Mystical experiences vs recognizing reality

 

Mystical states can help us recognize the truth.

And the trick is to continue recognizing the truth as the states change.

Mystical states and experiences are certainly not necessary for recognizing reality, but they can offer us a window into reality. They can be stepping stones for recognizing what is.

A oneness experience shows us all as God, although there is still a sense of it happening to an I. The I is recognized as God too, as an appearance of God, but there is still some identification with it.

The sense of a separate I may fall away, and reality recognizes itself even more clearly. But as the sense of I returns, as it will, there may be a re-identification with it. There may be a recognition of both the sense of I and the identification as the play of the infinite, but this recognition may be ignored or downplayed. It is not taken seriously as what it is all about. Instead, it may seem that what it is all about is to get the state back. The most basic recognition is overlooked and overshadowed by a misguided, innocent, and very understandable wish to get the (crude) no-self state back.

As these experiences come and go, as all experiences do, they offer us the opportunity to recognize all as the play of the infinite, to see it and feel it through and through. The presence or absence of ordinary experiences, mystical experiences, the me as a human being, a sense of an I as a doer or observer, identification as an I or me, all are the play of the infinite. And it is possible to recognize that as it happens. It is right here, clear as day, and the invitation is not only to notice, but to recognize this as the key recognition. There is a recognition of real selflessness, which is the selflessness of any experience including the presence or absence of a sense of I.

For me, it has unfolded mostly like this, although with some wrinkles as I assume is common.

It started with God awakening to itself without any separate “I” anywhere. It was a strong and clear awakening, with a lot of unusual experiences mixed in, so no wonder there was a fascination with these experiences. (Strong energies surging through the body, seeing auras, a long series of insights – often arriving during the night and in essence replicating the teachings of the mystical traditions, amazingly beautiful music and paintings appearing in my mind which I tried to expressed physically, and so on.)

After a while, the sense of “I” returned, it was mistakenly identified with, and it shifted into a quite strong oneness experience.

This lasted for quite a while, and then shifted into a “dark night” phase where much of what was most dear to (this separate) me went away for different reasons, mostly due to life circumstances. This included most of the oneness experience.

A few years into this, the sense of “I” went away again, this time in a very simple and clear way.

The sense of I returned, and was identified with again. Both the sense of I and the identification were recognized but not taken seriously as the play of the infinite.

Now, there is still a oneness experience here although less strong than before, and this has some benefits. It helps me explore whatever happens – sense of I, identifications, beliefs, reactive emotions, sense of dullness – as the play of the infinite. They are recognized as the play of the infinite when attention is brought to it, but not always when attention is elsewhere.

And that too is the play of the infinite.

Note: Writing this, I realize there are two basic ways of understanding the word selfless in this context. First, it can be understood as the state where there is no sense of an I. This is a state and it comes and goes. Then, it can be understood as a recognition that this sense of I itself is the play of the infinite. The sense of an I does not belong to anyone, apart from God.

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Mystical states can help us recognize the truth.

And the trick is to continue recognizing the truth as the states change.

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second draft….

Here is the simple version:

There is a difference in kind between mystical experiences and recognizing what we are.

Mystical experiences are states. They come and go.

What we are does not. It is here as the play of experiences and states. And that means that recognizing what we are can happen within any experience and state.

This can be revealed all at once. But more often, it is revealed in steps.

And it is often – although not neccesarily – revealed through a series of mystical experiences.

These types of mystical experienes all offers us a glimpse of the truth. They offer us an opportunity to recognize reality, often in steps and phases as outlined here. Mystical experiences can be stepping stones for recognizing what is.

A oneness experience shows us all as God, although there is still a sense of it happening to an I. The I is recognized as God too, as an appearance of God, but there is still some identification with it.

The sense of a separate I may fall away, and reality recognizes itself even more clearly. But as the sense of I returns, there may be a re-identification with it, and the I and the identification is not recognized as the play of the infinite. Or more likely, it is recognizes as the play of the infinite, but this is not recognized – or taken seriously – as what it is all about. Instead, it may seem that what it is all about is to get the state back. The most basic recognition is overlooked and overshadowed by a misguided, innocent, and very understandable wish.

