BE REALISTIC ABOUT MYSTICISM!

The following essay is excerpted from Ron Krumpos’ free PDF book, “The greatest accomplishment in life  – five traditions of mysticism – Mystical approaches to life”.  

From the first sentence you might find this is a seminal work of mystic experience for all Seekers, scientists and scholars who are drawn to the phenomenon of the mystic experience of Reality 

Ron has degrees in philosophy from Northwestern University, Lucknow University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a follower of this Blog.

Although he doesn’t want to discuss his mystic experiences he has had many what he calls “epiphanies” whereby he experienced “brief absorption in universal reality with no sense of separateness”, (see his book’s ‘Be Realistic’, third paragraph).

He doesn’t have a blog. He finds it much easier to comment on other people’s blogs There have been hundreds of such comments in the past few years.

The book’s 120 quotations by mystics highlight common views.

Since 2012 there have been more than 70,000 downloads of his book: 34,194 from his website and the rest from over 32 other sites.

The book’s profound essays are as a result of Ron talking with mystics in 12 countries and reading 180 books…100 now in the primary bibliography. Many people were consulted, including the directors of a Buddhist Center and of the Eastern Orthodox theological institute at two major universities, a Vedanta Society swami, the director of an Islamic Center, the director of a Reform theological college, the abbot of a Theravada temple, a Cistercian monk, a Hindu abbess, a Sufi shaykha, and a professor at a university for Judaism, plus 10 professors who each teach courses on comparative mysticism. Their suggestions led to many revisions. Their time, comments and advice were freely given. This is why his book is free. Here is the excerpted essay:

BE REALiSTIC, by Ron Krumpos.

Mystical experiences will not resolve all your emotional, mental and physical problems. While seeking, those personal concerns may block or, at least, slow your progress on the path. It will only while absorbed in them. What happens afterwards depends upon you.

Mysticism is not about you. It is about the ground of existence, the very nature of being itself. If you are just concerned with your own achievement, with escaping your troubles and judge advancement solely in relation to yourself, true divine awareness will elude you. While you cannot transcend your surface self, you cannot reach the absolute and ultimate. You will remain entwined in the temporary and relative. You create your own limitations, even if you prefer not to acknowledge it. “You” is insignificant; beyond you is essential.

Most of my book’s essays have a similar message: Forget about your self. The affective “I” of ego, psychological “me” of individuality, and material “my” of your manifest being must be absent to experience divine Reality. Why crave love, or lament past loves, when divine Love surrounds you? How can you find divine Truth while occupied with everyday fictions and fantasies? You want what you want when you want it…yet are seldom able to specify exactly what you want. What we most long for, wholeness, is beyond our ability to explain.

When we study what we emotionally feel, mentally conceive or physically perceive in this life, we begin to realize that much of it is based on our own assumptions rather than demonstrable facts. We rarely can, by ourselves, truly prove most of what we believe has already been proven to be true. As Oscar Wilde once said, “when you ‘assume’ you make an ass out of you and me.” What we each imagine to be correct is frequently confused with fact. It is not that people are stupid or naive, it just that we are “too busy” (too lazy?) to confirm our beliefs. Ignorance is not bliss…it breeds lethargy.

Knowing what is in this life may be limited by our expectations, our defenses and lack of attention. What we presuppose to be true, protecting ourselves in case it is not, and preoccupation with other matters, cloud our perceptions. We may feel someone loves us, yet think they possibly are using us, or saying and doing what will trap us. Unconditional love cannot be realized on those terms. The best things in life* must be accepted for what they are, even at the risk they are not. Absorption in divine essence, mystical union, is such.

“What if such an encounter is misinterpreted, just a fiction of our imagination or is a sign of insanity?” If we think any of those things, we will probably end that experience. In so doing, we may have blocked the flow of divine Love, Truth and Reality. Isn’t the risk worth that reward? You bought a lottery ticket knowing that your chances of winning were minuscule. How about spending a little of your immediate self to reach the eternal? “Someone has to win.”

