JASON’S POTENT SHARE

Blog reader Jason sent this email to the Blog’s Contact number. My replies are as follows:

“I appreciate the avenue that you’re making available for people to express and share the most spiritual and powerfully awe inspiring, “mystical” experiences of their lives…. Thank you.

“From the age of 12 and perhaps even earlier, this “vehicle” my parents named Jason has been blessed/cursed with “happenings”…. Moments where the personal mind, the CPU, has “turned off” to reveal the Stillness of the Timeless reality that encompasses all of us “behind” the sequential thought flow that makes up what we perceive as a time based “reality”. 

“As the years moved forward, these experiences would occur sporadically and spontaneously, broadening to include encounters w entities both dark and Light, telepathic “uploads” to the CPU of the grey matter between the ears, out of body experiences, severe psychological/egoic fractures and death experiences, Timeless levels of existence, “glitches” in the time/space simulation, events that defy the laws of physics, entering the Light to be embraced by All in One, yet never being able to stay, and much more.”

I haven’t come across such a comprehensively unique, personal, expressive description of the mystical experience of Reality, (MER) in any of my readings, discussions and comments.

“Throughout the years I’ve attempted to share these experiences with others only to see others “eyes cross” or roll back in their head figuratively speaking…. Never able to find the proper platform from which to express and convey these very intimate and seemingly important experiences. What frustration. What doubt and self questioning that’s resulted from being looked at as strange or even “certifiable” according to the current psychiatric definitions and terminologies of modern psychology….. Questioning one’s own sanity time and time again.

Very familiar!  After over 60 years of not telling anyone about my MERs, when I eventually answered inner promptings to publish this Blog, I discovered great solace in the discovery that the MER phenomenon has been well if not popularly known worldwide in all cultures. It was scientists who first used the word, ‘ineffable’* to describe the impossibility of describing MER. 

Some of today’s physicists refer to the abyss between scientific knowledge and actual mystic experience of absolute Reality in which everything known and unknown exists as “the hard question”.

“As my spiritual practice has evolved and grown, there have been indications from the Stillness, the “nothingness” which at the same time IS the Infinite Potential from which all things arise, to document all remembered experiences…. Or at least compile a list for future use. I followed the continual promptings in deeper states of “meditation” (not mentation**) and came up with a notebook page filling one side completely and half the backside, listing in very short, one line descriptions of each.

“I don’t feel comfortable expressing them verbally at the moment but have since childhood had the inclination to write, to express, to share, for whatever reason and/or purpose, in some sort of written format. I feel deep down that these experiences I’ve “suffered” and then the reassimilating process, the wandering, sometimes lasting weeks, attempting to readjust to a personal mind, encased in a temporary body, with an apparent time and space based manifest reality around it…. I feel these happening are extremely important and can benefit others, someone, somewhere, somehow.

Wales University has a 6,000 strong archive it is collecting on such experiences. The archives were originally established by Dr Alister Hardy at Oxford University. The University publishes the “JOURNAL FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE”. They might be worth contacting.

This is my first attempt in 43 years at reaching out to another, to see if Universe, with it’s masterful quality of synchronicity, might help in arranging something of a synergy with another/others in an effort to shine more light on and learn from the concept and direct encounters with these “mystical experiences”. I would be willing to write down and describe to the best of my ability, putting the ineffable into words, what happened in these events and what they felt like. I’m not sure to what end exactly but again I’m following the promptings of that still small voice that speaks daily, through the anxious noise and nervous rattling of the conditioned personal mind. As of yesterday, the soundtrack on the vinyl record we call the programming of the personal mind skipped and I heard “share your mystical experiences”. As if an inaudible voice were saying go online and search “where to share your mystical experiences”. And so I find myself writing you an email…..

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on what this might mean to you and what gets stirred within you as to what might be done with what I’ve shared. In essence I’m looking to share with the intent of helping other “wanderers” out there who are feeling isolated, alone and questioning their own sanity. Connecting with others who feel drawn, or “inducted” into this mystical level of understanding…. Never having asked for it, prayed for it or even really wanted the burden…. Would be such an honor and a blessing!

I too published this Blog partly as a way of searching for human answers and “looking to share with the intent of helping other “wanderers” out there who are feeling isolated, alone and questioning their own sanity”, as you say.

