Spiritual experiences, at least those that might be classed as transcendent or mystical, are frustratingly hard to capture in words. Alan Watts described such description as trying to speak the unspeakable, scrute the inscrutable, and eff the ineffable!
Prof Guy Claxton gave a brilliant talk entitled On Being Touched and Moved: why spirituality is really about the body
KEN WILBER ON THE NATURE OF AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE
‘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 suspended in the clearing that great art creates in your awareness?’ Ken Wilber
The Essential Ken Wilber p145
In The Mystic Heart (2001), Wayne Teasdale says, “The real religion of humankind can be said to be spirituality itself, because mystical spirituality is the origin of all the world religions. If this is so, and I believe it is, we might also say that inter-spirituality – the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions – is the religion of the third millennium.” (Teasdale, p. 26)
Teasdale explains, “Inter-spirituality is the foundation that can prepare the way for a planet-wide enlightened culture, and a continuing community among the religions that is substantial, vital, and creative” (p. 26).
He proclaims, “The fully formed mystic or contemplative is the new cultural hero who guides humankind to its maturity” (p. 192).
Matthew Fox affirms in ‘The Coming of the Cosmic Christ’ (Fox, 1988, p. 44), “The mystic lies deep in every person. … The reason human civilization is tired, depressed, unimaginative in dealing with unemployment, pollution, youth despair, injustice, and inequality is that we ‘do not even know who we are’” (p. 43-44).
John Hick said;
Religion consists primarily in experiencing our life in its relation to the Transcendent and living on the basis of that experience….
…..in terms of Ninian Smart’s six-dimensional analysis – distinguishing the
experiential dimensions of religion
– mysticism is a general name for religious experience together with part at least of the network of religious practices which support it.
Hick, John, (1981) Mystical Experience as Cognition in Understanding Mysticism, ed. Richard Woods, London: The Athlone Press
Authentic mystical experience connects us and just keeps connecting us at ever-newer levels, breadths, and depths, “until God can be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28). – Richard Rohr