“INTERACTIONS WITH THE HIGHER SELF”.

“…one must surrender consciously to the power of the unconscious, in terms of thinking what one should do or of what is generally thought right, or of what usually happens. One must simply listen in order to learn what the inner totality – the Self – wants one to do here and now in a particular situation.”

Carl Jung Man and His Symbols

This post is by a retired medical doctor in his Blog, Spirit of the Beach. Dr Good is a Follower of mysticexperiences.net

It is an introduction to his interactions, direct personal experiences with what he calls his Higher Self:

“I want to outline how the conversation goes, many will not have had the experience, or at least recognised it when it was there. We can go around life thinking to ourselves and working things out in our minds; will the asking of a question and will an answer as something we construct in our conscious minds. My conversation with my Self is not like that, it is as though it comes from another person, but is heard from within. So it can be shocking, or at least not what was expected. Like someone appearing over your shoulder and saying something into one of your ears. I am often left thinking, well I wouldn’t have thought of that and yet it has come from something deep within me, something I do not have conscious control over. I do have control over how I respond.

“Looking back there was a specific occasion when a voice I now recognised as Self interjected my thoughts. I was in my late twenties living a relatively isolated hard-working life and unsure of my future. I asked myself “What is to become of me?” Wondering how I would end up in middle age. To my surprise, an answer came from inside; “You will become Jesus.” I was shocked and disturbed. Though not being Christian I respected the reverence with which he was held and felt the statement blasphemous, a conceit and inflation and distanced myself from it.

“The first time I intentionally looked for this inner guide was in a meditation in 1990 from a book How to Meditate by John (Jyotish) Novak. I had to make a lifestyle decision without sufficient information. I meditated into silence and stillness, and then asked the question – this or that? The answer came clearly – live here, work there. I followed the advice and it turned out well. There followed other occasions where I found I was in difficulty with a decision and I asked in the same way and got an answer, in the same way, followed it and did not regret the advice.

“From the time of the awakening in the late forties, the questions took an existential turn. Who am I, why am I here, what shall I do? “You are as you are.” “Live your life as an example.” “Grow yourself and grow those you encounter.” and often “Continue as you are.”

“When I was having difficulty keeping my career going from an internal motivation standpoint I remember while walking and wondering “What am I going to do about my career.” an answer came “Leave.” I asked the voice “When.” And it said “Now.” At the time it felt shocking going against the work I had dedicated my life to, and now with a family, and no other career options. I also knew that whether I wanted to or not, it was going to happen and I was going to have to face and do my best with it; I was worried. It took nearly three years before I felt compelled to go. When I was considering returning to work (I was on sick leave) I specifically asked whether I should, the voice said “No. It would be purgatory without purpose.” This I took to mean that the purpose of my life would not be served by returning.

“Later that changed again – “I am here, I am with you,” “I am always with you.” to “We are as one.” A gentle masculine voice.

“That is how the relationship with the quiet inner voice has evolved, some differences, some the same, but for the most part a reflection of where I had been at the time. From answering questions to determining how to be, to the proximity of our relationship.

“Sometimes I ask a question and there is no response. Maybe there is no optimal way for me to go, or I have to decide and take responsibility and make use of any associated learning opportunity. This voice has told me that whatever decision I make they will work with that, which is good to know because it is possible to get paralysed by indecision, especially if one is pursuing perfection.

“There are uncertainties; the Self has different manifestations – Jesus figure – Just a voice – Yahweh and other symbols. Where does Satan fit in? And God? There has always been a concern as to the reliability of the entity on the other side but with care, I have never been let down. Other voices can appear in a similar way, and be disruptive, so I have always been guarded. This has made me wary of seeking advice, and of taking it. The work of ego breakdown, and working with shadow figures and the feminine (discussed through this blog) has cleared the ground between us, making the connection easier and clearer. Still, the above quote by Jung comes for me, with a health warning, to be very wary of handing oneself over.