If my experiences are anything to go by all your answers will come from the source, MER. I no longer pay attention to the human condition except for my much watered down worldly duties as husband, father, friend, colleague, citizen. Humans are cared by a far more powerful source than other humans. Humans can only interfere rather than help.

The human mind, including our own, is also an impediment to our real growth, as human history and mystic experience reveal only too clearly …

“Please consider what I’ve shared and see if this resonates with you on some level. See if and how it moves you.

It certainly does! 

“I anticipate your response and whatever direction the Divine may choose to create a path for the expression of these spiritual/mystical “happenings”.

Well, this post on mysticexperiences.net might bring forth further comments. Also, look up RECOMMENDED BOOKS in this Blog, or search for “mysticexperiences.net BOOK & FILM REVIEWS”  Check the Secretary at the Wales University Mystic archives. In the meantime, have you considered starting your own Blog to let your writing act as an inspirational tool for understanding?

All best wishes, Keith.

*Ineffable:  “Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable. Not to be uttered; taboo. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.” Wikipedia

** Mentation: Mental activity; thinking.The action or exercise of the mind or of its physical organ; mental activity; ideation; cerebration; intellection.”  Wikipedia

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DEALING WITH HUMAN DISTRACTIONS

A follower wrote:

I can quite understand your reluctance to get involved in proselytizing and marketing. Let alone the incomprehensible realm of social media. It is not an area for which I have any liking either but regrettably, as with all commerce, I guess someone has to do it. As to me, yes, it is incredibly difficult to fight  lifetime’s habit of ‘doing’ things in the human world.  I would say that yes, I am still having difficulty in letting go.

I answered:

“I have a possible answer to that! My favourite MBA, a niece (!), gave me the idea of engaging a qualified financial planner, so I got a former Price Waterhouse man whose department was taken over by TD, a Canadian bank. Now, 11 years later our capital remains intact even though we dont spend all the income he and TD make for us. Being comfortably free of the human curse of having to work for a living has removed me of much of the major human burdens of attachments, duties and responsibilities that so harried my spiritual calling  … 

(Has the debilitatingly hard challenge of fighting a lifetime’s human inculcation been lifted – to reveal an hitherto veiled spiritual dynamic?! Are you in a position to answer that about yourself?!).

The correspondent replied:

“I must certainly put our finances in capable hands – I no longer have the skill or desire to manage money. Or indeed to manage anything in a physical human world which I find increasingly baffling and unsatisfactory.

“You have often told me to discard the distractions of humanity and this has become a compelling necessity.

” … a relative wondered whether I had said all I had to say. I said that I had certainly finished lamenting the sad state of the human world.

” … years ago … I think I probably felt anger about the shocking injustice and inequality which abounds. The violence, greed and anger we see all around us. I expressed my distaste.

“These days I realize how completely futile such an undertaking was and hence have become far more inward looking. The external physical world and in particular humanity will never change and hence the violence and greed will simply continue until the race goes mercifully extinct.

“I still suffer from great fear and anxiety and this too I must let go. Letting go – what a vital concept. I must accept that this is all that remains of my task. To let go finally and completely.”

I commiserated:

“Your journey is particularly difficult for now. Your mind is feral, a common plague.

As the world loses its power over you you’ll regain your lost true self, as well as your inherited but neglected centre of content.

You certainly wont take the world with you on exit!

“All Is Well.”

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“Not all who wander, are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

This quote is very true.

My late Sufi Master said, “There are no failures.”

As someone who through no fault of his own experienced the joyous rebirth of the experience of Reality many times a year for over 15 years, I can verify this truth.

We are not body or brain. We are more.

Humanity’s destiny is to eventually shed body and brain like a chrysalis to become individually truly fulfllled in the fullness of Reality.

Each individual aspect of existence goes through this, not just humans.

All Is Well – no matter what humans get up to.

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“MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE OF REALITY” BOOK NOW AVAILABLE TO 2.5 BILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE.

This Blog’s book, “Mystical Experience of Reality” is now live on the Google Play Bookstore.

Apparently it will now reach a wider audience of 2.5 billion people worldwide who own an Android device through their access to the Google Play store – more than even Amazon reaches:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=bH13EAAAQBAJ

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Results of working with divine guidance: a paradigm shift

Spiritual Awakening

When one works with divine guidance, where does this lead to?

There are several topics that can be mentioned. And one of them is a shift in worldview.

