FAQS Universalism as Interspirituality

These FAQs also constitute notes in draft for a book to be entitle The Universal Heart 
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Q What will the BLURB say?

A Something like this:

The Universal heart: experiencing oneness; living universalism.

The practice & theory of

Universalism as everyday mysticism –

providing us with a

framework for ‘spiritual federalism’ – and a

means for humanists, agnostics, theists

& all people of good-will to

live the unity of ‘the inner eye of love’ –

diverse people united via universal heart.

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Q If there was two short pieces that will convey the heart of Universalism as as interspirituality and perennial wisdom what would they be?

“The birds have vanished from the sky,

and now the last clouds slip away.

We sit alone, the mountain and I,

until only the mountain remains.”

(8th Century) Chinese poet Li Po

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“When we expand our awareness,

strengthen our centre,

clarify our purpose,

transform our inner demons,

develop our will and

make conscious choices,

we are moving toward deeper connection

with our spiritual self.”  

Molly Young Brown, Psychotherapist – SL p29

Q If there is a very short summary of tehe process of finding our true self or spiritualizing what would it Be?

A  Awaken: Detach from negative ego: Serve

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All is spirit – energy and matter interchange. Our inner life and the life of the universe are
a nested complex of energy systems: the water cycle; the blood system; the heart-mind, traditionsSpirit is life-force: energy at the body level, intellect at the mind level, consciousness at the soul level

Spiritualization is refinement, and integration of the physical, intellectual and soul levels.

The purpose of spiritualization is moral action, understanding & the realization of joy.

Art is spirit en-formed.  An aesthetic experience is form dis-enformed back into spirit.

Religions are simply forms for the flow of spirit – unfortunately most are more or less corrupted by man-made accretions – light is light in whatever lamp, but most lamps are given dark shades by men!  Fortunately a minority of rare women and men manage to rise transcendentally above the corruption of religion.  Here are a few such people: Eckhart Tolle, Brother David Steindahl-Rast, Karen Armstrong, Shaikh Kabir Helsminski, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Brother Wayne Teasdale – just a few from a highly significant minority of recent or contemporary teachers.

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The true and universal heart of spirituality is mystical experience – and what we do with it!

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Mystical knowledge is the heart-knowing we receive via at-one-ment.  We call this knowledge ‘insights’, en-light-en-ment, satori etc.  It can re-order us, within, & how we read the world

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At-one-ment improves as we ‘detach’: expand consciousness, overcome past hurt, become other-focused, deepen via mindfulness and presence – living in the now.How shall we start? –  Since this book emphasises the practice and the experiential over the theoretical we start with such profoundly simple practices as those given by Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hahn  ‘Smile: breathe: go slowly’ – ways to answer the  ‘simple’ challenge’ of  ‘Awaken; Detach: Serve’ to become all that you can be.

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NB
At this stage I have used WikiPedia extensively to provide definitions and background information.  This stupendous project get’s better and better month by month.  Eventually I will create additional links or write additional sections or ‘levels’ on the website but if a WP page does the job I use it!Universalism: the evolving ‘Questions and Answers’ version

Q. Why is the Chinese Li Po poem on the page above?
A. It demonstrates mystical experience.

The experience is one of moving from a dual state, in which the individual is conscious of her/his subjective self separate to the objective ‘other’, to a unitive ‘no-self’ state.

Metaphorically the lover is united with the loved one.

‘oneness with the universe’ or ‘Ultimate Reality, the experience of ‘no-self’.

Q. In such a case what have I had an experience with?
A. I suppose this could be answered in various ways.

A forgetting of self.  A shift in states of consciousness.

The Whole – all that is not you.  This includes the unknown and unknowable as well as the known and knowable.