“Self is a reality to me- but what is the reality? The centre of consciousness of the whole? The locus of a divine spark? My experience of Self is of it as a knowing and intelligence that is far beyond my everyday capacity, even beyond that of the great geniuses of culture. It somehow seems to be tuned in to the world I inhabit, as though it constructs it for me for its own purposes. Is this just a set of neurological circuits in my right hemisphere or elsewhere in my body, or is it something beyond that? I want to live from the place of being the best that I can be with my particular array of human limitations. And in the Self is that place.

“The phases of growth have been described by Carl Jung – moral instruction – shadow absorption / transcending – anima or animus (contrasexual inner feminine and masculine respectively) absorption / transcending – integration with Self and then with God. My experience is that these phases are in general terms going on contemporaneously along the way.

“Not necessarily everyone’s way. I have had a particular practice and a particular starting point that has given me a window into the unconscious. I suspect much of the process goes on unconsciously, under the surface of our awareness, and I fully recognise that this is what could be happening in others in the world, unawares.

“What follows this year are short posts of conversations and experiences, mostly with Self, that I have had over the past several years. I want to bring across the nature of these.”

BELIEVE IN ‘GOD’?

QUESTION: Why shouldn’t I believe in God?

ANSWER: My more than 30 years of multiple annual spontaneous mystic experiences of Reality convince me your ‘God’ is too small.

Your religiously created ‘God’ is man made. Individual spirituality existed long before religions, if my experiences are to be believed.

(Religions only happened 10,000 years ago according to the Cambridge psychologist Nicolas Humphrey).

But if you get some sort of payoff in believing in your ‘God’ then don’t let anyone stop you, including me.

Q: Why are you so against what you call the ‘God’ of religions’?

A: Because the religions teach that their ‘God’s acceptance of you is contingent on your acceptance of religions’ rules. To me, this is an unforgivably monstrous, potentially spiritually crippling lie. 

Reality is real. It does not lay down expectations. It does not  condemn, demand worship or obedience, punish, or reward. It doesn’t care whether you believe in It or not because Reality believes in you.

Reality recreates everything known and unknown. It is satisfied with its evolving creation. It is in charge without your ‘help’ or understanding. That is the actual historical mystic experience.

You are satisfactory to Reality in all things because you are of Reality Itself. It accepts your existence unconditionally, joyously, axiomatically. You were in Reality at the beginning as you will be at any end, whether fully realised as yet or not.

Religions on the other hand are the personification of spiritual ignorance for saying otherwise because they have not recognised or accepted the historical mystic experience of the Reality which is the very ground of all existence, including us. 

Q:  Phew. 

(Long pause in silence).

Q:  Then what happens to morality and ethics without religion?

A: Morality and ethics came with human birth before religions, as you will understand if you see the startling BBC film series that followed babies from their birth to adulthood. (The Humanists agree I think but I don’t know anything about Humanism or how they arrive at this conclusion).

So far as the morality and ethics of religions are concerned you only have to read their bibles to see the endlessly disgusting preaching of the foulest perverted human behaviour in war or peace. Hardly moral or ethical teachings! 

Though people say the New Testament is different it displays the disciples as being more interested on which side of the throne in heaven they’ll be seated. It reports betrayal, denial, fantastic feats, impossible career promises to followers, even geographical error. 

Q: Then how do people find the truth?  

A: By actually experiencing what real mystics experience.

Q: But I thought you said you can’t do that?

A: True. In my experience and reading, the mystic experience of Reality, MER, is caught not taught, as I have been saying ad infinitum.  

Q: So are you saying, leave everything to this Reality of yours?

A:  Yes. But if you really are called incurably to ‘hunger and thirst’ for truth then the best solution I know is ‘to know yourself’ by listening intently in the silence.

Absorb, submit – beware of phenomena, ignore the distractions of human attachments; anything mental or physical. 

True spiritual tradition says ‘the rest will follow as the night the day’. Try it. Like most things spiritual, results come unobtrusively like an anaesthetic. But the process needs special patience and submission. 

(“That which you seek seeks you” is a traditional spiritual lesson of comfort).  

