[quote author=“mahahaha”][quote author=“burt”] :?:
It’s not as though I know anything special. It’s just that the notion that mystical awareness is either easy to attain and/or commonplace doesn’t jibe with empirical reality.
I agree with the poster that started this thread: anyone, by virtue of being human, can experience what the mystic experiences, but there is a pilgrimage involved. It might be right in front of us, plain as day, right now, but that doesn’t mean we can automatically get it.
The way to “salvation” - however you want to define either of the terms - is what religion, philosophy, and simply living an examined life are all about. There are a couple of zillion ways; libraries are filled. Most assume a journey of some sort requiring at least a modicum of effort.
If you want something easy, become a Jesus Freak and you’ll get “cheap grace”: salvation by simply believing something without effort or actual change of attitude. Or simply ingest 1000 mircograms of Sandoz acid, a couple of mescaline buds, or a few psilocybin mushrooms, and in 20 minutes you’ll be seeing visions of unity where there once was diversity.
I won’t presume to tell you or anyone which is the correct choice. As if I actually knew.
The only point that I was making is that any experience of recognition of a unity _is_ a mystical experience. If you are talking about the sort of mystical experience that comes through intense prayer, meditation, or other work then that is the same kind, but of course far more meaningful and life changing. But think about it—what is it that allows you, or anybody to experience the sudden recognition that a collection of different things are united under a higher level idea or concept? Saying “emergence” is a cop-out, using a word to hide the mystery.