Nothing actually changed when people started thinking that the Earth is round and not flat or that the Earth moves around the Sun (instead of the Sun moving around the Earth). In daily life, the streets and fields looked as flat as before. And the Sun still rose in the East each morning and went down in the West each evening. It was just a change in the worldview in people’s minds.

And yet it had large consequences because the way was paved for more scientific discoveries.

When working with divine guidance, there is a similar shift in worldview in store for us. Namely, that consciousness does not originate from the neurons of the brain, but that it is prior to everything…

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RON KRUMPOS’ NEW BOOK

The Greatest Achievement in Life: Five Traditions of Mysticism and Mystical Approaches to Life – a review of the book.

Ron, who has three degrees in philosophy is a long time follower of this blog. He has meticulously updated his ebook with a professional publishing team. The ebook had 70,000 downloads. Now it is a five star paperback on Amazon, available in book stores everywhere.

It is a seminal book on mysticism, a comprehensive first hand explanation of all we currently know about the phenomenon of this exclusive mystical experience of cosmic Reality from humanity’s earliest history.

It is based on personal interviews with leading world wide figures who have actually had the mystic experience.

The main effect of this important work will be on those who have had the mystical experience, and genuine seekers who are helplessly called by Reality, as well as the academics and scientists around the world who since the 70’s have been studying the subject and publishing with growing intensity.

Mystics and seekers in particular will feel the passionate power of Reality’s inexplicable but undeniable presence in this book.

For its fullest personal effect this is one of those rare books to be approached respectfully without ego, hubris or attachments. Words and phrases of personal confirmation and reassurance will spring out at you, after which nothing will be the same.

“The Greatest Achievement in Life” qualifies as a personal book to be taken with you wherever you are for those quiet moments when Reality shows It knows you, accepts you, guards you, guides you, asks for nothing – has been with you forever and will be with you long after humanity’s extinction.

All Is Well.

Sri Aurobindo-Theory of Mind

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Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act. All living thought is a world in preparation; all real act is a thought manifested. The material world exists because an idea began to play in divine self–consciousness.

Hierarchy from lowest Inconsistent state of consciousness to higher perfect state of Supreme mind

Several concepts of Mind is described in Western concepts of Mind studies. They are

Psycho-analytical (cf., Sigmund Freud, Karl Jung, A. Adler), Behavioural (cf., Gilbert Ryle), Gestalt (cf., Max Wertheimer,Kurt Koffka, Wolfgang Kohler), Physiological (cf., J. J. C. Smart, U. T. Place, Feigl),Psycho-physical (cf., Karl Popper), Evolutionary (cf., Henry Bergson, Samuel Alexander,Whitehead), Functional (cf., R. Rorty, Peter Smith, O. R. Jones), and Mental or Homo Sapiens-oriented (cf., Roger Penrose).

Iceberg Theory of Mind by Psycho-analyst Freud

With so many scientific concept challenging the Traditional Mind- Theory, Sri Aurobindo concept is still fresh with its truthful & genuine…

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ON MYSTICISM AND MEISTER ECKHART

Kone, Krusos, Kronos

Meister Eckhart

The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.“.

The above quotes belong to Meister Eckhart Eckhart von Hochheim  (c. 1260 – c. 1328),[1] commonly known as Meister Eckhart[a] or Eckehart, was a German Catholic theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha in the Landgraviate of Thuringia (now central Germany) in the Holy Roman Empire.

Eckhart came into prominence during the Avignon Papacy at a time of increased tensions between monastic orders, diocesan clergy, the Franciscan Order, and Eckhart’s Dominican Order of Preachers. In later life, he was accused of heresy and brought up before the local Franciscan-led Inquisition, and tried as a heretic by Pope John XXII. He seems to have died before his verdict was received.

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DEFINITIONS OF MYSTICISM

There are so many defiinitions of mysticism today. Is this an indication of Reality at work, creating a growing popularity that is deliberately bringing the human race into its next evolutionay phase?

Will humans jettison their historically repetitious failing religious, political, idealogical and cultural values?

Are humans beings directed to firmer evolutionary root values currently only revealed by Reality Itself to mystics?

In the meantime, some modern definitions of mysticism persistently come nowhere near the simple truth.

They are still filled with ignorance, suggesting for instance a philosophical “allegation” of the knowledge the mystic experience imparts, or inserting the usual false suggestions of social, religious influence, ‘God’, dogmas, rituals, a role of personal choice, prayer or personal effort etc., etc.