Just beware religions leading you astray. There’s no such thing as a Christian or any other kind of mystic Reality, just Reality.

All Is Well.

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WHY I AM NOT A TEACHER

I am not an evangelist, proselytiser, or teacher. Yearly experiences of Reality from the age of about 15 to late thirties made the idea anathema to me.

Reality, in which all things exist, is only interested and active in individuals, in my experiences. 

Human history shows it is pointless to compete with Reality on this question. Human history is eventually defeated when it tries, as the history of communism, socialism and religions, all such totalitarian ideologies, testify. 

Individuals are what human existence is all about. Nothing in existence is equal to anything else. Everything in existence is individual and nothing is equal, as everything is singularly individual, including humans.

Rather, equality of opportunity to develop to its individual fullest is Reality’s intention and activity in human affairs.

All human wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and creativity comes from the individual.

Without freedom of individuality to be itself, express itself, nothing, including humanity, thrives.

Collectivism only works when the individuals in that collective are free to express the DNA of their own selves.

This is the absolute rule of the seminal DNA of the evolutionary process, if true mystic enlightenment is anything to go by. 

Reality is undefeatable inexorable.

Evangelism, proselysation, spiritual teaching, are no match for Reality, as history eventually shows. They collapse under the weight of their own human hubris.

So why compete? I don’t try. I just hope sharing my experiences not only clarifies my experiences for me, but is also useful to you as the Reality of your DNA sees fit.

All Is Well.

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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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FOUR EARLY REPORTED SEMINAL DISCOVERIES OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MYSTIC PHENOMENA

One of psychologies’ earliest practitioners was Dr. William James PhD., (1842 – 1910). He established psychology’s department at Harvard and identified the following four main characteristics of mystical experiences, given here in summary:

Ineffability. Experiences beyond words. He said mystical experiences have to be experienced to be understood. This word is still in use by some modern scholars and physicists who otherwise presumbly dare not risk their reputations in outright declaration of their accceptance of the revelatory mystic phenomenon.  

Noetic quality. The experiences give cosmic knowing,  insights into existence. Experiencers (mystics) acquire a knowledge of infinite intelligence, as well as of an infinitely huge presence, a power of non human reality otherwise unknown to man. (And non-biological, religious or idealogical in my case).  

Transiency. Mystical experiences are usually brief though their influence is permanent. (In a state of continuing development of the mystic in my experience).

Passivity. “The mystic feels as if his own will were in abeyance” or “as if he were grasped and held by a superior power.” (Hence my certainty that Reality Rules!).


William James. The Varieties of Religious Experience. 1958.

Types of Mystical Experiences.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Although I avoid evangelising or prosylitising mysticism, not even recommending or commenting on those who do, or their books and courses, I’m reminded I did recommend some of the following works when I started this Blog.

So I thought I’d bring them to your attention again, (with four additions, including obscure but very pure expositions of the mystical experience of Reality, (MER) by the medievalist nun Guyon and the medievalist priest, Molinos; Ron Krumpos’ interviews with leading mystics round the world; and Marsha Sinetar’s research into the experiences of 300 reluctant experiencers of MER.

I’ve also added my reason for recommending books on mysticism despite my former reluctance:

‘Paths Beyond Ego’ edited by Dr Roger Marsh and a colleague. This book is a wonderfully comprehenive collection of papers on mysticism by a whole host of eminent scholars and mystics from Buddhism, Hinduism, even Shamanism, including Ken Wilbur, Charles Tart,  Sri Aurobindo, William James, Ram Dass (!?), Aldous Huxley, the Dalai Lama, etc.  Even the effects of drugs are studied.

I only riffled through this book when it arrived and shelved it in one of my less used book cases unread because it was soiled throughout by the assumption humanity is the prime reason for Reality’s existence.

Today the book fell out before me in a tidying up effort I was making. As it was coffee time I sipped my coffee and the book’s contents then realised this book is a monumental modern contribution to the growing acceptance by humans of the mystic phenomena in all its historic forms, despite the book’s anthropomorphism.

