Re: Features of a Mystical Experience
- Thanks, Bob. Whoever wrote it,
wrote it with polish and precision.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
> 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.