As these experiences come and go, as all experiences do, they offer us the opportunity to recognize all as the play of the infinite, to see it and feel it through and through. Ordinary experiences, mystical experiences, the me as a human being, the I as a doer or observer, identification as an I or me coming and going, all are the play of the infinite. And it is possible to recognize that as it happens. It is right here, clear as day, and the invitation is not only to notice, but to recognize this as the essential recognition.

For me, it has unfolded mostly like this, although with some wrinkles as I assume is common.

It started with God awakening to itself without any separate “I” anywhere. It was a strong and clear awakening, with a lot of unusual experiences mixed in, so no wonder there was a fascination with these experiences along with the recognition of “no I”. (Strong energies surging through the body, seeing auras, a long series of insights – often arriving during the night and in essence replicating the teachings of the mystical traditions, amazingly beautiful music and painting appearing in my mind which I tried to expressed physically, and so on.)

Then, the sense of “I” returned and it shifted into a oneness experience.

This lasted for quite a while, and then shifted into a “dark night” phase where much of what was most dear to (this separate) me went away for different reasons, mostly due to life circumstances.

A few years into this, the sense of “I” went away again, this time in a very simple and clear way.

The sense of I returned, and was recognized but still not taken seriously as the play of the infinite.

Now, there is still a oneness experience here although less strong than before, and this has some benefits. It helps me explore whatever happens – sense of I, identifications, beliefs, reactive emotions, sense of dullness – as the play of the infinite. They are recognized as the play of the infinite when attention is brought to it, but not always when attention is elsewhere.

And that too is the play of the infinite.

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initial draft….

This is one of the key distinctions in exploring what we are. It is one I recognized from the beginning, and yet didn’t realize I had recognized. I didn’t take the full consequences of it, and didn’t see and feel it through and through.

Mystical experiences in general show us that reality is not as we imagined it. It opens the world up for us.

A oneness experience shows us all as God, although there is still a sense of it happening to an I. The I is recognized as God too, as an appearance of God, but there is still some identification with it.

When the sense of an I – as a doer or observer – falls away, it becomes even more clear what we are. But as the sense of an I returns, there may be a re-identification with it, and the I and the identification may not be recognized as the play of the inifinite. Or more likely, it is recognized as the play of the infinite, but that recognition goes into the background and is not taken seriously. Stories tells us something else is more important or essential – such as the falling away of a sense of I, or a falling away of identification – and we keep seeking that. It is misguided, and yet often part of the process. The most simple truth is ignored, that it doesn’t matter what’s in content of experience, it is all the play of the infinite, and the infinite can recognize itself as the play as it happens.

These types of mystical experienes all offers us a glimpse of the truth. They offer us an opportunity to recognize reality, often in steps as outlined here.

As these experiences come and go as all experiences do, they offer us the opportunity to recognize all as the play of the infinite, to see it and feel it through and through. Ordinary experiences, mystical experiences, the me as a human being, the I as a doer or observer, even identification as an I or me, all are the play of the infinite. And it is possible to recognize that as it happens. It is right here, clear as day, and the invitation is not only to notice, but to notice this as the most essential.

Mystical experiences and a recognition of reality are quite distinct from each other. Mystical experiences offers us a window into reality, they invites us to notice what is real. They may be, and often are, stepping stones for seeing and feeling through and through what we are and what is real. But this recognition itself is not at all dependent on mystical states and experiences. It can happen within any state and any experience, including when there is the appearance of a sense of I, or identification as this I.

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– a state that helps us recognize the truth
– the trick is to continue recognizing the truth even when the state changes

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– mystical experiences, opens up our world
— oneness, happening to an “I”
— sense of I may fall away, another reveal
— and what we are can recognize itself, through any appearances – including of I and identifications

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– see and feel through and through all as the infinite, as it happens, including the sense of me and I and any beliefs/hangups/reactivity that may come up

This is one of the key distinctions in exploring what we are. It is one that I recognized from the beginning, and yet still don’t see and feel through and through.

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