The fact the book has been selling since its publication in 1905 is at least proof of some significance as a successful worldly tome on the subject of mysticism despite its limited human blemish.

Here is the list:

“The Greatest Achievement in Life” by Ron Krumpos who is a follower of this Blog. Ron writes of living in conscious oneness of the ultimate reality, found in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Kabbalah, Sufism, and comparative mysticism.

This lengthy free ebook has been downloaded more than 70,000 times.

It summarizes many similarities among the mystical traditions and outlines different mystical approaches to life.

Interestingly, it states science has only addressed five per cent of ultimate reality.

The book was impressively inspired by the author’s meetings with 19 leading mystics in 12 countries, religious leaders/scholars of the five faiths and 10 professors who teach comparative mysticism across the U.S.A. Their suggestions led to many revisions prior to posting the book on the Internet.

Dr. Marsha Sinetar’s book, “Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics. This is a seminal book that should be on your library shelves, as I think you will agree.

Read my earlier review of Sinetar’s book.

The book is a remarkably readable, non scientifically jargonised account of her research and interviews with reluctant real experiencers of aspects of the mystical experience of MER and MER’s personal effects and unsocial behavioural consequences.

The Guyon and Molinos papers are unerringly to the point, short and absolutely pure, what I would even call divine if I was religious …

That Guyon and Molinos were so personally driven to risk giving such public witness of their MER experiences in those days is astonishing.

They were members of the Roman Catholic church. This church was the only supposed spiritual source available in the West in those days. It was ruthlessly intrusive, coercive, torturously, even violently deadly in its policing of everyone’s life, Taliban-like, the absolute antithesis of the MER that Guyon and Molinos experienced and wanted to share.

The following ‘classics’ are recommended too: Williams James’ “The Varieties of Religious Experience”, Aldous Huxley’s “The Perennial Philosophy”, Evelyn Underwood’s edition of “The Cloud of Unknowing”, Dr.Richard Maurice Bucke’s “Cosmic Consciousness” and the downloadable books by afore mentioned nun Guyon and priest Molinos, medieval writers who were persecuted by the Church for their temerity …

These books contain a lot of human dross but bits and pieces may or may not “speak to your condition” as the Quakers would say. I think parts or all of them could call loudly to you at various stages of your spiritual development. For that reason I recommend them and this whole list of books, as keepers to be part of any library you may have!

As a bonus I would add Matthew Arnold’s poem, “The Buried Life”. You can find this in full with a Search on this Blog. I discovered this poem early on my path. It was the beginning of my realisation my MERs were not uniquely mine!

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THE BEATITUDES?

Question:  I know you are skeptical of spiritual reading matter but is there any one thing you could recommend to a Seeker from personal experience?

Answer:  Well, no, because my mystical experiences of Reality (MER) were spontaneous. So I believe such revelations are, like mine, not human; they are caught not taught.

MER is not a thought, a philosophy, an ideology, religion or social construct. Reality is all that has and always will exist. It is not imaginary. Only It can develop all existence – and without human input!

It is the keystone, bedrock of all existence everywhere, on earth and off it, throughout the cosmos and beyond, beyond even mind, beyond even remembrance or forecast.

I’ve not come across any actual evidence, human or otherwise, to refute the experience of Reality.

Q: What kind of ‘actual evidence’ would you like?

A: The actual first hand experience of MER, as opposed to literature-learned, or taught, hearsay descriptions! This would be the only acceptable evidence of personal experience of MER, Reality’s existence.

The existence of Reality is hard to ‘prove’ because It is safeguarded by being ineffable, except to those individuals who experience the phenomena!

Q: So what is the lesson of Reality to humanity, if any?

A: As Reality only addresses itself to individuals, the only lesson that humans can take from It’s existence is that the individual’s real meaning and development primarily comes exclusively from Reality, not religions, communism, socialism, communalism, fascism or other such ideologies, not even human logic or reason. These have rightly been called the enemies of mankind’s evolution – mere human ‘mind stuff’, clutter.

