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Whom Will We Choose as the Mystic Beloved? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 28 July 2021
Location: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California

  • “I WELL CHERISH THE SOUL” by Rumi
  • “BELOVED,” by Alice B. Clagett
  • “THAT ONE,” by Alice B. Clagett
  • THE BALANCE OF THE MYSTIC: SERVICE TO SELF AND SERVICE TO OTHERS
  • A CATASTROPHIC PERSONAL CHOICE: MYSTICAL UNION WITH ONE OF THE NON-CHRISTED STAR RACES (Black Magicker, Heart Vampire)
  • CONCLUSION

Dear Ones,

Mystics down through the ages have spoken of the Beloved with whom they feel Divine union. Whether these mystics be female or male, when they speak of the Beloved, they term themselves the ‘wife’ of That One. Why is that? That is because they feel themselves to be totally immersed in the Beingness of the Divine.

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Image: “Rumi,” by Hossein Behzad, [no date], in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%D9%85%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A7_%D8%A7%D8%AB%D8%B1_%D8%AD%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%86_%D8%A8%D9%87%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%AF_(cropped).jpg .. public domain

Rumi, the Sufi whose mystical poetry is well known in the world today, has written many poems about his Beloved. Here is one such poem, in which he speaks of his own Soul that ‘has a perfume of’ his Beloved. In other words, we must know and cherish our own Souls, which are but weak mirrors of our handsome Beloved; it is through knowledge of our Souls that we may come to know God. Here is Rumi’s poem about it …

“I WELL CHERISH THE SOUL”
By Rumi

“I am a painter, a maker of pictures; every moment I shape a beauteous form,
And then in Thy presence I melt them all away.
I call up a hundred phantoms and indue them with a spirit;
When I behold Thy phantom, I cast them in the fire.

“Lo! I will cherish the soul, because it has a perfume of Thee.
Every drop of blood which proceeds from me is saying to Thy dust:
‘I am one colour with Thy love, I am a partner of Thy affection.’
In the house of water and clay this heart is desolate without Thee;
O Beloved, enter the house, or I will leave it.”

–from Link: “The Project Gutenberg EBook of Jalalu’d-din Rumi,” by Frederick Hadland Davis and Jalalu’d-din Rumi, from Gutenberg … https://www.gutenberg.org/files/45159/45159.txt … Project Gutenberg License (almost no restrictions) … http://www.gutenberg.org/license ..

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Image: “Mojave Desert 1: Trees at Sunset,” by Alice B. Clagett, 14 February 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mojave Desert 1: Trees at Sunset,” by Alice B. Clagett, 14 February 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Long years ago, I wrote a poem about a vision I had of the Beloved, while I was looking at the sky in a rural setting in Espanola, New Mexico. I sensed, at the time, a feeling of longing for the Beloved, much like that I encountered in the poetry of Rumi …

“BELOVED”
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
from the 1980s

I have seen him lie so still
. . . dreaming on the dew-wet grass

and then again, curled like a wraith,
. . . like mist, across the sleeping river.

and once he danced,
. . . for pure springtime delight
. . . . . . in clouds of yellow butterflies
. . . . . . . . . around a silent desert bush.

and I have seen him warlike
. . . stride over this noonday hill —
. . . . . . homeward to greet me —
. . . . . . . . . sun flamed in his hair!

By night he makes that far-flung
. . . star-spun panorama of the sky
. . . . . . a velvet cloak to clothe him

and even now, in this one frozen instant
. . . — NOW —
. . . . . . he leans to whisper in my ear:

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . “Beloved . . . .”

–from Link: “Beloved,” a poem by Alice B. Clagett, written in the 1980s; published on 31 December 2018; republished on 16 December 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-l3f ..