Here are some selected definitions that come nearest to an understanding of the historical phenomena:

Belief in direct experience of transcendent reality or God, especially by means of contemplation and asceticism instead of rational thought.Such experience had by an individual. Belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are directly accessible by subjective experience." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

The part where it says:

especially by means of contemplation and asceticism instead of rational thought"is of course rubbish, bereft of any experience of the actual mystical experience of Reality (MER).

“Mysticism is popularly known as becoming one with God or the Absolute, but may refer to any kind of ecstasy or altered state of consciousness which is given a religious or spiritual meaning.” Wikipedia

Where this says, “but may refer to any kind of ecstasy or altered state of consciousness which is given a religious or spiritual meaning” is rubbish too for the same reason as above

Merriam webster dictionary: “Mysticism definition is – the experience of mystical union or direct communion with ultimate reality reported by mystics.”

This is a good, simple, statement of truth.

“Gaia.com : Ultimate reality is something that is supreme, final, and the fundamental power in all reality. Unlike Christianity, Islam or Judaism, Mysticism is not rooted in faith, principle, dogma, or even belief.”

Gaia’s description is the one i would pick to describe my personal experiences of MER.

Reposts of posts from mysticexperiences.net are welcomed.

AN ASCENT INTO REALITY

Reblogged from zenothestoic.com


“Words from a Garden” by Anthony Garner.

Why is there something rather than nothing, he mused. Does life have any purpose.

Are we merely a jumbled collection of quarks and leptons or part of some grand design, something much bigger altogether.

He wondered, as he sat in his Edenic and walled garden, why he so badly needed to know. Why, since early childhood the concept of “no thing” had so disturbed him. If not this universe then what. How was “no thing” possible.

What were the answers and where were they to be found. Did he but know it he had spent his life seeking. In all the wrong places.

Had he advice to give, anything to help his younger self stumbling along the path. Or any other soul seeking to make sense of the maelstrom of life on earth.

There is no sense to be found, cried the materialists. All is physics they said and life a random element of evolution. Consciousness they claimed is an illusion, we have no self merely a string of memories we use to guide us in making predictions. Driven be a sightless urge evolved to spread our virus, our very lives no more than a carrier and we no better than a disease.

Surely, he reasoned, we might be said to be greater than the sum of our parts. Or was the ability to witness our universe and to sense our very existence yet another mirage dreamt up by a mindless algorithm.

I refute it thus, he thought and buried himself deeper in the mystery. Appealing not to the stone of Bishop Berkeley, but to the witness of his own changing thought patterns. To his ripening ability to enter a different reality even if only within the confines of his own mind.

He leant back in his chair and closed his eyes. A mist descended and that world so often called reality receded to be replaced by something other. Something altogether more benign. Which then was more “real”, internal or external.

Gradients of bliss were what he sought and in that alternate reality he often seemed to find them. He asked to be “where no storms come…out of the swing of the sea”. In such moods he found himself ” in fields where flies no sharp and sided hail and a few lilies blow”.

In such a world all became clear. Brutality and hunger did not exist, ambition and the quest for ever more made no sense. Creed and foolish dogma held no sway there and man did not kill man in pursuit of some fabricated ideal.

Was it an escape from harsh mundanity, from the often cruel and pointless. Was it a valid quest, this journey into a different reality which seemed at such times so close. He thought he saw transcendence, witnessed it, entered into a realm where all was well.

At these moments, the world made sense, if world it was he witnessed. Who was there, did anyone come to meet him. A creator perhaps or at least an omnipotence. He thought not, at least not persons or entities that he would normally recognize on a more terrestrial plane.

Something was there though. An indefinable sense of being. And well being at that. Creature of his own mind some would say and yet if so, what a creation, what a different way to exist. What a state to enjoy.

Drifting deep in meditation he sometimes found himself in a situation he recognized from waking “reality” and sometimes not. He is aware that he is aware. He is aware that he perceives, that he has or is consciousness. But what he is or quite where he is often eludes him altogether at such moments.

Sometimes he believes he may be a note of music as he seems to hear the deep and dark melody of a glorious cello. His being is intertwined with that music, that note. He is it, it is him. Who is playing or where the playing is performed does not matter and time itself seems to have no purchase. He is. No more seems necessary, no explanation required.