Q:  So getting back to my original question – nothing to recommend then as reading matter for the spiritually inexperienced or uninvited? (Laughs).

A: No. But I must say, the Beatitudes as reported in the Christian bible by Matthew and Luke are obviously the observant work of someone who knew of the existence of Reality. Hard to tell if this is the author’s actual experience though.

The mistake of the author of the Beatitudes was in thinking these eight blessings or graces, can be realised by human effort. No they can’t, not in my experience.

Only individuls prepared by Reality will be able to receive the Beatitudes in the fullness of their experiential meaning. They are not accessible to any collective social, political, religious groups or idealogical associations. Only to individuals.

Evidently however, the Beatitudes’ biblical authors thought otherwise. They understandably but mistakenly thought the Beatitudes were supposed to be taught to humans. They can’t. Individual experience is the only key to personal transformation. Only Reality has this key and It is impervious to worship or idolotry.

However, those who have experienced MER are automatically, axiomatically graced by an experiential understanding of the Beatitudes, (despite their archaic 17th century King James era translation) – each according to the level they have reached in their spiritual development.

It should be added that the Beatitudes are only a narrow selection of MER’s fullness.

They are wasted on the uncalled – those stuck at the level of merely wanting to be better humans. The called already have the Beatitudes or are getting them in other forms, and more.

Actual spiritual experience of the Reality of existence wins over mere human faith, hope or belief. There is no spiritual value in Fake it Until You Make It either!

However, to answer your question, I do think reading and studying the Beatitudes might at least provide the called with a serendipitous validation of their spiritual state of development, a refreshing interlude along their Way.

All Is Well.

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REALITY’S TEACHING – Part 2.

NO TEACHINGS, NO RECOMMENDATIONS?

Question: This blog is unique in many ways but one thing which stands out is its lack of your teaching on how to reach spiritual goals.

Everyone else teaches and recommends courses and so on, as you’ve touched on adversely in a previous blog. So is the absence of a teaching from you on purpose or accident?

Answer: On purpose. My experiences of Reality did not call for me to teach. My experiences did not come from teachings. They were unexpected, unsought, unprepared for, spontaneous.

In fact, mentally I didn’t feel qualified to have them. Once, I thought the particular experience I was having must have been meant for someone else.

I didn’t even tell anyone about them. I would have resisted any suggestion of sharing or teaching them.

I didn’t practice spiritual exercises before my experiences, nor was I called upon to any spiritual exercises afterwards.

So there are no practices I can recommend from first hand experience. So far as I’m concerned mystical experiences of Reality (MER) are caught not taught.

For these reasons I won’t recommend teachers, or courses that offer enlightenment.

However, I did eventually experiment with various meditational techniques from books and different ‘gurus’.

They helped mentally and perhaps physically. I got some helpful directions to consider.

But none of them added to my mystical experiences of Realty, (MER). Their main value was to recognise my experiences and show me I am a mystic.

Q: But you were initiated into what you’ve called, ‘a spiritual wisdom’ school.

A:  Yes, but by then my annual revelations had already happened to me.

Q:  So what did that particular school teach you?

A: It showed me I was not alone in my experiences. I was astonished to find my experiences have been known to mankind far longer into antiquity than any religions, God or gods or political constructs and philosophies of existence.

That school helped me to my spiritual feet, so to speak. identified my spiritual identity. They knew about my spontaneity but also had tradional secrets, techniques, including in meditation, on how to avoid the effects of the mind and how to deal with mischievous meditational phenomena for instance. The school tried to help initiates achieve spiritual revelation, none of which affected my experiences.

The other reason I don’t share or teach is I know from my mystical experiences that Reality is only relevant to individuals, those who are genuinely called, Seekers.

Those who are merely curious or persist in wanting to be better humans will find no solace here, as I warn in the opening pages of the Blog.

As each human individual is different, so even genuinely driven Seekers need different answers, different methods of communicating at different times to meet their unique, shifting, maturing spiritual condition.

There have been and still are traditional gurus you’ve never heard of who were or are skilled in using this person-to-person technique in bringing their qualified pupils into greater spiritual understanding.