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Image: “Grazing Horses IV,” by Franz Marc, 1911, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grazing_Horses_IV,_Three_Red_Horses,_Franz_Marc,_1911.jpg … public domain

Image: “Grazing Horses IV,” by Franz Marc, 1911, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grazing_Horses_IV,_Three_Red_Horses,_Franz_Marc,_1911.jpg … public domain

In those years I wrote another poem about feeling a sense of union with the Beloved. This is a poem I like very much, even today …

“THAT ONE”
by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
1981

 

“That One Who, ages past, lit these stars
. . . in a dark sky

And Who, in time to come,
. . . shall snuff them out again

Who moved those mountains there
. . . up from the cold earth

And stirs, like blue light, across the faces
. . . of the holy congregation

Who shines in sunlight on the morning grass

Whispers to cicadas on the breeze

Runs with the horses in the field

And Who, Vast as He is, and Wonderful,
. . . flows, like a river,
. . . . . . through this warp of time and space

That One
. . . dwells in my heart,
. . . speaks to my soul with every breath I breathe

Day’s light, walks by my side …

Night’s guide, enfolds me.”

Image: “Arizona Mountains at Sunset,” by Alice B. Clagett, 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com ..

Image: “Arizona Mountains at Sunset,” by Alice B. Clagett, 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com .. 

–from Link: “That One,” by Alice B. Clagett, written in 1981 [posted as 1 January 1981]; filmed on 2 October 2014; published on 3 October 2014; published on 21 December 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-jab ..

THE BALANCE OF THE MYSTIC: SERVICE TO SELF AND SERVICE TO OTHERS

Image: “Vignette to Chapter 30B of the Book of the Dead,” no machine-readable author provided, 14 April 2006, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Egypt_dauingevekten.jpg … public domain … DESCRIPTION: “A Section of Plate 3 from the Papyrus of Ani. The Papyrus of Ani is a version of the Book of the Dead for the Scribe Ani. Plate 3 contains half of the first (and longer) instance of Chapter 30B in Ani’s Book of the Dead. The title of Chapter 30B is: Chapter For Not Letting Ani’s Heart Create Opposition Against Him, in the Gods’ Domain.” … COMMENT: According to the myths of Ancient Egypt, the balance of the goddess Ma’at is used by the jackal-headed god Anubis to weigh the lightness of the heart of a human being at the moment of judgment after death.

Image: “Vignette to Chapter 30B of the Book of the Dead,” no machine-readable author provided, 14 April 2006, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Egypt_dauingevekten.jpg … public domain … DESCRIPTION: “A Section of Plate 3 from the Papyrus of Ani. The Papyrus of Ani is a version of the Book of the Dead for the Scribe Ani. Plate 3 contains half of the first (and longer) instance of Chapter 30B in Ani’s Book of the Dead. The title of Chapter 30B is: Chapter For Not Letting Ani’s Heart Create Opposition Against Him, in the Gods’ Domain.” … COMMENT: According to the myths of Ancient Egypt, the balance of the goddess Ma’at is used by the jackal-headed god Anubis to weigh the lightness of the heart of a human being at the moment of judgment after death.

When I think of the mystic Beloved, it is as if I am one with all that is … as if my personal self, my individuality, is merged in the ocean of oneness with The All. In that way it becomes evident to me the suffering of every being in the Universe is my own suffering as well. In the same way, the delight of every being in the Universe is my own delight. The mask of ego falls away; I become like a being wearing every mask of individuality. As well, I am a beingness from which every mask is stripped away. I am that faceless face, that One that is the All.

This merging with the All, standing as it does in endless empathy with every being in the Universe, carries with it the intention of what The Law of One (The Ra Material)” … https://www.lawofone.info/ …  terms ‘Service to Others’, balanced with ‘Service to Self’, under the aegis of the goddess Ma’at, the keeper of the Law of Balance. Why is that? That is because my own self, my own Soul, as Rumi describes, is wife to the mystic Beloved. She is His beloved. Thus I cherish and uplift her, offer her what joys this life may bring, stand with her in awe of God’s love and Light. In the same way I blazon forth a path for other beingness, that they may know and see God’s love and Light and joy through me.

Thus for the mystic, there is a balance of Service to Others with Service to Self. Each of these, we feel, is beloved by the One Beloved. Insofar as we reflect Him, so may we be in relation to self and ‘other’ self.