“What if it is not mystical consciousness?” Then you only lost a few moments of your life. We often waste hours or days in activities which got us nowhere. Have you ever thought about opportunities you had missed because you were unwilling to take a chance? Some may have led to nothing; others could have brought great happiness or other benefits. Most of our life has some risk. Crossing the street is much more dangerous than most projected or imagined threats.

We frequently choose to keep what we have and know – even if we concede that it might not be very much – rather than gamble on getting something unknown, although it could be greater than anything which we have ever had. Some people are “afraid of their own shadow.” Actually, most of us are frightened of too much light. When carefully examining our assumptions, especially those we have long accepted to be true, we might find that some were based on inaccurate or incomplete information. That requires a shift in belief; some may call it a paradigm shift. It can be uncomfortable.

You might prefer that your established beliefs remain as they are. If so, then give up mysticism. Mystics had to revise their personal beliefs often during the quest. Mystical absorptions, as steps toward enlightenment, are usually momentary or, only rarely, for hours. The greatest achievement in life is when those experiences transform your being. They may be brief flashes of insight which highlight a spiritual life, but are a constant source of energy for divine living.

Being realistic requires facing the truth. Being in the Real is to know the True. It is the greatest degree of existence here and now.

*The best things in life – this life or the eternal – are not free.

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Upanishads, Vedanta, Bhagavad Ghita flawed?

From the perspective of my mystic experiences of Reality, (MER), The Upanishads, Vedanta, Bhagavad Ghita are flawed.

One way or another, they do acknowledge MER as seminal to their moral and ethical teachings in a roundabout way but only sometimes and never go into any detail.

They also seem to suggest books and learning from ‘the ancients’ of India can take you into MER.

True mystics will tell you MER is caught, not taught.

Sometimes you get an acknowledgement that some human beings were and already are in that state, but without any attempt at explaining the nature and likelihood of this phenomenon.

They also claim all religions are based on the findings of these ‘ancients’. They’re not!

Religions and the Upanishads, Vedanta, Bhagavad Ghita are humanised shadows of the real thing – Reality.

Reality as revealed in the MERs is the existent foundation of all things, then, now and forever.

Another flaw is the apparent necessity of the Upanishads, Vedanta, and Bhagavad Ghita to goad us into at least faith, hope and belief as a substitute for the real thing –  MER.

They lace their message with promises of ecstatic bliss and worldly satisfactions. So do most religions, with notable exceptions I’ll leave to your personally experienced satisfaction of discovery on your particular path.

You cannot be goaded into MERs by worldly promises. Even drugs don’t give you the MER experience, not from the scary, unlikely mental experiences imbibers and scientists describe, not if my spontaneous experiences are true.

MER comes from a Reality way outside any such inducements. It is benign, anaesthetically suffusing, loving beyond human experience – not traumatic, goading or beyond our receptive abilities.

The other flaw in these works is their assumption that whatever the ‘ancients’ experienced is always for the betterment of humanity. If this was true there’s a long way for humanity to go before it tackles its historic circular repetition of its same old, same old history. 

We are getting somewhere materially, technically, and are living longer, more healthily, are better clothed, housed, fed, watered, and ‘educated’, though some still aren’t, but we are not developed in the fullness of our real state of spirituality – yet spirituality is the very heart of all known and unknown existence, including us, if what the MERs reveal are true.

Clearly, Reality’s revelation of what lies beyond human experience has something else in mind for humans than anything even human exploration of the cosmos, science fiction or religions and modern or derived philosophies, including The Upanishads, Vedanta, Bhagavad Ghita, can dream of … 

All Is Well.

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MYSTIC EXPERIENCE NOT “ECSTATIC”

The word ‘ecstacy’ has been used to dismiss the mystic experience of reality, MER, as merely human.

If my multiple, spontaneous experiences of  MER are anything to go by, the word ‘ecstacy’ is the wrong word to describe the kind of joy that comes with MER.

