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16835Re: Features of a Mystical Experience

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  • Papajeff
    Oct 14, 2009
      Thanks, Bob. Whoever wrote it,
      wrote it with polish and precision.


      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
      > I'm not sure if I wrote this or someone else
      > did. If it was me, I don't really care, but
      > if it was someone else, I'd like to credit
      > them properly. So if you know where this came
      > from, please let me know. In any event, Enjoy!
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      > Features of a Mystical Experience
      > The three pillars of self, time, and space all
      > undergo profound transfiguration in a mystical
      > experience.
      > 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
      > unimaginable scale.
      > 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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