A CATASTROPHIC PERSONAL CHOICE: MYSTICAL UNION WITH ONE OF THE NON-CHRISTED STAR RACES (Black Magicker, Heart Vampire)

Link: “Satan Exulting Over Eve,” by William Blake, 1795, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Satan_Exulting_over_Eve.jpg … public domain … COMMENT: Consider that the Demonic Realm, represented by the winged Satan hovering over the prostrate woman, may equate to the snake that tempted Eve in the Biblical Garden of Eden. I note that snakes are reptiles; thus the snake in the drawing to some degree equates to my description of the Reptilian Star Races that overlight the reptiles of Earth and that also overlight Reptoid human beings. These Reptoid humans are, in an astral sense, Hybrid humans whose social values conflict with the norm. In my blogs, I often describe Reptoids as anti-social personalities. In other blogs I characterize Reptoids as among those ‘obsessed’ or ‘possessed’ by the Demonic Realm. As many antisocial personalities, and many of the humans obsessed or possessed by demons are men, I take it the prostrate female form in the image might as likely be a man as a woman, the point of the image then being that he or she has been ‘bound down’ or enslaved by the Reptilian Star Races (alternately known as Satan, ruler of the Demonic Realm).

Link: “Satan Exulting Over Eve,” by William Blake, 1795, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Satan_Exulting_over_Eve.jpg … public domain … COMMENT: Consider that the Demonic Realm, represented by the winged Satan hovering over the prostrate woman, may equate to the snake that tempted Eve in the Biblical Garden of Eden. I note that snakes are reptiles; thus the snake in the drawing to some degree equates to my description of the Reptilian Star Races that overlight the reptiles of Earth and that also overlight Reptoid human beings. These Reptoid humans are, in an astral sense, Hybrid humans whose social values conflict with the norm.

In my blogs, I often describe Reptoids as anti-social personalities. In other blogs I characterize Reptoids as among those ‘obsessed’ or ‘possessed’ by the Demonic Realm. As many antisocial personalities, and many of the humans obsessed or possessed by demons are men, I take it the prostrate female form in the image might as likely be a man as a woman, the point of the image then being that he or she has been ‘bound down’ or enslaved by the Reptilian Star Races (alternately known as Satan, ruler of the Demonic Realm).

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There is another, lower form of union that circumvents ego and results in enslavement to a sliver of Godness that worships ‘Service to Self’. That sliver of Godness is well represented by  the Reptilian and Insectian Star Races, which act as devas to overlight the development of the reptile and insect kingdoms of Earth.

In the same way that there are lizards and preying mantises amongst the animals of Earth, there are human beings who choose not the human social values of overlighting Christ consciousness beings of Light, but rather the reptilian and insect social values of the Reptilian and Insectian Star Races. The former I term humanoid humans; the latter I term reptoid and insectoid humans.

It is easy to see that reptoid and insectoid humans find themselves always at war with humanoid humans on both the physical and the astral planes. This warfare cannot but persist because the fundamental social values of these sets of human beings are very different, the one from the other …

Image: “A Minister Extraordinary Taking Passage,” author unknown, 1833, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_minister_extraordinary_taking_passage.png … public domain … DESCRIPTION: “The second of two prints surrounding the scandalous trial of Methodist minister Ephraim K. Avery for the brutal murder of factory girl Sarah Maria Cornell. (See ‘A Very Bad Man,’ no. 1833-13). Contrary to Weitenkampf’s suggestion that the print relates to Andrew Jackson, it is actually visionary portrayal of Avery transported to damnation by demons. Avery has departed the scene of his crime (left) where his victim, now expired, still hangs strangled from a post. Her shoes, kerchief, and a note reading ‘If I am missing enquire of the Revd. Mr…’ lay nearby. As monsters fly overhead, Avery is rowed toward a shore at right where an inferno blazes and a man is boiled in a cauldron. Avery appears again in the upper right, being forcibly led toward a precipice.” … COMMENT: This is an old-fashioned depiction of the association between demons and human beings, as demonically inspired social values take their toll on people who so choose, in terms of punishment by the laws of society, and in terms of social censure.