Ecstacy implies excitement. On the contrary, my MERs were calm, joyful infusions of becoming myself, of all things being me as my body and mind disappeared and only a bodiless observer left – nothing remaining of my humanity whatsoever.

I was more profoundly where I belong than human experience can ever fully explain.

And even that doesn’t describe the joy of the revelation and transformation MER brings.

All Is Well.

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DEATH OF LUST, ANGER, GREED, ATTACHMENTS AND EGO …

Lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego can be seen as the negative attributes that separate humans from Reality, the “veils” between people and, for instance, the ‘God’ of the Christian bible.

These veils have been lifted from mystics of all ages and – wait for it – are being lifted from older humans!  

Have you noticed that as humans get older, whether they’re religious or spiritually aware or not, these ‘veils’ are lifting? 

Are these signs most seniors are in the process of shedding their humanity to becoming pure mystical spirits of existence after human death – becoming one in everything known and unknown in what mystics have already experienced? 

Is this an indication we discard the body and brain for our true selves after death as the mystic experience suggests? Are we in evolutionary process whether we like it or not?  

Is this further demonstration Reality rules; unto and even after death?

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RULES AND LAWS AND MYSTICS!

There are worldly laws and rules, human moralities and ethics, conscience etc., (and of course, the laws of matter that exercise the curiosity of scientists and scholars so much).

But Reality is everything. It needs no such structures as laws or rules to define or support It. Mystics experience That Reality and become That.

So mystics avoid confrontation with what are to them inconsequential human laws and perceptions. This avoidance is autonomous in mystics as it is in gnats in rain dodging raindrops.

Human laws and rules play little part in the development of a true mystic’s non-human consciousness in Reality so far as I can see … so much so, most mystics are subconsciously accepted as harmlessly legal, decent and honest.

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MORE ON CONSCIOUSNESS

Film maker David Lynch is a Transcendental Meditator. In his lecture on consciousness* he claims the phenomena has many (human) names, ie:

The Kingdom of Heaven, (by Christians); The Absolute; The Totality; “The fundamental pulse of consciousness”, (Lynch); “the familiar but it’s you”, (Lynch); the “unified field”, (modern physics); “everything unending”, (Lynch).

He claims even matter emerges from this field, and says enlightenment into consciousness is our fulfillment.

From my many experiences of what I call “the mystical experience of Reality”, (MER), I’d say enlightenment into consciousness, ie: MER, is only the beginning of fulfillment and that fulfillment does not end in being stuck in something as relatively unimportant as being human.

Other descriptions** I’ve come across include: Brahman; Atman; Gaia; Allah; God; Holy Spirit; Eternal Truth; Divine Consciousness; Supreme Universal Spirit; Eternal and Unchanging; Eternally Constant; Great Mystery: Anima; Universal Soul; Divine Mystery; Evolutionary Spirit/Union.

All of these do echo my experiences to some degree. But so far, I have not come across any historical or modern experiences of MER that conclude as I have that as humans we die to become spirit, to become completely fulfilled in Ultimate Reality, ie: consciousness.

Nothing human lasts.

All Is Well.

*David Lynch. https://youtu.be/m-RnlwICTQg

**Transcendental Meditation is a form of silent, mantra meditation advocated by the Transcendental Meditation movement. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi created the technique in India in the mid-1950s. Wikipedia

***https://www.universespirit.org/god-names-master-list-of-names-for-god-from-worlds-religions

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Spiritual Essays #32

I thought you might enjoy this essay. It speaks to my mystical experiences!

Keith.

Kelly's Quest

Why Renunciation is Prescribed for Seekers of Truth?

Renunciation

by Jayaram V

Summary: This essay explores the importance of being yourself and seeing things clearly as they are


Try to speak truth for a whole day and see what happens. You will be considered a troll and shut down by many from their communication channels. You will be regarded as a trouble maker, or a dangerous person. People are comfortable with their illusions. If you try to rupture them, you will invite trouble. Therefore, for most of us truth is what is socially acceptable and justifiable rather than what is true.