Encounter with the truth f what it is to be human

Encounter with ultimate reality – but you don’t have to call that God.
Q. Why bother with this old stuff?
A. The mystical is part of being human – like creating, caring, philosophising & sexuality.  It is devalued and associated within corrupt religion.  It needs re-presenting especially as a natural and intrinsic dimension of being human.  In throwing out corrupt religions we are in danger of throwing out a wealth of important stuff, of which the most important are mysticism and the treasury of writings and eternal wisdom.Q. Your description of ‘losing yourself in something’ sounds much like what I get from art – is that the same?
A. Yes as I see it the mystical and the aesthetic are identical except they are contextualized by values, intention, habits, needs etc..  The mystical/aesthetic experience per se is amoral but can be intensely, transformationally moral given the right context of values, intention, habits, needs etc.

Q.  So where’s my ‘self’ gone in such an experience?
A. For the timeless duration of the oneness experience you have forgotten your self!

For the duration of the experience you are sensing the Whole to which you, and all things, belong – instead of the turmoil of your normal ego-self.

Normality for many people is the inner hearing of the frenetic screams of the ego-self , which is like a manic radio jumping from station to station – ‘Oh God why did I do that?’, ‘Why did she let me down again?’, ‘I thought if I loved him enough he would change!’, ‘Why does this always happen to me?’,  ‘It’ll never work!’, and so on and so on goes the self-torturing of the voice of the ego-self.

After the experience we come back into time – and the ego-self starts up.  Hopefully because of the loss-of-self experience it starts up less loudly.  Perhaps now it’s a background buzz as opposed to a metal room full of chain-saws working at pull pitch!

Q. How can I get away from all of this inner turmoil?
A. Drugs and alcohol work well for many people.  Of course they are totally destructive as well.

However there is a way that isn’t personally or socially destructive.  It is to use the wisdom as taught by all of the great teachers and sages down through the ages.  They show us how to  deal with the world, and how to deal with our inner suffering that the egoic-self brings, and how to maintain that sense of unitive ‘presence’.

By presence I mean our sensing of the Whole, and its Wonder-full and Awe-inspiring Mystery, an experience we get when we manage to forget our ego-self for a while.  Do it in front of beautiful nature or in engagement with great art.  And that is part of being human you don’t need theology to exercise that particular ‘muscle’!

Q. Why do you keep saying ‘sense’ – ‘sense the Whole’ or ‘sense Ultimate Reality’
A. Because it isn’t a mind thing.  The great Eckhart Tolle says at the beginning of his book Stillness Speaks: ‘Lost in thought – the human condition’.  The mind, our greatest gift, can also be our enemy when there is nothing but mind – in the sense of the self-induced suffering that comes from the egoic-self.  This suffering Tolle calls the ‘pain-body’. (PUT IN LINK)

We are finite.  We cannot embrace the Whole anymore than we can embrace the physical sun.  But we can know of it – we can sense it its presence, when we have sufficiently quietened the clamour of the egoic self.  In theistic terms the finite human cannot approach on equal terms the infinite God.  It stands to reason.  We cannot embrace the physical sun.  We cannot have direct intercourse with the infinite God.  But we can feel the warmth of God’s love and learn to see by the light of God’s love – and we do that experientially, not via book-learning.  But books are the records of the teachers who have gone before – to supplement and amplify and verify and qualify and justify the conclusions we come to from our own sensing, our own experiences.

In our concept-driven world we have lost one half of our being, one half of our way of knowing – the sensing of the Whole.  We are struggling to get back this lost half of ourselves.  Some people refer to this restoration a re-sacralizing the world, and ourselves. Another way to describe it is the restoration of heart-knowing, of wholism, of the feminine principle, of yang with yin etc.

One interesting way of explaining this is to consider Greek terms such as biology, geology, zoology.  They originally meant the study of plants ‘bio’ -as part of the Whole, ‘ology’.

From that time when we started to get the benefits of powerful reason and science we started forgetting the ‘ology’.  The approach to the ology part of any class of the world was always a matter of reverence, or Awe and Wonder – because the Whole is inevitably a very large amount of unknown as compared to the little bits we know!  But of course we are talking about the inner landscape of consciousness, not just the physical universe.  It is the via the nature and quality of the inner landscape that we are truly human – or monstrous.