Image: “A Minister Extraordinary Taking Passage,” author unknown, 1833, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_minister_extraordinary_taking_passage.png … public domain … DESCRIPTION: “The second of two prints surrounding the scandalous trial of Methodist minister Ephraim K. Avery for the brutal murder of factory girl Sarah Maria Cornell. (See ‘A Very Bad Man,’ no. 1833-13). Contrary to Weitenkampf’s suggestion that the print relates to Andrew Jackson, it is actually visionary portrayal of Avery transported to damnation by demons. Avery has departed the scene of his crime (left) where his victim, now expired, still hangs strangled from a post. Her shoes, kerchief, and a note reading ‘If I am missing enquire of the Revd. Mr…’ lay nearby. As monsters fly overhead, Avery is rowed toward a shore at right where an inferno blazes and a man is boiled in a cauldron. Avery appears again in the upper right, being forcibly led toward a precipice.” … COMMENT: This is an old-fashioned depiction of the association between demons and human beings, as demonically inspired social values take their toll on people who so choose, in terms of punishment by the laws of society, and in terms of social censure.

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I am pleased to be able to offer a visual representation of the difference in values that occurs when a person chooses, for instance, the reptoid set of social values. In essence, that person exists in mystic Union with a member of the Reptilian Star Races who honors as his highest social value Service to Self. The Self, in this instance, is that Reptilian being, and not the reptoid human who serves him. If you click the link you may see this memorable representation of enslavement of a human being to a Reptilian …

Link: “Kau’T: Member of the Ancient Tal-Ni Reptilian Race,” by Vashta Narada … https://www.vashta.com/my-product/kaut/ ..

The beautiful woman in this image, intuition tells me, is not a woman but a man … a black magicker who has offered complete subservience to the evil-looking, grimacing red being that grasps her in his claws. In order to become adept at the Black Arts, this male sorcerer … depicted as the shapely woman in the image … has let the demon lift his feet right off the Earth. He is no longer a grounded human being. His head is in the astral realms; his thoughts are one with those of his Reptilian overlord. In a trancelike state, he succumbs to a hideous monster that would like no better than to destroy him.

Whether that reptoid human is a man or a woman, the Union with the Reptilian overlord is that of the human as ‘wife’ to the sliver of Godness which dominates the human’s every action. In a theological context, the Reptilian overlord is termed a ‘demon’ or a ‘devil’; though I caution that the Biblical references to these beings do not offer careful distinctions amongst the many super-human members of the non-Christed Star Races overlighting some of the beings on Earth.

How do these Reptilian Star Race members manage to enslave so many human beings? How is it that so many humans here on Earth find themselves in that cold, merciless embrace? The answer, I feel, can be found here …

Link: “How Do Predators Hypnotize Their Prey?” by Alice B. Clagett, begun on 31 May 2018; published on 26 June 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-9sy ..

CONCLUSION

Image: “V0046085 Buddha, resisting the Demons of Mara,” Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images, images@wellcome.ac.ukhttp://wellcomeimages.org … DESCRIPTION: Buddha, resisting the Demons of Mara, who are attempting to prevent him from attaining enlightenment, as the angels watch from above. Lithograph … 1800-1900 Published: – Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only license CC BY 4.0 … http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ..

Image: “V0046085 Buddha, resisting the Demons of Mara,” Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images, images@wellcome.ac.ukhttp://wellcomeimages.org … DESCRIPTION: Buddha, resisting the Demons of Mara, who are attempting to prevent him from attaining enlightenment, as the angels watch from above. Lithograph … 1800-1900 Published: – Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only license CC BY 4.0 … http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ..

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As humans, we cannot but long to escape from the box of individuality, from the mask of ego, into a greater Union. Some seek this in the pleasures of the flesh; others in a chaste and enduring marriage to another human being; others in mystic Union with the Divine; and some … God help them! … in union with beings such as that depicted in the above image.

The lesson of the above artwork is this, I feel: Choose wisely, that into whose beingness you will merge! Choose good over bad; kindness over cruelty; love over hatred; a balanced life over a life of excess; law abidingness over outlawry; upliftment of humankind over its grinding under the heel of some supernatural jackal, some evil off-world sorcerer, some mind-controlling false prophet; some being bent on your degradation in the eyes of your fellow man so as to stoke its own grim humor.

