The mystics ask you to take nothing…

“The mystics ask you to take nothing on mere belief. Rather, they give you a set of experiments to test in your own awareness and experience.
The laboratory is your own mind, the experiment is meditation.”
Ken Wilber


The most famous version of this perennial…

“The most famous version of this perennial truth occurs in the Chandogya Upanisbad, where it says, “In this very being of yours, you do not perceive the True; but there in fact it is. In that which is the subtle essence of your own being, all that exists has its Self. An invisible and subtle essence is the Spirit of the whole universe. That is the true, that is the Self, and thou, thou art That.” Thou are That—tat Warn asi. Needless to say, the “thou” that is “That,” the you that is God, is not your individual and isolated self or ego, this or that self, Mr. or Ms. So-and-so.”

  • Ken Wilber, The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader

“So, it is true that reality is one, but equally true that it is many; it is transcendent, but also immanent; it is prior to this world, but it is not other to this world—and so on. Sri Ramana Maharshi had a perfect summary of the paradox of the ultimate: The world is illusory; Brahman alone is real; Brahman is the world. [Eye to Eye: 153-54]

  • Ken Wilber, The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader

“This is the structure, for example, that thinks that myths are concretely true, literally true. Level five, which I call formal-reflexive [the rational worldview], is the first structure that can not only think but think about thinking. It is thus highly introspective, and it is capable of hypothetical reasoning, or testing propositions against evidence. What Piaget called formal operational thinking. It typically emerges in adolescence, and is responsible for the burgeoning self-consciousness and wild idealism of that period.”

  • Ken Wilber, The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader



‘Sanctity/holiness is realizing how much we are being conditioned by the ego’ – Bede Griffiths quoted by Wayne Teasdale HERE

Teasdale goes on to say that once we have this perspective we have a tool to transcend it! POW!
Wilber comes back with ‘spirit is that ever-present noticing’ – POW!

The Mystic Heart dialogue between Wilber & Teasdale PART 7 – Out of the self into the light

Great art suspends the reverted eye the lamented…

Great art suspends the reverted eye, the lamented past, the anticipated future: we enter with it into the timeless present; we are with God today, perfect in our manner and mode, open to the riches and the glories of a realm that time forgot, but that great art reminds us of: not by its content, but by what it does in us: suspends the desire to be elsewhere.

And thus it undoes the agitated grasping in the heart of the suffering self, and releases us – maybe for a second, maybe for a minute, maybe for all eternity – releases us from the coil of ourselves.

Ken Wilber

Source: The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader., Pages: 145

Great art grabs you against your will and…

Great art grabs you, against your will, and then suspends your will. You are ushered into a quiet clearing, free of desire, free of grasping, free of ego, free of the self-contraction. And through that opening or clearing in your own awareness may come flashing higher truths, subtler revelations, profound connections. For a moment you might even touch eternity; who can say otherwise, when time itself is supendend in the clearing that great art creates in your awareness?

Ken Wilber