Nov 022013

Question by Breeze: Do you beleive in higher consciousness or mystical experiences?
Such as illistrated by this quote by Aldous Huxley from ‘Doora of Perception’, 1954

“The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.” According to such a theory, each one of us is potentially Mind at Large. But in so far as we are animals, our business is at all costs to survive. To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funneled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this Particular planet. To formulate and express the contents of this reduced awareness, man has invented and endlessly elaborated those symbol-systems and implicit philosophies which we call languages. Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born – the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people’s experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things. That which, in the language of religion, is called “this world” is the universe of reduced awareness, expressed, and, as it were, petrified by language. The various “other worlds,” with which human beings erratically make contact are so many elements in the totality of the awareness belonging to Mind at Large. Most people, most of the time, know only what comes through the reducing valve and is consecrated as genuinely real by the local language. Certain persons, however, seem to be born with a kind of by-pass that circumvents the reducing valve. In others temporary by-passes may be acquired either spontaneously, or as the result of deliberate “spiritual exercises,” or through hypnosis, or by means of drugs. Through these permanent or temporary by-passes there flows, not indeed the perception “of everything that is happening everywhere in the universe” (for the by-pass does not abolish the reducing valve, which still excludes the total content of Mind at Large), but something more than, and above ah something different from, the carefully selected utilitarian material which our narrowed, individual minds regard as a complete, or at least sufficient, picture of reality.”

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Answer by PAUL
The example you give is an exhaustive evaluation of why most people remain unconscious of the mystical or peak experiences of the universe. Even down to earth psychologists like Maslow with his famous pyramid of needs, places mystical or peak experiences at the apex of needs after all more mundane needs have been satisfied.I don’t think anyone doubts the existence of such experiences but some sceptics would question the origin and value of them.

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Aug 122013

Question by pcosenior: Are mystical experiences the same as religious experiences?
Ok, so mystical is usually where you are experiencing something where you are one with God or in the presence of God, is religious experiences considered the same? How come mystical experience people are called Mystics? Im confused about this…and how does this pertain to William James? Does he distinguish both?

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Answer by Jazz Age Red Hot Mama
mystical experiences are a type of spiritual experience. theres no necessarily ethics or observance required. hence, not religion

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Dec 272011

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Dec 122011

Lyrics: Blown by Time they rest at the very bottom of Ages But they are not forgotten as it looks like. In deep eyes of the most famous Magi The Words sparkle – the Words of the Wise. During the sleep like Black Butterflies they’ll come flying The old secrets they whisper to us. The Magis Words out of the Space springing Glowing fog – the Silver temple. Covered with dust, bones of the old Wisemen Sing a song of their ancient ancestors. The Magi understand the mysterious words They paint Signs – the parchment turns yellow. But still we are at a deep sleep We don’t know teh Words for waking up. The Beam of Eternity makes us sleep – why ? The mind is alive – cold frost. But one time the Mystical Words will come to life (Men en dag vil de Mystiske Ordene komme til live) wake up the Demons break the peace (vekke Demonene bryte freden) The Butterflies will fly away, the Knowledge will stay The monolith of Wisdom will shine through the night
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Dec 082011

“DAVE DAVIES KRONIKLES: MYSTICAL JOURNEY” Now available for download, the powerful film about the life of the Kinks co-founder
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In this dialogue series, Brother Wayne Teasdale and Ken Wilber discuss the advent of an integral mysticism in the postmodern world. Reflecting on their own spiritual experiences, the relation of science to spirituality, the lives of the great inter-spiritual pioneers, and how youth culture is revitalizing the mystical traditions, Brother Wayne and Ken show how an integral perspective can bring the revelations of mysticism into everyday life. In so doing, we learn to give fullest expression—as parents and professionals, students and seekers—to the Mystic Heart in each of us. If, as historian Arnold Toynbee put it, the introduction of Buddhism into the West “may well prove to be the most important event of the 20th century,” we might also argue that the re-discovery of the contemplative roots of Christianity will be equally important. And as we enter the 21st century, it stands to reason that the recognition of a common mystical ground between Buddhism, Christianity, and the other World Religions will be the most important event of all.

Nov 092011

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