Someone asked: “What would cause mystical experience?”

Someone asked: “What would cause mystical experience?”

In the broadest sense, wider experience in all forms comes through evolution, both in the external and spiritual sense. So it is the growth of the soul—through many life times—that results in mystical or spiritual experience. So, to some degree, people tend to be born with an inclination toward such experiences. As a result some people have spontaneous mystical experiences that appear to have little relationship with the life they are living. If one happens to be, as a result of many lives of growth and experience, at a point of readiness for revelation then a seemingly trivial life experience—something seen or even a thought, can trigger mystical experience.

But more specifically, however, there is a path—or a number of them according to needs and temperament—that accelerates evolution in a way that tends to evoke whatever immediate potential exists for spiritual experience.

Many would say that it is meditation that leads to mystical experience, and while this can be true for many, the path is much broader than that. In addition to what we come in with at birth, it is our way of life—how we think and feel and act—that determines whether our potentials for deep experiences are activated or remain latent.

The key thing is: real mystical experience includes some degree of transcendence of the little ego—that is of the little mind, emotions, and body—that we have misidentified as “I.” The question becomes then, what type of life is resonant with such transcendence? What type of life takes us beyond the little self-centered ego with its many desires and petty concerns?

First, this is a life of love and service, a life that expands our focus beyond our personal needs into the wider world of humanity and nature. The second factor is how the mind is used—the mind must be developed and educated along some line, otherwise, our ability to be helpful or creative will be limited. Third, right meditative thinking, and more universal thinking is key. The life of service, of love, of creativity, and right thinking is supported by study. Right thinking means educating and equipping the mind so that it is an instrument of service and creativity. Right thinking means optimism and focusing the mind on questions related to wisdom, questions related to the needs of humanity, and of the part we can play in making the world a little better for all who live in it.

We should understand this word “service” very broadly. The mother serves by being a good mother. The scientists serves by discoveries. The artist services by inspired creations. The statesman services by good governance that takes into account the highest good for the greatest number. We serve by thought, by communication, by words of kindness, by words of warning, by words of poetry. And most importantly, we serve by making our emotional nature clear and translucent so that it is no longer dominated, as is the usual case, by fear and selfishness.

In the way of life that is service, the key thing is motivation. There is only one true motive and that is love, broadly understood. So, we do not let our interest in personal things dominate. For instance, the desire for mystical experience should not be uppermost in our minds or condition unduly our emotions. The evocation of mystical experience is the byproduct of right living. It will come to us when it is time, according to natural and spiritual law. Such experiences are useful not only to ourselves personally, but to others, to world. It is same with meditation. Meditation should not be something pursued for its own sake. Your awakenings, your talents, are gifts for giving.

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5 thoughts on “Someone asked: “What would cause mystical experience?”

  1. Enjoyed your post as I always do. I do hope you are incorrect about ‘the many ‘lifetimes.” I agree that a person’s way of life—how he thinks, feels, and acts can often determine a deeply felt experience or none at all , and that the ego (the self-centered approach to life) is more than likely going to damage any possibility of any transcendence. I’m curious if you see intuition and conscience at all in the same vein. I do, even though the interpretation of conscience can be so wrong, but again due probably to previously learned ways of thinking and doing.

    • Marie, thanks so much for your visit and comment. You said ” I do hope you are incorrect about ‘the many ‘lifetimes.”” Can you tell me more about what you are thinking and feeling about that.

      Kind Regards,

      James

      • I’ve been ill most of my life from rheumatic fever shortly after I was born. It kept getting worse as I grew and so I was always weak and tired. My recreation from an early age was reading writing (even before I could read) and in school, studying and singing. Not an active life at all. Eventually my cardiologist ruptured an artery and I was rushed to surgery. The doctor himself told me there was nothing wrong that he got far enough in the artery to know for sure. A few days later my husband rushed me to

      • Well, I started to tell you what began in the crib and accelerated little by little until in 1999 I had the aortic valve replaced. With all of my other illnesses, I was slow to heal was eventually put on the blood thinner and was kept on that and on penicillin daily for 13 years. then the lungs began to show signs of deterioration and I was having pneumonia coming and going and I was prone to depression and was began to threaten with rheumatic fever again and on top of that I was pregnant with my fourth daughter. The conclusion of all of this is that I was a morose, sad, unhappy person without energy to take care of my family a decided introvert, who didn’t much care for the person I found myself to be. Someone recommended a counselor who was also a church minister in Denver and I went to him twice and it was the beginning of a changed life. As a minister, he pointed out to me the many texts in scripture that refer to love and care of self. I am and have always been a student of the Bible and the more I learned the better I got. So much of life is attitude and I began to work on that and thinking of others in as much as my muddled mind allowed. However, it was therapeutic and gradually I became a different person. The moral of the story I think is that I never wanted to ‘go back’ to any age. My 60’s and 70’s were the best years of my life, health wise, even though there have been five additional heart surgeries and numerous other problems, some think because of the 13 years of those medicines…but it kept me alive.

        So, now here I am at 84 with all of my family who went before me, and I actually am beginning to look forward to a heavenly rest. I have no fear of dying, and I stay busy writing books and even a bit of gardening. I don’t like the diet and I wear oxygen 24/7, and my husband died of cancer in 2012, so I feel the Lord has work for me to do, so I do my best to get with it with an open mind and heart (what’s left of it)…that’s a joke. I would venture by now that you’re sorry you asked. I didn’t intend to say as much as I have. Many lifetimes is not at all appealing to me. Perhaps you can understand why now.

  2. Hi Marie,

    Thanks for sharing.

    My goodness, you’ve had such a hard time of it I can understand your reluctance to contemplate a return to Earth life. That said, I think your “time of it” this time is not at all typical, and it would be good to think of that “karma” as behind you and look forward to a better future in any future spiritual or material worlds. About looking forward to a heavenly rest, that is certainly not incompatible with the teachings about eventually return to Earth life. From what I have read on the subject from the better sources, the time between incarnations is generally much longer than the length of a normal lifetime. In a way, I think it is restful–certainly in comparison with a life such as you have endured since at that level there are not physical body issues to contend with– and the only issues relate to things mental, emotional, and spiritual.

    About the phrase “Rest in peace,” did you know that it has only been in use for the last three or four hundred years? I think it expresses more the wishes and hopes of the earthlings left behind that the reality of spiritual world after death, and it is a bit inert and static in its connotations. I think interludes of real peace are real both in the body and out but I think the idea alone falls far short of the truth of spiritual life. I think life is about learning and it is a very dynamic and energetic process. I remember a sentence from a good book that expressed it this way: “Not rest in peace, but learn in the space of light.”

    James

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