“Even so”, Aloysius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, said in effect, “the mystical experience is the better way.”

Even this “hunger and thirst” of the Seeker, as the Christian bible calls it, will never fully achieve revelation unless Reality bestows it. You can’t earn the experience, so far as my experiences are concerned by books or teachers before your enlightenment. Afterwards there’s not much need anyway. And Reality might block you then anyway.

All Is Well.

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REALITY’S TEACHING – Part 1.

Question: You seem reluctant to recommend books or courses on mysticism.

But each personal experience is different. it is tailor made for each individual’s stage of development.

Answer: Yes. In my own experience, each human experience of anything is the only beginning of all knowledge.

Consequently, as a mystic, my reading and listening, my learning style, delivers my needs at the time, when I’m ready. My way and my time are never going to be your way or time.

No one else’s way and time are ever going to be exactly appropriate to you or other people all the time, either.

A spiritual teacher was asked why he sometimes gave different answers to different pupils.

The teacher explained what all mystics have experienced: “Each individual’s ability to fully apprehend Reality is unique, and different to different personal circumstances and attributes.”

So my ways are not your ways, and yours are not mine. Similarly, Reality’s ways are not our ways and our ways are not Reality’s …

If your calling to Reality is true you’ll always find what your real present needs are. Clue 1: they’re not worldy!. Clue 2: they don’t always give the answers you’d expect. Clue 3: they definitely change as you change. Clue 4: they’re fundamental, simple. Clue 5: they free you to be the real you, without baggage!

In my experience, if you are really called, not caught in books, courses or ideologies, you will be gifted with two more abilities to help you on your Way: the ability to listen to the exclusion of everything else, and discernment.

(Beware – Reality can also be insistent to ward you off what you don’t need! Ignore such warnings at your peril. Wanting is no part of spiritual development).

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KNOWING YOU’RE CALLED

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.

Q:  Why?

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.

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WHY DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A MYSTIC?

Question: You say openly you are a mystic but mystics have a reputation for being reluctant to identify themselves publicly.

Answer: Yes I do, and I have two main reasons for this.

First of all I wasn’t going to use my name when I published this blog, even when I eventually published my book. That is because I still believe the message is more important than the messenger. But I was advised my mystic experiences wouldn’t be taken seriously if I didn’t identify myself as a real person. So I gave in.

Q: How important are your mystical experiences?

A: I have no idea. For over half a century of my life, since my experiences started, the idea of promoting them never occurred to me. I also thought people would think I was mad. Even when inner promptings started to urge me to go public after all that time, I resisted. There was no way I felt I could face the public reaction or treatment historically meted out to mystics.

Q: So what changed your mind?

A: These unbidden and largely resisted inner promptings, persisted until the idea of a Blog came. After that, despite misgivings, I gave in and started the blog. Then I had promptings to publish the book. Having a background as a journalist and editor then a senior communications executive and consultant seemed to fit. The call to write a blog finally appealed to my abilities as obvious, blessed answers to the by then increasingly persistent promptings. So here we are.

Now I get specific messages giving me subjects for blog posts. I seem to react as a recording scribe.

As such I do my best to represent my experiences and their personally directed teachings, if that’s what they are. I come at them with purposeful integrity, careful effort, to achieve what purity of communication I can. It’s a profoundly spiritual exercise that was thrust on me. I find it humbling.

Q: How do the words you write arrive?

A: Ghost-like in their sudden emergence! I have very little idea what they’re going to be about. I have no idea of what I record even existing in me. The words just flow. (Despite constant editing, all the errors are mine).

Secondly, I didn’t tell anyone about my experiences or about being a mystic for over 60 years, not family, friends or colleagues, because I didn’t even know I was a mystic.

But now I do know so deliberately identify myself as such because I’m increasingly alienated from the human race as a consequence of my experiences taking me further into Reality. I therefore find most human life, human preoccupations and general states of consciousness minimal, artificial, tedious even. This helps reduce people’s expectations of me. I’m not the same as them and can’t accept the same basics of existence as they do.