The great Jewish poet-Mystic-activist Abraham Joshua Heschel summed up this unbalanced dependence on mind, and corresponding neglect of the Whole,  in two beautiful ways.  First he said, ‘Concepts are delicious snacks…………… (PUT IN QUOTE)

Secondly he says, ‘We are citizens of two realms…….. (PUT IN QUOTE)

The thing about the Whole or Mystery is the only thing we can do if we don’t encounter it is to pretend it’s not there.  We have to deny not just whatever is beyond the furthest stars but also all the potential within the heart of being human.

Everything we know, not just scientifically but morally and artistically was once part of Mystery, part of the Whole as potential.  Not every discovery was an invention.  The process of discovery is more a process of manifestation than of assembling a box of spare parts.  Insights are not add-ons.

The reason that insights are not add-ons is that people in different times and places reveal the same insights which shows that such insights are potentialities within human being, waiting to be manifested.  The presentation of the Golden Rule is a better example than say the discovery of photography.

The moral truth or spiritual insight are manifested within the consciousness of the individual.  They are not book-learning.  Such experiences range from a blink of being relieved of the burden of self to experiences of such power and intensity that the existing self is demolished and decades are needed to process the experience as in the experience that Eckhart Tolle underwent. (PUT IN LINK)

The mystical experience is a sensing of the Whole through a temporary laying down of the noisy dominance of the egoic self.  Its episodes are out of time.  We inevitably return to the temp-orary.  As we shall see we sense the presence of the Whole and can gradually come to bring that sensing it to all of our experiencing and reading of the world, including the reading of our own selves.

Q. So the mind gets in the way?
A. Ego-mind yes – it judges, compares, labels, dismisses.  It doesn’t maintain a dialogic relationship with any object.  Martin Buber taught us this in his view of ‘encounter’.  It’s the difference between seeing a flower or tree as a gateway to the mystery of the Whole and seeing it as a thing to label or exploit.

Mind is strange as a term in the West.  I prefer the Chinese ‘Xin’ meaning heart-mind as a way to acknowledge mind as the interiority of individual consciousness.  Mind and heart aren’t two separate organs like liver and lungs! Thoughts flow into feelings and vice versa.

It is the ego-mind that is quietened in the unitive experience – the mystical is being at one with the Whole.  The drop, you, temporarily becomes part of the ocean, the Whole.

Q What if I’ve never had such an experience?
A You almost certainly have – though it might have been more like a blink than a five-act opera!

Most of us have become de-sensitized to this heart-knowing of the Whole.   Our wretchedly impoverished, predominantly fragmentary and materialistic, education system, and/or unenlightened parenting, socializes us out of balanced wholeness.  It was Aristotle who gave us the basis of scientific classification by which we sort and label all the bits we see – camels and granite, cakes and fancy hats etc.  Very useful.  But as Tolle points out in an answer to a question following one of his audio talks, as soon as a child is given a label as in, ‘That’s an oak tree’, the child will never truly see that particular object again.

The worst labelling in history was the labelling of Jews, gypsies and the mentally handicapped as sub-human by the Nazis.

It’s better to say, Tolle says, ‘We call it an oak tree,’ and then follow it up with statements such as, ‘See how the light shines through and makes patterns with the leaves,’, ‘I wonder how many creatures the oak tree is a home for,’, ‘Why in England is the oak tree so important for people,’ etc.

When we see knowledge as labelling we narrow the ‘isness’ of the object – its wonder and magic as part of the Whole is written out and the student can no longer read the beauty of objects, most of which beauty comes from the object as being part of many networks of meaning in the Whole.

“The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.” – Rumi SL p496
It’s all in the first few chapters of Charles Dickens book Hard Times. (REFERENCE)It’s all in the poem ‘Easing the spring’ (INSERT)

If we have eyes to see, and ears to hear – which I’m sure dear ‘reader’ that you do – already or all-ready!

Q How do I get more of the non-self and less of the me-me self or egoic-self as you called it?
A. Read on because all of this ‘book’ is about how the great teachers have shown us this ‘way’.

