, not taught. It’s a benign, loving, giving, not taking process. All is well.

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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: Reviewer Needed

Here is the contents list of Abraham Maslow’s fascinating book, Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences. 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.

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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