People generally take themselves and human life with its myriad mythomanic attachments for granted. I can’t.

(I always thought it odd when a guru prefaced his public appearances with the plea to ask him only spiritual questions, not religious, ideological, social, or political ones. Now I understand why he said that).

Q: Is this detachment?

A: Yes.

Q: How’s that working?

A: Magnificently! Unattachment is a deeply intensive gift that enables you to know Reality. I’m much affected by the deeper revelations unattachment brings.

All Is Well.

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BREATH MEDITATION

From The Hindu Tradition of Breath Meditation: “The breath does not just begin or support life, the breath is the totality of life. It is life, far beyond the simple movement of the lungs in the bodies of mammals. […] Breath is the substance of which the inner and outer universe is constructed as well as the power within it which causes it to move and live…” Continue Reading


This reference was sent to mysticexperiences.net by follower Ron Krumpos, author of the book THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IN LIFE, Interviews with leading world mystics. The book has been downloaded 70,000 times.

This link from Ron is a very easy, lucid entry into the subject of breath from the point of view of the Hindhu spiritual experience – very comprehensive and inclusive of other spiritual ways too. I’ve saved it as a permanent reference for further reading.

However, my first reaction was to reference my personal experiences of Reality (MER) for illumination, only to discover nothing at all about breath! I feel no twitchings of intuition on the subject whatsoever. I seem to have been taken completely out of any human reference by my MERs in general, including this breathing teaching.

Of course I have often come across references to Hindhu spiritual breath control but upon any further concentration at the time found nothing responded in me then, either.

For me therefore, breathing is simply a basic, necessary biological aspiration with no significance or use after human death.

I may be misreading the subject due to my adherence to the dawning realisation only experience of anything is valid – to the exclusion of all teachings, readings, ideologies, gossip and rumour, faith, hope or belief etc. That’s partly why I trust my MERs.

That sounds very severe, but is solid ground for me after my MERs. Personal experience is the only reality, all else is secondhand, artifice and human delusion …

I hope this is helpful. (It’s very difficult to tell if my revelations, if that is what they are, are meant to be shared, though some people tell me they are part of their personal epiphanies. That emboldens my posts somewhat …).

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NEVER DIE

After the mystic experience of Reality, the adage, “Those who live by the sword die by the sword” can be translated as, “Those who are in but not of the world never die.”

This is only a surmise or intuition about the purpose of mystics arising from my personal experiences of MER.

But mystics, who have had that mystical experience, while seeming to be in development like ordinary humans, are on a different level of evolutionary development that does not include the survival of the human species as we know it today.

Are mystics a different species, as Bucke and Sinetar have already noted in their books written about 100 years apart?

Can we speculate that the human condition is the equivelant of a nursery garden designed by Reality to evolve all species into just one species, mystics, and that non mystics at death are in the process of entropy? After all, scientists say 99% of all earth’s species have already become extinct.

Certainly mystics are of a higher consciousness, if my experiences of the mystical experience of Reality are anything to go by …

I heard that a doctor of psychology told a friend I am hundred of years ahead of the human race. (I presume she meant all mystics).

Except for my consciousness, which is very definitely different and far ahead of most humans to the extent I can’t take humans seriously, I can’t say one way or the other what the good doctor said about me is true. But is it?

All Is Well.

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OVER 900 MENTIONS IN ACADEMIA.EDU PAPERS?

Over nine hundred and one mentions of the name Keith Hancock, or Keith Michael Hancock have appeared so far in papers published by Academia.edu, according to Academia. Every day Academia notifies me  of yet more such papers being submitted to them. 

Academia also tells me they’ll identify the papers and their authors if I pay them a yearly fee of $99. 

The website says Academia.edu is used by academics in “16,919 universities”, suggesting these include Oxford, Berkeley, MIT, and NYU.

If you have come across any actual evidence of this in papers you have read or others have read and told you about, I’d be grateful if you’d let me know. 

Thank you.

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