At other moments or places in this sea of infinity he is colour and pattern. He is in and integrally part of some great and beautiful scene, abstract at times and then something more recognizable. A field of flowers perhaps, gently waving in the breeze. A barque upon a sea whose white and wind filled sails lead on to some fabled land beyond a wall of blue water, where snow glistens upon distant mountains and the sun shines on gentle uplands. A blue sky with a light wind and the cry of wheeling gulls. The tang of a salt breeze.

Where are you he said, show yourself if you are to be found. But the answers were not so much ill defined as unexpected and arcane. It is not that simple they seemed to say. We are and we are not. Things work differently here. We are you and you us. Or neither, perhaps even existence itself is illusory.

While some may find alarm in such apparent chaos, he found great joy and calm. He did not expect to find sense in any conventional terms.

And yet sense he did find in an altogether more satisfactory manner. Common sense ceased to matter. Material existence was nowhere to be found, just a profound peace in an infinity without beginning or end.

The numinous some would say, the divine. Back in the world of men and letters such states had been described as best they might for thousands of years and across all races and creeds.

The Cloud of Unknowing wrote one such contemplative some 700 years ago. A liberation wrote another, sitting under a tree. A state of perfect peace and nothingness at the very fount of all that is or ever was or will be.

When he woke to find physical presence once again it was with a slowness and a realization that life was to be lived for the sort of dreams and ecstasy he had found within. If indeed there was any such difference between within and without. Increasingly he came to understand that there need not be.

Quietness and slowness and silence were the way to lead life, he knew. And simplicity within and without. To see and hear beauty at every twist and turn in a world which, while apparently physical, was in most senses as immaterial as anything encountered in the midst of meditation.

Matter they said had no solidity. All was energy arranged in such a way as to produce the appearance of stability. How wonderful then was this world and how closely did it reflect the visions he had seen from within.

And so he would listen to birdsong along the shoreline and he would play music and sing in quiet and ancient places. He would live among flowers and trees and he would write and he would read.

Why is there something rather than nothing, he mused. Does life have any purpose. I am, he said. Let that be enough.

“Humans were spiritual beings long before there were religions … religions only came 10,000 years ago.”

Nicholas Humphrey is an English psychologist, based in Cambridge, who is known for his work on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness. His ten books include Consciousness Regained, The Inner Eye, A History of the Mind, Leaps of Faith, The Mind Made Flesh, Seeing Red, and Soul Dust. Closertotruth.com

SCIENCE’S FUTURE IN REALITY?

I was watching a couple of scientists talking about matter and reality when I realised they only knew of matter and were trying to reconcile it with what they call metaphysics and we call mysticism.

It also confirmed to me that matter is the limit of scientific investigation, the abyss between scientific experiment and mystic experience.

Science can’t investigate Reality as a scientific endeavour. Individual scientists can, but only as individuals independent of human attachments, and then only when called by Reality, not by any efforts of their own, (so far as my own mystic experiences tell me).

As the human race evolves into Reality, will science as it is now become extinct, eventually disappear into becoming a technical trade applying its discoveries in matter to all manner of human needs and wants like health diagnosis and repair, medicines, electronics, education, transport, building, recycling, renewing, feeding and so on?

The mystic experience of Reality, MER, produces mystics who know matter is merely a primitive form of existence in Reality. They know Reality is drawing everything, including us, into Itself, where body and brain don’t need to exist, in a reality of ineffable joy and belonging.

All Is Well.

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THE ‘GOD’ AND HUMAN DELUSION.

Fascinated by the discussion between four notable atheists on YouTube, Ben Stiller, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, I was just about to buy the Dawkins’ book, ‘The God Delusion’.

But I didn’t buy it. I suddenly realised the subject of ‘God’ and atheism is none of my business!

Why? The book is entirely from the human perspective. I am, apparently, a practeyeka buddha*. Anyway by just being given personal insight into existence, I know there are more important things afoot in Reality than being merely human.

Why poke about in the entrails of religions and ‘God’? Outside the glow of this modern cave’s primitive flickering fire and shadows of earnest debate, Reality is giving us all we need.

Reality, as experienced by mystics, directs our evolutionary journey to our spiritual destiny into Itself. (Scientists are beginning to put it differently at last) Nevertheless It doesn’t need or ask for human help, opinion or debate.

All Is Well.

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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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