My annual multiple experiences of this mystical experience of Reality (M.E.R.) from the age of approximately late 14 to mid 30’s suggested the experience has no physical or human provenance. Beware fake mystics or mere experiencers of human phenomena or ‘miracles’.
The conclusion is that MER cannot be communicated, evangelised or proseletised, as even scientists are discovering, to their frustration.
Modern scientists are calling the gap between science and the mystical experience, the Abyss or Void. (While this suggests science might be a dead end, mystics are suggesting the experience isn’t – it’s far from dead, it is part of the very essence of the evolutionary process, without any need of phenomena or miracles).
In fact, it seems any human attempt to access the phenomena has been made impossible by a simple firewall with an unbreakable password – that password being the actual experience itself.
So no one can conjure up the experience or bestow it on others. It comes spontaneously. It does not even commonly use language to express itself. Whatever there is to know, experiencers then know. Whoever experiences MER has no need of hope, faith, or belief because they then KNOW the Reality it reveals. There is no understanding of this method of communication known to mankind so far.
My experiences were given in a void of all human senses or attachments. The experience does not use the senses. MER is the existential essence of Reality, the very foundation of all existence. It has no physical characteristics, is indescribable but undeniable; ineffable. It can only be accessed by experiencing it, and it decides who or what can experience it.
No amount of goodness or charity, meditation, scholarly study or intellectual application, no religiosity, hope, faith or belief can qualify anyone to open up the experience to themselves or others, not to individuals, countries, political movements, ideologies, reason, logic or intuition.
As explained elsewhere in this blog, the overwhelming experience is one of complete, inextinguishable personal acceptance by the experiencer of an infinitely vast, totally encompassing benign Reality that has a gentleness nurtured by its unassailable power. It gifts to the experiencer a level and strength of feeling of infinite gratitude, humility and joy generally unknown to human experience.
Not everyone that experiences this mystical experience of Reality is called to tell about it, to become a teacher/guru or master. That includes me! Reality does its own evangelising.
All I can trust myself to tell you from my experiences of this phenomena is there is more to life than being merely human. Reality will come for you when you’re ready. There are no losers. In the meantime, beware fake mystics and teachers who preach being a better human is what it’s all about. Tell that to the dinosaurs and the 99 per cent of all creatures that have become extinct since the world began … Only Reality remains for ever.
I wrote this plea for help to a wise, experienced, thinking friend:
I’m still having problems with the proposed book on the Blog’s findings.
I’ve come to the conclusion that as the experiences I had were spontaneous, they can’t be evangelised by humans, can’t be passed on.
In my experience there seems to be some nonhuman selection of mystics in play that’s impregnable to all interference with its intent.
So this is why I “know” I’m not a teacher or Master. There seems to be no need for that, especially as I’m a Contemplative and Quietist*, (through no persuasion of my own on either subject).
I now also know much of the ancient eastern literature supports this position (though it would make no difference to me if it didn’t, owing to the strength of my experiences of M.E.R).
Some modern writings support the notion of gurus but not on any evidence that I know from my own M.E.R.
I also “know” the human race is not the be all and end all of Reality. I see that even some scientists agree about that.
Some Sufi experience also reveals that humans are merely in process along a path of evolution to become pure spirit. Presumably the human race will then become extinct.
So, here’s my dilemma: why write a book about M.E.R? The process seems to be satisfactorily in play – all is well. Why should I interfere even if I could?
May I ask what your mind tells you?
* Quietism: A requirement to withdraw from all human effort and practice passive contemplation of Reality.
All the best.
My friend replied:
“Well, you have to want to do it, not feel that you should.
“It has been a dominant part of your psyche for most of your years, so it is understandable that you would seek to express for others your thoughts and experiences.
“A doorway to a book might be the very thing that’s causing this angst: the coming to terms with M.E.R.**
There’s a story there, the tale of how you discovered this essence of your being, the acceptance — and possible initial rejection — of this phenomenon. Your intellectual travels with it: a metaphorical briefcase into which you were compelled to peek and the slamming shut of the lid, in consternation, fascination and, perhaps, even fear.
“And then, eagerly opening it and breathing in its alien odour. A book which offers insight and dwells as well on the skepticism and wonder expressed by those few to whom you explained what may have been unexplainable.
“And your attempts to articulate its mystery — to yourself, and occasionally to others.
“It’s like a love tale with all the travails and joys that accompany the embrace of an unescapable passion..”
People who are called to think about their existence want to be authentic. It is a pressing thirst and hunger.
There’s a deep instinct to be whatever it is we’re meant to be despite the clutter of expectations coming at us from all levels.
Those not called to think about such things remain what the wise ones to this day call “sleepwalkers”. They await their turn.
So those who for some reason not yet known to mankind are not sleepwalkers, the perennial question is,
“Are our lives best left to Reality? Is it the daily promptings in our lives of Reality that are meant to keep us focused on authenticity by ridding us of our human irrelevancies and distractions?”
Is it the experience of Reality that gives us the discernment to avoid the repetitive pains of human history – so that we can develop individually in peace and contentment – eventually shucking off the human experience to become what we really are?
Is the locus of every person’s true identity, their true existence, not after all in sleep walking through life automatically, indiscriminately adopting the world’s values by default?
Is there anything of lasting value to be found in studying humanity after all?
Even scientists are now suggesting science is not able to answer the perennial questions of existence. Professor Michio Kaku suggests humanity is only at a level of “Type ‘O’ civilisation”. (See hundreds of “Closer to Truth” probing video interviews with leading scholars, academics, scientists, philosophers and psychologists).