Choose life over death; Light over Dark; joy over sorrow; love over cruel craft. Choose the greater Wisdom, not the lesser one. In this, your one Life, choose your own highest Good.

In love, light and joy,
Alice B. Clagett,
I Am of the Stars

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Kabir’s Song . by Snatam Kaur . referral by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 12 December 2015; revised on 9 March 2019

Dear Ones,

What a beautiful song by one of the great mystical poets, sung by Snatam Kaur …

Video: “Kabir’s Song,” by Snatam Kaur-Topic, 25 February 2015 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z44Siy56XsI ..

Lyrics are here …

Link: “Sikh Songs.com” … http://www.harisingh.com/newsSikhSongs3.htm … Search the term: KABIR’S SONG

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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A Good Song for the Body Cells . by Sina Yasavolian . referral by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 27 September 2014; revised

Dear Ones,

Here is a beautiful poem by Rumi entitled “I swear, My Dear Son” and recited by devotee Sina Yasavolian …

I sometimes use this kind of language to speak to my body cells. which I so poignantly feel to be the earthly temples of Eternal Spirit:

Video: “Swear My Son” by Rumi, recited by Sina Yasavolian, on youtube channel Sina – Topic, 25 October 2015 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lXybfqBp3M ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Mystical Poetry Celebration in Los Angeles . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 23 August 2014; revised

  • INTRODUCTION
    • What Is Mysticism?
  • WAYS TO EXPERIENCE MYSTICISM
    • Slowing the Mind
    • Concentrating on the Body Instead of the Mind
    • Extraordinary Sensory and Emotional Experiences
    • Bringing Up the Emotions of Gratitude, Appreciation, or Divine Love
  • EVERY MAJOR RELIGION HAS ITS MYSTICS
  • WHY IS MYSTICISM SO ALL-PERVADING?
    • The Mystical Mind
    • Mental Intelligence versus Universal Intelligence
  • SWARM BEHAVIOR
    • Could These Notions Be True?
  • PRAYER FOR MYSTIC INSPIRATION by Alice B. Clagett
  • SUGGESTED READING AND LISTENING
  • FOOTNOTES
  • MEDIA CREDITS – BACKGROUND MUSIC PLAYED DURING THE EVENT

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

I just woke up thinking about a Mystical Poetry Celebration I facilitated at The Onion … http://sepulvedauu.org/ … in North Hills, Los Angeles, California, a few years ago. It somehow seemed relevant today, so here it is.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: Seagulls landing on a bridge in the blue sky, with white clouds … https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/33/7d/4e/337d4ee83193a115c3b57fcb31228d16.jpg  ..

What is Mysticism?

Mysticism is immediate consciousness of the transcendent or ultimate reality.

WAYS TO EXPERIENCE MYSTICISM

Slowing the Mind

  • Meditation
  • Repeating a mantra (a sacred sound or word)
  • Gazing at a mandala (sacred art that induces a meditative state)

Concentrating on the Body Instead of the Mind

  • Dance, such as: Sufi whirling and Dances of Universal Peace (1)
  • Walking in a maze or labyrinth
  • Walking in a circle

Extraordinary Sensory and Emotional Experiences

  • Extreme pain, such as mortification of the flesh
  • White tantric yoga (kundalini risen, which I feel to be a good choice for many healthy, spiritual people)
  • Black tantric yoga (reverse kundalini, which I strongly advise against)
  • Red tantric yoga (sexual union in a sacred context)
  • Use of such psychoactive substances … LSD, peyote, etc (Caveat: This can cause ‘bad trips’ and contact with negative astral entities.)
  • Neurophysiologic disturbances … profound depression, schizophrenia, or stroke
  • Near-death-experience

Bringing Up the Emotions of Gratitude, Appreciation, or Divine Love

  • Affirmations of gratitude or appreciation – giving thanks
  • Heartfelt prayer, spirit-filled religious services,
  • Devotional chanting (bhakti yoga)
  • Spiritual music, hymns
  • Reading mystical poetry

— adapted from Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

EVERY MAJOR RELIGION HAS ITS MYSTICS

These are just a few examples:

  • Christianity and Sufism … “God Is Love”
  • Kabbalah … Judaism … “… To love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him …” –Deuteronomy 11: 22 (KJV, public domain) … This is devekut, or communion with God
  • Hinduism … “Atman is Brahman” (i.e., the individual Soul is the cosmic Soul)
  • American Sikhism, quote by Yogi Bhajan on the oneness of a person with God:
    Link: “God and Me, Me and God Are One,” mantra, downloads, and CDs, at SpiritVoyage,  https://www.spiritvoyage.com/mantra/god-and-me,-me-and-god,-are-one/man-000041.aspx ..
    This concept is sometimes termed advaita, nonduality, or ‘God indwelling’ or ‘God immanent
  • Zen … haiku (short poems that can bring one to experience of the present moment) and koan (riddles that baffle the mind)

— adapted from Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

WHY IS MYSTICISM SO ALL-PERVADING?

The Mystical Mind

In 1999, Eugene d’Aquili and Andrew Newberg wrote a book in which they demonstrated that God is generated by and generates the brain (2,3) …

Citation: “The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience,” by Eugene d’Aquili and Andrew Newberg, 1999

If this is true, then it follows that the mystical experience is inherent in brain chemistry.

Now, the doubter in us might propose that any experience based on brain chemistry is suspect, might he not? But on what basis might he make that assumption? On the basis of sense perceptions?

Sense perceptions are also based on brain chemistry, and so, our doubter must posit, they are also suspect. More suspect, I might suppose, than the mystical experience, since many subjective interpretations may be put upon sense perceptions, and all mystical experiences are remarkably similar.

A person determined to experience ‘things as they are’ will find sense perceptions often mislead … they severely limit the data that come to us from the universe. What about the mystical experience? Could it be an experience of reality at the quantum physics level? At the level of the most basic subatomic particles?

If, in fact, the mystical experience holds greater scientific validity than sense perceptions, then the question becomes, how to have this mystical experience, how to experience reality as it is, and not through the filter of the senses.

Mental Intelligence versus Universal Intelligence

In autumn, starlings flock and dance together at nightfall in the skies above England and Scotland. These dancing clouds of starlings are called murmurations and their complex dance patterns, performed, as it seems, of ‘one mind’ are like aerial ballet in their precision.

In the video clip below, the starlings are the tiny black specks in the sky …

Video: “Murmuration” by Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith, Facebook: Islands and Rivers … https://vimeo.com/31158841 .. 

Why do they do it? How do they do it? It is not like they have been having practice sessions together. It is not like they are all that intelligent. Why do they not bump into each other in mid-air?

There is a theory that we have been looking at the starlings for intelligence, and we have been looking in the wrong place … intelligence is all around us … in the air …

Video: “Intelligent Air,” by conferencereport, 24 April 2009 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoIIUB3irys ..

… or so the theory goes. We (birds, people) are the end-receptors, so to speak, of universal intelligence. (4)

All we have to do is open ourselves to it and let it in. What if we do not? Well, then we will be stuck with the limited intelligence stored in our personal minds. We will not get to stand in the doorway to unlimited intelligence, the doorway to All That Is. The key to that door is found through the practice of mysticism.

SWARM BEHAVIOR

Scientists call what the starlings do ‘swarm behavior’. Two-dimensional computer simulations have been made showing this behavior.

The second and last video clip is just such a computer simulation. As you watch this video, imagine that you yourself exist as points of light … in quantum physical terms, as a ‘swarm’ consisting of tiny bundles of subatomic energy. Imagine that the edges of the screen represent time and space …

Video: “Swarm Simulation,” by flight404 … https://vimeo.com/11704967 ..

What would happen if there were no edges on the screen of our minds? What would happen to the points of Light that represent our awareness?

Could These Notions Be True?

  • God is generated by and generates the brain.
  • The mystical experience is more valid than sense perceptions.
  • Unlimited intelligence pours into our limited human form from the air, from water, and some say, from the solar winds, from the Universe. As the song goes, “Love is in the air!” All we have to do is perceive it.
  • And finally: We exist as points of Light. Our awareness is compressed by our concept of time and space into a four-dimensional reality (length, width, breadth, and time). This time-and-space limitation is a mental concept only; not reality. What is reality, then?