Q. So what’s your definition of Universalism?
A. Living oneness.

Q. Oneness of what?
A. 1) Oneness of the universe, oneness with the universe via a sense of beauty or truth or goodness – what some call mystical experience, the temporary relief from the ego-self as we become part of the ocean.  We transcend our little selves – a touch of eternity.

The universe is not just the physical universe but is also the interiority of being human – the individual and collective landscape of the mind. We know that relation is continuous – each day brings new insights.  Yesterday’s potential is manifest today as some piece of en-light-en-ment.  In both the individual, and humanity’s collective state, we always have the unknown and unknowable as well as the known and knowable – the border between the two we call  ‘Ultimate Reality’.  But mystery isn’t ‘out’ there it’s in the deepest heart of being human – we each are a mystery to each other and to ourselves!

2) Oneness as personal maturity, integrity/wholism – taking responsibility for dealing with your pain, including getting rid of your ‘stuff’, the shadow side or negatives of  the ego or what some call ‘the small self’.

3) Oneness as the truth and wisdom taught by great teachers down through the ages.

4) Oneness as having a comprehensive ‘faith’, non-theistic or theistic, in humanity and the human spirit but without feeling threatened by the ‘other’ as fundamentalists are – uniting with all others in the community of ‘spiritual federalism’.    ‘A Man’s a Man for A’ That’ as the Burns song goes, but I prefer ‘person’!

Q. So is this just for people who believe in ‘God’ – religionists?
A. No it’s just as much for agnostics and atheists.   It’s an inclusive framework for all people of goodwill and open hearts and minds.   Read on!

Q. So what’s this ‘oneness taught by  great teachers’? – version a) for non-theists
To be written

Q. So what’s this ‘oneness taught by  great teachers’? – version b) for theists
A.It’s called  Perrenial Philosophy – though that’s  a silly name because it’s not a philosophy so much as a model of the universe,or cosmos,  and more importantly a model of how we can relate to the universe/cosmos and thereby gain happiness – experientially.  That is it’s heart/feeling-led not head-led.

Perennial Wisdom is a better name.  It’s roughly the same in all the great world traditions and has been for thousands of years.  But its not just intellectual assent, it  involves plugging in and switching on.  That is it’s not an intellectual belief sign-up, it’s a ‘go inside yourself journey’.  And it makes sense to have as your guides and inspirer’s the best teachers available.

Q. What does the Perennial Philosophy/Wisdom model say?
A. This model has been  the core of all the great world traditions if you take away the ‘theatre’ and the cultural clothing and the man-made, and frequently damaging, add-ons.

We  can see this mystical, perennial view of the universe and of what it means to be truly human as a three-stage process: Awaken; Detach; Serve.  In culturally varied ways all of the great traditions challenge us to these three.

Something happens to cause us to Awaken – a shock, a bereavement, loving friendship – or we feel the pull of wanting unity, a spiritual parallel to the urge to find a sexual partner – and consequently we go seeking.  (Much spiritual literature is metaphorically presented as a love relation e..g. Sufi, or Jewish mystical writing.)

We then, as in all archetypal myth-making – and everyday life – encounter the ‘demons’ of anger, jealousy, past hurt, lust,  low-self esteem etc.  According to our courage we ‘do battle’ and overcome these demons at least sufficiently to live productively with ourselves, and sufficiently to be livable with for others!  failure to transform, to ‘kill’ the inner demons produces at worst monstrous individual, or collectively monstrous regimes such as the Inquisition.

When we are in sufficiently  good shape, sufficiently integrated or ‘self-sctualized’ we can go about serving others more effectively.

Of course these three are not necessarily in a neat sequence.  We can do serious work on ourselves at any stage of life.  I take all work done in a spirit of service as worship – and the need to earn a living can start as early as our teens.  So the three ‘stages’ are better thought of as a cycle, or a dynamic triad, that repeats itself continuously throughout our lives.