So, is humanity merely a carrier? Are humans just transients, passing through, evolving? Is this what mystics experience? Is Spirit winning over Matter?
Is only Reality forever, always true, totally dependent, steadfast? Is anything else as awake, as authentic? Is Reality what it’s all about?
I didn’t answer your other questions so now here are my belated answers:
Q: The author states that the spiritual lethargy and poverty of India reflects centuries of meditation.The yogi goes inward to still the mind and his goal is to attain bliss and joy and become one with GOD, unaware that union with God is not possible.
A: The whole point of existence and meditation is personal realisation of oneness with Reality. This leads to surrender and spiritual discrimination, a different attitude to poverty versus material “richness”, for instance
So far as the assertion that union with “God” is not possible is concerned, I have experienced Reality many times and know Reality is far bigger than “God” or gods or human ambitions and goals and that union with it is all life is about.
Despite what we generally see, hear and feel as humans, not all here is what it seems. Reality is winning. All is well.
By the way, the aforementioned fruits of oneness like bliss and joy are just two of many gifts of the Experience. They’re spiritual gifts, not ephemeral worldly objects of human want.
Q: Then the author continues: It is within the destiny of Soul however, to become a Co-worker with God and enter into the true realm of heaven.
Is this pure, mistaken human ego and ignorance? There is no evidence, experiential or experimental, for such an assertion.
Reality doesn’t need humans. It draws us to Itself. It can’t be commanded, invoked, evangelised or proselytised, in my experience. It is caught, not taught or thought.
Q: Do you think there is any truth to his belief that the present state of India has been effected by meditation versus contemplation?
A: The author’s declaration of the “present state of India” sounds as if the author is referring to India’s worldy, non spiritual, contemporary state we know from the news. The wordly state has nothing to do with spirituality.
Individual Indians however are in evolutionary spiritual transition, like us, and their experience of Reality is ancient and has made them fatalistic, surrendering to mankind’s unstoppable spiritual evolution into Reality.
(They tend to “let go and let god whereas we try to use “God” as a magic spell to deliver our wordly wants).
Indian culture has traditionally been unimpressed by the western world’s realities, while western culture has become more and more materialistic.
All earthly anchored cultures are dying, dead ends.
Only Reality is constant, real and lasting.
Mankind as such may or may not survive the transition into Reality but it doesn’t matter. There is more than being merely human.
Reality is in charge. All is well, as your meditation will reveal if you persist, (or if Reality doesn’t get you first …).
Q: What is the difference between contemplation and meditation?
A: Contemplation and meditation are about the inner work towards personal realisation of Reality.
I can’t answer from experience because my realisation of Reality was different. It didn’t come from special focus/concentration, contemplation or meditation. It was spontaneous.
I remember knowing at about five years of age that my destiny was to find my soul and return it to what I then called “God”.
Ten years later I was called by what I call MER (the Mystical Experience of Reality) to experience Reality for the first of many times, every year, until I was in my late thirties.
So focus, contemplation and meditation were not my path to Reality. Contemplation was a tool subsequently used to inspect Reality and human life.
Meditation, surrendering, never worked if I invoked it. It came as a fruit of my constant rededication to the joyousness of Reality’s love, guidance, defence, encouragement and unending presence.
It’s been an effortless process, though not without its frustrations and futile attempts to take my destiny into my own hands now and again …
Being involved in humanity is not easy for a mystic.
(However, I’m much encouraged that leading scientists are more and more aware of the fundamental centrality of the mystic experience in humanity’s evolution).
Today, constant promptings continue to play a big part in the perennial inner work against lust, anger, greed, attachments and ego, the veils between humans and Reality.
SEEKER? As for you, it seems you’re called, you’re a Seeker.
That which you seek seeks you, so you might as well give in, because Reality doesn’t.
My recommendation would be for you to consider practising complete surrender, one bit at a time. That’ll mean a lot of sitting quietly, waiting, listening, resisting thoughts as they arise, staying blank, avoiding distractions. This is the inner work. It’s constant. It’s what you’re all about. Ultimately, nothing can separate you from your destiny, your joy and acceptance in Reality. You’ll never want to be just human ever again.
Follow this way and you’ll be taken through all the focus, contemplation and meditation you need …
I hope this is helpful.
“The search is what everyone would undertake if he were not stuck in the everydayness of his own life. To be aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.”
Walker Percy (1916–1990) was one of the most prominent American writers of the twentieth century. Goodread.com
The spiritual life is a calling. You cannot decide you will have a spiritual life because you think it’s probably a good idea, because you want to be a better human being, or because you’re curious.
Not to worry if you’ve not got to that stage. There are no failures, no one is left behind. You are as precious as the first even though you may think you are the last. In fact there are no first or lasts. All is well, and in good order.
The true Seeker however will eventually know that what he or she thought they sought, seeks them.
The whole idea was put in your mind. It was not your idea. If you are a Seeker, you are ready whether you know it or like it or not. You are accepted, much loved, much nurtured, and protected on levels of understanding no man, woman can transfer to you, but which will be revealed to you personally. You are being readied. All is well; then, now and for ever.
Note: There are citations for all these assertions. You’re very welcome to present them. But I thought you would prefer to hear my personal experience at this early stage, not just acquired, second hand, regurgitated references anyone can access.
“After having gone through all the trouble to make you, the atoms that form you are impertinent. Not only do they have no interest in you, they don’t even know you exist. In fact, when you die, your atoms go elsewhere, so, ultimately, your entire body disappears. Isn’t it strange that the atoms that formed you go on to form other things, but you disappear? Humbling, to say the least.”
ROBERT RINGER, Author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.