Being yourself is the first step to be true to yourself. It is an important step in your self-transformation and inner purity. Not many people can practice it, for the same reason as stated before. They cannot alienate people by speaking truth or being truthful. Even the most powerful…

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ARE SCIENTISTS QUESTIONING THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF “ALL REALITY”?

Are there many Realities beyond our understanding?

Watch scientist “Lawrence Krauss”* being interviewed on “What are the Ultimate Questions of All Reality?”, on YouTube:

In my view we cannot understand the complexities of ultimate Realities because we simply aren’t what it takes to make that possible; yet.

The good news is, I think my MERs are proposing human metamorphosis will at least take us further after death, but not as humans. Humanity will presumably become extinct when its use is finished.

Human hubris is misleading us into believing humans are the be-all-and-end-all of present existence forever …

* Lawrence Maxwell Krauss is an American-Canadian theoretical physicist and cosmologist who previously taught at Arizona State University, Yale University, and Case Western Reserve University. Wikipedia

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CONSCIOUSNESS DRIVES THE UNIVERSE?

“Consciousness drives the universe … I don’t think it’s an accident.” Dr Stuart Hammerof on Closer To Truth, You Tube.

Is Dr Hammerof describing the same consciousness as the Reality mystics experience so profoundly?

He also suggests in the interview that intuition derives from this universal consciousness.

This sounds very like the intuition that mystics are known for. It suggests some scientists at least are open to the experience of the mystics that they are notably connected to all consciousness by a greater Reality.

It certainly seems a likely explanation for how I ‘know’ the human race’s destiny is in preparation for total body and brain annihilation after death into pure spirit in the next stage of Reality, and that Reality is in charge.

Dr Hameroff is an American anesthesiologist and professor at the University of Arizona known for his studies of consciousness. Wikipedia.

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MYSTICISM BECOMING SCIENTIFIC MAINSTREAM?

If you want to know the speed at which science has already accepted MER ‘states’ and is now galloping to a full recognition of the phenomenon and it’s influence on human development then watch Roger Walsh MD., PhD., being interviewed on “Enlightenment and Transcendence” in this short clip:

Dr Walsh is an Australian professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, within UCI’s College of Medicine, according to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia says he is “respected for his views on psychoactive drugs and altered states of consciousness in relation with the religious/spiritual experience…”

“He has spent nearly a quarter century researching and practicing in the world’s great spiritual traditions. His critically acclaimed book, Essential Spirituality, is a summary of that wisdom, outlining the seven spiritual practices common to the world’s major religions.”

A search of his name in this blog will show several appearances of Dr Walsh and his published work on this subject.

He has written a number of popularly accessible books, judging by a preliminary search. However, all of them appear to have titles that suggest an anthropological approach to the subject. This is to be expected I suppose, but disappointing.

My view from my spontaneous multiple annual mystical experiences of Reality, (MER), from the age of about 15 to 35 years of age, is that human existence is not so exclusive to Reality as humans assume.

Nor, according to my MER experiences can MER be experienced by human effort, a common view Dr Walsh seems to be validating in his interview.

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Which Way

A significant Athony soliloquy i’d like to share …

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Who will you follow and where will you go. Up or down, which way. Forwards or backwards in an infinite universe, where the very concept of direction has no meaning.

Will you listen, perchance, to a holy man or prophet. Does philosopher or mage have the answers you seek, a fool even.

Or an inner voice perhaps, as you wander the water marshes. The cry of gulls, the shriek of the buzzards, the paddling ducks. Overhead the dull grey of winter skies soothes and complements, a light, pattering rain adding its quiet voice to those of all else around you.

Are you tired of life maybe, or just its struggles and inanities. Do you weary of the earth and skies or is it the tedium of your species which wears you down.

Everywhere there is noise and yet a signal seems nowhere to be found. Unless from within. Yes, there…

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DISCUSSION: THE CASE AGAINST REALITY.