It will help however to start with a fuller model of this perennial wisdom model of how we are constitutionally set up and how the universe is set up – and how we can find happiness through deeper meaning and purpose.  Below is a version of perennial wisdom, or perennial philosophy if you prefer. I have including the three main headings from my conclusion that all religions urge us to Awaken; Detach and Serve.

“ The first mystery is that there is a mystery.  A mystery that can never be explained or understood. Only encountered from time to time.  Nothing is obvious.  Everything hides something else…..Spiritual awareness is born of encounters with the mystery.”  Rabbi Lawrence Kushner  SL p496

“The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.” Rumi SL p496

“ Real faith means holding ourselves ope to the unconditional mystery which we encounter in every sphere of our life which cannot be compressed in any formula.  Martin Buber SL 497

“You are hugged by the arms of the mystery of God.”  Hildegard of Bingen SL p 497

“Man is my mystery and I am his.” – Baha’u’llah

“The sense of wonder is our sixth sense and it is a natural religious sense.”    D H Lawrence SL p484

“Each grain of dust contains something marvellous but in order to understand it we have to recover the religious and magical sense of things that belong to primitive people.”  Joan Miro – SL p 484

“Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.  Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.”  Rumi – SL p484

AWAKEN
“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” Thich Nhat Hanh SL p504

A) • There’s a reality beyond the material world:

• Which is uncreated.

• It pervades everything,

• but remains (as a whole) beyond the reach of human knowledge and understanding.
DETACH
A man is a slave to anything he cannot part with that is less than himself. – George MacDonaldB) • You approach that reality by:

• Distinguishing ego from true self

• Understanding the nature of desire

• Becoming unattached

• Forgetting about preferences

• Not working for personal gain

• Letting go of thoughts

• Redirecting your attention

• Being devoted

• Being humble

• Invoking that reality

• Surrendering
C) • That reality approaches you through:
• Grace

• The teacher (s/he seems to appear whenever you need to move on up through the next stage)
D) • You’re transformed – enlightened – so that you embody or reflect that reality by:
• ‘Dying’ and ‘being reborn’ (i.e transformed and living more by the true higher self than the lower self!)
SERVE
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. – Albert SchweitzerE) . You then find (even better) ways to serve – realizing that all work done in the spirit of service can be ranked as worship.

For an alternative model of Perennial Philosophy by Ken Wilber see HERE My three word verions is Awake: Detach: Serve.

Q. Who are some of the great teachers, particularly contemporary or recent ones?
A. Eckhart Tolle, Karen Armstrong, Ken Wilber,  Abdu’l-Baha, Thich Nhat Hahn, Shaikh Kabir Helminski etc

For more see HERE

Q. What’s the relationship between Universalism and mystical experience?
A. Universalism is a world view, and a way of life, that accepts light in whatever lamp it shines.  The core, the mystical bond, of that relationship is how we are covenant-ally connected – even beyond the primacy of truth, beauty and goodness ruled by justice.

Mystical encounter and experience is a timeless realization of oneness in which the illusion of separate self melts away – as in the Li Po poem on the first page.

There are many prosaic forms of ‘no-self’ experience, some lower-order, some higher-order including aesthetic experience, sexual experience, liturgical experience, natural mysticism etc.

Such experience can become our lens for reading the world at large, and motivator for being of better service in that world.

Q So is mystical experience in two stages?
A. Yes – the overall experience is in two parts;
a) The first part I call encounter (and enchantment and engagement).  The actual experience  is timeless, and without a sense of self, no-boundaries as Ken Wilber writes.
b) The second part is realizing what our new knowledge is, and using the  energy that we derive from the encounter to serve better in the world, work being worship when done in the spirit of service.

Q. What then is your working definition of mysticism?
A. ‘The mystical is positive, ineffable, unitive, experience that enhances insight or knowing.’

Q. It suggests that your view of mysticism isn’t just something done by famous mystics?
A. Right I think it is part of being human – like creativity and philosophizing or sexuality.   Mystical experiences I am arguing are  more common than are commonly acknowledged.  It is the context that determines whether they are personally and socially positive or not.  Repeated frequent drug use, as a means to mystical experience, is probably negative for the individual and others!  Historically, mystical experience has usually been thought of as being an experience in a spiritual or religious context – by people who are special in some way.