Image: Hands of a man, holding water with a heart-shaped ripple in it …  https://files.constantcontact.com/37702b02301/dcc82d5d-a63e-4afd-b8f3-e8ae14ea07ab.jpg ..

PRAYER FOR MYSTIC INSPIRATION
by Alice B. Clagett

May the love that the great mystics felt
touch the hearts of each of us.
May each of us know the wisdom that they knew.
As we go about our lives, may that love and wisdom
touch and transform the hearts of all we meet.prayer

SUGGESTED READING AND LISTENING
(All can be purchased at www.Amazon.com )

  • Link: “A Gift of Love: Music Inspired by the Love Poems of Rumi,” by Deepak Chopra, 1998 …  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-gift-of-love-music-inspired-by-the-love-poems-of-rumi/id2901840 ..
  • Citation: “A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings,” translations and commentary by Coleman Barks, published by Harper One, 2006
  • Citation: “The Gayan: Notes from the Unstruck Music,” by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Omega Publications, 2005
  • Citation: “For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai,” translations by Andrew Schelling, revised edition, Hohm Press, 1998 … The ‘dark one’ is Lord Krishna, whose skin color is traditionally depicted as blue.
  • Citation: “Thirst,” poems by Mary Oliver, Beacon Press, 2006
  • Citation: “The Lights of Penitence, the Moral Principles, Lights of Holiness, Essays, Letters, and Poems,” by Abraham Isaac Kook … His poems in the back of the book are quite good.
  • Citation: “God Makes the Rivers to Flow: An Anthology of the World’s Sacred Poetry and Prose,” compiled by Eknath Iswaren, 1982
  • Citation: “A Book of Psalms: Selected and Adapted from the Hebrew,” translated by Stephen Mitchell, 1993

FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “Dances of Universal Peace are being led by Lakshmi Lambert in West LA,” Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center … https://www.sivananda.org/la/DancesOfUniversalPeace.htm ..

(2)  A short book review by Tim Knepper, 2001, of the book “The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience,” by Eugene d’Aquili, Andrew B. Newberg, may be found here …

LInk: “Eugene d’Aquili; Andrew B. Newberg … ‘The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience,'” Review by Tim Knepper, 2001 … http://people.bu.edu/wwildman/relexp/reviews/review_daquili_newberg01.htm ..

(3)  By the way, in a book called “Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief,” d’Aquili and Newberg … together with Vince Rause, spoke of incomplete ‘neurobiological transcendence’ as a possible cause of religious intolerance.

So, I gather, when the brain is working at optimum capacity, in a state of ‘neurobiological transcendence,’ religious bigotry will be a thing of the past. Here is the book …

Citation: “Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief Paperback – March 26, 2002,” by Andrew Newberg (Author), Eugene D’Aquili (Author), 1 more, in www.amazon.com .. 

(4)  Rupert Sheldrake has another way of explaining murmurations. He proposes that mind extends beyond the brain and is capable of connecting with everything else. See his long video talk:

Video: “The Mind Is Not the Brain, Matrix,” by Ifitallfails, Rupert Shaldrake, Consciousness, 19 September 2014 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBc9_e60-7k ..

MEDIA CREDITS – BACKGROUND MUSIC PLAYED DURING THE EVENT

  • Link: “Himma,” a CD by the Sufi Music Ensemble. You can hear and purchase the CD at www.amazon.com … Here is the youtube video …
    Link: “Sufi Music Ensemble – Himma – 06 – Anatolia,” by IzzyREACTS, 28 December 2011 … 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzwxvAPHExQ ..
  • Link: “Harmony Within,” a CD by David Castle … http://celestialenergycenter.com/ .. David Castle, who transitioned in May 2019, was a  master healer, whose Celestial Energy Center, now under the care of his widow Anne K. Castle, is here in the San Fernando Valley.
  • Link: “Solace,” by Tom Kenyon … https://tomkenyon.com/store/solace ..

Image: Sunlight filtering through forest leaves … https://biancabibiri.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/picture152.jpg  ..

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