Understanding personal mystical experience – Part 1

This post is in support of Understanding personal mystical experience Part 1 on our podcast. In the session I put forward a model of such experience. This covers a broad range of experiences that share similarities, allowing for an explanatory model.

In seeking to understand the experience we recognise a distinction between the way in which people experience the presence and activity of spiritual beings. There is an interplay between our consciousness and unconsciousness on one side. Here the individual is fully present and participating whether in a waking dream or sleeping vision. John Klimo speaks of this as open channelling. On the other end of the extreme, the individual is completely checked out and some-one/-thing else is in the driving seat of their body. Klimo speaks of this as closed channelling. In the first diagram we model two poles: the conscious and unconscious and, being present and being replaced.

Diagram 1: Open and closed channelling

Here we model the interplay between the experience as conscious and unconscious. Yet this includes intermediary spiritual beings who self-identify and lay claim to representing Godde and to a spiritual being self-identify as Godde .

Diagram 2: Self-revealing spiritual beings and un-/consciousness

References:

Klimo, J. 1998. Channeling: Investigations on receiving information from paranormal sources. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California.

Exploring the Transcendent: our inner state-place

In the second episode of our podcast (link) we introduced the notion of the horizon coupled with the Transcendent. Anyone and everyone who has delved into ‘religious, spiritual and mystical experience‘ and ‘experience deemed religious, spiritual and mystical‘ (the difference is not just semantics but technically complex) understands that these are entirely natural experiences taking place within people in relation to the Transcendent. Here the horizon can be recognized as simultaneously enfolding everyone and everything in the outer world while also intersecting within the inner world of each and every individual and therewith every-one throughout past, present and future. The horizon encompasses space-time and intersects every-one, every-where and every-when.