Once there is such a re-sacralization as seeing work as worship when done in the spirit of service then the mystical is a potential for all people.

Q. But the great mystics are special – right?
A. Yes we can all walk and run – but not at Olympic levels!

Q. Does that mean it can be thought of  as ‘everyday’  spiritual experience?
A. Yes.  I’m fascinated at how spiritual truths are embedded metaphorically in idiomatic English such as,  ‘It really took me out of myself.”  Such pointers pass largely unnoticed.  Conversely Sufism is highly conscious – as an extended metaphor of human love and affairs standing for divine/Divine love.

Q. Is mystical experience a kind of gift?
A. Yes,  it comes to us in one or more forms, usually without our seeking it – although we can do things that maximise the chance of such an experience.

Q. How?
A. In nature contemplation perhaps – as in the above Li Po poem.  But also in any experience in which we and ‘not-we’ are one.  The practices tune us up.  Ken Wilber says in a video conversation with Brother Wayne Teasdale that the Essalen Institute stopped counting the number of practices when they got to 10,000!

Christianity has contemplative practices – e.g Lectio Divina- which refers to a process of “spiritual reading”.  For religionists the chosen extracts will most likely be scriptural. Non-theists can use literature, especially poetry.  I have adapted, or at least simplified, the form of Lectio Divina to include non-theists and theists!:

a) Read slowly, meditatively, the chosen extract.  (be it literary, philosophical or scriptural)

b) Spend time absorbing and pondering on the text

c) Listen silently for a  ‘reply’

d) Listen for  your truest response to the text.

e) Start living the enlightenment, the truth and empowerment you gleaned!
Or start with Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hahn’s – ‘Smile: breathe: go slowly’  These three simple practices change our frame of mind, help keep us in the now, allow us to process negatives and develop mindfulness.Or do both.

Q ‘Smiling, breathing & going slowly’ – isn’t that a bit of a joke as a means to spiritual progress?
More and more I am coming to realize the profundity of Thich Nhat Hahn’s – ‘Smile: breathe: go slowly’

This now includes academic research on Smiling! – see Ron Gutman’s  TED talk video presentation and his website HERE.  These lead us through some of the academic research on the benefits of smiling!

The breath of course has for thousands of years been seen as that which connects the physical and the spiritual.

Going slowly, among other things, is short-hand for a holistic sense of the self-  including the physical as ‘presence’ with body and mind and soul all keeping us in the now.

Q. Isn’t oneness the same as boundary-less-ness?
A. Yes

Q. But some do seek such experiences?
A. Yes.

Q. How?
A. Via methods such as meditation, mindfulness, chanting, flotation tanks, drugs.

Q  What’s mindfulness?
A. Living in the now, dealing courageously but realistically with stuff that comes at you, or stuff that arises from the sub-conscious.

Smiling helps.  Breathing helps.   Going slowly helps.

A Buddhist teachings perspective on mindfulness

A psychology/scientific perspective on mindfulness

A psychology and Buddhism perspective at Stanford on mindfulness

NOTES and ideas to feed in
http://www.rickhanson.net/wp-content/files/MindfulPresence.pdf

NOTES and ideas to feed in

Integral Spirituality – Ken Wilber

Paul Tillich

Meditation vipassana

Mystics

Mindfulness via Breathing

mystical experience

Religious experience

Levels of consciousness

Friends of God
The Friends of God (German: Gottesfreunde) was a medieval laymystical group within the Catholic Church (though it nearly became a separate sect) and a center of German mysticism. It was founded between1339 and 1343 in BaselSwitzerland, and was also fairly important inStrasbourg and Cologne, because around those times, some of the area was placed under a Papal interdict. It was led by two members of theDominican order, the preacher John Tauler and the writer Blessed Henry Suso.
The name “Friends of God” most likely alludes to a passage of the Gospel of John 15:15: “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) also takes its name from that passage.