THE CASE AGAINST REALITY, 370 pages,  pub. W.W. Norton. 

By Dr Donald Hoffman, cognitive psychologist, University of California.

According to an anonymous Google Play reviewer of Dr Hoffman’s ebook version of this title, Dr Hoffman is asking if we can trust our senses to tell us the truth about reality.

I take it this only means human reality because he says his theory is based on the theory of realitivity, ie. physical evolution.

Apparently, Dr Hoffman claims human perception is not a window on truth. “Can we trust our senses to tell us the truth? he is quoted as saying.

” No!” the mystics reply. They have been telling us for thousands of years there is a Reality encompassing everything in existence, including humans. Human senses without the experience of Reality are limited to mere human preservation. MER is much more than that.

Is Dr Hoffman bringing science to the edge of a perception of this Reality (MER) mystics say is human destiny? If so, will this mean Science will be permanently reduced to only examining physical reality – a mere study of practical technology, how and why things work? Is this book the beginning of the revolutionary scientific breakthrough that will eventually change science forever?

If you have read this book already, or now intend to, please let us have your comments on Dr Hoffman’s thoughts. He is also interviewed on this subject on You Tube’s CLOSER TO TRUTH.

Let us know what you think. Thank you.

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Mystical Experience of Reality

The first review of this Blog’s book, MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES OF REALITY.

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There are certain activities or states of mind which trigger in me what Abraham Maslow calls “peak experiences”. Reading Keith Hancock’s Mystical Experience of Reality does just that.

I have been sitting in our beautiful cottage garden in the spring sunshine. The birds have been singing and all is well. Phrases in Keith’s book take me to treasured places and I really care little if this seems a mere flight of fancy.

I am in Narnia running ever on into greater and higher levels of Eden, alongside the lion, the children and all the talking animals. I am leaving Middle Earth with the elves, from the harbor at Grey Havens, travelling with them to their mythical and otherworldly origins. I am subliming with Ian M Banks to a transcendent realm outside of physical reality.

It is odd how merely reading about such states or places can often bring on feelings…

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OFFERS TO PROMOTE THE BOOK

My Reply:

No thank you.

I’ve found my new book, MYSTIC EXPERIENCE OF REALITY, pub. BookLocker, is finding its own readers – those who are bewildered by an apparent calling they don’t understand, as well as by scientists and academics who are puzzled by the historical mystic phenomena the book is all about; and others, still secret mystics, who are comforted by the validation the contents offer. They are the ones who have moments of sudden understanding when they come across contents in the book they thought only they had experienced.

The book is not meant for the merely curious who are not called to it by their inner promptings.

I’m also seeing this happen with my blog, mysticexperiences.net.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Here is an academic study that suggests to me the subject of mysticism is nearing mainstream status. If true this could produce a widely focused transformational understanding of the meaning of human evolution – as some Sufi experiences have predicted for thousands of years.

What do you think?

This excerpt, the author’s Conclusion from the end of his paper, will give you an idea of what I mean:

(Note: As readers will know however, I am not convinced the transformation can be induced by human effort. My spontanious experiences indicate the Mystic Experience of Reality (MER) is caught, not taught).

Spirituality and the Transformation of Consciousness


By Merv Dickinson, PhD

“If, as our spiritual traditions have long maintained and as current studies in transpersonal psychology seem to confirm, it is possible to develop beyond our usual level of ego-consciousness to a state described as self-transcendence, and if such transformational changes as are summarised above typically accompany this transition, then clearly there is value in exploring, from both a personal and a research point of view, whatever practices may in fact facilitate this transition – including those that for so long have comprised the heart of the world’s great spiritual traditions. At the very least, we would do well in this secular post-modern age, when so many of us are distancing ourselves from the apparent absurdities of organised religion, not to throw out the proverbial baby with the bathwater, but perchance to rediscover what the spiritual Masters have for so long been trying to tell us.”

 

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April 2020