Is your spirituality speaking the unspeakable, scruting the inscrutable & effing the ineffable?

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

Guy Claxton: SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY: ‘EFFING THE INEFFABLE’

Not to be missed – transcription HERE https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2014/02/science-and-spirituality-effing-the-ineffable/

Three links re our One Garden discussions in Brighton

Three links re our One Garden discussions in Brighton;

Mystical Experience – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystical_experience

Art as Experience – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_as_Experience

National Poetry Competition – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Poetry_Competition

KEN WILBER ON THE NATURE OF AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE…

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

Wayne Teasdale and Matthew Fox on inter-spiritual living

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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…

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

ritual,
mythological,
doctrinal,
ethical,
social and
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…

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

I entered into unknowing and there I remained…

I entered into unknowing,
and there I remained unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

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I entered into unknowing,
yet when I saw myself there,
without knowing where I was,
I understood great things;
I will not say what I felt
for I remained in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

2

That perfect knowledge
was of peace and holiness
held at no remove
in profound solitude;
it was something so secret
that I was left stammering,
transcending all knowledge.

3

I was so ‘whelmed,
so absorbed and withdrawn,
that my senses were left
deprived of all their sensing,
and my spirit was given
an understanding while not understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

4

He who truly arrives there
cuts free from himself;
all that he knew before
now seems worthless,
and his knowledge so soars
that he is left in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

5

The higher he ascends
the less he understands,
because the cloud is dark
which lit up the night;
whoever knows this
remains always in unknowing
transcending all knowledge.

6

This knowledge in unknowing
is so overwhelming
that wise men disputing
can never overthrow it,
for their knowledge does not reach
to the understanding of not
understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

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And this supreme knowledge
is so exalted
that no power of man or learning
can grasp it;
he who masters himself
will, with knowledge in
unknowing,
always be transcending.

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And if you should want to hear:
this highest knowledge lies
in the loftiest sense
of the essence of God;
this is a work of his mercy,
to leave one without
understanding,
transcending all knowledge.

~Saint John of the Cross (1542–1591)

A DIALOGUE BETWEEN TWO SPIRITUAL MASTERS ‘Sanctity holiness…

A DIALOGUE BETWEEN TWO SPIRITUAL MASTERS

‘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!
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Wilber comes back with ‘spirit is that ever-present noticing’ – POW!
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The Mystic Heart dialogue between Wilber & Teasdale PART 7 – Out of the self into the light

,,,,the mystical experience which in sho…

,,,,the mystical experience which in shorthand might be said to be a three stage experience – 1. me and object – 2. object – 3. object and me. This experience was caught a long time ago (8th Century) by the Chinese poet Li Po;

“The birds have vanished from the sky,

and now the last clouds slip away.

We sit alone, the mountain and I,

until only the mountain remains.”