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Hello there, is it  God speaking or self-delusion?
Having mystical experience, or simply intuitional insight, is no guarantee of being right.   The knowing that comes about in the mystical, in ordinary, fallible humans can be anything from God-given guidance, right through to the worst kind of gross self deception. The faculty can produce evil as well as good.

The next section looks at key elements of mystical experience- incorporating teachers who have, and are helping me – in relation to the most important of the elements

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TO ADD

Ultimate reality – adapt David Hawkins list

From “I”, by David Hawkins.

http://www.interfaithforums.com/religious-debate/6196-back-basics-definitions-god-s.html

1. God is both manifest as the totality and allness of creation and simultaneously unmanifest as the Godhead, the infinite potentiality and source or ‘voidness’ prior to form.
2. God is infinite beyond time or depictions of space or locality, without beginning or end.
3. God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.
4. God is the source and substrate of consciousness, awareness, knowingness, and sentience.
5. God is the sole source of the energy of life.
6. God is the source of evolution and creation, which are one and the same.
7. God is the source and presence of peace, love, stillness, and beauty.
8. God is beyond all universes and materiality, yet is the source of all that is.
9. God is the sole source of existence and the potentiality of beingness.
10. God is the ultimate context of which the universe and all existence is the content.
11. God is the a priori formless source of existence within all form.
12. God is not within the province of the provable or the intellect.
13. God is the source and essence of the subjective state of ‘I-ness’ called enlightenment.
14. God is the radical subjectivity of Self-realization.
15. God is descriptively immanent and transcendent.
16. The essence of God does not include human frailties, such as partiality, the desire to control, favoritism, duality, judgmentalism, wrath, righteous anger, resentment, limitation, arbitrariness, vanity, revenge, jealousy, retaliation, vulnerability, or locality.
17. The variabilities of the depictions of Divinity reflect the variabilities of human perception and the projections of the impediments of the ego and its positionalities.
18. When the obstacles of human mentation, emotionality, and the ego’s structures from which they are derived are transcended, the Self as God Immanent shines forth of its own accord, just as the sun shines forth when the clouds are removed.

“Mystical knowledge is nothing other than the inner eye of love” – William Johnstone

SunWALK – 3 Cs –

one spirit and levels of spirit
55 sub-sections on Mysticism on WikiPedia HERE
William Irving Thompson

  • “That shoreline where the island of knowing meets the unfathomable sea of our own being is the landscape of myth.” (The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, 87)
  • “A myth is never known; it is a relationship between the known and the unknowable.” (The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light, 87)
  • “At the edge of consciousness, there are no explanations; there are only invocations of myth.” (The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light, 94)
  • “If you do not create your destiny, you will have your fate inflicted upon you.” (attributed)

questions and answers on spiritual federalism as a means for humanists, agnostics, theists & all people of good-will to live with universal hearts
questions & answers on the mystical centre of ‘the changeless faith of God’.
So ego, then, is the absence of true knowledge of who we really are, together with its result: a doomed clutching on, at all costs, to a cobbled together and makeshift image of ourselves, an inevitably chameleon charlatan self that keeps changing and has to, to keep alive the fiction of its existence… Ego is then defined as incessant movements of grasping at a delusory notion of “I” and “mine,” self and other, and all the concepts, ideas, desires, and activity that will sustain that false construction… The fact that we need to grasp at all and go on and on grasping shows that in the depths of our being we know that the self does not inherently exist…

{The ego’s greatest triumph} is to inveigle us into believing its best interests are our best interests, and even into identifying our very survival with its own. This is a savage irony, considering that ego and its grasping are at the root of all our suffering. Yet ego is so convincing, and we have been its dupe for so long, that the thought that we might ever become egoless terrifies us.
(p. 117)
©1999 by Deb Platt       http://www.purifymind.com/EG.htm
There’s always an academic to disagree – in the worst cases that’s how they get their sense of identity – “I know who I am because I know who I despise”!

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