13030Mysticism a Regressional Experience?
- Apr 1, 2007I'm continually fascinated by the story of the Garden of Eden and
it's various version in Gnostic books.
My take is that the Garden was a mystical experience that many
people of different religious experiences experience. In a book by a
Transpersonal writer Ken Wilber, he more or less dissess Eden as a
pre-egoistic state where the differentiation between the self and the
outside worn't exist.
I disagree with that. In my opinion, the eating of the Tree of
Knowledge of Good and Evil was a divorcing of the counscious human
being from the mystical sense of oneness that existed before. This
was the "Fall" into matter.
Thge author makes regression seem to be inicimal to spiritual
progress. I belkeive that is a false dychotomy. My own perspective is
that it IS a form of Gnosis, I call Agnosis, or intuitive knowledge
without the framework of conceptual thought.
Anyways, a lot of mystical experience seems like to me a regression
to a earlier stae of perception and cognition.
So do you think that some mystical experiences are regressive in
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