It is because God is hidden in all creatures that all creatures are searching all the time for God. This remains just as true even though in their ignorance they usually mistake the object of their search and believe that it is something else. Only on the quest does this search attain self-consciousness.
from The Quest, Volume Two,
The Notebooks of Paul Brunton
William Butler Yeats, arguably one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century, went to great lengths to visit spirit mediums, automatic writers and mystics of any reputation, and studied the works of Swedenborg and William Blake, as well as many others so-called mystics, all in the attempt to find evidence of the hidden reality he could feel but never could touch.
Bill Wilson and other of the original founders of Alcoholics Anonymous attended numerous seances in the early days of their organization, trying to contact spirits for guidance, and to find some way of understanding the universe that encompassed more than the physical world. Also, in their book Alcoholics Anonymous, the authors quote from William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience, the pages of which are full of men seeking an experience other than that available to the five senses.
I personally know several people who have travelled to South America to take ayahuasca in the attempt to contact something “other” than mundane reality.
Why do we go to such great lengths to find God? To find “evidence of things not seen?” And by “we,” I mean many, if not all, of we humans.
We seek these other experiences because we are designed to be at-one-with. We are meant to experience connectedness to all things and all people. As spirit, this is our natural state. As flesh/animal, we feel ourselves as separate; and this separateness is supported by society, religion, advertising, our schools — all tell us, in various ways and for various reasons, that we are separate, we always will be separate, and that suffering is the essence of life. From this perspective our souls must cry out, must insist that we find something more than this separation and suffering.
We seek more, because more is what we are, inherently, at the core of our being. And lack of connection to this ‘more’ is the source of all dis-harmony.
Meditation gives us the tool to drop out of the relative world and into the Absolute. All of the gyres and spirits and faeries of Yeats, the hallucinations of the ayahuasca, all of these are just stops on the way to the Absolute – expressions and experiences, both real and imagined, of levels between here and there. In all of his desperate seeking, all Yeats wanted was to be able to feel at home within himself, to feel the truth of Being that he sensed deep within but could not find connection with. What he wanted was the experience we are able to give ourselves twice each day in meditation.
In this place within, we are bathed in the healing light of spirit. Suffering ceases, and the illusion of separation disappears. We know ourselves as God knows us – as pure expressions of the Absolute.
This experience is absolutely free for the taking, available always, requiring no travel, no danger, no advanced cogitation, no genius for poetry, no herbal ingestion. Requiring only our decision to sit quietly, eyes closed, with our mantra, and simply take it as it comes.
Today I will meditate, morning and evening, and in between meditations, I will ask of the universe for a sign, something meant just for me, that I may be absolutely sure I am living and moving in the right direction.
She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future, Independence Day Parade, Red Lodge, Montana
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