“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” (John Muir)
“The deepest level of truth uncovered by science, & by philosophy, is the fundamental truth of unity. At that deepest subnuclear level of our reality, you & I are literally one.” (John Hagelin)
In a paper I am currently writing on the limits of material reductionist science as the only mode to approach studies of consciousness, I am focusing on the need for, and value of, investigating mystical experiences. Not only as an additional source of knowledge and understanding of consciousness, but more for the transformational and humanitarian effect of these experiences.
So what exactly is a mystical experience? Well according to Wikipedia they are closely related to mysticism but emphasizes the role of the experience itself which is one of a brief, spontaneous moment of ecstasy, or an altered state of transcendent consciousness experienced as an insight into an ultimate reality often described as a feeling of unity or interconnectedness with all things and all life. These mystical experiences are often ascribed religious or spiritual meaning and have a transformational effect on those who experience them.
The most fundamental aspect of the mystical experience is the deep, profound sense of fundamental unity. A sense of interconnectedness. In Buddhism this is known as dependant origination which is translated from the Sanskrit word Pratītyasamutpāda. Most, if not all of the Eastern non-theistic spiritual and religions traditions emphasize this Fundamental Truth of Unity which also happens to be supported by many areas of science including quantum physics (Niels Bohr, David Bohm, Nicholas Tesla, John Hagelin, Einstein and many others).
The separation, the “reality” we all see and experience in our daily lives is an ILLUSION which Einstein pointed out when he said “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” (Einstein)