Experience and explanation

February 12, 2013

I’ve got a bunch of Daily Meditations open in my browser.  I’m not sure I’m going to comment on each of them directly, but I wanted to write something about spiritual experience and explanations of spiritual experiences — just to say that some people do one, some people do both, some people do neither.

I take “mystics” to be those who have the experiences, regardless of whether they explain them or not.

People who teach about them without having them I think take great risks.

And people who have them but don’t explain them may be trying to increase in some other way the likelihood that more people actually have such experiences.

People who do both I think must have tremendous patience and a firm sense of self, in order to go back and forth between the two states and not get disoriented.

People who do neither I think are sort of en vacances.

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