Posts tagged Transcendence
The Mystical Experience

Throughout much of human history, Sages have spoken about the mystical experience perhaps the most meaningful experience that human beings are capable of having. A mystical experience is an encounter with the transcendent; It's an encounter with the numinous.  Otto Rank described this as the Mysterium tremendum et fascinoso of reality when the doors of perception are cleansed, and the mystical experience has some characteristics, some persisted hallmarks that always show up, no matter the culture or worldview and belief system of whoever is having it. So there are these common attributes that show up with mystical experiences. They are the following...

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The Hero's Journey

"Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: sat-chit-ananda. The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture. I thought, “I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.” I think it worked."

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