August 31, 2020
Abraham, Moses, Siddhartha, Jesus and other ancient prophets could go out into the desert or onto a mountain and talk to God whenever they wanted. If you read between the lines and compare their stories to modern mystic practices, it becomes obvious they were all doing similar things. They had a telephone to God.
Of course, they were not talking to a literal anthropomorphic divine being. We know from modern science there is no such thing. The laws of physics are absolute. Objective reality is materially reducible.
And yet—those prophets who went out into the desert to talk to God experienced something. I know because I followed enough mystic practices to experience it too. I empirically reproduced their subjective observations.
Out-of-body experiences are real mental states even though astral projection is not real. Similarly, experiencing God is a real mental state even though God is not real.
The following discussion distinguishes between several different things which we do not have distinct words for in English. I have color-coded the separate meanings.
Yourdoes not interact with external directly. Instead, your brain constructs a and then your interacts with .
includes both and .
Your experiences happen inside of. Physical external is located outside of . You therefore cannot experience physical external . The closest you can get is to experience individual concrete sensate inputs directly. Anything more concrete than that is physically outside of and therefore impossible to experience. But anything more abstract than individual sensate inputs is no longer external ; it is part of inside .
As an analogy, consider this webpage. To display this webpage, your computer first creates a copy from my webserver. Then it displays its copy. Your brain does something similar. You cannot experience—or even sense—any of externalat all. Instead, creates a low resolution and your experiences . In this way, functions as a proxy for .
It makes sense for evolution to build a wall betweenand . But and are both part of . Everything in your brain is wired into everything else. The separation between and is an artificial separation created by .
When I read Brad Warner's description of enlightenment, it sounds like he is describing a breakdown betweenand . The same goes for similar descriptions of enlightenment experiences.
When this happens, the feeling of separation betweenand becomes transparent. In some ways, this is a more accurate representation of than the with - separation.
With the dissolution of the  at once. The subjective experience is notoriously difficult to describe in words., you experience all of the
When the distinction between  as arbitrary distinctions within . I think something like this happened when Abraham went up mount Moriah, when Moses encountered the burning bush, when Jesus encountered Satan in the desert, when Muhammad secluded himself in the cave of Hira and when Siddhartha achieved enlightenment.and disappears so does your metaphysical self-centeredness. After all, it is hard to be self-centered when you experience and
 Note the use of ↩instead of . This indicates you are only experiencing . It is impossible to experience all of at once because you cannot experience anything outside your in the first place.
 Note the use of ↩instead of .