16834Features of a Mystical Experience
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Features of a Mystical Experience
The three pillars of self, time, and space all
undergo profound transfiguration in a mystical
There no longer is any separation between the
self and what is not the self. Personal identity
and all of existence become one and the same. In fact,
there is no "personal" identity because we understand
at the most basic level the underlying unity
and interdependence of all existence.
Past, present, and future merge together
into a timeless moment, the now of eternity. Time
stops, in as much as it no longer "passes." There is
existence, but it is not dependent upon time. Now
and then, before and after, all combine into
this exact point. On the relative level, short
periods of time encompass enormous amounts of experience.
As our self and time lose their boundaries,
space becomes vast. Like time, space is no longer
here or there but everywhere, limitless, without edges.
Here and there are the same. It is all here.
In this infinitely vast time and space with
no limited self, we hold up to examination all
contradictions and paradoxes and see they no longer
conflict. We can hold, absorb, and accept
everything our mind conjures up:
good and evil, suffering and happiness,
small and large. We now are certain
that consciousness continues after the body
dies, and that it existed long before this particular
physical form. We see the entire universe in a blade
of grass and know what our face was like
before our parents met.
Extraordinarily powerful feelings surge through
our consciousness. We are ecstatic, and the
intensity of this joy is such that our body
cannot contain it - it seems to need a temporarily
disembodied state. While the bliss is
pervasive, there's also an underlying peace
and equanimity that's not affected by even
this incredibly profound happiness.
There is a searing sense of the sacred and
the holy. We contact an unchanging, unborn,
undying, and uncreated reality. It is a personal
encounter with the "Big Bang," God, Cosmic
Consciousness, the source of all being. Whatever
we call it, we know we have met the fundamental
bedrock and fountainhead of existence, one that
emanates love, wisdom, and power on an
We call it "enlightenment" because we encounter
the white light of creation's majesty. We may
meet guides, angels, or other disembodied
spirits, but we pass them all as we merge with
the light. Our eyes now, finally, are truly open,
and we see things clearly in a "new light."
The import and momentousness of the experience
stands alone in our history. It may serve to focus
the rest of our life toward the completion, filling
out, and working through of the insights obtained.
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